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Nonesuch Records Announces Shawn Colvin's Album "All Fall Down", June 5th!
April 12 2012

Shawn Colvin

All Fall Down

Produced by Buddy Miller

(Nonesuch Records â June 5th 2012)

Colvinâs memoir, Diamond in the Rough, will be published same day

ââ¦extraordinary songs, mesmerising guitar playing, and a voice that goes effortlessly from bruise-tender to scar-hard in a matter of minutes. Just as her voice is full of longing and regret, and occasionally icy anger, her lyrics are crafted and clever, full of subtlety and polished phrases.â â The Guardian

On June 5,, 2012, Nonesuch Records will release the new Shawn Colvin album All Fall Down . A collection of 11 songs, All Fall Down is Colvinâs eighth studio album and the first to be produced by her longtime friend and cohort Buddy Miller (Robert Plant, Solomon Burke). Recorded in Nashville, with a group of stellar musicians, All Fall Down features performances by Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Jakob Dylan, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Bill Frisell, Viktor Krauss, Brian Blade, Stuart Duncan, and Julie Miller, among others.

All Fall Down follows the Grammy Award winnerâs 2009 Nonesuch solo acoustic set, Shawn Colvin Live, and her acclaimed 2006 studio record, These Four Walls, about which the Washington Post said: âAs with Colvin's earlier work, the songs are easy to love, with smooth surfaces to glide along if one merely wishes to skim the top. But the emotions fueling the lyrics are more complex and more mature than anything she's offered previously. The image of a middle-aged woman laid bare in These Four Walls isn't one for the industry. It's one for the ages.â

The new album was recorded in Millerâs home studio, and each song is deeply personal to Colvin, who describes All Fall Down as "an album about loss but also about redemption and resolution." The release of All Fall Down comes on the same date as William Morrow/HarperCollins publishes her memoir, Diamond In The Rough, which insightfully and candidly looks back over a rich lifetime of highs and lows. The wit, lyricism, and empathy found in the book are traits that have long characterized Colvinâs songwriting and her live performances.

Colvin wrote or co-wrote eight of the albumâs 11 tracks. âChange Is On The Wayâ was co-written with Colvinâs Three Girls and Their Buddy (the touring group of Buddy Miller, Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin and Colvin) partner Patty Griffin, and âSeven Times The Charmâ shares writing credits with Jakob Dylan and longtime Colvin collaborator John Leventhal, who also co-wrote âAll Fall Downâ, âKnowing What I Know Now,â and âThe Neon Light of the Saints,â which was written specifically for HBOâs New Orleans drama Treme and will be featured in an upcoming episode. (Colvin was a guest star on the show last year.) Bill Frisell penned âAnne of the Thousand Daysâ with Colvin, and Viktor Krauss co-wrote âI Donât Know Youâ with her.

In the 22 years since the release of her debut album, Colvin has won three Grammy awards, released nine albums, maintained a non-stop national and international touring schedule, had her songs featured in major motion pictures, written a memoir, and created a remarkable canon of work.

All Fall Down track list in full:

1. All Fall Down 7. Change Is On the Way

2. American Jerusalem 8. I Donât Know You

3. Knowing What I Know Now 9. Fall of Rome

4. Seven Times the Charm 10. Up On That Hill

5. Anne of the Thousand Days 11. On My Own

6. The Neon Light of the Saints