Shanna Colvin, 10 January 1956, Vermillion, South Dakota, USA. A singer-songwriter in the tradition of her teen idol Joni Mitchell, Colvin was of considerable age before she recorded her first songs. Backed by fellow guitarist and songwriting partner John Leventhal (later a collaborator with Marc Cohn), her debut pulled together arresting material with an understated approach that accentuated the confessional appeal of the songs.
Colvin was raised in the small Midwest towns of Vermillion, South Dakota, and Carbondale, Illinois. Having first picked up a guitar aged 10, she joined a hard rock band at college, then the Dixie Diesels, a country swing band from Austin, Texas. After a brief sojourn playing solo acoustic in San Francisco, she relocated to New York in 1980 and began working her way up the local folk pecking order. She also appeared in off-Broadway productions such as Pump Boys And Dinettes, Diamond Studs and Lie Of The Mind. Her...
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