Shawn Colvin: Cover Girl
When Shawn Colvin first turned up playing Greenwich Village folk clubs in the early 1980s,
she used to perform a variety of cover songs, often taking rock recordings and re-imagining them for her
girl-with-guitar format. When Colvin began recording in the late '80s, however, she concentrated on her own
original material. Cover Girl brings her interpretive abilities back into focus. Songs like the Police's "Every
Little Thing [He] Does Is Magic" and Talking Heads' "This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)" are the most
radical reworkings here, but not the best, perhaps because they depend on their original productions. Colvin is
more successful in choosing classic but not well-known songs already in the folk idiom -- Greg Brown's "One
Cool Remove," Willis Alan Ramsey's "Satin Sheets," and Rolly Solley's "Killing the Blues." A fan from the old
Village days can only lament that she didn't choose to include her version of Dire Straits' "Romeo and Juliet."
Colvin does a beautiful live cover version, inspired by the way Rick Danko sings this song in his solo performances, of The Band's "Twilight", a Robertson tune first released in 1976 on The Best of The Band. In the liner notes she says: "I only really became aware of this song after hearing Rick Danko do it. I was sure it was an old civil war song. I don't even touch his rendition, but there you go." She also says she did record a cover of "Acadian Driftwood", but the recording sounded like she "took out about 40 foot o' guard rail".