This forgotten Shawn Colvin tune was a real jewel
On Lost and Found, some of our posts have surprisingly revealed that musicians we thought were '90s-only acts actually got their recording start in the '80s. These diamonds in the rough always are intriguing as we get an early glimpse before they made it big like Shawn Colvin and the aptly titled Diamond In The Rough.
Thirty-three years of age is a pretty ripe number for an artist to put out their first album, but that is what happened when Shawn Colvin released her debut album Steady On in 1989. The question of what genre Colvin's music falls into is always a tricky topic as Colvin's title track was a minor hit on the Modern Rock Tracks charts while the album would win the Grammy for Best Folk Album, which seems almost the opposite of Modern Rock.
Another track off of Colvin's debut album was Diamond In The Rough, which did not chart. The video is in black and white and mostly performance with some flashbacks thrown in depicting Colvin's childhood and the unearthing of treasure. The phrase Diamond In The Rough dates back to the 1600's literature and continues to be used today as any parent who owns a copy of Disney's Aladdin well knows.
In 1997, Colvin's sound hit radio stations of all genres when Sonny Came Home became a Top 10 smash and won the Grammy for Song and Record Of The Year. Now with 11 albums under her belt, Colvin is lumped back more the Americana/Folk genre and her latest release was a duet album with Steve Earle in 2016.