Shawn Colvin, Danielle Howle
Charleston Music Hall
After a strong opening set from Awendaw Green's artist-in-residence Danielle Howle, Grammy-winner Shawn Colvin held the Charleston Music Hall in thrall Thursday night, strolling through songs from the past 20-odd years of her original and cover releases, both Grammy-winning and lesser-known.
The crowd consistently responded within a few notes, recognizing her songs and rewarding her with rapt attention. Widely known and respected for her dynamic, percussive guitar playing and acrobatic voice, she is also a gifted interpreter of others' songs.
Colvin opened the night with a lilting, lovely version of Paul Simon's "The Only Living Boy in New York," and continued sprinkling gems from Gnarls Barkley, Tom Waits, and The Beatles throughout the evening. She shared story-snippets of her musical journey, from singing backup in Europe with Suzanne Vega in the '80s to her recent collaboration with Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, and Buddy Miller.
Despite our Southern humidity's ornery de-tuning effect on her Martin D-28, Colvin seemed to truly enjoy the evening, remarking halfway through the first set, "You are all so nice and so quiet and so wonderful ... what took me so long to get here?" She followed by a promise to return. Judging by the response of the enthusiastically appreciative crowd, the sooner the better.