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Colvin and Wainwright Play it Their Way

Shawn Colvin's music sometimes leans toward folk, sometimes pop. Either way, her intimate songs and subtle musical stylings rope in fervent fans who can catch her perform locally, at the Quick Center on March 12, on a double bill with another uniquely talented musical story teller and folk singer, Loudon Wainwright III.Wainwright's 40 years of eclectic music making, include his hit, “The Man Who Couldn’t Cry,” which was recorded by Johnny Cash. And he also composed the "genuinely odd" (as his website dubs it) novelty song, “Dead Skunk.” It left its mark, however, and became a hit on the pop chart. Wainwright is always up for a musical challenge, and has also written topical songs for NPR and the ABC TV news show, "Nightline," among others. Fans can look forward to May when his complete works will be released in a boxed set called "40 Odd Years."Colvin's breakout, top ten hit came in 1996 with the murder-ballad "Sunny Came Home." It won a Best Song Grammy as did its album, "A Few Small Repairs." She has collaborated with many well-known singers, including Mary Chapin Carpenter and Suzanne Vega. Music icon David Crosby described Colvin as "the best lady songwriter in the world right now."

And Rolling Stone editor David Wild says about Wainwright, "Whether he’s being devastatingly funny, fully self-lacerating or just brutally confessional, Loudon Wainwright III has always been a writer who sharply expresses his own distinct point of view on our larger human comedy.” Sounds like an evening of exhilarating music and messages. Their performance begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 and $45. For more information, visit the Quick Center's website

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