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Shawn Colvin and Loudon Wainwright III
Friday, August 10, 7 p.m.
Tickets Still Available
Kenny Loggins and Gretchen Peters
Thursday, August 16
Two great concerts ahead! Shawn Colvin last played at the Gardens in 2010 to a sold-out crowd. Tickets are still available to this concert! Kenny Loggins will be sure to get you up dancing. Everybody cut footloose!
Please enjoy these concerts, and find out more about these artists in this pre-concert review by Gardens’ member Rick Hum.
Shawn Colvin was born on January 10, 1956 in Vermillion, South Dakota and spent her youth in London, Ontario and Carbondale, Illinois. She taught herself to play guitar at the age of 10.
Colvin moved to Austin, Texas and joined a Western swing band called the Dixie Diesels. She then entered the folk circuit in Illinois and San Francisco before forming the Shawn Colvin Band. She "strained her voice" singing rock songs and took a sabbatical from singing at the age of 24. Colvin moved to New York City and over time she became progressively more popular on the new folk circuit while appearing in off-Broadway shows. After touring with Suzanne Vega, Colvin signed a recording contract and released her debut album Steady On in 1989. The album won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album and featured backing vocals by Vega. She had a string of 10 Grammy nominations and won three Grammys over the next 10 years including “Sunny Came Home,” which won both Song of the Year and Record of the Year in 1998.
Lately Colvin put much of her creativity into her memoir “Diamond in the Rough.” She says she “has battled alcoholism, depression and bad choices in love along the way.” She relates her romantic travails and anxiety attacks with high humor throughout the book. She has also released a new album, All Fall Apart. The album was recorded in Nashville at Buddy Miller’s home studio and features guest appearances by Emmylou Harris, Alison Kraus and Jakob Dylan. The musicians on the album include Bill Frisell, Viktor Krauss and Brian Blade.
Loudon Snowden Wainwright III was born September 5, 1946 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He is the son of Martha Taylor, a yoga teacher, and Loudon Wainwright, Jr., a columnist and editor for Life magazine. After graduating from St. Andrew’s School in Delaware he attended Carnegie Mellon before dropping out and heading to San Francisco. He was later busted for pot possession in Oklahoma. He received a free haircut but his father bailed him out after five days. After working a few odd jobs to pay back his father, he started writing his own songs. His first album came out in 1970. He has appeared in movies, three episodes of M*A*S*H and on Saturday Night Live in the first season. His single “Dead Skunk” pushed him into the Top 20. Wainwright has released 22 studio albums. His first Grammy Award came in 2009 for High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project.
He reports that he entered into deep depression following the death of his mother in 1997. Eventually, he recovered and recorded Last Man on Earth in 2001. He has four children, the first two with the late singer/songwriter Kate McGarrigle. All four children (Rufus, Martha, Lucy and Lexie) plus two out of the three moms are featured on “The Here and the Now,” which is on his new album Older than My Old Man Now.
Kenneth Clark "Kenny" Loggins was born January 7, 1948 in Everett, Washington. The Loggins lived in Detroit and Seattle before settling in Alhambra, California. Loggins graduated from San Gabriel Mission High School in 1966. He formed a band called the Second Helping that released three singles during 1968 and 1969. Loggins had a short gig playing guitar for "The New Improved" Electric Prunes in 1969 before writing songs for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
Jim Messina, formerly of Poco and Buffalo Springfield, was working as an independent record producer in 1970 when he was introduced to Kenny Loggins. Messina originally intended to only lend his name to the project to help introduce Loggins. The full name of their first album was Kenny Loggins with Jim Messina Sittin' In. Over the next four years Loggins and Messina produced five more albums of original material, one album of covers and two live albums. The pair amicably parted in early 1976 to pursue solo careers.
Loggins wrote the song "What a Fool Believes" with Michael McDonald. Each recorded his own version of the song. The Doobie Brothers' version reached number one on the popular music charts. They received a Grammy for Song of the Year. During 1979, they wrote "This Is It" for Loggins' ailing father. The song earned Loggins the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. During the next decade, Loggins recorded so many successful songs for film soundtracks that he was referred to as "King of the Movie Soundtrack."
Loggins was married to Eva Ein from 1978 to 1990; they had three children together: Crosby, Cody and Isabella; they divorced 1990. He married Julia Cooper in July 1992. The couple have two children: Lukas (1994) and Hana (1998); they divorced in 2004.
The Blue Sky Riders is a country trio also featuring Gary Burr and Georgia Middleman.
Gretchen Peters was born November 14, 1957 in Bronxville, New York but was raised in Boulder, Colorado. She moved to Nashville in the late 1980s and found work as a songwriter.
Speaking about her seventh album, Hello Cruel World, Peters says, "In 2010 the universe threw its best and its worst at me." First the Gulf of Mexico oil spill put an eco-disaster at the doorsteps of the cottage in the Florida panhandle where Peters writes much of her music. Then a friend of 30 years committed suicide in his Colorado home, followed quickly by the worst flood in the history of her adopted hometown of Nashville. Add to that a ray of light, Peters’ marriage to her longtime piano accompanist and partner Barry Walsh, which affirmed their musical and personal commitment of more than 20 years. Eclipsing all this was the revelation by Peters’ child that he was transgender. "I see his transition as beautiful and triumphant," Peters says. “My son’s bravery and honesty inspire me every day.” Gretchen Peters last performed at Swallow Hill on April 21, 2012.