It’s not every day that Grammy-winning performers like Shawn Colvin play a show at the Ocean City Music Pier. And yet, not only is she performing at 7 p.m. Monday, July 31, she’s performing after an opening act from Joan Osborne. If we’re lucky — and we’re feeling pretty lucky already — the two could even share the stage at some point.
“It’s possible,” Colvin says of the idea. “I can’t guarantee it, but I’ve been on shows with her and certainly know her stuff … (so) maybe.”
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If a joint performance by two of the most memorable female vocalists of the ’90s makes you swoon, keep swooning. Whether they take the stage together or not, it should be an amazing show.
After all, Colvin is the woman who brought us the Grammy Award-winning song “Sunny Came Home,” along with chart toppers “You and The Mona Lisa” and “Nothin’ On Me.” And she’s not averse to digging into her extensive repertoire to revisit her most popular ventures.
Consider her 20th anniversary edition of “A Few Small Repairs” — to be released Sept. 15 — which contains “Sunny Came Home.”
“It’s the 20th anniversary. I thought that was special,” Colvin says. “I really loved it and it was my most popular. I brought it up to my manager, ‘wouldn’t it be cool to play the whole record top to bottom on tour?’”
Colvin will begin that tour with a full band on Sept. 30.
Her visit to the Ocean City Music Pier, however, will be just Colvin.
“Well, the first thing people need to know is I’ll be solo,” says Colvin. “That’s what I do most of the time, solo acoustic creates an intimate atmosphere with the audience. It gives me the opportunity to tell stories like I’m talking, having a conversation with people … I think it will be intimate and endearing.”
“I’ll pepper it with old and new stuff,” Colvin says of the show.
With almost 30 years of recording history under her belt, there’s no shortage of material. So much so that in addition to a full discography, Colvin also published a memoir, “Diamond in the Rough” in 2012.
“You’re more vulnerable in a book,” Colvin says of the differences between writing songs and memoirs. “With songwriting, you can cloak things … it can be more impressionistic.”
While Colvin anticipates a release of lullabies to follow up her 1998 “Holidays Songs and Lullabies” around Christmas and another album of originals next year, she certainly has enough material to choose from for the Ocean City show.
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But can we expect to hear “Sunny Came Home?”
Absolutely, Colvin assures, but she is hesitant to reveal the true meaning of the lyrics.
“It may be folly on my part, but I don’t want to determine for people what it means,” Colvin says of the beloved ballad. “It wasn’t written with a particular motive in mind, but it’s a tale of revenge.”