Conversation: Shawn Colvin Looks Back in New Memoir, ‘Diamond in the Rough’

BY Jeffrey Brown  June 22, 2012 at 11:34 AM EDT


“Diamond in the Rough” is the name of a 1989 hit song from Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin‘s first album, “Steady On.” Now, it’s the name of a new memoir she’s just released.

It tells the story of a small-town girl from the wide open prairies whose passion for music took her on the road and into the recording studio, making her way from church choirs to Texas honky tonks and the folk music circuit around the country.

I recently had the chance to sit down with Colvin to discuss her book, her career and her music. Our profile of Colvin will also air soon on the NewsHour, but you can watch it now, above.

In the videos below, she plays two songs for us: