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Album of the Month: Colvin & Earle

As Colvin & Earle, longtime friends and admirers Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle have united to record their self-titled debut album, a true standout in careers already filled with pinnacles and masterpieces.  Few things can touch the magic of artists so in tune that they seem to be able to read each others minds. 'Colvin & Earle' reveals a truly collaborative creative partnership, with each singer/songwriter contributing verses, melodies, choruses and chord progressions. Songs like "Tell Moses"-a rollicking slice of folk-gospel that works its way from Egypt to Ferguson,MO-and the irresistibly vibrant "Happy & Free" see Colvin & Earle gelling into a gorgeous, cohesive duo, the perfect vehicle for thier sterling harmonies and infinite songwriting gifts. The Buddy Miller-produced album also includes four distinctive covers, including "Ruby Tuesday" and "Raise The Dead" as well as a bluesy take of The Nashville Teens' garage rock standard, "Tobacco Road", and a new interpretation of "You Were On My Mind" blending elements of both Ian & Sylvia and The We Five's classic versions. 'Colvin & Earle' is certainly one of the finest records in either of their storied careers.

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