In 1970, when Simon & Garfunkel released ´Bridge Over Troubled Water,´ 14-year-old Shawn Colvin was among the millions who bought the album, which would go on to become one of the biggest sellers of the decade.
´When the record came out, I learned every song on it,´ recalls Colvin, now 51, who appears at the Minnesota Zoo with John Hiatt at a sold-out concert Tuesday.
The Grammy-winning folk-pop singer-songwriter performed one of those songs, ´The Boxer,´ with bluegrass star Alison Krauss at a May concert to pay tribute to the man who wrote it, Paul Simon.
Simon was the recipient of the first Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Lyle Lovett, Stephen Marley, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Dianne Reeves and Stevie Wonder also performed at the event, but it was Colvin and Krauss who were chosen to open the concert.
´It was a big compliment, and a big charge, to open a show like that,´ says Colvin the day after, en route to the airport, where she would board a flight home to Austin, Texas, and her 8-year-old daughter, Caledonia, whom she is raising as a single parent.
´To be playing under the announcing credits, with a band doing an instrumental version of ´Boy in the Bubble,´ was very powerful,´ she said.