Grammy-winning Austin singer-songwriter will celebrate the upcoming release of a 30th-anniversary edition of her 1989 debut album "Steady On" with a performance at Cactus Cafe, where she played when touring to support the original album, on Sept. 5, the venue announced Monday morning.
Tickets are $75, but expect them to go quickly for this rare show at such an intimate venue (the Cactus holds around a couple of hundred people). They'll go on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, via the venue's website. An opening act is to be announced.
RELATED: Review of Shawn Colvin at Paramount Theatre in 2017
When Colvin played the Cactus on Dec. 9, 1989, "Steady On" had been out for less than two months. It went on to win a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album about a year later.
That Cactus show, which featured Alejandro Escovedo as the opening act, was Colvin's second appearance in Austin since she'd lived here for a stretch in the mid-1970s before moving to New York City. I was there at the Cactus that night, and you could feel the magic in the air. Colvin played most (maybe all) of "Steady On" along with some choice covers, including Talking Heads' "Naive Melody" and "Don't You Think I Feel It Too" by David Ball of Uncle Walt's Band, who Colvin had seen during their 1970s Austin heyday.
It was very clear she was sincere when, at the end of the night, she promised the audience that it was "the best show of the tour." Were the seeds for her move to Austin a few years later planted that night at the Cactus? We think so. It's one of the reasons this upcoming show at the Cactus is special, especially as it happens during the University of Texas campus venue's yearlong 40th-anniversary celebration.
"Steady On: 30th Anniversary Acoustic Edition" is set for a Sept. 13 release. Featuring solo recordings of every track on the album, it was made at Austin's Arlyn Studios with house engineer Jacob Sciba. "The newly-recorded version of Steady On strips each song to the core, placing Colvin’s songwriting masterclass on full display," reads a passage about the new album on her website.
READ MORE: American-Statesman 2012 interview with Shawn Colvin