Colvin's sophisticated songcraft brings to mind the work of Rosanne Cash -- which isn't surprising, since both have employed gifted producer-guitarist John Leventhal. Although an accomplished writer, Colvin also enjoys sharing songs she admires. On her 1994 Cover Girl album, she mixed the obvious (Dylan and Waits) with the eclectic (Police and Talking Heads) and the obscure (cult faves Judee Sill and Willis Alan Ramsey).
Colvin has been somewhat obscure herself of late. Her last studio outing was 2001's Brand New You. Since then, she's focused on being a single mom. But word is that Colvin's working on an album for her new label, Nonesuch. In the meantime, she's road-testing new material, and when she hits the House of Blues Thursday, she'll be performing acoustically -- all the better for the audience to enjoy her well-turned phrases, lyrical insights, and wry commentaries.