Song: The Facts About Jimmy
Artist: Shawn Colvin
Shawn Colvin is a veteran singer/songwriter who’s earned worthy cred on American touring circuits. Great voice, fantastic writer. Gracefully nuanced and faintly spooky, the Facts About Jimmy is from Colvin’s fourth album, 1996’s A Few Small Repairs, which reached platinum status and ignited the artist’s career. There’s a certain hard-earned, brooding wisdom permeating the song, which has a remarkably light touch despite the ominous thematic weight it bears. Superb instrumentation in the original studio version of this song, particularly John Leventhal’s supple electric guitar, offering a sturdy supporting role for Colvin's distinctive voice and the dark, barren tale she masterfully spins about a man who is, in the end, a stranger to himself.
Below: a sterling live rendition from 2001, with fantastic soling by trumpeter Chris Botti, who imparts yet more depth and dimension to this brilliant song.
Posted by Max MacDonald