Fall Country Music Preview 2015: 25 Essential Albums and Events

From a presumed nail-biter at the CMA Music Awards to a rock icon's big country move, here's what we're most looking forward to in the coming months

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Shawn Colvin's 'Uncovered' Album
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Shawn Colvin's 'Uncovered' Album

For her first album since 2012, Shawn Colvin revisits the tribute-record concept of Cover Girl, her 1994 album of live-set set staples like the Talking Heads' pensive late-period ballad "This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody)." But Uncovered is less about live performance than moody reverie, with Colvin lending her dusky voice to standards by Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and others. Graham Nash's "I Used to Be a King" is a choice obscurity, and Nash's CSN partner David Crosby sings backup on Gerry Rafferty's "Baker Street" — a song that's a perfect fit for Colvin's weight-of-the-world croon. And for the perfect closing note, Uncovered ends with "'Till I Get It Right," a 1973 hit for Tammy Wynette. Colvin will be on the road throughout the fall as opening act for Don Henley. David Menconi

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