In an era when female singer-songwriters are ever more ubiquitous, Shawn Colvin stands out as a singular and enduring talent. Her songs are slow-release works of craft and catharsis that become treasured, lifetime companions for their listeners. As a storyteller, Colvin is both keen and warmhearted, leavening even the toughest tales with tenderness, empathy, and a searing sense of humor. In the twenty-seven years since the release of her debut album, Colvin has won three Grammy Awards, released eleven albums, written a critically acclaimed memoir, maintained a nonstop national and international touring schedule, appeared on countless television and radio programs, had her songs featured in major motion pictures, and created a remarkable canon of work.
Colvin was recently recognized for her career accomplishments when she was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Trailblazer Award at the 2016 Americana Honors and Awards Show. Presenting Colvin with this prestigious award was multiple Grammy winner Bonnie Raitt, who said of Colvin, “She’s simply one of the best singers I’ve ever heard—and a truly gifted and deep songwriter and guitarist. . . . She was groundbreaking when she emerged and continues to inspire me and the legions of fans and other singer-songwriters coming up in her wake.”
In celebration of the twentieth anniversary of A Few Small Repairs, Columbia/Legacy Recordings will be releasing a newly expanded edition of the album on September 15, 2017. This expanded edition will contain seven rare live performances culled from the Sony Music archives, plus enhanced artwork, newly written liner notes by Colvin and producer John Leventhal, and recently discovered archival photos. Starting this fall, A Few Small Repairs 20th Anniversary Tour will be Colvin’s first major tour with a full band since the album’s original release. The seven-week cross-country jaunt runs from September 30 through November 19 and will showcase Colvin performing the album in its entirety, alongside a variety of hits, personal favorites, and surprises from her repertoire. Multi-instrumentalist and singer Larry Campbell and his wife, singer-guitarist Teresa Williams, will support all dates in addition to appearing in the band.
Extraordinary songs, mesmerizing guitar playing, and a voice that goes effortlessly from bruise-tender to scar-hard in a matter of minutes. . . . Her lyrics are crafted and clever, full of subtlety and polished phrases. . . . With delicious sarcasm and acerbic stories, she held the audience spellbound. . . . Her songs are so personal to her that they speak to everyone who listens.