The Uptown Theatre Napa welcomes Shawn Colvin’s “A few Small Repairs 20th Anniversary Tour” with special guests Larry Campbell and Theresa Williams on Saturday Oct. 7 at 8 p.m.
In the 27 years since the release of her debut album, Colvin has won three Grammy Awards, released eleven albums, written a critically acclaimed memoir, maintained a non-stop 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.
The Guardian has written of her “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.”
Colvin was born in Vermillion, South Dakota, where she lived until she was 8. A small-town childhood in the university town of Carbondale, Illinois drew her to the guitar by the age of 10. At 15, she made her first public appearance on campus at the University of Illinois. By the late 1970s Colvin was singing in a western swing band in Austin, Texas, the city she now calls home.
She was a member of the Buddy Miller Band until she met producer, guitarist, and co-writer John Leventhal, who inspired Colvin to find her own voice as a songwriter. She was signed to Columbia records, and her first album, “Steady On” won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Recording.
Colvin continued to win fans with “Fat City” (1992) and “Cover Girl” (1994). In 1996, she released “A Few Small Repairs” (1996), which would prove to be her breakthrough. The murder-ballad “Sunny Came Home” gave Colvin a Top 10 hit, a platinum-selling album and Grammy’s for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
“Holiday Songs And Lullabies” (1998), recorded while Colvin was eight and a half months pregnant with her daughter Caledonia, followed. Her next studio album, “Whole New You” (2001) found Colvin examining her new motherhood and the responsibilities of family. “Polaroids” (2004) is a showcase for the first half of her recording career. Her Nonesuch debut “These Four Walls” (2006) was lauded by People Magazine as “the most self-assured album of her career” and “one for the ages” by the Washington Post. The Austin-American Statesman called it “an exquisite portrait of strength and vulnerability.”
“Shawn Colvin Live” (2009), recorded during a special three-night solo engagement at San Francisco’s famous jazz club, Yoshi’s, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Recording.
All Fall Down (2012), Colvin’s eighth studio album, featured performances by Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Jakob Dylan, Bill Frisell, Viktor Krauss, Brian Blade, Stuart Duncan, and Julie Mille. The release of “All Fall Down” was simultaneous with that of her memoir, “Diamond In The Rough.”
Colvin was recently recognized for her career accomplishments when she was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Trailblazer Award at the 2016 Americana Honors & Awards Show.
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of “A Few Small Repairs,” Columbia/Legacy Recordings will release a newly-expanded edition of the album on Sept. 15. The anniversary tour, her first major tour with a full band since the album’s original release, runs from Sept. 30 through Nov. 19.
Tickets for the Uptown Theatre Napa are $40-$60, plus fees and can be purchased in person at the box office or online at www.uptowntheatrenapa.com. Call 707-259-0123 for box office hours or more information.