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These Four Walls

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  • Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Shawn Colvin, and Billy Bragg are among the artists who will perform at the 15th annual Americana Honors & Awards ceremony, taking place at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on Wednesday, September 21, 2016. NPR.org will present a live video stream from the ceremony. A live audio simulcast of the Honors & Awards show will also be available via SiriusXM's Outlaw Country. The PBS series Austin City Limits will broadcast a special featuring performance highlights from the event on November 19. Shawn Colvin and Billy Bragg will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards; Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell are up for Duo/Group of the Year, as are Lake Street Dive.

  • Congratulations to Shawn Colvin, who will receive the Lifetime Achievement Trailblazer Award at the 2016 Americana Honors & Awards ceremony at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on September 21. Also among the six Lifetime Achievement Award honorees are Billy Bragg, this year's recipient of the Spirit of Americana Free Speech Award, and Woody Guthrie, the posthumous recipient of this year's President's Award. It was announced earlier this year that the Duo/Group of the Year nominees include both Lake Stree Dive and Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell.

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    Nonesuch Records released three-time Grammy Award winner Shawn Colvin’s label debut, These Four Walls, in September 2006. The album is the follow-up to 2001’s Whole New You, which the Chicago Tribune called “irresistible.”

    Recorded in New York and Austin, These Four Walls was produced by Colvin’s longtime collaborator, John Leventhal. Of the album’s 13 tracks, nine are co-written by Colvin and Leventhal and one, “I’m Gone,” is penned by Colvin herself. The album also includes two cover tunes, a practice for which Colvin is well known. These Four Walls features several guest artists: Grammy Award winners Patty Griffin and Marc Cohn on “Cinnamon Road,” English singer/songwriter Teddy Thompson on “Let It Slide,” and renowned pedal steel player Greg Leisz on the title track.

    “It's some of the best work John and I have ever done," says Colvin. "I've been doing this a long time and it's great to feel like I'm doing my best work now.”

    A longtime critical favorite, Colvin became known worldwide with the success of 1996’s platinum selling A Few Small Repairs. The No. 1 radio single “Sunny Came Home” earned her a Top Ten hit and two of Grammy’s highest awards: Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Colvin won her first Grammy for her 1989 debut album, Steady On.

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    MUSICIANS
    Shawn Colvin, acoustic guitar, vocals
    John Leventhal, guitars, bass, keyboards, percussion, mandolin, dobro, pedal steel
    Shawn Pelton, drums, percussion
    Rick Depofi, percussion, horns (11)
    Patty Griffin, vocals (5)
    Marc Cohn, vocals (5)
    Teddy Thompson, vocals (9)
    Antoine Silverman, fiddle (3)
    Greg Leisz, pedal steel (2)

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by John Leventhal
    Recorded by John Leventhal and Rick Depofi at NY Noise and 12th St, Studio, New York, NY
    Additional recording at Cedar Creek Recording and Bismeaux Studios, Austin, TX
    Binary and musical support: Rick Depofi
    Additional recording: Fred Remmert
    Studio assistance: Matt Shane and Dan Mufson
    Mixed by John Leventhal at Pilot Studios, New York, NY
    Mastered by Bob Ludwig, Gateway Mastering, Portland, ME

    Design: Barbara DeWilde
    Cover artwork: Maggie Taylor

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Artist Name: 
Shawn Colvin
Release Date: 
Tuesday, September 12, 2006 - 04:00
DescriptionExcerpt: 

Colvin reunites with co-writer/producer Jon Leventhal for her Nonesuch debut. The songs on this beautifully arranged, bracingly honest collection, says the Washington Post, "are easy to love ... But the emotions fueling the lyrics are more complex and more mature than anything she's offered previously."

Description: 

Nonesuch Records released three-time Grammy Award winner Shawn Colvin’s label debut, These Four Walls, in September 2006. The album is the follow-up to 2001’s Whole New You, which the Chicago Tribune called “irresistible.”

Recorded in New York and Austin, These Four Walls was produced by Colvin’s longtime collaborator, John Leventhal. Of the album’s 13 tracks, nine are co-written by Colvin and Leventhal and one, “I’m Gone,” is penned by Colvin herself. The album also includes two cover tunes, a practice for which Colvin is well known. These Four Walls features several guest artists: Grammy Award winners Patty Griffin and Marc Cohn on “Cinnamon Road,” English singer/songwriter Teddy Thompson on “Let It Slide,” and renowned pedal steel player Greg Leisz on the title track.

“It's some of the best work John and I have ever done," says Colvin. "I've been doing this a long time and it's great to feel like I'm doing my best work now.”

A longtime critical favorite, Colvin became known worldwide with the success of 1996’s platinum selling A Few Small Repairs. The No. 1 radio single “Sunny Came Home” earned her a Top Ten hit and two of Grammy’s highest awards: Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Colvin won her first Grammy for her 1989 debut album, Steady On.

ProductionCredits: 

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by John Leventhal
Recorded by John Leventhal and Rick Depofi at NY Noise and 12th St, Studio, New York, NY
Additional recording at Cedar Creek Recording and Bismeaux Studios, Austin, TX
Binary and musical support: Rick Depofi
Additional recording: Fred Remmert
Studio assistance: Matt Shane and Dan Mufson
Mixed by John Leventhal at Pilot Studios, New York, NY
Mastered by Bob Ludwig, Gateway Mastering, Portland, ME

Design: Barbara DeWilde
Cover artwork: Maggie Taylor

Cover Art: 
Nonesuch Selection Number: 

79937

Number of Discs in Set: 
1disc
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626
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Tuesday, September 12, 2006 - 04:00
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Album Status: 
UPC/Price: 
Label: 
CD+MP3
UPC: 
075597993721BUN
Label: 
MP3
UPC: 
075597993769
Price: 
9.00
MusicianDetails: 

MUSICIANS
Shawn Colvin, acoustic guitar, vocals
John Leventhal, guitars, bass, keyboards, percussion, mandolin, dobro, pedal steel
Shawn Pelton, drums, percussion
Rick Depofi, percussion, horns (11)
Patty Griffin, vocals (5)
Marc Cohn, vocals (5)
Teddy Thompson, vocals (9)
Antoine Silverman, fiddle (3)
Greg Leisz, pedal steel (2)

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