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."
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.
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
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)