1 October 1996
Rock music, Folk music
| October 1, 1996 (1996-10-01)|
Holiday Songs and Lullabies
Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album
Shawn Colvin albums, Folk music albums
A Few Small Repairs is Shawn Colvin's fourth album. It was released on October 1, 1996.
A Few Small Repairs is a concept album about divorce, as Shawn Colvin's marriage was ending. At the time of the album's release, she had relocated to Austin, Texas. The Album's biggest single, released in 1997, was "Sunny Came Home". The album cover consists of a painting by Colvin's friend Julie Speed of a three-eyed woman with a lit match, which inspired Colvin to write the song. The single peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 7, and topped the Adult Contemporary, Adult Top 40, and Top 40 Adult Recurrents charts the same year.
Another notable song from the album was "Nothin' on Me", which peaked at number 24 on Billboard's Adult Top 40 chart. The song was also used on Suddenly Susan as its theme song from 1997 to 2000. Colvin appeared on the show in the second season episode Ready ... aim ... Fong!. She performed the song on the show.
Grammy success came to Colvin two years after the release of A Few Small Repairs. In the 1997 Grammy Awards, she was nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance award for "Get Out of This House" and Best Pop Album for A Few Small Repairs. At the next year's Grammy Awards, Colvin was nominated for Song of the Year and Record of the Year for "Sunny Came Home". She won both awards (sharing Song of the Year with Leventhal). As Colvin was about to begin her speech after winning Song of the Year, rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard stormed the stage protesting his loss of an award that same night, saying, "...I don't know how you all see it, but when it comes to the children, Wu-Tang is for the children..." leading him to be escorted off stage. Colvin then began her speech, remarking, "I'm confused now!"
A Few Small Repairs made it to number 39 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.
All tracks written by Shawn Colvin and John Leventhal, except where noted.Shawn Colvin – All vocals (tracks 2, 5-8, 12), lead vocals (1, 3-4, 9-10, 13), background vocals (4), acoustic guitar (tracks 1, 5, 8-10, 12-13), additional guitars (6), piano (7)
John Leventhal – All guitars (track 2), electric guitar (12), additional guitars (1, 3-6, 8-10, 12-13), pedal steel guitar (6), mandolin (1), keyboards (1-5, 8-10, 12-13, organ- 6), violin (1), additional percussion (1, 3-6, 8-10, 13), string arranger (2, 7-8), harmonica (2, 4), horn arranger (3), background vocals (4, 9, 13)
Michael Rhodes – bass guitar (tracks 1, 3, 6, 9-10)
Shawn Pelton – drums (tracks 1-6, 8-10, 13), percussion (2, 4-5)
1Sunny Came Home4:25A Few Small Repairs Wikipedia
2Get Out of This House4:15
3The Facts About Jimmy5:24