On April 30th, singer-songwriter Shannon McNally will release Small Town Talk, a moving tribute to the catalog of Bobby Charles. February 21, 2013 would have been the 75th birthday of the swamp-pop legend and prolific songwriter that penned hits for the likes of Bill Haley and the Comets and Fats Domino.
Small Town Talk was produced by recent Grammy-winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dr. John, who also played on the album. Both Dr. John and Charles were performers in the Band’s farewell concert, The Last Waltz.
Small Town Talk features 11 tracks penned by Charles that were handpicked by McNally, Dr. John, and Charles himself. “We got together with Bobby every day talking about songs and picking out the right ones to include,” says McNally about her meetings with him and Dr. John. “We ended up selecting ‘Long Face,’ ‘Small Town Talk,’ ‘Street People,’ ‘Good Place Now’ as well as a few more obscure songs.” Other songs include “Cowboys and Indians” featuring Derek Trucks on guitar and “String of Hearts,” a duet with Vince Gill.
Recently, USA Today premiered the album’s first single “I Must Be In A Good Place Now,” which you can listen to here: http://usat.ly/157gpnL
Shannon McNally is preparing to hit the road in support of her new album this spring. She will celebrate the release of Small Town Talk with a performance at the Rock ‘n’ Bowl in New Orleans, LA with Lil’ Band O’ Gold.
Watch the EPK for Small Town Talk HERE.
US Tour Dates:
April 23: Memphis, TN – In-Store @ Spin Street
April 27: Oxford, MS – Double Decker Festival
April 28: Mobile, AL – Callaghan’s Irish Social Club
April 30: New Orleans, LA – In-Store @ Louisana Music Factory
April 30: New Orleans, LA – Rock ‘n’ Bowl
May 3: Memphis, TN – Beale Street Music Festival @ Tom Lee Park
May 8: Somerville, MA – Johnny D’s
May 9: Northampton, MA – Iron Horse
May 10: Hudson, NY – Club Helsinki
May 11: Waitsfield, VT – Phantom Music Series @ The Valley Players Theater
May 12: Freehold, NJ – Concerts in the Studio
May 16: Washington, DC – Hill Country BBQ
May 17: New York, NY – Joe’s Pub
May 21: Wilmington, DE – World Cafe Live At The Queen
May 23: Nashville, TN – Third and Lindsley
May 24: Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall
May 28: St Louis, MO – Old Rock House
May 29: Kansas City, MO – Knuckleheads Saloon
May 30: Chicago, IL – Martyrs’
May 31: Goshen, IN – Ignition Garage