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Sharon Little had been making ends meet as a waitress in a Philadelphia-area restaurant when she scored a record deal with CBS Records in early 2008. Within weeks of completing her new album, Perfect Time For A Breakdown, Sharon was chosen by Robert Plant, Alison Krauss and T Bone Burnett to open their entire Raising Sand U.S. tour, which will put her in front of thousands of fans each night of the 33-show trek.



While this might seem that she s an overnight sensation , she is anything but a flash in the pan. She s a singer of intense emotional honesty and the songs she s written reveal an old soul that just happens to be within a person possessed of undeniable physical and spiritual beauty. The journey that has taken her so far in seemingly so short a time has actually been a life-long quest to find her voice, both in the literal and figurative sense.

The songs on Perfect Time For A Breakdown were written by Sharon and her collaborator, Scot Sax, who co-produced with Mark Howard, noted for his work with Bob Dylan, Tom Waits and Lucinda Williams. The album s 11 tunes were inspired in part by numerous cross-country train adventures Little and Sax have experienced over the past 2 years.

Her first five shows with Plant, Krauss & Burnett in April earned Little thunderous standing ovations, and it s only a matter of time before the rest of the world catches on to what the tour audiences are learning first hand: Sharon Little is a unique voice in a crowded landscape and she s here to stay.

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Los Angeles area critic Roy Trakin: [Little possesses] a sultry croon capable of soothing, arousing or exploding into a Janis Joplin-esque howl when you least expect it....By all rights, Little should be a big star. --Roy Trakin

Helen Leicht of influential Philadelphia radio station WXPN wrote of a recent live performance, What soul! You always hope to be that moved by a concert. --Helen Leicht

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 27, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: May 27, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CBS RECORDS
  • ASIN: B0017TCSWQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,466 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Bob on July 3, 2008
Format: Audio CD
'Perfect Time for a Breakdown' let's you hear Sharon Little's incredible range over the combination rock and blues music she co-composed. Soft, Powerful, sometimes Joplinesque, her music grabs you from nowhere and brings you to attention - and you stay there. I saw her at the Greek theatre in L.A. opening for Robert Plant/Alison Krauss. She walked out to a half filled blasse audience - and walked off to a standing stunned crowd. The next night, I was fortunate enough to see both perfect performances by Stevie Winwood and Tom Petty at the Hollywood Bowl. But the CD I listened to on my way home was Sharon Little's. - Her recorded music is great, but see her live - she performs.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jeans Jewels on May 31, 2008
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The only thing better than a CD by Sharon Little is seeing her perform live! She is a masterful songwriter and a moving & courageous performer. Sharon willingly allows each song to take her over and she becomes all of the longing, fear, joy and heartbreak in each one. I grew up on the music of the 50's 60's and 70's and matured on the best of the what's been out there since and I gotta tell you, I never heard better or been moved more by any other singer/songwriter. She is simply unique and has a gift for sharing a song that is unparallelled. Get everything of Sharon's that you can get your hands on. Before the first song is over, you will be calling all your friends and telling them they gotta hear this woman sing!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jorjygirl on September 16, 2008
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I first heard the song "Follow That Sound" on "The Cleaner" on A&E. I loved the sound of the song and the artist. I immediately went to Amazon.com and ordered it. Usually, when I do this, the song that led me to order the CD is the only one I really like. But this is a good CD. I like most all the songs. Sharon Little has a good voice and I really enjoy her music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Fulks on July 8, 2008
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Sharon tore the house down in Columbia MD with her bluesey sultry sound. Her range reminds me of a cross between Billie Holiday and Janis herself. She is quite the entertainer and is worth seeing. Her conversations with her audience showed her humility and gratitude, two worthwhile virtues today. She deserved the standing ovation and more. I bought her CD and just love it. Not a bad track on the entire CD. Sharon, I hope you go far:)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William Moore on August 28, 2008
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The girl knows how to sing. Her phrasing is excellent. I am a natural born sucker for a come from behind success story anyway. Sharon was working as a waitress in Philadelphia to make ends meet and her self-produced CD was passed on to Allison Kraus and Robert Plant and they immediately contacted her to offer the opening act assignment for their current tour. She knocks the crowd out with feeling, sensitivity, sincerity and energentic "Give it your all" performances. It is most often a standing ovation. I don't think that she will be waitressing any time soon. Unless it is as a hobby. Sharon writes her own material and wrote all but one of the songs on her recent CD, "Perfect Time for a Breakdown". You know there is a personal story connected to each song. I don't have a favorite song from the album, how could you? I usually feel that, from experience, that if four to five cuts on a CD are good it was then worth the price. On the first play, I kept thinking that "This is the one that I won't like". That never happened, I hit the "Repeat" button, again and again. I was in the car at the time and missed my exit and had to drive 23 miles out of my way to get back on track. The next time that my wife was in the car with me I began to select certain cuts that I felt confident that my wife would enjoy. She touched my hand when I went to cut a song off and select another of the "I know that she'll like this one" category and she said "let it play through-I like them all- How could anyone have a favorite? We missed our exit...again !
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Wilann on June 15, 2008
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I also saw Sharon open for Robert Plant and Alison Krauss and was immediately capitvated by this charming, giggly girl with that amazing voice. I hope that with the reception she's been getting on this tour, her waitressing days are behind her. How many opening acts get standing ovations? GET THIS CD! You won't be disappointed. I listen every day.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By tulips on June 30, 2008
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(4 stars for the songs I've heard on her album so far, an extra star for her great live set).

I just saw her open for Krauss & Plant at the Greek in Berkeley, CA. When she first stepped on stage, I felt a little sorry for her-- opening act is a tough gig, esp. for a relatively unknown singing before a rock god (Plant) and one of the most amazing vocalists of our time (Kraus). But it became quite clear at the beginning of her first song that Little was not overwhelmed by her circumstances. Lovely & powerful voice, great phrasing & emotion, charm, stage presence & enthusiasm. I checked out songs from her album available on her website & was equally impressed. Def. will buy her album & can't wait to see her again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donna L. Dalton on December 1, 2008
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I am not sure I can offer any comments all that dfferent from the other reviews that are here but definitely wanted to give this one 5 stars. I also checked Sharon Little out because of the song "Follow That Sound" from the TV show "The Cleaner". I bought the CD and have been quite pleased. Ms. Little provides the perfect combination of rock,blues, and pop. It is true, there is really not a bad song on the entire CD. She does have shades of Janis Joplin, Norah Jones, Etta James, and maybe even a touch of Lizzie West (whose music I love!) Well worth a serious listen!
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