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  • Audio CD (April 16, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sacred Sumac Music
  • ASIN: B00BLOYQ8G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,600 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2013 album from the American singer/songwriter. The album, which is a collection of Bobby Charles songs, is a musical collaboration with the legendary Dr. John. Everybody knows Bobby Charles through his songs. Charles wrote such instantly recognizable hits as 'See You Later Alligator,' 'Walking to New Orleans' and 'But I Do,' but the reclusive singer/songwriter, who passed away in 2010, is relatively unknown for his own recordings. This album puts the spotlight back on the songs and the man who wrote them.

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If you like her previous music, you are in for a real treat.
terence reisman
Shannon McNally contributes a voice and interpretative gift that was born to sing these songs.
Constant Traveler
Dr. John is obviously having ball playing with McNally and it comes across.
Steve Ramm

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Constant Traveler on April 18, 2013
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I don't like to use the word perfection around music, because life's beauty is often expressed with imperfection. But for lack of a better vocabulary I have to say this is about as perfect a record as I've ever heard. If you enjoy the New Orleans sound - casual and laid-back but at the same time never too casual in terms of musicianship - you may agree with me that this rates album of the year. The songs of Bobby Charles are extraordinary and his mastery has been celebrated for decades. The arrangements with production from Dr. John and Shannon McNally are spot-on, playful, intricate without being obvious, and ideal for these tunes. The musicianship, well it doesn't get any better. Shannon McNally contributes a voice and interpretative gift that was born to sing these songs. Once in a blue moon somebody will make a record that perfectly encapsulates a mood and a feeling, where all the songs stack up just right. I'm thinking, for example, of Dylan's Blood on the Tracks, Miles Davis' Kind of Blue, the Stones Exile on Main Street. Small Town Talk does that as well as any record I've ever heard - including those just mentioned. This record won't be for everyone's taste, mind you. But for those with whom it resonates it might just break your heart, make you laugh, blow your mind, and touch your soul. They say the way to tell if a pot of rice is cooked is to test one grain. So I suggest you listen to a tune or two off of this album. If you like what you discover, you'll likely love this record.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Steve Ramm TOP 100 REVIEWER on September 29, 2013
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I was not familiar with singer Shannon McNally until last week at the Americana Music Conference in Nashville where - during his singer/songwriter showcase at the Country Music Hall of Fame - Rodney Crowell said "there are some young performers you need to know about" and then brought up McNally from the audience to perform solo (while Crowell looked on approvingly). After the concert I met her and subsequently got this CD, a tribute to New Orleans songwriter Bobby Charles, an artist I was familiar with since I reviewed his final album. To back her on all the tracks is Dr. John and his band (Dr. John was at the Country Hall two days before I saw McNally) and a few other special guests are here on selected tracks. (Vince Gill's duet with her on "String of Hearts" is a highlight.). Derek Trucks gets a blazing guitar solo on "Cowboys and Indians". A lot of Charles songs here were not hits and it's great to discover them. But others like "(I Don't Know Why I Love You ) But I Do" (big hit for Clarence "Frogman" Henry in the early 60s will be familiar to most folks.

Dr. John is obviously having ball playing with McNally and it comes across. Yes, this is not a Dr. John album (it's a Shannon McNally album!) but real Dr. J fans will enjoy it. I was a Dr. J fan for years. Now I'm a Shannon McNally fan too!

The six-panel digipak contains the credits, a full page photo of Charles and another photo of McNally and Dr. John.

I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.

Steve Ramm
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Arthurly on April 16, 2013
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Only discovered Shannon a few weeks ago and reading about this release it was eagerly-awaited. This collection/tribute to Bobby Charles is well up to expectations. Added to the collaboration with Dr. John there's a great band here moving things along, including a guest appearance by Derek Trucks. Classic stuff and hopefully will bring Shannon wider recognition. Straight on to the list of albums of the year.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cincinnati Slim on May 24, 2013
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Bobby Charles was a very talented songwriter and this wonderful CD is a great showcase for his work.
There is a fascinating back story involved in the production of this album. Dr. John was a personal friend of the late Mr.Charles and was really key to helping Shannon McNally finish this labor of love. I must add, I had a chance to see and talk to Shannon and her band at their performance at Molly Malone's in Covington KY just a few days ago. She is a charming, lovely and talented young lady and a gifted performer. The band covered all the songs on this CD and executed an outstanding set. Willie Sexton was on the guitar and it was the best show I have seen this year. Get the CD and if you can catch Shannon McNally and her band on tour if you possibly can...you will be very impressed!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By terence reisman on May 9, 2013
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The music is terrific. The arrangements, the backing musicians and Shannon give us a real treat. If you like her previous music, you are in for a real treat. Saw her live last night at Johnny D's in Sommerville, MA(Boston) on the opening night of the latest tour. If you are up here, see her live if you can and check out the tour schedule to catch her with the band near you. If not, check out this cd; I love it and have all of her music. btw, her hubby is the drummer and the rest of the band is excellent ad well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sweed-O on September 1, 2013
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Let me first address Mr. 1 star reviewer. I must assume he wrote his review after reading another review here stating Shannon is married to her drummer. He's jealous. Hey dude, I'm heartbroken too. Get over it.

Enough frivolity.

This is a triumph for all involved. Like the very excellent The Wandering collaboration from a year or 2 ago, Small Town Talk shows Shannon has raised her vocals to heights previously unheard from her. She said Dr. John urged her to trust her voice and it has payed off big on these 2 CDs. Trust goes both ways and he certainly earned hers with this production.

From what I understand The Wandering CD was recorded while this one was sort of in limbo after Bobby passed away during its evolution. But Shannon and Mac uncompromisingly, respectfully and seamlessly persevered to create this wonderful tribute to one of the great songwriters of our time. To our great benefit.

There is something about this woman's spirit that I believe inspired Dr.John on this project. His soul is unmistakably all over it, along with his band, from note #1. So, unlike a previous reviewer, I say this CD is also a must for all Dr. John fans. And of course, for all Bobby Charles fans. For those that knew him they will surely shed a tear or 2 on String Of Hearts (with guest vocalist Vince Gill ! ) and the CD's ender, I Must Be In A Good Place Now. But it's a much more sweet than bitter ending. A tear of remembrance, reverence and ultimately, happiness. It leaves us all in a very good place indeed.

The lady has hit her stride and I'll predict the New Orleans music community will recognize her again come awards time.
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