[NEW SONG] "I'm Tied to Ya" by Rodney Crowell & Sheryl Crow
Check out this new song from Rodney's upcoming album, Close Ties. It's truly great.
[PIC] NCIS: New Orleans - Photo group
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Sheryl, her band and the cast of NCIS: New Orleans.
New Orleans, Louisiana, 20 March 2017
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[2017 TOUR] New date added
[NEWS] Sheryl to guest star in "NCIS: New Orleans" episode
Sheryl will be a guest star on an episode of the CBS military investigative drama series NCIS: New Orleans. She is set to appear on the episode 21 of the current 3rd season. The air date is TBA, but bear in mind that the episode 20 is scheduled to air April 4th, so it's just a matter of weeks.
I don't know the details, but apparently she appears as herself during a musical scene. Here's some info from Sheryl's keyboardist Jen Gunderman: "The storyline, from what we could gather: super rich people throw a garden party featuring Sheryl Crow and her band. Dead body found during the festivities! Also something really interesting involving arms dealers and terrorists and socialites."
NCIS: New Orleans airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on CBS
UPDATE from Entertainment Weekly (21 March):
"Crow filmed the episode on Monday, where she debuted the world premiere of the song “Roller Skate,” as well as the album’s first single, “Halfway There.”
A photo from the set taken today by the musician Brent Loper:
Wrestler Chris Paul wrote on his facebook page: "She sang several songs. She was really sweet. She stood next to me all day. Talked. Couldn't tell she was a mega star... really down to earth"
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A LITTLE VID...
Pix with fans
Photo 1: with Emily Kelso. She said: "Just meet and talk with t he sweet fabulous famous Ms. Sheryl Crow!!!! Lucky me got to get a photo with this beautiful women. Thank you Sheryl Crow!!!"
By Markos Papadatos
12 March 2017
Grammy-winning rock songstress Sheryl Crow is back with her new music video for "Halfway There," which features Gary Clark Jr. on guitar.
The new song has a retro vibe to it, which is reminiscent of her early musical work from the 90's. It is a track off her forthcoming studio album Be Myself that will be released on April 21 on the record label, Warner Bros. Records.
Most impressive about the music video for "Halfway There" was that it was created using a cut-out animation style that presents the song's lyrical questions through a whimsical satirical imagery, which is reminiscent of Monty Python.
This spring and summer Crow will be touring to support her Be Myself album. On June 28, she will be performing at the iconic Beacon Theatre in the heart of New York City.
Overall, Sheryl Crow charms on her new music video for "Halfway There." The animated video has a neat concept to it, and it compliments the song quite well. If this song is any indication of the musical direction of her new studio album, then it is safe to say that her fans and listeners are in for a real treat. "Halfway There" garners an A rating.
[LIVE REVIEW] Live @ The Troubadour - Billboard.com
Sheryl Crow Reemphasizes the Rock in Club Preview of New Album
By Chris Willman
3 March 2017
Photo: Debi Del Grande
At the Troubadour, it was as if that Nashville flirtation never happened as Crow premiered eight songs that fit in seamlessly with her '90s rock-radio standards.
Sheryl Crow has decided a change back would do her good. After a flirtation with the country market four years ago, she’s reverted to full-on rocker form for a spring album release and summer amphitheater tour, both of which she previewed at a filled-to-the-gills Troubadour show Thursday night (March 2). She may be maintaining her literal home in Nashville, but expat or not, 24 years after her last gig at the Santa Monica Blvd. club, her sun seems to still be coming over that street, musically speaking.
The eight new songs premiered from the forthcoming Be Myself mostly sounded like they could have come off albums 1-4. The intimate setting allowed a few hundred attendees to verify that Crow also looks like she just popped off one of the covers of those first few albums. Maturing becomes her, but so does pogoing, which she did at length in the lead-up to “Soak Up the Sun.” Noticing that the audience was not responding in kind, she exhorted: "Okay, I’m 55 f---ing years old! Start jumping!” Some did and some didn’t, since not everyone has spent the last quarter-century doing the Sheryl Crow/Dorian Gray Workout.
It wasn’t clear ahead of time whether this rare club show would be a truncated one, just debuting some of the new material, or serve as a full preview of what she’ll be doing in outdoor venues this summer. It was the latter, aT least to the extent that wearing a women’s small Mickey Mouse T-shirt counts as the “dress” in “dress rehearsal.” Obviously Crow never stopped rocking out on stage, even during her courting-country phase, but what’s striking about the Be Myself material is how much it’s Crow being herself circa 1996, and how comfortably the high-octane tunes fit into a set inevitably anchored around the 10 songs that collectively come from Tuesday Night Music Club and its self-titled successor.
Crow has two ace lead guitarists in her band, as she has for years — Peter Stroud and Audley Freed — and they both get a lot to do on the new songs, many of which start with an introductory electronic beat (the one sop to 21st century morays) and then immediately lead into the kind of guitar riff that is a staple of the material she co-writes with longtime collaborator Jeff Trott. Crow herself spent the requisite amount of time playing acoustic or electric guitar, but what stood out were the amount of new songs that had her playing a very beefy bass. In 2017, she’s gonna soak up the subwoofers.
A quick glimpse of the new material sprinkled throughout the two-hour-and-15-minute show:
“Be Myself” — The feel-good title track is an ode to being “terminally normal,” since “hanging with the hipsters is a lot of hard work.” Not unlike Taylor Swift’s mention of an “indie record that’s much cooler than mine,” Crow doesn’t have much time for the du jour, singing that she “took an Uber to hear a new indie band play/They got 99 million followers in only one day.”
“Long Way Back” — The most brooding, slow-building new song is about life’s “mighty big toll,” with what may or may not be an autobiographical detail: “Did you ever see a man have a heart attack/It’ll open your eyes and stop you in your tracks/So I threw away my last cigarette…”
“Grow Up” — “When Prince died, that sort of took the wind out of my sails,” Crow said in introducing this song, which was inspired by a sense of “how fleeting” life is, and "all the people you lose contact with, and why didn’t I reach out.” It would be a stretch to say the sing-song-y chorus of this bass-driven, mid-tempo song sounds Prince-inspired, but when it gets to the bridge, it’s unmistakably Wendy & Lisa-like. Lyrical tag line: “Even when I’m old, I don’t ever wanna grow up.”
“Alone in the Dark” — Introduced by Crow as being “about social media,” the album opener begins: “I told you to be discreet/But you went to the world and you broadcast me.”
“Heartbeat Away” — A song that seems to be about Donald Trump, but wasn’t, at least originally. Crow said it was written before Trump ever got the nomination, as “a song of espionage. Russia was not even in the picture, so how this song even got made, I don’t know” — disavowing any prophetic knowledge in the lyrics’ references to hackers, leaks, vast fortunes, and a “man with the red face/With his finger on the button as he hums ‘Amazing Grace.'”
“Rest of Me” — Ironically, it took Crow quitting country music to come up with this much of a country beat. But, with its fast acoustic strumming and McCartney-esque melody, this ode to guarding one’s heart is really more in the vein of the Beatles doing country, or country-folk, a la “I’ve Just Seen a Face.”
“Roller Skate” — “This next song really is my commentary on social media. I know I said that before, but this one really is,” Crow said, introducing a song about the “buzzkill” of texting and snapping. It was inspired by her two sons complaining about her usage, not vice versa: “They’ll say, ‘Mom, put your phone down.’ I’m very cognizant of not having it on all the time.” Sample lines: “I kind of like that human touch/Old-school contact, would it be too much.”
“Halfway There” — "This election for me was just a big, fat bummer,” she announced, to no one’s surprise. “I felt like America was losing its plot, with our inability to talk to each other.” This song’s theme: let’s chat. Crow just put out this plea to converse across cultural and political divides as a single. In one sense, it sounds radio-ready — but maybe that’s 1996-rock-radio-ready; Crow has acknowledged that she doesn’t have any big hopes for major radio play in the current radio climate, which maybe is why she can put out a single that, catchy as it is, takes the risk of a time signature change between the verses and choruses.
One song from Be Myself (due out April 21) that disappointingly wasn’t played Thursday was the album-closing “Woo Woo,” a charming excursion into actual contemporary R&B (as opposed to the retro-R&B of her 100 Miles From Memphis album). But maybe Crow felt it would be confusing to a live audience to spring an outlier like that on them in the midst of emphasizing that she’s returning to her early-career rock roots.
What the Troubadour crowd (which included pal John Mayer) really didn’t get much of, perhaps understandably, was the four stylistically diverse studio albums that came out between 2002’s C’Mon, C’Mon and now. That entire 15-year period of genre experimenting was represented in the set list by just one choice, “Best of Times,” from her sole Warner Nashville album, 2013’s Feels Like Home.
That lone holdover from her country-radio phase sounded less “country” than ever, anyway, as she added a long harmonica coda that seemed like an extensive homage to Mick Jagger’s way with a mouth harp on the Stones’ nightly versions of “Midnight Rambler.” Then again, Jagger never apologizes to the front row after a harmonica solo by saying, “It’s a snotfest over here. Sorry for all of you who got snot over here.” Given the rarity of Crow playing a 500-person venue, fans were likely to take any stray mucus as a happy-making souvenir.
“Everyday Is a Winding Road”
“A Change Would Do You Good”
“All I Wanna Do”
“Long Way Back”
“Alone in the Dark”
“Can’t Cry Anymore”
“There Goes the Neighborhood”
“Leaving Las Vegas”
“Rest of Me”
“Best of Times”
“Picture”/”If It Makes You Happy”
“Soak Up the Sun”
“Run Baby Run”
“I Shall Believe”
Sheryl Crow previews new album at surprise Troubadour show
By Randy Lewis
Los Angeles Times
3 March 2017
Photos: Adam Maresca and Debi Del Grande
Apparently you can take the country out of the artist — at least when the formerly country artist is Sheryl Crow.
Having indulged her love for country music with 2013’s “Feels Like Home,” an album made in Nashville, the Kennett, Mo., native is allowing the pendulum to swing back toward the rock-rooted sound and attitude with which she first found success nearly a quarter-century ago.
She just signed a recording contract with Warner Bros. Records, which will release her new album on April 21, telegraphically titled “Be Myself.”
The title track was among several new songs she introduced Thursday night during a surprise small-scale show at the Troubadour in West Hollywood.
“If I can’t be somebody else,” she sang, “I might as well be myself,” in a refrain she repeated multiple times. It was almost as if she wanted to make sure the point wasn’t lost on any onlookers: the Sheryl Crow they’ve known and loved is back.
“Feels Like Home” emerged after she moved to the country music capital, following many years in Los Angeles, where she honed her musical chops and broke through big time with her 1993 debut album “Tuesday Night Music Club.”
It’s not a revolutionary leap to go country, especially from the rock narratives she specialized in with hits such as “All I Wanna Do,” “My Favorite Mistake,” “If It Makes You Happy” and “Strong Enough,” all of which she delivered with backing from a loose but potent six-piece band during the two-hour set.
“I’m 55 … years old — c’mon people!” she said cheerily at one point, urging fans to join her in moving their feet as she lightly bounded around the crowded stage.
Some of the new songs deal with the struggle between a yearning for independence and a desire for human connection (“Alone in the Dark”). But over the course of different themes she tackled it was clear that she hasn’t lost knack for instantly hummable choruses and lyric hooks that quickly embed themselves in listeners’ brains.
She seemed equally at ease through the show whether she was strumming an acoustic guitar, pealing off a few riffs on a sparkling Fender Telecaster, plucking away at her red electric bass or sitting down at an electric piano for some gentle keyboard accompaniment.
She holds an increasingly rare spot in pop music: a female rocker who writes and sings, who is utterly comfortable navigating what remains predominantly a boys’ club, while staying devoted to voicing a woman’s perspective on life, love, politics and even social media. (“I’m committed to not being on my phone all the time,” she said, sharing a bit of her philosophy as the single parent of two young sons, with whom she lives on a ranch in West Nashville.)
That carried through to Thursday’s show, where concertgoers were required to check phones at the door or leave them in their cars so the evening might proceed without the now typical sea of cellphone screens hoisted in the air.
Now that was revolutionary. The Times will have more on Crow and the new album closer to the release date. She’s also scheduled a full-fledged tour starting April 22 in Atlantic City, N.J., and reaching Los Angeles June 8 for a stop at the Greek Theatre.
"Tonight I had the privilege of standing about 10 feet from Sheryl Crow and listening to her and her amazing band make rock music at point blank range for 2 hours straight. Talent level off the charts. Songs. Execution. She makes singing look so easy it's silly. Tone. Pitch. Control. Masterclass. Her first 3 records are among my favorite albums of the 90's. The Globe Sessions is one of my favorite albums ever, period. And the guitar players in her band, Peter Stroud and Audley Freed are lights out. How she has 2 guys that good in one band is almost unfair. Amazing night of music and musicianship. Thankful to get to experience things like this in my life. Now for some sleep...zzzzzzzzzzz"
"Sheryl Crow was truly magnificent at The Troubadour tonight...lights out talent and her new songs harken back to the sound we all originally loved her for...she's moved away from the slick country pop...back to the edgier thing that made us first listen and love her. The no cellphone policy in the club tonight made me appreciate what it was like to see a show where everyone was watching the show instead of watching their phones or watching through their camera phone.
Sheryl was a huge inspiration to me when I was a young singer/songwriter who played guitar...she was a great example of a singer/songwriter who was proficient on guitar, bass, keys, harmonica...I loved her courage and she proudly proclaimed tonight that she is 55 when she jumped around the stage and had the crowd jumping with her. She inspired me all over again"
"About tonight...Sheryl Crow played ALL her hits and debuted her new songs which are REALLY good. Best show of 2017 so far! The guitarists onstage were absolutely schooling John Mayer in the audience. (Who I was completely fan girling over from a safe distance.) The evening ended with an intimate rendition of this song that literally made me tear up. I believe her voice has gotten better with age. (Now 55!)"
[VIDEO] "Be Myself" Album Announcement - Live From The Troubadour!
Facebook Live - 2 March 2017, Troubadour backstage in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.
[PIC] With Adam Weissler (Extra TV)
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"Great chatting with Sheryl Crow before her show tonight. New record By Myself out next month with songs she calls "old school Sheryl Crow"
[NEWS] "Be Myself" also available on Vinyl!
Good news! The upcoming record “Be Myself” will be also available on vinyl! The album is set to be released on June 2nd and is up for pre order now on the SC official store ($ 19.98), as well as on Barnes & Noble. ($ 17.99).
- Be Myself Digital Album
- Be Myself Vinyl
- Halfway There Digital Single
[SONG] "Halfway There"
Here's the first single "Halfway There". You also can find it on Spotify and Deezer. Enjoy!
[NEWS] JUST ANNOUNCED: Concert in Vienna, Virginia!
INFO AND TICKETS
[NEWS] BE MYSELF - Front Cover & Tracklist
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Photo by the always great Mark Seliger
1. Alone In The Dark 3:40
2. Halfway There 3:58
3. Long Way Back 5:08
4. Be Myself 4:22
5. Roller Skate 3:17
6. Love Will Save The Day 4:58
7. Strangers Again 3:50
8. Rest Of Me 3:51
9. Heartbeat Away 5:36
10. Grow Up 3:26
11. Woo Woo 3:15
[NEWS] With John Mayer and Steve Jordan
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"Thanks John Mayer for having me sing on your beautiful song - I am such a fan!" (Photo and caption: Sheryl)
[NEWS] Rehearsal @ Troubadour
"With Set List Maestro Scooter Weintraub preparing for the Troubadour show. "
(Photo and Caption: Sheryl)