Concrete Street Amphitheater- Corpus Christi, Texas (USA) - June 21, 2006

Singer warms up crowd by talking about area’s beauty

By CASSANDRA HINOJOSA CALLER-TIMES
June 22, 2006

By telling the audience she jogged in Corpus Christi, thought it was beautiful and is considering moving to the Sparkling City by the Sea, Sheryl Crow connected with her Concrete Street Amphitheater audience Wednesday.

The nine-time Grammy winner was backed by her seasoned band and four-piece string quartet, which added much finesse, for her Corpus Christi debut before an estimated crowd of 4,500. The show, originally scheduled for March, was postponed because of Crow’s breast cancer surgery and radiation treatment.

Crow was preceded on stage by Houston native Jack Ingram with his Beat-up Ford Band, who opened with a 40-minute amped-up country rock show, which included his No. 1 Billboard country single, "Wherever You Are," from his debut album, "Live — Wherever You Are."

At 9 p.m., a jean-clad Crow opened with the heartfelt "Run Baby Run," showcasing her strong pipes and bringing the audience to its feet.

Then, Crow, 44, strapped on a guitar and followed with "Hard to Make a Stand." Images of UFOs arriving at the White House were shown on a backdrop screen during the track "Maybe Angels," from her 1996 self-titled sophomore album. The songstress led into another slow track, "Perfect Lie," followed by "Good is Good," both off her latest album, "Wildflower," released in September and inspired by former fiancé Lance Armstrong. At Crow’s request, the crowd sang along to the Cat Stevens’ single "The First Cut is the Deepest" and "Leaving Las Vegas."

Before starting the song, she joked, "Do we have any gamblers in here tonight? How about drinkers? Any strippers?"

Adding a special touch to an old favorite, the singer/songwriter surprised audiences when she invited Ingram to join her for the familiar groove single "If It Makes You Happy."

During the show, Crow played harmonica and the smash singles "My Favorite Mistake" and "All I Wanna Do" off her 1993 breakout album. "Tuesday Night Music Club."

She returned for an encore with "Everyday is a Winding Road," Led Zeppelin’s "Rock and Roll" and "Soak Up the Sun," an appropriate summertime anthem for Coastal Bend residents.


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