[LIVE REVIEW] Woodinville, WA - 8 July

Sheryl Crow Makes Fans Happy at Chateau Ste. Michelle

By John Lill
Seattle Music Insider

Multi-platinum performer Sheryl Crow’s first hit, “All I Wanna Do,” featured steel guitar, indicating that the soulful singer with the pop-rock lean has always had a little country in her music. These days, Crow is based in Nashville, Tennessee, and has recast herself as a country performer, where steel guitar is a regular part of the equation. So far, the commercial results haven’t been up to the standard Crow set over the past couple of decades, even if the music should fit right into a modern country music playlist.

Not that any of this mattered to the crowd who came to Chateau Ste. Michelle to see Crow and her band on Wednesday night. They just wanted to have some fun, as the song goes, and she gave it to them in a hit-filled set that ran about an hour and 45 minutes.

After opening with the spooky, UFO-inspired “Maybe Angels,” she and the band transitioned into “A Change Would Do You Good.” The expression on Crow was one of elation as if it were a challenge to go from one song into the other successfully as a band.

Crow, who always had one of the best and bluesiest voices in the pop music world, retains her range, elasticity and ability to improvise while never taking away from the songs themselves. Her work on “My Favorite Mistake,” “Leaving Las Vegas,” “If It Makes You Happy” and “Strong Enough” was proof plenty of that.

Her six-piece band, including guitarist/bandleader Peter Stroud and recent addition Audley Freed (Black Crowes) on second guitar, was a soul-rock machine behind her.

Following a setlist of hit songs, Crow chose to close the night with a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Rock And Roll,” her voice a full-on siren wail. In a night full of sing-alongs, Crow’s voice was the one worth hearing.

SOURCE: Seattle Music Insider


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