By Geoff Herbert
Sheryl Crow enjoyed her time off stage just as much as on stage in Upstate New York this past weekend.
The 55-year-old singer-songwriter took an Uber to Destiny USA in Syracuse on Sunday before performing at the Lakeview Amphitheater. Her Uber driver, Sally Griffith, tells syracuse.com that she drives an extra large van for the ride-sharing service and took Crow, her two sons and an assistant to enjoy WonderWorks at the mall.
"She was so kind and just... wonderful," Griffith said.
Crow offered Griffith two free tickets to Sunday night's concert as part of the Outlaw Music Festival Tour with Willie Nelson, My Morning Jacket and Margo Price. Crow is promoting her ninth studio album, "Be Myself," released in April; the title track features a reference to Uber.
"Hanging with the hipsters is a lot of hard work
How many selfies can you take before you look like a jerk?
I took an Uber to a juice bar to hear a new indie band play
They got 99 million followers in only one day."
Uber and fellow ride-sharing service Lyft were made available in Upstate New York for the first time just three weeks ago. Customers haaised the apps' convenience and prices, while drivers are also enjoying the service.
"Uber is the only way I got to meet Sheryl Crow," Griffith told syracuse.com.
Crow has sold more than 50 million albums and won nine Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year for "Tuesday Night Music Sessions" standout "All I Wanna Do" and Best Rock Album for 1998's "The Globe Sessions." Her hits also include "If It Makes You Happy," "A Change Would Do You Good," "Strong Enough," "Everyday is a Winding Road," "My Favorite Mistake," the James Bond theme "Tomorrow Never Dies" and the Kid Rock duet "Picture."
She performed at the Chautauqua Institute Amphitheater in Western New York on Friday, and raved about the experience.
"We just spent the last two days in what felt like old small town America: where no one worries to lock up their bikes, where the days seem to move at a slower pace [and] where you feel comfortable sending your kids a few blocks over to get their ice cream by themselves," Crow wrote on Facebook Saturday. "We will be back!"
Crow has two sons she adopted in 2007 and 2010: 10-year-old Wyatt and 7-year-old Levi.