Missouri native Sheryl Crow gets a tribute show for the holidays
By Kevin C. Johnson | St. Louis Post-Dispatch pop music critic
Sheryl Crow is getting something that’s all too rare: her own tribute show in St. Louis.
“A Christmas Sheryl: A Tribute to the Music of Sheryl Crow” is Friday night at Off Broadway. Beth Bombara headlines the event that also features Stacey Winter, AV & the Dirty Details, Jenny Roques & Friends, John Calvin Abney and more. Kelsey McClure will emcee.
The show’s title, of course, is a play on “A Christmas Carol,” but there won’t be much holiday singing. The festive event instead will focus on Crow, a native of Kennett, Mo., a small town about three hours south of St. Louis. (Another Kennett sensation: country artist David Nail.)
Jess Luther of the I Went to a Show music blog says the idea for the tribute came about during a discussion with friends at Off Broadway.
“I don’t know how we got on the subject, but I believe I said, ‘Sheryl Crow has some bangers,’” Luther recalls. “We all kind of laughed.”
The Grammy winner is known for “All I Wanna Do,” “Everyday Is a Winding Road,” “Strong Enough,” “Leaving Las Vegas” and “My Favorite Mistake.” Her 1993 album “Tuesday Night Music Club” was her multimillion-selling breakthrough release.
Luther and the group at Off Broadway began talking about Crow’s Missouri roots, and the facts started flying — she studied at the University of Missouri, lived in the Central West End and had been a music teacher in the Rockwood School District.
“For me, growing up in St. Louis knowing she was a Missourian at the height of her stardom in the ’90s and early 2000s when I was a kid and teenager, I always had a respect and admiration for her,” Luther says. “We thought it would be kind of fun to find other like-minded Sheryl Crow fans and put on a tribute show.”
Everyone knows St. Louis loves a tribute show — “almost to the point of exhaustion,” Luther says. “A tribute show in St. Louis is not a unique venture. I have a positive outlook. I love seeing folks play original music, but sometimes when you put on a tribute show, you introduce people to new acts.”
She adds that many tribute shows are for “male-identifying artists. Sheryl is a well-known female-identifying artist. It just kind of made sense. She has quite a catalog. So I reached out to people who would sound great singing her songs.”
Luther likes the idea of paying tribute to an artist who is still alive. She sought out bands that love Crow and have a strong appreciation for her songs.
“I asked folks I thought would bring their unique original voice to the canon of Sheryl Crow songs,” Luther says. “I wanted four different artists that don’t necessarily sound alike when performing their original music. I’m excited to showcase these voices and their bands.”
The event is a hits show, so don’t expect deep cuts. There will be a focus on the “Tuesday Night Music Club” album, as well as on songs from her other projects.
Bombara will perform “Run Baby Run,” which was the first single from “Tuesday Night Music Club.”
“I asked Beth, ‘Were these songs easy or hard to do?’ She said ‘both.’ But she’s pretty excited about all of Sheryl’s songs.” Bombara will also perform “My Favorite Mistake.”
Jenny Roques and Friends will offer “Can’t Cry Anymore,” A.V. & the Dirty Details bring “Soak Up the Sun” and Stacey Winter will cover “All I Wanna Do.”
Luther also promises a fun finale and hopes events like this one will introduce younger audiences to Crow, especially in the Midwest.
What “A Christmas Sheryl: A Tribute to the Music of Sheryl Crow” with Beth Bombara, Stacey Winter, AV & the Dirty Details, Jenny Roques & Friends and Kelsey McClure • When 8 p.m. Friday • Where Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue • How much $10 • More info etix.com
SOURCE: St. Louis Post-Dispatch