NEWS APRIL 2012
NEWS - Stagecoach Festival Ends on High Note With Brad Paisley, The Band Perry, Martina McBride
30 April 2012
INDIO, Calif. -- What was Sheryl Crow doing on the bill at the sixth annual Stagecoach festival in California? That's not a question that has so much to do with genre -- after all, other primarily rock acts like the Eagles, John Fogerty and Kid Rock have also played the country fest -- as much as timing.
Crow wasn't added to the bill until early April, and it wasn't as if they needed her name value to juice ticket sales since Stagecoach sold out its entire supply of 55,000 passes back in early January. Why the bonus?
It became clearer Sunday evening (April 29) that it probably had something to do with the closing night's headliner, Brad Paisley. Perhaps, you could conjecture, there was a recommendation on his part that Crow do something to say howdy to the country audience again in advance of ... yes, finally, her long-threatened country album.
"I've been trying for years to make a country record," Crow told the vast crowd at the main stage during an instrumental breakdown in the middle of "Can't Cry Anymore."
"I get closer and closer in my own weird, strange way of making country music," she said. "I'm getting ready to [really] do it, though. I've got the best friend a girl could have in country music. I've got Brad Paisley, who's gonna help me do it. Does that sound good?"
A few numbers later, Crow brought "good friend" Paisley onto the stage to play a blistering lead guitar on "Real Gone," a tune she recorded for the 2006 Cars film soundtrack that was the only semi-obscure number in her otherwise hits-filled set. Paisley seemed to want to use the moment to diminish expectations about his role on the Crow album. (The P-word, "producer," was never mentioned, although that seemed to be what Crow was implying).
"Sheryl's in the studio finally making a country album. I am a small part of it," Paisley told the cheering throngs, before seeming to regret using the word "small" in any context, adding, "No, I shouldn't have gone like that."
"Large part!" countered Crow, cheerfully contradicting Paisley. And then they were off to the races, as it were.
Crow wasn't just in a collaborative mood when it came to Paisley. Early in her set, Crow bowed to the performer who preceded her on the main stage, saying, "I've got a lot of nerve following up Martina McBride. She's a badass."
Making good on her reverence, Crow ended her set by bringing out "one of my favorite singers on this whole planet" -- McBride, that is -- for a house-bringing-down duet of "You're No Good" that paid homage to Linda Ronstadt, the Cali/Arizona desert girl who was one of the biggest inspirations for both the Southern gals onstage.
You might've expected Crow would come back out again to join Paisley for his festival-closing set, but you would've expected wrong. There were no communal moments to rival the ones from Stagecoach's previous night when Miranda Lambert first brought out husband Blake Shelton and then the entire lineup of main stage performers for a group singalong.
Paisley did duet with a female country star, Carrie Underwood, but only a pre-recorded video of her singing with him on "Remind Me" -- a moment in Paisley's touring show that has replaced the former video projection of Alison Krauss singing "Whiskey Lullaby." Paisley has Sheryl Crow and Martina McBride hanging out backstage, but he thinks the audience would rather see a giant video of Underwood than a real live superstar duet partner? Talk about missed opportunities.
Still, for anyone who hasn't seen the standard iteration of Paisley's touring show in recent years -- complete with a laser light show, a steady stream of elaborate background videos and still more prerecorded collaborations with Alabama, Andy Griffith and William Shatner -- his set was surely a sight to see -- and also to hear as Paisley channels whatever improvisational instincts he might harbor into a steady run of unassailably exceptional guitar solos. He even got off one lead while wandering into the crowd, holding his guitar neck uncomfortably high lest it become a three-or four-handed affair. However disinclined he is to mess with his tightly reined-in set list, he's still as exceptional of an entertainer as country music has.
Fest-goers were faced with a tough choice earlier in the evening as Crow's performance mostly overlapped with one by Kenny Rogers, who drew the biggest crowd that any of Stagecoach's side stages have ever seen. And he wasn't in any more of a mood to gamble with a successful formula than Paisley was.
"I'm so excited to be here tonight because every song I'm gonna do is a hit," Rogers promised. "So you can expect that."
Anyone partial to Kenny Rogers' deep album cuts was surely crestfallen at that moment, but everyone else thrilled to the notion, even if some of the smashes would end up being performed in truncated versions.
Rogers did actually break from the nothing-but-hits vow to sing one non-smash he said had been requested backstage -- "The Greatest," a 1999 single about a baseball-playing little boy that only made it to No. 26 on Billboard's country chart but was the top video on CMT in its time.
Rogers is so enduringly beloved that he can even get away with insulting the crowd, as he did when a singalong of "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town" failed to meet his expectations.
"I will not soon forget that," he said, singling out one portion of the crowd that was apparently particularly out of tune. "To put it in perspective, they sang that better in Quebec. They don't even speak English in Quebec."
But, hey, the audience in Quebec probably wasn't wrapping up three solid days of drinking, as many of the attendees at Stagecoach were.
LIVE REVIEW - STAGECOACH (#2)
The Los Angeles Times reports that Crow acknowledged her gratitude of being included on the country-centric bill and told the crowd "it's such an honor to be here. I've got a lot of nerve following Martina Mcbride." Brad Paisley joined Sheryl on stage, playing guitar on 'Real Gone,' showing support for the woman whose album he has also been helping out with, as well. She drew a decent crowd, considering she was competing with Kenny Rogers over on the other stage. And, according to L.A. Times, her set "unleashed the weekend's biggest impromptu group line dance session drawing in a couple of hundred fans near the stage."
NEWS - Sheryl Crow and Brad Paisley collaborate on stage to close Stagecoach Festival
In addition to sharing the spotlight, Crow and Paisley perform at separate sets on the Mane Stage during the closing day of the country music desert party.
The 2012 Stagecoach Country Music Festival finally came to an end on Sunday night, April 29. Sheryl Crow and Brad Paisley rocked the closing day of the gig along with Roy Clark, Martina McBride, The Band Perry and Kenny Rogers among others.
Crow and Paisley were both slated to take the Mane Stage, but they were to perform at separate sets. At one point during the Sunday concert, however, the "Remind Me" hitmaker surprised the crowd by joining Crow on stage and playing guitar when she delivered her 2006 single "Real Gone".
Other songs Crow played for the revelers at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, California included "All I Wanna Do", "My Favorite Mistake" and "Soak Up the Sun". At the same time she pumped up the crowd on the Mane Stage, Rogers invaded the Palomino Stage for an equally rocking set.
Stagecoach Festival started Friday, April 27 with Eli Young Band, Brett Eldredge, Sara Evans, Alabama and Jason Aldean. The gig continued on Saturday with a host of such performers as Steve Martin, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton and Chris Isaak.
LIVE REVIEW - Stagecoach 2012: Sheryl Crow Sparkles at Festival
If there was any question about the crossover between pop rock and country, Sheryl Crow set the record straight with Sunday night sunset set filled with her pop hits at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival.
With a set that included her smash hits "All I Wanna Do," "My Favorite Mistake" and "Soak Up the Sun," Crow, who was the first performer to play the renovated Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside back in 2010, helped simultaneously wind down the Stagecoach crowd and get them amped and ready for the final performance of the festival--from headliner Brad Paisley.
Crow, who is a Nashville resident these days, is planning to release a country album next and is getting help from Paisley, who joined her on stage Sunday night for "Real Gone," playing the guitar.
Crow is a fun performer and the penultimate spot on the Mane Stage was a good fit for her, although I wish I could have seen both full sets from Crow and Kenny Rogers, who had a competing time slot over at the Palomino Stage.
By Dan Cruz
Nashville, Tenn. – April 28, 2012 – Nine-time Grammy Award winner Sheryl Crow joined more than 30,000 runners at the 2012 St. Jude Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon presented by Nissan. The first ambassador of the St. Jude Music Gives program, Crow ran the Nashville half-marathon in support of the New Hope Academy finishing the 13.1-mile race in 1 hour, 59 minutes and 14 seconds.
“The bands on the course were great, it was so uplifting and fun, and they really help take your mind off the pain. People lined the whole way, cheering you on saying you ‘can do it’,” said Crow. “I can really see how people get hooked on doing marathons.”
Event weekend festivities conclude with a post-race concert Saturday night at the Bridgestone Arena headlined by Rodney Atkins. The 14th Annual St. Jude Country Music Marathon is set for April 27, 2013.
“It’s been such a fun event. People are out here running for their causes and St. Jude. I was running for New Hope Academy, which is a school in Williamson County and it’s an amazing school. High academic, caters to all socio economical backgrounds and kids of all cultural differences and races, and a faith-based school, raising scholarships. It’s a great school to run for,” she added.
Photos: St. Jude Country Music 1/2 Marathon - Nashville, 28 April
Before the marathon
With her sister Karen
Karen Crow and Sheryl Crow
Official Result: Karen and Sheryl crossed the Finish Line within seconds of each other at 09:02:13, with a time of 01:59:13.
After the marathon, with the reporter Janet Kim
During an interview
PHOTO GALLERY - Live @ 3rd & Lindsley - Nashville, TN - 25 April (Show #1)
News: Stagecoach date revealed
Videos: "If I Were a Carpenter" & "Cry! Cry! Cry!" (from We Walk The Line)
News - Stars Gather in Austin to Salute Johnny Cash - Willie Nelson, Lucinda Williams, Carolina Chocolate Drops and more celebrate the Man in Black
By Chad Swiatecki
During the final stretch of a star-studded tribute to Johnny Cash on Friday night in Austin, Sheryl Crow turned to stagemate Willie Nelson and told the country music icon, "I would have your baby . . . if you weren’t already married. And if I didn’t know your wife." Instead of blushing or sharing an uncomfortable moment in front of a packed Austin City Limits Live audience, the two stars stepped into "If I Were A Carpenter," one of a string of duets recorded by Cash and his wife, June Carter Cash, in which the couple expressed their deep love for one another.
Nelson, Crow and a guest list that would rival some award shows gathered to celebrate the late Man in Black for "We Walk the Line: a Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash," a fundraiser to fight Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Kris Kristofferson, Lucinda Williams, Amy Lee, Shelby Lynne, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Iron and Wine, Jamey Johnson, Rhett Miller, Brandi Carlile, Shooter Jennings and more took turns on stage running through Cash’s songbook of country classics. With a backing band that included Don Was, Buddy Miller and new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Ian McLagan, the performers put their own touches on Cash’s hits without reinventing them. Lynne’s "Why Me Lord" was full of dynamite soul, the Carolina Chocolate Drops added their gritty bluegrass sound to "Jackson" and Carlile’s take on "Folsom Prison Blues" was feisty at almost double-time speed.
"The Carolina Chocolate Drops just came out of left field for me, and I was so impressed with what they did on 'Jackson,'" country star Ronnie Dunn of Brooks and Dunn said at the close of a night that saw him perform "Ring Of Fire" with the aid of two mariachi trumpet players. "They told me to do my song just like Johnny did and not get crazy with it, but how in the world am I going to use my tenor voice to do what he did with that amazing baritone we all know? I figured the horns would help me cover up whatever shortcomings I have."
Guests paired up throughout the evening much like Nelson and Crow, with Train’s Pat Monohan and Lynne lobbing verses at each other on "It Ain’t Me Babe," Kristofferson joining Johnson for "Sunday Morning Comin' Down," and those two returning with Nelson and Jennings for "The Highwayman." The night ended with the entire roster – more than two dozen musicians – crowding onto the stage for a celebratory rendition of "I Walk The Line." It was a scene so loaded with talent that an A-list artist like Crow was left singing backup vocals off-mike and clapping while her peers led the crowd in a sing-along.
Asked afterward about the significance of the night, Miller – whose band the Old 97's are named after Cash’s "Wreck of the Old ’97," – talked of the chance to pay honor to Cash by bringing a roots-punk punch to the famous song. "He’s a country legend, but to me Johnny Cash was and will always be the ultimate punk rocker. I figured, what better way to honor that spirit than by really going for it on one of the most rocking songs I’ve ever known?"
Source: The Rolling Stones magazine
Video - I Walk The Line - 20 April, Austin, TX
We Walk The Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash - Photo+Setlist
The Moody Theater
Brandi Carlyle – Folsom Prison Blues
News - Sheryl to Perform at the HP Discover Conference
2012 Tour - New Dates Added
Thursday, 6 September 2012
PHOTO GALLERY : 15th Annual "An Unforgettable Evening" Benefiting EIF's
Courage Award Honoree Sheryl Crow at the 15th Annual "An Unforgettable Evening" Benefiting EIF's Women's Cancer Research Fund held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on April 18, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. Photos: Getty/Wire
2012 Tour - New Dates Added
Saturday, 21 July & Sunday, 22 July
2012 Tour - New Date Added
Red Butte Garden 2012 Outdoor Concert Series
Tickets: Members $66; General Public $71
2012 Tour - 2 New Dates Added
Saturday, 8 September 2012
Notes: featuring Sheryl Crow, Los Lonely Boys and a third major band to be revealed later
Tickets: $38; $68; $78
2012 Tour - New Date Added
Friday 22 June 2012
2012 Tour - New Date Added
Monday 23 July 2012
NEWS - "Change Begins Within" to Air on Thirteen
According to a news release, former Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunited on an American stage for the first time in 17 years during an historic April 2009 Radio City Music Hall benefit concert. The event will be broadcast in New York on THIRTEEN at 10:30 p.m. Sunday, April 29, 2012 (check local listings for broadcast dates and times in your area).
NEWS - An Unforgettable Evening 2012
Join us on April 18th at the Beverly Hilton for our 15th Annual Unforgettable Evening where we will present the Women’s Cancer Research Fund Courage award to our 2012 Honoree, Sheryl Crow.
You won’t want to miss this incredible evening; it features a special performance by Rihanna, and updates of astonishing research strides by world-class scientists including three Nobel laureates, all funded by our donors. Beneficiaries of this event include EIF/Women’s Cancer Research Fund’s Biomarker Discovery Project and local cancer research projects at UCLA, USC Medical Centers (NCI Cancer Institutes) and the Cedars-Sinai Adler\Nail Women’s Cancer Research Fund P.E.T. Centers.
When you purchase a table, ad page, or donate, you too, join the fight. These funds sustain the critical research for the early detection and prevention of women’s cancer. We look forward to having you join us on April 18th, and we thank you for your continued support in bringing us closer to the goal of finding a cure in this lifetime. Always thinking outside of the box, Women’s Cancer Research Fund supports innovative studies on prevention; new projects investigate the link between the environment and cancer; incorporating the effect of impactful lifestyle changes on health and wellness.
The fact is, cancer can strike anyone, at any time. Anne Douglas, wife of Kirk Douglas, and mother of Michael Douglas, knows first hand. After her recovery, she founded Women’s Cancer Research Fund that others may also live on.
Contact Unforgettableevening@5Bevents.com for tickets or more information.
NEWS - Rihianna To Serenade Sheryl Crow at Unforgettable Evening 2012
Rihanna is steering her battleship back to Los Angeles, where this month she'll serenade cancer survivor Sheryl Crow at the annual Unforgettable Evening gala, benefiting the Entertainment Industry Foundation's Women’s Cancer Research Fund.
The singer and actress will light up the April 18 event after a cancellation last year due to laryngitis over Grammy weekend. Cee-Lo Green filled her spot then, but the "We Found Love" crooner plans to show this year at the Beverly Hilton as Crow receives the Courage Award.
The gala counts honorary chairs in Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks, and Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg, as well as co-founders Kelly Chapman Meyer, Anne Douglas, Quinn Ezralow, Marion Laurie and Jamie Tisch.
Crow underwent treatment for breast cancer in February 2006, and has lived cancer-free since. Rihanna is currently promoting her summer
Source: Ministry of Gossip (Los Angeles Times)
BamaJam 2012 Music Festival
@ BamaJam Farms
Ticket 3 Days General Admission: $119
2012 Tour - Crow, Bentley and More Wait Tables at "Waiting for Wishes" dinner
The 11th annual Kevin Carter Waiting for Wishes celebrity waiters dinner is set for Tuesday May 8 at The Palm Restaurant.
The event is co-hosted by Kevin Carter and Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus, and is expected to sell out.
Other celebrity waiters include Sheryl Crow, Dierks Bentley and Lee Ann Womack, as well as NFL players and veterans including Jerome Bettis, Keith Bulluck, Tony Gonzales, Priest Holmes, Derrick Mason and Will Witherspoon. Other athletes and television personalities are also scheduled to participate.
Tickets are $500 by calling Paige Dixon at The Palm at 615-742-3193.
Proceeds go to benefit The Kevin Carter Foundation and Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee.
More info @ http://www.waitingforwishes.com/
Source: The Tennessean
Stagecoach Country Music Festival: Sheryl joins festival lineup
The Stagecoach Country Music Festival has added another multi-platinum star to its lineup.
Sheryl Crow, who is known for hits such as “All I Wanna Do,” “Leaving Las Vegas” and “If It Makes You Happy” has joined the bill for the sold-out festival which features headliners Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton, plus other heavyweights including Alabama, Kenny Rogers and Chris Isaak.
Crow has dabbled in pop rock, country and most recently, soul music on her latest album “100 Miles From Memphis” throughout her career, with another of her biggest hits being the duet “Picture” with Kid Rock.
Also, up-and-coming Nashville group The Farm has been added to the bill.
Stagecoach is set for April 27-29 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio
Source: The Press-Enterprise
GCB: Sheryl sings "Gospel According to Me"