NEWS APRIL 2008

Wednesday April 30

[LIVE REVIEW] RUTH ECKERD HALL, CLEARWATER - #1


Pic: Kelvin Ma/The Tampa Tribune

Singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow didn’t neglect her new material as she performed Tuesday night at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater.

By CURTIS ROSS

CLEARWATER - Nothing like a few major life events to provide focus and perspective.

Since 2005's lackluster "Wildflower," Sheryl Crow has ended a long-term relationship with cyclist Lance Armstrong, survived breast cancer and adopted a son.

Perhaps not coincidentally, this year's "Detours" album is arguably - I'd argue it, anyway - her strongest album.

A set list combining a big chunk of "Detours" with the best of the rest of her catalog seemed like a no-brainer, and that's exactly what a Ruth Eckerd Hall crowd of 2,039 got Tuesday night. All Crow and her band had to do was show up and deliver, and that's exactly what they did.

What the show may have lacked in surprises - except, perhaps for a show-ending encore of Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground" - it more than made up for with consistently high-level performances.

Crow opened with the solo acoustic "God Bless This Mess," also the first cut on "Detours." This simple but profound protest number showcased Crow's writing at its most economical.

Crow's band jumped in with second number "Shine Over Babylon." It and "Diamond Ring," performed later in the set, were both invested with an epic quality that made both highlights of the evening. "Diamond Ring" also featured some of Crow's most impressive singing.

Following "Diamond Ring," Crow joked about her relationships. "I've been engaged three times," she told the crowd. "And I'm pretty proud of it."

To stress the point, she followed with "Now That You're Gone" (the next line is "I can breathe").

Crow didn't neglect the hits, placing "A Change Would Do You Good" and "Leaving Las Vegas" early in the set, while "If It Makes You Happy" was saved for near the end.

"My Favorite Mistake" was tough and lean, while "Gasoline" segued into a bit of "Gimme Shelter," by the Rolling Stones, long one of Crow's touchstones.

The gentle country shuffle, "Detours," made for a pleasant break from the rockers and ballads.

Reporter Curtis Ross can be reached at (813) 259-7568 or cross@tampatrib.com.

Source: The Tampa Tribune, April 30


  [LIVE REVIEW] RUTH ECKERD HALL, CLEARWATER - #2

JOSEPH GARNETT JR. | Times]

Grammy Award winner Sheryl Crow, touring in support of her new album, Detours, plays her old favorites and new songs for the crowd at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Tuesday night.

CLEARWATER — Sheryl Crow sure has packed a lot of living into 46 years. She has battled breast cancer and Karl Rove. She famously dated Lance Armstrong — and then famously didn't. She adopted a son. She bashed a president.

And that's just in the last few years.

The Missouri singer-songwriter can't escape the drama, so she processes it the only way she can, building best-selling albums like diary entries you can dance to. She's an intimate, in-your-face performer best seen in an intimate, in-your-face hall.

And we had just the place for her.

Touring behind new album Detours, a hit-or-miss purging of all things political and painful, Crow dished all her personal dirt to 2,039 fans at Ruth Eckerd Hall Tuesday.

Opening with the quiet, acoustic angst of the new God Bless This Mess, with its damning of "a war based on lies," the diminutive firebrand soon shifted sonic gears and kicked into an endlessly electric rock show, alternating between new stuff and stuck-in-your-head hits dating back to her 1993 debut, Tuesday Night Music Club.

Backed by a tight eight-piece band well-versed in her preferred dive-bar boogie, Crow's bewhiskeyed wail, a finely aged instrument, got stronger and stronger with each song: the funky oomph of A Change, the restless beauty of Leaving Las Vegas, the midtempo strut of Can't Cry Anymore, the tricky breakup smash My Favorite Mistake.

If the bass was too loud, well, she just got louder — and better.

Crow was loose, smiling, adorable, the diminutive star with the cascading dirty-blonde hair exuding charm to spare. For a cover of Cat Stevens' The First Cut Is the Deepest, she even traded verses with a young girl in the front row.

For tabloid-readers looking for Armstrong references, they were there in sneaky, cheeky ways. On the new album, the song Diamond Ring is sad, somber. Onstage, however, she tweaked the tune with winky torch-song flair: "I blew up our love nest / By making one little request / Diamonnnd ringgg!"

"I've been engaged three times," Crow said with a laugh afterward, "and I'm pretty proud of it."

She then launched into Now That You're Gone. Hint: She's over him.

Even the weaker songs on Detours were made likable in a live setting. The hamhanded futuristic clunker Gasoline was saved by a menacing midsong injection of the Rolling Stones' Gimme Shelter. And the cheeseball singalong Out of Our Heads ("If we could only get out of our heads, out of our heads, and into our hearts!") turned into a silly but fun drum-circle chant, the seated crowd forgoing protocol and stomping to its feet.

For the absolutely sublime If It Makes You Happy, her signature song, Crow reared back and hollered that titular chorus, letting it all go, the catchiest catharsis in her songbook. From the sound of it, Sheryl Crow has a lot of living left to do, too.

Sean Daly can be reached at sdaly@sptimes.com or (727) 893-8467. His Pop Life blog is at blogs.tampabay.com/popmusic.

Source: St. Petersburg Times (Tampabay.com)


[SET LIST] RUTH ECKERD HALL, CLEARWATER, APRIL 29

GOD BLESS THIS MESS
BABYLON
LOVE IS FREE
CHANGE
VEGAS
CAN'T CRY
DIAMOND RING
NOW THAT YOU'RE GONE
FIRST CUT
MISTAKE
GASOLINE
DETOURS
DRUNK WITH THE THOUGHT OF YOU
STRONG ENOUGH
OUT OF OUR HEADS
HAPPY
SOAK
WINDING ROAD
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ALL I WANNA DO
HIGHER GROUND


[SET LIST/PHOTOS] TIMES-UNION PERFORMING ART CENTER, JACKSONVILLE, FL, JACKSONVILLE, FL


Picture: Carol Keller

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Pics: Carol Keller/Jacksonville.com

GOD BLESS
BABYLON
LOVE IS FREE
CHANGE
VEGAS
CAN'T CRY
SWEET ROASLYN
NOW THAT YOU'RE GONE
FIRST CUT
MISTAKE
GASOLINE
DETOURS
DRUNK
STRONG ENOUGH
PEACE BE UPON US
OUT OF OUR HEADS
HAPPY
SOAK
WINDING ROAD
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ALL I WANNA DO
HIGHER GROUND

Sunday April 27

[LIVE REVIEW + PICS] PENSACOLA CIVIL CENTER, PENSACOLA, FL - APRIL 26

Sheryl Crow makes fans happy at Civic Center show

Rebecca Ross • April 27, 2008

Favorite pair of blue jeans: On. Flirty top: Yes. Boyfriend/husband/best guy pal: In tow.

It’s a corny line, but all the Sheryl Crow audience wanted to do was have some fun - with their significant others - Saturday night at the Civic Center.

The nine-time Grammy winner played to a solid, if not sold-out, crowd of mostly couples who grooved to Crow’s bluesy brand of pop/rock.

Some local musicians kicked off the night in skinny jeans style. Up and coming Pensacola indie rockers The Gills served as the sole opening act for Crow and had more than a few in the audience on their feet during a high-energy half-hour set which included “Mountain” and “Julian.”

The five-member group, all in their late teens and early 20s, seemed at ease in front of an audience of thousands - admittedly larger than their usual Sluggo’s or Handlebar crowds.

“It’s so amazing to be up here performing in front of all of you pretty people,” lead singer Jesse Wheeler told the hooting masses.

By 9 p.m., it was clear that the pretty person the fans most wanted to see was Crow, who opened her set with “God Bless this Mess,” strumming a glitter-strapped, acoustic guitar while standing against a simple backdrop highlighted with an image of Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam.”

Dressed in jeans, a sleeveless top and black boots, the trim, athletic Crow strolled the stage while singing, “The president spoke words of comfort with tear drops in his eyes and he led us as a nation, into a war based on lies.”

But one verse did not a politically-heavy evening make.

Crow jumped straight into “Shine Over Babylon,” followed by the rollicking, “Love is Free,” as fans danced in their seats and clapped along.

The focus was not on fancy lighting or intricate staging, but on Crow’s whisky-laced vocals and the tight, energetic backing of her six-member band and two back-up singers.

The affable singer paused several times between songs to chat with fans and share anecdotes of family vacations in an Airstream trailer court in nearby Panama City.

“Hey, Pensacola,” Crow teased. “I’ve heard about you. I need to spend more time here.”

She also took the time to praise opening act The Gills, saying, “Those boys are going places.”

This tour, on the heels of Crow’s seventh studio album, “Detours,” featured a fast-paced mix of new songs and several fan favorites, such as “Leaving Las Vegas,” “A Change Will Do You Good,” and “Can’t Cry Anymore.”

Crow had the audience, women and men, singing along in full force on her cover of the Cat Stevens classic, “The First Cut is the Deepest.”

One couple exemplified the night’s feel-good vibes.

“I love you, Sheryl!” a female fan cried, waving to the singer from her seat in the risers. A moment later, the fan’s male seatmate called, “Hey, Sheryl! I love you, too!”

Source: Pensacola News Journal

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Credits: Jennifer Cecil /jcecil@pnj.com

GOD BLESS THIS MESS
BABYLON
LOVE IS FREE
CHANGE    
VEGAS
CAN'T CRY
DIAMOND RING
NOW THAT YOU'RE GONE
FIRST CUT
MISTAKE
GASOLINE
DETOURS
DRUNK WITH THE THOUGHT OF YOU
STRONG ENOUGH
OUT OF OUR HEADS
HAPPY
SOAK
WINDING ROAD
-------------------------
ALL I WANNA DO
ROCK N ROLL

Saturday April 26

[PICS] JAZZFEST - NEW ORLEANS

Sheryl chats backstage with Robert Plant and Alison Krauss at The 39th Annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Photo by Rick Diamond/WireImage.com.


[NEWS] NEW ORLEANS JAZZ FEST GETS UNDER WAY

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Singer Sheryl Crow wanted the people of New Orleans to know she was performing for them at yesterday's opening of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

Before launching into her new song, "Love is Free," Crow told the crowd that that it was "for all you people who have built back, for all those who haven't built back, for all those who aren't here right now."

Her song is a tribute to the people of New Orleans, which is still recovering from the 2005 hurricanes -- Katrina and Rita. The video features many city symbols and references, such as fleurs de lis, jazz musicians and Mardi Gras jesters.

Crow's performance wrapped a long day in the sun for thousands, some who had come from far away to sample some of the city's famous food and hear their favorite musicians.

Source: Associated Press


[REVIEW] DETOURS - POP MATTERS

by Will Layman

In pop music, 15 years is a lifetime-plus. Artists who release relevant music over than span of time are few, particularly in the last 15 years.

In that time, Sheryl Crow has forged something even more rare than “mere” success. She has combined craft, surface, and substance to become a hitmaker who seems both old and new. This was obvious when she first emerged as a Ricki Lee Jonesy former Michael Jackson back-up singer with the radio hit “All I Wanna Do Is Have Some Fun”. That song felt light and loose and new, but it also seemed instantly classic, with the stamp of the ‘70s singer-songwriter tradition on its forehead.

In subsequent records, Crow simply deepened her rock credibility. The follow-up Sheryl Crow (1996) rocked harder and darker, yet it also sounded more contemporary, with a plenty of weird blips and loops to scuff up the surface. The Globe Sessions (1998) was a more stripped down effort but still contained what had plainly become Crow’s best attribute: classic, hooky songwriting. Crow’s lyrics were laced with surprising cultural references, and her melodies managed to echo “classic rock” without seeming like a retread. At the same time, Crow’s voice settled in as a pop-rock marvel: pretty and rough, expressive but also capable of reaching for a radio-ready climax.

If C’mon, C’mon (2002) seemed to tail off in originality, then it still produced hits ("Soak Up the Sun") and showed a determined professionalism. Wildflower (2005) found Crow as tabloid fodder—engaged to cyclist Lance Armstrong and then fighting breast cancer—and still she sounded like the only pop diva of substance in a world of freeze-dried American Idols and dance-pop plasticity. It was difficult, at times, to decide if Crow—even at age 43 trading on her striking beauty—was being tarted-up for the youth market. But this was the mark of Crow, wasn’t it? She was neither a roots rocker nor a pop songstress. She’d found a way to play the middle ground—neither too gritty nor too slick. And always well-crafted.

The brand-new Sheryl Crow album is called Detours, but it is hardly a strange left turn. The producer of Tuesday Night Music Club, Bill Bottrell, is back. As on that debut disc, there is a rich array of rock and pop-styled tunes that are written with craft, arranged with a loose perfection, and sung with a perfect sense of gorgeous authenticity. It is now clearer than ever that Sheryl Crow owns a versatile talent that is in the game for the long haul. Forget the romances with Armstrong and Eric Clapton. Sheryl Crow is a major talent with just her guitars and her voice. Her songs don’t just sound “classic”—15 years into a hugely consistent career that word defines the artist herself.

With Bottrell back as producer, Crow is given latitude to vary her sound dramatically on different songs. And so the disc starts with the personal-turns-political “God Bless This Mess”, recorded low-fi with just guitar and voice. Crow takes her listener from a childhood home to a first job making cold calls to the chaos of 9/11. t’s an affecting narrative signaling that Detours will be the singer’s most outspoken and most introspective collection.

And so it is.  This is plainly a political record, containing songs critical of the government, songs lamenting petroleum dependency, and songs advocating green activism. At the same time, Crow has never seemed so much like a personal singer-songwriter, plainly addressing her cancer treatment on “Make It Go Away (Radiation Song” and somewhat uncomfortably suggesting how a “Diamond Ring” ruined her relationship with Armstrong. Frankly, these both seem like potential missteps… until you have heard Detours.

In execution, Crow blends her politics and her confessionals with both good storytelling and superior popcraft. “Love is Free” starts with “She got a shack / Floating down the Pontchartrain / With the water rolling in you gotta swim / Before the levees start to crack”—plainly a song about the absurdities of the Hurricane Katrina tragedy. But it’s not that simple. The music, after all, is invincibly snappy, based around a thrilling guitar strum and a set of bitten-off phrases sung in Crow’s jazziest tone. The chorus is not about resignation but about a kind of gleeful release: “Oh, everybody / Devil take your money / Money’s got no hold on me / Oh oh everybody’s making love / ‘Cause love is free”. Tightly harmonized and supplemented with growling baritone saxophone riffing on the out-choruses, this is a “political song” that is actually more of a catchy story that includes the serious sentiment that “It ain’t no big thing if you lose your faith / They kinda like to keep you in your place” and revels in the rhyme “With the voodoo / What do you do?” Resisting it is like turning down some cheese on your broccoli.

“Gasoline” is angrier and more distinctive too. On the surface, it’s a plain old protest song, concluding that “You got the bastards in Washington / Afraid of popping the greed vein / ‘Cause the money’s in the pipeline / And the pipeline’s running dry”. But the story that unfolds is a strange dystopian tale told from the future, looking back on “the year of 2017 / ... The summer of the riots [when] / London sat in sweltering heat / And the gangs of Mini Coopers / Took the battle to the streets”.  Cars and trucks are outlawed and one final can of gas is used to blow up the Taj Mahal—all set to a Stones-y groove established by messy drums, stinging guitar, and Wurlitzer electric piano. Crow talk-sings like a hipster quasi-Dylan with a penchant for a tuneful shout-along chorus.

The title track shows Crow’s facility with a largely acoustic folk song—something that Alison Krauss would put across beautifully but with less canny pop directness. “Lullaby for Wyatt” is an honest-to-goodness acoustic ballad for Crow’s adopted son, as lovely a way to close the album as you can imagine, a tune that contains more than one surprising melodic turn. The album contains a pu-pu platter of mid-tempo tracks that lock into your ear for an inevitable ride. “Shine Over Babylon” pulses with Big Drums and rises to a chorus roughly the size of the Great Plains. “Peace Be Upon Us” layers percussion into a electronic groove then invites Iranian singer Mitra Rahbar to duet with Crow on lyrics that draw on religious themes. “Now That You’re Gone” is an R&B song that sounds like it came out of Detroit or Philly in another era. All of these tunes prism Crow’s full-voiced aesthetic along different wavelengths. The spectrum make this the most fully realized album by the singer in a decade.

There remain missteps that result from such catholic aspirations. “Love Is All There Is” starts with electronic drums and hops its way into a kind of ABBA groove. “Diamond Ring” is spare and echoey on the verse then moves into a sonic cathedral on the chorus without providing Crow’s usual knack for a perfect pre-chorus, then adds a bridge section where the vocal rasps uncomfortably about diamonds “bringing on cold feet”. It’s additionally true that the second half of the album goes about half-flat compared the opening set of wholly arresting songs.

But so what? Detours is so good that even the middling songs are chock full of taste treats. “Motivation” is a late gem that snaps and grooves on a stacked-vocal chorus and a set of lyrical references that crack you up: “Skinny young dude in a hundred dollar t-shirt / ... Hotties doing pilates with the Saudis and the pleasers”. The truth—hidden maybe behind all of Crow’s records sales and her good looks and her relatively mainstream radio success—is that Sheryl Crow is a literate rock star, a singer-songwriter who just happens to appeal, an authentic talent who isn’t above (or below?) being sold, even on the radio, to teens and adults alike.

In short, Sheryl Crow a middle-of-the-road success who happens to be better than we all realized. With Detours, she keeps her plowing down the highway, foot on the pedal moving easily from lane to lane, the radio on full-blast. And there doesn’t seem to be any stopping her.

Rating: 8 out 10

Source: popmatters.com


[VIDEO] OUT OF OUR HEADS - LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY - APRIL 7

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[PICS & BLOG] JAZZFEST

"Sheryl Crow was amazing, she looked great, sounded better and was full of energy on stage."

http://saycheesenola.blogspot.com/2008/04/wow.html

From: saycheesenola.blogspot.com


"My plan for closing out the day had been to see Buckwheat Zydeco. But he was playing in the Blues Tent, and I decided I wanted to be outside for the final act. And with Fair Grounds not too overcrowded, I decided to go see Sheryl Crow instead. Of course I’ve heard of her, but I’d never listened to her before. I learned there’s a reason for her popularity: she’s good."

From: raymondpward.typepad.com


[...] After a an hour or so listening to Burning Spear, we made our way back to the Acura stage because, and here is my confession, I have always had a thing for Sheryl Crow. Yes, I know she can often delve into pop schmaltz. Yes, I know there is some controversy surround her breakout album Tuesday Night Music Club. But, she earned her chops singing back up for years. She seems like a helluva woman to drink a beer with. She plays the guitar and sings. And she’s got a great sound and even a nice ass. So, I had to catch her. My dad has a thing for Cher. I have a thing for Crow.

Since we arrived late, getting close was not an option. So we spread out a blanket and ju7st sat in the back, checked her out through binoculars (yes, I bring them) and watched the screens. We caught a few songs and then she said goodnight. I never thought there were encores at the Jazzfest so I began to leave. Romy stopped me and suggested there might be an encore. So we moved up front and stopped pretty close to the stage after all the campers, exhausted from fighting for their spot all day, cleared out.

Sure thing, Crow came out for one more song, an awesome cover of “Rock ‘n’ Roll” that got the crowd really fired up. She said it was a tribute to Plant and, to be honest, his presence on stage the act before had the whole crowd in a general Zeppelin state of mind so they effin loved it. I loved it. It was a great Jazzfest moment. Everybody was hollerin’ “Oooooh yea! Oooo-oooo yea!” all the way out. Both Crow and Krauss really belted out the Zepplin vocals causing me to wonder if Plant’s vocals are generally fit to a woman’s voice. [...]

From: http://thechicory.com


All I can say is WOW! What an event…Jazz Fest was a combination of so many things! Young and older, grunge to pot smokin’ hippees, some locals and lots of people from out of town. Felt like “Spring Break” if you know what I mean. We had a friend watch the boys, so they weren’t exposed to people smoking pot right in front of us or to the side of us, or for that matter…all around us! We ate some great food, listened to local artist, and listened to Alison Krause and Robert Plant. But my favorite was Sheryl Crow. The video: you can hear Sheryl Crow in the background, but I was filming the guy dancing! He cracked us up!

 

From: carlsonsonthemove.wordpress.com


[PICS] SHERYL CROW - NEW ORLEANS JAZZ & HERITAGE FESTIVAL, APRIL 25

 


Pic: Denny Culbertine/The Advocate

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[SET LIST] NEW ORLEANS JAZZ & HERITAGE FESTIVAL, APRIL 25

GOD BLESS THIS MESS
SHINE OVER BABYLON
LOVE IS FREE
A CHANGE
LEAVING LAS VEGAS
CAN'T CRY ANYMORE
NOW THAT YOU'RE GONE
FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST
MY FAVORITE MISTAKE
GASOLINE
DETOURS
STRONG ENOUGH
OUT OF OUR HEADS
IF IT MAKES YOU HAPPY
SOAK UP THE SUN
EVERYDAY IS A WINDING ROAD
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ALL I WANNA DO

ROCK AND ROLL


[LIVE REVIEW] NEW ORLEANS JAZZ & HERITAGE FESTIVAL, APRIL 25

Sheryl Crow works with what she's got
The Times-Picayune

Sheryl Crow faced the difficult task of following Robert Plant and Alison Krauss at the Acura Stage on Friday. Her greatest strength and weakness in that endeavor was a deep catalog of crowd-pleasing hits. Such a repertoire leaves little room for the sort of dramatics conjured by Plant and Krauss. But neither do her fans expect it.

Additionally, she armed herself with an awareness and appreciation of where she was. She referenced Magazine Street and recalled recording "Everyday is a Winding Road" at the old Kingsway Studio on Esplanade Avenue. "This ain't no disco...this is Jazzfest!" she chirped in "All I Wanna Do."

Her set dragged early, then built momentum. "Out of Our Heads," from her current album, was an irresistible romp. She mentioned her broken engagement and bout with breast cancer, a reminder of all that she endured to still look and sound great. "Strong Enough" was as lovely as ever. "Soak Up the Sun" sparkled.

Her final crash through Led Zeppelin's "Rock 'n Roll" -- on a stage vacated two hours earlier by the Golden God himself -- was either incredibly cheeky or an incredibly bad idea. It came across like a little of both.

However, her set will likely go down on Jazzfest producer Quint Davis' list of fondest memories. As Crow and her band bowed, Davis came onstage to bid the crowd farewell. Crow bounded over to him, hugged him, and said, "Thank you for having us!"

Davis looked glad that he did.

Keith Spera

Source: The Times-Picayune (blog.nola.com)

Thursday April 24

[SET LIST] TULSA, OKLAHOMA - APRIL 23


Pic: Sherylcrow.com

GOD BLESS THIS MESS
BABYLON
LOVE IS FREE
CHANGE    
VEGAS
CAN'T CRY
NOW THAT YOU'RE GONE
FIRST CUT
MISTAKE
GASOLINE
DETOURS
DRUNK WITH THE THOUGHT OF YOU
STRONG ENOUGH
PEACE BE UPON US
OUT OF OUR HEADS
HAPPY
SOAK
WINDING ROAD
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ALL I WANNA DO
TULSA TIME


[CHARTS] DETOURS - BILLBOARD TOP 200

Date Chart Position Sales Total Sales
! ! ! !!
Feb 23rd , 2008 2 92,300 92300
Mar 1st, 2008 8 51,710 144,407
Mar 8th, 2008 11 32,608 177,015
Mar 15th, 2008 15 27,079 204,094
Mar 22nd, 2008 25 19,423 223,587
Mar 29th, 2008 42 15,160 238,747
Apr 5th, 2008 45 16,645 255,392
Apr 12th, 2008 49 11,296 266.688
Apr 19th, 2008 84 9.430 276.118
Apr 26th, 2008 56 10,659 (+29) 286,776
May 3rd , 2008 88 7,714 (-28) 294,490

[CHARTS] "LOVE IS FREE" - TRIPLE-A NATIONAL AIRPLAY PANEL - CHART HISTORY

Issue Date Position
Plays %
December 28 22 (debut) !
January 4, 2008 20 !
January 11, 2008 17 !
January 18, 2008 17 !
January 25, 2008 17 !
February 1 , 2008 14 !
February 8 , 2008 9 !
February 15 , 2008 6 !
February 22 , 2008 6 !
February 29 , 2008 5 !
March 7, 2008 4 !
March 14, 2008 5 !
March 21, 2008 5 !
March 28, 2008 5 !
April 4 , 2008 5 +18
April 11 , 2008 5 -2
April 18 , 2008 7 -2
April 25 , 2008 8 -33

[CHARTS] "LOVE IS FREE" - HOT AC NATIONAL AIRPLAY

Issue Date Position Plays %
March 21, 2008 20 !
March 28, 2008 18 !
April 4 , 2008 17 +52
April 11 , 2008 17 -34
April 18 , 2008 18 -106
April 25 , 2008 20 -201

[CHARTS] "LOVE IS FREE" - CANADA AC NATIONAL AIRPLAY

Issue Date Position Plays %
March 28, 2008 24 !
April 4 , 2008 23 +18
April 11 , 2008 18 +26 (most added)
April 18 , 2008 17 +24 (most added)
April 25 , 2008 13 +15

[BLOG] SHOPPING ANYONE?


Pic: Sherylcrow.com

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Wednesday April 23

[SET LIST] WICHITA, KANSAS - APRIL 22, 2008


© Sherylcrow.com

GOD BLESS THIS MESS
BABYLON
LOVE IS FREE
CHANGE
VEGAS
CAN'T CRY
DIAMOND RING
NOW THAT YOU'RE GONE
FIRST CUT
MISTAKE
GASOLINE
DETOURS
DRUNK WITH THE THOUGHT OF YOU
STRONG ENOUGH
OUT OF OUR HEADS
HAPPY
SOAK
WINDING ROAD
-------------------------
ALL I WANNA DO
ROCK N ROLL


© Sherylcrow.com

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[LIVE REVIEW] THE CENTURY II - WICHITA, KANSAS - APRIL 22, 2008

Review #1

The first of three concerts this week is in the book and I’m going to be hoarse in the morning. Sheryl (we’re on a first-name basis) was fantastic tonight at Century II. She was fantastic, her band was fantastic, the lighting was fantastic, the crowd was fantastic, my company was fantastic. Except for the people consistently getting up out of their seats and crossing in front of us to do whatever it is they were going to do, it was a perfect night.

Sheryl did all of her hits and a bunch of songs off of her new CD/record/iTunes/whatever the hell you call new releases, Detours. I have to admit, the first time I listened to this record, I wasn’t crazy about it. It’s very personal and a little slower than most of her stuff. But the lyrics are great and the performance of her news songs _ she must have done seven or eight of them _ made them feel comfortable to the audience.

One of the highlights of the night came on the second and final song of her only encore when she belted out Led Zeppelin’s Rock and Roll, complete with a little butt wiggling. The band really cut loose on this one and it was definitely her most rocked-out performance of the night. It was a packed house and I think Sheryl liked us Wichitans. She did make reference to how “we” beat the brains out of Memphis in college basketball’s national championship game, surely not realizing that there were probably more Wichita State fans in the crowd than KU fans. But that wasn’t a big deal and it was cute that Sheryl, who grew up in Missouri, close to Memphis, acknowledged the Jayhawks’ championship.

It was an even better show than I expected. And from Sheryl, I expected a lot.

[...]

Bob Lutz

Source: Bob Lutz's blog - Wichita Eagle (Kansas.com)


Review #2

Sheryl Crow delights fans at Century II
BY DENISE NEIL
The Wichita Eagle

At the very least, Wichita can now forget about that 2007 Super Bowl commercial that depicted singer Sheryl Crow making a fictional concert stop here.

Now that Crow has made an actual concert stop here -- and possibly admitted to the slight -- all is forgiven.

"Wichita," a grinning Crow said shortly into her hour-and-a-half-long set Tuesday. "Don't think I've been here before, have I? Maybe in a past life."

If there are any lingering hurt feelings, they weren't detectable among the 2,200 fans who gathered at Century II's Concert Hall for the intimate, sold-out show.

Fans cheered, danced, sang along to Crow's library of Grammy-winning hits and gleefully defied bouncers demanding that they stay seated.

Crow, looking tiny in jeans and a sparkly sleeveless black vest, performed most of her big hits, including "Strong Enough," "Leaving Las Vegas," "If It Makes You Happy," and "The First Cut is the Deepest." She also performed several songs from her latest album, "Detours," including "Shine Over Babylon" and "Love is Free."

Crow saved "Soak Up the Sun" and "Everyday is a Winding Road" for the end of the show, and "All I Wanna Do" for the encore.

During breaks between songs, Crow acknowledged some well-known details from her personal life -- including her bout with breast cancer and her adoption of a baby boy she named Wyatt.

She also acknowledged the Jayhawks' victory over Memphis in the NCAA Finals, though she admitted that she was cheering for Memphis.

A funny moment came at the end of "Can't Cry Anymore," when Crow started to sing the wrong verse. She paused, looked around at her band and said, "That's how you know it's live, you know what I mean?"

Among the fans at the show was Diana Jordan, a single mom of three daughters who said she was attending her first concert in 18 years.

Jordan, who managed to discreetly change into a newly purchased concert T-shirt in the Century II lobby, said Crow's appeal is her authenticity.

"I relate to all her songs so well," Jordan said. "She's free, and she speaks what's on her mind."

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[BLOG] LIVE AT THE CENTURY II - WICHITA, KANSAS - APRIL 22, 2008

First comments from the blogosphere


From: jmarie13 (http://jmarie13.livejournal.com)

[...] So Sheryl Crow is my 5th and she was fabulous! We were in the 5th row, exact center and she is just an amazing live performer. Some people are decent when they are polished on their albums, but just aren’t all that great live, but she was amazing. She even started singing the wrong verse on one of the songs and kind of looks around and says “well, that’s how you know it’s live, right?”. She was very interactive with the audience, sang a mix of her new stuff (which I haven’t heard because when I went to buy it the store didn’t have it) and almost everything off of her “Greatest Hits” album (Leaving Las Vegas, All I Want to Do, Soak Up the Sun, My Favorite Mistake, First Cut Is the Deepest, Everyday Is a Winding Road, If It Makes You Happy, A Change Would Do You Good, Strong Enough).

I didn’t start getting too hot until nearly the end, so that was good. And it just reinforces the fact that I can’t go to concerts where you’re in a crush of people because this was at the Concert Hall at Century II with assigned seating, so there was no crush and I about got too hot. Which really limits the concerts I can go to, because it eliminates everything at the Cotillion, where the cheap/lesser known bands are, and most bands that are at Century II or the Coliseum, or even the new Arena once it’s finished, are usually too damn expensive. Sheryl Crow was $70 and that’s not really all that high. I wanted to go to Bon Jovi (they were in KC tonight), but really bad tickets behind the stage were over $200.

But back to Sheryl Crow, she gave an amazingly fabulous performance, well worth the $70 a ticket. They were filming for her new “Out of Our Heads?” video, we all had to stand up and do peace signs. We were so close that it could be potentially embarrassing, but as mom said, there were so many dorks up front she’s not sure any of it would make it to the actual video. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.


From: http://lovingslive.blogspot.com

We had great seats--sixth row right off the center of the stage. I don't think we could have had better seats.

The concert was awesome. Sheryl can really sing and gives a great performance. I think the small theater at Century II really helped. It seemed like she was giving a private performance, not playing a huge concert.


From: http://mdschulte.blogspot.com

If there is a god Her name is Sheryl Crow

I am just home from what may or may not have been the first stop on Sheryl Crow's newest tour from the Detours album. It was awesome. Many moons ago I had tickets to go see Sheryl (yes, we're on a first name basis now) but I had to duck out because my wife was pregnant with our first child and she thought the music would be too loud for the baby. Needless to say we were bummed to not go then, but boy were we happy with tonight's concert. Excellent. She sang a healthy mix of songs from the new album with some old favorites. For her encore she sang All I wanna do, but then she broke out some Zepplin and I must say, that was my favorite part. I've always loved Sheryl's rendition of D'yer Maker on the Encomium tribute album and this was another to add to the excellent list.

Loved it.


[MAGAZINE] HELLO MAGAZINE (CANADIAN EDITION), CURRENT ISSUE

Thanks to Jen and Ms. Hawkeye :-)


[NEWS] SHERYL ENDORSES OBAMA

Sheryl threw her support to Barack Obama in a letter to fans on her blog:

Supporting Obama

I could not be happier or more relieved to hear a presidential candidate of our beautiful but struggling country speak about consciousness and the idea of aiming for lofty goals without the cynicism we have all become accustomed to. I refuse to embrace the rhetoric that says that the kind of hope and ideals Barak Obama speaks of cannot be achieved without having the kind of leadership that has become mainstream in this country. Leadership that is based on special interest monies or based on well executed fear campaigns facilitating the greed of a few and the demise of our honorable standing in the world theatre. I am proud to support Barack Obama in his desire and mission to see America return to her greatness.

I have carefully watched, like everyone else, the campaigns of both democrats, as well as the republican candidate, and I could safely say that only one candidate is speaking to the beliefs I feel this country was founded on. Are we the kind of nation that chooses who we will attack based on the greed of a few? Are we the kind of people who will idly sit by while the environment is compromised by the weakening of the clean water act due to cronyism in the White House?

Are we the kind of people that will allow our neighbor to go untreated medically because we've allowed the medical lobby to run our healthcare system?

I believe, like Barack Obama, that we can change our future, but not by repeating our history. It's my belief that the idea that Barak Obama cannot do the job because of his lack of experience is an empty argument for we have put our faith in experienced Washington insiders who have lied and cheated and look where that has gotten us.

I believe in the power that exists in all of us to bring about change. It is time for us to choose leaders who represent the best parts of ourselves. Everything in this life is about intention. We have a grand opportunity to say to ourselves and to the world that we deserve and desire better for ourselves and our offspring.

I have great hope that we will seize this moment as our own. That we will not be frightened into thinking that the only people who can manage our security are the people who took us in a war.

I have hope that we will not buy into the power of insinuation and manipulation of campaign ads but will instead listen to our hearts.

I have great hope that we will begin to see ourselves differently. I pray that we will begin to wake up and really emotionally invest in the plight of all people in this country as our own, otherwise, we will continue to stand divided.

It is my deepest wish that we find it in ourselves to demand greatness from our leaders and not fall back on what we have endured for so long. It is time for us to dare to be conscious.

- Sheryl Crow

I knew it, I knew it... ;-)

Sunday April 20, 2008

[NEWS] ONE TO CROW ON - WICHITA EAGLE

Singer Sheryl Crow brings her earthy brand of music to Wichita this week

BY ALAN SCULLEY
Wichita Eagle corV

Like many other rock and pop artists, Sheryl Crow knows that the days when her albums routinely sell several million copies have passed. With downloading and file sharing, record sales are down significantly in every genre. She no longer expects to get her songs played on commercial radio, and finds that satellite radio and National Public Radio are now her main outlets for airplay.

"I think pop radio is very driven by beats, by young artists, a lot of dance music, a lot of R&B," Crow said in a phone interview last week, ahead of her performance Tuesday night in Wichita. "It's just a different time. It's about what sells, and it's much more difficult to get on pop radio."

So how will Crow keep her career on track in this environment? The best strategy, Crow said, is simply to stay true to her earthy brand of pop music and the heartfelt lyrics that populate her songs.

"The best I can do is make records that matter to me, that I think have integrity, and just trust that there will always be a need for singer-songwriters, and it's not all about dance music," she said.

Crow certainly follows that mission on her latest CD, "Detours," which is widely seen as the most personal and outspoken of her career.

The CD comes after a challenging three-year period that saw her much-publicized romance with cyclist Lance Armstrong end in early 2006, followed just days later by the news that Crow had breast cancer. She underwent what was described as minimally invasive surgery, followed by radiation treatment.

On the brighter side, Crow, 46, adopted a baby boy, Wyatt, last spring and said she is relishing her life as a mother.

"I couldn't even begin to know that it was going to be as wonderful as it is," Crow said. "I'm really lucky that he's a very curious child, very game and a good little traveler and just a healthy and happy, joyful little guy. So it just makes every day like Christmas."

Crow said having -- and beating -- cancer made her feel it was time to adopt. Facing cancer also prompted her to take stock of her life.

Some of her self-discoveries and thoughts came out in the songs Crow wrote for "Detours."

That much is apparent on the title song, which addresses how people, even if they have a plan for what they want from life, can get sidetracked and lose touch with their goals and values.

"I think that's an experience that happens to all of us periodically through life, when we have a pretty strong sense of what it is our course is meant to be, and then we realize one day we're very far away from that," Crow said.

Social and political concerns also filter into a good number of songs on "Detours," which has a more acoustic-centric sound than Crow's six previous albums.

"Gasoline" is a futuristic tale of oil and greed. "Peace Be Upon Us" laments the misguided motivations of war. And several songs (including "Motivation" and "God Bless This Mess") touch on the idea that people have become too distracted with their own lives and pursuits to care about the problems of the nation and world.

And, yes, a few songs deal with romantic struggles. There has been speculation that three songs in particular --"Now That You're Gone," "Drunk With the Thought of You" and "Diamond Ring" -- are about the Armstrong breakup. But Crow cautioned against taking that view.

"I think the experiences of those songs are very universal," she said. "I've been in several relationships that have ended up being really learning experiences for me. I wouldn't say that everything was relegated to the Lance relationship. There's a lot to be learned from all your relationships. So I definitely could not say those were specific to him."

Crow is clearly pleased with how "Detours" turned out and plans to showcase a healthy chunk of the new material in her live shows.

"We will definitely do a lot of familiar stuff, and a fair amount of the new stuff just because it's so timely and it's so far really translating well live," said Crow, who noted she is taking out the largest band she's used in years, complete with a pair of backing vocalists.

As for one other rumored live venture -- touring with Fleetwood Mac, perhaps as soon as next spring -- Crow said her participation isn't as certain as recent media accounts suggest.

"I'm not really sure how that rumor got started," Crow said. "I don't know how my quote got attached to me that we were definitely doing it. That's not the case. Nothing's been planned. It's fun to get together and talk about things, but we haven't gone any further than that."

Source: Wichita Eagle (Kansas.com)

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Friday April 18

[MAGAZINE] PERFORMING SONGWRITER - MARCH/APRIL ISSUE

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Thursday April 17

[VIDEO] LONDON LIVE - MOJO HD - "LOVE IS FREE" - HDTV720

 


Love is Free
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[CHARTS] DETOURS - BILLBOARD TOP 200

Date Chart Position Sales Total Sales
! ! ! !!
Feb 23rd , 2008 2 92,300 92300
Mar 1st, 2008 8 51,710 144,407
Mar 8th, 2008 11 32,608 177,015
Mar 15th, 2008 15 27,079 204,094
Mar 22nd, 2008 25 19,423 223,587
Mar 29th, 2008 42 15,160 238,747
Apr 5th, 2008 45 16,645 255,392
Apr 12th, 2008 49 11,296 266.688
Apr 19th, 2008 84 9.430 276.118
Apr 26th, 2008 56 10,659 (+13) 286,776

[CHARTS] "LOVE IS FREE" - TRIPLE-A NATIONAL AIRPLAY PANEL - CHART HISTORY

Issue Date Position
Plays %
December 28 22 (debut) !
January 4, 2008 20 !
January 11, 2008 17 !
January 18, 2008 17 !
January 25, 2008 17 !
February 1 , 2008 14 !
February 8 , 2008 9 !
February 15 , 2008 6 !
February 22 , 2008 6 !
February 29 , 2008 5 !
March 7, 2008 4 !
March 14, 2008 5 !
March 21, 2008 5 !
March 28, 2008 5 !
April 4 , 2008 5 +18
April 11 , 2008 5 -2
April 18 , 2008 7 -2

[CHARTS] "LOVE IS FREE" - HOT AC NATIONAL AIRPLAY

Issue Date Position Plays %
March 21, 2008 20 !
March 28, 2008 18 !
April 4 , 2008 17 +52
April 11 , 2008 17 -34
April 18 , 2008 18 -106

[CHARTS] "LOVE IS FREE" - CANADA AC NATIONAL AIRPLAY

Issue Date Position Plays %
March 28, 2008 24 !
April 4 , 2008 23 +18
April 11 , 2008 18 +26 (most added)
April 18 , 2008 17 +24 (most added)

[CHARTS] THE VERY BEST OF SHERYL CROW - CATALOGUE ALBUMS

Date Chart Position Sales Total Sales
! ! ! !!
Apr 26th, 2008 22 4,823 (+7) 4,047,322

[NEWS] SHERYL CROW ANNOUNCES SUMMER "DE-TOUR"

JAMES BLUNT AND TOOTS & THE MAYTALS COMPLETE THE LINE-UP

SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Nine-time Grammy winner Sheryl Crow will hit the road again this July, bringing the songs of her acclaimed new album, Detours, to life. Helping her heat up the stage will be British singer/songwriter James Blunt and reggae legends Toots & the Maytals (on the majority of the tour).

Says Crow, "I can't wait to get out this summer, and I'm thrilled to have James Blunt and Toots & the Maytals with me. James puts on a great show, and there is no one better for a summer tour than Toots & the Maytals. It's going to be a blast."

Source: prnewswire.com via Interscope Geffen A&M Records

Wednesday April 16, 2008

[NEWS] SHERYL CROW PREPARES FOR LIFE ON THE ROAD WITH BABY WYATT

Sheryl Crow will hit the road this summer for her first big tour since becoming a mom to 11-month-old son Wyatt last May.

The 25-date tour, in support of her album Detours, kicks off on July 24 in Nashville and ends on Aug. 30 in Seattle. James Blunt will open for Crow on all of the dates.

Reggae act Toots and the Maytals – handpicked by Crow, who says they're one of her favorite bands – will also be in the lineup for most of the stops.

Crow won't hit the road alone: She will bring along Wyatt, according to a source, who adds that she is modifying her tour bus to accommodate his nursery.

Here are the complete tour dates:

July 24: Nashville, TN @ Sommet Center with James Blunt

July 26: Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Casino, with James Blunt

July 28: Wantagh, NY @ Jones Beach Amph, with James Blunt and Toots & the Maytals

July 29: Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Center, with James Blunt and Toots & the Maytals

July 30: Mansfield, MA @ Tweeter Center, with James Blunt and Toots & the Maytals

July 31: Saratoga Springs, NY @ SPAC, with James Blunt and Toots & the Maytals

August 2: Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Center for Performing Arts, with James Blunt and Toots & the Maytals

August 3: Canandiagua, NY @ Constellation Perf Arts Center, with James Blunt

August 5: Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre, with James Blunt and Toots & the Maytals

August 6: Green Bay, WI @ Resch Center, with James Blunt and Toots & the Maytals

August 8: Milwaukee, WI @ Bradley Center, with James Blunt and Toots & the Maytals

August 9: Minneapolis, MN @ Northrop Auditorium, with James Blunt and Toots & the Maytals

August 10: Highland Park, IL @ Ravinia Pavilion, with James Blunt

August 14: Houston, TX @ The Woodlands, with James Blunt and Toots & the Maytals

August 15: Dallas, TX @ Superpages.com Amph, with James Blunt and Toots & the Maytals

August 16: Oklahoma City, OK @ Zoo Amph with James Blunt and Toots & the Maytals

August 18: Albuquerque, NM @ Sandia Casino Amphitheater, with James Blunt

August 19: Tuscon, AZ @ Anselmo Valencia Amph, with James Blunt and Toots & the Maytals

August 21: San Diego, CA @ Qualcomm, with James Blunt and Toots & the Maytals

August 22: Las Vegas, NV @ Theatre for the Performing Arts (Planet Hollywood), with James Blunt and Toots & the Maytals

August 23: Lake Tahoe, NV @ Harvey's Outdoor Amph, with James Blunt and Toots & the Maytals

August 25: SLC, UT @ USANA Amphitheater, with James Blunt and Toots & the Maytals

August 27: Concord, CA @ Sleep Train Pavilion, with James Blunt and Toots & the Maytals

August 29: Portland, OR @ Edgefield Amphitheater, with James Blunt

August 30: Seattle, WA @ White River Amphitheater, with James Blunt

Source: People Magazine OnLine


[NEWS] SHERYL CROW AND JAMES BLUNT TO TOUR

Sheryl Crow, on the road later this month and officially kicking off her much anticipated Detours tour on May 22, is reportedly teaming up with James Blunt for a tour this August. At press time, only two shows were confirmed. Blunt was last in the U.S. in February on 16-city tour.

Before Blunt's August shows with Crow, he will be touring the globe with shows in Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, SE Asia, South Africa and Ireland.

Crow, a known activist against global hunger and poverty, is donating $1 of each ticket purchased to her shows to the World Food Program.

Shery Crow/James Blunt shows:

August
16 OK Oklahoma City, Zoo Amph
29 OR Portland, White River Amphitheater


Source: ticketnews.com

Tuesday April 15

[VIDEOS] AOL SESSIONS - MINI-SET

Detours
God Bless This Mess
Love is Free
Out Of Our Heads
Strong Enough

Monday April 14

ONE NIGHT, ONE FIGHT - PAZO RESTAURANT, BALTIMORE, MD - MAR 16, 2008

 

Video (Baltimore Sun)


CUTE POST FROM PLANET CANCER

Excerpt from Suzanne's Blog

I met Sheryl Crow and she is awesome!!!

Last Sunday was my 30th birthday and I also had the opportunity to meet Sheryl Crow in person at a benefit concert downtown at Pazo. The concert was to raise money for the Ulman Fund, which is an organization to support your cancer survivors. I was one of the 10 winners of a contest to go to the concert. When I went to the function, I met several other cancer survivors and their significant others. We shared lots of stories and we really connected. Then, half way through the event, we were told there was a surprise for us. We went to the back of the stage and they told us we were getting ready to meet her one on one!!

I was so excited. I remember saying to everyone, what are we going to say to her? How's the weather, I love your outfit... Anyways, it was my turn to meet her. I stepped up onto her tour bus and immediately gave her a hug. I introduced myself and the first thing she said to me was, my you are very tall. I remember saying that I played basketball!! What a corny response... After I mentioned my name, she knew exactly who I was and my entire story. I had to submit a letter to her prior to the concert. I was shocked that she read them and knew everything about me based on reading the letter...I asked her if she had any of the amazing food at Pazo or any of the drinks. She said that she loved the food and if she didn't have a cold she would be tanked on the drinks!! That was funny that she admitted that to me!! Her tour bus had lots of organic food in the kitchen, from what I observed in the brief time I was on the bus. It was an amazing experience. I couldhave kept talking to her but I didn't want to hog her and not let the other girls have their minute in the spot light with her. I hope to have pictures soon. They took several pictures of us talking!!!

After we met her the concert began. She sang for about an hour and the night was topped off with Sheryl singing Happy Birthday to ME!!!! Yes, she sang happy birthday and announced my 30th birthday to everyone in the place. Then she dedicated a song to me, If It Makes You Happy!!! It was the best birthday I have ever had.

People ask me if I am sad to turn 30th. But you know what, after thinking about it, being a cancer survivor changes my answer to that question. I am just so blessed to be living, and every birthday is a celebration of life for me. I am not the least bit sad that I am 30. It's just one more year I am able to celebrate life with all of my loved ones. This birthday has been a pivotal one for me. I am ready to start a new decade and one that will be absolutely amazing!!! I have met so many people on my journey in life and I want to keep meeting people that inspire me and that are inspired by me!!

[...]



Jason (a cancer survivor) with Sheryl aboard her tour bus

> MORE PICTURES <

Saturday April 12

[NEWS] AOL SESSIONS

Sheryl recently performed for AOL Music Sessions in their Los Angeles Studios. Check HERE to watch the performance now.

Note: content not available outside US

Once again another new performance is online which I can't see. I'm thinking about how I can describe crappy AOL video service...

Thursday April 10th

$100,000

What Tom Hunter and Chris Gorman, two of Britain's richest businessman, paid to play a song with Sheryl Crow at a charity auction. Hunter played drums, Gorman electric guitar, while Sheryl Crow sang "All I Wanna Do".

Source: How Much?! the $1000 Omlette... and 1100 Other Astonishing Money Moments by By Andrew Holmes, 2007, Thorogood Publishing


[VIDEOS] DANCING WITH THE STARS - HD 720

All I Wanna Do
DiVx - HDTV 1280 x 720p - Stereo - 100 mb


 

Out Of Our Heads
DiVx - HDTV 1280 x 720p - Stereo - 100 mb


[CHARTS] DETOURS - BILLBOARD TOP 200

Date Chart Position Sales Total Sales
! ! ! !!
Feb 23rd , 2008 2 92,300 92300
Mar 1st, 2008 8 51,710 144,407
Mar 8th, 2008 11 32,608 177,015
Mar 15th, 2008 15 27,079 204,094
Mar 22nd, 2008 25 19,423 223,587
Mar 29th, 2008 42 15,160 238,747
Apr 5th, 2008 45 16,645 255,392
Apr 12th, 2008 49 11,296 266.688
Apr 19th, 2008 84 9.430 276.118

[CHARTS] "LOVE IS FREE" - TRIPLE-A NATIONAL AIRPLAY PANEL - CHART HISTORY

Issue Date Position
Plays %
December 28 22 (debut) !
January 4, 2008 20 !
January 11, 2008 17 !
January 18, 2008 17 !
January 25, 2008 17 !
February 1 , 2008 14 !
February 8 , 2008 9 !
February 15 , 2008 6 !
February 22 , 2008 6 !
February 29 , 2008 5 !
March 7, 2008 4 !
March 14, 2008 5 !
March 21, 2008 5 !
March 28, 2008 5 !
April 4 , 2008 5 +18
April 11 , 2008 5 -2

[CHARTS] "LOVE IS FREE" - HOT AC NATIONAL AIRPLAY

Issue Date Position Plays %
March 21, 2008 20 !
March 28, 2008 18 !
April 4 , 2008 17 +52
April 11 , 2008 17 -34

[CHARTS] "LOVE IS FREE" - CANADA AC NATIONAL AIRPLAY

Issue Date Position Plays %
March 28, 2008 24 !
April 4 , 2008 23 +18
April 11 , 2008 18 +26 (most added)

 

Friday April 4th

[NEWS] DANCING QUEEN

by Gina Serpe

Sheryl Crow is the latest big name performer to grace the increasingly dangerous Dancing With the Stars stage. Crow will perform two songs on the results show April 8, her new single "Out of Our Heads," and her classic hit "All I Wanna Do." Pros Kym Johnson, Fabian Sanchez, Edyta Sliwinska and Tony Dovolani will dance to the latter tune before the fourth celebrity couple is eliminated.

Source: E! Online


[REVIEW] DETOURS - VANITY FAIR

Frank DiGiacomo: Sheryl Crow’s Triumphant Return

When Sheryl Crow told me, in the summer of 2006, that recording her next album was going to be “terrifying and wonderful,” she didn’t need to explain what she meant. Assigned to write a profile of the singer/songwriter that ultimately appeared in the August 2006 issue of Vanity Fair, I, like the rest of the world, knew that the first half of the year had been a rough one for the Kennett, Missouri, native. At the beginning of February, Crow and her fiancé, seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, had broken up without ever setting a date for their wedding—and just two weeks later she was diagnosed with Stage 1 cancer in her left breast. By the time Crow and I were able to sit down and talk about her future recording plans, she’d been given a clean bill of health and was touring again, but the implication of her comment was that she’d be dealing with these personal traumas on her next record, no matter how difficult they were to revisit.

Well, she did go out and make the record she said she was going to make. Released Tuesday, it is called Detours, and though I’m sure parts of it were terrifying for her to commit to the relative permanence of a commercial compact disc, the album is not only wonderful, it’s one of the strongest albums of her career. Given her personal travails, Crow had every right to make a dark, brooding record, but she’s done something much more challenging. Reuniting with Bill Bottrell, who produced her smash 1993 debut CD Tuesday Night Music Club, Crow has crafted an album that goes to some difficult and melancholy places lyrically, but is remarkably uplifting to hear because of its defiantly jubilant—and jubilantly defiant—music.

Detours begins with “God Bless This Mess,” a lo-fi acoustic number that Crow wrote herself. (On other tunes she shares writing credits with Bottrell, Jeff Trott, and Mike Elizondo.) In three economical verses, the song captures the state of ADD-afflicted post-9/11 America. The next five songs address big political and cultural topics, too, such as Hurricane Katrina (“Love Is Free,” which she played on The Late Show with David Letterman earlier this week), religious extremism (“Out of Our Heads” and “Peace Be Upon Us”), and our oil-based economy, which is sent up in a Rolling Stones–style post-apocalyptic protest song called “Gasoline” that is destined to be a radio hit (unless, of course, a governmental conspiracy—or maybe Karl Rove, whom Crow tangled with at last year’s White House Correspondents’ dinner—keeps it off the air). With Ben Harper on backing vocals and a giddy, group-sung chorus of “Gasoline / Will be free/ Yeah, yeah yeah!,” it’s one incredibly infectious tune.

And the good sounds keep coming, even as, in the second half of the album, Crow narrows the focus of Detours to a much more personal scale. The song’s title track is a heartbreakingly beautiful song in which a woman laments to her mother, “I took all of these detours to find love / But when I did, it just faded away.” I can’t help but think that Crow wrote the song with her own mother in mind, given her closeness to her parents.

The breakup with Armstrong appears to be addressed more directly in two other songs, the first of which, “Now That You’re Gone,” gives the impression that in some ways Crow is actually relieved she’s on her own again. Singing in a soaring, soulful voice, Crow makes “Now That You’re Gone” an anthem of catharsis and a declaration of independence, via the first two lines of the song’s chorus: “Now that you’re gone, I am free / Now that you’re gone, I can breathe.” Thankfully, I can see it replacing “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair” as the song of choice for newly single women on karaoke night.

And now that she has had some breathing room, Crow, who declined to discuss the reasons for her and Armstrong’s break-up when I interviewed her in 2006, seems to drop a hint of what happened in the song “Diamond Ring”: “But I blew up our love nest / By making one little request,” she sings before heading straight to the chorus: “Diamond ring / Diamond ring / Don’t mean a thing,” which, in a subsequent version of the chorus becomes, “Diamond ring / fucks up everything.”

Happily, Crow now has a new man in her life: her nine-month old son Wyatt Steven, whom she adopted in May 2007. Detours is dedicated to him, as is the album’s closing song, “Lullaby for Wyatt,” which ends the song cycle on a hopeful and yet wistful note. “Hope you will find love like I did someday / But love is letting go,” Crow sings to her boy, whose gurgles are captured on the recording. “And this I’ll know / Is you were mine / For a time.” Already she seems to be steeling herself for heartbreak.

Source: Vanity Fair Daily


[RADIO INTERVIEW] WFUV 90.7 BY RITA HOUSTON


Interview + acoustic set (Love is Free - Shine Over Babylon + Everyday is a Winding Road)

35 min 57 sec - MP3 stereo 96 kHz - 20 mb

http://www.wfuv.org/index2.html
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=89342382


EFFESS!

 

Music video of the forthcoming single "Now That You're Gone"


[VIDEO] HARD ROCK CALLING 2008 TV AD


[BLOG] MESSAGE FROM SHERYL

Credit Changes!

Want to let everyone know there is a correction on the credits for the Sheryl Crow DETOURS CD. Chris Yoakum was inadvertently left off the booklet for his contributions of additional engineering as well as his assistant Chris Meece.

Chris Yoakum was also responsible for additional programming on Diamond Ring and Chris Meece for additional drums on Detours and Diamond Ring. These omissions will be added on the next pressing Of Detours.

Credits will read:

Diamond Ring

Chris Yoakum - drum programming
Chris Meece - drums

Detours

Chris Meece - additional drums
Chris Yoakum additional engineer and Chris Meece additional assist engineer.

Source: sherylcrow.com/blog


[CHARTS] DETOURS - BILLBOARD TOP 200

Date Chart Position Sales Total Sales
! ! ! !!
Feb 23rd , 2008 2 92,300 92300
Mar 1st, 2008 8 51,710 144,407
Mar 8th, 2008 11 32,608 177,015
Mar 15th, 2008 15 27,079 204,094
Mar 22nd, 2008 25 19,423 223,587
Mar 29th, 2008 42 15,160 238,747
Apr 5th, 2008 45 16,645 255,392
Apr 12th, 2008 49 11,296 266.688

[CHARTS] "LOVE IS FREE" - TRIPLE-A NATIONAL AIRPLAY PANEL - CHART HISTORY

Issue Date Position
Plays %
December 28 22 (debut) !
January 4, 2008 20 !
January 11, 2008 17 !
January 18, 2008 17 !
January 25, 2008 17 !
February 1 , 2008 14 !
February 8 , 2008 9 !
February 15 , 2008 6 !
February 22 , 2008 6 !
February 29 , 2008 5 !
March 7, 2008 4 !
March 14, 2008 5 !
March 21, 2008 5 !
March 28, 2008 5 !
April 4 , 2008 5 +18

[CHARTS] "LOVE IS FREE" - HOT AC NATIONAL AIRPLAY

Issue Date Position Plays %
March 21, 2008 20 !
March 28, 2008 18 !
April 4 , 2008 17 +52

[CHARTS] "LOVE IS FREE" - CANADA AC NATIONAL AIRPLAY

Issue Date Position Plays %
March 28, 2008 24 !
April 4 , 2008 23 +18

Martedi' April 2nd

[VIDEO] WEBISODE #4

 


  [VIDEO] WAL-MART SOUNDCHECK

Check out the Goddess performing 5 songs in studio and an up close and personal interview exclusively for Wal-Mart Soundcheck !

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  [NEWS] COUNTRYPOLITAN CROW


Photo: Outrageous Pictures

Add one more to the list of celebs-turned-fashion entrepreneurs. Grammy-winning singer Sheryl Crow launched her new casual denim clothing line, Bootheel Trading Co. on March 17 in NYC. Similar to what you would catch Sheryl donning on a casual day out or even while rocking out with her guitar at a concert, the new Fall 2008 collection consists of jeans in a variety of vintage washes, all boasting a flattering as well as comfortable, easy fit — most jeans only allow for one of the two!

At the event at 5 Ninth, fashion editors were treated to a glimpse at halter and traditional vests (in faux suede and faux leather) and several knit and woven tops. A noteworthy singer and songwriter, Sheryl’s foray into fashion seems just as genuine as her thoughtful lyrics. “I’ve spent years collecting some of the most amazing pieces and never thought that I would be able to bring the spirit of this vintage, laid-back fashion to life with comparable quality at a price with every woman in mind," she says. Hey, if it makes you happy...

Source: In Touch Magazin via CMT.com

Tuesday April 1st

[REVIEW] DETOURS - IAFRICA.COM (SOUTH AFRICA)

By Nils van der Linden

What do you do if the past three years of your life have been as crap as your last two albums? Retire to Hawaii? Go off the rails and start whacking cars with an umbrella? Become a contestant on 'Dancing With The Stars'? Or just end it all?

If you're Sheryl Crow, you adopt a two-week old boy, patch things up with a friend you haven’t spoken to in over a decade, and record some of the best songs of your career.

Channeling the downs (and occasional ups) of her recent past — cancer, love gained and lost, heated debate with the Bush government over its global warming policy, motherhood — the singer-songwriter has created her most political, most personal, and most powerful album yet.

It begins quietly — but brutally — with the lo-fi 'God Bless This Mess'. A folksy ditty that pops and crackles like it was recorded in the '50s, the opener hits hard with lines like "I heard about the day the two skyscrapers came down… The president spoke words of comfort with teardrops in his eyes/ Then, he led us as a nation into a war all based on lies", her calm vocals only making it all sound more devastating.

The global meltdown continues on the what-the-hell-is-going-on duo 'Shine Over Babylon' and 'Out Of Our Heads' — but again she tempers her dark lyrics with music that's respectively rousing and playful: the former is a classic Crow anthem, the latter a calypso-flavoured chant.

Revisiting the groove of 'All I Wanna Do', the sunny, swinging 'Love Is Free' turns the potentially morose subject of Hurricane Katrina into a Mardi Gras style celebration of survival, while the conciliatory 'Peace Be Upon Us' couples Middle Eastern textures with optimism.

But the clouds really lift on '70s rocker 'Gasoline' (a satirical look at the fuel crisis circa 2017) and pretty pop tune 'Now That You're Gone' (a faux love song to departed Bush crony Karl Rove with whom she had a very public falling out), both revealing Crow's sense of humour remains intact — despite the personal baggage that's piled up since 2005.

That baggage gets unpacked during the more introspective second half of 'Detours'. The stark, pleading 'Make It Go Away (Radiation Song)' unflinchingly relives her battle with breast cancer while the ragged ballad 'Diamond Ring' exorcises feelings about the high profile break-up with fiancé Lance Armstrong.

But again, the sun comes out from behind the clouds. 'Love Is All There Is', reprising Crow's familiar take on Americana, looks ahead with hope, while the unadorned 'Lullaby For Wyatt' has the proud but uncertain new mother celebrating the future life of her adopted son. Set to the sparse accompaniment of a piano and acoustic guitar, it's yet another lyrical and musical detour — but producer Bill Bottrell, returning to the fray for the first time since her 1994 debut, expertly holds 'Detours' together to create Crow's most ambitious and fully-realised work.

Rating: 4 out 5 stars

Source: www.Iafrica.com


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