It has been a long and interesting musical journey for singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow.
From singing commercial jingles to performing onstage with Michael Jackson to launching her own very successful solo career in the early '90s, she has done it all.
As the outer bands of Hurricane Irene whipped across the Lowcountry on Friday night, Crow performed a stellar set of new material and old hits at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center.
Earlier in the day, as some schools and offices closed because of the weather, some wondered if the show would go on. They need not have worried. With no opening act, Crow and her seven-piece band took to the stage in front of a sold-out audience.
Crow kicked things off with "Our Love is Fading," a song from her latest album, "100 Miles from Memphis." Standing behind a keyboard, sporting jeans and a T-shirt with the face of Keith Richards on the front, Crow had the crowd in the palm of her hand from the first song.
One of Crow's early hits, "A Change Would Do You Good," got her out from behind the piano and interacting with the audience, while "Leaving Las Vegas," found her strumming an acoustic guitar and asking the crowd whether they were beer or whiskey fans. At one point, Crow revealed that she was a fan of Pat Conroy, and praised the local author's books.
Other well-received songs included "My Favorite Mistake," "Strong Enough" and "Everyday is a Winding Road." One of the artist's biggest hits, the West Coast rock-drenched "Soak Up the Sun," had the audience members on their feet, with Crow leading a sing-along of the tune's chorus.
For her encore Crow sang "All I Wanna Do," another hit from her debut album, "Tuesday Night Music Club."
After thanking Irene for not blowing into town Friday night, Crow performed one more song, "I Shall Believe," before bidding the crowd goodnight.
Throughout the nearly two-hour show, Crow kept a constant bond with the audience, proving why she has managed to stay popular in an industry where a performer is only as good as his or her last hit. Unlike some established artists, Crow genuinely seems to care whether her audience is having a good time, and with her sunshine-bright smile, they couldn't help but enjoy themselves at her show.
Most important, Crow still seems to genuinely love performing live. After nearly 20 years of success as a solo artist, it would be easy for many performers to become jaded. Sheryl Crow is anything but that.
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Source: The Post and Courier
.Friday August 26, 2011
[NEWS] SHERYL CROW GOES CAR SHOPPING IN BREMEN (PILOT NEWS)
By Lydia Beers, Pilot News
BREMEN — Singer Sheryl Crow recently paid a surprise visit to Special Edition, Inc. in Bremen.
“Her manager called about a month ahead of time but wouldn’t say who was coming,” said Carey Hines, vice president of Special Edition, Inc.
The star stopped by Special Edition the day of her performance at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend, Aug. 17.
Turns out that the singer is in the market for a new car after auctioning off her 1959 Mercedes 190SL Roaster to benefit Joplin, Mo. tornado victims. The car sold for $130,000, according to Hines, and the money was donated to the Joplin school district.
Hines said that Crow is a classic car fan, but doesn’t want the headache that comes with maintaining an older vehicle.
“She wanted something that looked old but wasn’t,” said Hines, adding that Special Edition carries mid-1950s style cars that are brand new and reliable.
Crow chose a black Beck Speedster with a tan interior, which will be custom-made for her. Hines said that Crow asked for a very basic, stripped down car, bypassing many modern amenities that other customers ask for.
“She wanted a true 1950s feel,” said Hines.
Crow had her manager research the car she wanted beforehand, and Hines said that the manager asked most of the mechanical questions while Crow stood by.
“She was one of the nicest people I’ve ever met,” remembers Hines. “Real down to earth, sweet, and a vintage car lover.”
“We pretty much talked about cars,” said Hines. “We’ve built a lot of cars for celebrities over the years but this is the first time we’ve had one visit the shop. I was more nervous than I thought I’d be. Everything I knew about the cars kind of flew out the window.”
Other celebrities that the company has built cars for include Slash, lead guitarist of Guns N’ Roses, Gordon Murray, designer of Formula One race cars, and Jay Leno.
Although completed cars are usually shipped, Hines said that Crow’s car will most likely be brought directly to her Franklin,Tenn. home by Special Edition staff.
Special Edition, Inc. is located at 119 N. Liberty Drive in Bremen.
[NEWS] SHERYL CROW TO PERFORM AT THE 2011 SONIC NATIONAL CONVENTION
[NEWS] SHERYL CROW BUYS MICHIANA CAR THAT WOULD RIVAL STEVE MCQUEEN'S
By Jenny M. Dolph
There was more than just music on Sheryl Crow's mind during her stop in South Bend last week.
We've got a look at the new ride she bought right here in Michiana!
Crow stopped in at "Special Edition” in Bremen to pick out her new car.
Soon, you might see her cruising Santa Monica Boulevard in a new hot rod. It’s a black Beck speedster that's being built just for her!
"We've built a lot of cars for celebrities over the years. This is the first time we had one come to our show. It was interesting, it was a little nerve-wracking. She was wonderful."
Crow auctioned off her 1959 Mercedes 190SL roadster last month as a fundraiser for tornado victims in Joplin, Missouri, Crow's home state. The sale brought in $130,000 for the Joplin School District.
.Monday August 22, 2011
[LIVE REVIEW] INDIANAPOLIS, IN - AUGUST 20 (NUVO.NET)
by Wade Coggeshall
Sheryl Crow, his opening act, turns 50 in February. But she’s clearly become a performer who’s comfortable in her own skin.
Looking like a relaxed hippie chick in bell-bottom jeans, she breezed through a set of her biggest pop hits and cuts from her soulful new release, 100 Miles from Memphis. She’s got songs about fast cars and drinking beer (“Real Gone”) and about the man she was meant to marry (“Steve McQueen”).
The guy next to me, upon finding out I was reviewing the show, proclaimed Crow gets an automatic three stars for still being a total hardbody (“it gives the rest of us hope,” he said). She’s docked one and a half stars, however, for trying to marry Lance Armstrong. When she walked over near us on one end of the stage, he summed it up: “Lance fucked up.”
[NEWS] BIDDING FOR SHERYL CROW'S ROADSTER TOPS ESTIMATE
The vintage car, pictured at right, a sexy white convertible with a 1,897 CC SC 4-cylinder engine, that singer Sheryl Crow bought in 2005 that became a family favorite was auctioned off today (Aug. 21, 2011). The winning bid was $143,000.
The Grammy Award-winning artist allowed Gooding & Company of Pebble Beach, CA to auction off her 1959 Mercedes Benz 190SL Roadster to the highest bidder without reserve with all proceeds donated to the Joplin Schools Recovery Fund of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. The bid came in at $60,000 over its top suggested appraisal.
The car described as an "iconic grand-touring convertible" underwent a comprehensive restoration completed in 2005. It was sold with fresh brakes, suspension, a reconditioned Becker Mexico radio with speaker and a new interior of black leather upholstery. Accompanying the car was a signed Sheryl Crown Signature Edition Gibson acoustic guitar and two backstage passes to a Sheryl Crow concert of the winning bidder's choosing.
"After the tornado in Joplin I was moved to help rebuild a city so close to where I grew up in Missouri," Crow said.
In a former interview Crow said she grew up in Kenneth, a town sitting right on the Arkansas, Tennessee and Missouri border in "the Bootheel." She described it as a very quiet place that had revolved around a town square with a courthouse, a very strong "God-fearing" community where pretty much everyone knew everyone else.
We were almost horrified to discover that Michigan's own Kid Rock is actually a down-to-earth awesome guy. Is it fair to guess that Sheryl Crow is probably still the kind of gal that can drink you under the table after rocking a few tens of thousands at an outdoor venue? I think so. Rock, touring on Born Free, and Crow were in the area this weekend to deliver the heartland rock we crave, um, here in the heartland. Good rockin' times.
.Friday August 19, 2011
[VIDEO] MIZZOU... WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
MU's 2011-12 commercial for televised athletic games features alumna and nine-time Grammy Award winner Sheryl Crow, BS Ed '84, and the song "Long Road Home" from her "100 Miles From Memphis" album.
[NEWS] STARS & CARS: SHERYL CROW SELLS HER CREAM-COLORED VINTAGE BENZ
By Brett Berk
Sheryl Crow is not just a nine-time Grammy winner, a breast-cancer survivor, a cookbook author and the voice behind an estimated 35 million record sales; she’s also an activist committed to health, environmental, and social-justice issues. So when the devastating tornadoes hit Joplin, Missouri—a city near where she grew up—she knew she needed to help. And since, as a mom of two small kids, she wasn’t getting much use out of her 1959 Mercedes two-seater, she decided to auction it off and donate the proceeds to a local nonprofit dedicated to rebuilding the Joplin schools.
The auction is taking place this weekend under the auspices of Gooding and Company, following the prestigious Concours d’Elegance car show in Pebble Beach, California. We gave Sheryl a call to discuss American muscle, Bond (James Bond) vehicles, and the time she wrecked her Camaro.
VF Daily: I’ve driven a 1955 Gullwing coupe, but never an old SL roadster, and yours is pretty cherry looking. You must have a bunch of other sweet rides to want to give this one up.
Sheryl Crow: It is a sweet ride. But the only other hot car that I have now is a 1964 Corvette Stingray Convertible. I think it’s got a 327 [V-8 engine], but it’s not the most powerful version. It had belonged to a friend of my father’s and I’d always loved that car, so when he got ready to sell it, I thought, I’m going to give myself a little hug and buy that car.
What made you decide this Mercedes was the car you were going to donate to auction off?
Since my kids have come along, I don’t really drive my two-seaters too much. And I’ve been trying to simplify a little bit. But more than that, when I watched the coverage of the devastation in Joplin—$190 million in damage to the school system; like, 10 schools knocked out, and their books and computers and musical instruments; everything lost—my first instinct was to say, Who can I get together to do a benefit concert? But really, by the time you pay people’s expenses and taxes, you don’t wind up raising that much. But this charitable foundation was already lined up, so the money can go directly to restoring the school system in Joplin. It just seemed in line with my love for the car, and what I wanted to accomplish.
How did you end up with this Mercedes?
I’ve always owned American-made cars when it comes to sports cars. When I was 16, I babysat and lifeguarded and saved my money, and I bought an old Chevy Camaro Z-28. And after that I had a 1971 Chevy Malibu convertible. And I owned a couple of Corvair convertibles, one of which was stolen right out of my parking lot. So I’ve always loved the tradition of the American convertible. But this had been the car that I’d always admired. To me, it just seemed so Bond girl: feminine, sleek sporty. Just a totally sexy car.
Speaking of Bond girls, you wrote the theme song to a James Bond movie. Do you have a favorite Bond car?
I don’t know. Was there a Ferrari . . . ? I’ve always liked Ferraris. We actually did an event [for the auction] at the Petersen Auto Museum, and I think one of the Bond cars is there. My car happened to be parked next to the Batmobile.
What was the car you bought when you got your first big break?
It’s funny, when I got my break, I owned my Corvair, and when it was stolen, my record had maybe just topped a million sales. But sadly, when you sell a million records, you still haven’t made any money because you’re paying off the record. So I ended up buying another Corvair with the insurance on the one that had been stolen.
What about a car wreck? Ever had a really major wreck?
I wrecked my Z-28 coming home from college. I was driving home after finals week, and I fell asleep and ran off the road, and the car crossed the median and came up on the other side! I was very, very lucky no other cars were involved. But I did total the car, which was unfortunate because I loved that car.
I know you’re a mom. And I also know that there are no kiddie-seat anchors in the old SL, so what do you use for mommy-chauffeuring duties?
Actually, there are seatbelts in that car. They probably were put in when the car was refurbished. But I drive hybrids now. I have two Toyota Priuses and that’s what I drive.
That makes sense. Whenever I do these interviews with celebrities, they have something incredibly hot. And then they have a Prius or two.
Source: Vanity Fair
.Thursday August 18, 2011
[VIDEO] THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD / WALK THIS WAY - 10 OCT 2008
Kick Ass performance!
[VIDEOS] SOUTH BEND, IN - 17 AUGUST
[LIVE PIX] SOUTH BEND, IN - SET #2
Pix by Chris Hudson/Team Sheryl
[LIVE REVIEW] SOUTH BEND, INDIANA - AUGUST 17 (SOUTHBENDTRIBUNE.COM)
Crow takes time to warm up, but then truly engaged
By ANDREW S. HUGHES South Bend Tribune Staff Writer
SOUTH BEND -- Sheryl Crow gave her fans a varied survey of her greatest hits Wednesday night at the Morris Performing Arts Center.
She augmented such signature songs as "All I Wanna Do," "Leaving Las Vegas" and "Soak Up the Sun" with four of the strongest songs from her latest album, 2010's soul-influenced "100 Miles From Memphis."
It made for an enjoyable, familiar set list that still managed to show Crow's continued vitality as an artist.
But, as with her concert at the Morris in July 2003, it took time for Crow to become engaged with the performance -- although she got there much quicker this time around.
Of the first three songs, "Our Love Is Fading" and "Leaving Las Vegas" suffered from an impersonal but technically proficient delivery, while, between them, "A Change Would Do You Good" sounded intimate only when the band pulled back.
But with the fourth song, "100 Miles From Memphis," her delivery became engaged with the act of performing and with the lyrics, and, for the most part, stayed that way on the subsequent songs.
For "Summer Day," Crow dug into the song's evocative lyric and projected a genuine sense of being the song's first-person narrator, a point of view she sometimes seems more distant with when she uses it.
Her joy at singing "Sweet Rosalyn" was evident in her delivery, and she luxuriated in singing the lyrics to Bob Dylan's "Mississippi," which featured powerful off-mike projection from Crow.
She imbued her voice with a sense of danger on "If It Makes You Happy," and she sounded joyous and celebratory on "Soak Up the Sun."
For "Redemption Day," "Long Road Home" and "Riverwide," Crow and her band switched to a predominately acoustic instrumentation, which made for an interesting change in sound. The mandolin, acoustic guitars and mostly snare drum of "Redemption Day" gave the song an old-fashioned country sound, while the accordion and gospel-style backing vocals of two female singers gave "Long Road Home" a comforting, organic feel, and Crow's voice had an earthy, soulful quality to it in front of the her acoustic guitar, the shaker used by the band's drummer and underlying organ in the arrangement.
Crow played only one encore to close out the 100-minute concert: "All I Wanna Do." Crow appeared to enjoy performing it, and her delivery had bite to it as her narrator described the other patrons of the bar where she's drinking before she segued in Stealer's Wheel's "Stuck in the Middle" and attacked it with a captivating sincerity and sense of fun before returning to "All I Wanna Do."
Crow's band -- former Cassopolis resident Tommy Sims played bass -- shone collectively as a band, especially with its vibrant, thrilling performance on "Mississippi" and the soul-rock groove it gave "Our Love Is Fading" and "Peaceful Feeling," both from her latest album.
But guitarist Doyle Bramhall II, who co-produced "100 Miles From Memphis," stood out and provided the concert with some of its most invigorating moments with his compact solos -- his rough fills on "If It Makes You Happy," for instance -- and his bottleneck playing, especially for his guitar's tone on "A Change Would Do You Good," his soulful bottleneck solo on "100 Miles From Memphis" and his atmospheric bottleneck backing on "Mississippi," while his screaming, fuzz-toned, blues-based solo on "Peaceful Feeling" gave the song an exhilarating conclusion.
Early on, however, Crow's vocal clarity suffered from a poor sound mix that left her voice distorted on "Our Love Is Fading" and "A Change Would Do You Good," boomy and still in need of further equalizing on "Leaving Las Vegas," and overwhelmed by her band on the buildup to the title line in "100 Miles From Memphis."
Staff writer Andrew S. Hughes:
South Bend Tribune Photo/MARCUS MARTER
[VIDEO] "MOTIVATION" - 10 OCTOBER 2008
Another great clip from the Wiltern Theater show. Very rare Pro Shot!
[VIDEO] "CAN'T CRY ANYMORE" (GOD BREAST THIS MESS EDITION) 10 OCT 2008
One of the most spirited and funniest rendition of "Can't Cry Anymore"! A must to see!
[VIDEO] SHERYL FEATURED IN NEW MARTINA MCBRIDE VIDEO
Multi-platinum-selling country music star Martina McBride has released the new video for her current single, “I’m Gonna Love You Through It” on CMT.com. The video highlights many of the feats which cancer patients undergo and features dozens of cancer survivors and supporters, including celebrities – Robin Roberts (anchor for ABC’s Good Morning America), Hoda Kotb (anchor for NBC’s Today Show), Grammy award-winning singer Sheryl Crow and journalist Katie Couric.
“I've heard so many stories about how music can change lives from songs I have recorded like ‘A Broken Wing,’ ‘Independence Day’ and ‘Concrete Angel’,” McBride said. “I believe ‘I’m Gonna Love You Through It’ will offer hope and inspiration to so many people who are going through or have been through cancer and the people who love them through it. It takes a lot of strength and a lot of love to get through something like that. I think this song says what so many people want to express to their loved ones.”
[LIVE PIX] FLAGSTAFF, AZ - AUGUST 4 (SHOW + MEET&GREET)
[LIVE PIX] CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 16
Pix by Team Sheryl and Q104 Radio
.Tuesday August 16, 2011
[VIDEO] ALL I WANNA DO - AVO SESSION, SWITZERLAND (2010)
Nice performance. No frontal attack here, just a little ass shaking between Ephraim Owens and Shelley Carrol :-D
[NEWS] SHERYL CROW TAKES ON AMBASSADOR ROLE FOR ST. JUNE'S HOSPITAL
By Steve Baltin
Sheryl Crow has lent her name to many philanthropic organizations over the years, dealing with issues from the environment to music education. But one stands out for the singer. "I’ve been involved with cancer charities for a very long time, well before I was diagnosed," Crow tells Rolling Stone. "When I was diagnosed that really made an impact on my life and changed me and the scope of my life in every way."
For Crow, who is now serving as ambassador to St. Jude's Children Hospital's new Music Gives program, where artists give fans an opportunity to donate to the hospital through means such as song donations and concert tickets, St. Jude's bridges two life-changing events – being a mom and having cancer. "Now I have kids, and when you visit a place like St. Jude’s and visit with these parents who feel completely helpless as to finding a cure for their kids when there is no cure, your heart just breaks," she says. "When I think about my children being sick, particularly after visiting with families who have sick children, I can’t begin to fathom how one copes with that."
So far Music Gives, created by Jason Thomas Gordon, grandson of Danny Thomas, has lined up artists like Stone Temple Pilots and Kings Of Leon. But Crow is going to be actively soliciting other acts. "I feel like I’m the rush chairman, how a sorority has the head of the rush committee, I feel like I’m out there basically rushing all these artists because we have an immense amount of fan power when it comes to our fan base."
One artist she shouldn't have much trouble lining up is tour partner Kid Rock, with whom she's currently on the road, though she may have to get him out of his shell. "When we sing together there’s an undeniable chemistry and we both know it and we both enjoy it and there’s a safety there and there’s a lot of unpredictability and looseness," she says."Unfortunately he’s just a really boring person who hardly ever leaves his dressing room and he doesn’t go out at night, he’s just really a homebody, but I cut him slack," she adds jokingly.
Once the tour wraps up in September, Crow is headed to Nashville to work on a country album. "I’m gonna make a record that hopefully will feel like an old, old country record. I’ve been threatening to make a country record for years, so I can’t say exactly what it’s gonna be like," she says. "[But] it will definitely be a Sheryl Crow record, so I don’t think people should be too alarmed by there being a direction switch."
Fans can get a sonic preview from some of her favorite country tunes. "I think 'Stand By Your Man' is one of the most important songs because it was the first time you really heard a woman take a stance. 'Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain' is one of the most beautiful country songs. 'Walk The Line,' those are three very good examples of direction for my next record."
Source: Rolling Stone Magazine
.Monday August 15, 2011
[HD VIDEO] KID ROCK & SHERYL CROW - "COLLIDE" CMT MUSIC FESTIVAL 2011
.Sunday August 14, 2011
[NEWS] CROW'S COOKBOOK AS ORGANIC AS HER MUSIC
TOM CONWAY South Bend Tribune Correspondent
August 14, 2011
In addition to her own concerts this summer, Sheryl Crow has been making "special guest" appearances with notorious party animalKid Rock.
Although she can't speak for her touring partner, Crow says she has given up the "sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll" side of life on the road.
"I try to keep that part of my life alive, even though I have a 1-year-old and a 4-year-old," she says with a laugh, by phone on the way to her next gig in New Jersey. "Really, we are like the 'family hour' now. All of that stuff is for the young."
One aspect of Crow's life that has changed in both her touring life and personal life is her eating habits.
In the past, when Crow was on the road, the food she ate was "not necessarily unhealthy, but just food on the go," she says. "I pretty much would eat a tuna salad sandwich every day."
Crow made a choice to begin eating healthy five years ago, after fighting a courageous battle with breast cancer and making the decision to become a single mom to her two sons, Wyatt and Levi.
"I changed the way I looked at food as being part of my staying well as opposed to something I would just grab on the go," she says. "I started working with a chef named Chuck White in Nashville (Tenn.), who is very well-versed in wellness and disease-fighting components in food."
White has been working exclusively with Crow since 2006, both at home and on tour. Crow approached White about collaborating on a cookbook.
"He started putting some of his recipes out singularly in magazines," Crow says. "I called him and said it would be a really good time to make a book that is not only your recipes, but also the information that we had acquired along the way."
The resulting book, "If It Makes You Healthy," is full of delicious and nutritious recipes with the focus on foods that are organic, seasonal, vitamin-rich and locally grown.
"There is a lot of information in it and a lot of good recipes that non-advanced cooks can make," Crow says. "I love the book, and I love being able to feed my kids -- myself, too, but particularly my kids -- in a healthy way that they don't even know that they are eating healthy."
Crow admits that it is virtually impossible to eat only organic food, especially when she is on the road.
"There is a 10- or 15-percent cheat there, but we definitely try to eat organic," she says. "We definitely try to eat seasonally, because it is just better to eat fruit that hasn't been shot up to make it look ripe or to make it look in season. Especially to eat something that has not been sitting on a truck and hasn't been shipped in."
Crow also acknowledges that the average person may think eating organically is cost-prohibitive.
"It is definitely more expensive," she says. "But I do feel like with what you ultimately end up health-wise, it could be well worth it."
Crow's music is similar to her choice of foods, as her natural, organic sound runs counter to the processed pop of today's music. The nine-time Grammy Award-winner has had smash hits with such singles as "Leaving Las Vegas," "All I Wanna Do," "Strong Enough," "If It Makes You Happy" and "Can't Cry Anymore."
Her latest album, "100 Miles From Memphis," is her ode to the soul music she grew up listening to when she lived as the album title states, 100 miles from the home of Stax/Volt Records, among other soul music giants.
"We just wanted to make a record that felt good and was emotional," she says. "The two guys (Doyle Bramhall II and Justin Stanley) that I worked with really knew the genre well."
Crow says she wanted to make an album that evoked the soul music she loved without mimicking the style.
"We didn't want to make an album that was stylized," she says. "We wanted to do something that was authentic, without it sounding gimmicky."
The album features several high-profile guest stars, including Keith Richards and Citizen Cope. Justin Timberlake contributes background vocals on Crow's version of Terence Trent D'arby's "Sign Your Name," remade in the style of Al Green.
"He is unbelievably talented," Crow says. "He happened to be working in the studio where I was, so I asked if he would come down and hear our Al Green version of 'Sign Your Name.' He loved it. He volunteered to sing the background parts on it."
With so many hit songs to pick from, Crow jokes that they had a long list before settling on "If It Makes You Healthy" for her cookbook.
" 'Can't Fry Anymore' instead of 'Can't Cry Anymore,' " she says. "We had, 'All I Wanna Do is Have Some Fudge.' 'If It Makes You Healthy, Why the Hell Are You So Fat?' It was endless."
Sheryl Crow performs at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Morris Performing Arts Center, 211 N. Michigan St., South Bend. Tickets are $75-$35. For more information, call 574-235-9190 or 800-537-6415 or visit the website morriscenter.org.
[NEWS] TONIGHT: "CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL: COUNTRY'S NIGHT TO ROCK" ON ABC
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NASHVILLE - More stars, late night jams, and behind-the-ropes interviews have been added to summer's hottest concert special: "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock," airing Sunday, Aug. 14 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.
"Unique collaborations are a hallmark of this Festival and special," said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. "The artists enjoy performing with their peers and our fans love those one-of-a-kind moments you won't find anywhere else. And, we have them!"
Concert performances added to the lineup for the special include Country Music Hall of Fame supergroup Alabama performing with reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Brad Paisley; The Band Perry at LP Field; a late-night jam at a gritty downtown Nashville club with Luke Bryan, Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow; the battle of the baritones with Josh Turner singing with "American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery; Gretchen Wilson partying with tour mates and longtime creative collaborators Big & Rich; and Alan Jackson performing with Zac Brown Band.
.Saturday August 13, 2011
[VIDEO] THE DIFFICULT KIND - M/A SOUNDCHECK IN BAKERSFIELD, CA
[NEWS ITA] JANET, SHERYL, ROBBIE: QUANDO IL MALE OSCURO ATTACCA I MUSICISTI
Le rivelazioni Dalla Jackson alla Crow fino a Williams. Non solo pop Anche i grandi della classica, da Rossini a Mahler, ne soffrirono gravemente
MILANO - Paziente numero 1: 49 anni, 51 milioni di copie vendute, 9 Grammy (l' Oscar della musica): «Soffro di depressione, e nel mio momento peggiore per sei mesi non riuscii neppure a vestirmi al mattino, non ero fisicamente in grado di uscire di casa. Gli antidepressivi mi hanno aiutato, come la terapia, ma la depressione è un fatto chimico e chi ne soffre deve cercare di passarci attraverso, non c' è un sistema valido per tutti. La depressione è sempre stata parte della mia vita». Paziente numero 2: 37 anni, 59 milioni di copie vendute, il solista britannico che ha venduto di più nel Regno Unito: «La gente mi chiede, "ma come fai a essere depresso?". E hanno ragione perché non ho un motivo specifico, ma la depressione non c' entra con le circostanze della vita: è come avere la peggiore influenza immaginabile, che non ti passa mai. Ora prendo queste pillole per stare meglio. Le chiamo i miei dissuasori di velocità. Come quei dossi artificiali che mettono sulle strade vicino alle scuole per costringere gli automobilisti a rallentare, altrimenti i bambini finirebbero sotto le macchine. Ecco, gli antidepressivi io li chiamo i miei dossi artificiali. Evitano di farmi finire investito dalla depressione». Paziente numero 3: 45 anni, oltre 100 milioni di copie vendute, classificata dalla rivista economica Forbes tra le donne più ricche del mondo dello spettacolo: «Nel 1990, avevo poco più di vent' anni, ero in profonda crisi. Oggi posso dire che si trattò di depressione. Ma allora non sapevo che colpisce molte persone, e molti artisti. Nessuno nella mia famiglia parlava mai di depressione. Tuttora, non ne ho parlato con i miei familiari». La paziente numero 1 è Sheryl Crow, il paziente numero 2 è Robbie Williams, la paziente numero 3 è Janet Jackson. Tutti musicisti di successo, sofferenti di depressione e disposti a parlarne con franchezza esattamente come ha fatto ieri Vasco Rossi. E come, negli anni scorsi, hanno fatto altri musicisti famosi come Billy Joel che addirittura a causa della depressione tentò il suicidio con il veleno, Elton John colpito da crisi ricorrenti (una, particolarmente grave, nel 1997, dopo la morte nel giro di due mesi dei suoi carissimi amici Gianni Versace e Lady Diana), il leader dei Black Sabbath e personaggio da reality show Ozzy Osbourne, il cantante degli Smiths Morrissey e quello dei Radiohead Thom Yorke, e Alanis Morissette colpita oltre che dalla depressione anche da anoressia e bulimia. E poi tutti i musicisti che non ce l' hanno fatta a sconfiggere la «disperazione oltre la disperazione» (come scriveva William Styron nel suo capolavoro autobiografico Un' oscurità trasparente ) e ne sono stati schiacciati attraverso i decenni: Ian Curtis dei Joy Division, il poeta della musica inglese Nick Drake e quello della musica americana Elliott Smith, Kurt Cobain fino a Amy Winehouse. Se qualcosa è cambiato negli ultimi anni, al passo con i progressi della farmacologia, è la disponibilità di un numero sempre maggiore di personaggi famosi (anche, ovviamente, al di là della musica: basta pensare al portiere della nazionale di calcio Gigi Buffon) a discutere della loro lotta. Un male oscuro che, come confermano un numero crescente di studi, azzanna con ferocia gli artisti, dall' antichità a oggi (lo psichiatra della Sorbona Philippe Brenot ipotizza addirittura che il 70 per cento delle persone creative soffra di una qualche forma di depressione). Con tutte le cautele del caso - diagnosticare in base alle lettere, alle testimonianze e alle biografie è sempre assai delicato - gli psichiatri spiegano che la lista di grandi musicisti depressi è lunghissima: dalle ripetute crisi di Händel all' abisso nel quale sprofondò Rossini che ne ebbe la carriera - e la vita - distrutta, dalla «melancolia» di Berlioz e Mahler, Bruckner e Mussorgskij. Matteo Persivale RIPRODUZIONE RISERVATA **** Gli altri esempi Gioachino Rossini Uno dei più celebri depressi: l' abisso in cui sprofondò gli distrusse la vita e la carriera Robbie Williams «Le pillole sono i miei dossi artificiali. Evitano di farmi finire investito dalla depressione» Janet Jackson «Avevo 20 anni. Non sapevo che colpisce tanti. Non l' ho detto alla mia famiglia» Sheryl Crow «Nel mio momento peggiore per sei mesi non riuscii neppure a vestirmi al mattino»
(7 agosto 2011) - Corriere della Sera
[VIDEO] I SHALL BELIEVE - AVO SESSION, SWITZERLAND
(thanks Marco B!)
[INTERVIEWS] TODD WOLFE ON SHERYL CROW
From a recent interview appeared on ST94.com
You were lead guitarist in Sheryl Crow’s band from 1993 to 1998. Do you have a favorite public event and a favorite private event from your time with her?
Todd Wolfe: Definitely Woodstock [’94] because it was such a rush. I don’t know if I’ll ever play for so many people again; there were conflicting stories of 300,000 to 500,000. Then there were the three times when Eric Clapton joined us onstage. The first time we played “I Can’t Quit You Baby,” the old Willie Dixon tune that’s been covered by Buddy Guy and Otis Rush and Led Zeppelin. My heart almost went through my chest. Then there was the Jon Stewart show with my heartthrob [actress] Teri Hatcher watching. Other than that … [laughs].
Is there something that many outsiders might not know about Sheryl?
Todd Wolfe: There are three qualities they might not be able to get from her being a rock star and in the public eye. I don’t think they realize just how hard a worker she is. That she crashed private auditions for Michael Jackson. That she did everything asked of her by A&M Records and the William Morris Agency. That she worked hard at writing material that other people covered. That she really put her ass on the line. Sheryl really is a very intelligent, thoughtful person. She has a great sense of humor, so she can hang with the guys. She’s tough to work for, because she’s a perfectionist, so that sense of humor comes in handy.
[NEWS] SHERYL CROW TO PLAY HALL OF FAME FUNDRAISER
Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow and Zac Brown will play at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's All for the Hall fundraiser in Los Angeles in September.
The event, which will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at Club Nokia, will again follow a "guitar pull" format featuring performances by Country Music Hall of Fame members Gill and Harris, and Sheryl and Brown.
The four will interact with one another as they take turns swapping songs, stories and personal recollections.
The Museum launched All for the Hall, its first-ever non-bricks-and-mortar fundraising campaign, in 2005. The campaign addresses the museum's need for long-term financial security and will provide a safety net for the institution and its work. This is the fifth year the museum has taken the event on the road, hosting previous All for the Hall events in New York in 2007 and 2008 and in Los Angeles in 2009 and 2010.
"California, with its rich country music history, has proven to be a supremely appropriate and welcoming location for this event," said Museum Director Kyle Young. "Our 2009 All for the Hall Los Angeles debut gave us an opportunity to focus on West Coast country music history and remind our guests that these artists and executives and their songs are a part of the story we both preserve and teach at the museum. We built on that with last year's event, during which we announced that the museum's next major exhibition will focus on Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and the Bakersfield Sound. We are very grateful for our warm welcome the past two years and look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones in September."
Gill and Harris played at last year's event.
All for the Hall Los Angeles patrons are offered their choice of seating for 10 for $10,000, or seating for 5 for $5,000. Individual tickets are available at $1,000 per seat. A cocktail reception and dinner will precede the guitar pull. To purchase tickets, patrons may contact Rachel Shapiro at email@example.com or telephone (615) 416-2069 or (800) 852-6437.
Source: Country Standard Time
[VIDEO] THE TONIGHT SHOW BACKSTAGE - AUGUST 1
.Sunday August 7, 2011
[MAGAZINE] ATLANTA MAGAZINE - AUGUS 2011 ISSUE
[PIX] ALBUQUERQUE, NM - AUGUST 6
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[LIVE PIX] PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 5
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.Saturday August 6, 2011
[LIVE REVIEW] PHOENIX, ARIZONA - AUGUST 5 (PHOENIX NEW TIMES)
Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow at Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion, 8-5-11
Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow
Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion
Friday, August 5
Photo: Maria Vassett
On paper, Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow come off like a study in contrasts, some sort of "beauty and the beast" proposition.
Crow has always been easy to like -- or at least hard to actively dislike. Her '90s hits "If It Makes You Happy" and "All I Wanna Do" are solid tunes, the kind of unassuming, melodic pop it's hard to imagine dominating the airwaves today. Yet she's maintained her popularity, embracing her twangy roots the farther down the road she's gone.
Kid Rock, on the other hand, is a tougher pill to swallow. Rock came to us riding a surge of rap-rock popularity, and if there's ever been a more loathsome time for American radio, I'm at a loss to name it.
After seeing the two perform last night, I'm inclined to say the two have a lot more in common than their hits "Picture" and "Collide." Both manage to appeal to a broad collection of country, classic rock, and pop fans, both have remarkably solid voices, and both are consummate performers.
I managed to get to my seat about midway through Crow's set. I was surprised to see Crow fronting such a cranking band. Featuring a couple of guitarists (Crow played sometimes, just sang others), a keyboardist, drummer, bassist, and two backup singers, the group seemed like the kind of thing you may stumble into a bar and hear -- in a good way.
Following "Steve McQueen," Crow launched into a series of hits. "Favorite Mistake" found her endlessly confident, looking pretty good for 49, in her tight white jeans. She incorporated "Stuck in the Middle With You" into her rendition of "All I Wanna Do," and the crowd quickly got behind the move.
I'm not sure "If It Makes You Happy" is Crow's best song -- I haven't spent much time listening to her discography, but it's certainly my favorite tune by her. The chorus couldn't get more airtight, and Crow's voice sounds great when she turns on the grit.
I've often mentioned my fondness for "dad-rock," so let's go ahead and call Sheryl Crow "aunt-rock."
Crow joked that Kid Rock turned 40 this year and remarked that "40 is the new 23."
The crowd loved that, but when she announced that she was going to be 50, also "the new 23," the crowd cheered even louder.
The pairing drew a packed house, and there were of plenty of "new 23-year-olds in the crowd.
Crow lost me with her closer, the gospel pastiche "I Shall Believe."
She sounded fine, but the tune just seemed to reach too far. Crow's at her best playing the clever barfly character she sings about in "All I Wanna Do." When she tries to take you to church, it just doesn't seem to fit.
After a less-than-modest video introduction, Kid Rock took the stage to "American Bad Ass," with his guitarists rocking the "Sad But True" riff on loan from Metallica. The stage show was ridiculously over the top, with stripper poles, pyro, lasers, and videos.
Over the next two hours, Kid would ping-pong between genres, and pay tribute to varied artists like Johnny Cash, Run DMC, Public Enemy, Ted Nugent, Bob Seger, Rush, Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, and more. Rock wears his influences proudly on his sleeve (even when he took his shirt off), which is admirable considering how the guy borrows as an art-form, endlessly mixing southern rock, rap, metal, and blues.
The riffs and cadences may have been lifted from Detroit record stores, but Rock's showmanship is all his own. "You Never Met a Motherfucker Quite Like Me" was enjoyably bone-headed -- yeah, it forces me to recall the days when you couldn't turn on the radio without hearing crap from Limp Bizkit and the Kid, but Bizkit never seemed to manage to have quite the sense of humor as Kid Rock.
Not to mention the chops. Over the course of the show, Rock played keyboards, sang, rapped, DJ'd, played guitar, and drummed. "God Bless Saturday" and "Flyin' High," songs from his latest, Rick Rubin-produced Born Free, found Rock singing with a raspy croon. Who knew he had it in him?
Rock sat at the piano for "Care," also from the latest album. I agree with the sentiment, "Cos I cant stop the war/shelter homeless, feed the poor/I can't walk on water/I can't save your sons and daughters/I can't change the world and make things fair/The least that I can do is care," but it's pretty tough to try and take the "American Bad Ass" too seriously.
A trio of famous comedians, Conan O'Brien, Jon Stewart, and Jimmy Kimmel introduced "I'm Fucking 40," a fun novelty from song (sample lyric: "The Stones are almost dead").
As expected, Crow joined Rock on stage, dueting on the terrible song "Love the One You're With," and the less-terrible "Picture."
The two have great chemistry, and refreshingly, they didn't take the cheating song too seriously, displaying a "nude picture of Kid Rock" for sale on eBay.
Following an introduction from Beavis and Butt-Head ("He's more like Kid "Soft" Rock, huh-uh-huh...") Rock closed out his set with his bonehead anthem "Bawitdaba." The crowd loved it, but I actually preferred the encore set, which found Kid finishing with the title track of his latest, and the tour's namesake, "Born Free."
You've got to credit Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow for bringing in their audience -- the place had to be close to sold out if it wasn't. The night featured almost every style of popular music currently on the FM dial. The two are smart, especially Kid Rock. You've got to give the people what they want, and it turns out they want it all, at the same time.
Last Night: Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow at Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion
The Crowd: Rednecks, country fans, rockers, wanna-be strippers, actual strippers.
Random Notebook Dump: "Hey, it's CoCo!"
By the Way: Who do Kid Rock and Bonnie "Prince" Billy have in common? Rick Rubin and Matt Sweeney.
Overheard: A rendition of Dr. Hook's "Cover of The Rolling Stone" belted out by some nuked fans in the parking lot. Before the show started.
Sheryl Crow Says Pal Kid Rock is "Super Conservative and Quiet!"
By Ian Drew
Conservative, quiet, subdued and mellow are not words you'd typically associate with Kid Rock. Unless you're his longtime friend and tourmate, Sheryl Crow, that is.
Us' Ingrid Sheaffer caught up with Crow to discuss her role as lead ambassador for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital's Music Gives to St. Jude's (click here for more info) and also squeezed in a few questions about touring and her tots.
UsMagazine.com: Can you tell us about your involvement with St. Jude's?
Sheryl Crow: I have done quite a lot of work for St. Jude's over the years. When I was on tour, we would stop and visit a children's hospital every other day and play for the kids. The first time I visited St. Jude's, which was 25 years ago, it made a big impression on me. They are now instating a new program called Music Gives in an effort to get artists and fans involved in raising money for pediatric cancer. St. Judes operates purely on donations and it's free to anyone who needs treatment. They don't turn anyone away. The music industry is being urged to help. There are now text donations at concerts and TicketMaster has added an option to add a donation to concert ticket purchases -- simple ways to raise money for St. Jude's in the music forum.
Us: Being a cancer survivor yourself, does St. Jude's hold a special place in your heart?
SC: Being a cancer survivor myself, you can imagine what it's like when you're a parent of a child and you're completely helpless at curing them. It's great to have a place like St. Jude's which is there to offer support. It's so important that we honor it.
Us: Does it hit even closer to home when you see these little kids?
SC: Absolutely. Your heart just breaks. You meet with these families and see how beautiful and warm it is for children. Kids spend years in and out of the hospital.
Us: Are you raising your boys with an understanding of how important it is to give back?
SC: Levi is too little to understand but Wyatt understands. Whenever we see someone on the street that needs help, I give him the money to give the person so he understands that wherever the opportunity is to help someone, no matter what their situation is, if you have the means and ability to help, you should help. I take him to the food bank and we went shopping for the family we adopted at Christmas last year. He's been involved in everything that I've done since he was born.
Us: How is your tour going so far?
SC: It's going great. It's like an extended summer vacation. We've gone to every water park, every reptile garden, every zoo, and every kids' museum, and Mount Rushmore. We've been super busy! At night mom goes to work and plays with Kid Rock. So it's been really fun for them and for me.
Us: What is it like touring with Kid Rock?
SC: He's super conservative and very quiet. He's been going around telling people that I'm wild and I throw TVs out the window and get trashed every night. I think it's only fair to say he's very subdued and mellow! We have a long friendship and he puts on a great show. He's just amazing.
Us: What's the show like?
SC: We do two or three numbers every night together and it's really cool. I think we have a really great chemistry that is pretty special.
Us: What's next for you?
SC: The tour finishes at the end of September and I'll start recording a new album in Nashville in October.
Us: Have you been writing while you're on the road?
SC: I've been writing, and I feel great about it. I've lived in Nashville for 5-6 years. I have a lot of friends there and I love the music and the music scene there. I think it'll be a fun and effortless record for me.
Us: Does touring inspire you?
SC: It does and it doesn't. When you're out with kids, it's different. I have to actually sit down and write and schedule time to work. [kids start yelling at her in the background and she shushes them] This is an example!
[NEWS] SHERYL CROW, BOB DYLAN, LEVON HELM MORE FEATURED ON HANK WILLIAMS TRIBUTE ALBUM
By Josiah Hughes
Earlier this year, Jack White revealed that he had teamed up with Bob Dylan to complete songs from late country legend Hank Williams for an upcoming project. Now, details for that album have emerged.
The album is called The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams, and as the title suggests it saw a variety of artists complete Williams songs based on lyrics found in notebooks.
Rolling Stone recently revealed the details for the release, and aside from Dylan and White it will see Alan Jackson, Norah Jones, Lucinda Williams, Vince Gill with Rodney Crowell, Patty Loveless, Levon Helm, Holly Williams, Jakob Dylan, Sheryl Crow and Merle Haggard complete new songs with the deceased great.
The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams will be available on October 4 via Bob Dylan's own Egyptian Records. The album's liner notes will include the full story of how these notebooks were discovered and how the album came to be.
A live version of Lucinda Williams' "I'm Happy I Found You" is available below.
The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams:
1. Alan Jackson "You've Been Lonesome, Too"
2. Bob Dylan "The Love That Faded"
3. Norah Jones "How Many Times Have You Broken My Heart?"
4. Jack White "You Know That I Know"
5. Lucinda Williams "I'm So Happy I Found You"
6. Vince Gill (ft. Rodney Crowell) "Hope You Shed a Million Tears"
7. Patty Loveless "You're Through Fooling Me"
8. Levon Helm "You'll Never Again Be Mine"
9. Holly Williams "Blue Is My Heart"
10. Jakob Dylan "Oh, Mama, Come Home" 11. Sheryl Crow "Angel Mine"
12. Merle Haggard "The Sermon on the Mount"
Pop-rock juggernaut Sheryl Crow takes the Flagstaff stage at the amphitheater
By Seth Muller
Published on 08/04/2011
While the work of postmodern poets seldom crosses into the pop culture realm to connect with mainstream audiences, consider a stanza from the poem “Fun” by Wyn Cooper, first published in his 1987 collection “The Country of Here Below”:
"We are drinking beer at noon on Tuesday/In a bar that faces a giant car wash/The good people of the world are washing their cars/On their lunch hours, hosing and scrubbing/As best they can in skirts and suits.”
In one of the few rare moments where a poem reaches mass-media proportions, Cooper’s “Fun” became the basis of the Sheryl Crow song “All I Wanna Do.” It peaked at No. 2 song on the Billboard chart in 1994 and the single sold more than 500,000 copies—a wicked stroke of good luck for the poet, who collected hefty royalties and sent his poetry collection into multiple printings.
That song also propelled Crow into the stratosphere of female singer-songwriters. And anyone interested in compelling songwriting, the fact that the song was based on a poem and filled with rare imagery made her all the more interesting.
The idea of Crow as not-just-another-pop-charts siren also surfaces with her sophomore self-titled album. Along with being a solid rock record, Crow stepped out with some political overtones. In the song “Love is a Good Thing,” she sings: “Watch out sister, watch out brother, watch our children while they kill each other with a gun they bought at Walmart discount stores.”
Just those lyrics in a non-charting song on the album earned it a ban from Walmart stores across the country. Further controversy stemmed from the track, “Hard to Make a Stand,” which makes references to abortion.
That second album came out 15 years ago this year. Flash-forward to now, and Crow is still a major singer-songwriter who is touring on her latest album, 100 Miles from Memphis and is arriving in Flagstaff Thursday at the Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill.
Crow comes armed with nearly a dozen hit songs, including “All I Wanna Do,” “Leaving Las Vegas,” “Strong Enough,” “Can’t Cry Anymore,” “Run, Baby, Run,” “If It Makes You Happy,” “Every Day is a Winding Road,” “A Change Will Do You Good,” “Soak Up the Sun” and “My Favorite Mistake.”
Of these songs, Crow says that she almost always has to play “If It Makes You Happy,” a major crowd favorite among her hits. And, being that it’s summer at an outdoor venue and all, “Soak Up the Sun” is another must-play. She also looks to play a number of songs from 100 Miles, which Crow says “comes from the R&B” tradition.
With most of these songs on tap, Crow promises to make this a show that’s “about the songs and the musicians” and not any kind of over-produced lights-and-pyrotechnic concert. And, in a way, it’s for a good cause.
“Our production is pretty paired down on this tour for a couple of reasons,” she says. “The biggest reason is we’re trying to be green on the tour. We’re not bringing the big lighting rig, which takes a lot of electricity and puts off a lot of heat. We’re using lights that are more energy-efficient and doing things in a more sustainable way.”
Crow says she’s enjoyed touring this year, which is enhanced by the fact that she has brought her two adopted sons, 1-year-old Levi and 4-year-old Wyatt, on tour with her. “It makes it a lot of fun because you’re visiting water parks, science museums and reptile gardens along the way,” she says. “It’s fun to see things spark in their eyes when we have different experiences … It keeps me young-hearted.”
Along with motherhood, Crow has tackled other jobs besides singing and songwriting. She appeared on two television shows, “Cougar Town” and “30 Rock,” and she just co-authored a cookbook called “If It Makes You Healthy.”
And it all started with that laidback observational pop hit based on a poem in 1994. And there’s a good chance the song will get play at the amphitheater. “For awhile, I had I retired ‘All I Wanna Do’ from my live shows,” Crow notes. “But I have brought that back and I really like playing it now.”
See Sheryl Crow Thu, Aug. 4 at the Pepsi Amphitheater at Ft. Tuthill, exit 337 off I-17 in Flagstaff. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $51 to $102. For more info on the show, see www.flagstaffamp.com or call 214-6485. For more on Sheryl Crow, see www.sherylcrow.com.
Sheryl took her two sons to Sea World San Diego in California during a break from her summer concert tour with Kid Rock. She hung out with Clyde (aka the Sea Grinch), the star Sea Lion of the ‘Sea Lion Tonight’ show, at the Sea Lion and Otter Stadium.
Photos by Mike Aguilera/SeaWorld San Diego
Tickets are on sale now for $100 and $110, reserved seating only.
.Tuesday August 2, 2011
[PIX] MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - 29 JULY - SET #2
Pix : Chris Hudson/Team Sheryl
[VIDEO] THE TONIGHT SHOW - 1 AUGUST
[VIDEO] HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TONY BENNETT!
Hear what Tony's partners on his new album 'Duets II' have to say to him in celebration of his 85th birthday!
[INTERVIEW] SOMETHING TO CROW ABOUT (AZDAILYSUN.COM)
When it comes to live shows in Flagstaff, few names on the marquee have been as big as Sheryl Crow.
A multi-Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum artist with several Billboard hits, Crow is a well-known pop-rock singer-songwriter who is bound to pack the Pepsi Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill this Thursday.
Crow arrives in town on the heels of her seventh studio album. She also has gained added notoriety with appearances on two prime-time television shows, has a new cookbook out on stands and is probably a decade away from ending up in the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame.
Crow collaborated with several major artists, such as Mick Jagger and Michael Jackson, before striking out on her own with the 1993 release of her debut album, "Tuesday Night Music Club."
A year later, Crow reached stratospheric heights when she had a Top 10 hit with "All I Wanna Do." Other charting singles from the debut album included "Leaving Las Vegas," "Strong Enough" and "Can't Cry Anymore." In 1995, Crow and "Tuesday Night" picked up three Grammy Awards.
Her follow-up self-titled album garnered critical acclaim as well as three more hits: "If It Makes You Happy," "A Change Will Do You Good" and "Every Day Is a Winding Road." She also is known for the hit songs "Soak Up the Sun" and "My Favorite Mistake."
Crow agreed to a phone interview recently, shortly before she was getting ready to play a show in Fresno, Calif.
Tell us about your current tour. Is this tied to your latest album, "100 Miles from Memphis," or is it just a fun, get-out-there-for-the-summer kind of tour?
It's tied to the album. The album came out last year, so we're playing a number of songs from it. We'll be playing around two hours. We cover a lot of songs from "100 Miles" and songs people know and recognize.
What kinds of shows are you doing for this tour? Do they have a lot of multi-media elements or pyrotechnics, or is this a straight-up rock 'n' roll show?
Our production is pretty paired down on this tour for a couple of reasons. The biggest reason is we're trying to be green on the tour. We're not bringing the big lighting rig, which takes a lot of electricity and puts off a lot of heat. We're using lights that are more energy-efficient and doing things in a more sustainable way. It's really more of a traditional concert than a big-production show. It's about the songs and the musicians.
You have so many hits. Is there any one song or a couple of songs you have to play?
"If It Makes You Happy," definitely. People really want to hear that song. For a while, I had I retired "All I Wanna Do" from my live shows, but I have brought that back and I really like playing it now. Another popular one that people want to hear is "Soak Up the Sun."
You mentioned you are touring on your recent record. How does "100 Miles from Memphis" as an album fit in with your other studio records?
It's similar to my previous records in that there are a lot of songs that stem from the same influences. There are quite a lot of songs on this album in particular that come from the R&B tradition. This record is very committed to the genre of R&B. I grew up so close to Memphis this album is inspired by the music I heard coming out of [the city].
I have read that you now have two sons: 1-year-old Levi and a 4-year-old Wyatt. In what ways has becoming a mom changed things for you?
They have changed everything. Because they have changed everything, it changes your life. And your life informs your art ... But my ability to lead my life by inspiration has to be calculated more. I can't just get up in the morning and plan to spend a few hours working on songs. Having my two boys has made the way I do everything different.
Do they come on tour with you?
Definitely. It makes it a lot of fun because you're visiting water parks, science museums and reptile gardens along the way. It's fun to see things spark in their eyes when we have different experiences ... It keeps me young-hearted.
Does this mean there's a Sheryl Crow kids' album in the works?
I don't know about that. All the songs I'm making up for [4-year-old son Wyatt] have to do with bodily functions. Not sure how well that would go over.
Switching back to your music career ... In 1994-95, things really blew up for you with "Tuesday Night Music Club." It was like your solo career took off right out of the gate. Do you ever feel like you're trying to match the success of that first record?
There's no way I could repeat that. It's just not even possible anymore. People don't go out and buy records in the same way they used to. And many people don't legally own the records, so it's hard to track sales and how much people are listening to you. I just continue to make the records I want to make. As an artist, I have to follow my convictions.
I notice you have made appearances on television shows such as "30 Rock" and "Cougar Town." Are you an actress in the making, or is this something you're doing for fun on the side?
No, I'm not an actress in the making. I happen to have good friends on both of those shows. Courtney [Cox] has always been in the background encouraging me to do TV because she thinks I'm funny. But I don't really have the stamina for it.
So you have music, TV and, now, a cookbook? Tell me about your new cookbook, "If It Makes You Healthy." How did that come about?
I was diagnosed with cancer five-and-half years ago and I started to educate myself on how to stay well through nutrition. And I worked with this great chef [Chuck White] on how to eat healthy and I wanted this book to be a resource on how nutrition can help you stay well. It's great information. And it's great for moms who are raising kids and cooking for the family.
If You Go
What: Sheryl Crow in concert Where: Pepsi Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill When: Thursday, Aug. 4. Doors open at 6 p.m. Cost: $51 to $102 Learn more: www.flagstaffamp.com.