NEWS AUGUST 2008

Friday August 29

[SET LIST] BEND, OREGON - AUGUST 28

GOD BLESS
BABYLON
LOVE IS FREE
VEGAS
STRONG ENOUGH
MOTIVATION
MISTAKE
GASOLINE
NEIGHBORHOOD
DETOURS
HOME
HAPPY  (with Brandi)
OUT OF OUR HEADS
SOAK
WINDING ROAD
****************************************
ALL I WANNA DO
HIGHER GROUND


[LIVE REVIEW] WEST VALLEY CITY, UTAH - AUGUST 25

Sheryl Crow campaign makes USANA detour
Doug Fox - Daily Herald

Thousands of fans attended a Sheryl Crow concert at USANA Amphitheatre on Monday night when a session of the Democratic National Convention broke out.

No, there wasn't a live feed from the convention's opening night displayed on a big screen or anything like that, but there was no mistaking Crow's political leanings during her engaging 1-hour, 40-minute performance.

Crow's new album, "Detours" is brimming with social commentary. It seems as if the 46-year-old songstress is mad as hell, and she's not going to fake it anymore. And if she can wrap her message up inside the hook-laden pop songs she's known for, hey, all the better.

That was evident from the opening of Monday's show, when Crow appeared solo on stage with her acoustic guitar and played "God Bless This Mess," the first track on her new album, in front of a backdrop featuring a large peace sign. The song's acoustic treatment is breezy enough, but the lyrics run much deeper -- such as when Crow, referring to President Bush, sings, "Then, he led us as a nation into a war all based on lies."

These days, Crow definitely wears her politics on her sleeves -- well, at least she would if she wore any, which she didn't Monday, looking comfortable on stage in a pair of blue jeans and a sleeveless vest. Crow, a strident Barack Obama supporter, arrived in Salt Lake City fresh off a Sunday concert in Denver that helped prime promotion for the Democratic National Convention. Crow is no idle -- as opposed to idol? -- endorser, however. She also is a spokeswoman for Rock The Vote, a national movement aimed at increasing the political power of youth through voter registration, education and activism.

Crow dedicated a good portion of her setlist to the current album, performing seven songs -- with topics ranging from the ravages of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans ("Love is Free") to environmental disaster ("Gasoline"). The title track itself, "Detours," may be the most introspective, hinting at some very public personal issues Crow has overcome in the past few years -- specifically breast cancer and her breakup with famed cyclist Lance Armstrong.

"No matter how much you think you have your life in control, it's the detours that show you who you really are," Crow said in introducing the song.

Crow said her new tune "Motivation" was written with pseudo celebrities in mind.

"This is for all the new celebrities that are out there and you can't figure out why they're famous," Crow told the crowd before quickly adding, "Paris Hilton."

Crow easily switched off between acoustic and electric guitar on the evening, and stuck to straight lead vocals on another half-dozen numbers. She was ably accompanied by a seven-member backup band -- which included Peter Stroud (lead guitar), Tim Smith (guitar), Mike Rowe (keyboards), Jeremy Stacey (drums), Jon Button (bass), Wally Ingram (percussion) and Stephanie Alexander and Nayanna Holley (background vocals). Stroud, in particular, exuded a casual cool vibe as he calmly ripped off tasty lead melodies and slide guitar throughout the evening while never breaking a sweat.

The band extended a couple songs by incorporating some jams of cover tunes. In the middle of new tune "Gasoline," the band jumped into the anti-war-themed "Gimme Shelter" by the Rolling Stones. Crow and Co. even did a live mash-up of the two, staying with the "It's just a shot away" chorus of "Gimme Shelter" while returning to the musical undertow of "Gasoline." It was highly effective.

Additionally, the band launched into Johnny Nash's classic "I Can See Clearly Now" in the middle of "Can't Cry Anymore." That song also included one light moment when Crow, playing electric guitar, completely whiffed on an apparent lead segment.

"That was risky," she immediately told the audience with a laugh.

The heavy dose of new material didn't keep Crow from touching on her hit-laden back catalog. "Leaving Las Vegas," "The First Cut is the Deepest," "My Favorite Mistake," "If it Makes You Happy" and "Soak Up the Sun" all had the crowd up and dancing in the aisles.

Crow closed the main set with "Everyday is a Winding Road," then opened her encores with the bubbly "All I Wanna Do." Her final song, however, was a tour de force rendition of Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground." The cover was a revelation, with a rocking, frenetic main guitar riff and extremely high energy. Crow brought back Toots Hibbert, from opener Toots and the Maytals (who were making their final appearance on this tour), to add some vocal flavor, and background singers Alexander and Holley also received extended turns in the spotlight.

The evening's politics aside, "Higher Ground" may have seemed an unlikely candidate for Crow's concert closer, but it certainly earned a high approval rating from the crowd.

Jamaican band Toots and the Maytals opened the show, playing seven reggae-tinged songs in a 40-minute set.

British singer-songwriter James Blunt took over from there, delivering an enthusiastic 11-song effort in 55 minutes. Highlights included "Carry You Home," "Goodbye My Lover," "You're Beautiful" and a rollicking cover of Slade's "Coz I Luv You" that saw Blunt jump off the stage and take a jaunt through the reserved seating aisles.

Sheryl Crow

USANA Amphitheatre
Aug. 25, 2008

1. God Bless This Mess
2. Shine Over Babylon
3. Love is Free
4. Leaving Las Vegas
5. Strong Enough
6. Can't Cry Anymore
7. Motivation
8. The First Cut is the Deepest
9. My Favorite Mistake
10. Gasoline
11. Detours
12. Weather Channel
13. If it Makes You Happy
14. Out of Our Heads
15. Soak Up the Sun
16. Everyday is a Winding Road

Encore

1. All I Wanna Do
2. Higher Ground

Performance time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

James Blunt

1. Breathe
2. Wiseman
3. Carry You Home
4. I'll Take Everything
5. Goodbye My Lover
6. One of the Brightest Stars
7. Coz I Luv You
8. You're Beautiful
9. So Long, Jimmy
10. Same Mistake
11. 1973

Performance time: 55 minutes

Source: www.heraldextra.com


[VIDEO] DNC NATIONAL CONVENTION - SHERYL CROW SET

 

Everyday Is A Winding Road
Out of Our Heads
A Change Would Do You Good


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[PICS] DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION - DENVER, CO, AUG 28 - PHOTO COVERAGE

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Pictures by: Reuters and Associated Press

Thursday August 28

[LIVE REVIEW] NAMPA, IDAHO - AUGUST 27

Multi-talented Sheryl Crow rocks Idaho Center in Nampa

Roger Phillips - rphillips@ idahostatesman.com
Edition Date: 08/28/08

How talented is Sheryl Crow? She made her seamless blend of pop, rock, country and blues look easy Wednesday night at the Idaho Center Amphitheater, and even tossed in a few lines of rap, while playing acoustic, electric and bass guitars.

Oh, and she looked good doing it.

Dressed meticulously casual in snug blue jeans, boots, a denim vest, and sporting sun-drenched, straight blond hair, Crow was as lean and buff as a 20-something aerobics instructor.

She opened her show by walking in front of the stage unannounced and performed a solo acoustic version of “God Bless This Mess” from her latest album, “Detours.”

She then led her six-piece band and duo of backup singers through an electric version of “Shine over Babylon,” also from “Detours,” during the 18-song concert.

Crow is a gifted songwriter and crowd-pleasing performer who had a deep catalog from which to draw.

She showed how in an era of disposable, eye-candy pop stars she has produced a suitcase of cross-genre hits and nine Grammy awards since her 1993 debut album, “Tuesday Night Music Club.”

When she casually mentioned Bob Dylan wrote the song “Mississippi” for her, it was almost more surprising that she didn’t write that song.

Crow played a cross-section of her catalog, including hand-clapping, singalongs like “Soak Up the Sun,” and “Everyday is Winding Road.”

She delivered note-for-note, CD-quality versions of “Leaving Las Vegas” and “Strong Enough,” and veered into unexpected territory by splicing the Stones’ “Gimme Shelter” into her protest song “Gasoline,” and then followed that by working riffs and lines from Aerosmith's “Walk This Way” into her song “There Goes the Neighborhood.”

Her voice occasionally got muddled in the mix during loud, guitar-heavy rock songs like “Favorite Mistake” but it was clear and bright during quieter songs like “Detours” and “No One Said it Would Be Easy.”

Crow sang about dropping acid, getting stoned and commented that sending troops to Iraq to fight for oil “really pisses me off,” but her wholesome charm overrode any political overtones. (She’s playing at the Democratic National Convention tonight.)

She appeared savvy enough to know people buy CDs and concert tickets to be entertained, not preached to, so despite some of her anti-Bush rhetoric in red-state Idaho, she avoided a Dixie Chicks meltdown.

She kept the show fun and relatively lighthearted. After alluding to her successful bout with cancer she joked “I learned you can’t make it in the music business without breasts.”

After an hour and a half set, Crow returned for an encore with a crowd-swaying “All I Wanna Do,” in which fun was mandatory, then ended by standing back and putting her backup singers and lead guitarist at center stage for a ripping, soulful, guitar-drenched version of Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground.”

Crow didn’t have to dominate the spotlight at that point because musically speaking, she’d already reached higher ground.

Roger Phillips: 373-6615

Source: Idaho Statesman


[PICS] DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION - REHEARSAL - AUGUST 28

 

Sheryl rehearses as preparations are underway for the final night of the Democratic National Convention at Invesco Field in Denver. Photo by: AP/Jae C. Hong


[VIDEO] INSIDE SHERYL CROW'S TENNESSEE BARN

 


[SET LIST] NAMPA, IDAHO - AUGUST 27

GOD BLESS
BABYLON
LOVE IS FREE
VEGAS
STRONG ENOUGH
MISSISSIPPI
MOTIVATION
MISTAKE
GASOLINE
NEIGHBORHOOD
DETOURS
NO-ONE SAID
HAPPY  (with Brandi)
OUT OF OUR HEADS
SOAK
WINDING ROAD
****************************************
ALL I WANNA DO
HIGHER GROUND


[PICS] GREEN SUNDAY AT RED ROCKS - AUGUST 24 (SET 1 & 2)

 

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Pictures by: Scott D. Smith


[PICS] LIVE IN LAS VEGAS - AUGUST 21

 

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23 PHOTOS

Pictures by: Billy Tompkins

Wednesday August 27

[NEWS] WONDER, CROW, WILL.I.AM TO WARM UP INVESCO FOR OBAMA

Music superstars Stevie Wonder, Sheryl Crow, John Legend and will.i.am of Black Eyed Peas will perform at Invesco Field at Mile High on Thursday to close out the Democratic National Convention, according to reports from CNN and Politico.

That last performer will recreate his viral video hit "Yes We Can" live on stage with a full gospel choir. "Yes We Can" featured celebrities and musicians plugging for Sen. Barack Obama.

CNN is also reporting that Jennifer Hudson will sing the national anthem at the event, which will see Obama accept the Democratic presidential nomination.

Source: www.denverpost.com


[NEWS] SHERYL CROW TO PLAY DNC AND  LES SCHWAB AMPHITHEATER IN SAME NIGHT

Sheryl Crow will take time out of her summer tour to pop into Denver tomorrow, Thursday, August 28th, to perform a selection of songs at the Democratic National Convention right before Senator Barack Obama’s speech!  Later that evening she will resume her tour with a concert performance in Bend, OR at the Les Schwab Amphitheater.

Tickets for the Bend, OR show are still on sale via all Ticketmaster Outlets including the Ticket Mill at the Shops at the Old Mill District (541-318-5457), charge by phone at 866.866.4502 or online at Ticketmaster.com.

The Wells Fargo Bend Summer Concerts are brought to you by Wells Fargo, Hayden Homes, Cascade Lakes Brewing, Bend Broadband, Yellow Tail Wine, Pepsi, and The Source.

Source: Interscope


[PICS] FASHION SHOW MALL - LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 26

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Sheryl launches her new collection for Bootheel Trading Co. at a Dillard's store at the Fashion Show Mall August 26, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photos by: Bruce Gifford/FilmMagic and Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Tuesday August 26

[VIDEO] SHERYL CROW @ RED ROCKS


Intro

 
Strong enough


[VIDEO] SHERYL CROW SHOWS SUPPORT FOR OBAMA - ASSOCIATED PRESS


[SET LIST] SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH - AUGUST 25

GOD BLESS
BABYLON
LOVE IS FREE
VEGAS
STRONG ENOUGH
CAN'T CRY
MOTIVATION
FIRST CUT (with James)
MISTAKE
GASOLINE
DETOURS
WEATHER CHANNEL
HAPPY  
OUT OF OUR HEADS
SOAK
WINDING ROAD
***********************************
ALL I WANNA DO
HIGHER GROUND (with Toots)


[SET LIST] RED ROCKS, MORRISON, COLORADO - AUGUST 24

GOD BLESS
BABYLON
LOVE IS FREE
CHANGE
STRONG ENOUGH
HAPPY  
SOAK UP THE SUN

Monday August 25

[PICS] GREEN SUNDAY AT RED ROCKS





Photos from Reuters and AP (Matt Sayles)


[NEWS] CELEBRITIES SHOW UP FOR DNC: SHERYL CROW TALKS TO 9NEWS

DENVER - Sheryl Crow was one of several performers at the "Green Sunday at Red Rocks" event.

Dave Matthews, Tim Reynolds and Sugarland all performed during Sunday's event, which was meant to celebrate the City of Denver's greening efforts for the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

Crow told 9NEWS Entertainment Reporter Kirk Montgomery Red Rocks is a special place for her to perform.

"It has a really interesting energy up here," Crow said. "Not to sound 'woo woo' and metaphysical, but this is a very, very active Native American territory, or it was, and burial grounds. There's just a very heavy energy up here."

Hear more from Crow Monday on 4 o'clock at 9NEWS.

In Denver, the stars were out at Mezcal Restaurant on Colfax. Click on the slideshow link to see the celebrities attending the Creative Coalition event.

(Copyright KUSA*TV, All Rights Reserved)

Source: www.9news.com


[REVIEW] LAKE TAHOE, NEVADA - AUGUST 23

Review: Sheryl Crow provides a lesson in classic rock

By Forrest Hartman • forrest@rgj.com • August 24, 2008

During her Saturday night concert at Harvey's Outdoor Amphitheatre, Sheryl Crow made passing reference to the personal difficulties she's endured the past three years, most notably her successful battle with cancer and her well-publicized breakup with athlete Lance Armstrong. One wonders if her troubles would have crossed anyone's mind without this mention because her 100-minute show was as crisp, tight and lively as they come. And Crow herself seemed to be having the time of her life.

She started her set with nothing but an acoustic guitar and a giant peace symbol splayed on the curtain behind her. As she crooned through the anti-war ballad "God Bless This Mess," it seemed the audience was in for a politically heavy show. But -- aside from this open and her new oil dependency lament, "Gasoline" -- Crow was just there to have fun.

That suited folks at Harvey's fine, as they danced and sang to a set containing a wealth of past hits plus seven tunes from her new album, "Detours." After racing through the first three tracks from "Detours" -- "God Bless This Mess," "Shine Over Babylon" and "Love Is Free" -- Crow went all the way back to her 1996 sophomore album and "A Change Would Do You Good." Next up was "Leaving Las Vegas," "Strong Enough" and a medley blending "Can't Cry Anymore" with the classic rock staple "I Can See Clearly Now."

By this point, Crow had worked the crowd into a lather, or at least as much of a lather as you'll find at a Sheryl Crow concert. Because her material is relegated to loose, bouncy pop rock, you won't find the melees that abound at hard rock shows, but that's fine. Crow sells her tunes the old-fashioned way, with musicianship and a remarkably well-rehearsed band.

Her set was so tight that moments of silence were rare, and Crow seemed determined to give the audience a lesson in classic rock as she plowed forward. Not only did she sing a few strains of "I Can See Clearly," she merged the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter" with her own "Gasoline" and Aerosmith's "Walk This Way" with "There Goes the Neighborhood." She also closed with a rollicking cover of Led Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll."

It's creative moments like this that make live concerts preferable to recorded music, and Crow works them in wherever possible.

Of course, some of the credit for Crow's success is due James Blunt, who warmed the crowd nicely, despite a repertoire heavy on ballads. He opened with "Breathe," a bouncy number that isn't available on any of his albums. Then, he did his best to put some space between his slower numbers.

"I have some more miserable songs coming up," he said at one point. "But this one is kind of happy. It's happy for me anyway."

Blunt also sold his material with lively antics, even leaving the stage to run into the audience and give everyone a close up look at his mug.

His material was split evenly between his popular debut album, "Back to Bedlam," and his 2007 release, "All the Lost Souls," and it proved as good an opener as Sheryl Crow fans could hope for.

Source: Reno Gazette Journal


[NEWS] SHERYL CROW AD RED ROCKS: HOPE IS IMPORTANT

RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE — The stars are all here, with Sheryl Crow, Sugarland, Dave Matthews and political heavyweights.

Crow hit the stage ready to rock, getting a huge response for her song "A Change Could Do You Good" — the perfect theme for a political movement based on change.

"It’s been a long time since we’ve had a leader that inspires the best in us," Crow said, telling the crowd to ignore the negative ads portraying the change movement as naive. "It's important that the highest office in the land be held by someone who inspires greatness in us and inspires hope. Hope is important, and it's what this country is based on."

The "green" concert was started with an idea from Mayor John Hickenlooper and environmental activist Laurie David. Both of whom spoke onstage. Crow immediately signed on; David approached Sugarland, the members of which have been longtime green supporters. Hickenlooper himself approached Matthews, as the two have a relationship after the Katrina benefits at Red Rocks in 2005. Also on hand: Gov. Tim Kaine of Virginia, Sen. Ken Salazar and Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Source: Rocky Mountain News

Sunday August 24

[SET LIST] LAKE TAHOE, NEVADA - AUGUST 23

GOD BLESS
BABYLON
LOVE IS FREE
CHANGE
VEGAS
STRONG ENOUGH
CAN'T CRY
MOTIVATION
MISTAKE
GASOLINE
NEIGHBORHOOD
DETOURS
RIVERWIDE
HAPPY  
OUT OF OUR HEADS
SOAK
WINDING ROAD
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ALL I WANNA DO
ROCK AND ROLL


[SET LIST] LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - AUGUST 22

GOD BLESS
BABYLON
LOVE IS FREE
CHANGE
VEGAS
STRONG ENOUGH
CAN'T CRY (filmed for A&E Private Sessions)
MOTIVATION (filmed for A&E Private Sessions)
FIRST CUT (with James)
MISTAKE
GASOLINE (filmed for A&E Private Sessions)
NEIGHBORHOOD
DETOURS
HAPPY  
OUT OF OUR HEADS (filmed for A&E Private Sessions)
SOAK
WINDING ROAD (filmed for A&E Private Sessions)
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ALL I WANNA DO
HIGHER GROUND

Friday August 22

[NEWS] "JUST STAND UP" - FIRST LISTEN

http://www.foxnews.com/video2/video08.html?maven_referralObject=3043079

Check out the new charity single “Just Stand Up” in anticipation of the Sept. 5 “Stand Up for Cancer” telethon. “Just Stand Up” officially debuts on iTunes on Sept. 2. For more info, visit StandUp2Cancer.org.


[NEWS] SONGS THAT SAY IT ALL

Get ready to sing along when Sheryl Crow hits the amphitheater
By David Jasper / The Bulletin
Published: August 22. 2008 4:00AM PST

Admit it. For almost every defining experience in your life, there’s a corresponding Sheryl Crow song that can neatly sum it up.

All you want to do is have some fun?

Got a feeling you’re not the only one?

Please see “All I Wanna Do.” Her breakthrough song about having fun despite the vagaries of life and its glass-half-empty denizens was unavoidable during the summer of 1994.

Can’t quite let go of the vexing lover who’s done you wrong?

Hey, who can? That’s why Crow wrote “You’re My Favorite Mistake” — so you wouldn’t have to.

Ever cried so much that you can’t cry anymore?

Crow cried and wrote about it on “Can’t Cry Anymore.”

Considering she’s been a hit-making machine for close to 15 years, odds are good that when one of those life-defining moments occurred, one of Crow’s hits may have been playing in the background, something like a soundtrack to your life or, if you prefer, a playlist programmed just for you.

Those songs will be front and center Thursday when Crow performs at Les Schwab Amphitheater (see “If you go”) in support of her most recent album, “Detours.”

It’s a safe bet Crow, 46, will warm up the crowd with another of her summertime smashes, “Soak up the Sun,” her paean to the sun gods and the merits of letting one’s problems fall by the wayside as you tempt the skin cancer fates.

Since “Tuesday Night Music Club,” her 1994 debut album, sank its claws into pop radio and would not let go, Crow has made a habit of writing hit songs.

Her rise up and subsequent long ride on the unpredictable charts belie the fact that it wasn’t an easy trip to embark on in the first place. She toured with Michael Jackson in the late 1980s as a backup singer, and as she tried to break out a solo career, various labels tried to cast her as a dance-pop princess, “which was not at all to her taste,” as Allmusic.com, an online music guide, succinctly puts it.

Her intended debut was an overly slick record that was eventually shelved. As Crow regrouped and fought off depression, according to Allmusic, she took up with an informal group of musicians for weekly jam sessions, the result of which was Crow’s “Tuesday Night Music Club.”

Crow was in her early 30s by the time the album debuted — an age when a dance-pop singer would be headed to pasture. But her early insistence on doing things on her terms left her poised for the career she’d wanted all along, and has enjoyed ever since.

Crow, already a wise songsmith, got an extra dose of life lessons a couple of years ago, when she went through an all-too-public breakup with cyclist Lance Armstrong and was diagnosed with breast cancer in early 2006.

As Allmusic’s Stephen Thomas Erlewine writes in his review of “Detours,” “Around that same time, she separated from fiance Lance Armstrong and, roughly a year later, she adopted a son. That’s a decade’s worth of life packed into two years.”

He goes on to call the album Crow’s “liveliest, weirdest album since 1996’s messy masterpiece ‘Sheryl Crow.’”

The album starts with an ode to America in all its ragged glory, “God Bless this Mess,” and a cycle of songs about that speak directly about her recent past, including “Lullaby for Wyatt,” “Diamond Ring,” and “Make It Go Away (Radiation Song).”

We fully expect that when we’re old and gumming our soup — should we be so lucky, and we feel we should — Crow, her wavy tresses gone white, will have already penned an ear-pleasing (or hearing aid-pleasing) tune familiarizing us with that stage of life. The last song on the soundtrack.

David Jasper can be reached at 541-383-0349 or djasper@bendbulletin.com

Source: The Bullettin (www.bendbulletin.com)

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[SET LIST ] SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 21

GOD BLESS
BABYLON
LOVE IS FREE
VEGAS
STRONG ENOUGH
CAN'T CRY
MOTIVATION
FIRST CUT (with James)
MISTAKE
GASOLINE
DETOURS
NO ONE SAID
HAPPY  
OUT OF OUR HEADS
SOAK
WINDING ROAD
****************************************
ALL I WANNA DO
HIGHER GROUND


[VIDEO] "GASOLINE" - OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO

 

I'm pleasantly surprised with this work! A cool song deserves a cool video, right? :-D

Way to go Sheryl! Hats off to Paul Guthrie!

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PS: Bush and Cheney dancers rocks!


[NEWS] "HOME FOR CHRISTMAS" ALBUM IN HALLMARK STORES SEPTEMBER 30TH

Sheryl Crow's Christmas album, "Home for Christmas," will be in HALLMARK stores on September 30th.

Stay posted for updates and audio clips!

Source: Interscope (www.interscope.com/sherylcrow)


[VIDEO] ROCK THE VOTE WITH SHERYL CROW - GOOD MORNING AMERICA, AUG 21

 

Thursday August 21

[VIDEO + MP3] "MOTIVATION", ACOUSTIC RADIO PERFORMANCE (CHICAGO, AUG 11)

 
By Chris Hudson

MP3 / 44.1 khz / stereo / 3,70 mb


[NEWS] CROW OFFERS FREE MUSIC TO VOTERS

By RAQUEL MARIA DILLON

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sheryl Crow is giving away free music — a tactic she calls the "Tupperware" party approach to inspiring young people to vote.

The Grammy Award-winning singer announced a plan Wednesday to give a digital copy of her album "Detours" to the first 50,000 people who register three friends to vote.

"I hope people wake up and emotionally engage in issues," Crow told The Associated Press in a telephone interview during a visit to Los Angeles.

Crow's giveaway is a kickoff to Rock the Vote's voter registration drive. She is also offering a free download of her politically charged song "Gasoline" to anyone who logs onto the Rock the Vote Web site or anyone on the group's mailing list, said the organization's executive director Heather Smith.

Crow, 46, was one of the founding artists of Rock the Vote 18 years ago. She said the "Detours" album fits perfectly into the group's cause since the lyrics touch on topics such as adoption, breast cancer, the war in Iraq, the environment and Hurricane Katrina.

"It's about the issues that everyone's talking about, but there's a lot of hope," Crow said. "At this moment in my life, writing about anything else would be uninteresting and impossible because I feel such urgency."

Crow, who has advocated for environmental, health and humanitarian causes, said her fans know where she stands politically. But in this voter registration campaign she's concerned only for the future of her 1-year-old son, Wyatt, and the future of American democracy.

Crow suggested that more musicians should use their music to promote issues that affect Americans. She said she was inspired by pop musicians from the 1960s and 70s, when political songs were performed by Edwin Starr, Buffalo Springfield, Marvin Gaye and Peter Paul & Mary.

"There was healthy competition among artists to create art that was commercial and political at the same time," Crow said.

"Our music (now) is not representing the times — at least not socially and politically. Or maybe we're just distracted."

Rock the Vote aims to register 2 million young people to vote by November — the largest youth voter drive in history by three times, Smith said.

"These musicians speak to millions of people every day so for them to use their voices to inspire people is a key part of our program," she said.

Anyone who recruits three people to vote will have to log onto the Rock the Vote Web site and go through a verification process before receiving Crow's album, Smith said.

http://www.rockthevote.com/music/featured-artist/sheryl-crow.html

Source: Associated Press


[LIVE REVIEW] TUCSON, ARIZONA - AUGUST 19

Crow makes 2,700 backup singers happy
By Cathalena E. Burch
Photo: Kelly Presnell / Arizona Daily Star

The impromptu choir of 2,700 boomed out the chorus. "If it makes you happy / Then why the hell are you so sad," they fairly shouted, following Sheryl Crow's lead with abandon.

They were in the mood to celebrate. It had been six years since the roots-rocking, guitar-slinging singer had last stood on Casino del Sol's AVA stage — a lifetime when you consider that the nation has been through a prolonged war in Iraq, a sense of political disfranchisement and economic turmoil that's evident every time you pull into a gas station.
Then there's Crow, who has since gotten engaged, then unengaged, overcome breast cancer and adopted a baby boy.
But Tuesday's concert was only partly about all of that.

It was the reunion of old friends enjoying the last wisp of summer through the joy of music.
The 46-year-old Crow, looking no worse for wear in tight black jeans, snug vest and improbably high heels given her energetic show, came to Tucson to deliver a message of "Detours" — the political kind, the personal kind, the kind that make you glad you took that wrong turn and discovered a new way to look at your life.

Over nearly two hours, before a generationally mixed crowd, Crow mined a 15-year career of well-crafted pop songs with a six-piece band of exceptional musicians and a pair of standout backup singers.

Her older songs — infectious pop odes like "All I Wanna Do" and "If It Makes You Happy" and the bluesy "Leaving Las Vegas" — were the light filling for the heavier fare from her latest album, "Detours," a decidedly more political record.
She opened her show with the wartime warning of "God Bless This Mess," the opening cut off that album.



The song, which not-so-subtly protests the Iraq war, set the tone for the politically charged "Gasoline," in which Crow wished aloud for the day gasoline was free. The giddy proposal easily draws a line from gas prices to war in the Middle East.

Crow kept the tone light and energetic for the poppy "Out of Our Heads," but its message of letting your heart, not your head, guide you globally was not lost.

She did not hide her politics or mask her political leanings, which is what we have come to expect from the Grammy-winning songstress. We also have a pretty good idea whom she will vote for in November, after she encouraged folks to register at the venue's Rock the Vote table.

"Don't give up on hope," she said. "Hope's not hokey."

But she did not belabor her politics. She massaged them in a frenetically paced show that made you wonder, given all that she has been through and the exhausting tour schedule she maintains, where she summons the energy. Throughout her show, she did not slow down, making a good argument that age is merely a state of mind.
Crow's performance leaned on the upbeat side, a far cry from opener James Blunt.

The 34-year-old Brit songsmith dished up nearly an hour of mostly lovesick yet beautiful laments. He prefaced several, including the wrenching ballad "Carry You Home," with a broad smile and a warning: "Here's a really miserable song for you to enjoy."



Blunt, who rejoined Crow for "The First Cut Is The Deepest," was being a bit hard on himself. His songs, including "Wiseman," "1973," "So Long Jimmy" and his hit ballad "You're Beautiful," are gorgeously executed emo-testaments of young love. And he brought them to life in a lovely, English-accented tenor and a smiling stage demeanor reminiscent of a young Davy Jones.

He even shook loose his carefree angst in the middle of "In Flowers" when he leapt off the stage and sprinted through the audience, slapping outstretched hands along his journey.


Source: www.azstarnet.com


[SET LIST] TUCSON, ARIZONA - AUGUST 19

GOD BLESS
BABYLON
LOVE IS FREE
VEGAS
STRONG ENOUGH
CAN'T CRY
MOTIVATION
FIRST CUT (with James)
MISTAKE
GASOLINE
NEIGHBORHOOD
DETOURS
HAPPY  
OUT OF OUR HEADS
SOAK
WINDING ROAD
****************************************
ALL I WANNA DO
HIGHER GROUND (with Toots)

Wednesday August 20

[NEWS] SHERYL CROW ON THE ROAD WITH SON WYATT

It’s hard enough being a working mom with a 1-year-old baby, but add in a busy tour schedule and you’ve got a quite the challenge. Sheryl Crow talked to OK! about life on the road with her son Wyatt and how she manages to keep it all together.

“I’m lucky my job starts after Wyatt’s gone to bed. And I get to wake up with him in the morning – it’s a pretty sweet arrangement,” Sheryl tells OK!. “His crib is right across from my bunk on the bus, and we’re joined at the hip.”

Spending your days on the road requires certain necessities, and for Sheryl, those must-haves come down to a few simple things: “all three seasons of Arrested Development, Bud Light beer and a humidifier. Plus, a washer and dryer – when you have a little guy it’s constant laundry.”

Source: OK Magazine


[NEWS] SINGERS STAND UP TO CANCER

'Just Stand Up' Star-Studded Charitable Single Sets Pace for Stand Up To Cancer Fundraising Campaign
Tuesday August 19, 8:00 am ET

Song Unites Megastar Cast: Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Rihanna, Fergie, Sheryl Crow, Miley Cyrus, Melissa Etheridge, Ashanti, Natasha Bedingfield, Keyshia Cole, Ciara, Leona Lewis, Leann Rimes, and Carrie Underwood

Premiere TV performance of 'Just Stand Up' on ABC, CBS and NBC simultaneous broadcast of Stand Up To Cancer nationwide fund-raising event, September 5th

'Just Stand Up' will be available to purchase exclusively on the iTunes Store September 2nd

'Just Stand Up' produced by Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds and Antonio 'L.A.' Reid

NEW YORK, Aug. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- More than a dozen of the world's most accomplished female recording artists -- a cast that includes Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Rihanna, Fergie, Sheryl Crow, Miley Cyrus, Melissa Etheridge, Ashanti, Natasha Bedingfield, Keyshia Cole, Ciara, Leona Lewis, LeAnn Rimes, and Carrie Underwood -- have joined together for "Just Stand Up," an unprecedented charity single in support of Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), a new initiative to raise philanthropic dollars for accelerating ground-breaking cancer research.

"Just Stand Up" was conceived by Antonio "L.A." Reid, Chairman, Island Def Jam Music Group, after a powerful and inspiring meeting with the women who organized the Stand Up To Cancer campaign (whom Reid affectionately dubbed the "magnificent seven"). The song was produced by L.A. and Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds -- their first creative reunion on record in nearly two decades. "Just Stand Up" will be released to radio and will be available to purchase exclusively on the iTunes Store starting September 2nd.

"Just Stand Up" is all about the singers and the composers banding together behind SU2C's mission: rallying the public around the goal of ending cancer's reign as a leading cause of death. The all-star television performance premiere of the song will take place live on Friday, September 5th (8pm EDT and PDT), when ABC, CBS, and NBC simultaneously devote one hour of commercial-free prime time to this nation wide event. This will be the first simultaneous cross-network broadcast ever to raise funds for the fight against a disease.

In addition to performances by legendary recording artists, the Stand Up To Cancer special will feature stars from film and television who will perform as well as present filmed content giving viewers insight into cancer. Various screening tests will be demonstrated in novel and entertaining ways.

Network news anchors Charles Gibson, Katie Couric and Brian Williams will report on potentially life-saving research, speaking with both patients and scientists. Laura Ziskin will produce the September 5th broadcast. Ziskin is a cancer survivor and her film credits include the Spider-Man trilogy, As Good As It Gets, and Pretty Woman, and she also produced the 74th and 79th Annual Academy Awards.

As of today, celebrities confirmed for the broadcast (both for personal appearances or answering telephone calls) include: Casey Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Christina Applegate, Lance Armstrong, Abigail Breslin, Josh Brolin, David Cook, Katie Couric, Dana Delany, Fran Drescher, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Kirsten Dunst, Elizabeth Edwards, Jon Favreau, America Ferrera, Charles Gibson, Neil Patrick Harris, Salma Hayek, Scarlett Johansson, Masi Oka, Danica Patrick, Christina Ricci, Robin Roberts, Homer Simpson, Marge Simpson, Meryl Streep, Hilary Swank, Charlize Theron, Goran Visnjic, Forest Whitaker, Brian Williams and Reese Witherspoon. Additional participants and musical performers are still to be announced.

Since its formation, SU2C has been embraced en masse by the entertainment community which is supporting a host of creative projects across a wide array of platforms on the web in order to ignite passion in the American people so they realize that significant advances in cancer treatment are within reach. There is plenty to view and link to on SUTC's website, http://www.standup2cancer.org, including a variety of PSAs (featuring Jessica Biel, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Jodie Foster, Morgan Freeman, Tony Hawk, Tobey Maguire, Sidney Poitier, Keanu Reeves, Susan Sarandon, Tilda Swinton, Christy Turlington Burns, and others); as well as videos on the SUTV channel (with the cast of The Daily Show, Larry David, Ryan Seacrest, and others).

Stand Up To Cancer is a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and was established by a group of media, entertainment and philanthropic leaders, whose lives have all been affected by cancer in significant ways. Stand Up To Cancer is bringing industry resources -- people, as well as mediums such as television and the web -- to bear in the fight against cancer as never before.

Stand Up To Cancer's leadership team includes Katie Couric; Laura Ziskin; the Entertainment Industry Foundation, represented by Board of Directors Chairperson Sherry Lansing (who is also Founder of the Sherry Lansing Foundation), CEO Lisa Paulsen, and Vice President Kathleen Lobb; the Noreen Fraser Foundation and its executives Noreen Fraser (who is also a cancer survivor) and Woody Fraser, and Rusty Robertson and Sue Schwartz also of the Robertson Schwartz Agency; and nonprofit executive Ellen Ziffren, whose husband, noted L.A. attorney Ken Ziffren, played a pivotal role in bringing together the three networks for the broadcast special.

In addition to the Island Def Jam Music Group, many leading philanthropists, organizations and corporations support the Stand Up To Cancer Mission, including the Sidney Kimmel Foundation as well as Major League Baseball, Amgen, AARP, GlaxoSmithKline, Revlon, Wallis Annenberg & The Annenberg Foundation, Alliance for Global Good, Lee Jeans, New York Giants, Philips, Saks Fifth Avenue, Steve Tisch, Stonyfield Farm and many others. In addition to ABC, CBS and NBC, SU2C major media partners include AOL, Conde Nast Media Group, eBay Inc., Facebook, Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S., Hearst Corporation, Los Angeles Times, Meredith Corporation, Paypal, The New York Times Company, Time Inc., and WebMD.

Source: http://prn.newscom.com


[NEWS] SHERYL TO PLAY GREEN SUNDAY AT RED ROCKS

Denver, Aug. 19, 2008 - The Denver 2008 Convention Host Committee will present an official welcoming concert event for invited guests to celebrate the City's greening efforts around the 2008 Democratic National Convention, as well as to raise environmental awareness. "Green Sunday At Red Rocks," an opening act to Denver's hosting of the Convention, will feature performances by recording artists and environmental advocates including Dave Matthews with Tim Reynolds, Sheryl Crow and Sugarland.

The event also will feature addresses by Laurie David, global warming activist and producer of Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth"; Van Jones, founder and president of Green For All; Bill McDonough, architect and sustainable living pioneer; and Robert F. Kennedy Jr., senior attorney for NRDC and chairman of Waterkeeper Alliance.

Executive hosts for the event will be Gov. Bill Ritter Jr., Mayor John Hickenlooper and U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar. Congresswoman Diana DeGette and Gov. Tim Kaine of Virginia also will appear.

The event is made possible by donations from BNSF Railroad, MolsonCoors, Xcel Energy, Level 3, Diageo, and Liberty Media.

WHAT: Green Sunday at Red Rocks, a Denver 2008 Convention Host Committee event.

WHO: Dave Matthews with Tim Reynolds, Sheryl Crow, Sugarland, Laurie David, Van Jones, Bill McDonough, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Gov. Bill Ritter, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar, U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, Gov. Tim Kaine, Elbra Wedgeworth, Steve Farber.

WHEN: Sunday, August 24, 7 p.m., on the eve of the Convention.

WHERE: Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Colorado's natural, geologically formed, and iconic outdoor concert theatre.

Thursday August 19

[SET LIST] ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO, AUGUST 18

bABYLON
CHANGE
LOVE IS FREE
VEGAS
STRONG ENOUGH
CAN'T CRY
MOTIVATION
FIRST CUT (with James)
MISTAKE
GASOLINE
NEIGHBORHOOD
DETOURS
HOME
HAPPY  
OUT OF OUR HEADS
SOAK
WINDING ROAD
*****************************
GOD BLESS THIS MESS
HIGHER GROUND 

Monday August 18

[MP3] "RIVERWIDE" (AUG 3); "NO ONE SAID IT WOULD BE EASY" (AUG 9); "WEATHER CHANNEL" (AUG 15)

Lineage: Youtube (MP4/AAC) > Sony Vegas > MP3
Source: http://youtube.com/user/Hudwerks

MP3/Zip / 44.1 khz / stereo / 13,7 mb


[NEWS] GRAND SLAM FOR CHILDREN

The annual Grand Slam for Children fundraiser, presented by Genworth Financial, brings together the brightest stars in show business for an unparalleled evening of entertainment.

The 2008 Grand Slam for Children will be held October 11, 2008, at Wynn Las Vegas, featuring Grammy-award winning singer Sheryl Crow, with other performers to be announced.

Table sponsorships are available at the following levels: Diamond $85,000; Platinum $40,000; Gold $17,500 (the Silver $10,000 level has sold out); and include a cocktail reception, gourmet dinner, gift item, live auction and concert for 10. In addition, a private VIP event featuring James Taylor and John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting will be held on October 10th for the Platinum and Diamond sponsors only. Table reservations are available on a first-come, first-served basis and require a non-refundable 50% deposit.

The Foundation deeply appreciates the ongoing support that it receives from the public. However, because the venue has changed from an arena to a ballroom setting, we regret that concert-only tickets to the Grand Slam for Children will no longer be available.

For more information, please call 702.227.5700 or email info@agassi.net.

Source: www.agassifoundation.org


[TV] SHERYL TO APPEAR WEDNESDAY ON LARRY KING LIVE

From Larry King Live website:

Sheryl Crow want you--to vote! The rocker's here to announce a new get-out-the vote initiative.

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Sunday August 17

[LIVE REVIEW] OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - AUGUST 16

Crow shows Oklahoma City crowd a fun time

By Tricia Pemberton
Staff Writer
Photos by MATT STRASEN, THE OKLAHOMAN

Sheryl Crow had fun with her Oklahoma City Saturday night music crowd at the Zoo Amphitheater.

Crow got her audience rocking from her opening song, “A Change Will do You Good,” and she continued the vibe through the night, as a full moon rose as a backdrop and the temperature stayed at a near-perfect 72 degrees. “We got some good weather,” the 46-year-old rocker told the 5,000-plus audience.

With her upbeat music, carefree lyrics and California good looks, Crow brings her own party to the stage.

Comfortable in washed-out blue jeans, a white sleeveless shirt and high-healed boots, she danced and clapped and got the crowd to sing along — holding out her mic on songs like “Soak up the Sun” and “Every Day is a Winding Road.”

“You got some nice pipes Oklahoma City,” She encouraged. Her strong band brought a good energy to the stage as well.

A favorite moment for the crowd was when Crow brought James Blunt onstage for a duet on the Cat Stevens’ classic, “The First Cut is the Deepest.” The two sang the ballad while looking into each other’s eyes.

“You’re so pretty,” Crow told the British pop star who had already impressed the audience as an opening act before Crow took the stage.

Blunt’s performance was the perfect counterbalance to Crow’s sunny, feel-good rock with his self-professed “miserable songs.” He played for almost an hour, pleasing the crowd with favorites such as “You’re Beautiful” and “Same Mistake.” He, too, had fun with the crowd, however, at one point skipping through the seats and later surfing atop his piano.

Before Blunt, Jamaican rockers Toots and the Maytals warmed up the audience with some reggae blues. The crowd saved its warmest welcome for the star act, though.

Crow personalized her show by making many references to Oklahoma. She joked that various band members were either from Oklahoma or lived here now. She said bassist Jon Button was from Broken Bow and drummer Jeremy Stacy, originally from London, now lives in Poteau. She said her backup singers, Nayanna Holley and Stephanie Alexander were from Rose and guitarist Tim Smith from Wayne. According to the Official Sheryl Crow Web site, however, none of her band members are from or live in the state.

Crow made plenty of other references to Oklahoma throughout her hour-and-a-half set.

Mid-way through “Leaving Las Vegas,” Crow asked her crowd if they gamble at casinos in the state. At the resounding affirmative roar, she admonished, “No way,” then conceded, “OK, maybe on a Saturday night or a Tuesday morning on the way to work.”

While she played with the crowd for most of the night, she did get a little political a few times. Her second song, “Shine Over Babylon,” knocks those with bloated bank accounts, oil drillers and politicians in general.

Though she didn’t name names, she also made a sly reference to “a senator” from Oklahoma who won’t support environmental responsibility. Then she encouraged her crowd to change the status quo by “rocking the vote.”

Crow gave her audience about an hour-and-a-half show with plenty of favorites from her early career as well as the title single of her latest album “Detours,” saying the latter came from life lessons learned from surviving breast cancer and having a 15-month-old son.

Mid-set, Crow changed her play list to sing “If it Makes You Happy” in honor of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps’ who’d just won his eighth gold medal. Crow confessed she’s obsessed with the Olympics.

The rocker left the crowd with an encore of her first big single, “All I Wanna Do” and Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground.”

Source: The Oklahoman (http://newsok.com)


[VIDEOS] LUCCA SUMMER FESTIVAL, JULY 6


[SET LIST] OKLAHOMA CITY, AUGUST 16

CHANGE
BABYLON
LOVE IS FREE
VEGAS
STRONG ENOUGH
CAN'T CRY
MOTIVATION
FIRST CUT with James
MISTAKE
GOOD IS GOOD
NEIGHBORHOOD
DETOURS
MICHAEL PHELPS WINS HIS 8TH GOLD
HAPPY
OUT OF OUR HEADS
SOAK
WINDING ROAD
----------------------
ALL I WANNA DO
HIGHER GROUND


  [VIDEOS] WEATHER CHANNEL & DETOURS - DALLAS, AUG 15

 


[LIVE REVIEW] DALLAS, TEXAS, AUGUST 15 - #3

Sheryl Crow mixes politics and pleasure at Superpages.com Center

By THOR CHRISTENSEN / The Dallas Morning News
tchristensen@dallasnews.com

Sheryl Crow's breezy pop hits make it easy to forget how political her music can be. Friday night at Superpages.com Center, she was ready to take on the world – or at least sing about how screwed up it is.

She opened with three new tunes: "God Bless This Mess," with its reference to "a war all based on lies"; "Shine Over Babylon" ("If there's a God, where is he now?"); and "Love is Free," about the carnage of Hurricane Katrina.

And she was just getting started. She fused her oil dependency song "Gasoline" with the Stones' war-themed "Gimme Shelter" and sang about genocide in "Out of Our Heads," also from her latest CD, Detours.

In lesser hands, it would have been overkill. But Ms. Crow was savvy enough to blend her politics with infectious melodies and a hint of optimism – a lesson she gleaned from Stevie Wonder, whose "Higher Ground" proved to be the perfect show-closer (Ms. Crow sang it as a duet with opening act Toots Hibbert).

It also helped that she mixed the angry new tunes into a show packed with hits, from "All I Wanna Do" to "Soak Up the Sun" to a wicked fusion of "There Goes the Neighborhood" and Aerosmith's "Walk This Way."

British singer James Blunt preceded Ms. Crow with an hourlong set that wasn't as bad as it could have been.

As a balladeer, he can be awfully syrupy, as he reminded us with his 2005 hit "You're Beautiful." But he wisely built the set around uptempo songs and exuberant showmanship. Out of nowhere, he made a loony 60-second sprint up to the lawn section and back. Later, he danced atop his piano and leaped off the drum-riser.

And after bawling his way through "Goodbye My Lover," he grinned and pretended to brush the whole thing off: "She meant nothing to me," he joked.

Mr. Blunt's love songs may be seriously overwrought. But at least the guy doesn't take himself too seriously.

Source: www.dallasnews.com


[LIVE REVIEW] DALLAS, TEXAS, AUGUST 15 - #2

Concert Review: Sheryl Crow and James Blunt at Superpages.com Center (August 15)

By Brenna Rushing

Since Sheryl Crow has been in the music scene for several years, it's only appropriate that there was a series of different ages at her show at the Superpages.com Center last night. Other than the parents bringing their kids to experience Sheryl’s lighthearted and catchy tunes, I, a college student, might have been one of the youngest there. But onto more important events of the night

James Blunt and his energetic band opened. Blunt started the night on a high note by running around the stage through songs and even through the crowd at one point. It’s important to note that he made it all the way to lawn, which is impressive.

They played almost an hour singing some popular songs such as “Beautiful”, “1973,” and “Same Mistake.” Through the slower ballads the lighting assisted Blunt by creating just the right ambiance for the lyrics. Most of the time this meant shining a small light only on James playing the piano or guitar, setting a serious tone for the crowd.

There were a multitude of James Blunt fans in the crowd. He had many women standing and swaying to his love songs, cooing over his every word. He closed with “1973” at the piano. He and his band took a bow together to thank the crowd at the end.

After a short interlude, through which all the hippies and fun-loving adults got more beer, Crow came on. She baffled everyone by wearing a white leather jacket with rhinestone effect all over the sleeves. Yes, it was Texas rodeo style. She opened with “God Bless This Mess,” which may be the newest single from her album Detours. There was a fantastically lit up peace sign made of guitars, flowers, and other free-lovin' symbols on a sheet behind her.

Following three songs, Crow announced that she had gotten the jacket from the Mesquite rodeo, but that it was too hot in Dallas to wear it all night. Following the wardrobe adjustment, she looked Classic Crow again, in a white tank top and tight-fitting jeans.

Crow gave a worthwhile show singing every hit she’s had over the years including “If It Makes You Happy,” “Leaving Las Vegas,” “Favorite Mistake,’ and “The First Cut Is the Deepest.” On the latter track, she brought out James Blunt and sang a duet. The crowd went crazy.

There were some new songs mixed in the set too, such as “Detours” and “Shine Over Babylon.” The mix between new and old allowed the crowd to hear all their favorites, while still emphasizing the fact that there's a new album to check out.

Towards the middle of the show she turned the ending of one song into Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way.” She went on to introduce her band members and backup singers. As she went through their names, she mentioned their birthplace as well. All six of them were from Texas. As Crow explained, “If I’m going to do a Texas show right, I better have a Texas band!”

At one point, she brought up her victory over cancer and her new baby. She joked that she “still has the cleavage” she’s known for. She proudly told the crowd that her adopted baby is 15 months old now, and how much her life has changed since she was in Dallas last.

Crow played well over an hour and a half, coming back on stage for a two-song encore. "All I Wanna Do" was first.

She ended the show with a cover of "Higher Ground" by Stevie Wonder. Including her entire band, she gave the mic up to her backup vocalists to sing the leads.

The night came together perfectly for everyone at the center. The weather was breezy, no rain was in sight, and Sheryl Crow gave them what they asked for.

Source: www.pegasusnews.com

Saturday August 16

[LIVE REVIEW] DALLAS, TEXAS, AUGUST 15

Review: Sheryl Crow and opening acts perk up a thin crowd in Dallas

By PUNCH SHAW
 Special to the Star-Telegram

DALLAS — You could call it the "Hey! Don’t Forget About Us" tour.

But American rocker Sheryl Crow, British balladeer James Blunt and Jamaican reggae legends Toots and the Maytals — the trio of extremely odd bedfellows who shared the bill Friday night at Superpages.com Center — all made a case for a better fate.

Headliner Crow was in fine form as she led her six-piece band through cuts from her recent Detours CD (God Bless This Mess, Shine Over Babylon) and oldies such as Leaving Las Vegas, Can’t Cry Anymore and Strong Enough. The biggest surprise of her set came when Blunt joined her for a cover of Cat Stevens’ The First Cut Is the Deepest. But although it was a charming duet, it didn’t make their touring together seem any more sensible.

Blunt’s one-hour set, which immediately preceded Crow’s, was long on energy and effort but short on substance.

The former cavalry officer could not have worked any harder, winning over an indifferent audience with sheer perseverance and antics that included dancing on his amps and running down the aisles to give his fans high-fives. He is obviously trying to crawl out from under the suffocating success of his mega-hit, You’re Beautiful, and it is proving to be a tough climb. Friday’s show, where Blunt showed signs of vocal strain, suggested that his ambitions are exceeding the quality of his material.

And Blunt’s desperation does not seem to be without cause. These acts, which have all played stadiums in the past, could muster a crowd of only 3,500 Friday. How soon they forget.

But Toots and the Maytals, who stared into the setting sun to open the 7 p.m. concert, refuse to be forgotten. There is some rust on Frederick "Toots" Hibbert’s vocals, but the blend of reggae and funk that he pretty much invented still glistens like stainless steel when his band plays it.

Source: www.star-telegram.com


[SET LIST ] DALLAS, TEXAS, AUGUST 15

GOD BLESS
BABYLON
LOVE IS FREE
VEGAS
STRONG ENOUGH
CAN'T CRY
MOTIVATION
FIRST CUT (with James)
MISTAKE
GASOLINE
NEIGHBORHOOD
DETOURS
WEATHER CHANNEL
HAPPY
OUT OF OUR HEADS
SOAK

Friday August 15

[SET LIST] HOUSTON, TEXAS - AUGUST 14

GOD BLESS
BABYLON
LOVE IS FREE
VEGAS
STRONG ENOUGH
CAN'T CRY
MOTIVATION
FIRST CUT (with James)
MISTAKE
GASOLINE
CHANGE
DETOURS
NO-ONE SAID
HAPPY
OUT OF OUR HEADS
SOAK
****************************************
ALL I WANNA DO
WINDING ROAD
had to lose Higher Ground with Toots due to Curfew.


[VIDEO] "HOME" - SHREVEPORT, LOUISIANA - AUGUST 13

 


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Thursday August 14

[SET LIST] SHREVEPORT, LOUISIANA, AUGUST 13

GOD BLESS
BABYLON
LOVE IS FREE
VEGAS
STRONG ENOUGH
CAN'T CRY
MOTIVATION
FIRST CUT (with James)
MISTAKE
GASOLINE
RUN BABY RUN
DETOURS
HOME
OUT OF OUR HEADS
HAPPY  
SOAK
WINDING ROAD
*******************
ALL I WANNA DO
HIGHER GROUND


[NEWS] DOWN TO EARTH


Sheryl Crow was happy to pose for a photo with Sally Johnson, left, and Bartley Stratton, right, at
Hunt & Gather in Minneapolis. Photo provided by Bartley Stratton

Sheryl Crow stopped by Hunt & Gather antiques at 50th Street and Xerxes Avenue S. on Saturday.

"Nicer than I expected," said e-mailer Nancy Polacek.

Why wouldn't Sheryl Crow be nice? Doesn't she sing "All I want to do is have some fun"?

Hunt & Gather owner Kristi Berkvam Stratton (Bartley Stratton's aunt) said Crow was "extremely Midwestern, put it that way." Does that mean nice? "Yeah, I think so. Very petite, shorter than we all thought. Very pleasant. Took pictures with several people, had her little boy, Wyatt, with her.

"She bought [a lot of] wood letters, burlap feed sack, piano key thing, I don't know," said Berkvam Stratton. "Old cardboard practice piano key whatever."

Maybe something for Wyatt to bang on?


Source: Startribune.com


[BLOG] MEETING SHERYL

From: http://mitchellsinmichigan.blogspot.com

"...Bob and Kathy, came over and we all attended a Sheryl Crow concert. Thanks to a connection I can't talk about on here, we were able to actually MEET Sheryl Crow and spend some time with her. She is such a nice person, so down to earth and friendly. We also spent time with Bob and Kathy's special connection which was really nice too! Thanks again Bob, Kathy and SC (special connection)!! We had a great time meeting Sheryl and also attending the concert."


[NEWS] PRIVATE SHOW - MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY, AUGUST 11

The Smart Home has rocked since opening day, but today, with Sheryl Crow giving a private concert to an audience of 125 fans from the deck of the Smart Home, the exhibit is rocking a little harder than usual. Concert attendees won their tickets at an auction that was part of a local radio station’s 36-hour Radiothon benefiting Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Ms. Crow is herself an environment activist and general die hard greenie (she recently had solar panels installed on her own home) so it’s fitting that she would give this charitable concert in the greenest home in Chicago. After touring the exhibit, she even joked that she was ready to move in, which would be great for ticket sales. The Smart Home’s master bedroom will serve as her dressing room and the main first-floor deck as her stage, with the audience seated scattered around the landscape.

Of course, Sheryl Crow and her concert goers are not the only ones to have recently visited the Smart Home at the Museum of Science and Industry. In fact, since it’s opening, the exhibit has played host to more than 45,000 visitors! Now, with all the rain and sunshine of the Chicago summer, the beautiful native grasses planted around the mkSolaire have turned the surrounding grounds into lush, verdant gardens, completing our original vision of what the home would look like upon completion. If you have yet to see the exhibit for yourself then now is the time to go: until Labor Day, admission for children under 11 is free with the purchase of a regular adult ticket. So make plans to see Chicago’s greenest home and the latest stop on Sheryl Crow’s tour.

Source: http://blog.michellekaufmann.com


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[LIVE REVIEW] CHICAGO, AUGUST 10


Sheryl Crow got passionate about the issues during her performance Sunday
night at Ravinia. (Oscar Lopez/For the Sun-Times)

Sheryl Crow was more fun when she just sang about having fun

August 11, 2008
BY BOBBY REED

Sheryl Crow now wants to tackle the big topics. The singer-songwriter opened her concert Sunday night at Ravinia by playing a solo acoustic version of “God Bless This Mess” while standing in front of the projected image of a peace symbol. Almost two hours later, after a buoyant rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground,” Crow flashed a peace sign with each hand as she exited the stage.

As evidenced by this concert and her latest album, “Detours,” Crow doesn’t want to be merely a rocker who is famous for crafting ultra-melodic hooks. She is stepping into the role of social commentator — with mixed results.

Crow’s Ravinia debut was bookended with “message” songs. The “Detours” track “God Bless This Mess” contains a reference to Sept. 11, followed by perhaps the most pointedly political lyrics Crow has ever written: “The president spoke words of comfort with teardrops in his eyes / Then he led us as a nation into a war based on lies.”

Crow and her two backing vocalists, Stephanie Alexander and Nayanna Holley, cut loose on a muscular cover of “Higher Ground,” the lyrics of which attack authority figures who lie while soldiers are dying. Crow’s supporting sextet delivered Wonder’s 1973 hit with verve, but even these players’ superb musicianship couldn’t salvage a couple of her new, original tunes.

“Love Is Free,” which alludes to the Katrina disaster, was sandbagged by an overly simplistic melody. Crow preceded the clunky “Gasoline” by singing a rant about Exxon, the nation’s dependence upon oil and her observation that “young people overseas are fighting for oil.”

Crow’s 19-song concert featured seven tracks from “Detours,” including the CD’s best cut, “Shine Over Babylon,” which successfully marries geopolitical lyrics with an anthemic, instantly memorable chorus.

Crow, a consummate professional onstage, knows how to keep her fans happy. She offered sterling versions of big hits like “Everyday Is a Winding Road” and “Soak Up the Sun.” Guitarist Peter Stroud’s slide guitar work added a satisfying counterpoint to Crow’s polished vocals on “Strong Enough,” from her 1993 debut, “Tuesday Night Music Club.”

During a sparkling, extended version of “Leaving Las Vegas,” Crow gently chided the large crowd of picnickers on the lawn for not singing along loudly. “All right, put down your wine glasses,” she joked. Regular Ravinia patrons could tell that this was Crow’s first gig at the Highland Park venue because she referred to the lawn area as “the yard” and “the fields.”

James Blunt, who opened the show with an energetic set, joined Crow onstage for a duet of “The First Cut Is the Deepest.” This song was penned by Cat Stevens and popularized by Rod Stewart — two icons of ’70s rock who have influenced the work of both Blunt and Crow.

Bobby Reed is a Chicago freelance writer

Source: Chicago Sun Times

Monday August 11

[VIDEOS] HARD ROCK CALLING - VH1


Part 1: Interview + Out of Our Heads + If It Makes You Happy + Winding Road



Part 2: Crossroads (with Eric Clapton; Robert Randolph; John Mayer; Doyle Bramhall II)


(Thanks Rob)



[INTERVIEW] SEVENTEEN MAGAZINE

She's on summer tour right now, but find out how Sheryl used to spend her summers when she was a teenager!

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in a small town in southern Missouri. When I was 17, my friends and I always drove to the A&W, Sonic, and Dairy Queen. We'd make the circuit, as we called it, listening to Journey, Foreigner, Kansas, and Fleetwood Mac!

Were you a good student? Did you like school?
I was a good student and I did like school. I was one of those lucky kids who didn’t have to put too much effort into getting good grades, but now, of course, school’s a lot different from what it was then.

What was the most popular trend when you were going to school?
The shoes that had the big cork wedge, and also the Farrah Fawcett hairdo.

Did you receive a superlative in high school? If so, what was it?
I was voted Most Talented and Miss KHS (Kennett High School)!

What is the craziest thing you ever did to get a guy to notice you?
I used to stand out in my front yard and twirl my baton. I would stand out in front of the glass door and practice my baton twirling, knowing that everyone had to drop by my house to get to high school, which was right across the street from my house. There was only really one guy in particular that I cared about. He lived right down the street, so I would always be out twirling my baton because I could see when he was coming and going. And then he wound up dating my best friend.

What was your summer job?
I was a lifeguard.

What was your style when you were 17? What is it like now?
I can safely say that my style has not changed that much. I was a kid who always wore jeans and tried to put on a cool top with it. I really gravitated to big, flowy skirts and the platform shoes. I probably don’t go quite as flowy as I did back then, though.

What rumors were people spreading about you then? Now?
I can’t think of any back then. Lately I keep hearing about how I’ve set up all these people with each other and, like, I’m some sort of matchmaker. It was also rumored that I was trying to get the government to legislate the amount of toilet tissue we could use. Actually, it was part of a skit — it wasn’t even remotely serious!

What nicknames did you have back then? Now?
On occasion I would get called Bird Legs. I can't think of any now.

What were your hobbies back then? Now?
I loved music and sports — summer sports like water-skiing — and I was a big runner. I also loved twirling! I thought it was fun. Now, I probably don’t twirl as much anymore, but I still love water-skiing, riding my bike, and running, and clearly I love my music. That’s my favorite thing.

What did you worry about back then? Now?
I think for the most part I worried about whether a certain boy liked me, or whether I was going to be asked to do things with the popular group. You know, I wasn’t so worried about getting into college because my grades were good and, for the most part, most of the kids from where I grew up went to the state school. Now, I worry about my 1-year-old — making sure that he knows that he’s loved. I definitely worry about the state of the world and the planet.

Who was your idol back then? Now?
My idol back then was probably my older sister, who’s five years older than me, and she was uber-cool. She had long, straight hair, looked like Ali McGraw, and was just totally everything I wanted to be as a kid. I’d have to say my idol now is my mom. I think she's just an unbelievable woman.

Who was your celebrity crush? Now?
I don't remember my crushes back then. But, it's George Clooney now. Oh, and the kid from Juno, Michael Cera.

What advice did your parents give you when you were 17? Now?
They told me to go to college to get a degree to fall back on if that whole big music thing didn’t work out. And, so, I got my teaching degree.

Letter to my 17-year-old self:
Dear Sheryl,
Have more fun and don't take things so seriously!

Source: Seventeen


[BOOTLEG] "SHINE OVER SARATOGA SPRINGS" : WRONG TRACKS, PLEASE READ!

Thanks to a fan, I discovered that the first nine tracks I uploaded on August 2 were from another bootleg ("Molson Prison Blues" to be exact). Mess is fixed now, but I'm really sorry to anyone who already downloaded them.

Anyway, you can download the right tracks at the following links:

http://rapidshare.com/files/134256404/tracks_1_2_3_4_5.zip.html
http://rapidshare.com/files/134281278/tracks_6_7_8_9.zip.html

Luckly the others songs (10-16) are OK.

Sorry again,
Aleks

(thank you Lee)


[SET LIST] CHICAGO, AUGUST 10

GOD BLESS
BABYLON
LOVE IS FREE
VEGAS
STRONG ENOUGH
CAN'T CRY
MOTIVATION
FIRST CUT (with James)
MISTAKE
GASOLINE
RUN BABY RUN
DETOURS
GOOD IS GOOD
OUT OF OUR HEADS
HAPPY 
SOAK
WINDING ROAD
****************************************
ALL I WANNA DO
HIGHER GROUND


[SET LIST] MINNEAPOLIS, AUGUST 9

GOD BLESS
BABYLON
LOVE IS FREE
VEGAS
STRONG ENOUGH
CAN'T CRY
MOTIVATION
FIRST CUT (with James)
MISTAKE
GASOLINE
NEIGHBORHOOD
DETOURS
OUT OF OUR HEADS
HAPPY  
SOAK
WINDING ROAD
**********************
ALL I WANNA DO
HIGHER GROUND


[VIDEO] NO ONE SAID IT WOULD BE EASY - 8-8-2008

 

Sunday August 10

[LIVE REVIEW] BRADLEY CENTER, MILWAUKEE, AUGUST 8


Photo/Tom Lynn

At the Bradley Center, Crow’s comfort, maturity emanate
By JON M. GILBERTSON
Special to the Journal Sentinel
Posted: Aug. 9, 2008

In a year when reporters duly solicit Paris Hilton’s opinion about the unkind use of her image in a John McCain campaign ad, Sheryl Crow ought to be able to fill more than half (if that) of the seats in the Bradley Center on a Friday night.

Crow is, in bold contrast to the aforementioned heiress, a musician whose talent is key to her attractiveness and not the other way a round.

The talented one even mentioned the not-talented one to introduce “Motivation,” a twangy number about the rich and spoiled.

Like most of Crow’s material, the song had a musical hook just shy of classic rock and lyrics with a firmly intelligent, feminist bent.

Yet Crow was no polemicist, even with the glance at Hilton and the reference to the Iraq conflict in the back-porch strummer “God Bless This Mess.”

Instead, she aspired, as she has for a decade and a half, to the edges of the road that older rockers such as Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones have paved unto glassy smoothness.

“If It Makes You Happy” jumped off from a riff that located the sweet spot consistently hit by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

“Soak Up the Sun” poured gloss and good vibrations over a slide-guitar base until it seemed not only to soak up sunshine but also to reflect its rays.

And “Leaving Las Vegas,” a terse folk-rock tale, gained some depth from the echoes of the arena.

Crow didn’t always benefit from the surroundings: Her voice, which counts a very palpable ordinariness among its appealing points, sometimes barely made it all the way across the cavernous room.

She also didn’t play to the hugeness of the place, keeping the big-show gimmicks to a minimum, although the less-is-less approach did keep the focus on the music and those playing it.

The six-piece backing group and dual backup singers were professional and not prone to star turns, even if nobody was particularly faceless either.

Crow herself was no diva (and the term, in a rock sense, should include the likes of Mick Jagger), preferring a smart shimmy to bump-and-grind antics.

Really, Sheryl Crow acted like what she is: a woman comfortable with her own mind and with her own body—more akin to Bonnie Raitt than to Madonna or her youngers.

That sort of mischievous maturity ought to be a better draw in any year.

Source: Milwuakee Journal Sentinel (www.jsonline.com)

Saturday August 9

[VIDEO] SHERYL CROW & BILL BOTTRELL - "ALL I WANNA DO" ACOUSTIC

 

Sheryl Crow (vocals; guitar)
Bill Bottrell (dobro; backing vocals)

Club CHR, TKV
Yokohama, Japan
September 1994


[SET LIST] MILWAUKEE, WI - AUGUST 8

GOD BLESS
BABYLON
LOVE IS FREE
VEGAS
CAN'T CRY
MOTIVATION
FIRST CUT (with James)
MISTAKE
GASOLINE
NEIGHBORHOOD
DETOURS
NO ONE SAID IT WOULD BE EASY
OUT OF OUR HEADS
HAPPY  
SOAK
WINDING ROAD
****************************************
STRONG ENOUGH
ALL I WANNA DO


[BOOTLEG] LIVE IN GREEN BAY - AUGUST 6TH, 2008

LIve in Green Bay
Resch Center
Green Bay, Wisconsin, (USA)
August 6, 2008

CD Audio - Hi-Fi Stereo
Taper: BKyle
Time: 102m 29s
Artwork: Aleks
Lineage: CSB > R-09 > USB > CEP > CD Wave Editor > FLAC Frontend > FLAC


Tracklisting

Disc 1

01) God Bless This Mess
02) Shine Over Babylon
03) Love Is Free
04) Leaving Las Vegas
05) Strong Enough
06) Motivation
07) The First Cut (w/ James Blunt)
08) My Favorite Mistake
09) Gasoline Intro
10) Gasoline (w/ Gimme Shelter)
11) Can't Cry Anymore (w/ WI Interlude)
12) Band Introductions

Disc 2

13) Detours
14) Riverwide
15) Out Of Our Heads
16) If It Makes You Happy
17) Soak Up The Sun
18) Everyday Is A Winding Road
19) All I Wanna Do
20) Higher Ground (w/Toots Hibbard)

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[NEWS] TALKING OBAMA, BABY, BUZZWORDS, AND MUSIC WITH SHERYL CROW

By Steve Knopper | Special to the Chicago Tribune
August 8, 2008

Having adopted a son (Wyatt, 14 months), broken off her engagement to Lance Armstrong and survived cancer, Sheryl Crow is on the road promoting her political (but catchy as always) new album, "Detours." From a tour stop in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., she multitasks—answering questions while putting chatty Wyatt in his crib.

Q: "God Bless This Mess" opens your album on a sort of grainy-demo, Bruce Springsteen "Nebraska" note. Did you do a more fully produced version? What made you choose this one instead?

A: Actually, that is the only version that I have of that song. I played it for Bill [Bottrell], my producer, and when we were done I was going to attempt to do a produced version. He said, 'No, no, no, we're done—that's the perfect version.'

Q: When you wrote "Gasoline," a futuristic fantasy about people fighting in the streets for free gas, did you have an inkling of just how relevant it would be in the summer of 2008?

A: No, I had no idea. The impetus of the song was this idea of 'Where are the street marchers? Where are the revolutionaries that were around in the '60s?'—not realizing that gasoline would be so expensive and it would be a massive issue.

Q: The big buzzwords for the Obama campaign are "change" and "hope." As a supporter, do you feel more hopeful? Is that reflected in music you're writing now?

A: Yeah, definitely. I think this record ["Detours"], although it's a very urgent record in its content, consistently there's a lot of hope. But I'm always writing with truth in mind.

Q: What are the easiest and hardest things about being a parent?

A: The hardest thing, most definitely, was him waking up this morning at 4:38 after going to bed at one. The easiest thing is everything else about it. Right now he's saying 'wow!' over Arrested Development's [rap] video. (Wyatt can be heard saying "wow!" in the background.)

Q: You've performed twice on "Sesame Street." Compare and contrast.

A: I grew up with "Sesame Street" and took my nephews [the first time], and my tour manager took his son, and just watching their faces was a blast. The second time I did it was with my son, but unfortunately he was just a few months old. Now that he's into Elmo, we play the tape. And now I'm big stuff with my son.

Source: Chicago Tribune (www.chicagotribune.com)

Friday August 8

[NEWS] CROW ABOUT THIS

The annual 36-hour radiothon that Eric Ferguson and Kathy Hart host for Children's Memorial Hospital has raised more than $12 million since launched by ''The Eric & Kathy Show'' on WTMX-FM (101.9) in 2000. This year, The Mix has added something new -- and very cool. The hosts are auctioning off 50 pairs of tickets to a private performance Monday by Sheryl Crow at the Museum of Science & Industry.

The radiothon itself runs this Friday and Saturday.

http://www.wtmx.com/ek.php
http://www.wtmx.com/microfeatures/radiothon.php
http://www.childrensmemorial.org/

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

Thursday August 7

[NEWS] SHERYL CROW TO FAVRE FANS: "YOU'RE REALLY OVER BRETT"

By Kendra Meinert • kmeinert@greenbaypressgazette.com • August 6, 2008

ASHWAUBENON -- On the same night Brett Favre was traded to the New York Jets, the legendary Packers quarterback's presence could still be felt in concert at the Resch Center.

And no, we're not talking about Sheryl Crow's acoustic opening number on Wednesday night, "God Bless This Mess,'' seemingly the perfect four-word summary of football life in Titletown in recent weeks.

Not "Now That You're Gone,'' another song off her current "Detours'' album.

Not even "Every Day Is a Winding Road'' or "My Favorite Mistake.''

It was during "Can't Cry Anymore'' that Crow, who gave earlier shout-outs to cheese and Leinenkugel's, dropped the F-bomb: Favre.

"What if Brett Favre walked up here right now?'' she asked a crowd of about 4,000.

The response was a mix of cheers and boos.

"Oh no, I'm sad to hear that,'' she said. "You're really over Brett? Oh well ...'' And then she resumed with the chorus of "I can't cry anymore.''

Crow and one of her drummers both showed up for the encore wearing No. 4 Favre jerseys. Crow's was pink -- perhaps a fitting choice since, like Deanna Favre, the 46-year-old singer also is a breast cancer survivor.

"Aaron Rodgers has some very big shoes to fill,'' she said, before launching into "All I Wanna Do.'"

Source: www.greenbaypressgazette.com


[SET LIST] GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN - AUGUST 6

GOD BLESS
BABYLON
LOVE IS FREE
VEGAS
STRONG ENOUGH
MOTIVATION
FIRST CUT (with James)
MISTAKE
GASOLINE
CAN'T CRY
DETOURS
RIVERWIDE
OUT OF OUR HEADS
HAPPY
SOAK
WINDING ROAD
***************************
ALL I WANNA DO
HIGHER GROUND (with Toots)


[NEWS] SOAKIN' UP THE SUN

Hopewell, N.Y. -

City Manager Stephen Cole is a huge Sheryl Crow fan. So naturally, he was thrilled to finally get the chance to hear her perform live on Sunday. But soon after arriving at the venue, it got better: The mayor, with the help of publicists, agents and promoters, had arranged backstage access for Cole to meet the singer.

“He came out beaming,” said Kory Massey, Cole’s wife, who attended the concert with her husband and son at the Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center in Hopewell.

Mayor Ellen Polimeni had contacted Ginny Clark, director of Friends of CMAC, earlier this summer to arrange the meeting. Clark warned Polimeni that it probably wouldn’t happen. People request “meet-and-greets” all the time, Clark said, and many factors come into play. In order for it to work it took “a lot of heart, blood, sweat and tears,” she said. “It’s short of a small miracle.”

The agents felt the mayor’s request was “pure,” Clark said, and Crow — known for hits like “Every Day is a Winding Road,” “All I Wanna Do” and “Soak Up the Sun” — agreed.“I think most people in our community know what he has done for the community,” Clark said.

Cole suffered a debilitating stroke last August and has been recovering ever since. Fundraising efforts this spring collected more than $33,000 to help defray treatment costs. He will begin a six-week program at a speech therapy clinic in Michigan next week, Massey said.

The surprise came together at the last minute, Clark said. Just an hour before the meeting, Clark told the mayor the good news. And just before taking the stage, Crow chatted with Cole and the mayor. The singer asked him questions about his speech therapy and other plans, Massey said, impressing him with how personable she was.

Though Cole had never heard the singer live, her CDs accompanied him through some of his most difficult days, his wife said. While he was initially recovering at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, doctors and nurses recommended that the family bring in some of Cole’s favorite music. Playing songs by Crow and others helped stimulate his brain, Massey said.

On Tuesday, Massey said Cole was still walking around smiling, the concert’s effects lingering. It was a great gift, she said.

“It was a wonderful memory for him in a year of lots of hard work,” Massey said.

Contact Margaret Poe at (585) 394-0770, Ext. 322, or at mpoe@messengerpostmedia.com.

Source: www.mpnnow.com


[PICS] SHERYL AND ALEX RODRIGUEZ

2008 MLB All-Star Game held at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. July 15, 2008
Images: Noah K. Murray/Star Ledger

Wednesday August 6

[LIVE REVIEW] BOSTON, MA - JULY 30

From: Time to Play B-sides - http://www.playbsides.com/

By Jeff Elsing

I was in Boston this week for business and had the opportunity to see Sheryl Crow live at the very nice Bank of America Pavilion in Boston. It was a beautiful evening and the chance to see a show outdoors at night was great. The seemingly largely female audience was entertained by James “You’re Beautiful” Blunt and legendary Reggae/Ska act Toots and the Maytals. Overlong dinner plans caused the group I was with to miss all of Toots’s show and mercifully most of Blunt’s show. I did get to hear “Beautiful” as well as his newer single “1973″ which seemed unexpectedly full of energy for the weepy folkster. He was standing on his piano and running through the audience. BTW: “1973″ quotes “I Can See Clearly Now” which Crow drops in a song later in the evening.

In a fashion similar to the Detours album, Sheryl opened the set with a solo acoustic performance of “God Bless This Mess.” The band joined and provided a rocking set of Sheryl’s catalog– covering a good balance of her big hits and songs from her new album.

Admittedly, I was a bit skeptical about this show. I knew she put on a good live show but her last two albums– the country influenced Wildflowers and her latest Detours which is a personal account of the last three years of her life– have been a departure from her typical releases and certainly from the sunkissed C’mon C’mon. I had downloaded her last two albums but never really got past a cursory listen.

Any reservations I had about the show were cast away as Sheryl and band started working the stage. She was clearly enjoying herself and the crowd was returning the positive vibe she was delivering. My wife thinks that most men are only fans of Sheryl because they want to sleep with her. While I agree that Sheryl is holding up very well for 46, she is a very confident live performer that delivers as entertaining a live show as I have seen with any seasoned live act. In fact, it occurred to me watching the show that her no-nonsense blend of American rock reminded me of Tom Petty’s live shows.

I was pretty impressed with her (and her band’s) ability to carry off some covers and cover teases. It is with a knowing wink that they carried the bluesy Fender Rhodes and bongos driven “Gasoline” from Detours into “Gimme Shelter.” Her tease of Gary Wright’s “Love is Alive” in “There Goes The Neighborhood” was unexpected (at least by me, I don’t know if she does this at every show) and appreciated. The cover of “Higher Ground” by Stevie Wonder was very good and a fun way to wrap up the encore.

The hits were mostly in attendance: “Leaving Los Vegas,” “Strong Enough,” “My Favorite Mistake,” “If It Makes You Happy,” “Soak Up The Sun,” “Everyday Is A Winding Road,” and “All I Wanna Do” enough to keep some of the others in my group who weren’t as familiar with Sheryl’s catalog happy and they commented about how surprised they were that they knew so many songs.

She performed no less than six songs from her new album, and they fit in very well alongside her very intimidating run of hits since 1994. Before performing the title track of this year’s Detours Sheryl made reference to her recent life-altering events by saying that “it’s the detours that really teach you about who you are.”

On the flight home from Boston I decided to give Detours another listen. At times its honesty is a bit shocking and not at all what I expected. The brave portrayal of raw emotion in songs like “Diamond Ring,” “Make It Go Away (Radiation Song),” and “Lullaby For Wyatt” actually reminds me of John Lennon’s laid-bare biographical approach to songwriting during his solo career. The album and likely this tour is a cathartic exercise for Sheryl and one she evidently needed. This show and review of her latest album changes Sheryl for me from the “beer-drinking in the morning party girl” to a woman who is bravely sharing a close look at herself at a time of change. It will be interesting to see what is next.

Source: http://www.playbsides.com/

Pictures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/playbsides/sets/72157606492459309/


[LIVE REVIEW] UNSCANSVILLE, CT - JULY 26

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008
by Taryn Alessandro

On July 26th, James Blunt swooned every girl in the 10,000 seat Mohegan Sun Arena with his heartbroken ballads. He earned a standing ovation with his touching performance of “Goodbye My Lover,” allowing the audience to sing the chorus. He later amped up the energy level by running down aisles, high-fiving fans, jumping around, and even “surfing” on his piano.

During her performance following James’, Sheryl Crow brought me tons of fond memories - from belting “Everyday is a Winding Road” in the backseat of a Jeep Wrangler, to playing “Leaving Las Vegas” on repeat, driving through the sweltering dry heat of Nevada. I’m a Sheryl Crow fan ever since her album, Tuesday Night Music Club debuted in 1993.

The much anticipated Sheryl gave us all the old goodies during her performance, including “A Change Will Do You Good,” “My Favorite Mistake,” “Run Baby Run,” “If it Makes You Happy,”  and of course, “Strong Enough.” In the middle of “Can’t Cry Anymore” she surprised us by breaking into Johnny Nash’s “I Can See Clearly Now.”

While giving us a sampling of her new album, “Detours,” released in February, Sheryl played new songs “Gasoline,” “God Bless This Mess” and “Detours.” “It doesn’t matter what journey you go on in life. It’s really the detours that teach you about who you are,” she said about her song, “Detours.”

After her set, the audience screamed and pleaded for more Sheryl. She came back for an encore with “All I Wanna Do” and her version of Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground,” featuring vocals from her backup singers.

Source: www.theresident.com


[VIDEO] FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST - SHERYL CROW & JAMES BLUNT - AUGUST 3


[SET LIST] DTE, DETROIT, MICHIGAN - AUGUST 5

GOD BLESS
BABYLON
LOVE IS FREE
VEGAS
STRONG ENOUGH
MOTIVATION
FIRST CUT (with James)
MISTAKE
GASOLINE
CAN'T CRY
DETOURS
WILDFLOWER
OUT OF OUR HEADS
HAPPY  
SOAK
WINDING ROAD
****************************************
ALL I WANNA DO
HIGHER GROUND (could not be played due to curfew!)


[AD] INTRODUCING BOOTHEEL TRADING CO. BY SHERYL CROW

Monday August 4

[NEWS] BOOTHEEL TRADING CO. CLOTHING AVAILABLE AT DILLARD'S

Limited selection of Sheryl's highly anticipated Bootheel Trading Company apparel line (As seen on The Today Show) available now at www.dillards.com

The complete Fall '08 line will be available nationwide on AUGUST 15TH at Dillard's stores, as well as additional retailers.

Sheryl celebrates the official retail launch of Bootheel Trading Co.
with the first of several in-store appearances. She will be stopping by Las Vegas's Fashion Show Mall on Aug. 26 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Come join Sheryl in the celebration!

Further retail appearances to be announced shortly.

www.btc.com COMING SOON!!!

Source: Interscope Records


[VIDEO] RIVERWIDE - CANANDAIGUA, NY - AUGUST 3

 


[BOOTLEG] LIVE IN PHILLY - AUGUST 2

LIve in Philly
Mann Center For The Performing Arts
Philadelphia, Pennsilvania
August 2, 2008

CD Audio - Hi-Fi Stereo
Taper: Nicky C
Time: 105m 25s
Artwork: Aleks
Lineage: Schoeps MK4's>Nbox+>Edirol R-09>Wavelab 5 (Fades & UV22HR dither to 16/44.1)>CDWAV>FLAC


Tracklisting

01 - God Bless This Mess
02 - Shine Over Babylon
03 - Love is Free
04 - Leaving Las Vegas
05 - Strong Enough
06 - Can't Cry Anymore
07 - So Glad We Made It
08 - My Favorite Mistake
09 - Gasoline
10 - There Goes the Neighborhood
11 - Detours / Redemption Day
12 - Out of Our Heads
13 - f It Makes You Happy
14 - Soak Up the Sun
15 - Everyday is a Winding Road
16 - All I Wanna Do
17 - Higher Ground (with Toots Hibbard)

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[SET LIST] CANANDAIGUA, NY - AUGUST 3

GOD BLESS
BABYLON
LOVE IS FREE
VEGAS
STRONG ENOUGH
CAN'T CRY
FIRST CUT (with James Blunt)
MISTAKE
GASOLINE
NEIGHBORHOOD
DETOURS
RIVERWIDE 
OUT OF OUR HEADS
HAPPY  
SOAK
WINDING ROAD
****************************************
ALL I WANNA DO
ROCK AND ROLL


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[LIVE REVIEW] CANANDAIGUA, NY - AUGUST 3

Concert review: Restrained Crow could deliver more

Jeff Spevak • Staff music critic • August 4, 2008

Surround Sheryl Crow with top-notch musicians, and she's a good-enough rocker. Sunday night at the Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center, as she howled "If It Makes You Happy," that's about all of the 7,000 or so needed to be happy.

Me, I need more. She looked swanky great in her tight white jeans and white top, a black square of microphone circuitry hanging from her right-rear butt, swooping from Johnny Nash's "I Can See Clearly Now" to her own "Every Day is a Winding Road" in a set that seemed to feature Crow missing fewer notes than I remember in past shows. Yet still.... Still, she needs some help.

But opener Tools and the Maytals seemed to take the night off, coming off as less a legendary reggae band than a needless rock outfit. James Blunt followed, a band of skinny-tie rockers in English '60s haircuts. You have to admire Blunt's energy, what with all of that standing on amps stuff, although vocally he sounds like a Steve Winwood faerie folkie.

Crow opened beneath a peace sign and a solo acoustic version of "God Bless This Mess" before the band — eight of them including two back-up singers — jumped in with "Shine Over Babylon."

Fans needed "Leaving Las Vegas," but perhaps were more satisfied when Blunt joined her for Cat Stevens' "The First Cut is the Deepest." Despite her omnipresent presence on all rock events, tributes and compilations, Crow remains kind of a tuneless crooner on songs such as "All I Wanna Do." Her limitations are clear on songs like Led Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll," which she attacked in a thin, uncertain voice as though she were pulling a smoldering hobo out of a burning freight car: Nobody get hurt. If she wants to dip into the '70s, perhaps Mungo Jerry's "In the Summertime" would suit.

Crow seemed oddly restrained for a musician who has been on the forefront of issues. There were no intriguing comments from the stage. She can do better. Whatever her personal life does for you — dating Lance Armstrong, an alleged stint as Eric Clapton's girlfriend — Crow uses her public soap box to good effect. She is an activist on several health issues, and during a live broadcast on Good Morning America wore a T-shirt that read, "I don't believe in your war, Mr. Bush." That was in 2003, when popular opinion was still for the invasion, fueled by the likes of Toby Keith. At the 2007 White House Correspondent's Dinner, she angrily confronted Bush's Brain, Karl Rove, about the White House's deceptive policies on global warming.

So she's on our side. Crow was pushed to the forefront of breast-cancer awareness when she was diagnosed with it in 2006. Interestingly, two months ago, Melissa Etheridge, also a breast-cancer survivor, played the same venue. Hers was detected when she was 43, Crow's when she was 44.

JSPEVAK@DemocratandChronicle.com

Source: www.democratandchronicle.com

Sunday August 3

[SET LIST] MANN CENTER, PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 2

GOD BLESS
BABYLON
LOVE IS FREE
VEGAS
STRONG ENOUGH
CAN'T CRY
SO GLAD WE MADE IT
MISTAKE
GASOLINE
NEIGHBORHOOD (LOVE IS ALIVE)
DETOURS
REDEMPTION DAY 
OUT OF OUR HEADS
HAPPY  
SOAK
WINDING ROAD
****************************************
ALL I WANNA DO
HIGHER GROUND with toots


AP Photo by Tom Mihalek


AP Photo by Tom Mihalek

Saturday August 2

[BOOTLEG] SHINE OVER SARATOGA SPRINGS - JULY 31, 2008

Shine Over Saratoga Springs
Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Saratoga Springs, NY (USA)
July 31, 2008

CD Audio - Hi-Fi Stereo
Taper: Flying Gonz
Time: 76m 08s
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Note from the taper: I wasnt planning on recording, felt like taking the day off since I know Philly will be covered and I was sitting front row center, but was curious to see how the Korg mic performs..let me just say, I would never use it again even for backup. Sounds ok for what it is (supplied mic with the Korg, recorded from front row in front of filler speaker) the quieter songs sound real good, unfortunately the battery died near the end of the show (Flying Gonz)


Tracklisting

01 - God Bless This Mess
02 - Shine Over Babylon
03 - Love is Free
'04 - Leaving Las Vegas
05 - Strong Enough
06 - Can't Cry Anymore
07 - So Glad We Made It
08 - My Favorite Mistake
09 - Gasoline
10 - There Goes the Neighborhood
11 - Band Intro
12 - Detours
13 - Wildflower
14 - Out of Our Heads
15 - If It Makes You Happy
16 - Soak Up the Sun (cuts after 55 seconds)

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Everyday is a Winding Road
All I Wanna Do
Higher Ground

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[LIVE REVIEW] SPAC, SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY - JULY 31 - #3

Crow, Blunt draw small but appreciative crowd at SPAC
By CE SKIDMORE

Friday night’s festivities at Saratoga Performing Arts Center kicked off with a great yet under-attended performance by reggae artists, Toots and the Maytals. The group fared much better when it opened for Dave Matthews last year.

James Blunt proved himself to be a misnomer as the ladies in the crowd found him to be quite sharp. He took the stage shaggy and in sharkskin — a bit like Sir Paul McCartney meets Bjorn Borg. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m critical of Blunt. Typically I find his easy rhymes and conversational lyrics come off like syncopated sea chanties.

Friday night, Blunt was on.

During a performance of "Because I Love You," which steals much of its thunder from Foreigner’s "Cold as Ice," Blunt leapt into the audience, kissed an unsuspecting gentleman and made a lap around the arena.

He had the heart of every red-blooded female with a soft spot for accents. By the time he got around to charting tracks like "You're Beautiful" and "Goodbye My Lover," the swooning was audible.

Headliner Sheryl Crow hit the spotlight looking cowgirl fabulous. Her first performance was a track from her latest album "Detours," called "God Bless this Mess." She braved it solo in front of a silk banner lit up by a glowing peace sign. The song is commentary on how war can change a family. It was foreshadowing a theme in the night's lineup.

Crow stuck mainly to the hits, taking classics like "Strong Enough" and "Leaving Las Vegas" and peppering in new favorites like "Love is Free" and "Shine Over Babylon."

And then Crow took a little detour.

Though most of the night Crow had the audience in the palm of her hand, if not on their feet, midway through the set there was a bit of a lull as she took the crowd through the political diatribe of "Gasoline" and its transition into the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter."

The crowd heard the message and wanted to carry the torch song, but it just wasn’t singable.

Luckily the singer was able to redeem herself soon after with the title track from "Detours."

Source: PostStar.com


[LIVE REVIEW] BANK OF AMERICA PAVILION, MANSFIELD, MA - JULY 30

Crow Fans Soak Up a High-Energy Show

Posted on: Friday, 1 August 2008, 18:00 CDT

Concert review

Can there be a better way to spend a summer's night than listening to Sheryl Crow's joyful rock march "(I'm Gonna) Soak Up the Sun"?

Nobody cavorting at the Bank of America Pavilion last night - 4,000 fans and more than a few ushers we caught boogeying - would be able to recommend a better summer frolic.

Crow's 100-minute show included almost all of her chart-busting hits, along with a sample of her new album, "Detours."

Crow, 46, first appeared solo with her acoustic guitar, in front of a black curtain, for the vibrant new "God Bless This Mess," a tune that looks at some topical matters with humor. Then the curtain rose, revealing her six-piece backing band, with two backup singers, for a torrid charge through the new "Shine Over Babylon," a song from the new album that evokes Rolling Stones-type grit.

Crow's old nugget "Leavin' Las Vegas" lost some of its intimacy with the full band treatment, but her vocal power was transporting on "Strong Enough," which began acoustic and ended as roaring, rocking fire. The old album cut "Can't Cry Anymore" was a real treat, achieving a rock edge about halfway between the Stones and Tom Petty.

The low-end vamp of "My Favorite Mistake" once again proved Crow can stand with the best swamp-rockers. She began the next tune with a free-form rap before launching into "Love Is Free," a song that details current woes, and included a nasty musical insert from "Gimme Shelter."

Keeping that Stones vibe going, Crow's "There Goes the Neighborhood" was all greasy, gritty rock. Which made her rootsy title cut from the new album, "Details," a bit of a pacing gap, despite its redemptive theme and some nice mandolin accents. The new "Out of My Head and Into My Heart" rode a surging dance-rock rhythm that also seemed a bit off Crow's usual track.

But you can't really beat a homestretch that includes "If It Makes You Happy,""Soak Up the Sun" and "Everyday Is a Winding Road." The first encore featured the odd angles and slide guitar melody of "All I Wanna Do" as the venue turned into a roiling mass of sweaty dancers.

Crow's finale was inspired, a rowdy strut through Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground" that had both backup singers trading verses with the blonde dynamo.

British popster James Blunt provided an hourlong set of his best. The early steam of "Wisemen" and "Carry You Home" might have been a bit too subtle - and slow - for the late-arriving crowd. But Blunt began capturing them with his stately paean to living in the moment, "I'll Take Everything," and had them for sure after a solo piano take on "Goodbye My Lover," as his quavering tenor filled the big tent.

During the rowdy rocker "Because I Love You," Blunt sprinted up one aisle, around the pavilion and back down, and that really galvanized the female fans. His first hit "You're Beautiful" became a mass sing-along. But the slow-building heat of "So Long, Jimmy," with its hypnotic guitar line, was a better performance.

Blunt's pub-rocker "1973" got him so excited he jumped atop his piano and rode it like a surfboard as his quartet mashed it out behind him, a finale that encompassed all his goofy, but sincere, charm.

By JAY N. MILLER For The Patriot Ledger

Source: Patriot Ledger, The; Quincy, Mass.


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[NEWS] SHERYL ADDED TO ARIZONA STATE FAIR LINEUP

Sheryl Crow, Goo Goo Dolls to State Fair

by Larry Rodgers - Aug. 1, 2008 04:21 PM
The Arizona Republic

Rockers Sheryl Crow and the Goo Goo Dolls, country's Miranda Lambert and comic Larry the Cable Guy head up the early list of performers released for this year's Arizona State Fair.

Crow will play Oct. 21, the Goo Goo Dolls on Oct. 16, Lambert Oct. 17 and Larry the Cable Guy on Oct. 11.

Lambert's boyfriend, Blake Shelton, also will appear on that concert bill.

Also scheduled is the return of the Old School Jam, which this year will feature Coolio, Ton Loc, Naughty By Nature, Young MC, Klymaxx, Club Nouveau and Timex Social Club.

This year's fair runs Oct. 10 through Nov. 2.

General admission to the concerts, at Veterans Memorial Coliseum on the fairgrounds, is free with fair admission. Reserved seating costs $15.

Details: azstatefair.com or 480-784-4444

Source: Arizona Republic

Friday August 1

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Soak Up the Sun

 
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[LIVE REVIEW] SPAC, SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY - JULY 31 - #2

Crow and Co. a perfect combination of sounds
Friday, August 1, 2008
By Brian McElhiney
Gazette Reporter

SARATOGA SPRINGS — It sure might have looked weird on paper, but Sheryl Crow choosing Toots and the Maytals and James Blunt as her opening acts for her 2008 tour was actually a brilliant move.

For one thing, all three write incredibly catchy material, and all three appeal to roughly the same kind of audience. And at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center Thursday night, the bill couldn’t have been more perfect for anyone looking for a summer evening to get away from it all.

You could tell Crow knew this, gearing her set heavily towards laid-back, uptempo numbers such as “Love is Free” and “Leaving Las Vegas.” Even the stage lights, glowing a warm, inviting yellow, were reminiscent of a sunny day at the beach.

She began her set with a solo run through of “God Bless This Mess,” off her 2008 album “Detours,” but the show quickly picked up. Early highlights included the mellow grooves of “Can’t Cry Anymore” and the aforementioned “Love is Free,” but the set really started to pick up at about the halfway point with “My Favorite Mistake.” “There Goes the Neighborhood” offered her band a chance to show off its muscles on a powerful blues rocker, with guitarists Tim Smith and Peter Stroud standing out in particular.

The only real dull moment was “Gasoline,” an overly long political number with a chorus that suggested that “gasoline will be free.” The performance was as energetic as ever, but the song’s numerous tempo changes and false stops tended to make it drag, especially when compared to Crow’s more concise pop hits.

Perhaps the sleeper number of the evening, “Wildflower” showcased Crow’s tender side, stripping her band back to acoustic guitars and synthesized strings. The shimmering beauty of the song stood in stark contrast to the evening’s sunnier, poppier tunes.

If anyone on this eclectic bill could be considered the odd man out, it was James Blunt, who took the stage second, right before Crow. But his boundless energy was a pleasant surprise, especially given his low-key set. During the set’s centerpiece, a vamped-out run-through of Slade’s “Coz I Luv You,” Blunt proved his love for his audience, jumping offstage and running up and down the ramps, kissing a random audience member and making his way through the assembled throngs out on the lawn.

The set lagged ever so slightly in the middle, as Blunt pushed his most upbeat material to the front and rear. Nonetheless, Blunt’s tenor was perfectly suited to moody ballads such as “Carry You Home” and “Goodbye My Lover,” which showcased Blunt’s skill on a solo piano.

Toots and the Maytals jump-started the audience with a lively reggae set straight out of the early ’70s. You could practically feel the Jamaican sun emanating from the stage as the band launched into its set.

Frontman Frederick “Toots” Hibbert was the star here, hooting and hollering at a moment’s notice, then settling back in to a soulful croon on numbers such as “54-46 That’s My Number.” Earlier in the set, Hibbert got the audience shouting along on “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” with its call and response, “Everybody say ‘yeah!’ ” bridge.

Hibbert later joined Crow onstage for the final encore number, “Higher Ground,” bridging the gap between his sunny reggae and Crow’s equally sunny pop.

Source: Daily Gazette (www.dailygazette.com)

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[LIVE REVIEW] SPAC, SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY - JULY 31

SHERYL CROW, James Blunt, Toots and the Maytals, SPAC, 07/31/2008
August 1, 2008 at 1:10 am by Casey Seiler

Sheryl Crow shows she’s a musician first

By DAVID MALACHOWSKI
Special to the Times Union

SARATOGA SPRINGS … Often in the headlines for her high-profile romances (Eric Clapton, Lance Armstrong) or her recent illness (breast cancer) singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow came to Saratoga Springs to sing her songs and remind us why we know her in the first place.

Crow stood all alone with an acoustic guitar, looking very much the troubadour, casual and comfortable in a vest and tight jeans as she played “God Bless This Mess.” Then the curtain dropped and a full band joined in for the expansive “Shine Over Babylon,” and they were off.

Crow front-loaded the show with familiar tunes like “Leaving Las Vegas,” “Strong Enough” and “I Can’t Cry Anymore,” then tossed out the new tune “So Glad We Made It,” which didn’t stray far from the Crow feel-good formula.

Though her voice is radio-ready and capable on records, it’s simply stunning live … as if, for some reason, she undersings on recordings but really lets loose live.

For the home stretch, the hits rolled out … party anthems like “All I Wanna Do,” “Soak Up The Sun,” “If It Makes You Happy” and “Everyday is a Winding Road,” with dizzying results. Toots Hibbert joined in for a spirited take on Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground” and it just couldn’t get any better.

Though Crow has achieved mainstream success, she curiously has been able to hold onto her identity as a musician (as opposed to being an entertainer or star) who really plays the guitar, and that rare grounded quality came across in a powerful way.

The well-dressed James Blunt charged out with “Breathe” and charmed the crowd, whose younger members seem to be there for him. He sang, “I’m watching you breathing for the last time” in the moving “Carry You Home,” which flowed into the thoughtful “Wiseman.”

There was a lot of jumping about, standing on pianos and, midway into the set, Blunt went into the audience and ran up and down nearly every aisle at breakneck speed.

Ah, youth.

His hit “You’re Beautiful” brought the house down with its yearning, gorgeous melody and ascending chord changes. Blunt’s pure pop and strident yet strong pipes proved to be the perfect blend.

Iconic reggae act Toots and the Maytals were a special treat. Fredrick “Toots” Hibbert, dressed in black leather, formed the band in the early sixties, but he had youthful energy with a joyful set highlighted by a clever version of “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” Toots substituting West Jamaica for West Virginia.

David Malachowski is a local freelance writer from Woodstock and a regular contributor to the Times Union.

CONCERT REVIEW: SHERYL CROW, James Blunt, Toots and the Maytals
When: 7 p.m. Thursday.
Where: SPAC, Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs
Length: Crow, 90 minutes; Blunt, 60 minutes; Maytals, 40 minutes
The crowd: Surprisingly, one of the smaller crowds … a mere 5,500
Highlights: Crow’s “Strong Enough,” “If It Makes You Happy” and “Everyday is a Winding Road;” Blunt’s “You’re Beautiful;” the Maytals’ “Take Me Home, Country Roads"

Source: Times Union | Blogs (http://blogs.timesunion.com)


[SET LIST] SPAC, SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY - JULY 31

GOD BLESS
BABYLON
LOVE IS FREE
VEGAS
STRONG ENOUGH
CAN'T CRY
SO GLAD WE MADE IT
MISTAKE
GASOLINE
NEIGHBORHOOD (LOVE IS ALIVE)
DETOURS
WILDFLOWER
OUT OF OUR HEADS
HAPPY  
SOAK
WINDING ROAD
****************************************
ALL I WANNA DO
HIGHER GROUND  (with toots)

Thursday July 31

[LIVE REVIEW] BANK OF AMERICA PAVILION, MANSFIELD, MA - JULY 30 - #2


Photo: Robert E. Klein for The Boston Globe

Crow blends darkness and light on another winding road

By Sarah Rodman
Globe Staff / July 31, 2008

Sheryl Crow knows about unanticipated bends in the road. Last night at the Bank of America Pavilion, the spitfire rocker, cancer-free since late 2006, told the crowd,"It's the detours that really teach you about who you are."

Who she was last night - in a show itself that was detoured from the Comcast Center - was a musician with energy to burn and a songwriter with something to say. Throughout her 1 hour and 40 minute set, Crow, backed by a smoking if not perfectly mixed eight-piece band, explored the twisting paths between darkness and light, sometimes within the space of a single song, many of them coming from her latest album, "Detours."

Crow set the tone from the outset opening with the ruminative, Mellencamp-flavored acoustic number "God Bless This Mess," protesting the Iraq war and its fallout in front of a large peace sign on a black backdrop. (If there were any dissenting opinions in the close-to-capacity crowd, they were inaudible.)


Photo: Robert E. Klein for The Boston Globe

The evil that men do was a recurring theme even in the most upbeat songs. The slinky funk groove of "Gasoline" - which gave way to a few choruses of the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter" - was juxtaposed with outrage over greed, and the bouncy plea for compassion in "Out of Our Heads" decried genocide. Which all sounds about as fun as a root canal, but Crow's fervor and skill at marrying the solemn with the tuneful serve her well as an artist.

That same interplay also appeared in Crow's personal songs, as she sang gorgeously of her emotional vulnerability during the acoustic charmer "Strong Enough" and the loping country rocker "Detours." She also dropped blue-sky optimism into the Stonesy "Can't Cry Anymore" with the refrain of "I Can See Clearly Now."

Good was the clear victor over evil last night, however, as tracks like "Love Is Free" and "Soak Up the Sun" offered cheerful singalong opportunities. As we made our way out to meet our deadline, Crow was lighting into the hopeful "Everyday Is a Winding Road," according to a friend left behind. She encored with the bubbly "All I Wanna Do" and closed with Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground."

James Blunt held down the middle slot with sweetly earnest energy, playing nearly an hour of his melodic, midtempo soft rockers, which have more bite live. "You're Beautiful" drew the biggest singalong, but Blunt also located the backbeat on several occasions, including the crisp "So Long Jimmy" and the lite funk of "1973."

Toots and the Maytals opened with a lively, well-received set of their soul-inflected reggae.

Source: The Boston Globe (www.boston.com)


[SET LIST] BANK OF AMERICA PAVILION, MANSFIELD, MA - JULY 30



GOD BLESS
BABYLON
LOVE IS FREE
VEGAS
STRONG ENOUGH
CAN'T CRY
MOTIVATION
MISTAKE
GASOLINE
NEIGHBORHOOD (LOVE IS ALIVE)
DETOURS
REDEMPTION DAY
OUT OF OUR HEADS
HAPPY
SOAK
WINDING ROAD
******************
ALL I WANNA DO
HIGHER GROUND


[LIVE REVIEW] BANK OF AMERICA PAVILION, MANSFIELD, MA - JULY 30

A captivating show from Sheryl Crow
By Lauren Carter
Thursday, July 31, 2008

You have to be versatile to go from singing backup for Michael Jackson to releasing your own country-tinged, often bluesy, pop-rock album.

Last night at the Bank of America Pavilion, Sheryl Crow put that versatility to good use in a 90-minute set that was never dull, often astonishing and full of a captivating roots aesthetic. Refreshingly, Crow has no diva airs - instead, she has a down home vibe about her and a sense of real world struggle in her songs.

Things didn’t start off with a bang; they began with an acoustic “God Bless This Mess” in front of a peace sign, then merged into “Shine Over Babylon” as Crow’s six-piece band and two backup singers appeared and Crow worked the stage like a cross between a tormented soul singer and a hardworking “American Idol” contestant.

After the good-time stomp of “Love Is Free,” Crow moved into a series of songs off her debut album, “Tuesday Night Music Club,” including the down-and-out “Leaving Las Vegas,” a brilliant “Strong Enough” and “Can’t Cry Anymore.”

Crow’s birth certificate may say she’s 46, but the taut, blond songstress looks at least 10 years younger, though the ache in her voice - on songs that require it, anyway - seems to be the kind that only comes with years of experience.

Crow wasn’t without social commentary, as in “Gasoline,” which morphed into a cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter.”

Though she didn’t spend much time plugging her latest album, “Detours,” she did perform the folky title track before lighting into a piercing “Redemption Day.” Ominous as that song was, when Crow transitioned into the jubilant “Out of Our Heads” - which had more than a few crowd members dusting off their rhythm - followed by the cheery “Soak Up the Sun,” it made sense; in terms of both vocal power and emotion, Crow moves from moody to sunny, jaded to jubilant with impressive ease.

Based on “You’re Beautiful” oversaturation, James Blunt may seem treacly and one-dimensional, but he’s not. True, the sappy ballad did make an appearance during his opening set, but it was sandwiched in between upbeat pop-rock numbers, a spirited run through the crowd and, well, other weakly emotional ballads.

The multi-instrumentalist, who took the stage after ska-reggae collective Toots and the Maytals, even managed to seem haunting on “Goodbye My Lover,” which isn’t nearly as corny as the title implies.

Sheryl Crow with James Blunt and Toots and The Maytals At Bank of America Pavilion, last night.

Source: Boston Herald (www.bostonherald.com)


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