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[...] The next artist to take the stage was without argument the most commercially successful, though not as much so with the crowd in attendance on this evening. Drawing a spot before The String Cheese Incident is a difficult task for most any group, especially an artist that has benefited from radio airplay and mainstream success, but Sheryl Crow was undaunted and came out with an aura of confidence. Haynes and Crow have been friends since she toured with The Allman Brothers Band on H.O.R.D.E. tour in 1994, and her current touring band is chock-full of Christmas Jam veterans, including former Wallflowers drummer Fred Eltringham, former Black Crowes guitarist Audley Freed and Robert Kearns, former bassist of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Crow came out and put on an impressive set of her originals, including "All I Want to Do", and "If it Makes you Happy" with Haynes and String Cheese Incident drummer Jason Hann joining her on stage. Haynes also joined her for the Chuck Berry holiday rock hit "Run Run Rudolph" and Blind Faith's "Can't Find my Way Home", with Trombone Shorty and Warren Haynes Band drummer Terrance Higgins.
Sheryl and Miranda just finished chatting on twitter! Kicking off at 6 p.m. EST, the friendly banter was part of the Recording Academy's recently launched Artist Interview Series, which is a component of #TheWorldisListening campaign, to bring attention to music's emerging and popular female artists.
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News from Music City, U.S.A. - Sheryl was one of the surprise guests at the annual "Christmas at the Ryman with Amy Grant & Vince Gill". The show was held yesterday at the legendary Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. Among the guests there were Keb Mo, CeCe Winans and Eric Paslay. Here's some pix:
Pic: The Tennessean
Sheryl (left) and Amy Grant (right) singing with the Wish Kids. Pic by @The1andOnlyMJ
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Pic: Reba Baskett via FB
Christmas Jam 2012
Sheryl Crow (vocals, guitar, Wurlitzer)
Lineage: Schoeps CCM4V'S(din)>Lunatec V2>Benchmark AD2K> Sound Devices 722 (24/48) FOB/DFC/KFC/ZFC/AARP 40' From Stage, 6 1/2' High
01 Introduction By Warren Haynes
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ARTWORKS - 2 different covers!
US Cellular Coliseum - Asheville, NC - 15 Dec 2012
By AVA TURNQUEST
SOAKING up the Bahamian sun with her young brood, pop-rock star Sheryl Crow lit up the Atlantis Live stage last weekend and gave show-goers a glimpse of what’s to come as she continues her feet-first plunge into the country music genre.
Less than a week after her appearance at the nominations concert for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, the guitar-slinging political activist took the stage at the Imperial Ballroom at Atlantis last Saturday for the second time in the resort concert series.
While she didn’t smash any instruments at her New Buffalo concert in September, the nine-time Grammy winner presided over the stage true to form, showcasing her iconic femme rock swagger which was complemented by her sultry and visceral lyrics.
Visually arresting in her standard tailored blazer and jeans with heels, Crow roused the mixed crowd of fans and lukewarm attendees as she expertly transitioned between casual yet well-placed anecdotes about her personal life and classic hits like “If It Makes You Happy” and “All I Wanna Do”.
Among the seemingly reserved crowd of older couples, families and socialites that settled into the ballroom just after 9pm, none were immune to Crow’s charm, which had enthusiasts out of their seats and casual attendants bouncing rhythmically as she strutted, swayed and hair-whipped to the beat of the omnipresent drum.
Before travelling to the Bahamas, Crow attended the Grammy nomination concert which was held in Nashville, Tennessee, where the 50-year-old Missouri-native resides with her two sons, aged five and two. Both children, she said, made the Caribbean trip and fully enjoyed themselves at the resort’s water park. The singer joked that her children didn’t fully understand what she did for a living.
Last month, the cancer survivor teamed with former talk show host Larry King to raise $430,000 at a gala for a non-profit food assistance charity in San Diego.
On Saturday, Crow delivered a tight-knit, high-power performance that showcased not only her stage prowess as a multi-instrumentalist, but also the impressive skills she has learned as an entertainer.
During her rendition of “First Cut is the Deepest”, Crow reiterated a recent personal encounter with Yusuf Islam, whom many may recognise by his former stage name Cat Stevens.
A British singer-songwriter turned Islam convert and decorated humanitarian, Yusuf Islam penned the single “The First Cut Is the Deepest” in 1967, and released the original version on his album “New Masters” that same year. Since then, four noted musicians have covered the song to widespread individual success, with Sheryl Crow’s 2003 version going platinum and becoming one of her biggest radio hits, garnering her first Top 40 hit single and a Grammy nod.
Crow confided to the Atlantis audience that Yusuf had told her over dinner that her cover made him rethink secular music.
Crow also treated the audience to a new song called “Ride Shotgun” from her upcoming album. Scheduled to drop fall 2013, Crow has referred to this album as her official foray into country music.
With Fender last month releasing a limited edition replica of her main guitar, a 1969 Custom Telecaster, and her new country album set to reinvigorate the genre, Crow is far from slowing down in her musical career. Stay tuned, Crow said to the scores of newfound believers who crowded the stage and surrounding walkways at Atlantis during her encore performance. She told them: “Baby, you can ride shotgun”.
By Carol Motsinger
Kauffman, however, admitted — before Haynes took the stage at U.S. Cellular Center on Saturday — that she couldn’t have afforded one.
But with one phone call in early November, Kauffman learned that not only was she getting a ticket to the star-studded, sold-out show, but she would receive keys to the 2012 Christmas Jam House.
“It didn’t seem real until this week,” Kauffman said backstage before the jam, which featured surprise guests The Avett Brothers, as well as Sheryl Crow, the Blind Boys of Alabama, the String Cheese Incident and Trombone Shorty. “Being at the jam is really a huge bonus. ... It’s like winning the lottery.”
Haynes, a Grammy-winning blues-rock star, and his wife, Stefani Scamardo, have donated more than $1 million to his hometown’s Habitat organization, a nonprofit that builds affordable houses using community volunteers.
The Christmas Jam is a party with purpose — some of the more than 7,000 attendees dressed in holiday garb, from reindeer antlers to Santa hats. Holiday lights lined the balcony and draped from the ceiling. The music kicked off about 6:30 p.m.
Each of the attendees gave a present to Habitat — even if they weren’t dressed like a psychedelic elf. After expenses, all of the proceeds go to Habitat. Musicians donate their time.
“I called my sister, who is a musician and Sheryl Crow fan,” Kaufmann said. “And I told her, ‘Sheryl Crow is helping me buy my house!’”
Michele Bevans was the first person Kauffman called after she learned she would receive the Christmas Jam House. After she stopped screaming. And crying.
That’s because Bevans, who received the 2011 Christmas Jam House, encouraged her to apply for a Habitat home.
“Michelle just kept saying, ‘You’re going to get it,’” Kauffman said. “If I didn’t have Michelle, I would have been a lot more stressed.”
The two — who are both single parents and human services professionals — met through their sons about this time last year. Caleb Kauffman, 7, and Benjamin Bevans, 6, play on the same basketball team and are friends through school.
Bevans first attended the jam when it was at Be Here Now, a now-defunct Asheville club. Her birthday is in December, and a ticket to the show was always her present to herself, she said.
The two will soon be neighbors, too: The Bevanses moved into a home in Habitat’s Carney Place in West Asheville in May; the Kauffmans will move into a home down the street once its completed in about six months.
“I’m surrounded by a lot of strong single mothers, and I have a lot of support,” Bevans said, noting that the Carney Place mothers will help baby-sit and carpool. “The home is really special; it was built on so much love.”
Beyond the affordable mortgage, Bevans is happiest that her children — including Isabel, 8 — are now “happy and safe.”
On Saturday, Kauffman celebrated, with brew and rock star photo ops. But she still treasured the rest, the quiet moments she can now expect in the future because of the party.
“I feel like I am going to be a better mom,” Kauffman said. She lives now in a third-floor apartment, paycheck to paycheck. “I can sleep at night now. I have a moment to breathe.”
Now he’s focused on this weekend’s annual Christmas Jam concert to benefit Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity. He’s filled the sold-out show with talent - the String Cheese Incident, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Trombone Shorty - and in a twist, multiple Grammy winner Sheryl Crow, making her first Asheville appearance.
So how does Sheryl Crow fit with the jam format?
“She’ll fit in just fine.” Haynes said. “Sheryl and I go way back to 1993-94, when she was just starting to break in. She used to sit in with the Allmans when we were headlining the H.O.R.D.E festival. I would sit in with her band.”
Crow is also backed these days by Jam stalwarts Audley Freed and Robert Kearns, so she’ll know the ropes, Haynes said. “This will be a welcome curve,” he said.
Breaking out of the typical jam band mold is nothing new for Haynes, who has hosted such acts as Ralph Stanley, Peter Frampton, DJ Logic and Brandford Marsalis.
There just might be one more big act added to the jam lineup Saturday, but Haynes is keeping the details under wraps since it isn’t confirmed . “There’s a good chance, a better than 50-50 chance, but I don’t want to spread rumors,” he said.
The show is starting a big earlier than usual this year - 6:30 p.m. Saturday rather than the usual 7 p.m. “We are doing that so it doesn’t get away from us, as it sometimes does,” he s aid. “We are trying to squeeze the music in without going into some of the legendary (and very late) hours where we have gone.”
Haynes never reveals the order in which the stars will play, but as usual, he’ll come out first, and will likely be joined by the Blind Boys.
The jam has always been a fluid affair, going all the way back to its birth in 1988 at the old 45 Cherry Club, which once stood on Cherry Street across what is now the U.S. Cellular Center. In the beginning, the Christmas Jam featured local bands, but as his career began to skyrocket, Haynes began inviting famous friends to the party.
The show moved to the old Be Here Now on Biltmore Avenue, then to Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, then into the arena, where it pulls a capacity crowd and raises money for Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity. Through the years, Habitat has been given $1.16 million in jam proceeds to build affordable housing.
For this year’s jam, Haynes chose to perform with the soulful Warren Haynes Band, rather than the jammy Gov’t Mule. The Haynes Band made its debut two years ago at the Christmas Jam, but has been through some lineup changes, “We only knew a handful of songs” then, he said. “We’re looking forward to coming back with that band.”
Next year will bring plenty of playing time with Gov’t
Sheryl at the keyboards with Gregg Allman
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It’s a trademark CMT move: Find mainstream stars to add excitement to country music specials.
Such was the case for this year’s CMT Artists of the Year special, which debuted Satuday night Dec. 8.
Hollywood star Morgan Freeman gave Kenny Chesney a video shout-out, and James Hetfield of rock band Metallica did the same for Eric Church, even tweaking Church by copying Eric’s ballcap/sunglasses look.
— Brad Schmitt, for The Tennessean
Crow has long had ties to the country music scene. In 2002, Crow recorded a duet with Kid Rock, “Picture.” The song ultimately reaching No. 21 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Her single, “The First Cut Is The Deepest,” also charted on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
The singer is no stranger to CMA Award nominations, either. “Picture” was nominated for a CMA Award in 2003 for Vocal Event of the Year. In 2006, she earned a Musical Event of the Year nomination for “Building Bridges,” with Ronnie Dunn and Vince Gill. Most recently, her collaboration with Miranda Lambert and Loretta Lynn for “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” earned a 2011 nod in the same category.
Crow’s country collaborations have earned the versatile singer multiple Grammy nominations. In 2001, Crow earned a nomination for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for “Strong Enough,” with The Dixie Chicks. She earned another Grammy nod in 2002 for Best Female Country Vocal Performance with “Long Gone Lonesome Blues.” In 2003, her performance of “Flesh and Blood” with Emmylou Harris and Mary Chapin Carpenter earned a nomination in the Best Country Collaboration with Vocals category, and she was nominated in that category again in 2006 for “Building Bridges” with Dunn and Gill.
In 2011, Crow made an appearance at the CMT Music Awards, performing “Collide” with Kid Rock.
Sheryl Crow has recorded her first-ever country album, which she’s planning to release next fall. According to Crow, she decided to record the country album because it matches up with her desire to tell a great story.
I like Sheryl Crow. I saw her once at Red Rocks Amphitheater on a beautiful summer night in Colorado and her music couldn’t have fit the night more perfectly. I also think she’s always seemed earthy and organic and closer in sound to country artists but that’s not the musical route she chose previously.
In an interview with “Country Weekly”, she stated: “I think [country] is the best format if you like songs as a forum. Songs that are melodic and lyric-driven.That’s what I’ve always loved. There isn’t a home for that outside of country consistently.”
Crow’s only concern is that her new stuff won’t get any airplay. She adds: “My record is probably more country than a lot of country that is getting played on the radio, so I hope I get played.”
Artists slated to appear include: Warren Haynes Band, Sheryl Crow, The String Cheese Incident, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Anders Osborne, Karl Denson, Mike Barns and Kevn Kinney. Additional guests are expected.
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The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! held at Bridgestone Arena on December 5, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee.
"It’s been really fun to make. I made it at home in my barn," Sheryl told Country Weekly at Monday night's (Dec. 3) 2012 CMT Artists of the Year taping, where she presented one of the artists with an award. (The honorees won't be revealed until Saturday's broadcast.)
The singer, who had a country hit with Kid Rock on his duet "Picture," is no stranger to Nashville. "It has been really sweet to live here," she raves. "I’m going on seven years."
Sheryl says she was drawn to the genre by its commitment to songwriting. "I think it’s the best format if you like songs as a forum. Songs that are melodic and lyric-driven. That’s what I’ve always loved. There isn’t a home for that outside of country consistently," she explains, revealing her high hopes for the as-yet-untitled album. "My record is probably more country than a lot of country that is getting played [on the radio], so I hope I get played."
In November, Sheryl released the country-tinged "Woman in the White House" online.
CMT Artists of the Year airs Saturday, Dec. 8, at 10 p.m. ET.
Rehearsals for the big concert began today. The event will be held at Bridgestone Arena with country music's own Taylor Swift co-hosting with rapper LL Cool J.
A live concert will showcase this year's Grammy nominees. Some of the acts set to take the stage include Fun, Ne-Yo, Luke Bryan, Maroon 5 and classic rockers the Who.
The show is being held outside of Los Angeles for the first time. Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and others in the tourism industry said they are excited that this concert is being held in Nashville. The show will be seen on a national stage and they believe it gets the word out that Nashville is about all types of music.
"The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night," which will take place live at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Dec. 5, and will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network from 10 – 11 p.m. ET/PT.
Tickets for Wednesday's show are still available.
Sheryl attends the 2012 CMT 'Artists Of The Year' Award at The Factory At Franklin on December 3, 2012 in Franklin, Tennessee.
Photos: Frederick Breedon/Erika Goldring/Ed Rode/Rick Diamond for GettyImages