NEWS DECEMBER 2008

Saturday December 27

[VIDEO] "STRONG ENOUGH" WITH STRING SECTION - SNL

 


Strong Enough
October 29, 2005
with David Campbell string section


Happy holidays!


Thursday December 25

[CHARTS] "DETOURS" TRIPLE-A NATIONAL AIRPLAY PANEL - CHART HISTORY (12-26)

Issue Date Position
November 21 30 (debut)
November 28 27
December 5 26
December 12 25
December 19 19
December 26 18

[VIDEO] LARRY KING LIVE - DECEMBER 24

 

Wednesday December 24

[VIDEO] PLEASE DON'T BOMB ANYBODY THIS HOLIDAY

 

Dan Finnerty & The Dan Band perform their original song from "HO: A Dan Band Christmas" with a little help from some friends ... 

Sheryl, Christina Applegate, Macy Gray, Neil Patrick Harris, Meg Ryan, Matthew Perry, Janeane Garofalo, Ricki Lake, Christopher Guest, Cheri Oteri. Dan Finnerty's wife, Kathy Najimy.


To everyone to whom I have yet to wish a Merry Christmas, and to everyone I already have, I say it again:

M E R R Y - C H R I S T M A S !

Even to someone who is offended by being wished a Merry Christmas, I still wish you a Merry Christmas! :-)

Peace, love and Rock and Roll to everyone!

-Aleks

 

Friday December 19

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Issue Date Position
November 21 30 (debut)
November 28 27
December 5 26
December 12 25
December 19 19

Thursday December 18

[VIDEO - HDTV] THERE IS A STAR THAT SHINES TONIGHT - THE TONIGHT SHOW - HDTV 720P

 

Sheryl in the splendor of HD!


Tuesday December 16

[PICS] TONIGHT SHOW - DECEMBER 15

Sunday December 14

[PICS] 1995

Promo gig, London, UK (Lupardo photo agency)


[PICS] HA HA!


[PICS] CHEERS!

_original pic

Friday December 12

[NEWS-ITA] "HOME FOR CHRISTMAS"

Alcuni lettori italiani mi hanno chiesto di postare foto del package europeo di questo disco. Eccole qua:

Ah, confermo la presenza di "Hello my friend, hello". Quindi niente codice e download da internet. Meglio cosi'.

Friday December 12

[NEWS] STEVIE SETS THE RECORD STRAIGHT ABOUT SHERYL (ROLLING STONE)

In an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine Stevie Nicks cleared the air surrounding Sheryl’s involvement in Fleetwood Mac.

"What happened is that it was absolutely discussed and [Sheryl] absolutely was invited to join the band. The reason was I wanted another woman in the band, because I missed Christine so bad that it was just really hard for me to be in the boys club. What happened was, really... everybody thinks it was just because Sheryl got really excited and told the world about it a little bit too early. That wasn't what it was. I started explaining to Sheryl what it was going to be like to be in this band. It's all-encompassing, and for somebody with a new baby...for a woman in her forties with a new baby, and as loving and as nurturing as Sheryl Crow is... if you know her, you know that she just is a caretaker. We had a conversation at the beginning of this year. I said, 'I rented a studio,' and it was around Mother's Day. 'You need to come in and we need to play music for two days, because we should. It's not an audition for us, it's not an audition for you, it's just us to play music. We'll set it all up and we'll be on a stage and have great monitors, and all your pianos and everything will be set up. We're just going to rock for two days, go out to dinner and hang out. We need to do that.'

She had all these really important plans, because it was her first Mother’s Day, and she was also on the road, so she had to escape out of that for three days. I said, 'You have to do it, you have to come.' That was on a Thursday. She said to me, 'Are you trying to talk me out of this by telling me how difficult this is going to be for me?' I said, 'I'm not. I'm just being truthful with you. Imagine this, when we went on the Say You Will tour,  we thought it was forty shows. It was 135 shows. Nobody knew that, but that’s what it was. And that was for an unhappy tour.' 'So it is kind of like joining the army. Personally, it's going to be very hard for you. I'm not trying to talk you out of it, I'm just trying to let you know what it is.' So she said, 'Okay, I'm going to think about it,' and she called us back two days later. We were in the car, on speaker, and she said, 'I think I'm going to have to pass.'

I said, 'Honey, as Stevie, your friend,' who spent three solid years with her working on Trouble in Shangri-La in ’98, ’99, and 2000, I said, 'I think you're making the right decision. As Stevie Nicks, I'm disappointed. But as your friend, I think this is the right decision.'

Sheryl Crow passed on Fleetwood Mac, and I want that out there, because people seem to be getting different stories about this. That’s what happened."

Source: Rolling Stone magazine


[NEWS] ROLLING STONE - SINGLES OF THE YEAR - "NOW THAT YOU'RE GONE" RANKED #97

http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/24947047/singles_of_the_year/25


[SET LIST] TOKYO, JAPAN - DECEMBER 12


Sheryl Crow Bunny

GOD BLESS
BABYLON
LOVE IS FREE
CHANGE
STEVE MCQUEEN
VEGAS
STRONG ENOUGH
CAN'T CRY
MOTIVATION
MISTAKE
GASOLINE
RUN BABY RUN
DETOURS
HAPPY
OUT OF OUR HEADS
SOAK
WINDING ROAD
**********************
I SHALL BELIEVE
ALL I WANNA DO
HIGHER GROUND


[SET LIST] TOKYO, JAPAN - DECEMBER 11


Photo: www.kemnpus.exblog.jp

GOD BLESS
BABYLON
LOVE IS FREE
CHANGE
VEGAS
STRONG ENOUGH
CAN'T CRY
STEVE MCQUEEN
MOTIVATION
MISTAKE
GASOLINE
RUN BABY RUN
DETOURS
HAPPY
OUT OF OUR HEADS
SOAK
WINDING ROAD
***********************
ALL I WANNA DO
HIGHER GROUND


[CD REVIEWS] HOME FOR CHRISTMAS - SHORT REVIEWS - #2

Sheryl Crow has released her first holiday album this year in October. Available for only $7.95 with the purchase of three cards from Hallmark Gold Crown stores, Home for Christmas< continues the store’s tradition of releasing enjoyable Christmas albums. Following such stars as Michael McDonald, Barry Manilow, and George Strait, Sheryl Crow has released an album accessible by all ages.

Crow’s first holiday album begins with a bluesy big band version of “Go Tell It on the Mountain” that simmers with Crow’s radiant vocals and rocks with a sousaphone bass-line. A string section helps smooth the minor chords into a festive holiday mood. Jazz and funk-oriented “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)” follows next with chunky guitar by Roger Fritz, a saxophone section and the light funk of Crow’s organ. Booker T appears on four other songs on the album. Crow also performs her first written Christmas song, “There Is a Star That Shines Tonight”, a soft ballad punctuated by a delicate and angelic string section.

-Sarah Moore

Source: popmatters.com


Sheryl Crow shakes up the music on "Home for Christmas," nicely pulling off a laid-back Stax/Volt groove. Except for a politely political original, "There Is a Star That Shines Tonight," the song selection is too safe, but if you're just starting a Christmas collection and like Crow, this is a no-brainer. It's a Hallmark Gold Crown stores exclusive.

-Jeffrey Lee Puckett

Source: www.courier-journal.com


Sheryl Crow's "Home for Christmas" (Hallmark) features familiar holiday fare ("Blue Christmas," "O Holy Night"), many of the tracks spiced with New Orleans-style horns. The pop-rock vocalist also tosses in one original, the moving ballad "There is a Star That Shines Tonight." This one is found exclusively at Hallmark stores, and once you've purchased the CD, you'll be able to download the bonus tune "Hello, My Friend, Hello." It was produced by Bill Bottrell, who also worked with Crow on her smash debut, "Tuesday Night Music Club."

-Martin Bandyke

Source: Freep.com


Why would Hallmark hire Sheryl Crow to record a Christmas album that sounds nothing like a Sheryl Crow Christmas album should sound? This overproduced, under-thought, quasi-big-band-standards album is lush with trumpets and orchestral sound. It’s like Diana Krall couldn’t make it, so they grabbed Crow instead. And her rendition of “Blue Christmas” is awful, which is crazy, because she did a version on “A Very Special Christmas 3” that wasn’t bad. — TH

Source: www2.islandpacket.com


Crow's Christmas album, available at Hallmark, is as warm as a yuletide log. Chalk that up to the bluesy guitars, lush strings, chipper horns, Booker T's organ, and the direction of Bill Bottrell, the producer of Crow's debut record and her recent "Detours." But, most of all, the cozy vibe radiates from Crow. The singer sounds supremely relaxed and her phrasing on the torch song "I'll Be Home for Christmas" is exquisite. Crow does get to cut loose once or twice. The hooky "Merry Christmas, Baby," which floats as effortlessly as Santa's reindeer, is a fine belter. If Crow stumbles slightly on "O Holy Night," which sounds overly earnest, she rebounds on an original, piano-led composition, "There is a Star That Shines Tonight." Crow's own star burns brightest on this collection.

-Stephen Humphries

Source: Christian Science Monitor


[...] Three of pop music’s biggest female singers have released their first-ever Christmas albums this season, with varied, but mostly solid, results.

Lesbian Melissa Etheridge’s “A New Thought For Christmas” comes almost exactly a year after “The Awakening,” her last release. Sheryl Crow’s “Home For Christmas,” available only at Hallmark Gold Crown stores, is her second album this year — the solid “Detours” dropped in February. Aretha Franklin only records intermittently these days. “This Christmas” is her first album of all-new material since 2003’s “So Damn Happy.” [...]

[...] That these albums exist at all is pleasantly surprising, albeit for wildly varying reasons. Etheridge, despite her hit-and-miss catalog, is one of only a few great modern women rockers — she exhibits none of the schmaltz typically associated with Christmas music so that she recorded such an album, as she acknowledges in the liner notes, is unexpected.

Crow, while not as primal a rocker as Etheridge, also doesn’t fit the typical Christmas album bill.

Franklin, though, is the opposite. With her roots in the church, her live gospel albums and her mastery of nearly every form of popular music, a Christmas album from the Queen of Soul has been a glaring omission from her canon for decades, a point she’s acknowledged. [...]

[...] Crow also takes on “Blue Christmas,” but it’s oddly chipper and doesn’t work at all. Her 1997 version (included on “A Very Special Christmas 3,” one of those multiple artist holiday albums with Keith Haring art) was more plaintive and far superior.

But Crow’s Hallmark album has several creative arrangements and is worth picking up. Standouts are a slow, bittersweet take on “The Bells of St. Mary’s,” the heartbreakingly tender “All Through the Night” (not the Cyndi Lauper hit), and the gorgeously stripped-down Crow original “There Is A Star That Shines Tonight,” a wonder of simplicity and poignancy.
[...]

-Joey DiGuglielmo

Source: www.washingtonblade.com


Make that Down Home for Christmas -- Missouri native Crow shows off her southern roots on this affable batch of blues, gospel and horn-flecked Memphis soul. It'll make you happy.

DOWNLOAD: Go Tell it on the Mountain

2.5 BELLS (out of 3)

-Darryl Sterdan

Source: Jam Showbiz Music (http://jam.canoe.ca/Music)



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Issue Date Position
November 21 30 (debut)
November 28 27
December 5 26
December 12 25

Wednesday December 10

[SET LIST] OSAKA, JAPAN - DECEMBER 10

GOD BLESS
BABYLON
LOVE IS FREE
CHANGE
VEGAS
STRONG ENOUGH
CAN'T CRY
STEVE MCQUEEN
MOTIVATION
MISTAKE
GASOLINE
RUN BABY RUN
DETOURS
HAPPY
OUT OF OUR HEADS
SOAK UP THE SUN
WINDING ROAD
---------------------
I SHALL BELIEVE
ALL I WANNA DO
HIGHER GROUND


[SET LIST] CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 7

ALL I WANNA DO
CHANGE
STEVE MCQUEEN
LOVE IS FREE
CAN'T CRY
STRONG ENOUGH
MISTAKE
HAPPY
NEIGHBORHOOD
OUT OF OUR HEADS
MEAN 2 ME
WINDING ROAD


[SET LIST] WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 6

ALL I WANNA DO
CHANGE
STEVE MCQUEEN
LOVE IS FREE
CAN'T CRY
STRONG ENOUGH
MISTAKE
HAPPY
NEIGHBORHOOD
OUT OF OUR HEADS
MEAN 2 ME
WINDING ROAD

Monday December 8

[LIVE REVIEW] ALAN ESTATE, MARTINBOROUGH, NZ - DECEMBER 6


photo: djwinter

By Simon Sweetman

In a nice show of respect, he welcomed Sheryl Crow back to the stage for a duet, suggesting her to be sharing the bill with him, as opposed to his assigned opening act. The rocking backing band featured bluesy licks, country fiddle and barnstorming drums.

A mini-set of solo acoustic tunes, featuring early song I Need a Lover (a hit for Pat Benatar) and Small Town as well as material from this year's Life, Death, Love and Freedom, showcased not only a wide range of material but slowed the pace down for Mellencamp to tell a few stories.

When the band returned with fiddle and accordion there were treats from the iconic 1980s albums The Scarecrow and American Fool. His fairly short, sharp set concluded with the rockers Jack And Diane, R.O.C.K In The U.S.A and Hurts So Good.

Crow really got the party started with her hit- filled 60-minute set. Opening with All I Wanna Do from her 1993 debut, Tuesday Night Music Club, and flowing through Steve McQueen (from 2002's C'mon C'mon) and 1998's My Favourite Mistake; the easy-to-enjoy pop music was lapped up by a crowd on its feet and ready to party.

Crow's band added to the good-time feel with country-rock guitar solos and a dynamic double- drum combo.

The quality musicianship never got in the way of delivering the songs, guiding the music into place, rather than dwarfing the tunes with instrumental showcases and before wrapping up with Every Day is a Winding Road, Crow pleased the Kiwi crowd with a nod to Crowded House (Mean To Me), acknowledging that an early break in her solo career was a spot opening for Neil Finn's band.

Mellencamp and Crow were the perfect combination for A Day on the Green, nothing too challenging but both performers have a strong body of work and, importantly in this context, both worked the crowd as entertainers, not just musicians. Engaging the audience, talking, celebrating being in New Zealand: our audiences love hearing that.

Source: www.stuff.co.nz


[CD REVIEW] HOME FOR CHRISTMAS - ROCKANDROLLBLOG.NET

Every Christmas 3,500 Hallmark Gold Crown stores release the greeting card giant’s annual holiday CD that is sold exclusively in their shops. Each disc sells for $7.95 with the purchase of three Hallmark greeting cards or $10.95 if you buy one without cards.

Hallmark CDs are not throw away efforts. Their recent seasonal CDs by George Strait and James Taylor were certified platinum within a month of release while discs by Michael McDonald and Barry Manilow went gold. All are limited editions even though you can often find them after Christmas on Amazon. This year the honors go to rocker Sheryl Crow.

Home For Christmas is a ten song CD that shows Crow to be in a more subdued mood than usual and, while still technically a rock record, the disc is more blues and R&B oriented than most of her other work.

Crow opens the disc with the not often recorded “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” then adds a perfectly placed horn section to several tracks including soulful versions of “White Christmas,” and “The Christmas Song,” and “Merry Christmas, Baby.” She also covers the ancient traditional folk song “All Through The Night.” While it is technically not a Christmas song it fits in well with her holiday mood very nicely. A quietly appropriate “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” features a string section. Crow also gives us a nice surprise with one original political song, “There Is A Star That Shines Tonight.”

Producer Bill Bottrell who anchored her debut, Tuesday Night Music Club, all the way back in 1993 is back at the helm here. Booker T. Jones, the legendary Stax organist, plays on four tracks. With all-stars such as Jones and Bottrell on board for the ride it’s obvious that Crow and Hallmark took these sessions very seriously.

Home For Christmas is not an exciting disc, but it is lively in spots, and is definitely more serious than most of Crow’s other work. Her efforts should be rewarded by adding this CD to your Christmas music collection.

Source: www.rockandrollblog.net

Saturday December 6

[VIDEO] SHERYL CROW ON THE POWER OF SPORT

 

http://www.womenssportsfoundation.org/ 


[NEWS] SHERYL'S COVER FEATURED ON SHOWTIME'S CALIFORNICATION

Phew, no "First Cut" this time, but "Behind Blue Eyes", first featured on The Who tribute album "Substitute" (Edel, 2001).

The episode (2.11) will be aired Sunday December 7 on Showtime.

For More information visit: http://www.sho.com/site/californication/episodes.do

"...it falls to Sheryl Crow to produce the album's outstanding track. The Who made 'Behind Blue Eyes' into the most masculine tale of anger, conscience, and repression. Switching the gender, but not the lyric, works startlingly well. It is still a personal song. Whilst Crow's version has little of the venom of the original, neither does she bottle out. The energy is still there. But Crow, has alchemised the song. We hear not the earthly torment of the original, but a spiritual tormentt"

-
A costumer (amazon.co.uk)

 


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Issue Date Position
November 21 30 (debut)
November 28 27
December 5 26

 

Friday December 5

[CD REVIEW] HOME FOR CHRISTMAS - THE NEW YORK TIMES

Although it was recorded in California, “Home for Christmas” looks toward Ms. Crow’s current home state, Tennessee, for a strong tinge of Memphis soul. Booker T. Jones, the organist who led the Stax studio band Booker T. & the MG’s, sits in, and many of the songs have a soul-style horn section nudging Ms. Crow’s voice along. It’s an album of cozy versions of familiar material; she doesn’t sound all that blue on “Blue Christmas.” But the tone is right for a new song by Ms. Crow: the hymnlike “There Is a Star That Shines Tonight,” which neatly mingles the personal and the political.

-Jon Pareles

Source: The New York Times

Thursday December 4

[NEWS ITA] SHERYL CROW ANTICIPA GLI AUGURI DI NATALE

Dal 5 Dicembre 2008 sarà disponibile la colonna sonora natalizia secondo Sheryl Crow. Nell'album Home For Christmas, distribuito da Universal Music, il sound della tradizione festiva in chiave jazz, soul, country e blues.

Dal 5 Dicembre 2008 sarà disponibile la colonna sonora natalizia secondo Sheryl Crow. Nell'album "Home For Christmas", distribuito da Universal Music, il sound della tradizione festiva in chiave jazz, soul, country e blues.

Sono tanti gli artisti che si sono cimentati con le canzoni di Natale. Dai classici Bing Cosby o Frank Sinatra alle recenti lady del pop quali Mariah Carey o Madonna.

La voce rock di Sheryl Crow scalda con largo anticipo i nostri cuori, affidandosi al rodato produttore Bill Bottrell, ben 11 nomination ai Grammies come garanzia di qualità.

Fatta eccezione per il classico "White Christmas" (scelto come singolo per la programmazione radiofonica), le restanti 10 tracce dell'album riflettano la tradizione americana e trova spazio anche un inedito di Sheryl: "There Is A Star".

Lo shopping natalizio è già partito, il CD di Sheryl Crow è pronto per la vostra lista regali?

Tracklist

01. Go Tell It On A Mountain
02. Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire
03. White Christmas
04. I’ll Be Home For Christmas
05. Merry Christmas, Baby
06. The Bells Of St. Mary
07. Blue Christmas
08. O Holy Night
09. There Is A Star
10. Hello My Friend, Hello
11. All Through The Night

Si ringrazia Mark Imbruglia @ Universal Music Italy

Souce: www.musicalnews.com


[CD REVIEW] HOME FOR CHRISTMAS

By Dave Tianen of the Journal Sentinel

My personal favorite among the new discs. Her original producer, Bill Bottrell, has brought out the gritty, Southern side of Crow's music. "Go Tell It on the Mountain" has the flavor of a Blind Boys of Alabama session and "Bells of St. Mary's" has a wisp of Otis Redding. A Hallmark Gold Crown exclusive.

http://www.jsonline.com/entertainment/musicandnightlife/35480574.html

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


[NEWS] 51ST ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS: ONE NOMINATION FOR SHERYL



Yesss! Sheryl received one nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album for "Detours"!

I really hope she wins her tenth long waited grammy :-)

By the way: she was previously nominated in this same category in 2005 for "Wildflower" (with no luck though).

Category 11

Best Pop Vocal Album
(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

  • Detours
    Sheryl Crow
    [A&M Records]
  • Rockferry
    Duffy
    [Mercury]
  • Long Road Out Of Eden
    Eagles
    [Eagles Recording Company II]
  • Spirit
    Leona Lewis
    [J Records/SYCO Music]
  • Covers
    James Taylor

Wednesday December 3

[VIDEOS] AUCKLAND, NZ


My Favorite Mistake


If It Makes You Happy

 
Winding Road

 
Sweet Love (with JM)


[LIVE REVIEW] AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - STUFF.CO.NZ

Gig review: John Mellencamp & Sheryl Crow (+pics)
Stuff.co.nz | Thursday, 04 December 2008

Two of classic rock's biggest names - John Mellencamp and Sheryl Crow - joined forces for a night at Vector Arena. Reviewer Heather McCracken was there.

John Mellencamp & Sheryl Crow
Where: Vector Arena, Auckland
When: Wednesday, December 3

It was a moment near the end that seemed to sum it up best.

Winding up to the climax of Jack and Diane, John Mellencamp stopped and asked the crowd to take out their mobile phones and call someone at home to share in the moment.

"I've got time, I can wait," he said, picking up a front-row fan's phone and briefly chatting to their confused wife.

It was one of many folksy digressions during the show, which also included stories about Mellencamp's grandmother, about his three marriages, and playing at the White House.

Mellencamp was playing Auckland's Vector Arena with Sheryl Crow before heading to Wellington and Christchurch for winery gigs.

"I'm surprised there's anybody here to see me," the 57-year-old told the crowd.

The last time he played Auckland, he said, there were only two television channels and they shut down at 9pm.

"You've really grown up."

With 35 years of performing and 23 albums to choose from, including this year's Life, Death, Love & Freedom, there was plenty of material to cover.

He went for a smattering of new tunes, a laid-back acoustic set, and a sing-along finish including R.O.C.K in the USA and Jack and Diane.

Thirteen-year-old son Speck joined the band for an encore of Authority Song and crowd-pleaser Hurt So Good.

The man who told John McCain to stop using his songs during this year's presidential campaign played in front of an all-American backdrop of faded patchwork and stars and stripes.

And he couldn't help getting political, calling himself the last of a dying breed of musician who's not afraid to speak out about equality and fair wages.

Sheryl Crow toyed with politics during her set too, saying America had been through tough times, "But hopefully things will be looking up pretty soon".

Crow's performance was a mixed bag: Strongest when showing off her impressive voice on Can't Cry Anymore and Strong Enough; weakest when delving into world music with the Dalai Lama-inspired Out of Our Heads.

She surprised with a cover of Crowded House's Mean to Me, crediting the Kiwi band with giving her an early break as a support act, and the late Paul Hester for inspiring her own hit Every Day is a Winding Road.

Earlier, local next-big-thing Gin Wigmore played a brief and charming opening set, including irresistibly upbeat tunes SOS and Under My Skin.

The 21-year-old captured the crowd's attention with just guitar, keyboards and her beguiling, unexpected, surely-it-hurts-to-sing-like-that voice.

It probably wasn't her ideal audience, but she undoubtedly won hearts.

Source: www.stuff.co.nz

http://www.stuff.co.nz/752796a29157.html


[LIVE PICS] AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND

 

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Photos by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images


[SET LIST] AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - DECEMBER 3

ALL I WANNA DO
CHANGE
STEVE MCQUEEN
LOVE IS FREE
CAN'T CRY
STRONG ENOUGH
MISTAKE
HAPPY
NEIGHBORHOOD
OUT OF OUR HEADS
MEAN 2 ME
WINDING ROAD


[NEWS] SHERYL CROW: "I'M WITH THE BAND" - ELSEWHERE.CO.NZ

By Graham Reid

For many years in the States doors would open for me when I said, "Hi, I'm Chris. I'm with the band".

Apparently I look like a "Chris" and with long hair I guess it seemed feasible I might be somehow "with the band".

But this ploy worked more often than not, and so through I would go, into media conferences, backstage sometimes, to where they kept the food and beer . . .

My former partner also observed -- with humour, not cruelty -- that I also looked like an Afghan, that sad-eyed dog which also has a large nose and long hair framing its face.

So I was amused to the point of choking with laughter while sitting in the lobby of a small New York hotel one day when the clerk approached me and asked, "Excuse me sir, are you with the Afghan Whigs?"

Apparently they were staying in the hotel -- but it wasn't them I was there to see.

It was Sheryl Crow who at that time was just about to go Really Really Big on the back of her impressive debut album Tuesday Night Music Club. This must have been in early '94.

I'd heard the album just before I left New Zealand to spend some time in New York chasing a few interviews and such, and asked if I could get an interview. It was easy. Not too many people were pursuing her, despite her having been picked as one of the new faces to watch in Rolling Stone. At that time no one was taking Rolling Stone as seriously as they did in the 70s.

But the album was terrific and so I was told -- via fax to my extremely modest downtown pit -- to be at her Lower West Side hotel one cool morning. She was in town to record a Conan O'Brien Show that afternoon.

So there I was; Chris from the Afghan Whigs, waiting in the lobby.

When I met her I told her about the clerk mistaking me for an Afghan Whig, and what my partner had said about me. She laughed like a drain and we talked dogs, she travelled with her labrador-greyhound cross called Scotty.

We hit it off very well, but this was before she had done hundreds of interviews, and of course she was flattered that someone from New Zealand had not only heard her music but had taken the time out to want to interview her.

She was smaller and less college-girl pretty than her photographs had suggested, and was genuinely surprised by the success of her album which had been a slow grower but had by then sold close to half a million coipies. (It eventually sold in excess of seven million.)

We went to a coffee shop just around the corner from her hotel and I was impressed she not only had her own money but insisted on paying for both of us.

So we sat and talked and talked and talked and she seemed in no hurry to go.

What came up as she became more comfortable was that her father had been an alcoholic, and she also talked about sexual harrassment.

She was walking a very fine line in such an unguarded moment and I told her as much.

She said that her family lived in a small town and she wanted to be protective of them but she was involved in a dilemma.

"Much of my make-up revolves around the fact that my father was an alcoholic. But do I tell the world that? It's something I have to resolve before I record again."

There was much more of a very personal nature revealed and I said it would be easy for the media, myself included, to banner the headline about her background, and that she should think carefully about what she wanted to say in this regard.

So we talked even more.

That afternoon I went with her to the taping of the Conan O'Brien Show (she was superb) and then some weeks later came home with a bag full of interviews which included Bill Laswell, Joe Henderson, Dennis Leary and many others.

Sheryl Crow went on the back-burner. Then the album really took off.

At the time I wrote up the story for the Herald it had sold a million and she was bopping about on stage with the Stones.

Well down the article I buried the fact that her dad had been an alcoholic, it seemed kind of incidental and I felt that most of the other things she had said in that hour -- about singing back-up with Michael Jackson on a tour, her love of Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello and others -- were actually more pertinent.

But I did mention it briefly, not feeling that in my sensitive handling of it that I had betrayed a confidence.

But I did wonder about it, and whether I should have mentioned it at all.

A month or so later Sheryl Crow came out with The Big Announcement and it was everywhere, it even looked like she wouldn't shut up about it -- although I guess that impression may have come from how the writers chose to profile the fact. But it did seem for a while it was the only thing anyone wanted to talk to her about.

Someone later -- a journalist with more killer instinct than me -- berated me and said I should have gone straight to the Rolling Stone offices when I was in New York and sold them the exclusive.

I dunno. I didn't. I can live with that.

Oddly enough a few years later a New Zealand musician did much the same, told me a private story in the course of an interview which I said I wouldn't publish because I didn't think they had thought through the consequences for them or their family.

They rang me later to say thanks -- and then blabbed about it to a woman's magazine.

My partner at the time said the reason these women spoke so intimately to me was because I was a good listener and had a trusting face. She meant it as a compliment but all I could think was, "What, like a sad-eyed Afghan hound?"

Source: Elsewhere (www.elsewhere.co.nz)


[VIDEO] INTERVIEW FOR NZTV

 

New Zealand, December 2, 2008

http://youtube.com/watch?v=hfoSz0AZ4HM


[WTF?] ...

Secret what? Have I missed something? Maybe I have to redefine the notion of "special performance"... lol
Anyway, i can't wait baaaaaaaaaaaaby!

(from Yahoo News)


REVIEWS DATABASE - UPDATE

"Home for Christmas" page added

http://sherylcrow.altervista.org/recensioni/home4xmas.html

Tuesday December 2

[SET LIST] HUNTER VALLEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 30

ALL I WANNA DO
CHANGE
VEGAS
STRONG ENOUGH
CAN'T CRY
LOVE IS FREE
MISTAKE
HAPPY
NEIGHBORHOOD
OUT OF OUR HEADS
MEAN 2 ME
WINDING ROAD


[PICS] GREAT TIMES

Gwyneth Paltrow and Sheryl Live at the Cutting Room. April 14, 2001. New York City, NY. (via Lupardo)

I love that big red Gibson ES-335. So rock'n'roll!

Sheryl, Kid Rock and Gwyneth Paltrow.(via Lupardo)


[PICS] THE JOKER



Steve Miller and Sheryl Crow with Lance Armstrong. August 14, 2004. Austin, TX.
Lupardo Photo Agency


[NEWS] (RED) WIRE - EXCLUSIVE SONG FROM SHERYL

Sheryl’s song for (RED)WIRE is called “Cross Creek” – which is the name of her ranch and recording studio located near Nashville, Tennessee. This song is written and composed by her and Jeff Trott.

click play to listen

 

I have to admit recent Crow/Trott collaborations were not exaxtly my cup of tea, but this song is just great. I lovet it. I Still to have some reservations about the production, though.


About (RED)WIRE

(RED)WIRE is a digital music service promoted by Product Red to raise money for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS in Africa. (RED)WIRE is endorsed by many artists like Sheryl, Bob Dylan, R.E.M., U2, Jay-Z, Coldplay, John Legend, Dixie Chicks, Emmylou Harris, Faith Hill, Cat Power The Killers & Elton John, The Police & Elvis Costello, Death Cab for Cutie, Keith Urban and many more. Impressive list, eh?

For $5 a month, (RED)WIRE members will receive a weekly digital music offering from these and many other artists. Applying the (RED) idea to music, (RED)WIRE will help buy life-saving medicine and other services for those living with HIV

.Every Wednesday, (RED)WIRE members receive an issue delivered to their desktop featuring exclusive music from the world's greatest artists. Half of the $5 monthly fee goes directly to the Global Fund ( www.theglobalfund.org) to fight AIDS in Africa. Members who join before Wednesday, December 10 will become "Founding Members" of (RED)WIRE and receive the premier issue on December 10 as well as a special bonus song.

LINKS

http://red.msn.com/
Http://redwire.com/
http://www.joinred.com/Home.aspx


[CD REVIEW] HOME FOR CHRISTMAS - SHORT REVIEWS

"Home For Christmas," Sheryl Crow (Hallmark). Available only at Hallmark stores, this is another impressive holiday release by the greeting-card company. Crow's "White Christmas" is a slow-rocking ballad with horns, "The Bells of St. Mary's" is dramatic and "I'll Be Home For Christmas" is drenched in sentiment. Her impressive new original song, "There Is A Star That Shines Tonight," is peaceful and sweet.

Source: Patrick MacDonald/The Seattle Times


Sheryl Crow, “Home for the Holidays” (Hallmark): An exclusive offering from the Hallmark Gold Crown store, Crow’s radiant collection of standards and an outstanding new tune is well worth a trip to the card shop. 

Source: Lee Valentine Smith/The Sunday Paper


One of Crow's best attributes is her likability, and this collection plays mostly to that strength. "Go Tell It on the Mountain" and "White Christmas" try too hard to sound timeless (and end up sounding embarrassing), but Crow's tastefully funky takes on "The Christmas Song" and the jazzy "I'll Be Home for Christmas" are pitch-perfect mood setters.

Source: The Denver Post


albums can feel tossed off, and this one’s no exception. At least Crow sounds as if she enjoyed herself with R&B-leaning arrangements of holiday favorites. Her one original, the fetching prayer for peace “There Is a Star That Shines Tonight,” will leave a lot of listeners wondering what else she might have to say about the season. 2 ½ out 4 stars

Source: Los Angeles Times


No one does annoyingly inoffensive pabulum better than Hallmark records, so Sheryl Crow, with all her personal triumphs over things like depression and her failed marriage to Lance Armstrong, makes a perfect bedfellow. Too bad none of that pain seeps into the sounds on this album, which lacks originality. The title track is blander than cheese sandwiches on white bread for dinner with Bryant Gumbel. Blech.

Source: Yellowscene.com


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