This year is the 37th annual edition of the Beale Street Music Festival , which attracts more than 100,000 people from all over the United States and as many as 15 other countries each year.
"Easy" will be available exclusively through iTunes starting March, 12 2013. Also check out the new Sheryl Crow's website (actually under construction) @ http://www.sherylcrow.com/
Courtesy of Joshua Grange
‘Easy’ isn’t as catchy as some of Crow’s biggest pop hits. The melody is sort of lazy, but a perfect match for her no-hurry message.
“But you make it easy, easy / Easy to get away / Sit in the sun and drink beer all day / Because it’s easy, easy / Easier here anyway / Who needs Mexico / Baby let’s stay home,” Crow sings during each chorus.
Beginning with the second verse she really begins to tie the emotions of her stay-cation with someone sweet into the portrait she’s painting with each line. “We’ll play Jack Johnson, he’s the new Don Ho,” she says in one of the more clever quips. That precedes a bridge which works as the song’s climax (pun not intended — OK, maybe a little).
“Drink margaritas and take in the sunset / Later on we’ll slip up to our king sized bed / And make love / Love sweet love,” she shouts, showing off her range and vocal talents.
Aside from a few traditionally country instruments, there’s little to distinguish ‘Easy’ as something more country than anything she’s recorded in recent years. Crow has always been on that pop/folk/country edge, so ‘Easy’ could be an easy fit for country radio. More than anything, Crow’s voice feels like summer. Her timing is perfect.
“In my 20 years of attending amazing CRS events, Tuesday Night Country Club’s “Sheryl Crow and Friends” event last night was the best I’ve ever attended,” exclaimed Chris Stacey, Senior Vice President, Promotion. “Her superstar presence and staggering musicianship absolutely owned the room. We are thrilled to be working with Sheryl Crow.”
Since the release of her seven-times Platinum, GRAMMY award-winning debut Tuesday Night Music Club, Sheryl Crow has performed duets with musical luminaries such as Sting and Mick Jagger, released seven studio albums (each charting Top 10, four of them platinum-plus), a quadruple-platinum greatest hits collection and a Christmas album. She has also been nominated for an additional 27 GRAMMYs, her most recent for 2008’s critically acclaimed Detours. Crow launched her very own clothing line, Bootheel Trading Co., is a cancer survivor, has performed for President Obama and is a passionate supporter of a variety of environmental and health-related charities, including the NRDC, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and The World Food Program. Crow has sold more than 35 million records worldwide.
From- the Board of Directors, Delta Children's Home, Kennett, Mo.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to the DCH in honor of Sheryl's birthday this month. Her fans have donated over $11,000.00 this year and a total of $156,000.00
Today’s Country 107.7. WGNA and Toyota Present the 20th Annual Countryfest at the Schaghticoke Fairgrounds on July 13th. Darius Rucker, Sheryl Crow, Easton Corbin, Mark Wills, Greg Bates and Joel Crouse will head the lineup at WGNA's 20th annual Countryfest on July 13 at the Schaghticoke Fairgrounds. More artists are expected to be added to the bill, and the event will also feature local performers who take the stage beginning at noon.
Tickets go on sale Friday, March 8th at 10AM here on wgna.com
Presale tickets are available at our on location kickoff parties:
Thursday, February 28th at Islander Pools (1967 Central Ave in Albany) from 6-8PM.
Saturday, March 2nd at Halpin’s Grub and Grog (490 Pittsfield Road in Lenox) from 5-8
You can get your presale tickets for $20 at each location (cash only) with a limit of eight tickets per person.
GNA Countryfest is outside at the Schaghticoke Fairgrounds, 30 minutes north of Troy or east of Clifton Park. Directions and a map can be found here.
ROYAL OAK -- It may be called the Ten Man Jam, but it was the women, and one in particular, than ran away with the show on Thursday night, Feb. 21, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre.
The WYCD-sponsored show, which featured acoustic performances by 10 (duh!) acts, was a kind of country coming out for Grammy Award-winner Sheryl Crow, who served as host for the second half of the evening. With her first country album due in the fall, Crow -- accompanied by guitarist Peter Stroud -- played its first single, "Easy," which she described to the Royal Oak crowd as a "little stay-cation song, about staying home." Crow said she heard the song, which will be officially released next month, on the radio for the first time while driving from the airport to the show.
"This is my first foray into country, but I feel like I've been making country songs for a long time," added Crow, who's recorded in the past with artists such as Brooks & Dunn, Vince Gill, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert and Loretta Lynn. "Picture," her duet with Kid Rock, was a country hit in 2002, and she played a bit of that combined with "If It Makes You Happy" on Thursday, as well as "Strong Enough" and "Give It To Me" -- the latter with Ashley Monroe of Pistol Annies, who was also part of the Ten Man Jam.
Monroe, in fact, had her own new material to play from her own "Like a Rose" album, which comes out March 5, as well as a version of Jason Aldean's "The Truth," which she co-write. Seventeen-year-old Rachel Farley played an energetic trio of songs that included "Jet Black Angel", while Maggie Rose brought a bluesy bluster and Clara Henningsen led her family trio through "All Your Life," which they wrote for The Band Perry.
The guys held their own, however. Gary Allan was a spirited host for the night's first half, and Chris Cagle won the congeniality award for bringing a longtime fan named Stephanie on stage to sit next to him while he played "Got My Country On." A loud chorus of female screams testified to cowboy-hatted Dustin Lynch's hunk appeal, while Drake White and Brett Eldridge surely won a few fans -- White especially for his stomping version of "The Simple Life."
It was certainly Crow's night -- the fawning of those on stage alongside her made that much clear -- but the men, and women, certainly made the evening a memorable Jam.
Royal Oak, Michigan (USA) - 21 February 2013
Sheryl Crow had a bit of a country coming out on Thursday night in Detroit.
Taking part in radio station WYCD's annual Ten Man Jam concert at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, Crow -- who's releasing her first country music album later this year -- played her upcoming single "Easy," a mid-tempo, melodic tune she called a "little stay-cation song, about staying home." She also noted that she heard the song for the first time on the radio that day, while driving from the airport to the gig.
First Single From Her Upcoming Album Is "Easy"
Editor's note: Watch the Sheryl Crow interview in the new episode of CMT Hot 20 Countdown premiering Saturday (Feb. 23) at 11:30 a.m. ET/PT.
The country music influences that have underscored some of Sheryl Crow's finest work are about to become even more pronounced on the new album she's recording for Warner Music Nashville.
The truth is that Crow's country radio airplay dates back to 2002 with her collaboration with Kid Rock on "Picture," followed by her solo version of Cat Stevens' "The First Cut Is the Deepest" and her contributions to Brooks & Dunn's "Building Bridges" and Vince Gill's "What You Give Away."
In January, she premiered "Easy," the first single from her upcoming country project, on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Her record label will begin seeking radio airplay for the track on March 11.
During a recent film shoot for her new music video, Crow talked to CMT Hot 20 Countdown correspondent Allison DeMarcus about the next chapter in her career.
CMT: Tell us about "Easy."
Crow: Well, it's funny. There for a while -- and actually I think still -- a lot of country artists write about or have been writing about like going away to Mexico or the Caribbean.
You've seen Kenny Chesney's new album.
Toby Keith, Alan Jackson ... and I love all those songs, but my little brother's my gauge, and he's like, "We can't afford to go to the Caribbean!" And I was like, "OK, let's write a song about 'staycation' -- about staying home when you can't afford to go to the Caribbean or wherever or on your yacht. And making your home feel like you're getting away. And that's what it's about.
This is really your first full country album. Did you start out intending to go that route, or did it just feel like it fit the format when you got into things?
I've always said that country is the only place where you can hear a guitar solo. And when I first got started 20 years ago -- I can't even believe it's been 20 years -- we had big kind of country-rock songs like "If It Makes You Happy" and "Strong Enough to Be My Man" and "Everyday Is a Winding Road" -- stuff that could be played at radio now. I moved to Nashville going on eight years ago, and it just seemed like the format I guess I belong in in some ways. It's very song oriented, very musician oriented, song structure, lyric, storytelling and so ... my hope is that people don't feel like I'm carpet-bagging or, you know, like I'm getting in on something.
I think if you've been here eight years, you're gonna be OK. You've done so much already in country music.
Actually, it's funny cause my early stuff just felt like I was trying to do the Rolling Stones doing country music -- like Let It Bleed and Exile -- so that was my stretch. So now we're just more deliberate. It's a more deliberate record.
You talked a little bit about when you started 20 years ago. What do you think has really changed in the pop music culture, and did that play into you doing a country album?
I think the biggest thing that's changed is the kind of overnight success that you can have now. And not that that's bad or good, but you can get so much more exposure and notoriety with TV the way that it is. When I first started out, VH1 and MTV were up and running and having success ... but, really, aside from late night talk shows, that was about all the exposure you could get. So what you did was, you went out and toured. And you toured and you toured, and then my story was that I wound up winning some Grammys, and that got us a lot of notoriety. We went back out on the road with the first record, and then we started getting all the late night stuff, Saturday Night Live. But it was different back then because you honed your craft, and you discovered who you were out on the road and in clubs before 10 people, a hundred people, a thousand people.
Instead of before 30 million.
Yeah, yeah, exactly.
You just finished being a mentor with Blake Shelton on The Voice. Tell me about that process and how you chose Blake over Adam Levine.
Actually, Blake chose me. Adam, I feel, missed out on having my expertise there. I can't believe they're gonna be able to use any of what Blake and I did together because it's so PG rated. He has the most wicked sense of humor. ... I was laughing the whole time, but it was really, really funny. I will say that Blake is so good. He loves country music. He so appreciates people that love country music. He doesn't necessarily want to turn everybody into a country singer ... but he can hear when somebody has a flair for that. And he gives great advice, and I loved working on it. It was a blast. And I like that show because you start off even keel. It doesn't matter what you look like, and so it was a lot of fun.
What was the hardest thing for you being a mentor?
The hardest thing for me about being a mentor was that I didn't get to stay for the rest of the season. I could only be there for the two days that I was there. Because once you get invested in these kids, you just want to be there every night. ... I can see why these judges on the panel are so emotional about who they choose. You love these kids, and they walk out and, gosh, they're so professional already. Much more professional than I would have been! Blake and I were like, "Neither one of us could have ever done this." ... You have to really have a lot of composure.
What is your advice to somebody who comes out of that type of situation versus a more traditional one like you came out of?
It's hard to advise in that type of situation because they're part of a machine before the show is even over. I haven't seen anyone come out of The Voice who's had big success like Carrie Underwood or like Kelly Clarkson. I would say that in the instances that people who have taken off, there's just been something special about them. It's undeniable, and one way or another, they would've made it.
Advice? I don't know that I have any. I always tell anybody who wants to be a musician, "Get into your craft and love the process -- not the outcome of it -- because if you don't love the process, it can be very tiring and very demoralizing." You really have to love the growing process, and that's one of the great things about touring and about getting started the way I did. Is that I just felt like I was getting better and better. I still feel that way. I still feel like my best work is ahead of me, and that's what keeps me excited.
SOURCE: CMT News
Royal Oak Music Theater - Royal Oak, Michigan (USA) 21 February
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Interesting choice of photo... ehm... :-)
"On stage at the #tenmanjam. Sub zero temp and a frappucino. Celebrating first airplay of Easy!"
(Sheryl via Twitter)
Thanks Armen, both for the review and the permission to repost it!
At 9:02 pm Sheryl Crow and her band took the stage and launched into the rocker, Steve McQueen, from her C’mon C’mon record. Her long-awaited return to South Florida was a stop on her mini tour of the state, she said before “going back to Nashville where it’s going to be like 30 or 40. Boo-hiss.”
The 15 song set list was comprised mostly of her greatest hits from a 20-year long career. Mixed in were the new tunes Shotgun and Easy, a song “about the beloved stay-cation” she played during her recent one-night stand as Matt Damon’s bandleader on Jimmy Kimmel Sucks. The multi-talented Crow played acoustic guitar, electric guitar, and even some harp (during Real Gone from the animated film Cars soundtrack) that evening. The band she’d assembled was all new, save for longtime guitar player Peter Stroud, the lone holdover from her original touring band. Former Black Crowes ax man Audley Freed is part of the new administration that moved adeptly through the numbers. The set was a mix of up-tempo rockers, some country-infused numbers, and tender gems like Home, which started softly with Crow’s lovely vocals over guitar strumming, crescendoing into a back and forth guitar workshop by Freed and Stroud, before ending softly.
She is not so much the girl who won us over by declaring on her early hit All I Wanna Do is Have Some Fun “I like a good beer buzz early in the morning.” Her dog Scout isn’t her main focus anymore. She is now a 50-year-old veteran of the music industry who has met and played with her heroes, tackled nearly every genre of music, while managing to avoid mug shots, rehab, and sex tapes. She has survived breast cancer and become a Mom to two kids. Dressed simply, yet chicly in blue jeans, a black top, and boots, Crow –genuine as ever – interacted with her audience throughout the evening, shouting up to the folks in the balcony, which she hilariously referred to as “the Shakespeare seats.”
Opening act Holly Williams, daughter of Hank Williams Jr. and granddaughter of Hank Williams, joined by her husband on guitar and a bass player, played a lovely acoustic set of country songs from her record The Highway. She was gracious and showed that she comes from good stock during her brief set. She joined Sheryl Crow later in the show, dueting on Crow’s cover of Cat Stevens’ The First Cut Is the Deepest.
The show closed strongly with Soak up the Sun and the encore of Billie Holiday’s Nobody’s Business (segueing into Bad Company’s I Can’t Get Enough of Your Love) and her early hit Every Day is a Winding Road.
I first saw Sheryl Crow perform live in 1997 at the Sunrise Musical Theatre just as the band had gotten big enough to open for the Stones. I remember Jim, her drummer at the time, bringing out a pan of chicken wings to the few of us gathered at the bus after the show. I like wings, but a Sheryl Crow show is right up there, so when there’s Crow, you go. The audience Monday was one of the most subdued I’d encountered at a sold out Sheryl Crow show (usually a party atmosphere). They didn’t give her much energy back, beyond polite golf clapping until the last quarter of the show. It was a combination of a strict venue (no beverages/no cameras/no standing), more accustomed to hosting theater productions like Phantom of the Opera, and a stiff group of older well-dressed season ticket subscribers better suited for a Sarah Brightman or Tony Bennett show. A third of the crowd were enthusiastic fans, while others spent the evening shielding their eyes from the flashing colored lighting, before eventually leaving. If only they’d sold their tickets to fans who’d appreciate a great show in a cozy acoustically superior venue. All that said it was a terrific night and there are now some people like me circa 1997 who will make it a point to see her again the next time the circus comes to town.
Thanks to the gentleman who sold me my tickets, I got to see a very special event by one of my favorite performers. Clad in my Clapton tee shirt, I was lucky enough to make it to the stage with some other die-hard fans. I even got to lay a Best-in-Crow high five on Sheryl. Who had a better Presidents Day than I did? – Armen
"My AM ride to the studio - I've still got songs!!"
Taken by Bruce Brynes @ Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, FL on February 18th, 2013
Filmed by Chris Hudson
Up Close and Personal with Sheryl Crow
It's INVITE ONLY! Listen every morning K92.3 Orlando and afternoon February 18th-22nd for your chance to win a pair of invites! And, every morning from February 25th-March 1st to win your chance to get exclusively up close and personal!
You can also win your invites at:
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Where: Gibson Studio in Downtown Orlando
When: March 18, 2013
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Setlist by Armen Arisian via Facebook
Tickets for her two 2011 shows sold out in six minutes — so quickly that a third concert was added to the 300-seat downtown theater.
The nine-time Grammy winner will again perform for the Franklin school. Tickets for the 8 p.m. April 19-21 shows go on sale 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26 at the theater box office, online at www.franklintheatre.com/tickets/music or by calling 615-538-2076.
Tickets are $125 for classic seating, $150 for balcony and lounge and $1,500 for VIP cabaret tables of four seats.
“New Hope Academy has impressed my family with their dedication to three commitments: the promise of an excellent, classical education; their mission to the underprivileged; and the belief in connected, purposeful community,” said Crow in a release from the Franklin Theatre. “These shows are one way I can contribute to that mission and, combined with the generosity of patrons we look forward to seeing at the shows, help foster their success.”
Proceeds from the concerts will go toward scholarship funds and financial assistance for students of New Hope Academy.
“We are humbled by Ms. Crow’s generosity,” said Stuart Tutler, New Hope Academy headmaster. “In ways both large and small, when community leaders get involved they help instill, by example, the longstanding importance of a quality education.”
SOURCE: The Tennessean
Crow has a wall full of them at home, and her idea of a prize for one of her Fan Forum contests was a Fender Stratocaster. She backs herself with pros like Peter Stroud and Audley Freed (formerly of the Black Crowes), who can both solo exquisitely and build the best sound behind other players. And at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts Sunday night she traded instruments for every song.
Another reason to love Crow was the power show she delivered, drawing a nailed-to-the-seat audience to its feet by the first end at 9:48 to sway upright to “Soak Up the Sun.” The group encored with another Crow hit, “Everyday Is a Winding Road.”
Old favorites like “My Favorite Mistake” were spun into a set with “Easy,” a piece of ear candy for from her upcoming disc, and Cat Stevens’ “The First Cut.”
Crowe played to a soldout house with a band that included Wallflowers alum Fred Eltringham on drums; Robert Kearns, a one-time Lynyrd Skynyrd bassist; and pedal steel virtuoso Josh Grange. Grange also set a Hammond B-3 burbling richly behind selected tunes.
The largest part of the evening was vintage Crow, moving from “Strong Enough” to “Steve McQueen” before swinging into her breakout hit, “All I Wanna Do.” Its amused ruminations on barflies and corporate minions, floating around of indie stations in New York in ’93, drove this writer to mail order a — whew — cassette of Crow as a new Texas sensation.
That would make her how old? “Fifty-one,” she told the crowd cheerfully, calling 10:30 “the middle of the night” now, particularly with her two adopted children, ages 2 and 5, on the tour bus.
Crow traded easy banter with the audience between some of the songs, revealing a down-to-earth persona for the few fans who didn’t know that about her already:
-- Recalling guest star Holly Williams had once pulled her out of bed to join Williams and Cat Stevens, now known as Yusuf Islam, for dinner in Nashville. No shrinking violet, Crow asked the songwriter, who had retired after his conversion to Islam, “What happened?”
-- Apologizing for chewing gum throughout the show. “I was raised in the South, and I was taught that chewing gum is just rude,” she declared. But it keeps her throat moist for singing, and no one in this crowd was about to complain about that.
--Admitting she was confusing Naples with Fort Lauderdale as she swings through a five-venue tour of Florida.
That could have been just as easy for her fans. Some of them hadn’t been able to get into soldout performances in Tampa and Sarasota and had driven to Naples for the show.
Those fans got the treat of seeing Crow play favorites like “A Change,” “Give It to Me,” “Shotgun,” “If It Makes You Happy” and “Home,” a poignant tale of dying love hidden under a rock rhythm. Crow, who eventually shed black, pink and white crystal-bedecked jacket, was a sylph in a black tank top and filigree-trimmed black slacks. And at no time was she more so than singing for two numbers with Williams, a weed of a blonde, close to 6 feet tall in jeans and boots.
Williams is the granddaughter of Hank, and her Americana roots brought thoughtful songs like “Giving Up,” the lament of a family held prisoner by alcohol, and the sweet “Waiting on June.” June was the singer’s grandmother on her mother’s side, whose welcoming Louisiana farm was a formative mecca in her life.
She played a strong set of her own work, with her husband, Chris Coleman, playing a jack-of-all-trades second guitar. Annie Clements provided formidable electronic standup bass.
Williams’ new disc, “The Highway” would be worth repeated listenings even if it didn’t have personnel such as Jackson Browne and Gwyneth Paltrow as backups. “Gone Away from Me” is guaranteed to bring tears to the stonehearted.
Harriet Howard Heithaus writes about classical music and dance for the Naples Daily News, but believes every day with both Chopin and Led Zeppelin is a good one. Did you attend the Sheryl Crow concert? Send your photos; we got a warning about our camera and put it away.
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Caption by Sheryl: "Naples, FL - a bit chilly for the pool this AM, but perfect weather for a bike ride with my favorite boys!" (Twitter)
With Blake Shelton and the ET host Nancy O'Dell
Pix by Chris Hudson via FB
Key Largo, FL
Added a new "Mandolins" section + Weber Gallatin Mandocello and another unknown model: http://sherylcrownews.com/gear/other/mandolins.html
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Sheryl: "Heard the best word today. Brodeo. Thanks Arlo" (center). Taken in Key Largo
Sheryl with the opener: the singer-songwriter Holly Williams, granddaughter of the legendary Hank Williams.
Pix by Chris Hudson
Crow launched her own clothing line, Bootheel Trading Co., has performed for President Obama and is a passionate supporter of a variety of environmental and health-related charities, including the NRDC, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the World Food Program.
Three intimate benefit shows - Tickets ($125 classic seating to $1,500 for VIP cabaret tables of 4 seats) will go on sale to the public on Tuesday, February 26 at 10 AM Central and are available at the Franklin Theatre box office (419 Main Street, Franklin, TN), online at www.franklintheatre.com/tickets/music/ or by calling 615-538-2076.
Caption by Sheryl: "10 hour day/thats a wrap!! With the gorgeous Jason Lewis, and brilliant Trey Fanjoy director of the "Easy" video" (via Twitter)
PRESS RELEASE /// Please join us for a special concert hosted by Express Employment Professionals to benefit Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Ticket price includes a buffet dinner and live auction, followed by featured performer Grammy-award winning artist Sheryl Crow. All proceeds will benefit Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, which raises funds and awareness for 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada.
The concert is open to adults 18 and over.
The Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) (French: Réseau Enfants-Santé (RES)) is an international non-profit organization that raises funds for children's hospitals, medical research and community awareness of children's health issues. The organization, founded in 1982 by the Osmond family and John Schneider, is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah. To date, the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals claims to have raised over US$4 billion which is distributed directly to a network of 170 hospitals.
Further info HERE
Caption by stylists Wendi and Nicole (The Wall Group)
Sheryl with makeup artist Kristofer Buckle
With Hair Stylist John Grimes
With makeup artist Kristofer Buckle
(Pix: Sheryl via Twitter)
Well, at least according to makeup artist Kristofer Buckle:
A new song has recently been registered on BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.). It's titled "Stay at Home Mother" and it was written and composed by Sheryl herself and Natalie Hembie, a Nashville-based singer songwriter (Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Amy Grant etc).
Happy birthday to you
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There's nothing like the feel or the sound of a really great acoustic guitar coming to life in your hands....
15 April 2002
Women Rule Concert Series
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Geeetarz! OMG! I'm aroused on many levels! :-)
Crow will co-host the event with Allan, whose first single “Every Storm (Runs out of Rain)” has been a hit and will be included in his album “Set You Free,” to be released this week.
Apparently, producer and guitarist Richard Bennett will do more recording sessions with Sheryl this month. For those who don't know or remember, Mr. Bennett worked with Sheryl on her first solo country album project, doing two studio sessions between May and July 2012.
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30 January 2013 - Sheryl's barn, Nashville, TN