[NEWS] Writing in studio with Jeff Trott and Toby Gad (The Barn, Nashville)


"Writing in the studio withToby Gad and Jeff Trott. I like where this is going..."

Photo: Shery Crow

"In the studio with Sheryl Crow and Jeff Trott in Nashville, pure magic!!"

Photo: Toby Gad

"Sheryl Crow and me and Jeff, writing a song a day keeps the doctor away"

Photo: Toby Gad


[2015 TOUR] Wenatchee, Washington (USA)

Date: 12 April 2015
Venue: Town Toyota Center

Doors open at 7:00 PM

Tickets starts at $46, and go on sale Saturday, February 7 at 10:00 a.m (password CROW2015). For more information visit www.towntoyotacenter.com.

[LIVE REVIEW] Kennett Crossroads Day #2 - Concert - 19 January

Kennett Crossroads a success for all

Review by Steve Hankins
Photos: Rachel Herndon

The nearly unbelievable sounds of world-class music filled the halls of Kennett High School Monday night as a once-in-a-lifetime event unfolded for a standing-room-only crowd.

It was a welcome home party the likes few of us are privileged to witness when the school played host to the second round of Kennett Crossroads and the return of former students Noll Billings, Trent Tomlinson, David Nail and Sheryl Crow.

No seats were empty inside the auditorium as the attentive, enthusiastic audience of friends and family cheered for their favorite hometown artists who pulled out all the stops to make the event a singular, heart-stopping success. It was almost an impossibility to choose a favorite song from the multitude of hits that echoed through the room.

Noll and Blackjack Billy thrashed their way through an incendiary, raucous set of material that promises to burn down billboard charts.

Trent Tomlinson and his band of outlaw country renegades thrilled the crowd with hit after Nashville hit that culminated with an inspired cover of Prince’s “Purple Rain.”

David Nail performed what many would think the impossible by following Tomlinson’s Springsteen-like show with his own brand of soulful, country-flavored skyrockets that included his top 10 wonders “Let it Rain,” and “Whatever She’s Got.” Nail proved his father was correct when he advised him, “Country’s not the way you talk – country’s the way you are.”

And all this preceded the evening’s headliner, nine-time Grammy-Award winner Sheryl Crow and her band.

Crow was in wonderful, powerful voice Monday as she ripped through a torrent of hits that included “Soak Up The Sun,” “If It Makes You Happy,” “The First Cut is the Deepest,” and “Picture.” She played a giant Guild bass guitar, her acoustic Gibsons, and her beloved sunburst Fender Telecaster.

And yes, that was Crow blowing harp like Delbert McClinton in a Jacksboro Highway barroom on a summer Saturday night.

Crow’s band was right on the money, with acclaimed guitarist Peter Stroud and his bandmates never missing a lick. Instruments were passed among Crow and the band seamlessly by a crew that added to the program with its quiet professionalism and well-rehearsed game plan. It definitely was not the crew’s first rodeo.

The overall mix was smooth and full without being overwhelming – except when it was called for by Tomlinson and company. Kudos to a Sikeston sound engineering firm who served to hit the ball out of the park.

So Kennett Crossroads was a success for the school’s Fine Arts and Athletic Departments, which will receive the show’s proceeds for new gear.

It was a success for the friends and family in the audience – probably the finest ever to attend a show of this magnitude. No antics that could minimize a great evening. No smoke-laden atmosphere. No attitude save for a good time.

It was a success for Viretta Sexton, who was the honored music educator of the event. It was a success for the stellar performers who put away egos and gave their all for their alma mater.

But most important, it was a success for the city. These kinds of triumphs are few and far between. They really are beautiful symbols that build lasting memories and foster hopes for successful futures – the gift of what is possible when people come together to achieve a common, positive purpose.

SOURCE: Semotimes.com


[LIVE REVIEW] Kennett Crossroads - Songwriters Night - 18 Jan

An intimate setting for Songwriters Night

Review by Steve Patton
Daily Dunklin Democrat
Kennett, Missouri

Kennett Crossroads could not have gotten off to a better start Sunday night. The four headliners did not disappoint the sold-out crowd during Songwriters Night at the Kennett Opera House, playing some of their hits, some new songs, and sharing from the heart about what coming back to their hometown for the event means to them.

It was an intimate setting. Primarily acoustic guitars were used, along with a few band members augmenting what went on at the front of the stage. The performers came on, one by one, when the show began at 8 p.m. The first was Noll Billings and his bandmates -- Blackjack Billy. Following them were Trent Tomlinson, David Nail, and then Sheryl Crow. The previous performer introduced the next one. They not only played their songs, but played off one another and the crowd during the two hours of music.

"I didn't know when this would happen," said David Nail of the event bringing the four together. "I get an e-mail in September, then its three days to the show. I'm a little nervous."

The intimacy of the setting allowed each performer to talk quite a bit to one another and the audience. Some background of the songs was shared, and all four performers spoke of how important their hometown was to them. Jokes abounded of how a place like Kennett lends itself to some interesting connections -- usually through the performer's parents. They kidded one another about the fathers of Billings, Tomlinson, and Nail, as well as Crow's piano teaching mother. The crowd got the jokes, of course. It was pointed out several times from the stage how everyone there knew everyone else.

Each performer had opportunities to shine. Just a few of the many highlights were "Booze Cruise" by Blackjack Billy; Tomlinson's "One Wing in the Fire," Nail's "Red Light," and Crow's "Favorite Mistake."

The artists did not rely just on their hits. Some new songs were introduced, too. Perhaps the most poignant were done by Tomlinson, "If I Don't Make It Back," and Nail's "Home." Before that song, Nail mentioned that when his songwriting is stuck, and he needs some inspiration, it seems he always reverts back to themes from his growing up in Kennett.

More than once, Crow spoke of how important Kennett was, and is, in her life. She thanked her hometown fans for their continued support. She also thanked Viretta Sexton, Kennett High School choral department director, for her influence on all the performers, as well as her role in making Kennett Crossroads a reality.

What should not be lost is the fact that Kennett Crossroads benefits the high school's fine arts and athletic departments. During the intermission between sets, an auction was held on three items. Dunklin County Sheriff Bob Holder served as auctioneer, aided by KHS Senior Joe Mobley. A framed collection of autographed pictures went for $2,300. Two guitars, also autographed by the artists, were auctioned off, as well. A Gibson J-15 went for $3,275, and a Fender Telecaster for $2,700.

After the intermission, Kennett Mayor Jake Crafton presented resolutions from the City Council to the artists, commemorating the event. One more song then came from each. The night ended with a sing-a-long version of the Eagles classic, "Take It Easy," that had the crowd on its feet.

The finale of Kennett Crossroads was a concert held Monday night at the KHS Auditorium.

SOURCE: The Daily Dunklin Democrat


[VIDEO] Sheryl Crow & Stars Return Home To Raise Money For Alma Mater

KENNETT, MO (localmemphis.com)—Four big-time performers are getting back to their roots to benefit their alma mater in the Missouri Bootheel.

"You know, you can always trace back where your inspiration was really nurtured," said Sheryl Crow.

Crow has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide and has won nine Grammy awards, but Crow is a small town superstar and proud of it.

"I look at my town and think what a great simple upbringing I had," Crow said.

Crow is back in Kennett, Missouri to perform in 'Kennett Crossroads' with other homegrown artists David Nail, Trent Tomlinson, and Noll Billings of the band Blackjack Billy.

"I grew up less than a mile down the road. I could walk to school," said Billings.

The group decided Kennett Crossroads would be a good way to raise money for the high school performing arts and athletic departments, two programs that all four artists were a huge part of during their days here.

"I look forward to really have a weekend to think about what just went didn't here and how lucky I was to be a part of it," Billings said.

Getting back to their roots keeps the performers grounded. That is what they all said. And no matter how famous they are, when Kennett calls they come.

"I was really inspired. I was inspired to hear David and him talking about his stories and what went into his song writing. And Trent bringing his stories and Blackjack Billy and they're just getting started and they're young," Crow said.

Acoustic performances by each artist Sunday night raised $75,000, setting the stage for what Monday night’s concert will bring.

Kennett Crossroads is expected to raise about $250,000 thousand dollars total for the high school.

The small town superstars are humbled and honored to help.

"It's kinda my privilege to be able to come back and help," Crow said.

SOURCE: Localmemphis.com

[PIC] Welcome to Kennett! :-)


[PHOTO/REVIEW] Kennett Crossroads (Day #1) Songwriters Night - 18 Jan


Review and Photos By Steve Hankins (except where specified otherwise)

Four incredibly talented musicians and a few members of their bands created history Sunday night at Kennett.

Noll Billings with his Blackjack Billy bandmates; Trent Tomlinson and a couple members of his outfit; David Nail and mates from his group; and Sheryl Crow with famed guitarist Peter Stroud and former Lynyrd Skynyrd bassist Rob Kearns all assembled for the first time to perform an acoustic set for 250 hometown fans.

The Kennett Opera House was filled to capacity for the event, which honored longtime Kennett School District music educator Viretta Sexton and whose proceeds are slated to be used to furnish new equipment for both the fine arts and athletic departments.

Sexton was introduced informally to thunderous applause and a standing ovation.

Billings and Blackjack Billy were first to set the stage, followed by Tomlinson, Nail and Crow.

The performers joked with the crowd, which was delighted by the stellar performances.

Nail said he was “pretty nervous” because his parents were among the crowd.

“So I’m thinking of what to say and what not to say,” he joked.

He also thanked Crow’s mother, Bernice Crow, for her patience as his childhood piano instructor.

“You don’t see me up here playing piano,” he said with a grin. “That is not her fault.”

Billings thanked Tomlinson for always helping his band, “whether it was writing a song or drinking a beer,” and Nail, “who was in Nashville before me and saved me five years of getting my butt kicked by country music.”

Tomlinson paid his respects to Sheryl Crow and her staff for loaning him the guitar he played for Sunday’s show.

“The electronics in mine went out,” he told the audience. “So I gotta thank Sheryl and her people for loaning me this one.”

“You can keep it,” Crow quipped.

Crow had her own jokes for those in attendance.

“Everybody who knows me, which is everybody in this room, knows I’ve been engaged three times,” she said. “It was fun. Once.”

She launched in to her hit tune “My Favorite Mistake,” to a round of applause.

Monday’s event features all four performers again, each with full bands.

The concert is at 8 p.m. at the Kennett High School auditorium.

SOURCE: semotimes.com


[NEWS] Hometown Hero Sheryl Crow Leads Kennett Crossroads Concert

By Diane Cho
VH1 Music

In high school, Sheryl Crow was a wall flower. This quiet girl from the tiny own of Kennett, Missouri went from landing small parts in high school musicals to being one of country music’s most successful stars. This Sunday, Crow will head back to her hometown to help the future stars of Kennett hone their skills and to give them an amazing show.

“If you looked in my yearbook and there was a category for the girl least likely to be a rock star, there would be a picture of me. I wound up being an accompanist for the plays. But it wasn’t until my senior year that I got a small part in the ensemble for Damn Yankees,” Crow told CMT. “I wish I could go back and do it all over again and put myself out there more.”

Thankfully, Crow continued to follow her dreams and now she’s heading back to the place where it all started on Sunday (January 18th) to host an acoustic songwriter’s night at the Kennett’s Opera House with fellow famous alumni David Nail, Blackjack Billy featuring Noll Billings and Trent Tomlinson. Then on Monday they’ll perform a full band show in the school’s auditorium. For tickets and more information on the Kennett Crossroads concert, check out their website and spread the word!



[BLOG] Sheryl Crow's Winding Musical Road (HuffPo)

By Joanna Colangelo, music journalist
Huffington Post blog

Last week I stumbled upon Variety's positive review of Diner, a musical running for a limited time at Arlington's Signature Theater. The production, based on Barry Levinson's 1982 film, Diner, teamed Levinson up with Sheryl Crow. For the first time, Crow has scored a musical, and the result is a sold-out show for seven weeks. As I read the review, I battled conflicting emotions: happy for the play's positive reception and angry that I wasn't on the East Coast to see it -- disappointed that I'd miss this latest turn in Sheryl Crow's refreshingly unpredictable and musically liberated career.

Sometime during the fall of 1993, I was driving home from middle school with my mom listening to WNEW, New York City's now-defunct legendary rock 'n' roll radio station. At the time, it played mostly classic rock standards, but on rare occasions a contemporary artist would slip through into rotation. These were still the days when DJs could handpick songs for their shifts and, if a new artist filtered into sets of Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones or Eric Clapton, listeners noticed. I was sitting in the front seat of the car and had already begun flipping through my math homework when I heard Scott Muni's gravely voice interrupt his daily 3 p.m. block of afternoon music. "This is the first time we're playing this here on WNEW," he began. I could hear him fumbling with the plastic CD case and flipping through the liner notes to read from the track listing. "She's Sheryl Crow, a singer from California, and this is her single, 'Leaving Las Vegas.'"

The drums started, a simple beat amid handclaps. But when Sheryl Crow started to sing, the crackling rawness of her voice broke the song open and out poured a barely optimistic tale of a woman whose desperation to leave one life behind allowed for splinters of hope to start anew. It was a mesmerizing sound, a captivating tale -- and something that filled a critical void in contemporary music. By the early-1990s, I was conveniently flopping between two musical landscapes: grunge had exploded and permeated my school hallways, but having Baby Boomer parents, I also grew up on the musical greats of the 1960s and 1970s. When I heard "Leaving Las Vegas" for the first time, it was as if these two musical eras had collapsed into one.

A month later, when I bought Tuesday Night Music Club at the local record store, I felt as though I had finally found my music. The album was a whirlwind to listen to -- a fluid trip through sounds and emotions that had the lyrical angst of the mid-1990s Gen X culture, but the music of a modern-day Big Pink. "The Na Na Song" spit out a force of cosmic-manic energy that somehow balanced "I Shall Believe" with enough poignancy to close the record with a pleading hymnal beyond just a gentle ballad. I'd listen for hours, painting pictures in my imagination of the characters in those songs. I promised myself that when I got older, I would travel through life to find my own set of characters -- to grasp the excitement and adventure that Tuesday Night Music Club awakened in me.

For the next 20 years, Sheryl Crow's music played against the background of my life, becoming a steady companion through adolescence and into adulthood. There was the summer after high school graduation when my friends and I sang along to "Everyday Is a Winding Road" as we whipped our cars around deserted country roads into the early morning hours. Or the night of September 11, 2001 when I left a candlelight vigil and cried in my car listening to "Riverwide" in the parking lot, too upset to drive. Or those endless months of 14-hour workdays when I walked home from the subway on cold, snowy Brooklyn nights listening to "There Goes the Neighborhood." Or the day that I moved to Los Angeles and played "Long Road Home" while I carried boxes into a new apartment in a new city. Every album was like a new book with each song telling a unique story of a specific time and place -- sometimes through the linear reality of everyday life and others through an existential journey of amorphous self-realization.

I thought about these memories as I learned more about Diner and read about the "delicious harmonies... enhanced by insightful lyrics" that Crow had written for the 1950's rock musical. I wondered how, in this post-MTV age where it is rare for musicians to maintain careers beyond a flash of massive popularity, Sheryl Crow has navigated decades-long relevance within a swiftly changing musical and cultural landscape.

Sure, there's the versatility of her songwriting -- and years of touring and promotions. But, there is also a willingness to stray from any singular musical path that audiences have come to expect from Sheryl Crow. This freedom to take risks -- to release a contemporary country album on the heels of a Memphis R&B soul album, to duet with Pavarotti, Loretta Lynn and Kid Rock -- has led to one of the more winding musical paths of any singer-songwriter in the past 20 years. And somewhere along the way, audiences began to invest in the mystery of what twist may come next, because what is playing in a diner in Arlington today could become a new masterpiece tomorrow.

Diner will be playing at the Signature Theater in Arlington, VA until January 25, 2015.

Follow Joanna Colangelo on Twitter: www.twitter.com/@JCColangelo

SOURCE: Huffington Post blog


[NEWS] Sheryl Crow: The Girl Least Likely to Be a Rock Star

From Damn Yankees Ensemble to Hometown Hero

By Alison Bonaguro

This is how small Sheryl Crow’s hometown is:

Her mother taught Nail how to play piano.

Trent Tomlinson’s father was her junior high basketball coach.

And Blackjack Billy‘s Noll Billings’ father was her track coach.

And in that tiny little town of Kennett, Missouri, is one very special school. Kennett High School has inspired so many kids to go on to so many big things, so Crow is going back there for a two-night show to raise money for the performing arts program at the school.

When I talked with Crow about her personal high school experiences back at KHS, I assumed she was that girl — the one who gets all the parts, makes all the shows and is basically the star of everything. I was wrong.

“It’s really funny, because I tried out for the musicals, but I never got a major part,” she said. “If you looked in my yearbook and there was a category for the girl least likely to be a rock star, there would be a picture of me. I wound up being an accompanist for the plays. But it wasn’t until my senior year that I got a small part in the ensemble for Damn Yankees. I wish I could go back and do it all over again and put myself out there more.”

In a way, she is going back again.

This time, she’s going with other KHS alumni for a Kennett Crossroads concert event with Nail, Tomlinson and Billings on Sunday (Jan. 18), an acoustic songwriter’s night at the town’s Opera House, and Jan. 19, a plugged-in, full band show in the school’s auditorium.

“Growing up there, we were in the middle of nowhere,” she said. “And yet, so many great stories have come from Kennett largely due to the great arts program in the school. The four of us artists — who’ve gone on to have visible careers — attribute that to the fact that we had such an incredible safety net from the way we were raised in our town.

“We were raised to believe that music can propel you if you love it and you work at it. But because we’re a small town and it’s not a wealthy community by any means, we’re at a point where we need to update what’s happening there.”

The other reason Crow is heading home for the event is to honor the choir director and mentor who inspired her.

“Viretta Sexton not only inspired us, she actually taught us how to sing,” she said. “How to nurture our instrument. How to be expressive. And she’s still doing that. Everyone who has gone on to succeed has had someone in their life who has told them that they can excel at what they dream of doing. Viretta was that person for so many of us.”

Crow said her sons Wyatt, 7, and Levi, 4, are looking forward to the trip back to Missouri. And while they may be too young to appreciate the arts in the big picture, it sounds like they appreciate the arts in their own way.

“Their favorite thing to do every night before bed is what we call Dance Party,” she said. “They get to play whatever songs they want. This sounds ridiculous, but their favorite song to dance to is my song ‘Shotgun.’ They’ll play it over and over.”



[2015 TOUR] Knoxville, Tennessee (USA)

Date: 23 May 2015
Venue: Tennessee Theatre

Doors open at 7:00 PM

Tickets are $90.50 and $70.50 (plus applicable service fees), and go on sale Friday January 16th, 2015 at All Ticketmaster Locations and The Tennessee Theatre Box Office. For more information visit www.tennesseetheatre.com.

[NEWS] Stars join Emmylou Harris in Washington concert tribute

WASHINGTON, Jan 11 ― The life and work of Emmylou Harris was celebrated in grand style yesterday at a tribute concert in Washington featuring a galaxy of folk and country stars alongside the iconic American singer-songwriter herself.

Kris Kristofferson, Sheryl Crow, Alison Krauss, Steve Earle, Martina McBride and Mary Chapin Carpenter were just a few of nearly two dozen recording artists who took turns at the 3,700-seat Constitution Hall to salute Harris, who watched from a side balcony when she wasn't on stage herself.

“Those of you who are of my generation may remember that show, 'This is Your Life',” said the 67-year-old winner of 13 Grammy awards as she joined her fellow entertainers for the closing number, her signature tune “Boulder to Birmingham.”

“Well, this has been a big chunk of my life... I'm blessed to have so many friends. I must have been somebody good in a past life.”

Filmed and recorded for future broadcast and DVD release, the 3-1/2 hour show ― featuring 29 songs ― spanned Harris's four decades in music, during which she recorded some 40 albums.

Rodney Crowell, with whom Harris recorded last year's Grammy-winning album “Old Yellow Moon,” delivered what he remembered to be the first song he ever heard her sing live, in a Washington folk club in 1974 ― the George Jones ballad “You're Still on My Mind.”

Earle, whose two numbers included a duet with Lee Ann Womack, said it was every songwriter's dream to have Harris record one of their songs ― “and I've had two.”

Fittingly for an artist famous for enduring vocal collaborations, songs in harmony featured prominently throughout the evening, no more so than when Conor Oberst, Patty Griffin and Shawn Colvin came together for a Dylanesque rendition of “The Pearl.”

Gospel legend Mavis Staples' performance of “Will the Circle be Unbroken” acknowledged Harris's rich background in American roots music, but some of the most impressive songs of the night came for a new generation of Americana artists.

California indie folk duo Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan, who as the Milk Carton Kids got together just three years ago, received a robust standing ovation with their cover of “Michelangelo” off Harris's 2000 hit country album “Red Dirt Girl.”

“I guess she wanted you to know that she knows of some bands that you haven't heard of before,” said Ryan, who praised the ability of the silver-haired Harris to stay relevant in the midst of radical change in the music business.


[PIX] The Life & Songs of Emmylou Harris: An All Star Concert Celebration


The Life & Songs of Emmylou Harris: An All Star Concert Celebration concert.
DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC
January 10, 2015

[NEWS] Sheryl, our saviour - Tales from Consumer Electronic Show (Las Vegas)


[NEWS] "Diner" - Reviews Database

I've set up a page on my website where you can find all the professional reviews about the score of "Diner - the musical".


This page will be constantly updated so stay tuned! :-)


[2015 TOUR] Greenville, South Carolina (USA)

Date: 25 May 2015
Venue: Peace Center

Tickets are $85-$95, and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at the Peace Center box office. For more information, call 864-467-3000, or visit www.peacecenter.org.




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