JULY 2013




PIC - At the Audio Production in Nashville

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PIX - Feels Like Home - a couple of new official pictures

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LIVE PIX - Private concert - Cook Medical 50th Anniversary Party


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Private concert - Cook Medical 50th Anniversary Party
The Venetian
Las Vegas, Nevada (USA)
Saturday 27 July 2013

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NEWS - Sheryl Crow gets ready for Glamorama and move to country music



Article by: JON BREAM
Star Tribune

Pop star Sheryl Crow gets ready for Macy’s Glamorama — and a move to country music with her new album.

Sheryl Crow’s datebook is overbooked: She’s performing at Macy’s Glamorama in three cities (including Minneapolis Friday), making promotional appearances to launch her country-music career with an album in September, headlining concerts (including the Minnesota State Fair on Aug. 25) and getting her two young boys ready for school.

Crow, 51, managed to squeeze in a phone call from Chicago last week to answer a few questions.

On getting involved with Glamorama: The singer said she has a history of working with Macy’s and “great causes — this one’s Children’s Cancer Research Fund.”

On her sense of fashion: “I dress like my music — Americana. A great pair of Levi’s and a cool vintage jacket.”

On what she’ll wear to Glamorama: Crow rattled off the names of several designers whose work will be featured in the fashion show. She said she has a relationship with the Tommy Hilfiger label. After hemming and hawing, she blurted: “I never know till right before I go on.”

On performing in the Twin Cities three times in nine weeks — Mystic Lake Casino in June and Glamorama and the State Fair in August: No, she doesn’t have a time-share condo here. Nor does she have another Twin Cities boyfriend. (She dated Joe Blake, a filmmaker from Minneapolis, in the mid-1990s.) “Chicago and Minneapolis are two of my favorite cities,” she said. (She’s also doing Glamorama in Chicago.)

On going country after 20 years (and nine Grammys) in pop music: “My label [Interscope] and I went separate ways after 18 years. They didn’t know what to do with me.”

In 2003 she recorded a hit country duet, “Picture,” with Kid Rock. Having moved to Nashville nearly eight years ago, she was encouraged by many country artists, especially Brad Paisley, to make a country album.

“The country format has changed,” Crow said, “and I’m enjoying it. I’m the new kid at school.”

That means that she hit the road this spring and summer to visit country radio stations to perform her recent country single, “Easy.” The tour reminded her of an episode in the 1980 Loretta Lynn biopic “Coal Miner’s Daughter” when Lynn and her husband drove to a series of small-town radio stations, hawking their new single.

“I don’t mind hard work,” Crow said. “I like the organicness” of visiting radio stations.

On the sound of her album, “Feels Like Home,” due Sept. 10: “The first single [‘Easy’] sounds like me. Songwriting-wise, this is the best record I’ve made. I’ve written about things as a single mom and time away from your kids. Some songs are very country, some are middle-of-the-road. There’s some fun songs, too.”

She wrote “Waterproof Mascara” with Paisley. Justin Niebank, known for his work with Vince Gill and Marty Stuart, produced for Warner Music Nashville.

On her country roots: “As a kid in Kennett, Missouri, I didn’t love country,” she admitted. “My parents were in a swing band. I listened to everything from James Taylor to the Beatles, and later the Stones, Linda Ronstadt and Gram Parsons.” Emmylou Harris is her most important country influence.

On whether she’s consulted Hootie & the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker, another 1990s pop star who switched to country: “I haven’t,” Crow said. “We came up together. I just played with him in Buffalo [N.Y.] at a country fest. He is who he always was. Country fans will decide if I belong in that format.”

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NEWS - Sheryl Crow Says She Doesn't Take Country Fans For Granted

By Brad Schmitt
Country Weekly

“I feel like it’s a humbling experience getting to play for these fans,” she says.

A very few pop artists, like Darius Rucker, have succeeded in crossing over into country music. Many others, like Jessica Simpson, have failed.

So Sheryl Crow doesn’t take it for granted that her first country single, “Easy,” has cracked the Top 20. Sheryl has her first full couintry album, Feels Like Home, coming out Sept. 10.

“I’ve seen other kind of pop-oriented people come over to the format and kinda try to capitalize on the loyalty of the country fan base, and I’m super-persnickety about it,” Sheryl said recently.

“I feel like it’s a humbling experience to get to play for these fans. I mean, they love their country artists, but I also feel like a huge part of my fan base, they listen to country. That’s what we all listen to now.”

Songwriting and a nudge from Brad Paisley are what led her to come to country.

“Used to, you had some great songwriting at pop and at rock. I feel like the best songwriting, undeniably, and the best artistry exists in country. So, you know, I hope they feel like I belong here.”

Well, a good start is showing your country roots by starting sentences with “Used to.”

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PIC - Sheryl at 95.5 WSM Radio - Nashville



This morning Sheryl visited the WSM Studios to talk with Lisa Manning and Jeff Lyon about her new album and recent move to Nashville.

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NEWS - Feels Like Home Signature Edition available soon!

Feels Like Home is almost here! If you can't wait till release day, Sept. 10th, you can pre-order Sheryl's forthcoming album on SherylCrow.com beginning this coming Tuesday (7/30).

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PIC - Sheryl and the Walker Stalkers @ WSM in Nashville


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PIC - Facebook Chat from Nashville (25 July)

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NEWS - Sheryl Crow LIVE Facebook Q&A

Join Sheryl tomorrow at 4pm CST for her first-ever LIVE Facebook Q&A! Don’t miss your chance to ask Sheryl your questions. –Team Sheryl

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2013 TOUR - New date added: Indio, CA - 12 October


Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
Special Event Center
Indio, California (USA)
12 October 2013

Tickets for the 8PM Sheryl Crow performance go on sale Friday, July 26th for $99, $89, $69 and $49 at the Fantasy Springs Box Office, via telephone (800) 827-2946 or online at www.FantasySpringsResort.com.
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LIVE REVIEW - Ravinia Festival - Highland Park, Illinois - 19 July




Heat Hurts Enthusiasm at Sheryl Crow Show

Whether it was the dreary forecast or an imperfect set, the Ravinia crowd remained fairly stagnant throughout the 90’s pop icon's show.
Posted by Jacob Nelson

By Jake Zuckerman
highlandpark.patch.com

“I’m sweating like a yard dog!” screamed a heavily perspiring Sheryl Crow to a packed crowd Friday night at Ravinia Festival.

Both Crow and the crowd had to stick out 90 degree heat with plenty of humidity to go along with it until the four day heat wave that’s crept over Chicago finally broke into a moderate thunderstorm; needless to say, weather was less than ideal for the show.

Whether it was the dreary forecast or an imperfect set, the crowd remained fairly stagnant throughout the show for the 90’s pop hero.

Crow came on stage backed by a whopping four guitarists, one bassist, one percussionist, and one keyboard player. The huge band made for a sound imbalance and her vocals tended to be drowned out throughout the show by the madhouse of guitars (including her own).

From her opening songs, Crow’s voice was barely coming through over the guitar ensemble. While the guitar work was crisp, it was too much, drowning out her voice in her radio classic All I Wanna Do.

Despite the balance issues some songs worked better than others, especially those with less guitar parts in their arrangements. When Crow played her current radio hit, Easy, the song flowed much smoother. She sang the staycationers’ national anthem singing, “Hey who needs Mexico? We’ll just stay home.”

The set continued with Crow singing about how poor she is (a claim I find hard to believe) and her various boy troubles in My Favorite Mistake, Call Me When I’m Lonely, and Can’t Cry Anymore.

The night picked up briefly with a cover of the Electric Light Orchestra’s Don’t Bring Me Down and Real Gone, the latter being the opening song from the animated film, Cars, and according to Crow, the only song that her daughters like more than Taylor Swift.

For the remainder of the set, Crow alternated between her upcoming album and her main adult contemporary hits. The set continued in hit or miss fashion, pleasing the crowd with such modern classics as Leaving Las Vegas, First Cut Is The Deepest, Picture, If It Makes You Happy, and Soak Up The Sun. However, a big miss came when she played an unreleased song, The Best Of Times. The song borrowed lyrically from Charles Dickens’ A Tale Of Two Cities fairly liberally, with Crow singing “It’s the best of times, it’s the worst of times.” I can only assume the classic writer would not approve.

The set closed with Everyday Is A Winding Road, after which Crow came back for an encore that felt more imposed than pleaded for. She closed out the set to the rapidly thinning crowd for good with a respectable cover of Led Zeppelin’s Rock’n’Roll.

Talking to the crowd after the show, the vibe was generally content, with a little disappointment.

“It was a pretty average show,” said Federico Prian, 19, of Highland Park.

The crowd wasn’t entirely apathetic to the show, Mike Murphy of Madison Wisconsin said, “It was an awesome show. Totally worth the drive.”

The Pioneer Press recently ran a story about Ravinia’s ‘Lawncierge’ service, comparing Ravinia to the rooftops of Wrigley due to the general good time despite limited visibility to the program. To build off of that metaphor, if Ravinia is Wrigley Field, then tonight the Cubbies lost; a common Chicago story, yet less common for the largely successful Ravinia amphitheater.

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LIVE PIX - Council Bluffs, Iowa - 21 July

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Stir Concert Cove @ Harrah's
Council Bluffs, Iowa (USA)
21 July

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NEWS - Sheryl Crow all in on Sonoma Winery Deal

Sheryl Crow all in on Sonoma Winery Deal

SONOMA, Calif., July 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Chateau St. Jean winery is pleased to announced its partnership with 9-time Grammy Award winner and multi-platinum recording artist, Ms. Sheryl Crow.

Sheryl Crow and Chateau St. Jean invite consumers to 'Soak Up Sonoma' with 18-months of programming featuring in-store activities, online and social media initiatives and Sheryl Crow music downloads throughout the partnership.

Chateau St. Jean and Sheryl Crow are a perfect pairing. Both are award winning, have a relaxed, elegant style and are leaders in their respective fields. The duo also offers a nice dose of girl power; Sheryl Crow being a Grammy award winning artist who supports a variety of women's advocacy initiatives and Chateau St. Jean with its renowned winemaker, Margo Van Staaveren, with over 30 years of winemaking expertise and who was once named 'Winemaker of the Year' by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

The current summer 'Soak Up Sonoma' promotion offers consumers access to Sheryl Crow music with a free digital download of her new single, "Easy," off her September 10th album release, Feels Like Home. Consumers can also gain access to Sheryl Crow's exclusive recipes from her recent cookbook, If It Makes You Healthy, featuring seasonal, vitamin-rich recipes created by Sheryl and Chef Chuck White. The recipes are paired perfectly with a host of Chateau St. Jean wines.

Chateau St. Jean is also supporting a cause close to Sheryl Crow by donating $1 for every bottle of wine sold (up to $100,000 total) to breast cancer charities during the month of October. A breast cancer survivor and research and awareness advocate, Sheryl works hard to keep Breast Cancer Awareness Month at the forefront.

"We are working on the upcoming 'Notes of Hope' program supporting breast cancer awareness and charities and I am thrilled to partner with a winery that wants to give back," Sheryl Crow said. "This is a cause very close to my heart and to have the opportunity to team with a winery that shares my same passion is incredible. I am very proud to support Chateau St. Jean in this effort," she added.

Rounding out the partnership will be a December 'Holiday Harmony' promotion, which will offer consumers three additional music downloads from Sheryl's soon to be released album, Feels Like Home, more recipes from her cookbook and festive party ideas. For more information about Chateau St. Jean's partnership with Sheryl Crow visit http://sherylcrow.chateaustjean.com/#

About Chateau St. Jean

Chateau St. Jean, with its gracious style, elegant architecture and inviting gardens and tasting rooms, is the quintessential Sonoma winery. The winemaking estate is located at the foot of Sugarloaf Ridge in the Sonoma Valley near Kenwood, California. Founded in 1973, Chateau St. Jean has long been recognized as a leader in Chardonnay. Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren uses her more than 30 years of vineyard and winemaking expertise with Chateau St. Jean to highlight the best of each vineyard, varietal and vintage in all of her wines. www.chateaustjean.com

Media Contact
Carrie Reed
Chateau St. Jean
707-259-4580
carrie.reed@tweglobal.com

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PIX - Kat 103.7 Radio Performance "Eat N Greet" - 21 July

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Kat 103.7 Eat N Greet
Sullivan's Steakhouse
Omaha, Nebraska (USA)
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LIVE PIX - Sioux Falls JazzFest 2013 - Sioux Falls, South Dakota - 20 Jul


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Sioux Falls JazzFest
Yankton Trail Park
Sioux Falls, South Dakota (USA)
20 July

Sheryl Crow caps rousing JazzFest finale
Beat of jazz touches common chord at festival

By Peter Harriman
argusleader.com

Sitting on green and blue lawn chairs a couple hundred feet from Main Stage — beers in their cupholders — Al Baer and Matt Harsh call themselves the “original homesteaders” of JazzFest.

“I’ve been coming here since 1999,” Harsh said. “People know exactly where to find me.”

The two Sioux Falls men sat in their muscle shirts Saturday afternoon, listening to the funk-infused tunes of Mingo Fishtrap as an overcast sky set the tone for the final day of JazzFest, which saw intermittent bouts of rain leading up to the night’s headlining performance by Sheryl Crow.

But the touch-and-go weather did not seem to take its toll on fans. Officials estimated turnout at 70,000 to 80,000 by the time of the Grammy winner’s 10 p.m. performance.

Lisa Miller and Christine Leiferman traveled from Mankato, Minn., for a girls weekend to be topped off with Crow’s performance. Both women, dressed in flowing maxi dresses and Miller with a cowboy hat, said the singer was their main attraction at the free music festival.

“I’ve seen (Crow) three times, and she is one of the most incredible performers I’ve ever watched,” Leiferman said. “She has this presence on stage that is amazing.”

Rob Joyce, executive director for Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues, which sponsors the event, wouldn’t say how much it costs to bring in Crow, but that financial help from Midcontinent Communications paid the singer-guitarist’s fee. Having met her earlier in the day, Joyce said Crow was a typical mom, throwing a Frisbee backstage with her two sons.

You see her as the ultimate professional on stage — which she completely is — but I think it would surprise you to see her as a mom because of how much she transforms herself on stage,” Joyce said.

Crow’s presence also brought in younger fans such as Sam Heflin, 16, and Mindy Holthe, 14, of Kansas City, Mo. Sporting matching “Rock & Roll Saved My Life” tanktops, the girls traveled up to Sioux Falls to see family, but decided to make a stop to see Crow at their first JazzFest.

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LIVE PIX - Ravinia Festival - Highland Park, IL - 19 July

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Ravinia Festival
Ravinia Park
Highland Park, Illinois (USA)
19 July 2013
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LIVE REVIEW - Great Jones County Fair - Monticello, Iowa - 18 July

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Great Jones County Fair
Fairgrounds and Park
Monticello, Iowa (USA)
18 July 2013


REVIEW: Great Jones County Fair audience soaked up the sun

Sheryl Crow, Gary Allen's grandstand performance was first of four days of star-studded shows

by Mike Wagner
http://hooplanow.com
Photo: Justin Torner

he Great Jones County Fair did not disappoint on Thursday night as Sheryl Crow and warm-up act Gary Allan played a solid three hour set in the sweltering heat.

Allan took the stage and played for a powerful 45 minutes before taking his first break. With songs like “Pieces” and “Watching Airplanes” Allan and his band muscled through song after song, quickly becoming the act that makes you say, “Oh, they sing THAT song.”

Allan displayed an amazing range of musical voices, from crooning like a country star on “Nothing on But the Radio” to a rocking a honkeytonk on “Bones.”

Despite audio issues that troubled the first four or five songs Allan and his band kept moving forward holding the audience’s attention as it clapped and sang along.

While Allan was at the fair to be the warm-up act for Sheryl Crow he put on a show worthy of a headliner who could fill an arena on his own. My only disappointment of the night came later in Crow’s performance when she played the song “Picture.” Given Allan’s amazing opening set it just seemed like a missed opportunity not to bring him back to take over Kid Rock’s part in the song.

Crow kicked off her set with “Steve McQueen” dressed in black with a red, white and blue guitar. The hat quickly came off in the heat as she asked the crowd, ”How, you doing, Iowa?”

Crow switched to an acoustic guitar for “All I Want to Do” as she smiled and danced across the stage. Throughout the night she looked like she was having as much fun as the audience, who gave it back as they cheered her through a two to three minute harmonica solo.

During her performance Crow only paused briefly between songs taking just enough time to switch from acoustic to electric guitars. After playing “Can’t Cry Anymore” Crow and the band transitioned into a funky, country version of the Electric Light Orchestra classic “Don’t Bring me Down.”

As the show wound down, Crow and her band put so much energy into the last four to five songs that each seemed like it was the punctuation mark on the night’s performance. But then there was a guitar change and the next song took off.

She played all her hits, of which their have been many, as well as several new songs like “Easy” which prove that Crow is going to recording hits for a long time to come as well.

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PIC - Feels Like Home & Feels Like Hobo

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VID/PIX - Sheryl on the Bobby Bones Show - 18 July - Nashville, TN



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PIC - With Big D and Bubba in Nashville, TN

Eat, Sleep and Fly with Sheryl

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WSIX-FM Studios
Nashville



PIC - With Kix Brooks - Kickin' It with Kix

Music Row Studios
Nashville, TN
17 July 2013
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PIX - photoshoot with Sheryl at her stables in Nashville, TN (10 July)

Photo by Tyler Joseph Stewart via Instagram

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PRESS RELSEASE - First Top 20 Solo Country Release For Sheryl Crow Is "Easy"




Nine-time GRAMMY award-winner Sheryl Crow’s current single “Easy” has made its way into the Top 20 on the country charts, marking Crow’s first Top 20 solo country single. With over 35 million records sold to date and a combined 40 Top 10s on the Billboard Hot 100, Adult Top 40, Adult Contemporary, Mainstream Top 40, Triple A (with the most No.1 singles among women in the chart's 17-year history) and Hot Country Songs charts, Crow now has a Top 20 solo country single to add to her list of accolades. “Easy” is the first track released from Crow’s highly anticipated brand new album, Feels Like Home, due out September 10th on Warner Bros. Records. Check out her recent performance at the 55th Annual Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

Feels Like Home Track Listing
1. Shotgun
2. Easy
3. Give It To Me
4. Drinking
5. Callin’ Me When I’m Lonely
6. Waterproof Mascara
7. Crazy Ain’t Original
8. Nobody’s Business
9. Homesick
10. Homecoming Queen
11. Best Of Times
12. Stay At Home Mother

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. Sheryl has had a combined 40 Top 10s on the Billboard Hot 100, Adult Top 40, Adult Contemporary, Mainstream Top 40, Triple A (with the most No.1 singles among women in the chart's 17-year history) and Hot Country Songs charts. Her latest album, Feels Like Home, is set to release September 10 on Warner Bros. Records. The album was recorded in Nashville, Tenn. and was produced by GRAMMY award-winner Justin Niebank. She has also been nominated for an additional 27 GRAMMYs, her most recent for 2008’s critically acclaimed Detours. Crow 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.

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ARTWORK - "Feels Like Home" cover revelead!

She's always beautiful, but the cover is too much similar to the one made in 2002 for the "Soak Up The Sun" single.

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NEWS - Sheryl Crow To Headline Kickoff Concert presented by 680 The Fan




PRESS RELEASE - ATLANTA (July 17, 2013) – Dickey Broadcasting Company, Cumulus Atlanta and the Chick-fil-A Bowl are pleased to announce that nine- time Grammy Award winning artist Sheryl Crow will headline this year’s Kickoff Concert presented by 680 The Fan.

The 2013 Kickoff Concert presented by 680 The Fan is free to the public and will take place on Saturday, August 31, 2013 at the north end of Centennial Olympic Park prior to the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. Gates will open at 12 p.m., and the concert will conclude promptly at 4:30 p.m. giving attendees ample time to proceed to the Georgia Dome for the game between reigning national champion Alabama and Virginia Tech.

This free concert for the fans is a premier element incorporated into the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game weekend of activities to celebrate the opening of the college football season in Atlanta. Other fan events rounding out the weekend include an interactive FanZone experience, a Tailgate Town event, individual team tailgate parties, the traditional team walks and pep rally and fan nights at the Georgia Aquarium.

Since the release of her seven-times Platinum, Grammy award-winning debut Tuesday Night Music Club, Sheryl Crow has garnered nine Grammys, 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 has sold more than 35 million records worldwide, and her new single, “Easy” is off her forthcoming Warner Music Nashville release out later this year. 

Country Rock musician Uncle Kracker will open for Sheryl Crow starting at 2:30 p.m. He is known for blending elements of country, mainstream modern rock, and rap, and some of his top hits include “Smile,” “Follow Me,” and “Drift Away.” After working with Kid Rock as his DJ, Uncle Kracker began his solo career in 2000 with the release of his debut album Double Wide which hit the Billboard Top 10 and was certified double-platinum. His latest album Midnight Special was released in 2012, and he is currently touring the United States with Kid Rock.

“With these two major national acts putting on an incredible show for the fans, there is no doubt we are going to be celebrating the party of a lifetime to kick off the college football season in Atlanta,” said Gary Stokan, Chick-fil-A Bowl president and CEO.

680 The Fan

680 The Fan on 93.7 FM, Atlanta’s Sports Station, is owned by Dickey Broadcasting Company and is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this July as Atlanta’s first and biggest sports talk radio station. It is the local CBS Sports Radio affiliate and is the exclusive home of the Atlanta Braves, Georgia Bulldog Baseball, SEC Basketball Championship, SEC Football Championship, and the Official Sports Talk Station of the Georgia Bulldogs.

680 The Fan’s weekday program lineup consists of The Rude Awakening with Christopher Rude, Perry Laurentino and Leo Mazzone (6am-9am), The Front Row with Ray Mariner, Sandra Golden and Brian Finneran (9am-12pm), Buck and Kincade (12pm-3pm) and Chuck and Chernoff (3pm-7pm).

The Chick-fil-A Bowl

The Chick-fil-A Bowl is the ninth-oldest bowl game in the country and hosts the longest-running rivalry series between the ACC and SEC. Now in its 46th year, the Chick-fil-A Bowl has established itself as one of the nation’s elite bowl games with a string of 16 consecutive sellouts and has earned a reputation as one of the most competitive bowls in the nation. Fifty-six percent of its games have been decided by a touchdown or less. The Chick-fil-A Bowl has disbursed more than $117 million in team payouts over its 45-year history and has increased team payout every year since 1996. The Bowl also leads all other bowl games in charitable and scholarship contributions, giving more than $15 million to organizations in need since 2002. Other events under the Chick-fil-A Bowl brand include the Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament each spring and the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game season-opening game over Labor Day weekend.

More information about the Chick-fil-A Bowl and its events is available at www.chick-fil-abowl.com. For news, updates and insider information, follow us on Twitter at @ChickfilABowl
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LIVE PIX - Freeman Stage at Bayside - Selbyville, Delaware - 14 July

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Freeman Stage at Bayside
Selbyville, Delaware (USA)
14 July 2013


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NEWS - Sheryl...Live at the Ponderosa at 11:30AM/CST on Wed, 7/17

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LIVE PIX - Countryfest 2013 - Schaghticoke, NY - 13 July

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Concert + Meet&Greet
Countryfest 2013
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LIVE PIX - Fredericksburg, Virginia - 12 July

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Celebrate Virginia Live at the Job.com Pavillion
12 June 2013

 

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VIDEO - Interview @ Daytona Coke Zero 400 (6 Jul 2013)


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NEWS - Sheryl Crow on Kids, Clothes, and Chick Songs



By: Allison Kaplan
MSPMag.com

If you’ve yet to figure out what you’re wearing to Macy’s Glamorama on Aug. 2, you’re not alone: headliner Sheryl Crow told me she hasn’t nailed down her ensemble yet, either. You might expect to see her in denim and boots, since she’ll be giving the Twin Cities crowd a preview of her upcoming album, “Feels Like Home” (due out Sept. 10), which is more country than pop. But then, Crow says she loves everything by designer Isabel Marant—everything, that is, except the prices.

“I make money, but I was raised to value the worth of a dollar. Sometimes I look at the prices and think, no way.”

I had to ask the obvious: designers won’t give you—nine time Grammy Award winner—free clothes?

“It depends on the situation—if it’s high visibility, like the Grammys or Academy of Country Music Awards, people want to dress you. But on the road, on stage, not so much any more,” she said. “I do have a few {Isabel Marant} pieces that I wear quite a bit. I look at them as a tax write off.”

Crow was just that laid back when we spoke last week from her tour bus—home this summer, for Crow and her two boys, Wyatt, 6, and Levi, 3. “They’ve grown up on the road—both started around 2 months,” Crow said. “They’re at great ages to be able to do it now. It will be trickier by next summer.”

Here’s how the single mom does it: “I try to keep as organized a schedule as possible. We get up every morning, and do something kid oriented—a water park or zoo. The afternoon is more quiet time, and every single night, whether we’re home or on the tour bus, we read books, brush teeth, they go to bed, and I go on stage. I’m lucky I have the kind of job where I can do that.”

Crow asked her friend, singer/songwriter Brad Paisely to help to write a song for the new album about being a single mom. The title, “Waterproof Mascara,” was all his idea. “I made Brad Paisely write a chick song with me and he was completely game,” Crow said. “It’s about how when you’re a single mom, you’re both mom and dad. There are things you teach your kid that usually a dad would teach. Brad is an amazing artist, and a great friend.”

Crow’s new album—her eighth studio album—is being marketed to country radio rather than the pop stations that were home to her biggest hits. “The music I make is better suited to the country format,” Crow says. “It’s where you hear songs, and storytelling.” She went on to say the genre matters less today than it once did. “I don’t think about the format so much. I just want my fans to hear the music, whatever that requires. People aren’t strictly country or strictly pop fans any more.”

And with that, she segued neatly to a mention of Macy’s Glamorama, the annual fundraiser she will perform at, featuring fall fashion and live entertainment. “It’s not country or pop. It’s a great cause,” Crow said. In Minneapolis, the annual event benefits Children’s Cancer Research Fund. “It’s a cause that is so important, particularly to me,” said Crow, a breast cancer survivor. I asked Crow whether she thought Angelina Jolie’s recent decision to undergo a elective double mastectomy would have any significant impact on cancer prevention. “The great thing about what she did is there are a large percentage of women with cancer in their family who don’t know about genetic testing. The fact that it is so expensive, this also puts that out there. There has to be a way to get testing and treatments to people who can’t afford it,” Crow said. “What {Angelina} did, obviously, was a personal choice. That aside, just the fact that a dialogue is not being created, I commend her.”

Want to see Crow, and whatever she decides to wear, on stage at the State Theatre on Aug. 2? Order your Glamorama tickets here. Prices range from $1,000 to $75.

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NEWS - 'Tomorrow Never Dies': Sheryl Crow 'thrilled' to be part of James Bond history


By Jay Bobbin
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Sheryl Crow is going country now, but she still has fond memories of her date with James Bond.

The nine-time Grammy winner behind such hits as "All I Wanna Do," "If It Makes You Happy" and "Soak Up the Sun" performed the title song for 1997's "Tomorrow Never Dies," Pierce Brosnan's second of four turns as Agent 007. The series has produced an Oscar-winning tune since in Adele's "Skyfall," and Crow remains happy with her place in the franchise's history.

"I loved being a part of that," she tells Zap2it. "The unfortunate thing was that we had just released [the song] 'Strong Enough,' and they opted to promote that here as opposed to the James Bond thing.

"But the James Bond thing was bigger in Europe," Crow adds. "I'm bummed that we didn't get the opportunity to play it (in concert) here, because it's so dramatic and such a fun piece. We played it at Wembley Stadium in London when we were over there, with strings and everything, and it was kind of every girl's dream."

In a summer that's seeing her do considerable touring, Crow will be among the stars of the annual ABC special "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock" Monday, Aug. 12. It's an appropriate spot since her first country album -- "Feels Like Home," which already has yielded the single "Easy" -- is set for a September release.

As new Bond title songs emerge, Crow claims she doesn't stack "Tomorrow Never Dies" up against them.

"Every song brings with it the artist who's a part of it," she reasons. "It's such a cool tradition, I'm thrilled that I get to be a part of the legacy. Some of the songs are great, some of them aren't so great, but it's still a cool thing to be a part of."

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NEWS - LIFE, LOVE... AND LEGOS? - from Country Weekly, Jun 24 issue

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NEWS - Sheryl to headline State Fair Grandstand


MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The final piece of the Minnesota State Fair’s series of Grandstand concerts is now in place. Sheryl Crow has just been announced as the latest booking for the Great Minnesota Get-Together.

Crow’s concert is scheduled for Aug. 25, with tickets ($39) to go on sale on Saturday through the State Fair box office or Etix.

The concert will mark the third appearance in the Twin Cities by Crow, who is set to release a new album of country music in September. She appeared at Mystic Lake Casino earlier this summer — and also played an exclusive set at WCCO Radio’s new Cambria Gallery on 7th — and she is also booked to perform at the Minneapolis State Theater on Aug. 2 during Glamorama.

Dwight Yoakam was announced as the opening act for Crow.
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NEWS - Singer Sheryl Crow recalls racing roots at Daytona (AP)


Singer Sheryl Crow is a total gearhead.

Well, at least nowadays.

The nine-time Grammy winner was at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday to perform the pre-race concert leading into Saturday night's 400-mile race. Beforehand, she talked about her love of speed and cars. And it was clear she knew what she was talking about.

"I have a 1964 Corvette and I love it," said Crow, who was born and raised in Kennett, Mo. "I grew up on motocross bikes. My first car was a Z28 with glasspacks and headers and cherry bombs, the whole thing."

There was one problem for Crow, though.

"Nobody told me I was supposed to change the oil in it, so then I had to buy a new short block for it a year after I drove it to college," she said.

Crow takes much better care of her cars these days.

And she'll surely pass that information along to her two young sons she adopted in recent years. They got their first look at Daytona on Saturday, joining Crow as she returned to the famed track for the first time since performing at the Dale Earnhardt tribute concert in 2003.

"I took my kids out on the track earlier today and said this is where (Disney character) Lightning McQueen would be racing if he was real," she said.

SOURCE: Associated Press

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PIX - NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 - pre-race concert - UPDATED

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PIX - Backstage @ Daytona International Speedway - Daytona Beach, FL

THE BAND!

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Soundcheck

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Joie Chitwood III posing with the CokeZero400 guitar before presenting it to Sheryl. Joie serves as president of International Speedway Corporation’s flagship motorsports facility—Daytona International Speedway (DIS). As president of DIS, Chitwood oversees all speedway activities including event entertainment, fan amenities and ticket sales (Photo: Nicholas Wininger)

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Sheryl with Sam Bass, the official licensed artist of NASCAR. Sheryl signed the CokeZero400 guitar for The NASCAR Foundation Auction! (Photo: Sam Bass).

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Sheryl speaks at a news conference prior to a performance at the NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race. (Photo: AP)

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Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, Florida (USA)
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LIVE REVIEW - Freedom Over Texas - 4th of July celebrations


Sheryl Crow, Martina McBride
Freedom Over Texas, Eleanor Tinsley Park
July 4, 2013

By Chris Gray
blogs.houstonpress.com

Watching Sheryl Crow and her six-piece band perform "Soak Up the Sun," her second-to-last song at Thursday's Freedom Over Texas festival, I felt a sudden and unexpected upwelling of patriotism. Of course there was no shortage of more conventional expressions of pride in this country's 237th birthday on hand at Eleanor Tinsley Park. All of them were moving: military flyovers, the national anthem, remembrances of those putting themselves in harm's way to defend our freedoms.

But for some reason, most of this other Fourth of July pomp and circumstance couldn't hold a candle to being pelted with red, white and blue beach balls while watching thousands of my neighbors (mainly women of all ages) put some mustard on the lyrics to Crow's 2002 silver-linings playbook. "It's not having what you want/ It's wanting what you've got." To me those lines feel like the best of America, so the whole scene set off some little sparkler of emotion.

But for a music critic, the interesting thread is Crow's ascending profile on country radio without much of an appreciable change in her existing style. Good for her. She played a handful of songs from her upcoming album, due in September, and has already had some traction on radio with "Easy," which has to be the only single jockeying on the Billboard country charts that calls Jack Johnson "the new Don Ho." Thursday, Crow put her band's pedal-steel player to good use on both classic '90s cuts like "Strong Enough" as well as the new "Give It to Me," a pleading waltz in the same neighborhood of her fellow FOT headliner Martina McBride.

Though her other new songs were closer in style to the Wallflowers ("Call Me When I'm Lonely") or Skynyrd ("Shotgun"), she's sounding more and more like an asset to country radio all the time. And the more stations that play her stuff rather than that dreadful "Cruise" remix, the better, really.

Of course Crow already had a huge pop hit about ten years ago with a country song, Kid Rock pairing "Picture." But instead of bringing back McBride back out Thursday for what would have proved to have been an awkward duet, she just folded it into "If It Makes You Happy." And besides, McBride had already been out to sing with Crow on "The First Cut Is the Deepest."

But this really isn't anything new. Crow has long been one of the rootsiest pop-rock stars in the field, and she's really starting to own it. Many of her best songs built around swaggering Rolling Stones-style riffs -- "My Favorite Mistake," "Steve McQueen," "If It Makes You Happy" -- and she's hardly afraid of a Dylan/Tom Petty-style raveup like another one from the new record she declined to name.

Crow has come a long way from singing backup vocals for Michael Jackson 25 years ago, but overall seems like she's gone about things the right way, and like she's got a ways yet to go.

So has McBride, in a different way. Blessed with a perfect voice, she must have always had to fight off the temptation to descend into pop mawkishness. She doesn't always, but overall her songs are countrier than they have to be, and her music is better for it.

Her uptempo songs like Thursday's opener "When God Fearing Women Get the Blues" (and its great opening line, "Lock up your husbands") retain a twang more pronounced than anything else on country radio these days, except for maybe Sheryl Crow now. Her love of vintage country is evident, but not just through covers "Rose Garden" or "King of the Road" -- which let her to show off what a band of Nashville pros she'd put together -- but her own songs like steel-soaked waltz "Broken Wing" are pretty old(er)-school themselves.

When McBride's honky-tonk side starts to ebb, her other gift starts steps to the fore, one that's made her a much bigger star than her taste for Lynn Anderson or Roger Miller covers: the way she makes fans feel like she really is one of them. Her set was studded with it Thursday, from seeing someone through a serious illness ("I'm Gonna Love You Through It"), the tribulations of parenthood ("Teenage Daughters"), or just the strength some people draw from their faith ("Wild Angels").

Same for her obvious closer Thursday, "Independence Day." McBride told me recently that she didn't necessarily associate the song with America's birthday because it's so personal, but I think I might disagree. I think it's patriotic because it's so personal -- it's about standing up for yourself, and where would this nation be without that?

Personal Bias: For someone who has never even set foot overseas, I sure am glad to be born in the U.S.A.

The Crowd: Thousands upon thousands of people, more diverse in both age and ethnicity as about any other big public event I've been to in Houston, which makes total sense. A surprisingly high number of teenagers, at least for me, anyway.

Overheard In the Crowd: "There's a pile of ants over here!"

Overheard 2: "Where's the main stage at?" -- said by a man who had just walked by it, heading the other direction

Random Notebook Dump: I spend an inordinate amount of time wondering if McBride is the basis (whole or in part) of Connie Britton's Rayna James on my favorite network-TV drama, ABC's Nashville.

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LIVE PIX & VIDS - Freedom Over Texas - 4th of July celebrations - Houston

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Eleanor Tinsley Park
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My Favorite Mistake

Strong Enough

Easy

First Cut is the Deepes
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Soak Up The Sun

Winding Road

Steve McQueen

All I Wanna Do

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INTERVIEW - Houston Chronicle - 3 July 2013



Sheryl Crow displays her musical versatility
By Andrew Dansby
Houston Chronicle

Even when Sheryl Crow was making rock records for a rock audience, roots music was never more than arm's reach away. Crow grew up in Kennett, a town in Missouri's boot heel, not terribly far from parts of Tennessee, Kentucky and Arkansas that turned out great rock, rockabilly, soul and country music.

And as country music tiptoed toward pop and rock, Crow was tiptoeing toward country, starting with "Picture," her 2002 hit duet with Kid Rock. She's since settled in Nashville and recorded with Loretta Lynn. So an album of country music seemed the next step. New single "Easy" arrives in advance of the album "Feels Like Home," a telling title that suggests Crow, 51, is feeling comfortable making music for country radio. Crow hits town Thursday to play some old favorites along with a few of the new ones as part of the Southwest Airlines Freedom Over Texas with Entertainment Presented by NRG festivities.

Q: Can you give us an update on "Feels Like Home"?

A: It is done. We're completing the artwork now. And I couldn't be happier. I love playing these songs live. And I'm happy with the response we've been getting from fans and from radio. I just feel so pleased to be making music in my own community with friends. It's been received warmly, and it's really exciting for me.


Q: So it sounds like some of the new songs will work their way into the set?

A: Absolutely. We've been playing a lot of them live, and we've been getting a great response. So we're going to keep on playing them.

Q: Are the new songs mostly originals? Or did you look to some outside writers?

A: There are two songs on there that I did not write. Both were passed along to me by Brad Paisley's producer. And I immediately loved them.

Q: Do you have a set list yet? Do you customize it differently for July 4?

A: Hmm, I think what you want to do, above and beyond anything else, is to entertain people with the stuff they already know. So we'll play quite a few hits. And we'll do a few of the new ones that are going over well. And we'll throw in something fun and unpredictable. I don't know if it'll necessarily be any John Philip Sousa thing, but we'll definitely find something that's fun and patriotic. We're just starting to think about it now.

Q: I'm sure you know, it can get a little hot out there.

A: (Laughs.) Yes. But I've played around Texas for years. I've spent quite a bit of time in Texas. So I'm prepared for the heat.

Q: So "Tuesday Night Music Club" turns 20 this year ...

A: Can you believe that?

Q: It makes me feel very old.

A: You think it makes you feel old, imagine what it's like for me. But I'm real proud of that record. I think it still sounds good, and the songs still sound great on the radio.

Q: And even though much is being made of your country album, there seems to be overlap.

A: There's a big overlap. And that makes me feel great. It makes me feel like I'm not completely out of my realm doing country.

Q: My wife grew up in Blytheville, which isn't far from Kennett. Seems like there's a lot of great and varied music that came out of that region.

A: Blytheville! If you had a date, that's where you went. That's where the movie theater was. But, yeah, we had a good mix of everything there. We were exposed to a lot of country through local country stations. There was a lot of pop from Memphis. My parents grew up right on the Mississippi, so there was a lot of blues. You develop a general overall appreciation for music.

Q: It seems like a lot of people avoid country music, only to come back to it when they get older. Was that the case with you?

A: Oh, yeah. I grew up around it, and I didn't love it because I felt like it was forced on us. It's what the radio stations played. I got a taste of rock through Memphis, which wasn't far away. And I have older siblings, so I was exposed to music people my sister's age listened to, the Stones and Hendrix. But I came around to loving country music.

SOURCE: Houston Chronicle

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VIDEO - Country USA - Sheryl Crow interview by Y100 Country radio

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LIVE REVIEWS - Mystic Amphitheater in Prior Lake, MN - 28 June

Crow takes the ‘Winding Road’ at Mystic Lake

Written by MinnesotaCountry.com

From her Grammy-winning “Steve McQueen” all the way through to the well-known “Everyday is a Winding Road,” Sheryl Crow brought all her hits to Mystic Lake Casino Hotel June 28.

With a country album slated for release this September, Crow showed her career has been just that – a winding road.

From working as a backup vocalist for Michael Jackson, winning multiple Grammy awards, and doing duets with countless musicians such as Eric Clapton, Luciano Pavarotti, Willie Nelson, BB King, and Kid Rock, her career has spanned more than 20 years down that road.

Her show is also a winding road, weaving a path through her most well-known hits like “All I Wanna Do,” “Can’t Cry Anymore,” “My Favorite Mistake,” “The First Cut is the Deepest,” “Strong Enough,” and “Soak Up the Sun,” and yet mixing in some new tunes with ones pulled out of the vault.

She showcased her most-recent single, “Easy,” which she calls her “staycation” answer to Kenny Chesney and Alan Jackson songs about vacationing on exotic beaches and in the water.

“They are singing songs about going to the Bahamas or Mexico when gas is $4 a gallon,” Crow told the crowd. “So I wrote a song about staying home, drinking beer in the back yard.”

Fans also heard “Call Me When I’m Lonely,” which seemingly is primed to be the follow-up single to “Easy.”

“Real Gone,” a song Crow co-wrote for the 2006 Disney-Pixar film “Cars,” gave Crow the chance to cut loose on the harmonica.

Despite the fun harmonica solo and the solid performance of her six-piece band, the sound production made it difficult to clearly hear Crow’s voice a majority of the time. However when she was given the chance to highlight her vocal chops, she was right on.

When prepping herself to sing “Leaving Las Vegas,” Crow’s first single in the early 1990s, she asked the crowd if there were any gamblers in the audience. Being at a casino, of course there were. She also asked if there were any drinkers or strippers in the audience. For the record, drinkers received the biggest response of the three questions.

Another new song, “Shotgun,” led into a medley of part of her Kid Rock duet “Picture” and her hit “If It Makes You Happy.”

“Soak Up the Sun” saw the audience dancing in the aisles of the Mystic Lake Showroom. A brief break brought Crow back onto the stage to perform “Tumbling Dice,” “Nobody’s Business” and “Give It to Me,” before closing with the all-familiar “Everyday is a Winding Road.”

A fun Minnesota music fact, Prince covered the song on an album in 1999.

The Missouri-born Crow gave props to her band several times throughout the night, which performed on a no-frills stage. No background videos, catwalks or elaborate stage set up of any sort. Just Crow, her musicians, and her music.

Contributing writer: Ryan Gueningsman

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Sheryl Crow makes two steps toward country at Mystic Lake Casino

Posted by: Jon Bream under Music
Artcetera
Startribune.com

A few thoughts after seeing Sheryl Crow Friday at Mystic Lake Casino:

After living in Nashville for several years and flirting with country music, Crow will be releasing her first official country album, “Feels Like Home,” on Sept. 10 on Warner Bros Nashville.

A few signs on Friday suggested she’s ready to go country:

*She introduced her current country single, “Easy,” by saying it’s the stay-at-home response to hits by Toby Keith, Kenny Chesney and Alan Jackson that urge you to go to Mexico. Who knew she followed country music so closely? (See video below.)

* Her other new songs – “Shot Gun” (about where you ride in a vehicle, not firearms) and “Why Does He Always Gotta Be Calling Me When I’m Lonely” (great title) – sounded blatantly country. Yee-haw.

*There was plenty of pedal steel guitar in her music – and a bit of mandolin and accordion.

* The three guys in her band who stood out front were all wearing cowboy shirts.

*She kept sayin’ “y’all” with a twang that wasn’t her usual Missouri accent.

* She playfully tapped her butt when referring to her “equipment” during the country-ish tune “Real Gone” (from soundtrack to the movie “Cars”).


On the other hand, here are a few signs that suggested she’s not quite ready to go country:

*When it came time to play “Picture,” her one bona fide country hit, she sang a verse and a chorus and then when it came time for the Kid Rock part of the song, well, she segued into her own pop hit “If It Makes You Happy.” That made some fans unhappy. What a tease.

*Her reading of the Rolling Stones’ “Tumbling Dice” was strikingly lame, especially after she tore it up onstage with the Stones in Chicago last month on “All Down the Line.”

*She didn’t make much spontaneous small talk, except when she was introducing “Leaving Las Vegas.” “How many of you are gamblers?” Not much response. “This is a casino, right? How many of you are drinkers?” More applause. “How many of you are strippers?” Big applause. “I had no idea Prior Lake was so free.”

*Those vinyl jeans – in celadon green – aren’t very country.

*She never fussed with her luxurious long blonde locks like most country princesses do. Oh, maybe it’s because her hands were busy playing an instrument.

Two final thoughts:

*The highlight was “Strong Enough” with minimalist instrumentation, giving it a quiet strength.

* Crow will be back in town on Aug. 2 for Macy’s Glamorama, and don’t be surprised if she’s soon announced as a State Fair grandstand performer.

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