LOVE IS FREE
OUT OF OUR HEADS
ALL I WANNA DO
[PICS] LUCCA, JULY 6, 2008 - BY LAURACHI85
Laura with her idol
PIC OF THE YEAR :-)
Photo taken in New York City on monday 28 (credits: Fame Pictures)
[NEWS] SHERYL CROW TAKES A GOOD DETOUR TO JONES BEACH
BY GLENN GAMBOA
July 27, 2008
Sheryl Crow is a bit distracted.
The new man in her life - no, not Alex Rodriguez after the All-Star Game, you rumormongers, her 14-month-old son, Wyatt - is trying to get her attention.
"Thank you, sweetheart," she says, taking the book he hands her.
Crow has plenty to say and even more on her mind, but one thing she has learned from her recent upheavals is that life's everyday detours are OK.
"It's been an interesting couple of years and everything that happened then led to this record, so it's all on there," she says. "Interestingly enough for me, what revealed itself to me in the end is that no matter what you think your course in life is or how much you think you have everything under control, it's the detours that really inform who you are and what your life is gonna look like."
All her well-publicized twists led her to "Detours," arguably her strongest album since her Grammy-winning 1993 breakthrough, "Tuesday Night Music Club," as well as an early contender for this year's album of the year honors. "There were a lot of things that really informed this record," she says. "One of those being the experience I had the year before with having my public relationship fall apart at the same moment of being diagnosed with breast cancer. Then, of course, having a 3-month-old there, which I think rendered me completely openhearted.
"It would've been hard for me to go from being Mom to intellectual artist," Crow adds. "I was just an open book the whole time I was making the record. That really served me well."On "Detours," Crow focuses on her emotions, revealing them without the traditional rock star artifice or the songwriter techniques that makes them seem more distant. When she belts out "Diamond ring, should not mean a thing," she's clearly speaking for herself. Same goes for the pointed folk protest song "God Bless This Mess," where she accuses President George W. Bush of using the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to lead the country "into a war all based on lies."
Singing out for truth
It's a new way of writing for her that she outlines on the sing-along "Out of Our Heads," with its hopeful chorus of "If we could only get out of our heads, out of our heads and into our hearts."
"I knew that 'Out of Our Heads' would mean a lot to me," she says. "I think that one in a real impactful way has kind of risen beyond the occasion, particularly with going through three years of primaries and listening to all these people talk and all the political pundits rant. You realize that with all that noise, that unless we turn off our brains and really start acting from our hearts, we're --, man.
"We've got to stop listening to all the noise and invest in ourselves and try to experience emotion and see where that takes us. I guarantee you if we were all investing in any way, shape or form in an emotional experience, we would not be in a war. We would not be allowing all the incredible incriminations that have happened with this administration. We would be fired up and we would be angry and we'd be alive and awake."
Crow says she recognizes her outspokenness may hurt sales and radio airplay of her album, which, despite critical raves, has only sold about 350,000 copies in the five months since its release. "People know the truth and they don't want to face it and there's a lot of fear about it," she says. "It would be harder for me not to put my political views out there, especially right now. And it would be hard for me not to put my personal experiences out there. I feel like having gone through breast cancer and having really redirected my life, has made me feel like it's the truth or bust."
Her 'little prince'
Crow is also open about her touring prospects, which may soon have to take a quick detour for a while because of Wyatt. "I know I can only do this for a couple of years," she says. "He's just turned 1 and he's into everything. We have the bus side popped out and the awning out and the baby pool filled and the lawn chairs out and right now he's the star of the show. Everybody in the band and the crew carries him around like he's a little prince and he's got like 39 surrogate dads. It's fantastic. We don't go to hotels. We just basically pull up to the gig and spend the day outside. It's idyllic.
"Will it be like this when he's 3 or 4? I doubt it," she continues. "And then he'll start going to school and stuff. But right now, it's great and I'm loving this experience. I'm loving having passionate music to play. ... It's just a big party."
Tuesday July 29
[NEWS] SECRET CELEBRITY ENTREPRENEUS - FORBES.COM
Picture: Bootheel Trading Co.
Sheryl Crow Bootheel Trading Company
The 46-year-old singer's denim apparel line, Bootheel, rolls out in 200 outlets, including Dillard's, this fall. In spring 2009, another 350 outlets (mostly large department store chains) will carry the line, manufactured by Western Glove Works. The jeans, bearing the accenting and design of high-end brands, will retail for $60. The marketing plan: Initially the denim line will be called Bootheel by Sheryl Crow; eventually, her image will be phased out. For her part, Crow gets an estimated $300,000 upfront annual fee and an undisclosed percentage of sales.
[SET LIST] JONES BEACH AMPHITHEATER, WANTHAG, NY, JULY 28
LOVE IS FREE
RUN BABY RUN
OUT OF OUR HEADS
ALL I WANNA DO
Concert Review: Sheryl Crow Takes Detours to Mohegan Sun
July 28, 2008 on 3:13 pm | JP's Music Blog
Sheryl Crow told the audience, “You Rock!” as they sang and danced to the performance of her hit song, “Soak Up The Sun”. The same could be said about Sheryl Crow’s performance at the Mohegan Sun Arena last Saturday. Even though she was feeling a little under the weather, as was seen by her occasional sips of tea from her silver travel container, she still gave a incredible performance for her fans.
A peace sign on a black curtain was the backdrop as the spotlight hit center stage. Sheryl Crow, with an acoustic guitar in hand and trying her best to get across her feelings on recent events, sang the very political song, “God Bless This Mess” to open the evening. “Shine Over Babylon” and “Gasoline” were also songs that attacked the political powers in place, but it was her laid back songs that would spark the audience that night. Songs like “Leaving Las Vegas” and “Can’t Cry Anymore” seemed to be fan favorites as the sound of the audience filled the arena. Sheryl Crow also showcased her country side with new song “Detours” and with her mostly acoustic ballad, “Strong Enough”. The repetitive chorus of “Out Of Our Heads” echoed loudly before Sheryl Crow ended her set with popular songs “If It Makes You Happy”, “Soak Up The Sun” ,and “Everyday Is A Winding Road” . Not even some minor feedback could damper her encore performance of the Grammy winning song “All I Wanna Do”. She ended the evening with a stellar performance Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground” which had Sheryl Crow trading verses with her backup singers. Her performance seemed to please many of her long-time fans by mixing in many of her hits with songs from her latest release.
Singer/songwriter James Blunt opened the evening with an impressive hour-long set. He performed songs from his newsest release, “All the Lost Souls”, as well as songs from his double-platnium debut album, “Back To Bedlam”. Some of the highlights from his set were the passionate, piano-only performance of “Goodbye My Lover” and his #1 hit single, “You’re Beautiful”, which found the audience singing along to the chorus. As he proceeded to alternate between acoustic guitars and piano, his goal was to entertain which he had not trouble accomplishing,
Monday 28 July
[LIVE REVIEW] MOHEGAN SUN, UNCANSVILLE, CT - JULY 26
Sheryl Crow Enlightens Crowd At Mohegan Sun
By JACK CORAGGIO | Special To The Courant
July 28, 2008
Sheryl Crow opened her Saturday night show at Mohegan Sun with a soft-spoken, solo rendition of "God Bless This Mess," a folksy, grass-roots war protest number from this year's "Detours" album. As she serenaded the crowd, acoustic guitar in hand and band hidden firmly backstage, a giant peace sign gently waved on the curtain behind her.
The message was, it seemed, that Crow is ready to spread the idea of peace, love and energy conservation to as many Americans as possible, even if she has to do it all by herself.
Of course, given today's war weary and increasingly green-colored social atmosphere, she is on anything but a unilateral crusade, as was evident in the crowd's warm reception of Crow's anti-war, pro-earth political agenda, a platform that soundly complements the pleasantly upbeat music she performs.
And her 19-song set truly was upbeat. Even her lyrically unsettling (If It Makes You Happy) or sad (Leaving Las Vegas) songs are still kind of happy, or at least they are when sung through Crow's waxing Americana voice. Her rendition of "Motivation," also off her latest album, gave a scathing review of America's fascination with untalented reality show stars, or as she calls them, Paris Hiltons, but to a buoyant honky-tonk rhythm turned bobbing hip-hop beat.
Then again, maybe not every song was so joyful. "Gasoline," another off "Detours," was ever the ominous tune, with its deliberately unconcealed lyrics about the current energy dilemma and the toll it's taking on the planet. Even the song's portentous riff, seemingly inspired by the dark side of Keith Richards, was a bit disconcerting, especially as it led into the Rolling Stones terribly haunting "Gimme Shelter."
Still, Crow quelled the crowd's desire for Grammy-award winning singles. She closed the show with the bouncy "Soak Up The Sun" and "Everyday is a Winding Road" and then encored with "All I Wanna Do" and Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground." With that, the crowd left with two things: satisfaction with her set and bit more political awareness.
Source: Hartford Courant (www.courant.com)
Sunday July 27
[SET LIST] UNCASVILLE, CT - JULY 26
LOVE IS FREE
RUN BABY RUN
OUT OF OUR HEADS
ALL I WANNA DO
Saturday July 26
[PICS] AT&T TEAM USA SOUNDTRACK - PHOTO SHOOT
Photo credits: Dave Mead for AT&T - Taken on July 10, 2008 at Sheryl's farm, near Nashville, Tennessee.
Friday July 25
[REVIEW] SHERYL CROW LIVE DVD (TOLEDO BLADE)
By Rod Lockwood
There’s something about Sheryl Crow that oozes hip even though she doesn’t seem to try very hard. Her music is traditional pop and Americana, not that far removed from Tom Petty in terms of delivering tasteful hooks and sing-along melodies, and her stage presence is sedate compared to the “look at me” antics of most of her contemporaries.
But Crow has a sexy, amiable vibe that’s eminently satisfying, and when she kicks off this Soundstage production and straps on that big red bass guitar it’s impossible not to be charmed, especially when she starts laying down the sinewy groove to “My Favorite Mistake.”
With a tight, flexible backing band, Crow works through a 17-song hit-heavy set that is typical of all the Soundstage DVD productions. The sound is perfect, and you can crank it up without losing any quality. The stage set is uncluttered and keeps the focus on the music, and the direction is clean without lots of cuts or distracting edits.
It helps that Crow and her band are all attractive people, but the emphasis remains clearly on the music and demonstrates that despite the popularity of songs like “All I Wanna Do,” “If It Makes You Happy,” and “Leaving Las Vegas,” Sheryl Crow is ultimately an under-appreciated musician.
This live production elevates her to the status of singer/songwriters like Petty, John Hiatt, and Lucinda Williams and that’s where she belongs.
[NEWS] SHERYL GIVES GROUP OF STUDENTS A MINI CONCERT
By BEVERLY KEEL
July 25, 2008
From All The Rage columnist Heather Byrd — Middle Tennessean and nine-time Grammy winner Sheryl Crow delighted a group of 25 college students on Wednesday when she allowed them to sit front-and-center for her sound check at Sommet Center.
The event was connected with the Grammy in the Schools project with the local chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.
Casual in jeans and a flirty tank top, Sheryl greeted the starry-eyed kids with a smile and launched into "A Change Would Do You Good," complete with band, backup singers, pulsing lights and a few purposely goofy dance moves.
Indeed, she played as if the entire arena was sold out, running through hit after hit in a lineup that included "Can't Cry Anymore," "Leaving Las Vegas," "My Favorite Mistake" and my personal favorite, "Run, Baby, Run," which she belted out effortlessly, despite confessing to having the beginnings of a cold.
After the mini-concert, Sheryl met with the students backstage to answer questions regarding her new life in Tennessee (she loves hanging with gal pals Sara Evans and Faith Hill — without running into photographers) and the state of the music industry. She admitted that it's "very liberating to no longer be competing with younger talent in a commercial world where all the creative decisions are made by men.
"I cut my hair, and for four years my career totally tanked," Sheryl said with a laugh.
She peppered the Q&A session with witty banter and was totally unafraid to poke fun at herself.
But when one student asked her if she felt a responsibility to set an example for changing our country, the conversation turned more serious.
"Right now, in our country and in our consciousness, we have gotten off track," Sheryl said. "I don't feel a responsibility, but I feel compelled to help make a change. My life is inundated with a grave concern over what kind of planet I'm leaving for my child and for everyone's children."
Sheryl will support Sen. Barack Obama's campaign at the Democratic National Convention, where she will perform three songs for the Aug. 24 Green Concert audience at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre near Denver.
[PICS] GRAMMY SOUND CHECKS - NASHVILLE, TN, JUL 24
Photo Credits: Frederick Breedon (Wireimage)
[SET LIST] SOMMET CENTER, NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - THURSDAY JULY 24, 2008
LOVE IS FREE
RUN BABY RUN
OUT OF OUR HEADS
ALL I WANNA DO
[NEWS] SHERYL CROW RECALLS HER FASHION FAUX PAS
By Kay West
Originally posted Thursday July 24, 2008 04:25 PM EDT
Sheryl Crow's simple, laidback style wasn't always so effortless, the singer revealed to a group of college students Wednesday.
"It was a big internal battle for me, between being a vamp and being credible as an artist," Crow informed 25 students at GRAMMY SoundChecks, a program that offers students the opportunity to experience a sound-check rehearsal with an artist.
Crow said her experiments with different looks did not always sit well with record label execs – or fans.
"One time I colored my hair dark and had a meeting at the label and one of the guys looked at me, obviously upset and said, 'You're going to change that back, right?' " she said. "Then when I cut my hair short, my career tanked for about four years!"
Crow, 46, said she was once afraid that looking good would mean she wasn't a "credible" artist. But those days are long gone. "At this age, I'm just a lot more relaxed about it," she told the audience. "I can look pretty and wear make-up and not be afraid it will take away my credibility."
Tour Kicks Off
Crow certainly doesn't have to worry about success anymore. Her 25-city Detours tour kicks off Thursday at the Sommet Center in Nashville, where she lives on a rural farm with 15-month old son Wyatt and a stable full of horses.
Nowadays, Crow measures her credibility by her mothering skills. Her phone rang several times during the event and she smiled, explaining that it was the nanny, checking on Wyatt's bedtime. "I've been away from him all day. I'm always with him. He comes on the road and has 30 daddies to carry him around. It's hard, not being there to put him to bed."
Despite her busy schedule, she says being a mom and living in Nashville gives her a chance to have a low-key life with her son. "It's easy to live here. There's no paparazzi hounding you. People are very genuine and easygoing."
Still, it's not that normal: Crow keeps some high-wattage company in town. "I had lunch recently with Sara Evans and Faith Hill," she said. "No one bothered us at all. We were able to eat and talk and enjoy each other's company."
Source: People Magazine (/www.people.com)
Thursday July 24
[BOOTLEG] MOLSON PRISON BLUES - LIVE IN TORONTO - MAY 26TH, 2008
Molson Prison Blues
May 26th, 2008
CD Audio - Hi-Fi Stereo Time: 101m 20s Taper: BurnBoy Artwork: Aleks Lineage: Core Sound HEB > SP Preamp > Edirol R-09(line-in) > PC > Soundforge & CdWav to edit > TLH > Flac L5 Size: 557.34 MB (584,411,070 bytes)
01 - Shine Over Babylon (Fades In)
02 - Love Is Free
03 - A Change Would Do You Good
04 - Leaving Las Vegas
05 - Can't Cry Anymore
06 - Now That You're Gone
07 - The First Cut Is The Deepest
08 - My Favorite Mistake
09 - Gasoline (including - Gimme Shelter & chat)
01 - Real Gone
02 - Motivation
03 - Banter
04 - Detours
05 - Strong Enough
06 - Out of Our Heads
07 - If It Makes You Happy
08 - Soak Up the Sun
09 - Everyday Is a Winding Road
10 - Crowd
11 - All I Wanna Do
12 - Higher Ground
Alltracks use lossless FLAC, linear PCM at the standard 1411 kbps (CD Audio)
[NEWS] SHERYL CROW MEETS LOCAL COLLEGE KIDS AT SOUNDCHECK
Photo and Article Brad Schmitt - musiccitytv.com
New Nashvillian Sheryl Crow was nice enough to let 25 college kids into her sound check at the Sommet Center tonight, part of a Grammy in the School initiative with the local Recording Academy chapter.
Then Sheryl let them ask questions. Among her gems for students: The music industry is in dire trouble; she loves living in Nashville, where she can hang out with Faith Hill without photographers snapping away; Sheryl likes to put her baby to bed every night; her record label gives her lots of freedom to make her own music; Michael Jackson, her old boss, didn’t learn backup singers’ names for the first two years of a tour
Sheryl Crow is showing her support for this summer's Olympic athletes with a new song, and PEOPLE.com has a first look at the video Crow shot for the track on her farm outside of Nashville.
The Grammy winner's tune, "So Glad We Made It," will appear on the AT&T Team USA soundtrack and during TV broadcasts of the Summer Games. "It's a very uplifting song about having a positive outlook and about really going for it," Crow tells PEOPLE. "It's such a heroic feat to train and give your energy over to something that's so challenging like that. I just love it."
Crow says watching the Olympics is always an emotional experience for her. "I'm a sucker for the vignettes, the back stories," she says. "It's my favorite thing to just sit in front of the TV and cry when each national anthem is played."
Growing up, Crow has vivid memories of gymnasts Olga Korbut and Nadia Comaneci and figure skater Dorothy Hamill competing in the Olympics. "I wanted to be a gymnast but there was no place in a tiny town in Missouri to take gymnastics," says the singer, who will watch the Beijing Games with son Wyatt on her tour bus next month. "But I did go and get my hair cut in a Dorothy Hamill wedge, which was unfortunate for me because that hairdo didn't really work so well with curly hair."
Proceeds from the AT&T Team USA soundtrack, available for download in August, will benefit Team USA. Other artists whose songs will appear include Colbie Caillat, 3 Doors Down, Lady Antebellum, Nelly and Clique Girlz.
Source: People Magazine (www.people.com)
Wednesday July 23
[VIDEO] "SO GLAD WE MADE IT"
Sunday July 20
[MAGAZINE] PAGE SIX MAGAZINE (NY POST) - SUNDAY JULY 20, 2008
[NEWS] SHERYL CROW SEEKS SERENITY IN TENNESSEE (TENNESSEAN.COM)
Singer welcomes the slower pace, sense of community — and lack of paparazzi
By BEVERLY KEEL • Staff Writer • July 20, 2008
COLLEGE GROVE —Sheryl Crow knew her new life in Middle Tennessee would be very different from her days in Los Angeles when she spotted Faith Hill in a Nashville-area clothing boutique.
It's not what happened, but what didn't happen.
"Faith walked in, on her cell phone, nobody around," Crow says. "There the two of us were, just shopping like normal people, and there's just something really nice about that. It makes us feel very much like being part of a community, and also like I'm at home.
"Since I've moved here, it's a completely different picture," says the 46-year-old singer, who moved to Tennessee in 2006. "There's no fascination with celebrity here like there is in Los Angeles. I can live a pretty normal life, and my son can have a pretty normal existence without any paparazzi. I can spend time with my girlfriends here and nobody seems particularly interested, so it's a very nice way to live."
However, Crow is setting aside that low-key lifestyle for a little while as she kicks off a tour Thursday at the Sommet Center, a scheduling that was intentional. "Because it is my home, it's wonderful to have a little send-off like that," she says.
If that "send-off" is anything like the warm welcome she has received from Music City's creative community, it will be quite a night. Crow's move "makes our hip factor go up, our cool factor go up," said country singer Vince Gill.
"She strikes me as a musician first, and there's just a common bond that I think musicians share that transcend whether they are an artist or songwriter or anything else as well," he says. "She has that great spirit about her that she's one of the guys, but she's beautiful."
Adds country singer Lee Ann Womack, "It's really nice to meet somebody who has enjoyed the kind of fame that she has who is so down-to-earth. That's because she plays music because she loves music, not because she wants to be famous."
Life is serene
When Crow isn't on the road, she's usually at her 150-acre College Grove farm with good-natured and curious son Wyatt, who's nearly 15 months old. The home is tasteful, unpretentious and comfortable. Although she recorded her current album, Detours, in her basement studio, there's little evidence in the main living areas of the success of her international career (which includes 30 million albums sold and nine Grammys). The remains of Wyatt's half-eaten lunch of avocado, cheese and ham remain on the high-chair tray in the kitchen. His toys, including a tambourine and musical triangle, are scattered on the floor.
Crow spent her morning riding horses, but the afternoon is all business. One of her New York-based managers works on the outside patio for better cell phone service, while two band members chat downstairs. Crow sits in a chair in the bathroom off her bedroom undergoing hairstyling and makeup for an afternoon video shoot.
"(My life) is probably as crazy as it once was, although I feel so much more serene living here," she says as the makeup artist rubs moisturizer on her face and a hairdresser pulls at her wet hair. "Also, I have a son now, so life feels very full and peaceful."
When she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, Crow felt a strong pull to live in a rural place, one that was closer to her family. Her sister, Kathy, lives in Nashville, and her parents remain in her hometown of Kennett, Mo. "The immediacy of (the diagnosis) was staring me in the face and dictating that I define what it is that I wanted my life to look like and feel like," she recalls.
"Your life always informs your art, so my art has really matured a lot through those experiences and has become much more acute and concise and based on strong truths, as opposed to imagery and narrative storytelling.
"My pivotal moment made me want nothing less than the truth at all times, and to write about the truth and to write from a place of truth and to expect truth from my government leaders and the people around me."
While she's delving into her truths musically — her latest album addresses the Iraq war ("Peace Be Upon Us"), Hurricane Katrina ("Love Is Free") and the environment ("Gasoline") — she's also devoting her time to environmental and political causes. In 2007, she and Oscar-winning producer Laurie David embarked on a Stop Global Warming Tour on college campuses. Crow has endorsed Barack Obama for president and offered him her help in any way he sees fit.
"I'm disappointed that there aren't more artists out there who are writing the strong political commentary, who are writing protest songs," she says. "Where are our artists to give voice to what it is that we are all experiencing, this kind of chaotic uncertainty? I just have to believe that at a certain point . . . people will start desiring to have music and art to help to understand what it is they're feeling, much like what it was in the '60s."
Is this really the same woman who once sang "All I wanna do is have some fun"? Absolutely, she says.
"I contend that ("All I Wanna Do") could go on this record," she says. "Although it's steeped in pop melody and groove, it's such a political statement about what life was like in L.A., in the sense of apathy of my generation of young people in the early '90s and late '80s. There's a strong social commentary in that song that a lot of people missed."
Crow has discovered that with her level of fame comes intrusive media coverage of her private life. Celebrity magazines have documented her relationships with cyclist Lance Armstrong, actor Owen Wilson and musician Eric Clapton. Her cancer diagnosis made national news. Consequently, she doesn't discuss current or past relationships in interviews.
"I do not enjoy the public scrutiny that goes along with being a successful recording artist," she says. "I didn't ever get into being a recording artist or songwriter because I wanted to be famous. I wanted to be like what I saw in Rolling Stone magazine — the black-and-white pictures of Joni Mitchell and Linda Ronstadt and people I loved and really admired. It's really changed since then."
She doesn't read most magazines, so she happily lives "in a fog" about what other entertainers are doing.
"In the lowest moment of my life — and I've probably not been on the A-list of celebrity like some of the really big celebrity names in all of those magazines — I couldn't leave my house in L.A. because of the paparazzi, I mean, everywhere," she recalls.
"To me, that really spoke volumes about what it is we're feeding ourselves, what it is we're feeding our psyches. If it is that we desire to see people at their lowest moment in life, and that is what is going to sell magazines, then clearly moving to Nashville was the perfect move for me, because I cannot support that.
"It demeans our spirit and takes up a large part of our brains and consciousness that could be used on so many better things as far as our own emotional, intellectual and spiritual state. I don't like the feeling of rejoicing when somebody has cellulite. It's really mean-spirited, and we shouldn't want it that way."
Although some of her boyfriends have been famous, Crow says she experiences the same ups and downs as anyone else in a relationship. Her heartbreak feels just like yours.
"I went out with Lance Armstrong, who was high-profile and all, and it could have been anybody and it would have been the same thing to me," she says, talking about the end of their five-month engagement.
"Anybody that I loved, having gone through that, it would have been hard," she adds. "It was only fascinating to people in the world because he was a high-profile figure, but to me, love is love. I don't care if it's with the president of the United States or with the guy who works at the grocery store."
But Crow stresses that she believes most people want others, including her, to do well.
"I have never been able to even describe the crazy energy that I experienced while I was going through radiation, almost as if I had thousands of hands holding me up through all of that," she says. "I believe that those people were praying for me. I'd have people walk up to me wherever I was — people from foreign countries who could barely speak English.
"There is no way you that you could feel anything other than what I felt, which was just a total raising up of people."
It's been two years since Crow underwent a lumpectomy and seven weeks of radiation therapy, and now she's able to go a day or two without thinking about the cancer.
"I can safely say now I don't think about it so much," she says. "The first year was difficult only because it was so new, and I did not go on the drug that was recommended that I go on basically to guarantee that the cancer not come back, mainly because I didn't want to go into menopause at that early age.
"That is a completely personal decision, and personal to each person who experiences breast cancer," she says. "Yes, it definitely was a part of my consciousness and part of my dreams, and especially having a new kid, it created some fear now and again about my health.
"But I feel like I've made it past the first two years, and I'm really feeling great and I feel like I've done my time with cancer. Now I have the opportunity to go out and talk about what it means to have early detection to prevent your being a fatality, and I can't wait to do that."
As she has returned to an environment that's similar to the one in which she was raised, she hopes to instill the same values in her son, Wyatt, that her parents taught her.
"I'm just trying to lead by example, and that for me is the idea of respect; respecting nature and who you are and the people all around you," she says. "Hopefully I'm raising him with a sense of security and a strong sense of self. Other than that, (I'll) just try to be his little protector."
This means that she's cautious about the people she brings into his life. "I am dating," she says, "and it's fun, (but) it's also nerve-wracking. As you get to know people, you have to delineate whether they are great for you, but also great for your son. It's definitely a natural weeding-out process when you have a kid."
Celebrity columnist Beverly Keel can be reached at 259-8073 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday July 18
[NEWS] NEW SONG RELEASED
Sheryl has just released a track called "So Glad We Made It". Well, technically it's not a new song. In fact, it was performed for the first and only time in September 2004 at the Austin City Limits music festival. Also, that live performance has been available on bootleg for some years already.
Anyway, now you can buy the brand new studio version on iTunes.
"So Glad We Made It" BMI Work: #7555309 Music and Lyrics: Sheryl Suzanne Crow and John Shanks
"So Glad We Made It" (audience recording)
Austin City Limits Music Festival, Zilker Park - SBC Stage, Austin, TX - September 17, 2004
[VIDEO] EXTRA - THURSDAY JULY 16, 2008
Extra goes on the set and behind the scenes with Sheryl as she shoots her new video for the AT&T Team USA Soundtrack.
Sheryl Crow Gives "Extra" A Little Something Extra
Today, Sheryl Crow let "Extra's" crew visit the set of her newest video, for the inspirational song "So Glad We Made It." Filmed at Sheryl's 154-acre farm near Nashville, the video aims to inspire U.S. athletes as they head to the Olympic games, which open August 8th in Beijing, China.
Speaking to "Extra," Sheryl said her one-year-old son, Wyatt, has easily adjusted to her rock-star ways.
I have great people around me who absolutely adore and worship him -- my band, my crew -- he's got all these dads. As far as I can tell, he loves being on the road because he's a little social animal. So, it's been a really fun ride so far!
Saying his presence in her life is "joyful, like Christmas every day," Sheryl shares that she plans to take her tot on the road again with her this summer, as part of her "Detours" tour.
"Singer Sheryl Crow did a fine job with the National Anthem, and did not try to offer offbeat impersonations to the song, a temptation others have been unable to resist."
- Jeff Wilkin, Dailygazette.com
Well said, exactly my thought! :-)
[NEWS] ANTHEM A 'SPECIAL' OCCASION FOR CROW
Superstar and baseball fan honored to sing at Stadium farewell
By Alyson Footer / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- Sheryl Crow may be a musical superstar, but she's a baseball fan, too.
That was quite obvious as she blended into the crowd during the hours leading up to the 79th All-Star Game on Tuesday, taking in batting practice just in front of the Yankees' dugout with two baseballs in her hand and wearing a wide-eyed expression on her face.
Crow was mere hours away from singing the national anthem, and although she's sung at big events before, the magnitude of performing the final anthem at the last All-Star Game to be played at the "House that Ruth Built" was not lost on the nine-time Grammy Award winner.
"I'm a big baseball fan, and this is very nerve-wracking, only because it's a hard song to sing and it's live," Crow said. "But this is a very special occasion, with this being the last event at Yankee Stadium. It's going to be exciting."
The anthem is notorious for its tough high notes and has never been a favorite for anyone, regardless of how powerful the singer's voice. Crow admitted singing the anthem is a challenge, but one she embraced. Plus, having performed the song before at a Mets-Yankees World Series game in 2000, she has some experience with big sporting events.
"This is such a big honor," Crow said. "It's the national anthem. Obviously, everybody knows it, but it's a special song and it really does get the ballgame off to a start. So you want it to be powerful and full of feeling."
Crow became an international sensation with her debut album, 1993's Tuesday Night Music Club, which sold more than seven million copies and earned her three Grammys.
All of Crow's releases since have been certified platinum, with mega-hits such as "All I Wanna Do," "Everyday is a Winding Road," "Soak up the Sun" and "If it Makes You Happy." Her latest CD, Detours, was released in February on Interscope/A&M Records.
Like Major League Baseball, Crow is a dedicated partner with the Natural Resources Defense Council's (NRDC) efforts to resolve the many environmental challenges facing the Earth. Crow also joins Major League Baseball as a supporter of Stand Up To Cancer, a new initiative to raise philanthropic dollars for accelerating ground-breaking cancer research.
Rounding out Tuesday's musical performances was classically influenced pop-singing superstar Josh Groban, who was slated to sing "God Bless America" during the seventh-inning stretch.
An internationally renowned performer who has sold more than 23 million albums worldwide, Groban first broke through in 2001 with his self-titled double-platinum debut, followed by 2003's multi-platinum Closer, featuring the smash hit "You Raise Me Up," and 2006's double-platinum Awake.
In 2007, the Grammy-nominated star became the best-selling recording artist of the year thanks to sales of Awake and his blockbuster Christmas album, Noel -- the best-selling album of 2007. Groban has recently released his third live DVD, entitled Awake Live.
Alyson Footer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Tuesday July 15
[PICS] LOST IN TRANSLATION :-)
Credits: Lupardo Photo Agency
Lucca, July 6, 2008
Quel "cheetah" sa molto di "Cheeouchàreeah"... ;-)
[REVIEW] SHERYL CROW LIVE DVD (DVDFANATIC.COM)
By Saul Bailey
With her passionate voice and hearty riffs, this music teacher turned rock icon reminds the rest of us to look inside and lighten up with this DVD release including "Soak Up The Sun," "Everyday is a Winding Road" and an exuberant cover of "Peace, Love and Understanding." Crow's two-part Soundstage performance is also a look back at the classics that catapulted her career from the snappy "All I Wanna Do," to the whispery swan song "Strong Enough," to one of her earliest releases "Leaving Las Vegas." All three hits helped comprise her debut album Tuesday Night Music Club, which garnered Grammy honors for Best New Artist, Best Female Rock Vocal, and Record of the year in 1994.
DVD Track Listing:
DVD Track Listing:
1. My Favorite Mistake
2. You're An Original
3. The First Cut Is The Deepest
4. Leavin' Las Vegas
5. Strong Enough
6. Redemption Day
7. Sweet Rosalyn
8. If It Makes You Happy
10. All I Wanna Do
11. Soak Up The Sun
12. Everyday Is A Winding Road
13. I Shall Believe
14. (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace Love & Understanding
15. Let's Get Free
16. Safe & Sound
17. Steve McQueen
SOUND + VISION:
Shot in high-definition and mixed in 5.1 surround sound, this release looks and sounds great. The video transfer is 16x9 Anamorphic Widescreen and stays very sharp throughout. Detail is strong and colors are rich and vibrant. Not once during the show did I notice any grain, nor artifacting. Too bad the scenery itself was so sterile and the audience, obviously a bunch of handpicked 'beautiful people'.
The audio track was no slouch either, delivering the goods throughout the (no pun intended) soundstage. Highs were crisp and lows were powerful with detail. Never did the bass sound muddy which can be a problem with a lot of DVD concerts. I was really impressed whenever Crow strapped on the acoustic as it just resonated with a very lively and full sound. I'd also like to note that the rear channels are represented well throughout the show and not just regulated to crowd noise and applause like so many other DVD concerts.
The DVD arrived in the standard snapcase sheathed in a cardboard slipcover. Both feature the same nice artwork featuring Crow live from the show. Out back is a brief description of the concert alongside the track listing. The menu was easy to navigate, slightly animated with a snippet of her music looped underneath.
Backed by a band of crack musicians, Crow rolls through just about every one of her hits, and the amount of good songs the woman has put out in a mere 15 years will amaze you. "All I Wanna Do," "Strong Enough," "My Favorite Mistake," "Soak Up the Sun," "Everyday is a Winding Road" and "Steve McQueen" are some of the examples. Any fan of Crow should not hesitate to add this DVD concert to their inventory.
FILM GRADE: A
SOUND GRADE: A
VISION GRADE: B+
PACKAGING/ LAYOUT GRADE: B-
SPECIAL FEATURES GRADE: F OVERALL DISC GRADE: B+
[PICS] SHERYL CROW LIVE DVD: HI-RESOLUTION PROMOTIONAL PICTURES
[NEWS] GRAMMY MIDWAY: AN EARLY LOOK AT ALBUM OF THE YEAR CONTENDER
"Detours": The latest from the Grammy-adored singer/songwriter debuted at No. 2 when it was released early this year.
Grammy potential: Crow doesn't release an album without winning the attention of Grammy voters. The former Grammy best new artist winner is most undoubtedly a lock for a best pop vocal or best rock album nomination, and she's been in the album-of-the-year field before -- 1998's "The Globe Sessions." This time around, Crow has released a more personal, socially-aware album, and one that's quite tuneful. Crow's knack for a melody, and ability to weave in some current events -- check the groovy, "Mad Max"-like nightmare of "Gasoline" -- should be the right mix of big ideas and mainstream appeal.
Grammy deserving: Actually, yes. "Gasoline" is certainly one of the album's high-points, as Crow dives into politics, and does so without losing her ability to compose some sing-along, bar-room hooks. "Detours" was a terrific rebound from 2005's bland "Wildflowers," even when she's not being political -- see the spacious bluesy adult rock of "Diamond Ring."
(Christine Cotter / Los Angeles Times)
[NEWS] SHERYL CROW RESCHEDULES BAY AREA PERFORMANCE
SHERYL CROW INVITED TO PERFORM AT INAUGURAL THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND BENEFIT CONCERT
Original performance date of August 27th moved to September 20th
Sheryl Crow’s Bay Area appearance at the Sleep Train Pavilion in Concord on August 27th has been moved. She has been invited to perform at the first annual This Land Is Your Land benefit concert at the Sleep Train Pavilion on September 20th.
This Land Is Your Land is a multimedia benefit event honoring Woody Guthrie and John Steinbeck, two great artistic legacies of freedom of speech, social commentary and the defense of the rights of all citizens.
Produced by Live Nation, in association with The Woody Guthrie Foundation and Archives, as well as the John Steinbeck Foundation, this special event will feature numerous musical performances, spoken word, poetry, story telling and displays of historical family artifacts.
With a mix of provocative artists and an open dialogue to discuss issues of the day, This Land Is Your Land is not only a look back at the history of Woody Guthrie and John Steinbeck, but also a forum to continue the discourse begun by these two great American icons.
Sheryl Crow and her long time concern for the environment, as well as her emotional and provocative work on her latest CD, Detours, exemplifies the type of artist that will participate in this annual event. Her performance will be the same full-set presentation that was planned for her originally scheduled show on August 27th. James Blunt and Toots and the Maytals, previously scheduled to perform with her, will not be performing on the newly announced date. (James Blunt will be performing at The Fillmore in San Francisco on August 27, on sale Sunday July 20 at 10am.)
The complete artist lineup, on sale and ticketing information for This Land Is Your Land will be announced shortly.
All tickets to Sheryl Crow’s August 27th show will be honored at This Land Is Your Land on September 20th at the Sleep Train Pavilion. Refunds will be available at the original place of purchase before August 1st.
Tickets for new show are available at LiveNation.com. Tickets are subject to service charge.
Source: San Francisco Weekly
Sunday July 13
[AUDIO INTERVIEW] WORLD RADIO SWITZERLAND, SATURDAY JULY 5, 2008
[INTERVIEW - ITA] LA NAZIONE (LUCCA) - SABATO 5 LUGLIO 2008
Musica, il coraggio di Sheryl Crow
"Tempi apocalittici? Risvegliamoci e lottiamo"
Grinta da vendere per nuovi e vecchi fan. Classe ’62, un cancro al seno diagnosticatole nel febbraio del 2006, e lei nel maggio dello stesso anno era già sul palco, di nuovo in concerto. Una storia d’amore col campione di ciclismo Lance Armstrong, finita all’improvviso (febbraio 2006) e un bambino di due settimane, Wyatt, adottato da single alla fine del 2007
Lucca, 5 luglio 2008 - Voce raffinata e spirito libero dai lunghi boccoli biondi pronti a infiammare il palco del «Summer Festival» di Lucca, che spegne quest’anno la sua undicesima candelina. Sheryl Crow, coraggiosa figlia del Missouri, sbarca in Italia domenica (ore 21.30) nell’ambito del suo tour allround the world (l’altra data è a Savona lunedì) che l’ha portata a girare gli States, toccando il Sud America, l’Europa e spingendosi fino in Australia. Voce rock (cresciuta a pane e Rolling Stones), presenza scenica meravigliosa, l’affascinante Sheryl sarà la seconda donna dell’edizione 2008 del festival lucchese. Stasera (sabato 5 luglio) infatti, sul palco di piazza Napoleone (sempre alle 21.30), salirà la mitica Patty Pravo; dopo la Crow, si alterneranno nell’ordine, Erykah Badu (martedì 8), Enzo Avitabile (11 luglio, concerto gratuito), Mario Biondi (il 16), Ennio Morricone (il 18), Alicia Keys (il 20), Hucknall (il 23), i Chicago (il 26) e Leonard Cohen (il 27).
Sheryl, lei sta portando in giro per il mondo il suo nuovo lavoro. Come sta andando “Detours”?
«Molto bene. I miei fan sono sempre molto curiosi di sentirmi e vedermi all’opera dal vivo. Per me, suonare rappresenta ogni volta una nuova esperienza. Una nuova, grande emozione. Che si tratti delle novità come delle canzoni che mi hanno fatto conoscere al grande pubblico come Run baby run, If it makes you happy, My favorite mistake, Leaving Las Vegas e Strong enough».
In “Detours” affronta temi forti: i disastri ambientali, la lotta al cancro, il ruolo della donna...
«I brani dell’ultimo album hanno già fatto parecchio discutere per ciò che raccontano. Forse perché riflettono i sentimenti di questo tempo o, più semplicemente, i sentimenti della gente che chiede questo tipo di emozioni. Quello che canto oggi è molto importante per me, ma direi anche per gli americani, sgomenti e afflitti da quello che sta succedendo nel Paese».
Cosa si può o si deve fare? Qual è la ricetta di Sheryl?
«Questi nostri tempi hanno qualcosa di apocalittico e purtroppo tutti noi accettiamo la situazione in maniera troppo passiva. Ma ora dobbiamo risvegliarci ed essere più ottimisti. Io non mi sono mai persa d’animo...»
Da 14 mesi lei è in giro per il mondo con il piccolo Wyatt e la sua band. Due famiglie in pratica?
«Direi di sì. Il “lavoro” di mamma mi assorbe molto. E’ altrettanto emozionante quanto salire su un palco. A mio figlio, nell’ultimo disco, ho dedicato Lullaby for Wyatt. Con i ragazzi della band suoniamo da oltre dieci anni. Con loro condivido tantissime emozioni. Quelle che mi auguro poter regalare al pubblico».
[INTERVIEW - ITA] IL SECOLO XIX - GIOVEDI' 3 LUGLIO 2008
Di Renato Tortarolo
QUELLO che canto oggi è molto importante per me, ma direi che lo è certamente di più per gli americani, sgomenti e afflitti da quello che sta succedendo nel Paese». Non c’è una vera e propria vena polemica nelle parole di Sheryl Crow, 46 anni portati splendidamente, figlia del Missouri, cantautrice raffinata: il suo sguardo predilige piuttosto temi personali, dalla fine della relazione con il ciclista Lance Armstrong ai disastri ambientali, dall’adozione del piccolo Wyatt alla lotta contro il cancro al seno.
In concerto domenica al Summer Festival di Lucca e lunedì prossimo al Just Like Woman Festival di Savona, la Crow è una donna coraggiosa che non si trincea dietro il successo né le idee politiche: «La gente spera in un cambiamento e credo che le mie canzoni devono riflettere questi tempi: è una bellissima sensazione che la musica tocchi il cuore». La Crow ha esordito relativamente tardi, a 32 anni, ma si è subito imposta per un mix di appeal e disciplina che le hanno fatto vincere nove Grammy e vendere 18 milioni di dischi: «Negli ultimi venticinque anni molte donne sono arrivate alla guida di grandi società, sono diventate leader assolute nei campi più vari: il rapporto di forza fra uomo e donna è sicuramente mutato, ma devo dire che per noi donne la realtà cambia sempre troppo lentamente».
Dotata di una formidabile presenza scenica, celebrata per ballate come “Leaving Las Vegas”, “Strong Enough”, “Soak Up the Sun”, “Run Baby Run” e “Steve McQueen”, la cantautrice è definita spesso “l’ultima degli artisti rock classici”: «Non so se me lo merito, in fondo ci sono tanti colleghi, uomini e donne, che scrivono di temi politici, che rappresentano molto bene questo spirito. E, comunque, se accetto il complimento, spero di non essere l’ultima...».
La Crow ha portato tutto il dolore della sua malattia, «però non mi sono mai rifugiata nella musica per distrarre i miei pensieri», e tutto lo scoramento per la fine della relazione con Armostrong, in un album, “Detours”, grintoso e molto femminile nei risvolti psicologici: «Impossibile non raccontare quello che provo ogni giorno, quello che succede a tutti: si chiama consapevolezza. Ignorare una parte o il tutto di quello che provi è come negare di essere un’artista. Allo stesso tempo, sento una grande responsabilità per quello immagino. E non parlo solo dei temi sociali o politici: anche sul piano personale devi sempre trovare un equilibrio».
Al bambino adottato, la Crow dedica la dolce “Lullaby for Wyatt”, alla guerra in Iraq “Peace Be Upon Us”: «Quando mi chiedono cosa possiamo fare per risollevarci come Paese, rispondo che non dobbiamo ripetere gli errori degli ultimi sette anni: siamo stati ingannati e siamo finiti in una guerra per il petrolio, quando tutti ci volevano convincere che era per la nostra sicurezza nazionale». Indomita nell’affrontare la battaglia contro il cancro, la Crow nei giorni scorsi ha sostenuto l’introduzione di una legge federale che prevede uno stanziamento di 40 milioni di dollari all’anno in prevenzione e ricerca sulle cause ambientali dell’insorgere dei tumori: «In questa lotta è necessario esplorare ogni possibilità, fare indagini sugli effetti che può avere l’ambiente, dall’acqua al cibo, sulla nostra salute». Intanto, imbracciando una chitarra e sfoggiando il più seduttivo dei suoi sorrisi, la Crow non cede un millimetro sul fronte dell’impegno politico: «Io provo un grande orgoglio a essere americana, ma è tornato il momento di dimostrare chi siamo e di cosa siamo capaci. Quando sento dire, a cominciare da Barak Obama, che è venuto il tempo di cambiare, penso che sia davvero così. Che questa forza deve essere condivisa da tutti».
Sul palco, la cantautrice si divide fra il monito contro nuovi disastri ambientali nella lucida “Gasoline” e lasperanza di una rinnovata solidarietà quando canta “Love Is Free” che parla dell’uragano Katrina. «Se mi si chiede che tipo di messaggio porto in Europa, nel suo caso alle donne italiane, dico semplicemente che è l’esigenza di un profondo autorispetto e la convinzione che qualsiasi cosa faccia un uomo, può essere fatta anche da una donna». Non a caso, dai Rolling Stones a Michael Jackson, la rockstar è sempre stata apprezzata per la sua originalità, e invitata spesso a duettare con i colleghi più importanti. «Viviamo in tempi che hanno qualcosa di apocalittico e purtroppo lo accettiamo come in un lungo sonno. Ma ora dobbiamo risvegliarci ed essere più ottimisti. Io non mi sono mai persa d’animo, nemmeno nei giorni più bui». Che poi sul palco Sheryl Crow sembri invulnerabile fa parte, invece, del bello del rock.
[INTERVIEW - ITA] IL GIORNALE - GIOVEDI' 3 LUGLIO 2008
Il film che ha stregato la Francia
Di Antonio Lodetti - da Milano
Il suo viso è sempre bello, anche se qualche rughetta tradisce i 46 anni. Sheryl Crow è una figlia del Missouri, dell’America di provincia che fa sentire la sua voce attraverso un riflessivo folk rock (sempre più rock che folk) e che con la qualità e un pizzico di protesta vende vagonate di dischi (quasi 20 milioni dal 1993) e guadagna premi a palate (9 Grammy Awards). Lasciatasi alle spalle la storia col campione-ciclista Lance Armstrong, Sheryl ha adottato un bimbo (che oggi ha più o meno un anno) che non abbandona mai, soprattutto in tournée. Quindi lo porterà con sé domenica all’apertura del Summer Festival di Lucca, e lunedì al Just Like a Woman Festival di Savona, uniche due tappe del tour italiano, dove presenta il nuovo cd Detours.
Un bambino cambia la vita di una ribelle del rock?
«Certo, oggi sono più serena, rilassata ma al tempo stesso prendo le cose molto più sul serio. Wyatt mi ha trasformato in mamma rock and roll».
I fan possono stare tranquilli?
«Sì, sono rockeggiante e piena di energia come mai, ve ne accorgerete. La settimana scorsa ho suonato a Londra con Mick Jagger e John Mayer, è stato uno show di pura adrenalina».
Con chi le piacerebbe suonare dal vivo?
«Clapton e i Rolling Stones sono eccezionali. Farei qualcosa con Emmylou Harris».
Lei è stata anche corista per Michael Jackson.
«Il suo non era il mio genere di musica ma in certi momenti era davvero eccitante».
Lei è un simbolo per i o le quarantenni non omologati.
«Cerco di raccontare emozioni sincere, lontane dagli stereotipi da telefilm televisivo che oggi vanno tanto di moda. Pensare con la propria testa sembra un delitto».
Nel suo album c’è un pezzo in arabo in duo con Ahmed Al Hirmi.
«Vuol essere un inno alla pacificazione e alla fratellanza... Si fanno le guerre in nome di Dio distinguendo i buoni e i cattivi, i fedeli e gli infedeli, mentre io penso che Dio sia amore universale. Questo è il senso del brano».
Ma la musica può cambiare le cose?
«È una voce potente che porta in giro per il mondo i messaggi. Io sono preoccupata per la pace, per il costo del petrolio, per l’inquinamento, per l’odio, e questo si trasmette agli altri attraverso il rock. Questo è il lato più nobile di questo lavoro».
Come mamma rock dopo il tour si fermerà un po’?
«Non ci penso nemmeno. Sto preparando un disco natalizio e a primavera un album di nuove canzoni».
[BOOTLEG] LUCCA SUMMER FESTIVAL 2008 - LUCCA, JULY 6, 2008
Lucca Summer Festival 2008
Lucca, Tuscany, Italy
July 6th, 2008
[NEWS] CROW, GROBAN TO SING DURING THE ALL-STAR GAME
Major League Baseball has announced the All-Star lineup of musicians for the MLB All-Star Game and State Farm® Home Run Derby next week at Yankee Stadium.
Nine-time Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter Sheryl Crow will perform the U.S. National Anthem prior to the start of the 2008 All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 15th at Yankee Stadium. Classically-influenced pop-singing superstar Josh Groban will perform "God Bless America" during the seventh inning stretch at the 2008 All-Star Game. The national network broadcast of the 79th MLB All-Star Game will air live on FOX at 8 p.m. (EDT).
Multi-platinum rock band 3 Doors Down will perform a two-song set prior to the start of the State Farm® Home Run Derby on Monday, July 14th at the legendary stadium in its final season. The State Farm Home Run Derby will be televised live on ESPN at 8 p.m. (EDT).
The All-Star performances will come on the heels of the Major League Baseball All-Star Concert presented by Bank of America featuring Bon Jovi in Central Park on Saturday, July 12. The concert is a free event, but a ticket is required to attend.
"I'm honored that Major League Baseball has asked me to sing our country's National Anthem at the final All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium," said Crow. "I'm especially proud to be associated with MLB because of all the extraordinary initiatives baseball has embarked on with my partners at the National Resources Defense Council to promote environmentally-friendly practices."
Crow became an international sensation with her debut album, 1993's Tuesday Night Music Club, which sold more than seven million copies and earned her three Grammys. All of Crow's releases since have been certified platinum (one million sold), with mega-hits such as "All I Wanna Do," "Everyday is a Winding Road," "Soak up the Sun" and "If it Makes You Happy." Her latest CD, Detours, was released in February on Interscope/A&M Records.
Like Major League Baseball, Sheryl Crow is a dedicated partner with the Natural Resources Defense Council's (NRDC) efforts to resolve the many environmental challenges facing the Earth. Crow also joins Major League Baseball as a supporter of Stand Up To Cancer, a new initiative to raise philanthropic dollars for accelerating ground-breaking cancer research.
An internationally renowned performer who has sold more than 23 million albums worldwide, Josh Groban has thrilled a legion of devoted fans with his flawless baritone and extraordinary stage presence. The 27-year-old Los Angeles native first broke through in 2001 with his self-titled double-platinum debut, followed by 2003's multi-platinum Closer, featuring the smash hit "You Raise Me Up," and 2006's double-platinum Awake. In 2007, the Grammy-nominated star became the best-selling recording artist of the year thanks to sales of Awake and his blockbuster Christmas album, Noel - the best-selling album of 2007. Groban has recently released his third live DVD, entitled Awake Live.
3 Doors Down is scheduled to perform "It's Not My Time," from their self-titled fourth album that topped both the Billboard and iTunes album charts in its first week of release in May. They are also scheduled to perform their first and biggest hit, "Kryptonite," from their second CD, 2000's The Better Life. 3 Doors Down has sold more than 15 million albums.
Here’s a slight twist on the “celebrity forays into fashion world” headline that is so common nowadays. Sheryl Crow is creating her own label, yes, but it’s going to be eco-friendly. And not just eco-friendly, eco-chic. There’s a big difference.
Crow is trying her hand at fashion as she announces plans to create her own range of eco-friendly clothing for Western Glove Works. Given that the songstress has been active for the environment before - and can be seen on a fairly regular basis donating unworn clothes to her local secondhand shop - it’s no surprise that her fashion line will be green.
No word yet on when the line will be produced, but a friend told Star magazine. “She’s heading to Australia in October to meet with her partners and start production.” We DO know that it will be a denim-based collection and will be named Bootheel Trading Co. By Sheryl Crow.
[NEWS] SHERYL CROW EXCLUSIVE SONG FEATURED ON OLYMPIC SOUNDTRACK
LEADING ARTISTS, AT&T TO PRODUCE EXCLUSIVE TRACKS FOR ATHLETES COMPETING IN 2008 BEIJING OLYMPIC GAMES
Consumers Can Connect to Team USA Through Songs by 3 Doors Down, Colbie Caillat, Clique Girlz, Sheryl Crow, Lady Antebellum, Nelly and Other Top Artists.
Proceeds From Music and Ringtone Downloads Benefit Team USA
SAN ANTONIO, July 7, 2008 — Need a snazzy tune to help you run longer, leap higher, swim faster or live life with a little more zest? Check out what leading artists are recording for the world-class Team USA athletes as they prepare for and compete in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) today announced that several of today’s headlining artists — including 3 Doors Down, Army of Me, Colbie Caillat, Clique Girlz, Sheryl Crow, Flipsyde, Luis Fonsi, Josh Kelley, Lady Antebellum, Mere, Nelly and Kate Voegele — will record exclusive tracks for the AT&T Team USA Soundtrack to inspire and support U.S. Olympic Team athletes as they pursue their dream of competing in the Olympic Games.
The music — debuting during the NBC and Telemundo broadcasts of the 2008 Olympic Games — will offer motivational songs for Team USA, youth, sports enthusiasts, music aficionados and U.S. Olympic Team fans across the country. The songs will be available for download only during the Olympic Games in August through AT&T MEdiaTM Net on AT&T wireless phones and online at att.net/TEAMUSA. Consumers can also access music through NBCOlympics.com. The proceeds from the tracks will benefit Team USA. Other artists who will participate in the AT&T Team USA Soundtrack will be announced later.
“The Team USA Soundtrack really represents the spirit of the Olympic Games,” said Jamie Butcher, vice president of AT&T Brand Sponsorships. “Top musical artists are joining together to inspire and encourage Team USA, and fans have the opportunity to connect with and support athletes by downloading the soundtrack. It’s another terrific opportunity to show our support for these amazing athletes and demonstrate how AT&T is truly evolving into an entertainment brand.”
NBC will feature excerpts from the songs and music videos from certain artists in its Olympic Games coverage. NBC will promote the soundtrack through NBCOlympics.com and will point users back to ATT.net for purchase and download. AT&T wireless customers will also have the option to purchase ringtones and Answer TonesSM featuring the exclusive songs.
“The support we’re receiving from these artists and the fans is amazing,” said Michael Phelps, who won eight medals, including six gold medals, at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, and will try to win as many as eight more in Beijing. “I know this soundtrack is something we will all be able to enjoy while we’re in Beijing and will help motivate us to compete at our very best.”
Gymnast Nastia Liukin said, “There’s nothing like training or performing to a great song, and it’s so exciting that these artists were willing to produce songs to encourage us at one of the largest competitions of our lives.” Liukin has won nine world championship medals and is expected to contend for the all-around gold medal in Beijing.
Sheryl Crow said: “It’s really inspiring to see world-class athletes compete and give their all at the Olympic Games. It’s my job as an artist to encourage others through music, and I’m honored to work to support Team USA through this soundtrack.”
Brad Arnold, 3 Doors Down, said: “This was a one-of-a-kind opportunity to connect fans to our music and support our athletes as they go for the gold. All of the artists coming together really shows just how meaningful the Olympic Games are.”
Today’s announcement is the latest move by AT&T to help U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes train and compete for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. AT&T is an official sponsor of the U.S. Olympic Team and provides significant financial support, products and services to the U.S. Olympic Committee.
AT&T will also serve as the official telecommunications services partner of the U.S. Olympic Team for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. In addition to supporting USA Gymnastics and USA Swimming, the company serves as an official partner for several National Governing Bodies, including USA Track & Field and USA Diving.
The AT&T Team USA Soundtrack is an important part of AT&T’s mission to connect people with their world, everywhere they live and work, and do it better than anyone else.
EVERY six months, Sheryl Crow goes through her wardrobe and turfs out all the things she doesn't need - little-worn Versace dresses, designer jeans . . . bags of the stuff.
She donates the luxury cast-offs to a secondhand clothes shop called Sheryl the Peril in her home town of Nashville, Tennessee, that helps the homeless.
Every six months, Sheryl Crow presents herself for a mammogram.
Each of these self-auditing rituals is vital to the new existence that began for the multi-platinum singer in 2006, Crow's annus horribilis.
It was the year that saw the demise of her fairytale romance with American hero, Tour de France champion cyclist and cancer conqueror Lance Armstrong.
One minute she was happily choosing her wedding dress, the next it was all over. "Fell apart" is how Crow has repeatedly referred to the break-up. No blame, no explanations.
Worse was yet to come. Two weeks after the split, the nine-time Grammy winner was diagnosed with cancer. Breast cancer.
Out of potential death, she embraced new life. Aged 44, Crow realised it was "now or never" if she was ever going to fulfil her dream of becoming a mother. Immediately after her radiation treatment, she adopted a newborn baby, Wyatt.
"It's three years on and I'm doing great," says Crow, in her frail, raspy voice that still manages to convey conviction.
"I've always been pretty healthy, which is one of the amazing things about cancer – it doesn't matter if you're healthy or not," she says.
"But I've really learned it's the experiences that take you far off your course that really help you to learn who you are."
Life's detours. It's the theme that's also resurrected her music career (Crow spent the Lance Years focused on supporting the athlete, who had battled testicular and brain cancer, got back on the bike and won the Tour seven years running).
Detours, the natural-fit name of her latest album, was penned during the turbulent days of her own recovery. Cranked out in a little over a month, it deals with the vividly personal realm of heartache (Now That You're Gone, Detours) and cancer (Make it Go Away) and Crow's active political conscience (Love is Free about Hurricane Katrina; Gasoline about the global fuel crisis).
To Crow, who describes it as an "old-fashioned political protest album", Detours represents her awakening. She no longer cares about things like radio play and being on the celebrity radar; only that she is able make records that are "artful and honest".
"I'm not sure whether cancer made me a better person, but it definitely made me more of an awake person. When I was diagnosed, everything came to a screeching halt and I needed to take a good look at my life. It forced me to experience everything that was going on, from grief and anger to sadness and fear.
"We all get to the point where we really adhere to the art of distraction," she adds, in her intense, unhurried way.
"We watch a lot of reality TV, we're always on our computers or BlackBerries. These things desensitise us. We're all caught up in material things."
Crow takes another of her thoughtful pauses. "You know, I don't think we really want to experience these emotions. If we were emotionally invested, there wouldn't be a war in Iraq. We'd be demanding that our President be held accountable.
"At this moment in our history, I wish there were more protest songs out there because there's so much going on, not only in America, that people are talking about and living with on a daily basis, and yet our music doesn't seem to reflect that," laments the singer, who famously went on Good Morning America with a T-shirt declaring: "I don't believe in your war, Mr Bush".
This tendency to "feel life intensely" has always been part of Crow's emotional DNA. In her romantic life, too, she has admitted to a history of being drawn to those who needed a caretaker and were "a little self-consumed" (she has also dated troubled actor Owen Wilson and rock legend Eric Clapton).
In her 20s she battled serious depression that, at its worst, left her with thoughts of suicide, unable to dress or leave the house.
Then in her 30s, with the runaway success of her debut album Tuesday Night Music Club she said "her life went mental". She now believes her illness stemmed, in part, from over-work.
"People get depressed from being fragmented from their own lives," Crow, 46, tells Event. "We stop listening and caring for ourselves and these things can cause you to be in a state of distraction all the time. That was definitely my case. I was working so much and taking care of everyone at the same time.
"I don't suffer from depression any more – only because I'm highly aware of it. I listen to myself and I try to put myself first and take care of myself. When you've got a new baby, you have to do that."
Even so, it can't be easy. Being on an extended tour with a 14-month infant (Crow was in chilly Glasgow during this interview and a jet-lagged Wyatt had just woken, hours past his usual routine) and trying to juggle a new, long-distance relationship with Alabama restaurateur John Cassimus (the couple were set up by a mutual friend, she reveals).
In the past, she has concluded that success is not conducive to relationships.
"Touring is difficult on a relationship," admits Crow (the next day she was due in London to play a concert and catch up with her good friends Jennifer Aniston and new-beau singer John Mayer).
"If you're focused on your work, everything takes a back seat. Hopefully, that's not going to be the case for me forever. I have a great relationship at the moment. So we'll see what happens."
It's obvious, though, that Wyatt is the true love of her life these days. It must have been difficult for her in the wake of the Armstrong split, I suggest, giving up the dream of the nuclear two-parent family. Crow's own parents have been together 53 years and she credits them as one of her most inspiring influences.
"I think that's a huge lesson in life," she answers softly. "If you cling to the way something is supposed to look in your mind, you wind up missing out on a lot of opportunity. My life is exactly the way it was supposed to be in order for me to learn what I've needed to learn. And Wyatt? He came when the coast was clear."
Crow will be bringing her son and parents Wendell and Bernice with her to Australia in November when she makes her first tour here in 11 years. The singer will be on a double bill, supporting John Mellencamp, but she pledges to make time to play all the old hits – All I Wanna Do, If It Makes You Happy, Everyday is a Winding Road – to make up for her long absence.
"My parents have never been to Australia, they want to go around with me and see everything," says an excited Crow before laughing for the first time.
"Of course, I've told them they'll have nannying duties, too."
Sheryl Crow's Detours album is out now. Crow and John Mellencamp perform at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on November 25. Ticketek 132 849.
[INTERVIEW] BILLBOARD MAGAZINE - JULY 4TH, 2008
Sheryl Crow In A Holiday Mood On Upcoming Album
Gary Graff, Detroit
The lights and candles and wreaths were out in Sheryl Crow's Los Angeles living room-in mid-June. Christmas came early in Crow's world this year because of an as-yet-untitled holiday album she's recorded with producer Bill Bottrell for Hallmark's annual series, following releases by James Taylor, Barry Manilow and George Strait.
It'll drop into Hallmark Gold Crown stores in September, and Crow gave Billboard an exclusive sneak peek before stashing it away until then. "We grew up singing Christmas carols [with] four-part harmonies," she says. "Christmas wasn't Christmas until the Christmas Eve service, and we all sang in the choir. It's still that way."
Crow is turning her attention back to her regular repertoire this summer, however. She's currently in Europe for festivals in Denmark, Switzerland and Italy, then returns to North America for a tour with James Blunt that starts on July 24 in Nashville. In November she heads to Australia with John Mellencamp.
She's also among the many musical artists lining up in support of Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama and hopes to play some role in support of his campaign.
"I know my manager's been talking to them," Crow says. "We're just putting schedules together and figuring out where we can be useful and what they need us for. I think his message is strong and clear. It's a message we need to start to believe in, and we need to stop with the cynicism and really manifest ourselves as being a part of what's happening in this country. We let some bad things happen on our watch; hopefully we'll never repeat that again.
What sent you in a Christmas direction?
I had been wanting to do this for awhile, so when the opportunity came up I just kind of jumped at it. I love Christmas music; every year we have this ritual after the Christmas Eve service, 40 or 50 people come over the house and we play Christmas music. We pretty much rely on the same Christmas music every year, and every year I've said, "I'm gonna make some Christmas music of my own." There's been lots of amazing Christmas records that have come out, but where Christmas music is concerned there's always room for everyone.
Given your friends and associates, Christmas Eve at Sheryl Crow's sounds pretty intriguing. Does someone get taken to task if he or she hits a bad note?
No, no, no-that's to be expected. That's what we call art, interpretation. [laughs]
What kind of approach are you taking with the release?
The album is just gorgeous. It's kind of a humble record; it's very sweet and innocent and a little bit of a throwback to maybe the '60s or '70s in production. It's definitely a departure from any Christmas record I've ever heard.
And the repertoire?
There's just a beautifully lush, kind of soulful version of "Oh Holy Night." And "All Through the Night," which is a traditional carol, actually; [Bottrell] put together a beautiful suite arrangement, which is a little bit of a departure from the stoic hymn version. But the lyrics for it are fantastic. And then there are just a few songs that are fun and everybody loves them-"Merry Christmas, Baby" and "White Christmas" and stuff like that.
Do these selections reflect your own favorites for the season?
They do, but also a lot of them we picked for the appropriateness of the time we're going through. We've got a lot of young kids who are overseas and away from their families. So we're doing "I'll Be Home for Christmas" and "The Bells of St. Mary," because they're about somebody being away. And also Bill penned a song called "Hello, Friend," which is about people coming back together at Christmas, which I think is really poignant.
How odd is it to be recording these songs in June?
It's weird, but any Christmas season I've had out here has been very similar. It's never been chilly when I've been here, or rainy. It's mostly been sunny, the Christmas seasons that I've been here. That's just Christmas in L.A.
[NEWS] I'M BACK!
Hello everyone! How are you?
Well, I'm back from vacation and now I want to go on another one. In short, I think I have developed a dangerous form of TAS (Travel Addiction Syndrome) Lol :-)