[REVIEW] 100 MILES FROM MEMPHIS - ROCK ONLINE (ITA)
Una bella e lunga review in idioma italico
Kennett, Missouri, dista più o meno cento miglia da Memphis, due d’ore d’auto attraverso campi coltivati e grandi pianure. Abbastanza vicino da captare le frequenze radio che negli anni ’60 e ‘70 diffondevano nell’etere l’autentico Southern soul. La musica di Otis e di Aretha, della Stax/Volt e della Hi Records, gloriose fabbriche musicali locali. Se sei nato in un posto così, non puoi liberarti di quell’imprinting musicale. Sheryl Crow, infatti, non se n’è dimenticata, e oggi sforna un disco – il settimo in carriera – che è un esplicito, affettuoso omaggio a quei vivi ricordi infantili e adolescenziali, a quelle radici e a quel superlativo sound . Voleva un album “nero” e soul, funky e sexy. C’è riuscita, diciamo, per tre quarti: perché “100 miles from Memphis” è molto gradevole e accattivante ma resta al bivio tra la voglia di svoltare e il timore di spiazzare i fan, tra il desiderio autentico di abbeverarsi alla fonte e l’obbligo di tenere d’occhio le classifiche (ci sono un curriculum e una casa discografica con cui fare i conti). E’ un disco solare, arioso, ballabile, ottimista e coraggiosamente poco radiofonico, dal momento che la maggior parte dei brani tocca o sfora i 5 minuti di durata. Con un bel bouquet di canzoni estive, che sembrano diventate una specialità della casa: e bisogna subito dire che lo spensierato nuovo singolo “Summer day”, ideale colonna sonora di una radiosa giornata trascorsa al parco tra musica, bimbi e coppie innamorate (come nel videoclip) è decisamente meglio della slavata “Soak up the sun” di otto anni fa. Merito anche di Doyle Bramhall II (già nella band di Eric Clatpon) e di Justin Stanley (Beck), due “sudisti” come lei che la quarantottene rockeuse ha voluto in cabina di regia a modellare un impasto sonoro caldo e sensuale, con tante chitarre e tastiere analogiche, fiati onnipresenti, archi e grooves morbidamente rotolanti. Non un recupero archeologico dei suoni vintage; piuttosto, come scrive il Los Angeles Times, riveduto e corretto per la “generazione post hip-hop”. Fatto sta che da molto tempo, forse addirittura dagli esordi felici di “Tuesday night music club”, la seducente Sheryl non appariva così sciolta e rilassata (sarà la battaglia vinta contro il cancro, sarà il superamento della rottura sentimentale con Lance Armstrong o la gioia che le portano i due bimbi adottati, chissà); la bella voce stropicciata e arrochita non può certo mettersi a competere con le ugole potenti delle soul divas di ieri e di oggi ma la signorina Crow ha dalla sua l’esperienza e il fascino del “vissuto”. E budget importanti, nonché amicizie altolocate. Per dire: Justin Timberlake , che a Memphis ci è nato, gorgheggia in controcanto in una cover funkeggiante di “Sign your name”, hit anni ’80 di Terence Trent D’Arby trasformato in un omaggio ad Al Green. Mentre la chitarrina che scandisce il tempo reggae di “Eye to eye” è pizzicata nientedimeno che da Mr. Riff in carne ed ossa, Keith Richards, mentore della prima ora della cantautrice materializzatosi durante le sessions negli hendrixiani studi newyorkesi Electric Ladyland. Carine tutte e due, comunque non le cose migliori di un album che parte a spron battuto e sotto i migliori auspici con “Our love is fading”: qui il modello dichiarato sono gli incendiari 45 giri Stax di Sam & Dave, le parole del testo (“you keep me hangin’ on”, “night time” che fa rima con “right time”) giocano con la Storia ma il risultato assomiglia di più a una via di mezzo tra Delaney & Bonnie, Bonnie Raitt e i Fleetwood Mac: insomma, ci siamo capiti, è un pezzo che funziona. In “Long road home” e in “Say what you want” – l’episodio più “politico”: una freccia scoccata, pare, all’indirizzo dell’ultraconservatrice Sarah Palin – il piede continua a battere il ritmo, sax e trombe pompano altri riff ma Sheryl si ricorda degli altri suoi amori da ragazza bianca, il country e il folk rock. E’ solo un attimo, perché nelle good vibrations californiane e un po’ hippie di “Peaceful feeling” sembra rivivere la “Everyday people” di Sly & the Family Stone. Per arrivare a un “lento” (anzi due, gli unici della raccolta) bisogna attendere il brano n.8, “Stop”, una ballad pianistica che la Crow – caso unico nel disco – ha scritto da sola e che interpreta con esemplare dedizione tra pause, fermate e ripartenze di sicuro effetto drammatico. Come torch song però è meglio “Sideways”, notturno e avvolgente r&b molto amato dal cinema e dalla televisione (Gabriele Muccino l’ha inserita nella colonna sonora di “Baciami ancora”) nell’interpretazione del suo autore Citizen Cope, qui assorto e concentrato nel ruolo di controparte vocale. Un’altra cover, non l’ultima e neanche la più sorprendente: Sheryl, che a inizio carriera fece la corista per Michael Jackson , ne onora la memoria ripescando la contagiosa “I want you back” dei Jackson Five e replicando quasi alla perfezione il falsetto del Re del Pop. Divertente, ma che sarebbe successo se la Crow e i suoi collaboratori avessero osato di più, togliendo definitivamente il piede dal freno? Qualcosa di simile a “Roses and moonlight”, probabilmente: un intreccio di organo, percussioni e chitarra wah wah che ricorda i CSNY di “Questions” (la seconda parte di “Carry on”), seguito da una lunga coda improvvisata e ultra funky in puro stile Sly. La cosa più sorprendente e meno mainstream che la Crow abbia mai inciso.
-Alfredo Marziano per RockOl.it
BTW: nell'archivio trovate una seconda recensione in italiano:
[NEWS] KENNETT, MISSOURI: "100 MILES FROM MEMPHIS"
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
George Anderson, Daily Dunklin Democrat
The latest postcard in the "Fascinating Facts of Kennett" series features Sheryl Crow's 100 Miles from Memphis album.
The Kennett Chamber of Commerce has recently released the latest postcard in the "Fascinating Facts of Kennett." The new card is centered around Kennett native Sheryl Crow's latest album, "100 Miles from Memphis."
The card, which features artwork from the album along with a description of the meaning, is the 12th card in the series.
According to Jan McElwrath, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, the cards began a few years ago when Charles Brown was mayor.
"When it first started, the city utilized the Missouri Division of Tourism marketing grant program and we were able to get some matching grant funds," McElwrath said.
McElwrath said the first cards featured Sheryl Crow, cotton, the Little River Drainage District and other aspects that were pertinent to Kennett.
"The next series we did was on Gov. Dalton being from Kennett and the Masterson [Elementary] School kids' book, 'Through a Child's Eye,' the book they wrote after 9-11," McElwrath said. "After Sheryl did the pool, we did a 'Soak Up the Sun' [card].
"This is just the latest in that series and we will continue to develop these," McElwrath said. "We hope to develop a series with Trent [Tomlinson] and David Nail and move forward from there."
McElwrath said Gary Figgins, of Kennett, is the designer for the cards and all facts are verified before printing. In cases such as the artwork from Crow's latest album, McElwrath said the Chamber always gets permission before printing.
McElwrath said the cards are available at the Chamber of Commerce, located at 1601 First Street in Kennett, and they will be making their way to the State Fair in August, where Crow will be performing.
"We are going to take some to the State Fair with us to give to folks as a souvenir and to let them know where Kennett, Mo., is," McElwrath said.
[NEWS] SHERYL CROW RETURNS TO HER ROOTS ON "100 MILES FROM MEMPHIS"
by Ann Donahue for Billboard
As a young child one Christmas in Kennett, Mo., Sheryl Crow received a present that would change her life: a copy of the Jackson 5' "ABC." It was the first record she ever owned.
"Every Saturday morning, we were in front of the TV watching the Jackson 5 cartoon," she recalls. "I grew up watching 'American Bandstand' and learning all the current dances . . . my parents were in a swing band. When they came home after gigs they were listening to a lot of rhythm and blues. The music that lured me was the music that came out of Memphis -- a lot of Al Green, and obviously Elvis and Sun Studios."
After a two-decade career -- during which all seven of her studio albums have peaked at No. 6 or higher on the Billboard 200 -- Crow has the gravitas to record an album in any genre she wants. "100 Miles From Memphis" (released July 20 on A&M Records), the distance from her hometown to the music mecca, is an ode to her formative memories of music-and one that the label hopes can inspire young music fans to investigate the landscape beyond processed pop and Auto-Tune.
"She came of age in an era that can too easily define you by your hits, which she's had a lot of," says Crow's manager, Scooter Weintraub of W Management. "We both thought this is a good time to not be so concerned when radio looks at you a little bit differently than they did when you were 25 or 30. Younger audiences are learning about the Black Keys and the Raconteurs and the White Stripes, and that music is steeped in the same thing."
But even classic soul requires new marketing techniques. "The idea when Scooter came in and presented the project to us was, 'Let's be very in front of this. Let's look for opportunities that capitalize on Sheryl's celebrity,' " Interscope Geffen A&M vice chairman Steve Berman says. "We looked at places where her audience may be that may not be traditional music spots."
'MILES' TO GO
Crow made appearances at the corporate headquarters of top companies-in particular, at Starbucks and at the shareholders' meeting for one-time sparring partner Walmart-and both retail giants have committed to promoting the album in-store. "It's funny, because [Starbucks] is kind of a throwback for me since the record-store tradition is dying," she says. "The fact you have a social place where you can be a part of that is great."
In addition, the album will be on sale at Nordstrom's and Whole Foods, Berman says.
Expect tracks from "Miles" to be licensed extensively through the end of the year, Berman adds, including part of ABC's promotional campaign to introduce its slate of fall programming. "We're looking for many opportunities to license the music at a network level-everything from Major League Baseball to Lifetime to the networks," Berman says. "Obviously Sheryl works very well on TV, but we said to ourselves, 'How do we do this different from normal TV?' "
On release day, Crow teamed with the CBS Interactive Music Group for a "Live on Letterman" webcast. As part of the appearance, Crow did the standard TV taping for "Late Show With David Letterman," but also taped an extended performance that is streamed on the "Late Show" website on CBS.com and airs on select CBS Radio stations nationwide. The video is then made available on demand through CBS partners TV.com, ETonline.com, TheInsider.com and Vevo.
The chat show circuit continued with an appearance on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" July 22 and the "Good Morning America" Summer Concert Series in Central Park July 23.
In addition, she taped an episode of PBS' "Soundstage" July 21 at the Roseland Ballroom in New York, following up an appearance and performance on QVC July 19. (The QVC version of the disc comes with a bonus CD with six previously released songs.)
Crow, who has long been vocal in her support of environmental issues and charitable organizations, recorded a public service announcement for the Humane Society that also will be played extensively on TV.
It's the charity element, in fact, that brought Crow back into the Walmart fold, as the two will now team to promote local food banks. In 1996, the singer had a falling out with the retail giant over the lyrics to her song "Love Is a Good Thing," which include: "Watch out sister/Watch out brother/Watch our children as they kill each other/With a gun they bought at the Walmart discount stores."
Walmart refused to carry the album that contained the song, "Sheryl Crow," although it still displayed her other records. Amends have been made, Crow says. "Since that time they've become very stringent about making sure that people buying guns are registered and that it's lawful," she says. "I would feel better if we would have stricter gun laws, and I'm not ashamed to say it."
Crow also just joined the chorus of voices on Twitter -- yes, that's actually her @SherylCrow -- although she prefers to use social networking for promotional purposes instead of cataloguing private tics. "I refused to do it until I had something to twitter about than personal things, although I know people really enjoy reading about the personal stuff," she says. "We're able to upload podcasts and all kinds of things. There are some really wonderful things about getting your art out there in different ways."
She is also relying on tried-and-true methods of promotion: The album was available for preorder on iTunes and streamed on MOG.com the week before it was released. Behind-the-scenes videos of the recording of the album also are available on Vevo.
And after doing five dates with Lilith Fair, Crow will set out on her own 30-date tour in late summer, including stops at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles and Radio City Music Hall in New York, followed by a U.K. and European tour this fall.
"We set up a lot of stuff [at the outset] with this album because we really want this music and the sound exposed, but I think there's a very long-term approach to this," Berman says. "Once she starts playing this live and we move into the holidays, we're going to have many lives with this record."
ON THE RECORD
Crow's first big break was as a backup singer for childhood hero Michael Jackson, and it was on Jackson's Bad world tour in the '80s where she met longtime manager Weintraub.
"We were both kids. I was like 26 years old or something," he says. "I'll never forget the first time I saw her sing a solo note rather than with the background singers. It was during a sound check and she sang an Aretha [Franklin] song-and right then and there, I thought, 'Sheryl sounds like Bonnie Bramlett from Delaney & Bonnie.' A white, Southern soul singer with a little bit of a country rock twang. It's funny because her previous records allude to these styles sometimes, but this is the first time she full-on embraced it."
Overall, the 12 tracks of "Memphis" meld the kick-back boho vibe of Crow's early work with Stax-like instrumentation. "We had talked about this idea a long time ago with Mark Ronson as a thought," Weintraub says. "He's great, but he's always super busy, and we were a little wary of the trendiness of using Mark."
"My last record was very commentary-driven, very socio-political, as opposed to pop tunes," Crow says. "I kept running into [producer/guitarist] Doyle Bramhall II, who's this very dear friend. Doyle was working on this Eric Clapton record with Justin Stanley and I was loving what they were doing."
Bramhall and Stanley encouraged Crow to improvise. When doing a take on Marvin Gaye's "It's a Desperate Situation," she broke into a bit of the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back." That one-take moment of inspiration is now the bonus track on the album.
"The goal of the record was to not have too many songs and to let the songs breathe and be longer than usual," Weintraub says. "All the songs hit with a cool groove. It's OK if the songs go five minutes." And, Weintraub notes, those five-minute songs can be edited down to a radio-friendly 3:40.
The first single from "Memphis"-the sweet, swingy track "Summer Day"-is No. 6 on Billboard's triple A radio chart after six weeks of release. Crow is something of the queen of the triple A format; since 1996, she has had seven songs hit No. 1 on that chart. Five of them-"A Change Would Do You Good," "My Favorite Mistake," "Anything but Down," "Soak Up the Sun" and "The First Cut Is the Deepest"-topped the chart for multiple weeks.
Internationally, Crow has done promotion in London, which is starting to pay off. In the United Kingdom, "Summer Day" stands at No. 29 on the U.K. Radio Airplay chart after three weeks of release.
Most of "Memphis" was recorded at Henson Studios in Hollywood, where Crow inadvertently met up with Justin Timberlake, who was working with Jamie Foxx in the same building. "There's something really wonderful about working in a commercial studio," she says. "The last five records I made was in my own studio, so I don't run into a lot of people unless I invite them over. So I dragged [Timberlake] into the studio and said, 'You have to check out my Al Greenish version of Terence Trent D'Arby's 'Sign Your Name,' " and he loved it. He volunteered to sing background on it."
That little girl who danced along to the Jackson 5 and grew up to sing alongside Michael Jackson now has two children of her own, Wyatt and Levi. Crow dedicates the album-and "all else"-to them in the liner notes.
In part, Crow says, "Memphis" is inspired by the course of a full life well-lived-and an acknowledgement that with wisdom comes a new creative perspective.
"Soul music typically pulls from emotion and vulnerability and desire," Crow says. "In these last few years I've become much more of an emotional person. I've had kids. I've gone through a lot that's been very transformative . . . it was just something so effortless about making this record for me. It was truly an extension of where my soul is at right now."
SOURCE: Billboard Magazine
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[NEWS] SHERYL CROW SHOWS OFF THE SOULFUL SIDE (GAC)
The title of Sheryl Crow’s 7th studio album, 100 Miles From Memphis, literally refers to her hometown of Kennett, MO. which is 100 miles north of Memphis. Now, it’s Nashville that Sheryl calls home. And back in May, Sheryl came out to support her new hometown after the devastating floods by performing on GAC’s Music City Keep On Playin’ benefit concert. For her performance on the show, Sheryl took a seat at the piano and debuted a powerful new ballad entitled “Stop,” a song featured on this album and one that seemed to fit that evening perfectly.
I’ve previewed all the tracks on this 70’s soul inspired album and love what I’m hearing. There are some great collaborations including guest appearances by Justin Timberlake on the cover of Terence Trent D’Arby’s “Sign Your Name” and Keith Richards provides the guitar licks on “Eye to Eye.” The final bonus track on the album features Sheryl paying homage to the Jackson 5 with “I Want You Back.” An interesting side note, Michael Jackson gave Sheryl her first big break when he hired her as a backup singer.
[VIDEO] LIVE ON LETTERMAN - ED SULLIVAN THEATER, JULY 20 - FULL SHOW
[INTERVIEW+VIDEO] REDBOOK MAGAZINE - AUGUST 2010
Meet the New Guy in Sheryl Crow's Life
Sheryl Crow"s got a new album, she's touring the country, and, oh yeah, she's now the mom of two supercool little guys. Writer Laurie Sandell was one of the very first to meet baby Levi. Now it's your turn!
[VIDEO] LIVE REVIEW - ED SULLIVAN THEATER, NYC, JULY 20
Sheryl Crow Rocks Online Concert
Sheryl Crow rocked the Ed Sullivan Theater last night during a free online concert. Crow’s set was the latest installment of the Live on Letterman music series, a new web franchise that streams uninterrupted performances from iconic performers. Get the total experience here. After the jump, we have the song list from the night, highlights from the event, plus details on how to watch the show on demand. Then take our poll and tell us what was your favorite song. We want to hear from you!
Crow opened her set with her new song “Our Love Is Fading” from her just released album 100 Miles From Memphis. Fans were out of their seats dancing to the soon-to-be hit. Crow then kicked it into high gear with the classic “A Change Will Do You Good.” The crowd was energized, and an overexcited fan shouted out his love for the singer. The notorious bachelorette played along and asked if he was single.
Later, Crow introduced her new band, who helped her hone her new sound. The rest of the show was heavy with new and soulful hits, including “Long Road Home” and a cover of Terence Trent D’Arby‘s “Sign Your Name.”
It was a evening to remember. Fans Tweeted their feelings for the singer-songerwriter. Superfan Spice For Life declared her love for “Sign Your Name” while Twitter user Rhdp thought the webcast was “really cool.” Other fans chimed in with thoughts on the space, her new songs and the webcast itself.
The (just under an) hour performance was played to a packed house in New York’s historic Ed Sullivan Theater. Eager fans begged for an encore, after Crow wrapped up with her signature song “Everyday Is A Winding Road.” After leaving the stage, Crowe and company returned and played a cover of Jackson 5′s “ABC” that brought the house down.
Want to hear her great hits again? Watch it on demand and check out the song list below!
Sheryl Crow’s Live On Letterman Song List
“Our Love Is Fading”
“A Change Would Do You Good”
“100 Miles From Memphis”
“Sign Your Name“
“Long Road Home”
[VIDEO] SHERYL CROW AND THE THIEVES - QSESSION LIVE UK, JULY 13
.Monday July 19, 2010
[CD REVIEW] 100 MILES FROM MEMPHIS - ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE
Sheryl Crow grew up near Memphis, long enough ago to know the tradition of Stax/Volt and Hi Records firsthand – those labels' fusion of R&B, rock and country has always informed her best music – so the ease she brings to this explicit tribute isn't surprising. Her smoky rasp is thinner than many who've plowed these fields, but Crow is a hook-miner, and her phrasing is tough and sexy enough to put the material over. On "Stop," a string-bolstered heartache ballad, she works some Aretha-style drama. And when, on the bouncy "Peaceful Feeling," she suggests, "Let's dance to the music, baby," her barroom-queen swagger is enough to get you digging for jukebox quarters.
The arrangements, shaped by co- producer Doyle Bramhall II, are refreshingly impure: This isn't an archeology dig. On "Eye to Eye," abetted by Keith Richards, Crow rides a muscular reggae groove with brass à la Toots Hibbert's Toots in Memphis. "Say What You Want" is a funky Sarah Palin bitch slap ("I heard you tell me to reload. . . . Someone unplug the microphone"). Justin Timberlake appears on the Al Green-ish Terence Trent D'Arby tune "Sign Your Name." And on the bonus cover of "I Want You Back," Crow's impression of Michael Jackson – who supplied her first big break by hiring her as a background singer – is so accurate it's chilling.
[CD REVIEW] 100 MILES FROM MEMPHIS - NEW REVIEWS - UPDATE
Wall Street Journal: favorable USA Today: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars Lincoln Journal Star: B- Austin360.com: C+ Globe and Mail: 3 out of 4 stars MetroMix: 3 out of 5 stars Los Angeles Times: 2 out of 4 stars
Sheryl Crow's "Live on Letterman" performance Tuesday at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York will be webcasted live.
The webcast is produced by the CBS Interactive Music Group and will extend across several media platforms.
The hour-long set will stream live on the CBS website [www.cbs.com/late_night/late_show] at 8 p.m. The performance follows the taping of Ms. Crow's appearance on "The Late Show With David Letterman."
It will also be carried by several CBS radio stations across the country: locally, it will air on WZPT-FM (100.7). Video of the performance will be available live and on-demand on CBS station websites, and on TV.com, ETonline.com, and theinsider.com sites. An archived, on-demand version of the concert will be available through music video site Vevo.com for 90 days after the performance and on Vevo on YouTube.
Ms. Crow will be performing a combination of past hits and material from her new release -- "100 Miles From Memphis" -- which comes out Tuesday.
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
[CD REVIEW] 100 MILES FROM MEMPHIS - HITFIX AND THE BOSTON GLOBE
2theadvocate.com: favorable London Evening Standard (UK): 2 out of 4 stars St. Petersburg Times : favorable Newsday.com: favorable MassLive.com/The Republican: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars The Observer (UK): Nu.nl & WLM MUSIC (Netherlands): 7 out of 10 Disco Club (Italy): favorable
Q&A Sheryl Crow
By Tim Morrison Monday, Jul. 26, 2010
She's won nine Grammy Awards for her signature brand of country rock, but now Sheryl Crow is trying a new direction: '70s soul. Her new album, 100 Miles from Memphis, plays off the location of her hometown, Kennett, Mo., and the classic Memphis sound. She talks to TIME about music, Michael Jackson and family.
Why decide to make an album like this now?
Well, I just kept coming back to it. Having grown up so close to Memphis, that was really the mecca of music for me. Elvis Presley, Sun Studio — a lot of music was influenced by what came out of Memphis.
It sounds a bit like an album of soul covers, but they're almost all original songs.
Actually, we started out recording a lot of covers, just to set the tone. We recorded enough to make two records and get a good start on a third.
Among them is the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back." Are you surprised by how strongly fans still feel about Michael?
I think his death kind of reintroduced us to the part of ourselves that believed in him for his artistry. Over the past 10 years, we'd all gotten really engaged in the tabloid circus that went on around him.
You've recently adopted a second boy. Is adoption a slippery slope? I'm sure Angelina Jolie at one point thought she would have only one or two kids.
I don't know what Angelina Jolie thinks, but I don't think anybody enters lightly into adoption. It's a full-life investment. I do have great resentment when people look at it as a press ploy.
Justin Timberlake and Keith Richards both show up on your album. Whom would you rather have as a babysitter?
That is tricky, I gotta say. Keith Richards is one of the smartest, most well-read people I've ever known. I'm sure Justin would be great, but Keith is all about family.
[CD REVIEWS] NEW REVIEWS: PEOPLE, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY & MORE
People: 3 out of 4 stars EW: B Guardian.co.uk: 2 out of 5 stars Zoinkonline: favorable Daily Mirror: 4 out of 5 stars MusicOMH.com: 3 out of 5 stars 2theadvocate.com: favorable
Hitch a ride on the LITE FM Express to see SHERYL CROW in concert in New York on Tuesday, July 20! Sheryl Crow is performing a special concert in the Ed Sullivan Theatre (home of THE LATE SHOW with David Letterman)! It’s an invitation-only night, but we have tickets!
[NEWS] VEVO TO HOST SHERYL CROW LIVE FROM THE LATE SHOW
VEVO is bringing another live event to you straight from the set of the LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN. On Tuesday, July 20, at 8pm ET, you can catch Sheryl Crow on VEVO in an exclusive “Live on Letterman” webcast concert. As part of this ongoing concert series, which you can always watch right here on VEVO, Sheryl will play a sampling of her biggest hits as well as new material from her forthcoming A&M Records release 100 Miles From Memphis, which will be released the same day as her “Live on Letterman” performance. The live stream follows the taping of Sheryl’s appearance on the LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN, which will be broadcast later that evening, Tuesday, July 20, 11:35pm-12:37am ET/PT on the CBS Television Network. So get ready for a double dose of Sheryl Crow on Tuesday!
[VIDEO] MAKING 100 MILES FROM MEMPHIS
[CD REVIEW] 100 MILES FROM MEMPHIS (KNOXVILLE.COM)
100 Miles from Memphis
Review by Chuck Campbell for Knoxville.com
3 1/2 out of 5 stars
[RADIO] SIMON MAYO DRIVETIME - BBC RADIO 2, JULY 13
25 minutes, 128 k, stereo
[NEWS] QVC QSESSIONS LIVE
To celebrate the release of her new CD “100 Miles from Memphis”, Sheryl will be appearing live on QVC Monday, July 19 at 10 PM (ET) for a special performance.
During the QVC Presents QSessions Live Featuring Sheryl Crow broadcast, she will not only give fans a sneak peek of her new album but also take them behind-the-scenes of the journey that led her back “home.”
[LIVE REVIEW] LILITH 2010 - RIDGEFIELD, WA - JULY 2 (VERBICIDE MAG)
[...] Sheryl Crow followed Erykah’s stellar performance, and she warmed the crowd up even more. Her hits sounded more rocking than they do on the radio — she had a killer band backing her, and they seemed to have great chemistry. I forgot how many hits she’s had over the years, it’s pretty astounding when you hear them played back to back — “Can’t Cry Anymore,” “My Favorite Mistake,” “Every Day Is A Winding Road,” “If It Makes You Happy,” “Soak Up the Sun,” and more. Predictably, the crowd went wildest when she played her signature song, “All I Wanna Do” and they loved her covers of Terence Trent D’Arby’s “Sign Your Name” and Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll.”
Sheryl danced around in a sexy sequined miniskirt, full of energy, smiling like she was having the time of her life. The crowd seemed to be having intense amounts of fun as well — I don’t think I’ve seen so many women over 30 letting loose like that simultaneously! At the end of her set, Sheryl dragged everyone that was onstage with her up front to take a bow, and then she turned around, got on her knees, and bowed to them. What a tough act to follow! [...]
Excerpt from "Show Review: Lilith Fair, Portland 7/2/10" by Heather Schofner, www.verbicidemagazine.com, July 13, 2010
[LIVE REVIEWS] LILITH 2010 - GEORGE, WA - JULY 3 (VOXY.CO.NZ)
[...] The other biggest name of the show was up next. I was blown away by Sheryl Crow as this was the first time I had seen her perform live. She was so much fun and had the crowd dancing and singing! Everyone knows her music and can sing along. She performed most of her hits including All I Wanna Do, Soak Up The Sun, My Favorite Mistake & If It Makes You Happy. Sheryl has an amazing voice and is a truly remarkable female artist of the modern genre. I am very proud to have seen her and would do so again. She is very talented and was my favorite performer of the day. She has a great light around her. [...]
Excerpt from "Lilith" by Scott Newman, www.voxy.co.nz, July 11, 2010
[NEWS] BBC RADIO 2 STUDIOS
Photo: Team Sheryl/sherylcrow.com
Original caption: In the UK today to promote the new album! Here's me with BBC Radio 2 DJ Dale Winton
[CD REVIEW] 100 MILES FROM MEMPHIS - BILLBOARD MAGAZINE
NEW YORK (Billboard) - Sheryl Crow's hometown of Kennett, Missouri, is indeed 100 miles from Memphis. So she comes by the soul flavor of her latest album honestly. After the understandably dour countenance of 2008's "Detours," "100 Miles From Memphis" finds Crow in a decidedly liberated and celebratory mind frame, stirring the sensibilities of the Stax, Motown and Hi empires into her own hybrid. These styles are reflected in the soaring sonic joy of "Summer Day," "Peaceful Feeling" and "Our Love Is Fading," as well as the funky slink of "Roses and Moonlight," the rootsy gospel testimony of "Long Road Home" and the smooth Al Green references in "Sign Your Name" (featuring Justin Timberlake on backing vocals). Keith Richards brings extra swagger to the reggaefied "Eye to Eye," while Citizen Cope provides an effective counterpoint to the aching "Sideways." The track "Say What You Want" injects some political thought into the otherwise soul-baring set. A tendency to let the songs run too long notwithstanding, this "100 Miles" is a path Crow was certainly wise to tread.
Source: Billboard Magazine
[NEWS] SHERYL TO PERFORM ON QVC UK
-Sheryl will be performing live in QVC Studios in London on Tuesday 13th July at 3pm. She'll sing a few songs from her new album as well as one of her greatest hits.
Freeview - Channel 16
Sky Digital - Channel 640
Freesat - Channel 800
Seventh studio album from Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and liberal activist.
Paul Lester 2010-07-08
If the title of the album, her first since 2008’s Detours, doesn’t give the game away, then the cover versions of The Jackson 5’s I Want You Back and Terence Trent D’Arby’s Sign Your Name should: this is Sheryl Crow’s soul album. And while the title is 100 Miles From – not to – Memphis, there is the sense that she’s been heading this way for years; finally, after all her musical peregrinations, she’s coming home. It works literally, too: Crow grew up in Missouri, not far from one of America’s premier soul cities, and this was the soundtrack to her youth.
Of course, there is a vast difference between The J5’s version of R&B and TTD’s, but instead of offering a miscellany of soul styles, the influence of the titular city pervades many of the tracks, including the non-originals. Even Sign Your Name is re-imagined as a mid-tempo Al Green classic and appears to have been recorded by the very same Hi Rhythm Section – the house band for Willie Mitchell’s label – used by Green, Ann Peebles and more. It’s got that gorgeous loping gait instantly evocative of Hi, as does lead single Summer Day, which also features essence-of-Memphis horns.
The album was co-produced by Crow and Doyle Bramhall II, who worked with Eric Clapton, a rumoured ex-squeeze of hers. He’s a good fit: …Memphis has the feel of a 70s Clapton album such as 461 Ocean Boulevard, with its mix of white soul, rock and reggae lite, tasteful rhythms and natty licks – Keith Richards adds his trademark scything guitar to the politely skanking Eye to Eye, while Say What You Want recalls Stephen Stills’ Love the One You’re With. It’s all very early 70s – Peaceful Feeling even references Sly Stone’s Dance to the Music and The Isley Brothers’ Summer Breeze.
This is an album nostalgic for a time when soul, circa Watergate/Vietnam, had an upbeat message and a positivist agenda. Here, though, Crow puts aside politics for pure fun. And there are nods to contemporary RnB, with a cameo from Justin Timberlake on Sign Your Name. Throughout, Crow seems to be enjoying herself, none more so than on bonus track I Want You Back (complete with dedication: “For Michael With Love”), her voice suffused with the exuberance of, well, an excitable 11-year-old boy.
Source: bbc.co.uk music review
[VIDEO] SUMMER DAY - OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO
[NEWS] UK TV - SHERYL ON GMTV
Sheryl stops by the GMTV studio for a chat and performance of ‘Summer Day’ on Thursday 15 July.
Today VH1 and CMT simultaneously premiere Sheryl's new music video for the song "Summer Day" beginning at 6 AM and airing every hour on the hour through 10 AM (through 11 AM on CMT).
The video will appear on multiple screens including VH1, CMT, VH1.com and CMT.com. In addition, VH1 will include a Top 20 Countdown spotlight look for the video beginning July 10th with official rotation beginning the following week.
[BOOTLEG] HOT GASOLINE - JCB HALL, TOKYO - DECEMBER 12, 2008
December 12, 2008
CD Audio - Hi-Fi Stereo
Audience Recording Time: 90m 12s Taper: fab1
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1-02. God Bless This Mess
1-03. Shine Over Babylon
1-04. Love is Free
1-05. A Change Would Do You Good
1-06. Steve McQueen
1-07. Leaving Las Vegas
1-08. Strong Enough
1-09. Can't Cry Anymore
1-11. My Favorite Mistake
1-13. Run, Baby, Run
2-02. If It Makes You Happy
2-03. Out Of Our Heads
2-04. Soak Up The Sun
2-05. Everyday Is A Winding Road
2-07. I Shall Believe
2-08. All I Wanna Do
2-09. (band introductions)
2-10. Higher Ground
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[...] Sheryl Crow was the next performer, playing about a 40 minute set. She had the audience captivated from start to finish. Her fans were going wild, dancing, screaming, singing to every song she played, including “All I Wanna Do”, “Soak up the Sun”, “The First Cut Is The Deepest”, and her newest song from “100 Miles From Memphis”, called “Summer Days”. Unfortunately, the weather didn’t fit the song, but as Sheryl said, “Emotionally, today was a “Summer Day, even if the clouds are here to stay.” Sheryl was one of the highlights of this year’s Lilith and the crowds showed their love and support for her all performance long. [...]
Excerpt from "Lilith Fair Celebrates Women, Song And Canada At Vancouver Show" by Charlene Tupper, www.rockstarweekly.com, July 6, 2010
[NEWS] FOR UK FANS: FREE TICKETS TO SEE SHERYL!
From SC Official forum:
To all Sheryl's UK fans - Sheryl is performing on Channel 4's 'The 5 O'Clock Show' next Wednesday 14th July at 12.30pm (please note the show will be transmitted on Channel 4 on Friday 16th July at 5pm).
The show is recorded at The London Studios in Waterloo and I have exclusive FREE tickets available for you to be in the audience at the show!!
Please visit www.lostintv.com/fern.htm or call us on 020 8530 8100 to book tickets, quoting 'CROWPRI' to get guaranteed seats!
[LIVE REVIEWS] LILITH 2010 - RIDGEFIELD, WA - JULY 2
[...] Rock was next on the docket, and Sheryl Crow brought it in spades. She plowed through her hits, with roadies sprinting her new instruments between. When she reached "If It Makes You Happy" midway through her hour, the crowd was ecstatic, standing and bouncing all the way to the back wall as the venue’s big screens panned from grin to grin.
In a selfless performance, Crow covered the stage in six-inch heels and danced with her backup singers during a guitar solo. She introduced her band twice and gave them a "We’re not worthy" bow after bowing to the audience, prompting many fans to offer her the same. [...]
Excerpt from "Sheryl Crow shines as Lilith Tour swings into Sleep Country" by Jason Simms, OregonLive.com, July 4, 2010
.Saturday July 3, 2010
[PICS + REVIEWS] LILITH 2010 - RIDGEFIELD, WA - JULY 2 - UPDATE
CaliSmiles06: Ok Sheryl Crow came back out and dance around with Sugarland. I LOVE SHERYL CROW. She is makin this concert so fun.
lilithfair: Sheryl Crow dazzeling the crowd with her voice and her guitar! - Krista [SMA] #LF10PDX http://twitpic.com/21xva0
aphoenixreborn: Holy crap Sheryl crow rocked and sugarland was even better very surprise. Sarah is up next ;)
ravagesofspirit: Just got done watching Sheryl Crow rock the fucking house!!!! #Lilith
nikair66: Sheryl Crow ROCKED! God bless Lilith fair! Up next... SUGARLAND!!
anyamarina: Effortless electric guit solo INTO piano solo (!). Crayzee pipes. 3 inch silver miniskirt. Insane legs. Sheryl Crow is killing at #Lilith
ekingson: WTF Lance Armstrong? Sheryl Crow is effing hot! Those legs! Those pipes! Holy smokes!
kdkuzmack: A little refer in the air...now it's a concert! It goes well with Sheryl Crow. #LilithFair
ACBukowski: Let's get one thing straight (too easy, #Lilithfair pun). Sheryl crow rocks out #shesstillalive?
Mrs_Gosh: Sheryl Crow is rocking the house tonight!
budacub: Watching Sheryl Crow performing at the #lilithfair of Portland. Love it!
I have to tell you, though, my favorite part of the evening was when Sheryl Crow played, followed immediately by Sugarland. Sheryl Crow completely rocked it, and I couldn't believe I was seeing her in concert. SO COOL. - From: http://favorabletoprogress.blogspot.com
Sheryl will be featured in On Gratitude: Sheryl Crow, Jeff Bridges, Alicia Keys, Daryl Hall, Ray Bradbury, Anna Kendrick, B.B. King, Elmore Leonard, Deepak Chopra, and 42 More Celebrities Share What They’re Most Thankful For.
On Gratitude is a collection of exclusive interviews with 50 of the world’s most compelling, brilliant public figures. The book, written by Todd Aaron Jensen, will be published October 14 by Adams Media.
“To find a lyric that comes together to teach me about myself is a real blessing.”
[NEWS] CROSSROADS GUITAR FESTIVAL 2010: DVD/BR EXPECTED IN NOVEMBER
Available From Rhino Entertainment November 8th, 2010 in the U.S.
International releases are expected the same week
Tracklisting to be announced.
THE LAST WALTZ - LIVE IN SEATTLE
This will be the last concert for the our beloved friends, Peter, Tim, Mike and Jeremy. As you know, Sheryl along with a new lineup (dubbed the "Thieves"), will be touring in support of the new record this summer and fall.
I don't know if there will be a reunion but it would be nice.
Meanwhile, I wanna just to say THANKS to the "Fab Four"... and i'm not talking about "that band from Liverpool" ;-)
Seriously, thank you guys for the music and the memories.
All the best,
P.S. : here's a couple of sweet pictures taken in Grand Cayman in January 2006
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.Friday July 2, 2010
[PICS] AMBLESIDE PARK, VANCOUVER - THE GRAND FINALE
Photo by David Bergman/Getty Images
Photo by David Bergman/Getty Images
[LIVE REVIEWS] AMBLESIDE PARK, VANCOUVER, CAN - JULY 1 - PART #2
[...] Next up Sheryl Crow. Now why does this feel like déjà vu? Oh yeah, she was just here in September at the same venue opening for the same headliner. With that in mind, I figured any chances of her offering something new were slim to none. I was wrong. Crow rocked.
The stunning and always golden singer-songwriter’s energy level seemed to have doubled since she last graced the Ambleside stage. She cranked out her hits with a new almost Tina Turner-esque fervor. For her last song, she got the Led out with a cover of Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll”. Loved it. She shimmied all over the place, bumped butts with her backup singers and just basically owned the stage. Crow was a tough act to follow. [...]
Excerpt from "Lilith Fair in Vancouver a blast from the musical past", Straight.com, July 2, 2010
[...] Lilith alumnus Sheryl Crow followed Badu with a series of chart-topping hits that shed some warmth on the overcast day. She looked effortlessly elegant and laid-back, as per usual, churning out break-up anthems like “First Cut is the Deepest”, “My Favorite Mistake” and “If It Makes You Happy”. I for one sang along to every tune, and I was surprised to see the sprinkle of men in the crowd doing the same. Vocally, she did not match the chops of the new kids on the tour bus, but she exhibited ease and comfort that highlighted the wealth of experience under her belt. [...]
Excerpt from "Lilith Fair at Ambleside Park, West Vancouver, July 1 2010", guttersnipenews.com, July 2, 2010
[LIVE REVIEWS] AMBLESIDE PARK, VANCOUVER, CAN - JULY 1
[...] Earlier in the day, the atmosphere felt a little flat (with some exceptions, such as the wonderful Australian singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke), but that really changed when Sheryl Crow took over the main stage. She’s the one who finally brought the crowd to its feet - and to life. Dressed in high heels, jeans and a sparkly jacket, she wowed the crowd with big hits like Soak Up the Sun, My Favourite Mistake and All I Wanna Do. [...]
[...] There were complaints about sightlines and long line-ups for drinks and food (an hour-and-a-half for a donair!), but the day ended on a big high note, with a group performance of Patti Smith’s Because The Night. Crow boogied around the stage; Erykah Badu was confused about what she was supposed to sing and then blew the crowd away when she finally came to the part where she did know the words; and McLachlan carried Crow toward the exit before they walked off the stage in each other’s arms. [..]
Excerpts from "McLachlan, Lilith lineup own the night - despite cancellations", The Globe and Mail, July 2, 2010
From Stuart Derdeyn at Lilith
7:45 p.m.: Sheryl Crow is belting out "If It Makes You Happy" and know what? It does. More of the crowd is standing rather than sitting down. They are dancing, whistling and cheering like a crowd should. Crow, always a performer who knows her way around a perfectly paced setlist, launches into "All I Wanna Do." Tasty.
jawcey: sheryl crow rockin it at lilith - pretty awesome.
[VIDEO] SHERYL, ERIC CLAPTON, DOYLE BRAMHALL II, GARY CLARK @ CROSSROADS
[VIDEO] BECAUSE THE NIGHT - LILITH FAIR 2010
Crazee grand finale at Lilith in Sarah McLachlan's home town, Vancouver 2010 on Canada Day! Sarah brings the entire line-up on stage: Frazey Ford, Sheryl Crow, Sugarland, Steph Macpherson, Sarah McLachlan. Kate Miller-Heidke, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Erykah Badu, Colbie Caillat, Ali Milner, Ash Koley compliments of Alter Eco San Francisco.
[CD REVIEW] 100 MILES FROM MEMPHIS - MOJO MAGAZINE (UK)
The country-rock star looks back to her Southern Roots
By James McNair
The legs of Catherine Bach, aka Daisy Duke in The Dukes of Hazzard, were once insured for $1 million. Sheryl Crow, too, rose to prominence as a denim-clad Southern belle whose pins rendered much of Levi Strauss & Co's adversiting budget superfluos. Other gals must have envied the gifted track athlete and multi-instrumentalist who was a backing singer for Michael Jackson before making her lauded 1993 debut, Tuesday Night Music Club. But at that stage the cracks hadn't begun to show.
Unlucky in love and long prone to depression, Crow entered her forties more hesitantly. Indeed. like her fiend and sometime mentor Stevie Nicks, she often looked perilously close to making heartache her life-partner and muse. In 2007, though, Crow adopted a baby son, Wyatt Steven, and this april she adopted his newborn brother, Levi James. Now, at 48, some two years after beating breast cancer, she seems to have found peace of mind, new parenthood also resulting in the return to her roots on seventh studio album, 100 Miles from Memphis.
Loosely locating the singer's Kennett, Missouri birthplace, the album's title also signals the influence of such Memphis archetypes as Al Green and Stax Records. This is ostensibly a soul, not a country or rock record, with nods to the likes of Curtis Mayfield and Crow's beloved Delaney & Bonnie also audible on songs which were recorded quickly over just a few days.
Producers Justin Stanley (Amy Winehouse) and Doyle Bramhall II (Eric Clapton) deploy light, airy strings and a full complement of horns in their pursuit of shimmering Memphis sound, but there are also a few derivation from the blueprint. "Eye To Eye" is a playful, more Caribbean-sounding confection featuring Keef on skanking rhythm guitar (Crow recently covered Exile's "All Down the Line" on talk show Late Night with Jimmy Fallon), while the breezy beautifully rendered "Long Road Home" is in hock to Rumours-era Fletwood Mac.
If the spry, harmonica-flecked "Say What You Want" airs further gripes with US foreign policy - "If aliens should land today/Who would be more afraid, us or them?" asks Crow - it's on the fine back-to-back ballad "Stop" and "Sideways" that the levee finally breaks, a torrent of accrued hurts flowing out in two of the most vulnerable and classy performances of Crow's career. Elsewhere, the Justin Timberlake-assisted cover of Terence Trent D'Arby's "Sign Your Name" seem surplus to requirements, and there are moments where 100 Miles feels a little too studied, but if soul's key remit is to make us feel, job done.