[PIX&REVIEW] Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years (26 June) - UPDATE
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Behind the Scenes at Austin City Limits' 40th Anniversary Show
Jeff Bridges, Sheryl Crow, Gary Clark Jr., Dave Grohl, Bonnie Raitt, Kristofferson and more bless the program's new season
By Chad Swiatecki
Rolling Stone magazine
Austin's latest guitar great, Gary Clark Jr., didn't first learn about the blues from knocking around the club scene in his hometown. In fact, his introduction to the world beyond the pop radio dial came through television, when Austin City Limits aired a three-episode tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan.
As music legends and ACL vets like Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow and Jeff Bridges buzzed backstage at Thursday's 40th anniversary taping of the popular live music series, Clark talked about the impression those shows made on him as a developing musician. "As a young guitar player I soaked that up because it was just different and new and it was from my home," he told Rolling Stone. "I couldn't believe this was going on in my own town. After that Stevie show I would watch religiously because I had to know what was going on."
Testimonials like this were easy to come by at an event that drew an all-star lineup of performers including Kris Kristofferson, Alabama Shakes, Jimmie Vaughan, Robert Earl Keen, Joe Ely, Doyle Bramhall II and Latin funk rockers Grupo Fantasma.
The two-hour show hosted by Crow and Bridges – and set to air on October 3rd as the kickoff to the series' new season – featured plenty of the dream collaborations these kind of nights are built on. The wish list pairings kicked off with Raitt, Clark and Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard teaming up for the Fabulous Thunderbirds' "Wrap It Up" and Crow and Kristofferson taking the stage for "Me and Bobby McGee" soon after.
Howard's simmering blues wail was a highlight throughout the night, both on her guest appearances and on a pair of her own band's songs, including the restrained and slow-building "Gimme All Your Love."
Raitt praised both the young singer and the aforementioned Clark, suggesting that the quality of talent in the room spoke to the influence the show has attained since debuting with a Willie Nelson performance in 1974. "It feels like home to me," she said of her multiple ACL appearances, the first in 1981. "It's perfect for roots musicians, and to see Brittany again and have two generations of blues and rhythm & blues artists – this is a perfect chance to just hang because these people are like family to me."
Thanks to a house band of Austin musicians led by famed producer and steel guitar player Lloyd Maines, the show's Texas roots were apparent throughout the night, with Keen and Ely even teaming up near the end for a run through the Highwaymen's "The Road Goes On Forever" that saw the audience clapping and singing along loud enough to nearly overtake the performers.
Another surprise came when a video showed the Foo Fighters performing Roky Erickson's "Two-Headed Dog" in the original Austin City Limits studio earlier this year. The video will air as part of the 40th anniversary special broadcast, with lead singer Dave Grohl giving praise to ACL's legacy and telling the camera that being invited to tape an episode in 2008 was a career milestone for his band.
Crow shared a similar thought during a break backstage, recalling how her first taping, soon after the release of 1993's "Tuesday Night Music Club," helped to validate her work. "It was the biggest deal for me because it was a show for musicians," she said. "It was where you got to see authentic singer-songwriters, authentic players and it was the mark of real musicianship. The show gave you the opportunity to see an artist stretch out and do something different from a recording and demonstrate they're able to play their stuff live and reinterpret it."
The Grammy-winning singer returned to the stage for a final time when the entire cast closed the program with a raucous cover of the Buddy Holly rave-up "Not Fade Away" that saw nearly all of the 10 guitar players grab a solo turn. The closing number acted as an exclamation point on the night, one last affirmation of the show's prestige and ability to draw an all-star lineup of grateful musicians.
Bridges, himself a recording alum of the show, put ACL's legacy in perspective, sharing his own Stevie Ray memory. "I mean, it beat out American Bandstand, what more can you say?" Bridges said. "I remember the first time I caught it Stevie Ray Vaughan was on and I thought it was cool that he got to get on TV and just play. I didn't know what it was when I saw it – I thought maybe it was one of those TV specials."
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Austin City Limits blows roof off Moody Theater with 40th season celebration
By Meredith Rainey
If forty seasons of Austin City Limits has proven anything, it's that KLRU knows how to put on a show. On Thursday night, the local PBS station threw a talent-packed party to pay homage to the landmark TV series' history-making run. Show alum Sheryl Crow and Jeff Bridges hosted the musical magic at ACL Live at the Moody Theater, that featured rare duets and collaborations the sold-out audience devoured.
Coined as an "All-Star Benefit Concert," the lineup was packed full of some of the biggest names in music — all of whom have appeared on Austin City Limits. Among the musicians on the bill were Bonnie Raitt, Alabama Shakes, Kris Kristofferson, Robert Earl Keen and Gary Clark Jr. Rock and blues legend Raitt kicked the night off with "Wrap it Up," with an assist from Jimmie Vaughan, Gary Clark Jr. and Alabama Shakes lead singer Brittany Howard.
Kris Kristofferson honored ACL with a performance that included a duet of "Me and Bobby McGee" alongside Sheryl Crow. Crow's co-host Bridges, Alabama Shakes and Gary Clark Jr. rounded out the first half of the show. In a touching moment, Bridges honored the late Stephen Bruton, an influential Texas musician, by performing "Fallin' & Flyin'" (co-written by Bruton) from the movie Crazy Heart. Howard showed the unreal power of her vocals performing "Heartbreaker" and "Gimme All Your Love" with her band, while Gary Clark Jr. channeled Stevie Ray Vaughan with a lengthy version of "Bright Lights."
The second half of the concert saw a who's who of Texas talent, including Grupo Fantasma, Jimmie Vaughan, Robert Earl Keen, Joe Ely and Doyle Bramhill II. Grupo Fantasma got the audience dancing with their Latin funk sound and full horn section, while Vaughan and Raitt treated the audience to a playful rendition of "The Pleasure's All Mine." Raitt also garnered laughter and cheers from the audience when she said, "When I think of Texas, I don't think of Rick Perry. I think of Clifford Antone!"
With Clark Jr. on guitar and Crow on harmonica, their duet on "Freight Train" was one of the evening's highlights. Crow shared memories of her first Austin City Limits appearance in 1997, saying doing the show was when she realized, "I've made it."
And what would a night of Texas music be without an appearance from Robert Earl Keen? A little more than three hours into the taping, Keen jolted the audience to their feet and had everyone dancing and singing along to "The Road Goes on Forever" followed by "I Gotta Go" (backed by the Grupo Fantasma horns).
The wonderful night of music was put on with the help of musician/producer Lloyd Maines, who assembled the all-star band that backed most of the performers. At the end of the evening, ACL Executive Producer Terry Lickona presented Maines with the fifth spot in the first class of ACL Hall of Fame inductees, saying Maines, "represents what the best of ACL is all about." Maines holds the distinction of appearing more times on Austin City Limits than any other musician, debuting on the show in 1978 with Joe Ely.
To end the evening, all of the performers returned to the stage to sing Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away." The performance was a fitting end to a magical night that showed why after 40 seasons, Austin City Limits is still a beloved and ground breaking series
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Austin City Limits: This is 40 Birthday concert stretches four hours
By Jim Caligiuri
The Austin Chronicle
For its 40th anniversary party at ACL Live at the Moody Theater last night, Austin City Limits returned to its roots. No Coldplay. No Nine Inch Nails. Simply two long sets of high-powered roots and blues from superstar and rising star musicians playing from deep in the heart.
The program’s only nod to the past decade or so of lending its stage to modern rock and pop acts was an appearance by the Foo Fighters on video. The Dave Grohl-led quartet performed a manic version of Roky Erikson’s “Two Headed Dog,” taped at the original ACL stage on the University of Texas campus.
Executive producer Terry Lickona and KGSR deejay/music writer Andy Langer did a masteful job of keeping the audience occupied during set changes. When the cameras were rolling, actor/musician Jeff Bridges and pop diva Sheryl Crow both introduced performers and took part on the musical end as well.
Bonnie Raitt started things off with a blast. Joined by Jimmie Vaughan, Gary Clark Jr, Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, and the Grupo Fantasma horns, the beloved redhead bounded through the Fabulous Thunderbirds’ “Wrap It Up,” her slide solo a hefty foil to Clark’s lean yet potent blues. She followed with an inspired cover of Little Willie John’s “Your Good Thing (Is About to End),” demonstrating that at 64, the guitarist has lost none of her vitality or charm.
Crow and Kris Kristofferson then attempted his most famous song, “Me and Bobby McGee,” with Crow overwhelming the songwriter vocally. While looking a bit frail and distant, Kristofferson redeemed himself with a billowing rendition of “The Pilgrim: Chapter 33.”
In one of the most touching moments of the evening, Bridges performed two songs written by Austin’s Stephen Bruton. He explained how they had been friends before collaborating on the film Crazy Heart, one of Bruton’s last projects before passing away of cancer in 2009.
“He was my teacher, my preacher, my rock,” proclaimed Bridges before launching into a lusty “What a Little Bit of Love Can Do.”
As a way to honor some of the musicians that have made Austin City Limits the longest lasting music show on television, the program created a Hall of Fame this year. The first induction ceremony took place at the original studio 6A in April, with the initial inductees being show creator Bill Arhos, Willie Nelson, UT football coach and avid supporter Darrell Royal, and Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble. Lickona introduced video from the event, which will be edited together with last night’s performances into a two-hour special airing October 3.
The first set ended with some new blood. Alabama Shakes took the stage for a couple of tunes, mixing gritty soul and scruffy jams. Then Gary Clark Jr. caused an electric rumble with his best known tune, “Bright Lights,” which left the full house shaking the seats
Grupo Fantasma began the second set with an impossibly funky Latin jolt titled “Mulato.” Their percussion locked tight with an expanded horn section, and one of Austin’s best bands sounded even better. Jimmie Vaughan dueted with Raitt on a slinky “The Pleasure’s All Mine,” another opportunity for them to trade swaggering blues licks. Things oozed swampy when Clark and Doyle Bramhall II joined in for “Early in the Morning.”
Crow and Bramhall were once an item apparently, so their teaming on her “I Can’t Cry Anymore” might have doubled as celebrity news. There might have even been a message when he next performed “I’m Leaving.” Yet Crow’s devotion to Texas acts couldn’t have been more unequivocal than when she brought out Clark for a sweet acoustic reading of Elizabeth Cotton’s “Freight Train.”
Robert Earl Keen and Joe Ely moved things into the final stretch with a rousing rendition of Keen’s “The Road Goes On Forever.” Having both performed the tune too many times to count, their alternate voicing on the scenario where “the party never ends” felt singular. The band for most of the show was made up of Keen’s regulars: Rich Brotherton (guitar/mandolin), Lloyd Maines (pedal steel), Glenn Fukanaga (bass), Riley Osbourn (keyboards), David Grissom (guitar), and Tom Van Schiak (drums). Rightly praised throughout the night, they powered through Keen’s “I Gotta Go” and Ely’s “All Just to Get to You” with rare intensity.
Lickona appeared to make a special announcement, inducting Maines into the ACL Hall of Fame. By their count, he’s appeared on the program more than any other performer, backing everyone from Terry Allen to Terri Hendrix. Ely spoke of their Lubbock connection, while Keen offered a righteously funny poem titled “I Wanna Be Lloyd.” For his part, Maines seemed stunned, saying with a coy smile, “I never wanted to be in the spotlight, but I could get used to this.”
Ely then closed things out by leading the entire ensemble through a breakaway version of another Texas legend, Buddy Holly’s “Not Fade Away.” Everyone got a solo, and the audience danced its way out the doors. How Austin City Limits will edit four monstrous hours of supreme music (see the photo gallery) into a two-hour special will be fascinating to see
[LIVE REVIEW] St. Leonard, Maryland - 20 June
Sheryl Crow soaks up St. Leonard
St. Leonard, MD - 6/24/2014
By Marty Madden
She acknowledged the volunteer work of firefighters, pledged her devotion to the wounded war veterans and definitely shook up the small hamlet of St. Leonard. Sheryl Crow made the eve of summertime 2014 one to remember. Her Friday, June 20 concert drew a mature but very enthusiastic crowd to the St. Leonard Volunteer Fire Department’s (Company 7) Bayside Toyota Pavilion.
The Missouri native and onetime music teacher is well-known for her eclectic discography. Crow performed most of her big hits, including “Soak Up the Sun,” “Every Day is a Winding Road,” “All I Want to Do Is Have Some Fun,” “Easy,” and her highly acclaimed cover of Cat Stevens’ “First Cut Is the Deepest.”
Additionally, Crow demonstrated versatility with her harmonica playing and sang a duet with a recording of the late superstar Johnny Cash.
Sheryl Crow’s performance was the kickoff for Company 7’s 2014 Concert Series. Alabama will be headlining Friday, Aug. 1 and one week later—Aug. 8, Lee Brice and Cole Swindell will be performing. The series wraps up Friday, Sept. 18 with Dierks Bentley.
The concert series raises funds to support Company 7’s fire, rescue and emergency medical services provided to the community.
SOURCE: thebaynet.com -
[LIVE PIX] Holmdel, New Jersey - 22 June
PNC Bank Arts Center
Holmdel, NJ (USA)
22 June 2014 -
[LIVE REVIEWS] Xfinity Center, Boston - 22 June
Rascal Flatts, Sheryl Crow team up on 'Rewind Tour' at Country Fest
By Angela Smith
For The Patriot Ledger
If Rascal Flatts fans were looking for something explosive, they got their money's worth at Country 102.5's Country Fest Saturday night. The Xfinity Center was lit a blaze with a high voltage performance from Rascal Flatts as well as openers Gloriana and Sheryl Crow.
Country Fest always draws a huge crowd. Headliners Rascal Flatts was the main draw, on its "Rewind Tour," but the supporting acts weren't too shabby. Gloriana opened the show with a too-short 20-minute set. They got the crowd going with their hits "Best Night Ever" and "Kiss You." Crow came on quickly, opening with "All I Wanna Do Is Have Some Fun," which pretty much summed up what everyone was thinking. She continued on with "Shotgun" and "If It Makes You Happy," but seemed to get a little bit screechy during "Best Of Times."
She redeemed herself during "Redemption," a song she wrote and sang with Johnny Cash. "I was lucky enough to know Johnny, and tonight I want to honor him," she told the crowd. Crow sang a spectacular duet with a recording of Cash.
Crow was upbeat and bubbly throughout. Sometimes she sang with a pronounced country twang and at other times she sounded more pop. With an American flag guitar and a harmonica, Crow definitely showed her best side. However, during many of her songs there seemed to be unrelated photos swimming by on the large screens behind her. It was a bit distracting at times, especially when trying to piece together how any of the images related to the song she was singing.
After a loud bang that turned out to be pyrotechnics, Rascal Flatts emerged from behind a large curtain emblazoned with "Rewind." The noise was a bit unsettling at first as pyrotechnics are uncommon at Xfinity.
Starting out their set with "Payback" while standing on top of a huge screen, Rascal Flatts was ready to rock the house. The popular country trio, which consists of Gary LeVox, Joe Don Rooney and Jay DeMarcus, took the crowd on a tour of their music through the years. They alternated between fast and slow songs, which was a good idea, and had a seemingly limitless amount of energy.
The theme of the evening seemed to be "Boston Strong," as LeVox continuously rephrased lyrics to fit the phrase in. Going through their current hit "Rewind," back to "What Hurts The Most" and eventually coming to "Life Is A Highway," the band presented life as a big party they want to ride all night long.
Before Sheryl Crow joined the band on stage, DeMarcus said, "Sheryl had to hire extra security to keep me away from her." The quartet sang "Picture" and the Flatt's classic "My Wish." It was a showcase for DeMarcus's colorful personality. You would never guess how funny he is unless you heard him prance around and sing lyrics from Pharrell's hit "Happy."
Just when the crowd thought the show was over, Rascal Flatts returned for a very, very explosive encore that included "Me And My Gang," with more pyrotechnics, to end a lively and sleepless night in Massachusetts.
[...] Opener Sheryl Crow joined Rascal Flatts after “Happy,” and their easy rapport as they performed Crow’s Kid Rock duet “Picture” and the hosts’ “My Wish” was a sweet respite from the dogged crowd-pleasing. In 2013 Crow took a more deliberate turn into country-rock with “Feels Like Home,” and tracks like the strutting “Shotgun” and the swaggering “A New Day” kept her solo set lively. But her earlier material — the summery “Soak Up the Sun,” the slyly grooving “All I Wanna Do” — almost fit in better with the night’s welcoming atmosphere, both for the sing-alongs they inspired and the way they seemed like antecedents to the carefree country that’s currently crossing over.
SOURCE: The Boston Globe -
[LIVE PIX] Xfinity Center, Boston, MA - 21 June
Boston, Massachussetts (USA)
Soak Up the Sun
All I Wanna Do
Picture and I Wish
(with Rascal Flatts)
Winding Road -
[LIVE PIX] Country 102.5 WKLB pre-show performance - Boston, 21 June
[NEWS] Sheryl Crow to Play Disaster Relief Benefit
Singer-songwriter joins members of the Black Eyed Peas & Petra Nemcova to help rebuild schools hit by natural disasters
By Beville Dunkerley
June 9, 2014 5:05 PM ET
This December will mark ten years since a ferocious tsunami slammed into 11 countries with coastlines on the Indian Ocean, killing almost 280,000 people and wiping out entire communities. A decade later, rebuilding efforts are still underway and in desperate need of funding — a cause championed by Petra Nemcova. The supermodel was vacationing in Thailand when the tsunami hit. She suffered critical injuries, and her boyfriend, photographer Simon Atlee, was killed. She has since founded a non-profit organization called the Happy Hearts Fund that helps rebuild schools in areas devastated by natural disasters.
On June 19, Happy Hearts will host a gala at New York City's famed Cipriani restaurant, with Sheryl Crow set to perform. The singer-songwriter will take the stage alongside the Black Eyed Peas' apl.de.ap for a night of music and honors. Former president Bill Clinton will be recognized for the key role he has taken over the years in helping educational efforts in the wake of disasters. Other contributors to be recognized are President of the Republic of Haiti, Michel Martelly, founder of Caudwell Children, John Caudwell, United Airlines, and both apl.de.ap and his Peas bandmate, will.i.am.
"We have a goal to commemorate [the tsunami's tenth anniversary] with the rebuilding of 100 disaster-resilient schools in nine countries and to shine a light on the need for sustained response to help countries recover after a natural disaster," reports Nemcova. "My deepest gratitude goes to everyone who has supported us over the last few years and has helped us create a bigger and more powerful wave than the Tsunami did — a wave of hope, empowerment, opportunities and brighter future.”
Nemcova's Happy Hearts Fund has already built or helped rebuild 85 schools, reaching more than 46,000 children. Click here for more information on the organization and how you can help.
[VIDEO] Behind the Barn with Sheryl Crow - Interview (92.5 Radio)
[LIVE PIX] RS Country jam @ Sheryl's horse barn - 3 June
Sheryl performed an intimate concert Tuesday in the second floor of her horse barn to celebrate the launch of Rolling Stone Country, the new website devote to the country format. Vince Gill, Keith Urban, Darius Rucker, Eric Church, Martina McBride, Ashley Monroe and The Wild Feathers were among the guests.
Here's the partial set list:
- Give It To Me
- Folsom Prison Blues
- Lay Down Sally
- The Weight
- Hickory Wind
With Kix Brooks
From Left: Kix Brooks, Keith Urban, Sheryl, the Wild Feathers, and Robert Kearns
With Darius Rucker, Martin McBride e Mr Viiiiiince Gill! :-)
[NEWS] Sheryl Headlining POP Montreal Festival 2014
Sheryl will be among the acts headlining this year’s POP Montreal festival, scheduled for September 17th through the 20th in Montreal, Quebec.
POP Montreal, I Love Neon and Revel present: Sheryl Crow + guests
Friday, September 19th, 2014
L’Olympia, 1004 St-Catherine East
doors 7pm, show 8pm
Tickets $144,87 / $121,87 / $75,88 and available here -
"You're No Good"
"It's So Easy"
"When Will I Be Loved"
2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
Linda Ronstadt tribute. 10 April 2014. -
[LIVE PIX] Hartford, Connecticut - 31 May
Hartford, Connecticut (USA)
[REVIEW + PIX] Live in Wantagh, New York - 30 May
Review and Photos by Janet
Jones Beach Theater 5-30-14
I went to the Jones beach concert in Wantagh, NY. I’ve been there several times and only missed the exit twice! As I walked passed the huge parking lot ( The size of two football fields) there were people everywhere camping out with coolers, tables, chairs eating food and drinking beer. I never saw that before! I had Row N seats that turned out to be front row. I thought they made a mistake but they changed the seating. I came in on Gloriana and as soon as they finished it started raining. One reason I don’t like those concerts.
I waited in my seat and got soaked. Sheryl came out and said, Oh a little rain never hurt anyone. Lol She started playing “Change”. She didn’t get wet! Amazing. She worked the stage like it wasn’t raining. There was a huge video visual show behind her while she was playing and some of them were from her own videos. The one I recognized was “Soak up the Sun and “If it makes you happy”. That was very cool to say the least. She explained that Johnny Cash’s daughter had asked her to sing at Johnny Cash’s funeral procession. She sang “Redemption day” in which Johnny Cash covered just before he passed. There were images of him on the background screen. I have to say you would never know it was raining aside from all the plastic coverings on some equipment. They put on a great show despite the weather. I am impressed because electronics do not like water.
There were professional photographers and videographers there. People were screaming and singing to her hits and she stopped to shake some hands and waved to the fans. She was wearing her Mick Jagger shirt. Maybe because ....“She has the moves like Jagger”. The way she works the stage is a photographers dream. She has all the moves down to make for good pictures. The set design was the best I’ve seen so far. That made a great backdrop for pictures too. The set was short but that was because of Rascal Flats. I really just came to see her and the rain did stop but now the wind and cold temperature made it very uncomfortable for me to stay, but Sheryl did!
I was leaving the venue and security told me that if I leave then I can’t come back. He said to me aren’t you going to stay for Rascal Flatts? Then a woman who was also leaving said, who? Rascal Flatts? Who’s that? I busted out laughing and I’m still giggle from time to time. Of course she was joking or drunk. One or the other!
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Nikon at Jones Beach
Wantagh, New York (USA)
30 May 2014
There are several acts from the rock and pop genres that have tried their hand at country only to come up short and fizzle after just one splash on the country charts. For Sheryl Crow however, she seems to have found the right place and the right time in her career to slide into the mix and find success. Her first two full-fledged country singles, “Easy” and “Callin’ Me When I’m Lonely,” both found their way into the country Top 40 and with her new single “Shotgun” she is most likely on her way onto the chart again. Unlike the previous two singles, this one has a bit more attitude and feisty flavor to it and brings with it a rock edge that leans as much on its catchy melody to get you moving along as it does the crafty lyric that gets you singing with it instantly. Though Sheryl Crow’s new sound really isn’t all that much different than the her older one as this song begs to be compared to the likes of “Steve McQueen,” therein lies the exact reason why Crow is succeeding within her new genre home; she hasn’t had to change much due to the genre itself changing over the years. Because of these changes in country music, Crow and her music have become a perfect fit for today’s country and “Shotgun” will become a staple on radio throughout the summer months catapulting her onto country music fans playlists.