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The veteran rockstsar was warm, sharing cute stories about being a mom while she sang through her laid-back songs.
THACKERVILLE, OKLA. — Sheryl Crow's rockstar lifestyle has taken a back burner since her two sons joined her on her summer tour. A candid Crow joked about this new chapter in her life during Saturday's show at WinStar World Casino. She's also taken a headfirst dive into the country genre — a world Crow has had one foot in her whole career. Her upcoming album, due out in September, will be released in the country market. Her first single off the record, "Easy," is currently No. 32 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart.
The multi-Grammy winner acted like she was with old friends Saturday at the Oklahoma casino, sharing stories about her new life and about how few of her lyrics have real-world application anymore. Favorites like "All I Wanna Do" and "If It Makes You Happy" sent the crowd on a nostalgic road trip to the '90s. Her newest material fits like a glove, reinvigorating Crow's laid-back, carefree style. She set aside her trusty acoustic guitar for a harmonica in a few numbers, spicing up the usual backing band mix with Southern flair.
With a steady build comprised of warm, onstage banter and consistent instrumentation, the set didn't peak until the latter half of the show, with the sleepy track "Home." Scaling chords and a salty, electric punch helped ignite the quiet number, making it more about the musicality than the lyrics. A soft, twinkling lap steel strolled next to Crow's sweet falsetto in the vulnerable, tear-drenched song "Strong Enough," which offered one of the few serious moments of the evening.
Age has played fair with the still-stunning singer, and she took no fleeting detours while singing. Crow is still the "bare all" singer/songwriter we fell in love with in 1993; she's just traded in the late-night bar scenes for a night with her kids.
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Sheryl Crow once hid from a tornado
UNFORGETTABLE EPISODE OF “CMT CROSSROADS: WILLIE NELSON & FRIENDS
The All-Star Birthday Bash for Nelson Features Performances by Sheryl Crow,
PRESS RELEASE – CMT celebrated Willie Nelson’s 80th birthday in Nashville recently with an all-star cast of friends for a special episode of CMT CROSSROADS: WILLIE NELSON & FRIENDS FROM THIRD MAN RECORDS, set to premiere Sunday, June 23 at 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT. The unforgettable episode will honor the superstar’s milestone birthday as he swaps lyrics on some of his most-loved songs with Sheryl Crow, Jamey Johnson, Norah Jones, Ashley Monroe, Leon Russell and Neil Young. A long-time admirer of Nelson, Jack White kicked off the special from his Nashville studio, Third Man Records. Country music icon Nelson turned 80 on April 29, and released his latest Legacy Recordings album Let’s Face The Music And Dance on Tuesday, April 16.
The one-hour special includes some of Nelson’s biggest hits including “Crazy,” “Angels Flying Too Close to the Ground” and “Shotgun Willie;” and the entire cast joined the stage for Nelson’s widely-recognized honky-tonk hit, “Whiskey River.” During an interview session guided by Jack White, Nelson and White joined voices for an impromptu sing-a-long of “Red Headed Stranger,” which Nelson often sang to his children as a nighttime lullaby. The paired touched on subjects ranging from perhaps the most well-known guitar in country music, Trigger; to Texas dancehalls, Elvis and more.
With a six-decade career, Nelson has a catalog of more than 200 albums to his credit and is a seven-time Grammy winner. The Texas singer-songwriter earned a permanent position in pop music’s pantheon with songs that combine the sophistication of Tin Pan Alley with the rough-and-tumble grit and emotional honesty of country music. He brought pop and country together on the radio in the early 1960s with unforgettable songs like “Crazy” (Patsy Cline), “Hello Walls” (Faron Young) and others, and by the mid-1970s had become a superstar in his own right as a prime mover of a revolutionary and thriving Outlaw country music scene. Nelson’s first album for Columbia Records in 1975, The Red Headed Stranger, catapulted him to stardom around the world. 2013 is shaping up as a banner year for Nelson as his memoir “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die – Musings From the Road,” published last year, recently made the New York Times’ best-seller list.
CMT CROSSROADS is produced by Tom Forrest and Kathryn Russ. John Hamlin, Margaret Comeaux and Bill Flanagan serve as executive producers for CMT. British director Sophie Muller – whose resume includes work with The Killers, Annie Lennox, No Doubt and the Eurhythmics to name a few – served as director of the special CMT CROSSROADS: WILLIE NELSON & FRIENDS FROM THIRD MAN RECORD
Sheryl Crow soaks up the sun during sold-out Meijer Gardens performance
By Tricia Woolfenden
REVIEW: 3 OUT OF 4 STARS
Sheryl Crow at Frederik Meijer Gardens
When: Sunday, June 16, 2013
Highlight: "Real Gone" when Crow welcomed her young pajama-clad sons to join her on-stage for some family-friendly rockstar behavior.
Set length: 90 minutes
Attendance: 1,900 (sold out)
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — It's entirely fitting that Sheryl Crow's sold-out Meijer Gardens performance fell on a family holiday. The show capped off an atmospherically ideal Father's Day, with a slowly setting sun and light breeze as the perfect backdrop for a woman who has made a career of advocating for living life in the moment.
After rocking through the first half of her set, Crow — who was traveling with sons, Levi, 3, and Wyatt, 6, in tow — paused to dish on the downside of being a working parent: time apart from the young'uns. Multi-million-album-selling rockstars aren't immune from missing their kids and Crow bemoaned the "big fat bummer" of having to spend the next few days away from her boys.
Instead of dwelling on the short-term separation, Crow invited a pajama-clad Levi to join her on-stage for a lively rendition of "Real Gone," best known from the "Cars" soundtrack, which Crow joked helped to pay for all of the kids' toys. Wearing protective headphones that covered the better part of his skull, Levi bobbed and clapped with his mom, as his brother, Wyatt, hid behind the monitors. The song wrapped and the boys were whisked off stage and away to bed, but not before Crow could get in a "nighty-night."
It was an utterly charming move that speaks to one of Crow's greatest strengths as an artist and live performer: She doesn't put up any walls. During Sunday evening's performance, she was lively and engaging, chatting up the audience and singing the praises of West Michigan's beguiling little "beach community" (meaning Grand Haven).
Introductions of her six-piece band included friendly riffs on their sartorial choices, and a run-down of "fun facts" they'd learned about our region during their brief stay. Audience banter is requisite in a venue like Meijer Gardens, but some artists are particularly skilled in the art. Crow seems like the kind of woman you'd want to sit down and have a beer with. (Or a shot of wheatgrass, or a glass of organic homegrown tomato juice, or whatever incredibly healthy choice she's making these days.)
It was easy to see when her musical moves hit close to home for the fans. As the opening chords of "My Favorite Mistake" drifted out, women across the lawn sprang to their feet, as if compelled to participate in the "why-can't-I-kick-this-jerk-to-the-curb-for-good" anthem. A three-pack of sad-'n'-slow numbers — including "Leaving Las Vegas" and "Strong Enough" — later in the set also seemed to do the trick, with a heartfelt "First Cut is the Deepest" leading the charge.
Crow, whose career has hung strong for nearly 20 years, busted out most every top radio hit one would expect from her catalog ("All I Wanna Do," "Soak Up the Sun," "If It Makes You Happy"). Because she's a consummate professional and a gracious performer, these well-worn hits are fun and they get the audience moving. But Crow seemed most energized and on fire when tearing into the new tracks from her forthcoming country album "Feels Like Home."
Modern country, with its overt pop and rock references, is a good fit for Crow. While she's dabbled in country in the past, songs like "Call Me When I'm Lonely" speak to a promising future in the genre.
Crow has been busy hitting the road, paying her dues and debuting her new tunes to country radio stations nationwide. Her West Michigan performance signals a start to a brief summer concert run and an opportunity to demonstrate her new sound in person.
Opening act Clayton Anderson, a rising country singer from a small town, is a good match for this laid-back road show. If Sunday was any indication, this change has done her good.
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Sheryl knows her gear. Here she talks about her favorite audio equipment and how she uses it to shape her sound. The Blackbird Academy, Nashville, TN.
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Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill
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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
There were lines of people outside Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill on Wednesday for a very special performance.
Nine time Grammy award winner Sheryl Crow performed. The best part was, it was a free concert.
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According to a message posted on the Innsbrook After Hours, the concert will be rescheduled for Thursday, July 11.
Fans can use tickets to Thursday’s show for the rescheduled July performance.
... at Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill!
FREE live show at 6 pm!! According to the restaurant's Facebook page, all ages are welcome, but reservations are not accepted and it is a first come, first serve event. Toby Keith's I Love this Bar and Grill is located at 145 2nd St East at The Banks in downtown Cincinnati.
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The second night of stadium shows at the 2013 CMA Music Festival was a surprise party. Sheryl Crow put in an unbilled appearance, as Little Big Town graciously ceded some time in their set to back the veteran-rocker-turned-country newcomer on two numbers. Meanwhile, Hunter Hayes brought out his version of a pop elder statesman, Jason Mraz, for his closing number, "Everybody's Got Somebody But Me."
Perhaps the other headliners, Blake Shelton and Lady Antebellum, were feeling like everybody had a guest star but them. Shelton's better half, Miranda Lambert, had performed at LP Field the night before but didn't stick around for any marital duets. The closest thing to a star cameo for Lady A, meanwhile, was Hillary Scott's unborn daughter, who's suddenly taking up a lot more real estate on stage. Just a few weeks ago, Scott wasn't showing all that dramatically, but now this baby is going to get some serious camera time when a highlights show is broadcast on ABC.
The humidity in Nashville this week hasn't let up, but the temperatures have, which Scott — whose first child is due in late July — found to be a literal godsend. "When I looked at the forecast tonight, I was like, this is a direct gift from God to me!" Scott said backstage. "It’s gonna be 68 degrees." By CMA Festival standards, that's a frosty low.
Crow was pumped just prior to her on-stage partnering with LBT. "Oh my God. They are just insane," she told reporters. "They’re the greatest vocalists and sweetest people I’ve ever met. I actually know Karen (Fairchild) from my gym, which is a little kids’ place like Gymboree; we take our 3-year-olds there, and that’s how I met her. I was a little bit starstruck!... I love the fact that they toured forever and ever before they finally broke... To me it’s a throwback to all the music I really loved, which were groups that sang really close-knit harmonies, like Fleetwood Mac. And they seriously rock. I love them and value their friendship. They’re good ones."
After the show segued from LBT's "Boondocks" right into Crow's "Soak Up the Sun," the interloper finished off their half-hour with "Easy," the single that marks her first official entree into the country radio format, after years of threatening to make the leap. She's ready to do the hard work of being a New Artist, she swore.
"I signed with Warner Nashville and they said this is what new artists at country do: they do radio tours. I said I’m on board; I’ll do whatever it takes," Crow said. "My feeling is, I’ve been around for a long time, but the country fan base" is a new hurdle. "That’s one of the reasons I haven’t made a country record before. I was at Interscope and they didn’t have a country division. I’ve always typically written songs that were structurally like country songs, most of them story-oriented songs. And Brad Paisley came up to me after the CMAs when I sang with Loretta (Lynn) and Miranda and said, 'Now will you consider coming home to the format that you belong in?' I said 'I’ll do that — but to me the country format/fan base is sacred territory. I didn’t want to have people perceive that I was kind of jumping on the cool bandwagon.
"I have a huge NASCAR fan base," she continued. "We were the NASCAR house band for a long time" — which, in country, of course, counts as a heck of a head start. "And I know the loyalty that exists in country music, and I know the work ethic, and their strong faith. I just wanted people to feel like I authentically belonged. It has been always my feeling that the country fan base will decide if I belong at their format. And I am a new artist here, even though I’m a little bit like Tom Petty, in that" the format has drifted toward rock as much as they've drifted toward country.
"Maybe the country format is like the nucleus of Nashville, (where) it’s starting to absorb all the little townships outside of Nashville, where it ultimately (will be) a huge, huge format with Southern rock and traditional country and pop-country like Taylor and Hunter. But I still contend it’s the only place you can hear real songs about real people, guitar solos, people who can really play, and people who write about what it’s like to be a middle American working. So I feel like it’s where I belong, and hopefully people will feel that way when they hear the record."
Hunter Hayes discussed how it came about that he released an Encore edition of his self-titled album with Jason Mraz now joining him on a re-do of "Everybody's Got Somebody But Me."
"We actually met at the Grammys, and I introduced myself. Hopefully I didn’t stutter too, too much because I am a huge fan," Hayes recounted. While suggesting that maybe the two of them could write together in the future, "I also brought up this song and kind of snuck it in… I was always curious to see what Jason would do to something like this… I don’t know how the whole thing happened, but the next thing I knew I had tracks in my inbox, and it was vocal tracks from the one-and-only. It was cool to get that totally new life for the song and totally new perspective. The song has a whole new meaning in my opinion now, and it's perfect for the encore."
Mraz said he didn't think much about the "crossover" aspect of the collaboration. "Musicality draws me to the artists first and foremost. And what I find in this genre is an intense musicality, especially from the songwriters who can dig into their instruments and dig into melody and dig into story and dig into spirit. I dig on that," Mraz said.
"And then second is the community that they surround themselves with. It’s really inspiring. A lot of us in the pop scene live in our own bubbles and we don’t get to interact with each other too much. And it seems like on the west coast (that we're) just too far away from this community out here. So it’s a real honor, whether it’s Zac (Brown) or Hunter, to be considered and to lend my voice to what they’re doing."
Lady Antebellum are looking at their last three gigs before Scott takes maternity leave. When the boys were asked what they'd be doing during the time off, Scott blurted, "Helping me!"
But seriously, non-babysitting folks... "We’re gonna write some," said Charles Kelley. "We’ve already been talking a lot with our buddies — Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Miranda — about getting out on their tours and writing some with them. But on the flip side, we’re gonna be honestly preparing for some of the future shows. We’ve got some things in the works. And once my girl here" gets back on her feet, "we’re gonna try to obviously get back out on the road and promote (the just-released new album). And then, when her little girl is old enough, I’m gonna sign her to a record store and make her a big old star, and I’ve got exclusive rights."
Scott said the fans they've run into during the week have "been so kind, honestly, giving gifts, whether it’s little cute stuffed animals for a daughter or onesies or little socks or little keepsakes. It’s really sweet."
"You’ve gotten way more gifts than Dave and I," said Kelley. "One of us is getting pregnant, Dave."
But when she was first asked what she'd gotten from fans this week, Scott responded, "This, a lot of this" — rubbing her protruding baby like a genie's lamp.
"She loves this," said Kelley, sarcastically, doing his own demonstration of invading Scott's personal space. "'I just met you! I’m rubbing your belly!'"
The second night of shows at LP Field ended up running on the late side, with Shelton taking the stage more than an hour past schedule and finishing up his set at about 12:15. Given the number of acts squeezed onto the bill, there were few fan complaints, much less early exits. "I wasn't sure you were going to hang out for me," Shelton told the still-boisterous crowd as the clock approached midnight. "What the hell was I thinking?"
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Here she talks about why The Blackbird Academy is your best choice for professional audio education. The Blackbird Academy is housed in Nashville’s famed Blackbird Studio, where Sheryl recorded part of her upcoming country album.