NEWS MARCH 2018

 

-SATURDAY 31 MARCH

[NEWS] Sheryl wants you to hang at her Nashville Ranch!

Sheryl has teamed up with the fundraising site Omaze to auction off a horseback ride at her Nashville ranch for charity. Bids will go to benefit the Pink Lotus Foundation, a nonprofit that provides breast cancer screenings and services to low-income, uninsured and under-insured women in the U.S.The winner and a friend will receive a flight to Nashville and a stay at a four-star hotel, as well as a riding session with Sheryl, who's a breast cancer survivor.After sharing tea with Sheryl afterwards, the winner will also receive a signed copy of Breasts: The Owner’s Manual, an upcoming book by Dr. Kristi Funk that has a foreword by Sheryl.

 

 

-TUESDAY 27 MARCH

[TOUR] Atlanta, GA

New date added: Atlanta, GA at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Tickets will be available April 6 at www.concertsinthegarden.org and at Garden admissions.

 

 

-MONDAY 26 MARCH

[VIDEO] Sheryl Crow - "Live At The Capitol Theatre" - DVD/BD Intro

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-SUNDAY 25 MARCH

[PIX] March For Our Lives - Nashville, TN - 24 March 2018

 

 

-SATURDAY 24 MARCH

[TOUR] Woodinville, WA

Two more shows added: Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery Summer Concert Series in Woodinville. Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. March 31 through Ticketmaster.com. LINK: https://www.ste-michelle.com/

 

-THURSDAY 22 MARCH

[TOUR] Sheryl to Perform at the Thunder Bay Blues Festival

 

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-THURSDAY 22 MARCH

[NEWS] Sheryl Crow on Explaining School Shootings to Her Children Ahead of March for Our Lives: 'It's Not OK for Our Kids to Not Feel Safe'

By Gil Kaufman
Billboard

Sheryl Crow lives in NRA-friendly Nashville these days, but the singer isn’t afraid to ruffle feathers when it comes to the subject of gun control.

“Isn’t that just crazy to even think that it would be a bold stance to stand up against gun violence?” she tells Billboard when asked if it’s odd that more Music City stars haven’t spoken out in support of new gun restrictions in the wake of last month’s mass shooting at Florida’s Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School.

In December, Crow released “The Dreaming Kind” in tribute to the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, in which 20 children and six adults were murdered by a man wielding a semi-automatic AR-15 rifle like the one allegedly used by the Florida shooter. Crow recently spoke to Billboard about why she’s making noise again following the Parkland massacre and why musicians have a responsibility to raise their voices at times like this.

Last year, you called out the country community for not speaking up about the Route 91 Festival mass shooting in Las Vegas. Did you get any response to those comments, which seemed like a bold stance at a time when saying anything was bold?

Just the fact that it’s a bold stance is shocking. Isn’t that just crazy to even think that it would be a bold stance to stand up against gun violence? But it is, I guess. ... Here in Nashville, we don’t see a lot of artists saying this has to be addressed, we have got to protect our children and our fans and stand up for sensible gun legislation. I didn’t hear specifically from anyone that I know in the community. People just stay quiet, which to me was deafening. I know that the country community cares about their fans, they love their fans and it’s a very heated topic. But what I think is happening now with Parkland and seeing the leadership by these kids ... it’s unfathomable to me that we as the parents of kids, of our nation’s future, are not going to stand up and say, "It’s not OK for your kids to be afraid to go to school. It’s not OK for our kids to not feel safe at a movie theater or at a concert."

It is heartbreaking when you have to point out to your 12-year-old where the alternate exit is at a movie theater so you can get out in case something happens. Is that what you mean?

When I recorded "The Dreaming Kind," which hopefully brought awareness to those who don’t know about the Sandy Hook Promise campaign, I had to explain to my 10-year-old what the song was about. He said, "Why is there such a big deal about this song? Why are you performing it on Good Morning America?’’ I had to explain to him what happened at Sandy Hook, and he looked at me with disbelief. So when the Parkland shooting happened, before he went to school, I said, "I know you’re going to hear about this and I want to be the one to explain to you what has happened." He had all kinds of questions like, "Well, what if that were to happen at my school?" You can’t look at your child and say, "It’s never going to happen at your school." And that is a heartbreaking reality. So I feel like we’re at a precipice: We either do the right thing or we fail our society.

Have you seen any appreciably different response this time around following the Parkland shooting?

The thing that was different this time was that the students of Parkland became our leaders, the voice of this terrorizing situation in a way that was undeniable and continues to be undeniable. I think what we’re going to see on the 24th is the 97 percent of people who are for sensible gun legislation are going to take to the streets in the March for Our Lives. It’s a march brought about by kids who are school-age. Not only is it unfathomable, but it’s the most heart-rending thing I’ve witnessed in my lifetime to see these kids actually beg to have something change, to beg leaders to defend them and their right to go to school safely.

I’ve not seen that before. I’ve not ever believed that that would have to happen in this country, and the fact that the government is recommending in some situations arming teachers, it completely misses the point. It’s saying, "Not only are we not going to do anything about it, we’re going to make more money from it by training our teachers to carry weapons." It so goes against what these children are asking for.

What inspired you to release“The Dreaming Kind," a rare song that takes on one of these incidents directly?

It was written for the five-year anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook, and as impactful as that shooting was was the fact that Congress did nothing. And they continue to do nothing and continue to side on the side of money. It’s beyond the Second Amendment. I believe in the Second Amendment, however I believe the Second Amendment was written for our colonies when there were far less people and people were protecting their land. I refuse to believe that you need an automatic weapon to shoot a deer and I also refuse to believe that that kind of weapon is needed to defend your home against one person.

You have two elementary-school-age children, so it probably goes without saying that you worry about their safety at school. How do you handle that anxiety?

I do, and one of the reasons I wanted to join forces with the Sandy Hook Promise is because until there’s gun legislation, at least they’re taking the steps required to understand what the signs are of people at risk of hurting themselves or walking into a place and hurting others with a gun. Their main focus is to educate parents, students, faculty, administration on what those signs are and give people a voice to express their concerns over someone who is acting out in a way that exemplifies hurting themselves or someone else. That at least is a place to start. What we saw at Parkland is all the signs were there and they were missed. I think there are valuable lessons learned from that and I don’t think they’ll ever be overlook again.

Do you think the strong statements from the Parkland student might move the needle?

I do. The concern over them losing their momentum is one that we all have. The fact that it’s become an everyday thing and we move past it is always a concern. I’m not sure this group is going to be that group... [one] that moves past it. I believe we’re seeing the birth of real leadership and the birth of a movement conducted by kids who were there. Wait until whoever the NRA spokesperson is who is so articulate and on fire… let’s see what happens if her child faces a gun in the hallways of their school? I know that is a harsh statement, but that is the reality. Let’s see you defend automatic weaponry if your child is facing the end of an AR-15.

Do you foresee a time when politicians can stand up to the NRA?

It is a terrible thing to say, but are our government leaders going to look at the millions of dollars put into a campaign against them if they stand up against the NRA? I don’t know. The face that they’re showing is absolutely unfathomable. It’s absolutely un-American. It’s un-American to me that you would defend the money that goes into a campaign over the safety of our kids getting an education. Anybody that reads this will say that I am anti-Second Amendment, but I don’t believe our forefathers would stand for this. I don’t believe that when they wrote the Constitution they were envisioning unstable people being able to get a gun and walk into a church, walk into a movie theater, walk into a school or shoot from a window above a concert. And I believe that the NRA is hijacking the Constitution.

Do you plan on going to the March for Our Lives on March 24?

Absolutely. And I’m taking my 10-year-old with me.

Have you reached out to your congressional reps to share these thoughts?

Absolutely. I call and email almost daily.

Do they respond to you?

No. I’ve gotten two recordings and a stock email that my emails have been delivered, but I’ve not heard from anyone.

Does that disappoint you?

Yeah. It’s frustrating that that old belief system that our public servants work for us… it confirms to me that they are not working for us. They are working for the people who write the giant checks.

In the past, you had protest songs like Neil Young’s “Ohio,” marches on Washington, the groundswell of support after 9/11. But now it seems like we’re seeing an almost eerie silence from many in the creative community about what has been labeled an epidemic of gun violence in schools. Especially from Nashville. Why do you think that is?

I think there is a marriage between the gun lobby and country artists and I think there’s a tremendous amount of fear of losing fan base, of losing record sales. I’m of the age where I’m happy if people know I have a record out. Pop music is so geared toward the young and the country format so dedicated to the NRA lobby, and there’s a lot of fear that’s wielded about what you’ll lose or the possibility of what you will lose. But I say that the kind of fear of losing your fan base or having the NRA against you cannot compete with the fear of what those kids in the hallways at Parkland had to live through or did not live through. It’s grotesque. We have to show bravery and some courage at this moment in our evolution or we’re failing our kids. We’re failing our society. [Shortly after Billboard spoke to Crow, NRA Country removed its roster of country artists associated with the organization from its website.]

What can artists like yourself do to keep the gun control debate on the front page?

We have to write songs. We have to stand up in the tradition of the legacy of so many artists that paved the way for us to be doing what we’re doing. People like Neil Young, Marvin Gaye… these people that were there in the civil rights movement, through the '60s. People like Eddie Vedder, who are still writing those songs. We need to hold our artists' feet to the fire… thank goodness for rap. At least some of what’s happening gets addressed there, but I don’t hear our popular culture taking on these issues that affect all of us. I do believe that there’s a hunger for it.

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-MONDAY 12 MARCH

[NEWS] Brisbane Times (Australia) - 12 March 2018

Sheryl Crow set to drop new EP ahead of Australian tour

By Hannah Francis
Brisbane Times

Much has been said about the endless goldmine the Trump era provides for comedians. Less has been said about its impact on more "serious" artistic professions, such as music.

"It's an interesting time to be a songwriter, for sure," says Sheryl Crow by phone from her homestead in Nashville, Tennessee, where she lives with her two sons and a menagerie of horses, dogs and other pets.

"How can someone work every single day to make sure the country is divided? It breaks my heart," she says of the US President.

"I think most of the things he stands for are completely antithetical to what the US is based on and founded on, the dreams of the people that founded this country and the backs that this community was built on.

"He undermines it with his ... I want to say ineptitude but unfortunately it's deeper than that."

Not that Crow ever stopped being a songwriter. Now 56 (and looking mighty fit, if I may say), the multi-Grammy Award-winning artist has kept a steady stream of albums coming since 1993's breakthrough release, Tuesday Night Music Club.



"The last record in some ways really reinvigorated my career," she says of 2017's Be Myself.

"We've really expanded our fan base. I have an unbelievable band – they're fantastic – and I just feel like new life has been breathed into our [live] show, into how I feel about making music."

Although it was four years between this album and the previous one, the recording process was swift, capturing some of the energy of that cracking debut.

"We didn't really waste any time trying to make things perfect," she says.

"Part of the charm of this record is that it sounds like my old stuff, and that's a product of wanting to get back into what that vibe was when making those early records – which was going in and having fun, having it be loose.

"The record is really all about that in-your-face joy."

Crow's prowess both on stage and in the studio is evident from the company she keeps. She is due to drop an EP any day now ahead of her Australian tour, and will release a new album early next year, Snap, featuring the likes of Stevie Nicks, Neil Young and Willie Nelson.

It's been nearly a decade since she last toured Australia, with John Mellencamp in late 2008. Her first son, Wyatt, whom she adopted as a baby, was still a toddler.



Now he's 10 and has a seven-year-old brother, Levi. They're both coming on tour with Crow in April, and Wyatt is looking forward to seeing the Great Barrier Reef.

"He was able to swim before he could talk," says Crow. "By the time he was three he was swimming to the bottom of the pool. He's obsessed with sea creatures … his whole thing is about the ocean.

"It's really a blessing," she says of being able to bring them with her. "I don't forsake it at all – my boys are really growing up with a worldly attitude and a strong sense of compassion."

There are some things though, closer to home, she'd rather they didn't see, such as the brutal reality of gun violence.

Even before the young survivors of the recent Florida school tragedy marched on politicians, Crow was having to have difficult conversations with her children, and was moved to write an op-ed about it.

"I had really sheltered them from the news, I try to keep the TV news off when they're around," she says.

"I don't think they ever realised that somebody could actually walk into a school with a weapon and kill kids.

"[Wyatt] asked me if we locked the doors on the house … I can feel he's starting to understand that we don't live in a safe world."



Harsh truths like this ripple through Crow's music, where her upbeat, country-tinged songs often carry themes of sadness and heartbreak.

"I feel like when I write I have no need to mask anything," she says.

"Also, not having to compete in the pop world gives me a certain amount of liberation to be writing about what I want to, and also having kids makes me feel like everything is extremely immediate and important."

Sheryl Crow performs a double bill with Melissa Etheridge at Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne, April 6 and ICC Sydney Theatre at Darling Harbour, April 7.

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-SATURDAY 10 MARCH

[VIDEO] Australia Tour 2018 - A Little Message for the Fans

 

 

-WEDNESDAY 7 MARCH

[NEWS] Sheryl will headline the Winnipeg Folk Festival

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Sheryl Crow will headline the 45th edition of the Winnipeg Folk Festival at Birds Hill Provincial Park this summer.

The 56-year-old American singer-songwriter is the clear-cut big draw for the July 5-8 event, with her 1993 breakout album Tuesday Night Music Club, thanks in large part to single All I Wanna Do, paving the way for more than 50 million albums sold worldwide and nine Grammy Awards. Her 10th studio album, Be Myself, was released last April.

The Missouri-born Crow was a music teacher before moving to Los Angeles, and worked as a backup singer for artists including Michael Jackson, Sting and Rod Stewart before breaking out on her own. Her first debut was scrapped for sounding “too slick” and her first two singles off TNMC didn’t find much of an audience, but All I Wanna Do caught on in the fall of 1994.

Hits since then have included If It Makes You Happy, My Favourite Mistake, Everyday is a Winding Road, and Soak Up the Sun.

Crow’s music includes elements of pop, rock, country and blues. She had a crossover hit with an appearance on Kid Rock’s Picture, and has worked with artists including Bob Dylan and Stevie Nicks.

Other main acts announced Wednesday include folk rockers the Strumbellas, Aussie jam band the John Butler Trio, singer-songwriters Bahamas (Toronto), Courtney Barnett (Australia), Elle King (L.A.), Passenger (England), A Tribe Called Red, Natalie MacMaster and more.

“It truly is a banner year for programming at the Winnipeg Folk Fest with a great variety of headliners and emerging artists from across musical genres,” artistic director Chris Frayer said in a release. “We’re thrilled to celebrate our 45th edition by doing what we do best, sharing spectacular music with our audience.”

While the big names help draw in the crowds, the festival also prides itself on providing opportunities to discover new artists, and bringing in established artists such as Lee Ranaldo, co-founder of alternative rock icons Sonic Youth. Ranaldo’s wife, visual artist Leah Singer, was born in Winnipeg.

Early-bird tickets for the four-day festival start at $204 for adults, $135 for seniors and youth from 13-17 through Ticketmaster until April 30, with additional charges for camping and RV spots. Children 12-and-under are free.

 

 

-WEDNESDAY 7 MARCH

[INTERVIEW] Footwear News via MSN - 7 March 2018

Sheryl Crow Talks About Her HSN Fashion Line, New Music & Her Favorite Onstage Shoe Styles

By Barbara Schneider-Levy
Footwear News/MSN

Musician and actress Sheryl Crow continues to expand her list of accomplishments. Now she’s added fashion entrepreneur with the 2017 launch of a signature collection of women’s clothing and accessories on home shopping network HSN.

For Crow, shifting gears came naturally, keeping her casual attitude toward style top-of-mind. The line focuses on laid-back looks that include jeans, vests, tunics — and, of course, Western-inspired boots.

“My [fashion] style’s like my music,” said Crow. “It’s Americana — inspired by pieces from Western jackets and great denim. Throw in a Balmain jacket with great pair of Levi’s and Golden Goose boots, and I’m set.”

While Crow’s partial to Western boots, boasting a wardrobe of 50 to 60 pairs of vintage to current styles, more recently she’s embraced the sneaker trend. “I’ve worn sneakers on stage for the last year, and it’s been fun,” she said. “It’s mainly for comfort and getting around [easily]. The last record I made was so energetic and inspiring that I wanted to be able to move and act as youthful as I felt. I have a drawer full of Golden Goose sneakers. I also have a couple of pairs of Nike, but on stage, I go for more fashion [looks].”



In an exclusive interview with FN, Crow talks about her favorite fashion looks, best singing partners and advice for the next generation of female entertainers.

My red carpet style:

“I don‘t mind dressing up, but have to make sure whatever I wear I feel super-comfortable in, and don’t feel like the clothes are wearing me.”

Go-to footnotes:

“I’ve worn Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin. I love YSL styles with a bit of a platform. I’ve worn them on stage frequently and have been able to move around. As long as it has a platform on it, so I feel that I‘m not so high. For boots, I gravitate toward Frye. The brand’s been consistent in coming up with cool yet traditional [looks] all the way to cutting-edge.”

Most enjoyable part of performing:

“I love being able to communicate with the audience and giving people the opportunity to be away from everything for three or four hours.”



Favorite duet partner:

“I’ve had so many top moments and had the good fortune of singing with people like Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Justin Timberlake. But one of my favorites is Stevie Nicks. I’ve always loved her, her music and authenticity. I think we have a great blend together. “

Biggest challenge as a female artist:

“Throughout my career, most of the decisions were made by men. I’m not sure I ever ran across any [woman] with a high position in a record label. I only know a couple of female record producers. It was a bit of a battle for me to produce my second, third and fourth records. There was always a discussion about whom I should co-produce with or who should produce me. I always felt I was the best man for the job and produced myself. There’s a different attitude about women [in the business], as if we don’t have the skill set that a man would have in our position.”

Advice to young woman entering the music industry:

“Be true to yourself. Enjoy the work and be into the craft more than the branding.”

Mentors along the way:

“I was lucky enough to be hired by Don Henley early on. My first gig was with Michael Jackson. Although he did not mentor me, I learned a lot from him. I also learned a lot from Stevie Nicks. I’ve been blessed to have people embrace me that have been around for a while.”

Overcoming my battle with cancer:

“I have the dubious honor of being a spokesperson for cancer. In so many ways, it’s been been uplifting for me. It’s a difficult journey to go through. However, I was diagnosed so early, I never felt that cancer was going to take me out. But it did give me the opportunity to talk [about it] to my fan base. It’s filled with women of all ages, and cancer does strike women of all ages. If I can create awareness, that’s half the battle. Until there’s a cure, early detection is our greatest weapon.”

Advice to my sons:

“They are being raised by a single working mom and slowly learning by osmosis that women can do everything a man can do and should be compensated fully. I feel certain they’re going to grow up having a very high opinion of women.”

Upcoming project:

“EP collection of five songs we’re going to put out before we go on tour this summer. I will be spending the summer doing a lot of festivals, from Bonnaroo to Isle of Wight in England to a jazz festival. I also have a collaborative record coming out next year — ‘Snap’ — with people like Willie Nelson, Keith Richards, Joe Walsh and Stevie Nicks.”

 

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-WEDNESDAY 7 MARCH

[VIDEO+PIX] Sheryl on HSN Live - 6 March 2018

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-MONDAY 5 MARCH

[NEWS] Sheryl Crow to Headline City of Dublin’s Independence Day Celebration on Wednesday, July 4

Entertainment:

  • Nine-time Grammy winning artist, Sheryl Crow, will headline the City of Dublin Independence Day Celebration on Wednesday, July 4 at Dublin Coffman High School stadium in Dublin, Ohio (USA).
  • An American music icon, Crow’s nine studio albums have sold 35 million copies worldwide; seven of them charted in the Top 10 and five were certified for Multi-Platinum sales. Crow is best known for her No. 1 hits including, “All I Wanna Do,” “Soak Up the Sun,” and “The First Cut is the Deepest”.
  • Crow has lofted 40 singles into the Billboard Hot 100, Adult Top 40, Adult Contemporary, Mainstream Top 40 and Hot Country Songs charts, with more No. 1 singles in the Triple A listings than any other female artist. In 2017, Crow released the album, Be Myself.  She is known for her support of multiple charities.

General Admission:

  • All guests four and older will need a Stadium wristband or Reserved Table Wristband to enter Dublin Coffman High School Stadium.
  • To access the Kids Zone, wristbands are not required. However once inside, some Wee-Folk activities will require a $5 Kids Zone Wristband.
  • Dublin residents and Dublin School District residents will be able to purchase Stadium wristbands guaranteeing access to the event for $5 beginning Monday, June 18 at 8 a.m. at the Dublin Community Recreation Center (DCRC) during normal operating hours. Wristbands will be limited to eight per household. Proof of residency is required.
  • Unsold Stadium wristbands will be free to the general public and available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 4 at Dublin Coffman High School Stadium.

Table Sales:

  • City of Dublin Independence Day Celebration Table Sales will be held on Saturday, May 19 at 8:30 a.m. at DCRC.
  • Dublin residents may purchase one table of 10 per household for $125. Proof of residency is required.
    Children four and older will require a Reserved Table wristband.
  • Table purchasers will not need a Stadium wristband, only a Reserved Table wristband.
  • If tables remain unsold after the Saturday, May 19 sale, they may be purchased by residents at the DCRC starting on Monday, May 21 at 10 a.m.
  • Remaining unsold tables will go on sale to the General Public on Monday, June 11.
  • Reserve the table of your choice without waiting in line! Become a Patriotic Table Partner Program for $1,000.

General Information:

  • The 2018 Independence Day Celebration theme is “Soak up the Fun on the Fourth”.
  • The 32nd Annual Sherm Sheldon Fishing Derby kicks off the daylong celebration at 8 a.m., followed by the annual parade at 11 a.m. The Celebration at the stadium begins at 4:30 p.m., followed by an impressive display of fireworks and the Grand Finale at 9:50 p.m.
  • For questions, contact City of Dublin Events Administration at 614-410-4545 or by emailing events@dublin.oh.us.

Get Involved!

  • Become a Sponsor or Patriotic Table Partner! Contact Mary Jo DiSalvo at mdisalvo@dublin.oh.us to learn more!
  • Become a Volunteer! The Independence Day Celebration wouldn’t be possible without a team of dedicated volunteers.
  • Apply for Media Credentials to the 2018 Independence Day Celebration today!

Event Sponsors:

Premier Allergy, Dublin Methodist Hospital, Tim Hortons, This Week Newspapers, Sunny 95

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  • Become a fan of the City of Dublin on Facebook to stay up to date on the latest news and giveaways!
  • Join the conversation by following the City of Dublin on Twitter @dublinohio
  • Follow the City of Dublin on Instagram at @dublinohio and share your favorite photos of the event.

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Contact Information:

Mary Jo DiSalvo
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mdisalvo@dublin.oh.us
Phone: 614.410.4507

Sara O’Malley
Event Specialist
somalley@dublin.oh.us
Phone: 614.410.4518

 

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-MONDAY 5 MARCH

[LIVE PIX] Ballet Ball 2018 Late Party

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A gala performance presenting Nashville Ballet and the music of Johnny Cash performed byAna Cristina Cash, John Carter Cash, Sheryl Crow, Devin Dawson, Ronnie Dunn, Jamey Johnson, Bill Miller and Nashville Ballet dancerswith original choreography by Nashville Ballet Company Dancer Christopher Stuart.

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It was an evening of simple elegance. And while it has been said, and more than once by your truly, “only in Nashville.”

As guests entered Laura Turner Hall at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center following the cocktail hour, you could hear the exclamations of surprise. The décor for Ballet Ball 2018, which included a large floral design suspended from the ceiling, and florals that draped on to tables were stunning.

Working with co-chairs Adrienne McRae and Suzanne Smothers, Bruce Pittman and his team had created a perfect setting for the evening – which would also showcase the versatility of members of Nashville’s artistic community.

Once seated guests enjoyed a delicious dinner from Kristen Winston Catering – butter lettuce salad with roasted pistachios, strawberries, blackberries, citrus and crispy goat cheese, followed by beef short ribs accompanied by a russet and sweet potato puree and vegetables and concluded with a dark chocolate pots de crème.

And now for the entertainment. Following the presentation of the Synergy Award to John Carter Cash by Paul Vasterling, Artistic Director and CEO of the Nashville Ballet, Cash graciously accepted the award and took the guests in to an unprecedented collaboration of Ballet and the music of Johnny Cash.

Choreographed by Christopher Stuart, of the Nashville Ballet, Ronnie Dunn began the evening with “Folsom Prison Blues.” It didn’t stop there, a star studded cast which included, Sheryl Crow, Jamey Johnson, Ana Cristina Cash, Bill Miller and Devin Dawson, performed other Cash favorites while members of the ballet provided interpretive dance to the selections that included “I Walk the Line,” “Ring of Fire,” “Hurt,” “Jackson,” and “God’s Gonna Cut You Down.”

And reminiscent of an old Pentecostal tent revival, the entertainment concluded with a rousing rendition,  of “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” bring guests to their feet for an ovation of celebration.

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-MONDAY 5 MARCH

[2018 TOUR] 3 Dates with Sheryl as a Special Guest opener for Robert Plant

Robert Plant Adds 3 Dates with Sheryl Crow as a Special Guest opener. Tickets go on sale March 10 from 10am. For complete details and ticket availability, go to: http://www.sherylcrow.com/tour

 

 

-MONDAY 5 MARCH

[2018 TOUR] Littleton, Colorado

Tickets go on sale to the general public at 9 a.m. Friday, March 19 at https://www.altitudetickets.com/…/sheryl-crow-hudson-gardens

 

 

-MONDAY 5 MARCH

[2018 TOUR] Traverse City, Michigan

National Cherry Festival. Tickets for the concert go on sale at 9 a.m. Friday, March 9. Reserved tickets are $55. General admission tickets are $40. Website: https://www.cherryfestival.org

 

 

-MONDAY 5 MARCH

[ARTICLE] Sun Herald (Australia) - 3 March 2018

Sheryl Crow on the death of rock and why the Grammys should bring back female artist categories

Kathy McCabe, National Music Writer, News Corp Australia Network
Sun Herald newspaper (Australia

SHERYL Crow was being cheeky when she proposed the title of Make Rock Great Again for her joint tour of Australia with good friend Melissa Etheridge.

 

“You know what, it’s almost a cringe-worthy title considering it was inspired dare I say, by our president,” the acclaimed rocker says.

 

The title may be a mischievous appropriation of President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan by an artist who has never shied away from political engagement.

 

Yet there is a modicum of despair underscoring its rallying cry. Can rock ever hope to match the pop culture power of hip hop and dance music? Even the true believers doubt it.

 

“I feel like with the dwindling of attention spans, you end up with hooks that have to change every six seconds instead of traditional songwriting,” Crow says.

“I also think it’s unfortunate we don’t get to hear too much rock any more, particularly from women. It’s much more fashionable to look great in a costume and be able to dance and there’s definitely a place for that.

“I love Haim, they are out doing great work. But I’m not going to be all doom and gloom about it, I’ll just keep doing what I am doing.”

After years trying to catch a break in Los Angeles, Crow worked as a backing singer for Michael Jackson on his Bad tour.

She won a record deal with a major label but her first attempt at her debut album was shelved for being too soft-rock.

By the time her official debut album Tuesday Night Music Club in 1993, another woman armed with a guitar and a bluesy growl was poised for her breakthrough with her fourth album.



Melissa Etheridge had been building a fanbase since the release of her self-titled debut in 1988 but Yes I Am would become her biggest selling release.

As well as performing at Bluesfest in Byron Bay, these two women of rock will join forces for an arena tour which marks Crow’s first performances in Australia for a decade.

Ask her how long they have known each other and she jokes it’s “90 years”.

“We do go a long way back, we kinda came up together, she started right before I did,” she says.

“There’s a lot we have in common. We both have had breast cancer. And both have had to claw our way up in a very male dominated industry and both have had longevity.

“There haven’t been many women who have been able to do that. For me, and dare I say, for her as well, these gigs are going to be a celebration of that ... and super fun.”



While album sales aren’t what they used to be — Crow is estimated to have sold 50 million records during her career with Etheridge not far behind her — both women have continued to find new fans.

Although the discovery that a younger generation has embraced their music is usually delivered with that classic line: “My mum is a really big fan of yours.”

“Listen, I am down with that,” Crow says, laughing.

“I don’t care if you are getting the music by osmosis as long as you are getting it. That’s how I got my music; my parents were the first people to play me Aretha Franklin, Mavis Staples, James Brown.

“I love that music can be a family thing.”



Yet music doesn’t dominate her own home in Nashville. While her sons Wyatt, 10 and Levi, 7, enjoy it, Crow says their presence in her life means “I don’t feel it the same way I used to”.

“I love watching my kids and playing with my kids ... Music can be a part of that I am able to turn on and off,” she says.

“My kids are enjoying music, having it on the background but they don’t love it all the time. And they don’t love that part of mommy’s life when I am gone.”

They have more recently had to share their mum — ahead of the family coming to Australia next month — with Keith Richards, Chuck D, Don Henley, Willie Nelson and Stevie Nicks.

Crow has been working on an “all star” record for the past couple of years which is expected to be released in late 2018.

“It’s very humbling when they say yes,” she says.

“Chuck D did his recording just last night. There’s these moments when everything comes full circle and working with an artist like Chuck D reminds you of that.”



The musician has been a vocal campaigner and activist both politically and socially for most of her career and recently weighed into the #GrammysTooMale debate suggesting the academy should consider reintroducing female categories to redress the imbalance of winners.

Women won only 17 of the 86 awards on offer at the 2018 Grammys, with academy president Neil Portnow sparking outrage with his clumsily worded response suggesting females in the industry needed to “step up” to improve gender representation.

“The Grammys are a lot more than the awards that get seen on television and a lot of women get overlooked by virtue of them taking away the female categories,” she says.

“This is a conversation that is going to be had whether the people in charge like it or not. It is not just a TV show and what’s show on TV is dictated by viewership and that’s dictated by what’s popular and will keep people’s attention.

“There’s got to be some way to draw that line.”

Sheryl Crow and Melissa Etheridge perform at Bluesfest, Byron Bay on April 1 and then Riverside Theatre, Perth, April 3, Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre, April 4, Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne, April 6 and ICC Theatre, Sydney, April 7.

SOURCE: Herald Sun

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[ARTICLE] “If It Makes You Happy” Is (Still) Having A Moment (Stereogum)

By Gabriela Tully Claymore
Stereogum

My downstairs neighbors have a habit of getting wine-drunk and singing old songs. They generally break out stuff like “Love Shack” or “We Are Family.” Sometimes, it’s just indistinguishable shrieking. Usually, it’s extremely annoying. But a few weeks ago, while I was cooking something for dinner and enjoying a moment of solitude, I heard a sound that made me really happy. It was the chorus of Sheryl Crow’s 1996 single “If It Makes You Happy,” a song that I, too, have shrieked along to with a gaggle of friends. “IF IT MAKES YOU HAPPY/ IT CAN’T BE THAT BAD/ IF IT MAKES YOU HAPPY/ THEN WHY THE HELL ARE YOU SO SAD?” The sound of that chorus emanated from the floorboards, clear as anything. Nothing about these lyrics is particularly special, but the feeling you get when you’re yelling along to them is immeasurable. It’s like magic. I couldn’t help but sing with them.

That particular feeling of catharsis, the one you get when the entire world seems to fall away and all that exists is you and a song you’re screaming, if only for a moment, occurs in a lot of places. It’s the “Wanna change my clothes, my hair, my FACE!” in Springsteen’s “Dancing In The Dark”; the “hooooooooold me closer!” in “Tiny Dancer.” It’s pretty much the entirety of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” or Oasis’ “Wonderwall.” It’s the music that brings the kind of joy you can’t really explain, you can only experience. The chorus of “If It Makes You Happy” was designed to make you want to participate; it’s a life-affirming piece of pop, something you can put on at the end of a long shitty day and feel renewed.

 

Lately we’ve witnessed a lot of “If It Makes You Happy” sing-alongs. Last month Best Coast covered it on Valentine’s Day at a benefit for Planned Parenthood; Maggie Rogers brought Sharon Van Etten onstage to duet the song last summer; Screaming Females recorded a version for The AV Club back in 2012, and they’ve performed the song live in years since. FIDLAR did it in 2015, and Kelly Clarkson took it on as a fan request onstage in Chicago that same year.

Most recently, newcomer Phoebe Bridgers was joined by Conor Oberst and Soccer Mommy for a lively rendition of Crow’s song at the Music Hall Of Williamsburg. “The way I feel about this song is the way I feel about Sheryl. She may have put out a duet with Kid Rock but if she makes me happy, she can’t be that bad. I think this is the perfect pop song. No matter how I’m feeling, I really can’t listen to this song and stay mad,” Bridgers told me over email. It is a song that artists love to sing, perhaps because it encourages a certain level of audience participation, a total crowd-pleaser.

Of course, “If It Makes You Happy” is not some random unearthed gem of yesteryear. When Crow released the song on her 1996 self-titled album, “If It Makes You Happy” was the lead single and an instant radio hit. It was co-written by Jeff Trot, a guitarist and singer/songwriter who is best known for working with Crow on some of her biggest hits including “Everyday Is A Winding Road,” “Strong Enough,” and “Soak Up The Sun.” The song peaked at #10 on the Hot 100 and it eventually won Best Female Rock Vocal Performance at the Grammys the following year. It’s the kind of song that seems like it’s existed for centuries, a song that everyone knows the chorus to.

Its ubiquity over 20 years since its release isn’t indebted to many pop culture references, but there is that one scene from the 2002 film Crossroads. It goes like this: Small town BFFs played by Britney Spears, Zoe Saldana, and Taryn Manning are on a cross-country road trip with their hot new man friend. The trio have just graduated from high school and they have both a literal and metaphorical long road ahead of them. When “If It Makes You Happy” comes on the radio the three girls start singing along as if all of those quirky lyrics are somehow imprinted in their DNA.

 

But that’s it. That’s the most notable appearance of “If It Makes You Happy” in a piece of media aside from the memorable video, which finds Crow performing in a series of Extremely ’90s outfits at LA’s Natural History Museum. Her hair is straightened and she sings directly to the camera; it’s confrontational but it’s also a little silly, a patchwork of ideas that leave you thinking that the ’90s were a strange time. “If It Makes You Happy” seems to be maintained by karaoke bars and by songwriters who grew up hearing it play on the radio the same way it did in Crossroads. Crow has a unique appeal; her music is definitely pop, it’s guitar-driven, it’s country-ish but not country enough to really be country. In fact, “If It Makes You Happy” was originally written as a country song, before it was transformed into a rock number to make it more radio friendly.

That should be obvious. “If It Makes You Happy” initiates with the twang of a guitar and a drawl vocal styling. Country music’s reigning cool girl Kacey Musgraves broke into “If It Makes You Happy” while touring Pageant Material in Nashville, where Crow lives with her two kids. Crow herself walked onstage after the first chorus to perform the second half. (Artists love singing “If It Makes You Happy” with Sheryl Crow. Ryan Adams did it at ACL in 2004, and Elvis Costello and Neko Case did a version with her in 2009.) Musgraves and Crow grinned at one another when they sang what is inarguably the best lyric to the song: “OK, I still get stoned/ I’m not the kind of girl you take home.” It’s a joy to watch Musgraves, who was applauded for writing a country song about weed, sing that lyric alongside Crow, a songwriter who’s always managed to sneak both humor and pathos into her hits. The two have a lot in common.

 

Aside from its rousing chorus, “If It Makes You Happy” is a weird song. Lyrically, I mean. On paper, it reads as a series of non-sequiturs, a laundry list of stuff that rhymes and sounds good together even though it might not make all that much sense. “I put on a poncho, played for mosquitoes/ And drank ‘til I was thirsty again,” meets us from the outset, before Crow recalls a time she scoured “thrift store jungles” for a few collectibles. Like Geronimo’s rifle, Benny Goodman’s cursive pen, and Marilyn Monroe’s shampoo. On the original country version, that line is actually “Marilyn’s lipstick.” When Crow performed the song live in Detroit in ‘99, she changed that lyric to “Marilyn’s dildo” which is, of course, the superior choice of the three.

Crow’s wordplay has always been a unique element of her songwriting and a lot of her most popular songs have goofy little adages thrown in. “If It Makes You Happy” contains her most memorable. It’s a mainstream song about feeling like an outsider, or at least, a person who’s a little too unhinged to be everyone’s favorite Girl Next Door. In this song, that’s something to be proud of, so it’s unsurprising that there are so many young Crow disciples performing her hits over 20 years after “If It Makes You Happy” debuted. It is a song that makes you want to keep on keepin’ on, even when you’re the reason you’re so miserable in the first place.

SOURCE: Stereogum

 

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