[NEWS] Rascal Flatts on Tour Special Guest Sheryl Crow: ‘She’s Already Iconic’
By Angela Stefano
Summer has officially begun for Rascal Flatts. Earlier this month, the trio embarked on their 2014 Rewind Tour, and they’re very excited to have special guest Sheryl Crow along for the ride.
“She’s one of those artists that, she’s already iconic,” Joe Don Rooney tells The Boot. “She has so many more years of music to be made, and [we're thrilled] to have her on tour.”
Crow has spent a few more years in the music industry than Rascal Flatts — she released her debut album in 1993, while their first disc came out in 2000 — but she just put out her first country album, ‘Feels Like Home,’ last year. Still, Rooney says they consider her “one of us.”
“She’s a Nashvillian now,” he says. “She’s always had that heart of country music.”
And according to the guys, the songstress doesn’t look a day over 18.
“You look at her, and it’s like, ‘My gosh, she looks like she just got out of high school,’” says Rooney.
Just as Crow continues to further her career and gain new fans, Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Rooney are hoping to do the same with their new album ‘Rewind.’
“I felt like even more with this album we had something to prove and a big statement to make,” DeMarcus tells Taste Of Country. “We love people that say they’re influenced by us, but we’re still in the game to win it, not to be one of the old guys left sitting around.”
Prior to hitting the road, Rascal Flatts spent their spring helping out Outnumber Hunger, a collaboration between General Mills, Big Machine Label Group and Feeding America that supports local food banks.
They also recently stopped by our partner site Taste Of Country to record acoustic versions of some of their new songs as part of their Off The Record series.
[LIVE PIX & REVIEW] Kingston, NY - 29 May
Review and Photos by Janet
Sheryl came out in a nice black tassel leather jacket and cool boots. Her voice was perfectly clear and sounded awesome. There is great sound in the Ulser Performing Arts Center. She sang all her big hits starting with “All I want to do”. Some of the songs I remember were: Home, Redemption Day, Can’t Cry, Happy, winding road, Shotgun, Easy, Nobodies business, Best of Times (wild harmonica performance), Picture/can’t get enough.
She came out at the end and sang Rockin Roll and she put all her heart effort into this performance. Even I was exhausted! Before she sang Redemption day, she said she was a mother and the phone rang at 10pm, which was like the middle of the night for her. Lol It was Johnny Cash’s daughter. Johnny Cash sang Redemption Day and had asked Sheryl questions about it before he passed. Anyway she sang the song with his voice in the background and backdrop visuals (videos) of him. Most of the show had background visuals. It made for a nice effect. At one point she sat on the floor and sang.
She also went up to the front row to shake hands with the fans. She’s a sweet and great performer. Waving to the fans too. If you wave to her, she waves back sometimes. She is very sweet an attentive to her fans. By the end of the show everyone was on their feet screaming for more. They were so loud; it was like the venue was vibrating! I’ll say it again-she is a great performer. She keeps me coming back for more. Her shows are always different with new or different songs.
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Ulster Performing Arts Center
Kingston (New York) - USA
29 May 2014
[PIC] GONE FISHIN'!
Sheryl at Charlie's Pond and Bait Shop in Kennett
(Photo: Sheryl via Twitter)
[CANDIDS] Sheryl with Melissa - 14 May 2014
Photo taken during a recent photo shoot for the AARP Magazine
Nice to see them together!
(Photo Credit Melissa Etheridge)
[LIVE PIX] IBM EDGE 2014 - 20 MAY
IBM Edge 2014
Las Vegas, Nevada (USA)
20 May 2014
[LIVE REVIEW] St. Louis, 16 May - Examiner.com
Excerpts from examiner.com
[...] Sheryl Crow, who was one of the opening acts (yes, THE Sheryl Crow), came out for a two-song performance with the band as they performed her mega hit “Picture” as well as Rascal Flatt’s “My Wish”. Crow and LeVox joked back and forth with a genuine affinity and Crow joked that this was the most fun she has had on this tour so far, which consisted of only Friday at that point.
[...] Sheryl Crow wowed the audience with a 10 song set that featured “All I Wanna Do”, “Soak Up the Sun” and “Everyday is a Winding Road”. Her voice was as strong as ever, and it is still shocking to see her opening a show for anyone. Fans certainly got their money’s worth with this show.
[LIVE PIX] Indianapolis, Indiana - 17 May
Indianapolis, Indiana (USA)
17 May 2014
[SINGLE REVIEW] "Shotgun" - countryuniverse.net
by Kevin John Coyne
May 17, 2014
Of all the rock artists who’ve parked themselves into the country genre to jump start their careers, Sheryl Crow is the most frustrating.
I love the return to her nineties sound, and “Shotgun” sounds like it could be an outtake from Sheryl Crow, the kind that would end up as a “Non-LP” track on the CD single for “If it Makes You Happy” or “Everyday is a Winding Road.”
But that highlights the two problems with Crow’s detour into country music. For one, her sound hasn’t changed much. It’s the boundaries of what’s considered country that have done all the moving. And two, her songwriting is as tepid as ever, with a radio single from 2014 that wouldn’t have been good enough to make the actual album eighteen years ago. Honestly, she hasn’t written a great song since The Globe Sessions.
Country radio would be better served by skipping this one and adding “Home” or “Members Only” instead. They’d sound no less out of place than “Shotgun” and would be better than most of what’s currently on the dial anyway.
Written by Sheryl Crow, Chris DuBois, Kelley Lovelace, and John Shanks
[NEWS] Sheryl to play Carrie McGavock in a Civil War historical commemoration
Local Celebrities Sheryl Crow and Rodney Atkins portray historic characters
FRANKLIN — A group of recent Leadership Franklin graduates hosted a launch party April 28 at Circa Grill for their driving tour app created as a community project as part of their experience in the program. The app, “Voices of the Battle: A Driving Tour from The Carter House to Carnton Plantation,” is available on iTunes.
“Nearly 150 years have passed since the Battle of Franklin on Nov. 30, 1864 and we knew the city would be in the spotlight this year,” said group member, Kelly Gilfillan. “With this being the year of the Sesquicentennial, when tasked with creating a project to better the city of Franklin, our group quickly decided to commemorate this battle in some way.”
The tour highlights firsthand accounts of 15 people deeply affected by or significant to this battle.
“For the recordings, we invited local citizens and celebrities to represent the part of the real life players,” Gilfillan said. “We are thrilled to have celebrities such as Grammy-Award winning music artist Sheryl Crow portraying Carrie McGavock of Carnton Plantation and country music artist Rodney Atkins portraying Spencer Talley, a Confederate soldier.”
The tour will move along Columbia Pike and Lewisburg Pike with stops at historical sites including the Carter House, Lotz House, Carter cotton gin, Collins Farm, Carnton Plantation and Toussaint L’Overture Cemetery. Local citizens included in the portrayals besides Crow and Atkins include Joel Tomlin, Jay Sheridan, Jimmy Gentry, Caroline Cross, Milissa Reierson, Robert Blair and Shanna Jackson. Local authors Robert Hicks, Eric A. Jacobson and Lisa Patton, local radio personality Tom Lawrence, and local actor Chris Bosen also were recorded.
The group worked with app developer, NeoTreks, a development company that partnered with the Civil War Trust on their battlefield apps.
Leadership Franklin is a non-profit leadership organization that develops projects aimed at serving the Franklin community.
Each year, a new member class is selected from applicants that represent Franklin in diversity of industry, ethnicity and age. Class members are executives and senior community leaders selected to represent a cross-section of Franklin and Williamson County. Participants work through an eight-month program that develops knowledge of Franklin, understanding of issues and organizations in Williamson Count, and vision for local improvements.
Leadership Franklin class members work together and with local leaders to develop initiatives that benefit Franklin and Williamson County across areas that include government, business, law enforcement, education, media and quality of life.
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The Tale of Carrie McGavock
[LIVE PIX & REVIEW] St. Louis, Missouri - 16 May
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
St. Louis, Missouri (USA)
with Rascal Flatts and Gloriana
16 May 2014
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- REVIEW -
By Amanda St. Amand
Excerpt from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
[...] But wait, there's more. Opening act Sheryl Crow (how is THAT possible?) came out to duet with them on her hit, "Picture." And she stayed around to join them on their mega hit, "My Wish."
When Crow vowed this was the most fun she's ever had on tour, she sounded like she meant it. Their songs together sounded fresh, unrehearsed and like they were just having fun -- if they practiced that, they certainly succeeded.
But then it was back to just Rascal Flatts, who delighted dozens and dozens of fans by walking into different parts of the bowl to keep on singing "Summer Nights" while posing for an endless stream of selfies with cell-phone toting fans.
Crow and the pre-opening opener Gloriana came back on stage to join Rascal Flatts on "Life is a Highway" for another jam session that looked like they could have all been hanging out in someone's garage.
After a 19-song set (including encore) that closed with "'Me and My Gang," fans were wishing this was a gang that would stay together.
Because Crow was masterful in her 10-song set, mostly a catalog of hits like "My Favorite Mistake," "A Change Would Do You Good," and "If It Makes You Happy."
She's taken a country turn of late with last year's album, "Feels Like Home" and delivered her new single, "Shotgun." But it was on "Best of Times" that she shined her brightest, delivering some wicked harmonica licks with her band that had much of the audience on its feet.
If you've forgotten what a good musician the Missouri native is (and she gave a shoutout to her hometown of Kennett and her teaching days in Fenton) Crow reminded you by playing guitar and keyboard in addition to the harmonica. Coupled with her pure, clean voice, Crow could not have sounded better.
[NEWS] Sheryl to host and perform @ Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years
Austin City Limits announces star-studded 40th anniversary benefit concert
By Arden Ward
Big milestones call for big celebrations — and often more than one. Such is the case for Austin City Limits, which is now celebrating its 40th year of programming.
Official celebrations started earlier this year with the announcement of the inaugural inductees of the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame. That announcement was followed by a star-studded event featuring Willie Nelson at Studio 6A in April.
And the party's still going strong. On Thursday morning, KLRU announced it will host another all-star blowout to celebrate the show's unparalleled legacy. The benefit concert, "Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years," will take place on June 26 at ACL Live at the Moody Theater and offer attendees a colorful look at some of the show's most memorable performances.
Legendary acts such as Kris Kristofferson, Bonnie Raitt and Robert Earl Keen will take the stage alongside contemporary favorites like Alabama Shakes and Gary Clark Jr. The event will be hosted by Jeff Bridges and Sheryl Crow, who are also scheduled to perform.
Part of a two-hour primetime special, the concert will air on October 3, but you don't have to wait until the fall to see it. Tickets are available to the public and go on sale Friday, May 16 at 11 am. They start at $75 per person, and benefit KLRU-TV, which we think is worth the price to experience the magic of an Austin institution.
[SINGLE REVIEW] Shotgun - www.gotcountryonline.com
By Tara Toro
[PIX ] 62nd Annual BMI Pop Awards - red carpet + show - 13 May
62nd Annual BMI Pop Awards
Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel
Beverly Hills, California (USA)
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Stars Pay Tribute To Stevie Nicks At Bmi Pop Awards
by WENN | 14 May 2014
Shakira, Adam Levine, Sheryl Crow and Lady Antebellum were among the stars who paid tribute to singer/songwriter Stevie Nicks at the BMI Pop Awards ceremony in Beverly Hills, California on Tuesday night (13May14).
The Fleetwood Mac star was feted with the Icon Award during the songwriting ceremony at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, and a number of artists took to the stage during the show to honour Nicks by performing some of her most famous songs.
Maroon 5 frontman Levine teamed up with Crow to perform Leather and Lace, country stars Lady Antebellum played Rhiannon, singer Vanessa Carlton gave an interpretation of Dreams, while Shakira sang Landslide.
Upon accepting the award, Nicks told the audience, "This is one of the best nights of my life. We are reporters - we songwriters write songs about life, not just love... I wrote my first song when I was 15 and a half, and this is what you have to look forward to if you really want to do this."
Other awards went to Levine, who was named Songwriter of the Year along with Ryan Lewis and his collaborator Macklemore, and producer/songwriter Jeff Bhasker.
The Lumineers' Ho Hey was named Song of the Year, while other featured tracks included Thrift Shop by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Roar by Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake's Mirrors, and I Knew You Were Trouble by Taylor Swift.
[NEWS] New single - Shotgun poster
[2014 TOUR] New Date Added
For tickets and info go to: http://www.admission.com/event/billets/she40919?language=en-us&tm_link=tm_header_lang2
[LIVE PIX] Innovations 2014 - Dot's Annual Trade Show - St. Louis, 8 May
Dot's Annual Trade Show
St. Louis, Missouri (USA)
(8 May 2014)
[PIC] Doggie! Doggie!
|One of us had a photo shoot last week, the other one is just working the camera... Details about the shoot to come later!
Photo and caption: Sheryl Crow (Twitter)
[MAGAZINE] Extraordinary Health - Volume 19
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[NEWS] Sheryl Nominated for CMT Male Video of the Year!
Sheryl is nominated for Female Video of the Year for "Easy" at this year's 2014 CMT Music Awards!
These awards are fan voted so click HERE and vote now. Voting ends June 2nd.