May 2016

[NEWS] Sheryl Crow featured on "Crossroads Revisited": 3 CD Live Set

Nearly four hours of landmark live performances have been culled from Eric Clapton's four Crossroads Guitar Festivals to create a 41 track set out July 1 on Rhino Records. It will be available in physical and digital editions.

"Crossroads Revisited: Selections From The Crossroads Guitar Festival" was recorded at the 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2013 musical events. The performances include those by festival founder, Eric Clapton, and guest artists that form a veritable who's who of guitarists from blues, rock, jazz, country and world music. Featured are B.B. King, J.J. Cale, Buddy Guy, Hubert Sumlin, Vince Gill, John Mayer, Sheryl Crow, Gary Clark Jr, Jimmie Vaughan, James Burton, Carlos Santana, Steve Winwood, Jeff Beck, Pino Daniele, Sonny Landreth, Albert Lee, Willie Nelson, Joe Walsh, Ronnie Wood, James Taylor, Susan Tedeschi, Robert Cray, Keith Urban and more.

Sheryl is featured on 4 tracks:

- Tulsa Time
- Our Love is Fading
- On The Road Again (with Willie Nelson)
- Lay Down Sally (with Vince Gill)

Eric Clapton founded the Crossroads Guitar Festival to raise funds for Crossroads Centre Antigua, a treatment and education facility he established in 1998 to help people suffering from chemical dependency and other addictions.

Crossroads Revisited: Selections From The Crossroads Guitar Festival Track List

Disc One
01. Sweet Home Chicago – Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, Hubert Sumlin & Jimmie Vaughan (2004)
02. Rock Me Baby – Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, B.B. King & Jimmie Vaughan (2004)
03. Steam Roller – James Taylor with Joe Walsh (2004)
04. What The Cowgirls Do – Vince Gill with Jerry Douglas (2004)
05. After Midnight – J.J. Cale with Eric Clapton (2004)
06. Green Light Girl – Doyle Bramhall II (2004)
07. Hell At Home – Sonny Landreth with Eric Clapton (2007)
08. City Love – John Mayer (2004)
09. Funk 49 – Joe Walsh (2004)
10. Drums Of Passion (Jingo) – Carlos Santana with Eric Clapton (2004)
11. Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers – Jeff Beck (2007)
12. Have You Ever Loved A Woman (Blues In C) – Eric Clapton (2004)
13. Layla – Clapton (2004)

Disc Two
01. Little By Little – Susan Tedeschi with The Derek Trucks Band (2007)
02. Poor Johnny – The Robert Cray Band (2007)
03. Paying The Cost To Be The Boss – B.B. King with The Robert Cray Band, Jimmie Vaughan & Hubert Sumlin (2007)
04. Tulsa Time – Sheryl Crow with Eric Clapton, Vince Gill & Albert Lee (2007)
05. On The Road Again – Willie Nelson with Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill & Albert Lee (2007)

06. Isn’t It A Pity – Eric Clapton (2007)
07. Belief – John Mayer (2007)
08. Mas Y Mas – Los Lobos (2007)
09. Big Block – Jeff Beck (2007)
10. Presence Of The Lord – Steve Winwood & Eric Clapton (2007)
11. Cocaine – Eric Clapton (2004)
12. Waiting For The Bus / Jesus Just Left Chicago – ZZ Top (2010)
13. Don’t Owe You A Thang – Gary Clark Jr. (2010)
14. Bright Lights – Gary Clark Jr. (2010)

Disc Three
01, Our Love Is Fading – Sheryl Crow with Eric Clapton, Doyle Bramhall II & Gary Clark Jr. (2010)
02. Lay Down Sally – Vince Gill with Sheryl Crow, Keb’ Mo’, Albert Lee, James Burton & Earl Klugh (2010)

03. Space Captain – Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band with Warren Haynes, David Hidalgo, Cesar Rosas & Chris Stainton (2010)
04. Hammerhead – Jeff Beck (2010)
05. Five Long Years – Buddy Guy with Jonny Lang & Ronnie Wood (2010)
06. Hear My Train A Comin’ – Doyle Bramhall II (2010)
07. Dear Mr. Fantasy – Steve Winwood & Eric Clapton (2010)
08. Born Under A Bad Sign – Booker T. with Steve Cropper, Keb’ Mo’, Blake Mills, Matt “Guitar” Murphy & Albert Lee (2013)
09. Everyday I Get The Blues – The Robert Cray Band with B.B. King, Eric Clapton & Jimmie Vaughan (2013)
10. Please Come Home – Gary Clark Jr. (2013)
11. Tumbling Dice – Vince Gill with Keith Urban & Albert Lee (2013)
12. I Shot The Sheriff – Eric Clapton (2010)


[NEWS] Majorettes & Cheerleaders

I've just read on an italian newspaper (Il Foglio) that Sheryl was a well known cheerleader. Sorry, but it's incorrect. She was, in fact, a drum majorette (female leader of a marching band) and baton twirler! It's not the first time the media are in error though.

Here's an excerpt from a Q&A that Academy of Achievements had with Sheryl few years ago:

"I was a drum majorette, yes. It was fun. I was never really cut out to be a cheerleader. I just was always in music, but it was fun. It felt like a leadership role to me, but at the same time, it was just all about flamboyance and also being in front of a large musical entity, and I really loved that."

Below is a photo of Sheryl in majorette uniform taken during the high school years (1978/79 I think). ‪


[NEWS] Sheryl on Bob Dylan's "Mississippi" (RS Magazine)

Sheryl is one of the artists selected by the Rolling Stone magazine to comment the "100 Greatest Bob Dylan Songs" special.


Sheryl Crow: "I released "Mississippi" before Dylan did, on my album The Globe Sessions. It changed the whole record. There's no fat in the song – every line has a purpose. He said that he liked every line of his songs to have the possibility of being the first line of a new song. That's certainly the case with "Mississippi." He gets very philosophical about aging, telling a story about redemption and resolution for the Everyman in a way that's almost biblical: "Well, my ship's been split to splinters and it's sinkin' fast/I'm drownin' in the poison, got no future, got no past/But my heart is not weary, it's light and it's free."

It's Dylan writing like a short story writer, like Steinbeck or Mark Twain – creating a story, but making these classical, sweeping statements. "Mississippi" is our introduction to Dylan as somebody facing mortality with an upbeat attitude. Bob Dylan may have turned 70 a couple of years ago, but he never gets older to me. That's what mythological characters are all about."


More songs and commentary HERE


PS: Happy Birthday, Bob!



[OPINION] Sieger on Songs: “A Change Would Do You Good”

Great song by the underrated Sheryl Crow. Why can’t she get more respect?

By John Sieger
Originally published on

There’s success and then there’s respect. I imagine the former is not all that hard to take without the latter. Michael Bolton is probably on his private island right now getting a foot massage from a former super model — and the last thing worrying him is that he’s considered a laughingstock.

Sheryl Crow gets a lot of respect to go with her cash mountain, but is it enough? She can go toe to toe with any male superstar. She has everything Tom Petty has, but I don’t think the level of esteem is as high. Since there’s no respect meter I’m aware of, I might be wrong about that.

I found her first hit single annoying at first, and in that respect, I may have been guilty as well of underestimating her. “All I Wanna Do” coming from The Rolling Stones, or any other band of roues, would have struck me as cool. But I’ve evolved, as the politicians like to say, and feel like sticking up for a sister who is probably more than able to defend herself.

A brilliant melodist and witty lyricist, Crow works in collaboration quite often. She has a degree in composition and performance, so she’s not a diva/puppet given writing credit for the occasional apostrophe. She’s a multi-instrumentalist who started producing on her second album. Her bonafides are all in order.

Crow, who is big enough to deserve a nickname like Queen Of Pop, throws out hooks at an alarming rate. The one that just rocks my planet is “A Change Would Do You Good.” Watch this one first to hear what a great song it is. Yes, the top of the pops is wonderful from time to time. Now treat yourself to this experimental video by French director, Michel Gondry. It’s a hoot and has cameos from some of my favorite comic actors.

Let’s go through some of the more surreal lyrics this side of John Lennon or Beck:

Ten years living in a paper bag
Feedback baby, he’s a flipped out cat
He’s a platinum canary, drinkin’ falstaff beer
Mercedes rule, and a rented lear
Bottom feeder insincere
Prophet lo-fi pioneer
Sell the house and go to school
Get a young girlfriend, daddy’s jewel

A change would do you good
A change would do you good

God’s little gift is on the rag
Poster girl posing in a fashion mag
Canine, feline, Jekyll and Hyde
Wear your fake fur on the inside
Queen of south beach, aging blues
Dinner’s at six, wear your cement shoes
I thought you were singing your heart out to me
Your lips were syncing and now I see

A change would do you good
A change would do you good

Chasing dragons with plastic swords
Jack off Jimmy, everybody wants more
Scully and angel on the kitchen floor
And I’m calling Buddy on the ouija board
I’ve been thinking ’bout catching a train
Leave my phone machine by the radar range
Hello it’s me, I’m not at home
If you’d like to reach me, leave me alone

A change would do you good
A change would do you good
Hello, it’s me, I’m not at home
If you’d like to reach me, leave me alone

A change would do you good


It’s very hard to get away with this level of dementia, but you know what helps? An absolutely sterling melody and chord changes that support them. The band is rocking. The William Burroughs cut-and-paste method was used to write these lyrics. The three writers actually threw snippets of ideas in a paper bag and drew them like raffle tickets. This jumble of thoughts reads like a map of a very scattered mind. One that might well need a change of scenery, as the song suggests. It has a nice snottiness to it and apparently the second verse makes an oblique reference to Madonna. It’s hard to imagine these lyrics passing through multiple filters earlier in music history. They’re blunt and a little vulgar, just like life. Crow does have the distinction of being banned from sale at Walmart — she criticized them in another song. That’s a badge of honor.

In 2019 Sheryl Crow will be eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I hope she goes in on the first ballot on the merit of her sturdy, snappy and memorable songs and performances. And I hope Tom Petty gets to induct her. They might actually be the same person.


[NEWS] Quilt art and ticket giveaway set for pre-party for City Farmhouse Pop Up

By Cathi Aycock
Style Homepage

Sheryl Crow might not be able to literally wrap dozens of Syrian refugees in a comforting quilt and offer them respite. But she is coming really close.

Crow, a Grammy-winning artist who lives in Middle Tennessee, is offering pieces of her personal collection of antique quilts to raise money for a cause close to her heart.

The Sheryl Crow Repurposed Quilt For Charity Project is a repurposed collaborative that will launch at the upcoming City Farmhouse Pop-up Fair at The Factory at Franklin on June 17-18.

Each of the donated quilts will be repurposed by three artists who vied for the opportunity to use their creative skills to transform the patchwork quilts into something new.

Robelyn Dorman of Waco, Texas; Darrell Ezekiel of Birmingham, Alabama; and Tennessee resident Laura Locke, of Covington, will turn the quilts into a collection of bags, a piece of wall art and an upholstered antique settee, respectively. The items will be auctioned at the City Farmhouse Pop-up Fair, with the monies raised going to help Syrian refugees.

“We want shoppers to experience something unexpected at our shows, especially since people travel from all over the world to attend them. When you go to one of our pop-ups, you’ll see it’s like a small community of friends who share a passion for old pieces that tell a story, and Sheryl has become a part of that,” says Kim Leggett who, along with husband, David, are owners of the downtown Franklin antiques shop from where the event derives its name.

The City Farmhouse Pop-up Fair attracted nearly 20,000 visitors to Franklin last year from all over the world. And Leggett is aware the small-town-vibe-meets-global-heart is part of the charm of the event.

“The Pop-up still has the small-town feel everyone seems to feel when they come. It’s like a group of hometown friends, even though we have people who come from Europe, Australia, up the road in Chattanooga and across the United States from California and beyond. And now Sheryl is using her quilts, which feel really homey and comforting, to raise money for folks who need help,” says Leggett.

For information and tickets to the City Farmhouse Pop-up Fair, click here.

The #CityFarmhousePopup Fairs have been named one of the top five events to attend
by Southern Living, the top October event to attend in Tennessee by Garden & Gun,
and the #1 Flea Market/Antique Show by Romantic Country.

SOURCE: Style Homepage


[PIC] New photo from the studio recording sessions


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Wow, I also had a Maestro phaser! :-)

Love that thing!


[NEWS] See Sheryl Crow Live! Cowgirl magazine contest

If there’s one thing Nashville knows how to do, it’s throw a party. The 2016 July 4th celebration promises to be its biggest and brightest ever! This year, with a new location, the free concert moves to two stages at Ascend Amphitheater and The Green at Riverfront Park. With Sheryl Crow headlining, celebrants enjoy a day full of free live music and family fun in the heart of downtown Nashville. The celebration continues with an incredible fireworks show choreographed to the Grammy-award-winning Nashville Symphony’s original medley of songs. Along with headliner Sheryl Crow, the full day of live music also includes performances from Maddie & Tae, Erin McCarley, Andrew Combs, Ruby Amanfu, and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. What better way to celebrate our country’s independence than with free live music in the heart of the city built on music?

COWGIRL readers now have a chance to win and experience the Music City’s July 4th Celebration VIP style, with hotel accommodations and more! COWGIRL magazine, in association with good friends, Durango Boots, will send one lucky winner to join the party, complete with hotel, airfare and much more. Grand Prize Package includes two round-trip airfare tickets, 3 nights hotel accommodations at Hilton Nashville Downtown, special access passes to the July 4th event, 2 pairs of Durango Boots, Nashville Attraction Pass valid for two admissions/discounts to over 30 attractions and a Music City Gift bag. In addition, 25 runner-ups will receive a one-year subscription to COWGIRL.

To enter the COWGIRL Sweepstakes, go to

SOURCE: Cowgirl magazine

[VIDEO] Behind The Scenes With Sheryl for Country Living Magazine


[NEWS] City Farmhouse News!


We're excited to be headed to our girl Sheryl Crow's house for a photo shoot for City Farmhouse Style! We're shooting a special space that we're so in love with! Can't wait for you to see it in the book.

It's hard to believe that the City Farmhouse Pop-up Fair is just around the corner! And we are so exited that once again Sheryl Crow is so generous to support a worthy cause (Syrian Refugees).

About a month ago Sheryl donated 3 of her quilts to be repurposed into art. Out of over 300 entires we have chosen three outstanding artists to represent this cause.




[TWEETS] Relax & Recreation


[PIX] Share a Coke and a Song

Coke classic
(Pic courtesy of Teresa Andreani)

Diet Coke
(pic by rosservat)


[PIX] Sheryl on the June issue of Country Living magazine

on newsstands May 17



[NEWS] Inspire Nashville Gala 2016 - 10 May

Sheryl Crow honors Scott Hamilton, wife at gala for Onsite

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Grammy-winning singer Sheryl Crow helped bring in a great crowd Tuesday night for a gala supporting the Onsite, which offers therapeutic retreats for people.

The event at Marathon Music Works honored Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton and his wife Tracie for their charitable work.

Crow performed during the gala, but before taking the stage, she talked with News 2 about what it means to honor the Hamiltons.

“It’s wonderful to be here to celebrate Scott and Tracie Hamilton. They do so much in the community,” she said.

“They just are always involved in the community and always lifting people up so it’s great to have so many people in the room to basically say thank you,” Crow continued.

And you may have heard, Sheryl crow will be head-lining the July 4th celebration in Nashville this year, something she told us she’s really looking forward to.

“Oh my gosh, I’m so excited to be playing at the Ascend on the Fourth of July,” Crow exclaimed. “And I hear the fireworks in Nashville are like the best in the nation so I’m very excited.



Snippet of AOYS
Vid by Loretta Daniel Wilson

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Marathon Music Works
Nashville, TN
10 May 2016

Photo: Melanie Phelps

Photo: Kristin King Holley




[PIC] Some cool vintage stuff :)


Pic courtesy by Shannon Del Siblock via Cassette Collectors

Here's his comments:

Took me 23 years to buy a copy of this album. To me Pop is best served cold. Great album. Sheryl Crow - Tuesday Night Music Club

Mark Drifter: was it worth all the searching & waiting?

Shannon Del Siblock: it is. I didn't have the time and money in the 90's to buy all the contemporary stuff. Just keeping up with the releases of my favourites was expensive. There wasn't really a lot of searching. I've only been after it since I heard a couple others of hers I found on cd. I call it pop but it's really a cool rootsy mellow rock album.



[VIDEO] Sheryl Crow - Sixty Six Strings Teaser


[NEWS] Unauthorized Prince Videos Pour onto YouTube, a Practice He Opposed

By Hannah Karp & Mike Ayers
Wall Street Journal
5 May 2016

The day after Prince died two weeks ago, Peter Stroud, a guitarist for Sheryl Crow, went digging in his video archives for footage of a 1999 performance in Toronto that featured Prince and Ms. Crow performing her hit “Everyday Is a Winding Road.” After Mr. Stroud uploaded the video to YouTube, Ms. Crow posted it on her Facebook page. Prince fan sites and media outlets picked it up, where it’s now attracted more than 200,000 views.
Write to Hannah Karp at and Mike Ayers at

Prince almost certainly wouldn’t have approved. More than most artists, he fiercely protected his music for years. But now a glut of posthumous videos is pouring online, including live performances and promotional clips for hits such as “1999.” The videos have appeared on a wide range of sites, but as one of the most heavily trafficked destinations on the Web, YouTube is the main outlet for the Prince material.

“It’s probably one of those things that if he is aware on some spiritual plane, he’s probably slightly ticked with me,” said Ms. Crow in an interview. “But there is a part of me who feels like celebrating who he was.”

Since YouTube launched just over a decade ago, the late pop star spent considerable resources trying to keep his music off the free site. He paid outside firms and enlisted family members, friends, crew and fans to remove his material by sending what are known as “takedown notices” to YouTube and other sites hosting his videos without permission.

Prince’s rotating cast of Internet police has included his sister, Tyka Nelson, as well as Web Sheriff Ltd. Co., a 20-person firm with offices in London and Los Angeles that helps dozens of clients scrub unsanctioned videos from the Web, according to people familiar with the matter. Others tasked for the job included his former chief of staff and tour manager, Theo London. One former personal assistant, Mariah Brown, said Prince asked her on several occasions to send takedown notices.

Prince was “always online,” often scouting new musicians for his band, said Ms. Brown, 25 years old, who is now pursuing a modeling career in Los Angeles. In the process he sometimes came across his music in unsanctioned videos. When he first asked her to send takedown requests, she recalls thinking: “Yeah, sure, however I do that...I’ll figure it out.”

Prince’s team hasn’t given up. Web Sheriff has requested that more than 1,200 videos be taken down over the past two weeks, according to Google’s transparency report, a company service which reports requests it gets from users. That figure doesn’t include requests submitted to Google’s own YouTube. But so far, their effort has been largely overwhelmed by the volume of videos now being uploaded by fans around the world, according to people familiar with the matter, and Prince’s camp hasn’t beefed up its task force.

The deluge of unauthorized Prince videos on YouTube highlights arguments over the legal framework that allowed YouTube to grow so rapidly in the first place, amassing more than 1 billion monthly users in 11 years.

Since 2007, YouTube has offered a system called Content ID. It automatically generates takedown notices when users upload unauthorized videos featuring master audio recordings in its database whose rights have been claimed by record labels, music publishers, artists or other rights holders. The system handles 99.5% of YouTube’s music copyright claims, a spokeswoman said. But music-industry executives say there are plenty of ways users can beat the system, such as removing a brief snippet from the song or slightly slowing down the recording using YouTube’s own speed-adjusting settings. And music publishers say that while Content ID is nearly 100% effective at catching use of unaltered recordings in cases when YouTube has the “master” on file, the system doesn’t always capture live performances or cover versions of songs.

Copyright infringement not caught by Content ID must be found manually by searching the site with descriptive terms. Once the particular infringing video is discovered, Content ID users can either opt to monetize it or block it from popping up again. Rights holders not using Content ID, meanwhile, can send takedown notices to YouTube, which is obligated to remove the material in question, though if the same video popped up again a rights holder would have to issue additional notices or join Content ID to automate the claim.

Though YouTube does have licenses from thousands of rights holders, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act allows websites such as YouTube to host content that hasn’t been licensed first, as long as the company responds promptly to takedown notices. YouTube gives users three copyright “strikes” before their accounts are shut down. They can, however, cancel a strike by taking an online “copyright school” course and avoiding violations for six months. Content ID doesn’t keep records of what material has been subject to DMCA takedown claims, potentially leading to a game of Whac-A-Mole for copyright owners.

Prince isn’t the only big artist to have successfully kept much of his work off of the Internet, though few have been so vigilant. Acts and their labels generally ramp up takedown efforts for new releases to drive sales at a time when demand is high. Taylor Swift, for example, generally succeeded in keeping her last album “1989” off YouTube as a whole, releasing on YouTube only the songs for which she’d made music videos. But her team didn’t eliminate her live videos and cover songs.

Prince’s primary motivation wasn’t to maximize sales, according to people who knew him. He felt that taping his performances and sharing them without his permission amounted to theft. He believed that artists should have full control over the use of their names, likenesses and work.

Prince controlled his online presence primarily via his music-publishing copyrights, which he owned and, in the last few years of his life, directly controlled. From 2001 until 2012, Vivendi SA ’s Universal Music Publishing Group administered his music publishing on his behalf. During that time he pushed the publisher to send out numerous takedown notices.

One well-known example: Stephanie Lenz posted a 29-second video of her kids dancing to “Let’s Go Crazy.” The mom later sued Universal for failing to consider what she felt was “fair use” of the music. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last year that the publisher could be held liable if it hadn’t considered fair use. Ms. Lenz is exploring whether to go back to trial with the appellate court’s guidance, said a spokeswoman for her attorney.

After parting ways with Universal, he had his own publishing company, NPG Music Publishing, to handle administrative duties, while leaning on a constantly changing mixture of family, friends, employees and third-party rights-management services—as well as YouTube’s Content ID—to keep his songs off the Internet.

Warner Bros. Records, which released Prince’s first 18 albums, never had to send takedown orders because Prince and his team saw to it himself. He never asked for the label’s help, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Unless they are pressured by an artist to do otherwise, the major labels generally favor licensing their music to YouTube and collecting a share of revenue from advertising which the videosharing site runs with it.

Mr. Stroud, the Sheryl Crow guitarist, said of the recent video: “If somebody from the Prince camp had something to say, of course we’d talk to them about it.”

So far, they haven’t been contacted. But ultimately, he said the decision to share the video should be up to Ms. Crow. “It’s her song, it was her show,” he said.

SOURCE: Wall Street Journal