NEWS MAY 2017 - PAGE 2

[TWEETS] Masturbation, archeology and literature

"Instigate, masturbate, insulate your mental state"
(Essential Trip of Hereness)


[MAGAZINE] Guitar Aficionado cover - Latest Issue



[VIDEO] "Strangers Again" (The Story Behind The Song)




[VIDEO] "Roller Skate" - Live @ Later... with Jools Holland


Aired on 27 May 2017



[VIDEO] "My Favorite Mistake" - Live @ Later... with Jools Holland




[PIC] With Kacey Musgraves @ the Barn



[NEWS] Exclusive Interview on BBC Radio Devon

Sheryl gives an exclusive 1-hour interview and introduces her new music to Richard Green on BBC Radio Devon next Saturday @ 11:00 am (UK time, GMT +1).




[VIDEO] Alone In The Dark (The Story Behind The Song)




[VIDEO] Later... with Jools Holland - 23 May 2017


"Alone in the Dark"


"Halfway There"



[NEWS] Mini interview - Redbook magazine

Sheryl Crow: "Happiness Is a Decision You Make"

Sheryl Crow's two sons may not realize how darn cool their mom is, but we sure do. Our editor-in-chief, Meredith Rollins, grabbed her to talk about her (great!) new album, her summer tour, and how she keeps the inspiration coming.

By Meredith Rollins
Redbook magazine

Your new album, Be Myself, sounds like classic Sheryl Crow, really back to your roots. Was that the goal?

It's absolutely, unapologetically a return. It's fun — rockin', groovin'. With my last record, I wound up spending too many nights away from my kids. I really missed out on things — and I hate that, you can't get that time back. When I came out of that experience, I felt like, Okay, I want to make a record like I used to: just a couple people in the studio, boom.

Are your boys (Levi, 6, and Wyatt, 9) into your music?

They take my songs and change them, like "Are You Strong Enough to Be My Butt?" "All I Wanna Do Is Fart On You" is a favorite. They're super into potty talk. But seriously, I don't think until this record they thought that much about my music. I made it in my barn, as one does [laughs], above the horse poop. I would drop my kids off at school, then go to the barn and record. I'd take a break to pick up the boys and then work again until 5:30, and all of us would eat dinner together. So seeing me work — while knowing that I'm not going away at night — helped them realize that playing music is actually my job. But they think I'm super corny. If I hung out with the Chainsmokers, then they would think I was cool.

How will the laid-back vibe of the album translate to the Outlaw Music Festival Tour you're doing this summer?

It's going to be like a traveling festival. Willie Nelson and I are the constants, and other people will be coming in and out. I just adore Willie. He's a great man. Love his wife. It's going to be a fun summer.

Are the kids coming along?

They'll be there. We try to do a little reading or math stuff in the morning, then we go to the local kids' museum or whatever the special thing in that town is. We eat dinner together, and I always tuck them in before I go onstage. When I get back on the bus, they're asleep, and we're on to the next town.

You're also busy with your new clothing line with HSN. How did that come about?

The woman who runs the brand Lyric Culture said to me, "You have such empowering lyrics — we could do something cool," so we designed jeans and T-shirts and all kinds of stuff that has lyrics embroidered on it. There was a day and age when rock stars looked like rock stars and other people didn't. Now that fashion is going the way of everybody looking like a rock star, it's fun to be able to say, "Great, but who wants to pay $350 for a pair of jeans?" Even I don't want to pay that!

You've gone through real highs and lows over the past few years. How do you define happiness now?

Having breast cancer — although I would never recommend anyone have it — was a game changer. I had to qualify and quantify what's important and what isn't. I had to learn how to put myself first. Then my kids came along, and that also redefined my life. There's a misconception that things or people make you happy. While I derive a lot of joy from my kids, make no mistake that happiness is a decision you make. You decide whether you're going to be in a bad mood or a good mood. I see how fast life goes. I don't want to spend any time hanging on to a bad feeling. I'm constantly practicing having compassion for myself.

SOURCE: Redbook magazine


[VIDEO] The cool harmonica jam performed at the Albert Hall last saturday


"Best of Times"

Video Credits:
Dave Goodall (from 0:00 to 1:18); Phil Lee (From 1:19 to 1:43); Dave Goodall (from 1:44 to 3:00).


[VIDEO] Sheryl Crow - Soundtrack Of My Life (by NME magazine)




[LIVE REVIEW] Shepherd's Bush Empire - London - REVIEW #2

By James Jackson
The Times

Rating: 4 stars out of 5

The Missouri singer-songwriter couldn’t have seemed more casual and carefree on her flying visit to the UK — like the most glam slacker in town

You don’t share a stage with the Stones, Michael Jackson, Prince and their like, sell 50 million albums and survive cancer and a relationship with Lance Armstrong without learning a thing or two about owning a stage of your own. While it would be easy to cast Sheryl Crow in the light of some noble survivor, the Missouri singer-songwriter couldn’t have seemed more casual and carefree on her flying visit to the UK — like the most glam slacker in town.

Skinny in spangly trousers and sleeveless “Lover” T-shirt, Crow looked a good 15 years younger than her 55, suggesting she now spends her days peeling the skin off her kiwi fruit rather than the labels off her bottles of Bud. Hopping about like a goofy teenager for the opener, Everyday Is a Winding Road, then strapping on her hip-slung bass, she had the confidence to serve up four 1990s classics straight off the bat, including the barfly ode All I Wanna Do. Thereon, tracks from her new album, Be Myself, dominated, and it said much about the way they effortlessly evoke the rootsy pop hooks of her glory years that the venue’s bars remained relatively untroubled throughout.

Alone in the Dark showed she hasn’t lost her knack for a sweet chorus melody, Roller Skate’s pleas to her smartphone-glued kids caught her pithy wit. “Are you married?” she dispatched back at an audience member who was yelling that he loved her. Swipes at the “insane” stuff going on in America were good-humoured enough to end with a laid-back “whatevs”.

The mid-tempo pace was agreeable if a touch workaday, but with harmonica solos, singalongs and bursts of soloing from the Brian May-ish Peter Stroud (one of three guitarists), lulls were few. Crow could, in many ways, be an earnest female Tom Petty, but, as she beamed at the audience singing back to her the chorus of If It Makes You Happy, she seemed to be having too much fun for that. The Missouri girl has firmly got her “whatevs” groove back.

SOURCE: The Times (UK)




[PIC] When Sheryl Goes Wild...




[LIVE VIDEO] "Heartbeat Away" - Manchester - 20 May (Short Snippet)


[LIVE REVIEW] Manchester Albert Hall - Manchester - REVIEW #2


Review and Photos by Frank Ralph

Sheryl Crow brought her ‘Be Myself’ tour to Manchester’s Albert Halls and treated everybody in this wonderful venue to a career spanning 2 hour show that had absolutely everything. To say I was looking forward to this show might be an understatement – well… definitely an understatement. I once paid an extortionate amount of money for Rolling Stones tickets purely because Sheryl was supporting them and I’ve traveled the length of the country to see her in the past….

Opener C. Macleod did a great job of warming the crowd up with a batch of melancholy songs and a version of Johnny Cash’s ‘Ring of Fire’ but it was when his guitar broke and the crowd grouped together to help him get through the technical difficulties and finish the song that was the first memorable point of the night.




[LIVE REVIEW] Manchester Albert Hall - Manchester - 20 May

By John Anson
Lancashire Telegraph

Sheryl Crow certainly took the title of her new album – Be Myself - to heart as she bounded on to the stage of the Albert Hall.

For what we were treated to for the next two hours was a vintage performance from one of the most successful female singer songwriters.

In star spangled trousers and a vest top proclaiming We All Shine On, shine she certainly did.

Sheryl Crow is one of those artists you forget how many of their songs you know.

And she began what proved to be a beautifully constructed set with two of her biggest hits in the first three numbers – Every Day is A Winding Road to open with All I Wanna Do following on from A Change Would Do You Good.

It shows confidence and maturity to throw in two such obvious crowd pleasers so early but Sheryl’s not daft, she knows that there are plenty more where they came from.

The unique surroundings of the Albert Hall seemed to free up her inner rock chick as she strutted around stage high kicking, striking poses and generally – like her audience – having a blast.

Adding to the fun was the interchanging band – the bassist would become lead guitarist, the keyboard player would turn pedal steel player and then launch into a blinding guitar solo next song along.

As for Ms Crow she was frontwoman, guitarist, keyboard player, bassist and even harmonica player.

On Best of Times taken from her country album Feels Like Home – “my mom bought it and maybe my cousins” she quipped acknowledging the album’s relative lack of success – she ended lying on her back on stage playing blues harmonica while the band rocked around her.

Songs from the new album were sprinkled through the set and did not suffer at all in comparison to the well established classics.

For the new songs, Sheryl was often also the bassist – there’s something inherently cool about a female bass player – and with songs like Roller Skate, Heartbeat Away and the catchy title track you can see why critics and fans alike have raved about it being a real return to form.

Her cover of The First Cut is the Deepest was the signal for the phone brigade to start recording, If It Makes You Happy became a joyous singalong.

Occasionally the pounding drums threatened to drown out the vocals but the voice was great throughout.

The only thing you could fault her for was her inability to hold a pint –literally. Spilling lager all over the stage as she went for a swift between song slurp prompted a fit of giggles and an anxious dash on with towels by the roadies.

Encores of Run Baby Run and I Shall Believe rounded of a great night which proved that Sheryl Crow is an eloquent and relevant artist who still has plenty to say – and who certainly knows have to have a good time.

Did she make us happy? You bet she did

SOURCE: Lancashire Telegraph



[LIVE PIX] Manchester Albert Hall - 20 May



Manchester Albert Hall
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
20 May 2017



[LIVE REVIEW] Shepherd's Bush Empire - London - 19 May

Review by Nils van der Linden

Be Myself, the title of Sheryl Crow’s latest album, says it all. After flirting with soul and classic country on her last two outings, 100 Miles From Memphis and Feels Like Home, she’s gone back to her roots, embracing the sound that first made her a household name. The decision to be herself once more was clearly personal, as lyrics like “Hanging with the hipsters is a lot of hard work” make abundantly clear. But there’s the added benefit of the new material slipping seamlessly into a live show that, from the get go, leans on her first three star-making LPs.

A euphoric Everyday Is A Winding Road and hip-shaking A Change Would Do You Good, both from her self-titled 1996 offering, kick off the Friday night celebration. Led by a buoyant Crow, who twirls and bounds across the Shepherd’s Bush Empire stage, the two-hour-plus party is only just beginning. “Do you remember this?” she teases while smiling her way through a playful rendition of breakout hit All I Want To Do, before leaping into an energised take on 1998’s My Favorite Mistake, dancing at the drums during the rootsy Wurlitzer solo and joining in on keyboards as band leader Peter Stroud lets loose on his guitar.




[VIDEO] The Graham Norton Show - Song + Chat (10 Minutes)

"Be Myself"



[LIVE PIX] Concert at the Shepherd's Bush Empire in London - 19 May



O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire
London, England, United Kingdom
19 May 2017


[RADIO] Sheryl on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show (BBC Radio 2)



Interview + 4 Live Song
37 Minutes

"Be Myself" - "Everyday is a Winding Road"
"A Change" - "Go Your Own Way" (Fleetwood Mac cover)

BBC Radio 2 Studios, London, UK
19 May 2017


Photo: BBC


LIVE! Take 2
Photo: BBC


Rehearsals at 6.00 am
Photo: Sheryl Crow


Sheryl with Brian May, Liam Payne, Amber Riley,
Chris Evans (the radio host), Fred Eltringham, Robert Kearns
Photo: BBC





[NEWS] BBC News Interview - 18 May 2017

Sheryl Crow: How Prince's death impacted upon her new music

By Steven McIntosh
Entertainment reporter
BBC News

Sheryl Crow's career has so far spanned 10 albums across more than two decades. She discusses how Prince's death impacted upon her new sound and her advice to the next generation of female pop stars.

"I can't believe it's been a year, it's just shocking," says Sheryl Crow as she muses over how Prince's death influenced her songwriting.

He and Crow had recorded and performed together several times, but she says:"I had lost touch with him through the last 10 or 15 years.

"I hadn't seen him, and you have that moment where you think 'I wish I'd stayed in touch, I wish I'd been a better friend.'"




[PIX] Sheryl @ Graham Norton Show - Preview

Sheryl during the filming of the Graham Norton Show at The London Studios, south London, to be aired tonight on BBC1. Picture date: Thursday May 18, 2017.


[VIDEO] Sheryl on Good Morning Britain - FULL SEGMENT VIDEO


[PIX&VIDS] Good Morning Britain - 18 May


"Here we go... about to walk on to Good Morning Britain"
Photo and caption Sheryl Crow


"So Sheryl Crow did make me and Susanna Reid happy! Real treat to meet her"
Photo and caption: Ben Shepard

* * *






[NEWS] New Interview on The Lancashire Telegraph (18 May)

'I'm more excited about what I'm doing now than I have been in years' says Sheryl Crow

By John Anson
The Lancashire Telegraph

HAVING had hits all over the world and with album sales in excess of 35 million, Sheryl Crow could be forgiven for sitting back and taking things a little easy.

But as she prepares to play Manchester’s Albert Hall on Saturday night, the singer admits that her latest album Be Myself is possibly “the most authentic record I’ve made”.

It’s a return to the albums she made in the Nineties such as Sheryl Crow and The Globe Sessions which spawned hits including If It Makes You Happy and Every Day is a Winding Road.

That can partly be attributed to the fact that Sheryl worked with the same production team - Jeff Trott and Tchad Blake.

“Yes, you could say I’ve got the old gang back together again,” she laughed.

Trott has been a regular collaborator over the years, but Be Myself saw her working with Blake for the first time in 19 years.

“Jeff and I got right into our old way of recording,” said Cheryl. “At the 11th hour I asked ‘what’s missing from this?’ and we called Tchad and asked if he’d fly over which he did and within four or five weeks the whole record was completed.

“It was really a fun record to make, it was very effortless.

“We wrote and recorded at the same time which is what basically Jeff and I always did. We would put down ideas and by the time we finished writing the record was pretty much done.”

Blake suggested the album title once the songs had been laid down.

“The more I thought about it, the more it resonated as being the most obvious name for the album,” said Sheryl.

“There’s nothing I didn’t talk about on the record - it’s all out there,” she says.

A self-confessed ‘liberal’ it’s no surprise that Be Myself covers issues including social inequality and the general unrest facing the world at the moment.

“Obviously a lot on it is talking about what happening in America right now and that’s not terribly uplifting,” said Sheryl. “It’s pretty truthful but it’s also very personal, it’s about what’s really going on.

“But most of the songs were written in early summer last year so we didn’t know that Donald Trump would even be running for president let alone get in to the White House.”

One song - Heartbeat Away - even has references to Russia’s involvement in cyber hacking,

“I think there was a lot in the ether when this record was being made,” she said.

Critics have been delighted by the album, claiming that Be Myself is a real return to form.

Her previous album, 2013’s Feels Like Home, had a much more obvious country feel

“I certainly haven’t turned my back on country,” she said. “My songs throughout my career have been pretty informed by old-school country music like Emmylou Harris, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Johnny Cash - people like that.

“So the influences are still all there but as far as format goes, those days are behind me. Being limited to a format is more of a struggle than I want to take on.

“And with the country format in America now you are extremely limited to what you can do or say and that doesn’t work for who I am.

“I’ve been really lucky to have been around for long time. People ask me why that is and to be honest I don’t know. But it’s my job and I’m more excited about it now that I have in years.”

A brief UK tour will allow Sheryl the chance to introduce her new songs to fans over here.

“It’s really fun to have a new record and I’m really excited about playing the songs,” she said.

“The UK has such a legacy for live music and that’s one of the reasons I like coming over. I think there is a reverence and a love for music that you don’t find everywhere in the world.”



[VIDEO] "Love Will Save The Day" (The Story Behind The Song)




[VIDEO] Hotel Room Rehearsal in London @ 7.00 am (18 May 2017)


"Alone in the Dark"; with Robert Kearns, Joshua Grange, Peter Stroud and Mike Rowe. London, United Kingdom.

London, United Kingdom
18 May 2017







[2017 TOUR] Sheryl Crow Adds Show At GRAMMY Museum


As previously reported, Sheryl Crow will headline the Greek Theatre on Thursday, June 8. And now the singer-songwriter also will perform at the GRAMMY Museum on Wednesday, June 7, in support of new album Be Myself.

Tickets for this newly added show will go on sale Thursday, May 25, at 12:00 p.m. for $25.00 each plus service fees via AXS. Tickets for the Greek Theatre are on sale now via AXS for $49.50 to $103.50 each plus service fees.

The Scene Star

BUY TICKETS: June 7th: Sheryl Crow at the GRAMMY Museum

BUY TICKETS: June 8th: Sheryl Crow at the Greek Theatre



[NEW VIDEO] "Be Myself" - Live @ Troubadour