(Music Review) Home for Christmas (2010 edition) – Sheryl Crow
Posted on November 26, 2010 by Angel
My music collection boasts over 50 Christmas CD’s and a host of Christmas cassettes from the pre-CD era. I love Christmas music and it has become a family tradition, each Christmas, to pick out one family ornament and an unspoken family tradition to pick out a new Christmas album to complement the season. Truly great Christmas albums are hard to come by. It seems that every major recording artist, at some point in their career, will release a Christmas recording. Most of those recordings provide little originality or spice up the sound of longtime sentimental Christmas tunes. Not so with Sheryl Crow.
There are few Christmas albums that truly stand the test of time. Mariah Carey’s first Christmas album still does as does Elvis Presley’s and a few others. In the first decade of the 21st century, few Christmas albums have impressed me. Sheryl Crow’s Home for Christmas has impressed me far beyond what I expected and so much more.
Originally released exclusively for Hallmark in 2008, Sheryl Crow’s Christmas album is a true treasure. Crow brings her unique southern flavor to well-known Christmas favorites and an original composition. The album opens with a gospel-backed “Go Tell it on the Mountain” that celebrates the spirit of Christmas and reminds the listener what the holiday is all about. Songs like “Blue Christmas” and “White Christmas” are given a soulful interpretations accentuated by jazzy organs and a heavy brass accompaniment.
My favorite tracks on the album are the “The Bells of St. Mary’s” and “There is a Star that Shines Tonight.” In “The Bells of St. Mary’s” Crow shows of her vocal prowess with the finest vocal performance I have heard from Crow in a longtime. It is truly a song to be heard and engaged with. Similarly, “There is a Star that Shines Tonight” showcases Crow’s talents as a singer and songwriter. The song is a sincere prayer of trust and peace within and without. It is a beautiful song enhanced by the beauty and subtlety of a single piano.
Overall, Crow delivers an album that is just right for the holiday season. She provides the listener with a perfect balance of originality and tradition. This album is a fantastic addition to any holiday collection.
The 2010 edition of Sheryl Crow’s Home for Christmas is now on sale exclusively at Target stores. Get your copy before time runs out.
Home for Christmas
Review by Jamie O'Meara
To say that Christmas music is an acquired taste would itself be something of a stretch. Generally speaking, either you like it or you don't, in large part determined by your feelings for the season and its incumbent religious/commercial baggage. Fair enough. But if your heart warms to the cheesy breezy (often manufactured, sometimes not) nostalgia of it all, then Ms. Crow has a rich, 12-track gift for each day of Christmas here. All of these gospel, pop and blues infused standards - don't need to name 'em, you know 'em - are delivered with sincerity and warmth, and ideally suited to setting a group mood or a more meditative, solo experience. Everything and the gift wrap.
.Wednesday November 24, 2010
[NEWS] SOUTHEAST'S KENNETT CAMPUS TO HOST 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Source: Daily Dunklin Democrat
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Lecia Forester, Daily Dunklin Democrat
Southeast Missouri State University/Kennett Branch will celebrate its 10th Anniversary by hosting a an Anniversary Open House and Alumni Reception on Monday, Nov. 29, 2010.
The celebration is planned for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., with welcome remarks from Grammy Award-winning artist and Kennett native, Sheryl Crow.
"The focus of the event will be to honor our alumni since our campus is about one thing, our students," said Marsha Blanchard, director of Southeast Missouri State University-Kennett.
To kick-off the festivities, the University will be hosting a fundraiser in order to raise funds for an electronic message board that will be placed outside close to the sign with the school's name on it. The electronic message board will be used as a way of acknowledging students as well as making announcements pertinent to the school.
According to Blanchard, the University is accepting cash and stock donations.
There has been a committee working on this and has decided that as part of the celebration, it would be fun to conduct a silent auction at the Open House event that will be held on that night.
Various items have been donated to the University by different individuals and businesses in addition to the cash and stock donations that the University has received. Items that the University has received for auction include the following: Lady Luck Casino Gift Basket, Pepsi MidAmerica-Kennett Gift Basket, Brinkmann Charcoal Smoker & Grill, Titleist Ladies Golf Bag, two Lenox Vases ,Dixie Delight Print by Paula Woody, Dresden Bowl, Cuff & McCormick's Gift Certificate, National Laundry & Cleaners Gift Certificate, Walmart Gift Card, Dollin's Clothing Gift Certificate, Emerson Microwave, Pottery Bowl and Tray by Carol Pelts, three WoodWick Candles ,Colonial Holiday Candle, Doodle Dandy Candle, Jo Deck Watercolor, Silver Bracelet, two Handmade Pillows, Christmas Picture Frame, Crystal Candy Dish, Vase, Bowl, McCoy Pottery Vase, two iPod Shuffles, Ladies Life is Good T-shirt, Silver and Amber Compote Bowl, seven jars honey, eight bottles Wine, two Red Muscadine, two White Muscadine, two Pink Muscadine, two Wine Vinegar, five Jars Muscadine Jam, two Octa Berry Farm Strawberry Wine, Pottery Pitcher, Milk Glass Pitcher, two Flower Pots, Wild Canary in Daisies by Don R. Eckelberry, Big 12 Conference Flipping Coin, Pair of St. Louis Blues Tickets ,eight Goblets, four Dessert, 12 Gold Plated Service Plates-Used in Missouri Governor's Mansion by Former Governor & Mrs. Dalton, Set of Cups, Saucers, Bowl, Salt & Pepper Shakers, Cutty Sark Scots Whiskey Picture, three Quart Baking Dish, Disney's Holiday Collection Glass Ornament, Mark McGwire Print, Fish Cookie Jar, Christmas Bowl, Christmas Glass Sleigh ,Cobbler's Table, Midland Weather Alert Radio, two Autographed CDs David Nail, David Nail Autographed Picture, Brighton Watch, Laura's Beauty Shop Gift Basket, Isbel Bloom Concrete Sculpture, Photograph by Matthew Howard, Body Mechanics Membership & Training Session, Autographed Sheryl Crow Commemorative T-shirt, Autographed Sheryl Crow Commemorative Cap, Legacy Brick for Kennett High School, Southeast Redhawk Mug by Mika Pellham, and a Figurine/Planter.
Two items that will be auctioned off on e-bay and will be on display at the school include a Sheryl Crow autographed Fender Guitar and a Steuben Ram Head covered candy dish.
According to Blanchard, the Steuben Ram Head covered candy dish was donated by the Dalton Family and was used in the Governor's mansion when Governor Dalton and his wife were in the Missouri Governor's mansion. As she points out, "it has historical value."
Blanchard also noted that Crow's Facebook has notified her Facebook friends that the guitar is available as of Monday, Nov. 22, and is indeed authentic. A link was being sent to all of Crow's Facebook fans with this information that Southeast Missouri State University in Kennett is observing its 10th Anniversary and would be hosting the auction that would begin on E-bay on Wednesday, Nov. 24 and end on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010. A link will be posted to Crow's Facebook when the auction goes live.
The two items that will be auctioned off will be on display at Southeast Missouri State University in Kennett with instructions to anyone who would like to bid for these items on E-bay.
The rest of the items that are to be auctioned off will be able to be bid on that night. Anyone who wishes to donate in memory of someone, that is going on as well, according to school officials.
According to Blanchard, the program at the Open House will begin around 6:15 p.m., with a few remarks from Crow. There will be refreshments served and the public is invited to attend. After the brief program, the auction will end.
Blanchard added that 400 alumni from the area have been invited to share in the celebration. She said, "We want to honor them. Our true story is about them. It's about these successful people. They represent graduates of 60 to 70 a year for our small campus that graduate with Bachelor's degrees. I am so proud of all of them."
In addition to the Open House on Monday, Nov. 29, the University campus will also host the University Bookstore featuring shirts, sweatshirts, t-shirts, hats and keychains. If people want to purchase some for Christmas, all proceeds will go towards the sign they are raising the funds for, according to Blanchard.
"We're excited they're going to be here." Blanchard noted the interest of students in University wear from Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Blanchard added that there will be a separate room for all items from the University Bookstore and the auction will be in another room. There will also be another room set aside for the Alumni from the University.
The reception itself will be held in the student center and the program will be at 6:15 p.m.
University officials are expecting a large turnout and a good time.
Blanchard says of Crow, "We are very grateful to her. She has shown great support of the entire Bootheel community and she is very supportive of education. We really appreciate her coming to celebrate with us. It's been amazing this 10 years, the support from the local community, the support from the people in the Southern Bootheel. It's been amazing. We could not have done this. We would not have been able to successful without the students and the support of the local community. I'm so pleased that we are making a difference in lives. I truly am and I do believe that because I see it everyday."
[NEWS] 2011 BIRTHDAY DRIVE STARTS DECEMBER 15!
From SC Official Forum
We're getting ready again for the Fan Forum's annual Birthday Drive. It's our way to get a little 'gift' for Sheryl for her birthday in February - by raising money for one of her favorite charities, the Delta Childrens Home in Kennett, Missouri, Sheryl's hometown.
I can tell you this is a very worthy charity -- the Delta Childrens Home helps children in crisis. Children needing temporary shelter, wards of the court, children awaiting adoption, and other children find a positive nurturing environment at the boys and girls home.
We also make it extra fun for our donors. We have a grand prize, which we give to a lucky donor at the end of the drive. For many years it's been an electric or electric over acoustic guitar, which Sheryl generously signs. Here is a photo of her doing that with our 2011 Grand Prize:
BIRTHDAY DRIVE ENTHUSIASM CONTEST!
If you want to guess what the guitar might be -- we'll give an autographed 100 Miles CD to the winner. TWO guesses per forum member, contest ends December 15. No donation necessary to play! Just post it on the thread by brand, model and series and we'll announce it quickly if someone is correct. (I'll give you an example of something it isn't: Martin Acoustic, N-20WN - the Willie Nelson guitar, so you can get an idea of what I'm talking about.)
(a special thanks to the great Jim Baker :-)
.Tuesday November 23, 2010
[VIDEO] COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER - HD720P MUSIC VIDEO
.Monday November 22, 2010
[PIX] 2010 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS - RED CARPET + SHOW
[NEWS] URBAN, CROW, FIERE ROCK GAYLORD'S OPRYLAND REOPENING
Matthew Borghese – AHN News Contributor
Nashville, TN, United States (AHN) – The party continues in Nashville where the Gaylord Opryland Resort has returned after months of repair and renovation. Celebrations lasting all weekend continue as the Music City welcomes the grand reopening of one of its signature destinations.
Gaylord has been working non-stop to reopen the resort, which was only closed for an astonishing 195 days. Using an overwhelmingly local workforce (95% of subcontractors came from the Volunteer State), an average of 500 to 800 people were working each day to install a total of 21,400 sheets of drywall, 2,200 doors, and around 45,000 sq. ft. of tile, marble, granite and decorative glass.
“It’s still difficult to describe the emotions I felt at sunrise on May 3rd, when the first light revealed the water completely surrounding and breaching this magnificent hotel,” Gaylord Entertainment CEO Colin Reed explained during the grand reopening ceremony. “But despite the devastation we witnessed, I never had any doubt that our company, with the support of our [employees] and our community, would prove ourselves to be equal to this challenge.”
“The road to recovery certainly hasn’t been an easy one, but we’re proud to be here today celebrating what is not only a special day for the Gaylord brand, but also the city of Nashville,” Reed added.
Grammy Award-winning Country music star Keith Urban kicked off an emotional grand reopening ceremony on Friday night. Urban, who lives in Nashville with his wife, actress Nicole Kidman, played an emotional set for invited guests, many of which worked for companies involved in the reconstruction. Even Guy Fieri got emotional during his lunch and cooking demonstration on Saturday. Fieri, host of the Food Network’s ‘Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,’ admitted that he endured a red-eye flight from California in order to be a part of what he called the “historic” return of the Gaylord Opryland Resort.
Saturday night, Grammy Award-winning Country music star Sheryl Crow performed several of her hit songs during an exclusive concert. Crow, who lives on an 154-acre ranch near Nashville, only lost a small bridge in the May flood – but says the list of those who lost everything is endless. But just like thousands of other tourists, Crow is one of the stars glad to see the hotel’s return. While Crow was entertaining fans in a packed ballroom, her two adopted sons Wyatt Steven and Levi James toured the resort’s ‘ICE!’ attraction after spending a day at the Nashville Zoo.
‘ICE!’ is just one of the attractions the Gaylord Opryland has been reintroducing to the public. Gaylord spent millions to renovate much of the resort, including revamping guest rooms and putting in new restaurants. Guests during the grand reopening weekend filled the new Conservatory Bar, which sits between two new restaurants; the Italian-themed Ravello and the Mexican-themed Solario. Ravello’s menu Twin-sister bartenders (and Nashville-natives) Dana and Tara say the Conservatory Bar’s newly mixed “Lemoncello Collins” has been as popular with guests as it is strong.
The rebirth of the Gaylord Opryland Hotel comes pointedly at the start of the holiday/Christmas season. The hotel pushed hard to reopen in time to continue their annual ‘Country Christmas’ attraction. Each year, the Gaylord Opryland hangs over 2 million lights across the resort, lighting up 461 trees, 500 shrubs and hanging 15 miles of green garland and 10 miles of red ribbons. There’s a 40 ft. indoor Christmas tree and a 141-foot-tall ‘Southern Lights’ outdoor tree with more than 38,000 lights.
‘The Radio City Christmas Spectacular’ with the Rockettes is also making its return to the restored Grand Ole Opry House. The show brings Santa Claus and a cast and crew of more than 100 members, including the high-kicking Rockettes and live animals for the ‘Living Nativity.’ After the show, families have been lining up to walk-through ‘ICE!’ which pays tribute to the film ‘Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town’ as it celebrates its 40th anniversary. The attraction boasts 2 million lbs of hand-carved ice and is kept at a bone-chilling 9 degrees. Guests walk-through scenes from the movie and can enjoy a slide made entirely of ice.
Beyond fun and games, the Opryland Resort and Convention Center and the Grand Old Opry is one of Nashville’s economic cornerstones. Each year millions of locals, visitors and conventioneers visit the Gaylord Opryland Resort, which is the largest non-casino hotel in the United States. The Gaylord Opryland is also a major part of Nashville’s transition from a historic Country music town to an international convention destination that can handle serious business.
This week, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean announced that after fierce competition, the National Rifle Association (NRA) decided to bring its 144th annual convention to the Music City. The three-day convention will bring an estimated 50,000 guests and $25 million to Nashville.
“We’re coming out of a difficult economy and the flood and now there’s pent-up demand for the hospitality industry,” Loews Vanderbilt Hotel General Manager Tom Negri told the Tennessean newspaper. “Having that large of a group means so much for the city. And association business like this tends to follow one another.”
[LIVE REVIEW] 13TH ANNUAL COLLABORATING FOR A CURE - NYC, NOVEMBER 18
Sheryl Crow to Kids in Audience: “Is Your Dad Single?”
By: Roger Friedman in Celebrity, Music // November 21st, 2010 at 1:32 PM UTC
Sheryl Crow put on a live show Thursday night for the venerable Samuel Waxman Cancer Research charity. This is a big annual event that brings in deep pockets from Wall Street. By the looks of things, the group took in between $3 and $4 million during the evening. Not bad.
But it was Crow’s performance that everyone waited around for, and she didn’t disappoint. The cancer survivor brought her whole band, with back up singers, and keyboardist, and played for nearly an hour. (Not for free, either.)
Most of the set was cover songs, which seemed to put her in a good mood. Her own “You’re My Favorite Mistake” rocked harder than expected. It was only toward the end of the non-encore show that she tossed in more recognizable hits like “If It Makes You Happy” and “All I Wanna Do (Is Have Some Fun).”
(Some said she was already back in one of her two Manhattan apartments before the backup singers were in their dressing rooms.
During an early number though, Crow found some kids at the foot of the heavily guarded (ridiculously so for a private event) stage. She leaned down and said to one kid, “How old are you? I’ll be a cougar. I’m 48.” She then joked, “Is your dad single?”
Note to Sheryl: if you’re really shopping for dates while on the road, brush up that road crew and security you’ve got. They’re no way to meet people.
.Friday November 19, 2010
[VIDEO] CMA COUNTRY CHRISTMAS - SNEAK PEEK
[VIDEO] SHERYL CROW AND KRISTI FUNK ABOUT BREAST CANCER AND YOPLAIT
[PIX] 13TH ANNUAL COLLABORATING FOR A CURE - NYC, NOVEMBER 18
[NEWS] HOLLYWOOD ICON MAGAZINE: YOPLAIT SAVE THE LIDS CONCERT
Sheryl Crow Brings Breast Cancer Awareness To Pantages Theatre With Pink Carpet And Free Concert
Sheryl Crow brought a Pink Carpet full of stars and a free concert to the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, on Tuesday night, to bring awareness to breast cancer. Sponsored by Yoplait’s Save Lids to Save Lives and Nederlander Concerts, the event brought a line of excited fans who were seen winding down Hollywood Boulevard, waiting for the show.
Diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer in mid-February 2006, Crow has become a committed advocate for cancer research. She has been out on the road with her band, The Thieves, supporting her latest release, “100 Miles From Memphis.” They played The Greek Theatre in September and Crow performed against doctor’s orders. She had strep throat and a sinus infection, but soldiered on. It was a great show, but, she wanted the Los Angeles fans to experience her at her best, while bringing attention to her cause. The last time Hollywood Icon Magazine covered Crow was at the Rock A Little Feed A Lot Benefit at Club Nokia.
Through Yoplait’s Save Lids to Save Lives® campaign, special pink lids topped Yoplait yogurt cups in September and October. For every pink lid saved and sent in by Dec. 31, 2010, Yoplait will donate 10 cents to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, up to $1.6 million, with a guaranteed minimum donation of $500,000. During the past 12 years, Yoplait has donated more than $25 million to the breast cancer cause through Save Lids to Save Lives and other initiatives. Help Yoplait reach its goal and remember to send in lids by the end of the year.
The Pink Carpet was graced by celebs such as 2-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank. Others included Stephen Stills (Crosby, Stills & Nash), Kelly Lynch, The Hills’ Audrina Patridge and CSI’s Marg Helgenberger. Even Crow’s cancer doctor, Dr. Kristi Funk, was present.
The concert was being filmed for an upcoming DVD and the assembled crowd could not be more excited.
Crow is one of the best in the business at establishing a conversation with her audience. During a break in the set, she was apparently fixing a wardrobe malfunction. Upon her return, she was upfront with the challenge, joking with her fans that they almost experienced a “nipple slip.” It is this type of refreshing banter and self-depreciating humor that makes Crow such a household name. The people in the room were eating it up.
Crow started out the ballad, “Strong Enough,” by asking the audience if there were any men in LA who she had not dated yet. She quipped that she is looking for a man who will be a father, “spend less than she does” and then later said, “if he is a Republican, he need not apply.”
At the beginning of “Can’t Cry Anymore,” she sang about “all of my friends getting divorced or getting shot.” Crow got the crowd moving with what we consider to be a perfect pop single, “My Favorite Mistake,” and then brought everyone to their feet with “Soak Up The Sun.” One of the highlights of the night was a funky, blues-infused cover of Terence Trent D’arby’s “Sign My Name.” Other hits included, “A Change Would Do You Good” and the Hollywood-style anthem, “All I Wanna’ Do.”
Sheryl Crow continues to be a force in great music and activism. Her year will not slow down with a new Christmas album and multiple appearances. She is presenting at the American Music Awards, this Sunday and will be performing in Rockefeller Center in New York for the Christmas Tree Lighting on November 30th.
[MAGAZINE] THE RAENDERS NEWSPAPER (DENMARK) - OCTOBER 25, 2010
25. October 2010 12:06 By Julie Bülow
Sheryl Crow: International attraction One of perhaps the world's largest country-women, Sheryl Crow, sprinkled Saturday evening with her amazing talent in Randers, and it attracted people from near and quite remote.
Sheryl Crow took Randers by storm when she appeared at Vaerkat on Saturday night. Around 1100 festive concert goers had found the way to Vaerkat, a handful of them even pretty from afar.
Hanna Ihalainen from Finland had to go to Denmark to be allowed to experience her greatest musical role model, and with her she had brought a magic marker and a very special ulterior motive.
"I want Sheryl to write her autograph underneath the tattoo, which depicts her ', told the Finnish fan who was so perfect and immortalized her beautiful tattoo. Not only Hanna Ihalainen was raised to Randers to experience the star,Ida Chiavaro, Ben Jackson and Kat Mroz from Australia were also gathered to share one of those unique experience.
Pure fan-romance. Three Australian fans could thank a very special romance of the evening's experience.
12 years ago Sheryl Crow fans, Soren Kristensen from Hobro and Australian Ida Chiavaro, met each other and even though both were "devoted to the other people", there seemed to be something special between them.
After the meeting they had to wait more than 10 years before they regained contact. The switch then evolved to a couple of visits, the latest of a more permanent nature. The pair is in fact moved together in Hobro, and when they heard about the concert in Randers, they immediately invited two Australian friends, and if possible even bigger fans, Ben Jackson and Kat Mroz.
Enticed with VIP "It was actually Ben who told us that Sheryl would come to Denmark. We invited him and Kat up here, and enticed them with VIP tickets if they would come'.
Told Søren Kristensen, now the newest member of the three Australians fanclub "Team Sheryl."
Sheryl Crow had the whole room with her when she was with raw rock style, from when the concert started, and not a moment she seemed to let go. Charming and with a lovely mild radiance she captivated her audience with both the old hits and songs from her new album 100 miles from Memphis.
'I like you, I really do ", said boldly and convincingly from world star, while the audience cheered in return.
The seats were thrown out and both the foreign and Danish guests had a truly fantastic concert experience from the professional singer. And precisely on the occasion of the concert was all the hall's seats as a completely new approach, removed and stored well out of the way over in Ridehuset. Thus the music could be enjoyed to the full with standing room and good room to rock out with.
(a big thanks to Ben Jackson!)
.Tuesday November 16, 2010
[VIDEO] LOPEZ TONIGHT - INTERVIEW + "SIGN YOUR NAME"
[LIVE REVIEW] LAS VEGAS - NOV 14 (LAS VEGAS WEEKLY)
A jam-packed Sheryl Crow concert disappoints
Mon, Nov 15, 2010 (12:55 p.m.)
3 out of 5 stars
The retro soul flavor of Sheryl Crow’s recent album 100 Miles From Memphis permeated her concert at the Joint Sunday night, radiating out from the 10 Memphis selections to the rest of the set, turning even the punchiest, most upbeat Crow hit singles into languorous R&B numbers, with decidedly mixed results. While it was refreshing to hear slightly reworked takes on overplayed songs like “A Change Would Do You Good” and “All I Wanna Do,” almost every older song was drawn out with long instrumental sections that diluted their strengths. Fully half the set was drawn from Memphis, and those songs too were bogged down by long jams, a carryover from the shapeless feel of the recorded versions.
Those jams offered plenty of showcases for Crow’s nine-piece backing band, which includes guitarist Doyle Bramhall II (an accomplished solo artist in his own right), but while the group is full of top-notch musicians, no one comes to a Sheryl Crow concert to appreciate the chops of her sidemen. Crow herself is a good singer but not an exceptional instrumentalist, and during these stretches she merely cycled through some chords on the guitar or the keyboard while others took the spotlight. Memphis indicates that Crow is eager to embrace this looser, more jam-oriented style of playing, but this concert indicated that it’s probably not the right way to showcase her best qualities as a performer.
Photo: Justin M. Bowen
3 out 5 stars
.Sunday November 14, 2010
[TWITPIC] GREAT SHOT ;-)
Original caption: Reno backstage waiting to hear if the audience really want more.... (nov. 13, 9.59 pm)
[TWITPIC] ON THE RENO AIRPORT SHUTTLE / AIRPORT
Original caption: DB II - coordinating a mix on the Reno airport shuttle
Original caption: Earlier (too early) on the way to the airport.
(with Ephraim Owens)
[PIC] CLOSE UP @ DINGWALLS
Photo: Ronald T via Facebook
[LIVE REVIEW] RANDERS, DENMARK - OCTOBER 23
Sheryl Crow – Soaking up Randers City
Author: Ken Ley
This is a rock music equivalent to European football’s Champions League – That’s the overall feeling I was left with, after a joyful evening with Sheryl Crow and her band on Saturday night (23rd of October 2010).
On her ‘100 miles from Memphis‘-tour around the world, the now 48 year old Sheryl Crow (hard to believe, right) chose to do her only gig in Denmark at the venue Vaerket in Randers City, some 35 km north of Aarhus City.
And what a performance!!!
I’ve witnessed two earlier concerts with the tiny Missourian – one in 1996 and one in 1998. They were good!… This Saturday it was great.
With a steady tour through pop, rock, reggae, country, funk and heart-aching ballads the 10 musicians on stage kept their audience spellbound to the stage for 2 1/2 hours. One very elegantly orchestred set offered several climaxes the first already when first stroke of the second song began. ‘A change will do you good‘ was more than just a song – it was almost a theme of the night. Fans present to hear their favorite songs played as on the records were probably sadly disappointed.
However audience knowing records is only a poor copy of a good live performance might still be cheering in the streets of Randers. A set full of highlights from the heartaching and stunningly intense ‘Redemption Day‘ to the kick-off-the-roof-party 70′s monsterhit ‘I want you back‘ by Jackson Five.
In short words – This was by far the best Sheryl Crow gig so far.
[BOOTLEG] LOVE SICK FLU - LIVE AT THE GREEK - SEPTEMBER 10, 2010
Love Sick Flu
Live at the Greek Theater
Los Angeles, CA
September 10, 2010
Notes from the taper: This is slick, powerful, well-rehearsed rock and roll. This is one of the best back up bands I have seen in many years. She had two soulful back up singers, a horn section, and two drummers. This resulted in a very full, driving sound. The lead guitarist was mixed hot and this was not a mistake, as I was right in front of the soundboard. The sound is just about perfect, save and except some errant crowd noise.
Sheryl had the flu that night, so her voice is a tad raspy in parts, but she is a true professional, belting out crowd favorites and doing a full encore. I am not a fan, don't know any of her songs, but left very impressed with her and her band. If you get a chance to see her live, go for it--I really enjoyed myself.
01. Our Love is Fading
02. A Change
04. Eye to Eye
05. 100 Miles to Memphis
06. Can't Cry Anymore
07. Say What You Want
08. Strong Enough
09. Long Road Home
11. Summer Day
12. Sign My Name
13. Everyday is a Winding Road
15. Roses and Moonlight
16. Band Introductions
17. If It Makes You Happy
18. Soak Up the Sun
19. Peaceful Feeling
20. All I Want to Do > Give It Up
21. I Shall Believe
Don't expect to see Sheryl Crow roll through the Vegas night life while she's here to perform Sunday at the Hard Rock Hotel. In tour cities, she usually takes her two adopted sons on daytime activities. That's what she told London's Guardian newspaper this week.
Crow was supposed to play the Hard Rock on Sept. 11, but she postponed because of illness. I talked to her right before that illness, and she came across as fairly guarded though I was just asking music questions. I don't know what was up with that.
Nevertheless, I told her the truth, that in concert her voice sounds stronger than ever.
"As you get older, sometimes your voice matures," she responded. "I also think touring and singing a lot strengthens your voice.
"And," she said, "letting go of preconceived notions of what people think I should be doing -- or how I shouldn't be singing -- has been really helpful."
By the way, journalists can write whatever they want about her because she'll never find out, apparently.
"Honest to God, I don't read what's written about me," she told me.
Doug Elfman's column appears Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. He blogs at reviewjournal.com/elfman.
Original caption: In town for the CMA's- and of course need to squeeze in a visit to Gruhn's
Joe Don Rooney, Jay Demarcus and Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts, LeAnn Rimes, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley, Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush of Sugarland, Sheryl Crow, Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook, Karen Fairchild and Phillip Sweet of Little Big Town, Darius Rucker and Kellie Pickler
[NEWS] CMA COUNTRY CHRISTMAS TAPING - BRIDGESTONE ARENA, NASHVILLE
Guitar.com: Do you have a home studio? What gear are you using?
Bramhall: My home studio is my iphone and my studio application is Four Track. I’ve actually done pretty much everything, all of my production ideas including the entire Sheryl Crow album, on my iphone. We actually used some of the files from the Four Track off my iphone and it ended up making the final cut of Sheryl’s album. I travel all the time so my home studio is my iPhone.
Guitar.com: Can you describe your Sheryl Crow gig for us?
Bramhall: One word….AWESOME!
Guitar.com: One would have to imagine that fact to be oh so true. What are your changing roles when working with Eric Clapton, Susan Tedeschi, Betty Lavette, or Sheryl Crow?
Bramhall: [...] My role with Sheryl Crow runs deep and it started with us just being fans of each other’s music and then she asked me to come and sing and play on her albums over the years. And then I toured with her with my band opening. She would ask me to come up and sit in with her. We just sort of love playing together. It always felt natural when we would do that, our voices sound good together. After I finished Eric's album, she asked me to produce with the co-producer Justin Stanley. So we produced the album and after we finished, she asked both Justin and I to go on the road. Now the role is very extensive - producing, writing partner, live touring guitar player, singer, I’m sort of everything!
Guitar.com: What is your recording approach for getting an old-school Soul sound?
Bramhall: [...] With Sheryl she wanted to record an album that was in the vein of Muscle Shoals and Stax so we just sort of went with a set up that would lend itself to that sound. A lot of it has to do with song structure and the sounds that were coming out of our amps and the way Justin would set up mics for drums.
Guitar.com: What typifies a Texas guitar player?
Bramhall: Big strings and high action through a Super Reverb amp.
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[NEWS] COMING SOON AT THE CAROLINA THEATER
[...] "Florence Gatten, a former Greensboro city council member who operates a public relations company, emceed the press conference, which was held at the Carolina Theatre. Former Mayor Keith Holliday, who is president of the Carolina Theatre, also attended the press conference. Scarfone’s promotions company maintains a partnership with the Carolina Theatre, and the promoter said he is finalizing dates for performances by Sheryl Crow and Tom Jones at the Carolina."
[VIDEO NEWS] ON SET WITH SHERYL CROW, LORETTA LYNN AND MIRANDA LAMBERT
Sheryl Crow went in to the studio for a very special tribute to a music icon.
ET is with the singer while she shoots a video for her new single that pairs her with country legend Loretta Lynn for the November 9 release of Coal Miner's Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn.
"As a songwriter, she liberated us," Sheryl says of Loretta. "She gave us carte blanche to write about everything. She's the godmother of us all."
On a personal note, she gushed about getting to spend the day with one of her idols, saying, "It's an honor to be here and it's a blast! It's so much fun to hang out with her. The stories and how generous she is ... It's just wonderful."
The title track and first single, "Coal Miner's Daughter," features Loretta, Sheryl, and Miranda Lambert.
"I love both these women," Miranda tells ET. "They're huge influences to me, so I'm just like dang glad to be here. This is a good day."
Loretta chimes in on the love fest, saying, "I love these girls. I've known Sheryl for a long time in my life and when I first met her, I fell in love with her. I just thought she was great."
The album features an all-star group of artists personally chosen by Loretta to sing a dozen of her classic songs, including some of her award-winning duets with Conway Twitty.
By Nick Duerden
The Guardian, Saturday 6 November 2010
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When Sheryl Crow was younger – an optimistic twentysomething and then stoically hopeful in her 30s – her outlook on romance was suggestive of somebody fond of the cheesier end of country music.
"I was clinging to a picture, I guess, of how everything was supposed to look," she admits. "I liked the idea of a nice order to things: you meet somebody wonderful, you get married, you buy a house, you have kids. But there is little point in holding on to that picture when it turns out not to happen to you. It makes life limiting. So I decided to be open to whatever came my way."
As a consequence, the Sheryl Crow who walks into this London hotel suite today is, like the best country tunes, far more in touch with reality. At 48, she is a survivor in more ways than one: a singer now a quarter of a century into a career no longer as glittering as it once was, and someone who has fought breast cancer and won. She also got so impatient about waiting for the right prospective father to come along that she resolved to do without one and take the adoption route instead. She is now mother to two boys: Wyatt, aged three, and Levi, five months.
Hope you had a Happy Halloween! Now that is out of the way, it means we are on our way to the Winter Holidays, which means Christmas albums. First out of the gate is Home For Christmas (A&M) by Sheryl Crow, which is only available at Target.
Recorded with Tuesday Night Club producer Bill Bottrell, Crow doesn't stray far from the soulful sound that graced this year's 100 Miles From Memphis, which is how it should be. Why do something you're not used to doing? Everything here is good and has the right loose attitude these things should have, even the Crow-written original ballad "There Is A Star That Shines Tonight."
Other standouts include the gospel-ish "Go Tell It On The Mountain," "Merry Christmas Baby," "White Christmas" and "The Christmas Song." One thing that has me scratching my head, though, is what the hell is she doing, on the cover?
Source: Times Milwaukee
.Wednesday November 3, 2010
[NEWS] SHERYL TO PERFORM @ "CHRISTMAS IN ROCKEFELLER CENTER"
Talent Announced for NBC's 13th Annual "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" Special on November 30 (8-9 P.M. ET/PT)
Released by NBC
MARIAH CAREY, SHERYL CROW, JOSH GROBAN, JESSICA SIMPSON, SUSAN BOYLE, ANNIE LENNOX, KATHERINE JENKINS, CHARICE, KYLIE MINOGUE AND JACKIE EVANCHO (NBC'S "AMERICA'S GOT TALENT") WILL JOIN THE CELEBRATION TO LIGHT UP THE WORLD'S MOST FAMOUS CHRISTMAS TREE FOR NBC'S 13TH ANNUAL "CHRISTMAS IN ROCKEFELLER CENTER" SPECIAL ON NOVEMBER 30 (8-9 P.M. ET/PT)
Natalie Morales (NBC's "Today") and Al Roker (NBC's "Today") To Co-Host the Live Holiday Special
New York - November 3, 2010 - NBC will celebrate the lighting of the world's most famous Christmas tree once again with a live broadcast from Rockefeller Center in New York City on Tuesday, November 30 (8-9 p.m. ET/PT). The star-studded holiday special will feature performances by Susan Boyle, Mariah Carey, Charice, Sheryl Crow, Jackie Evancho, Josh Groban, Katherine Jenkins, Annie Lennox, Kylie Minogue, Jessica Simpson and The Radio City Rockettes with a mix of current hits and holiday classics.
The 78th annual holiday extravaganza will feature a tree that is 74 feet high, 40 feet in diameter and weighs a whopping 12 tons.
The tradition of the Rockefeller Christmas tree dates back to the Great Depression. First erected in 1933, the inaugural tree was decked with 700 lights and placed in front of the then eight-month-old RCA Building, now the GE Building. The Christmas tree gathering was enhanced in 1936 with the opening of the Rockefeller Plaza outdoor ice-skating pond. NBC-TV televised the tree lighting for the first time in 1951 on "The Kate Smith Show" and as part of the nationwide "Howdy Doody" television show from 1953-55.
Prior to this year's primetime telecast, WNBC, NBC's New York flagship station, and other nationwide affiliates will broadcast an additional live hour of the special (7-8 p.m. ET). "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" is produced by Brad Lachman Productions with Lachman serving as executive producer. Bill Bracken is producer.
.Tuesday November 2, 2010
[NEWS] SEMO KENNETT CAMPUS TO CELEBRATE 10 YEARS WITH SHERYL (DDD)
From the Daily Dunklin Democrat
November 2, 2010
Southeast's Kennett Campus will celebrate its 10th anniversary with an open house and alumni reception Nov. 29, featuring celebrity, Kennett native Sheryl Crow.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 1, 2010 -- Southeast Missouri State University -- Kennett will celebrate a decade of service, continued growth and success in the community at a 10th Anniversary Celebration Open House and Alumni Reception Nov. 29.
The celebration is planned for 5-7 p.m. with welcome remarks scheduled for 6:15 p.m. Special guest at the festivities will be Grammy Award-winning artist and Kennett, Mo., native Sheryl Crow.
"The focus of the event will be to honor our alumni since our campus is about one thing -- our students," said Marsha Blanchard, director of Southeast Missouri State University-Kennett.
A Decade of Higher Education in Kennett
Southeast Missouri State University's Kennett Campus is the outgrowth of an initiative called Mission Enhancement set forth by the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education in the mid-1990s. It called for each four-year state institution to develop a unique role in the delivery of higher education in Missouri, which included developing partnerships to improve off-campus access to education. One of the key elements of Southeast's mission enhancement plan was to develop several higher education centers in its service region, including in Kennett.
The seed for a higher education facility in Kennett took hold in 1998 when the Kennett City Council and the Kennett Board of Public Works designated funds to purchase and renovate a former Kroger supermarket building at 1230 First Street and donate it to the Southeast Missouri University Foundation. Prior to that, the only post-secondary coursework offered in the Kennett community was at the Kennett Vocational School. The purchase of the Kroger supermarket building was part of a cooperative effort by the Foundation, Southeast Missouri State University, the Southeast Missouri Education Consortium and Three Rivers Community College to lay the groundwork to provide further higher education and technical training programs to the Kennett community.
The need for higher education opportunities was obvious to the citizens of Kennett. After the purchase of the supermarket, the community invested another $450,000 in renovating the building for educational purposes. While renovations were under way, the Center was temporarily housed in the Kennett Vocational School.
In summer 1998, the Center of Advanced Social Research at the University of Missouri was enlisted to conduct a feasibility study to determine the educational needs in the Kennett area. Residents ranked education as the second most important need facing the community. Two-thirds of the respondents said there was a "great need" for an educational facility in the community. About the same number said they or a family member would likely take classes at a local educational facility.
The first official slate of six courses -- two undergraduate and four graduate classes -- was offered at the temporary site of the educational facility, the Kennett Vocational School, beginning on Aug. 23, 1999.
In September of that year, Crow performed a local concert at the Kennett American Legion Building with funds benefitting the Kennett #39 Educational Foundation. The concert raised $25,000 which was matched by the Southeast Missouri University Foundation to create a scholarship endowment fund for the soon-to be Kennett higher education facility.
In October 1999, bids were opened on renovating the former Kroger building into a classroom and administrative office complex. In April 2000, Blanchard was named director of the center.
Originally called the Kennett Area Higher Education Center, the facility was dedicated at a ceremony in the summer of 2000. The ceremony celebrated the community's wish for higher education to be available in the community. The late Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan, who participated in the festivities, said the goal of the Center was to offer residents in the southernmost part of the state the opportunity to gain college credit and vocational training close to home. These students, he said, would bring the benefits of higher education to the Bootheel region and improve the quality of life for many residents.
The new Kennett Area Higher Education Center (KAHEC) building began with four classrooms, a computer lab and an interactive television classroom. With 170 students registered for the fall 2000 semester, the center brought Southeast faculty to the region to teach upper division and graduate courses. Lower division courses were then taught by Three Rivers Community College.
"Since our opening, many students have completed degrees at the Kennett campus and have graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a certificate, a bachelor's degree, a master's degree or a specialist degree," Blanchard said. "Students attend from all over the Missouri Bootheel and northeast Arkansas. Any given semester, several hundred students are enrolled in higher education opportunities at the Kennett campus.
"The Kennett area and Southeast Missouri State University have created a great partnership that has had a positive impact on all involved and is changing lives in our region for the better through higher education," Blanchard said.
In June 2001, Kennett National Bank pledged $1.2 million in scholarships to the Kennett Center. The pledge, over a 30-year period, provides four $500 scholarships to be awarded each fall, spring and summer semester. The first scholarships were awarded for the summer 2001 semester.
By fall 2002, duplicated enrollments at KAHEC were 733, and the Center needed to expand to contain its rapidly growing population. The facility was so crowded, classes were being taught at the Kennett Public Schools, the Kennett Vocational School, Kennett High School and at Senath-Hornersville to accommodate the growing enrollment.
Fund raisers were held to raise the $150,000 necessary for expansion. Once again, the surrounding community stepped up to support the Center. Kennett National Bank pledged $75,000 to establish a much needed student center, now called the Kennett National Bank Student Center. Previously students had only picnic tables outside to study on and were forced to find space wherever they could to fill the time between classes.
Help was also received from the state. In November, Sen. Christopher "Kit" Bond announced the Delta Regional Authority had approved $1.3 million in funds to foster economic development in rural Missouri communities. Southeast Missouri State University was given $400,000 to renovate and update the Kennett Area Higher Education Center. The money financed the addition of four state-of-the-art interactive educational classrooms to the existing facility.
The following year, construction was completed and the Kennett National Bank Student Center, ITV classroom and computer lab were opened at the start of the fall 2003 semester. Before the additions were even finished, plans were under way to add a new science lab and another traditional classroom.
Enrollment continued to climb steadily and by fall 2003, there were 922 enrollments at the Center.
In December 2003, Southeast hosted a banquet where Crow spoke about the importance of the KAHEC to the community and the Bootheel region. Funds from the dinner went to furnishing the new science lab and classroom.
The expansion work was finished by fall 2004 and was showcased in an exhibition featuring the works of photo journalist Sally Stapleton. Stapleton's Pulitzer Prize winning works were displayed as part of the reception designed to show the community the expansions and improvements made at the Center over the years.
In 2005, Southeast announced that its higher education center in Kennett, as well as in Malden and Sikeston, Mo., would offer a Bachelor of General Studies (B.G.S.) degree completion program. This allowed students at the centers to complete a B.G.S. degree without setting foot on the Southeast campus in Cape Girardeau. At the same time, Southeast announced a reduced fee structure for freshman- and sophomore-level courses taught at the centers "face-to-face" by Southeast faculty or by interactive television. These courses would be comparable in cost to what students were paying for community college courses.
The Center was again enlarged to make room for the influx of students drawn by the new course offerings. Kennett National Bank made another large donation to help with the cost of expansion.
With the completion of the renovations, KAHEC gained 3,100 square feet of newly renovated classrooms, one interactive television classroom, several multipurpose rooms, and office space for students and faculty.
In 2006, the center's name was changed from the Kennett Area Higher Education Center to Southeast Missouri State University -- Kennett, reflecting it was now a regional campus of the University.
That same year, the campus announced it would offer an associate degree Licensed Practical Nurse to Registered Nurse (LPN to RN) Bridge Program. The cooperative program with Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences was designed to help meet the community need for registered nurses. The Kennett community again displayed their strong support for the school when the Missouri Foundation for Health and Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center in Kennett pledged funds and supplies to support the program.
Over the past four years, enrollment has continued to rise at the regional campus as students take advantage of the scholarships, programs and opportunities available.
The Kennett campus is proof of what can be accomplished when people work together for the good of a community and its residents, Blanchard said.
Programs at Kennett presently include 100- to 400-level University Studies courses and graduate courses in education. Other courses, including online courses, enable students to complete requirements for several degrees entirely at the Kennett campus, including bachelor of science degrees in agribusiness, child development, elementary and middle school education, and interdisciplinary studies, as well as the Bachelor of General Studies degree.
The Kennett campus had 1,202 duplicated enrollments for the fall 2010 semester. Blanchard says enrollment growth at the campus can be attributed to both students who want to attend the local University campus and many others who are interested in completing bachelor's degrees.
"Our class schedule is designed with day, evening and night classes for convenience and flexibility for our students, which allows us to maximize the use of our facility," she said.
Jordan Wiseman, a student at the Kennett campus, says, "Southeast-Kennett is very convenient due to the fact it is close to home. I also prefer the small class sizes, and the professors are great."
Amanda Blansett, a freshman at the Kennett campus, echoes those sentiments, saying, "I chose to go to Kennett over the main campus because it was so much closer to home. I love the campus. For a small campus, it offers the same competitive learning environment and is very well staffed with professors who have a lot of respect for the students."
Community members are proud to support the regional campus and continue to understand its importance. Kennett National Bank board member Marianne Dalton said, "We tried for so long to get a higher education center here. We are thrilled to death to have it."
"One of the keys to success for the Kennett community is to offer local higher education opportunities to our citizens," said David Dalton, chief executive officer of Kennett National Bank. "Southeast fills this need through Southeast Missouri State University-Kennett, and we want to contribute, through good stewardship, to the growth of the community."
"It is because of this community support, we can provide quality education to students," Blanchard said.
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