[NEWS] Kennett Crossroads all-star concert tickets on sale Dec. 6
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
The Daily Dunklin Democrat
Meg Benson Interim Editor
The start date for ticket sales for the Kennett Crossroads concert has been pushed to Saturday, Dec. 6. They were originally scheduled to begin selling on Monday, Dec. 1. The two-night event will feature performances by Sheryl Crow, David Nail, Trent Tomlinson, and Blackjack Billy, with Noll Billings. The performances are set for Sunday and Monday, Jan. 18-19. They will be presented by the Kennett #39 Educational Foundation, in conjunction with the Kennett Public School District, and will benefit the Kennett High School (KHS) Performing Arts and Athletic Departments. Tickets will be available at www.kennetteducationalfoundation.com.
Event organizers have been meeting extensively each week, for the past several weeks, organizing all the details. Kennett choir director, Viretta Sexton, who is working as the foundation's liaison with all the performers, said, "It is taking tons of prep work, and the excitement is definitely building." Sexton said the ticket sale date was moved, in order to give organizers time to make sure all corporate sponsorships were in order. Yesterday was the final day to purchase the $2,500 sponsorship packages. Foundation president, Kristin McPherson, who spearheaded the drive, said a total of 45 corporate sponsorships were sold.
The two-night concert will feature an acoustic songwriters' night, on Sunday, Jan. 18, at The Opera House, in downtown Kennett, beginning at 8 p.m. The evening's performance is limited to 250 guests, at $300 per ticket, and the event is already sold out, due to the pre-sold sponsorships. On Monday, the four performers will appear in concert at the KHS Gymnasium, beginning at 7 p.m. Those tickets will range from $50 to $200.
The artists are getting excited about the event, as well. "I am thrilled to be a part of the Kennett Crossroads concert. I am so proud to be from Kennett and am always bragging about the talent that has spawned from our little town. I am really looking forward to sharing the stage with David and Trent and Noll, and his band. I hope people will come out and support this great cause," said Crow.
Billings agreed. "This is something I have always wanted to see happen. This is going to be so great. I'm very excited," he said.
The concert was the idea of Kennett Schools Superintendent, Chris Wilson, and Board of Education President, Matt Shetley. But they approached Sexton, to try and pull off the event, because she knows all the artists personally. "Without her, this thing would not have happened," Wilson said.
[NEW SONG] "Baby, it's Cold Outside" - Darius Rucker and Sheryl Crow
Just less than a month until Christmas! Check out this new stellar duet featuring Darius Rucker and Sheryl Crow and Happy Holiday Season to everyone! :-)
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"[...] Another guest on Home for the Holidays is Sheryl Crow, who adds her distinctive vocals on a playful version of "Baby, It's Cold Outside," which the two actually recorded together in person. "She and I were in the vocal booth together, and I think that comes across. We could look at each other and hear what each other was singing. We could play off of each other. We've been friends for 20 years now, and it was great to be in there with her and having a good time. It's such a fun song to sing, and I love our version of it."
[CROW TWEET] Right On, Sistah!
[PIX] USC Institute Of Urology Gala - Beverly Hills - 20 Nov
USC Institute Of Urology Changing Lives And Creating Cures Gala
Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel
Beverly Hills, California (USA)
20 November 2014
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Gala celebrates ‘Changing Lives and Creating Cures’
USC Institute of Urology honors cancer survivor and advocate Derrick Hall, as Sheryl Crow and Jay Leno entertain the crowd
USC Institute of Urology, one of the nation’s top-ranked urology programs, honored Derrick Hall, president and CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks major league baseball franchise with the inaugural Louis Zamperini Courage Award at its annual “Changing Lives and Creating Cures” gala.
Hall, a native of Los Angeles and a prostate cancer survivor and advocate, received the award at the annual event, held Nov. 20 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.
“Derrick Hall is a well-known leader on and off the baseball field,” said Inderbir S. Gill, executive director of the USC Institute of Urology. “He faced his greatest personal challenge when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2011, just as his team was battling for a division title.
“When he immediately went public, encouraging other men to get tested after age 40, he showcased the courage and resilience that exemplifies the spirit of Louis Zamperini and this award.”
Now cancer-free, Hall has become a tireless advocate of cancer-fighting charities including his recently formed Derrick Hall Pro-State Foundation, created to support patients and families battling prostate cancer.
The evening’s entertainment showcased comedian Jay Leno and nine-time Grammy winner Sheryl Crow. Actor and comedian Joe Piscopo served as emcee.
The event hosts included USC President C. L. Max Nikias; Carmen A. Puliafito, dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC; Jeff Small, president and COO of DreamWorks Studios; and Gill. The evening’s presenting sponsors, Tom and Holly Gores with Platinum Equity, were joined by Tina and Rick Caruso and Randy and Ken Kendrick as honorary co-chairs.
Named for World War II P.O.W. survivor, Olympic athlete, USC alumnus and prostate cancer patient of the USC Institute of Urology, the Louis Zamperini Courage Award embodies the spirit of this hero who faced life’s toughest tests and challenges and showcased the courage that survivors need. Zamperini is the subject of the best-selling book, “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand and major motion picture of the same name premiering next month and directed by another example of courage in the face of cancer, Angelina Jolie.
The USC Institute of Urology annual gala event draws more than 500 leading businesspeople, philanthropists, entertainment industry executives, medical and health care professionals, celebrities, media and other VIPs from Los Angeles and around the country to raise awareness and funds for the cancer-fighting robotic and open surgery treatments, research efforts and world-class programs for men’s and women’s pelvic health issues.
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[LIVE VIDEO] Harmonica solo @ the Ritz in Manchester (30-10-2014)
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[NEWS] Sheryl Crow Is Selling Her Cowboy Boots for Charity – and Teaching Her Sons to Give Back
By Liz McNeil
If you've ever lusted after fashionable singer Sheryl Crow's wardrobe, you're in luck – the star is selling off her clothes and accessories to raise money for a good cause.
"I've toured for 20-something years, and I've collected a lot of stuff over the course of that time," Crow tells PEOPLE. "I've decided I'm going to start auctioning off clothes, boots, handbags – anything that's in my closet that no longer gets used is going to go on eBay, and people can buy these items, name brands and otherwise."
All of the proceeds from Crow's auction on eBay's Charity Shop will benefit the nonprofit organization Feeding America, which Crow has been involved with for the past decade.
"When I was living in Los Angeles I started working with Feeding America on a campaign," says Crow, 52. "I wrote a song for them that Jason Mraz and I duetted on."
Since moving to Nashville in 2006, the nine-time Grammy winner has become even more involved with the organization, volunteering at food banks with her two adopted sons, Wyatt, 7, and Levi, 4.
"On our first trip to the food bank, my son and I sat down next to a man," Crow says. "The guy who ran the food bank came over and gave him a pair of boots. My son Wyatt said, 'Why did he give you boots?' And the man said, 'Cause I didn't have any boots.' And my son said, 'Why don't you have any boots?' And he said, 'Cause I can't get a job.' And my son said, 'Why can't you get a job?' And the man said, 'Cause I don't have any boots.' For three weeks, my son talked about that experience, of not understanding that having food and a job for some people is a real luxury."
In order to "be a part of helping people get on their feet," Crow and her sons stuff boxes and serve meals at local food banks, which she says is one of the most valuable ways to help out.
"It's not necessarily about writing a check, it's about showing up and volunteering," says the star. "After having volunteered in Nashville, you see the kind of people who come into the food bank. It's not just homeless people, it's moms who are struggling to feed their kids; it's people who are out of work. It's a really necessary entity for a lot of people who are just trying to make ends meet."
Cleaning out her closet for the sale felt "really good," and Crow had one important rule: "If you haven't worn it in the last year, then it needs to go."
The auction will run through Dec. 11 and features some of the singer's most prized possessions, like a pair of boots she wore when she was a sophomore in high school – and that she still wore up until two years ago!
"I've got over 80 pairs of cowboy boots or boots in general, and I've got quite a few pairs of blue jeans," she says. "There's going to be a lot of [Ralph Lauren], some Rag & Bone, some Paige – some great name brands that people will be able to get on the cheap, for a good cause!"
"It makes you feel so grateful to have what you have and to be able to help someone else – the feeling that I get from that is much bigger than anything else that I could experience," Crow says. "It just matters that we take care of each other in our lives."
[PIX&VID] CNN Heroes 2014 - Red Carpet+Show - New York, 18 November
21 Photos + 1 Video
Museum of Natural History
New York City, NY (USA)
18 November 2014 -
[LIVE REVIEW] Manchester - 30 October 2014
By Mikey Baird
Star Rating: *****
It was way back in the early 90’s when Sheryl Crow first exploded onto the music scene.
In a time where MTV showed music videos and with the alternative scene ruling the airwaves Sheryl Crow dropped her debut album ‘Tuesday Night Music Club’ and smash hit single ‘All I Wanna Do’ and opened the door for female singer/songwriters to take their rightful place among the other heavyweights.
Opening the door for the likes Alanis Morrisette, Joan Osbourne, Meredith Brookes, she pioneered a great time in music, although fast forward twenty years and the whole world of music is a very different place.
As the world has progressed it seems the music world has regressed.
MTV has replaced music on it’s channels for reality shows about pregnant teenagers and drunken Geordies and where the top 10 chart would be dominated by bands who played instruments and wrote their own songs, it is now full of cookie cutter plastic pop-acts.
So it made me let out a sigh of relief though to find out that Sheryl Crow can still sell out large venues in this day and age, as she did at The Ritz in Manchester.
This is a lady who has lived a rollercoaster of a life.
Hit by personal troubles and illness, she has carried on releasing album after album and collecting award after award and tonight she took us through a career retrospective.
The fact that she throws in that debut hit ‘All I Wanna Do’ very early in the set shows what a strong career and how many amazing songs she has released over the years.
Crow was in fine voice and showed what a twenty year career teaches you as she worked the crowd like a true master.
They sung , they cheered, they listened intently as she talks - it was a true masterclass in professionalism.
This isn’t just a greatest hits set though.
Not one to just rest on her laurels, Crow also has a new album, her ninth studio release and at the gig she showcased many of the country-tinged songs from it, which were greeted by her fans like old friends.
Playing for close to two hours and throwing in covers along the way, whilst thankfully leaving out that ‘Sweet Child Of Mine’ cover she released a few years ago, it was clear from looking around at the faces transfixed on Crow and her band, they would be more than happy to hear her play for another two.
But alas it all came to an end with a great version of Led Zeppelins ‘Rock And Roll’.
Even after 20 years Sheryl Crow still has it, she never sold out her fans and thankfully not one song about her ‘Booty’.
Fantasy Springs Casino and Resort
Indio, California (USA)
15 November 2014 -
[PIX] EY Strategic Growth Forum 2014 (Private Concert)- 14 Nov
EY Strategic Growth Forum 2014 - Ignite -
November 14, 2014 | Palm Springs, California
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[NEWS] Sheryl Crow, Benedict Cumberbatch among celebs to honor CNN Heroes
By CNN Staff
(CNN) -- CNN's Anderson Cooper will host this year's star-studded "CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute," which airs Sunday, December 7, at 8:00 p.m. ET.
Celebrity presenters are set to honor the Top 10 CNN Heroes of 2014 -- everyday people doing extraordinary things to help change the world -- from The American Museum of Natural History in New York City.
Presenters include Benedict Cumberbatch of "The Imitation Game," Taye Diggs of "Murder in the First," John Leguizamo of "Fugly!," Christina Hendricks of "Mad Men," Kelly Ripa of "LIVE with Kelly and Michael," comedian Kathy Griffin, Morgan Spurlock of CNN's "Inside Man," and Questlove of The Roots.
Each presenter will join one of the Top 10 Heroes on stage to share their inspirational story about the important work they do, which this year ranges from helping children face down the fear and pain of cancer, to protecting lions, to reuniting soldiers with dogs and cats they took in while serving their country, and much more.
The event will also include musical performances by Sheryl Crow and Trisha Yearwood.
In addition, Quvenzhané Wallis, the youngest-ever Best Actress Oscar nominee and star of the upcoming remake of the film "Annie"; Ansel Elgort of "Divergent" and "The Fault in Our Stars," and musician Nick Jonas will present the Young Wonder awards to remarkable youths who are being recognized and honored by CNN.
The CNN Hero of the Year will be announced at the tribute event, and will receive $100,000 for his or her cause -- in addition to the $25,000 each Hero will receive in recognition of their extraordinary efforts.
The Hero of the Year is chosen through a six-week public vote at CNN.com/Heroes. There is still time to vote -- voting ends Sunday, November 16.
The stories of this year's Top 10 Heroes, who were nominated by CNN's global audience and profiled earlier this year on CNN, can be found at CNNHeroes.com. Anyone wishing to contribute, may make a direct charitable donation to their designated nonprofits through Amazon Payments until December 31, 2014.
Since 2007, the CNN Heroes campaign has received more than 50,000 nominations from more than 100 countries and profiled more than 200 people on CNN and CNN.com.
[INTERVIEW] FANTASY SPRINGS: Sheryl Crow to play hits, deep cuts
By Timothy Guy
The Press Enterprise
If you ask Sheryl Crow, she’s not jumping on the country music bandwagon with her latest album; she’s always been around it.
The singer/songwriter broke into the mainstream with the pop rock hit “All I Wanna Do” two decades ago, kicking off a multi-platinum and multi-Grammy winning career with a catalog of ranging from rock songs with grungy guitars to a reimagined soul record. And Crow, who played the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in 2012 and has toured with artists such as Rascal Flatts and George Strait, released her 2013 album, “Feels Like Home,” on Warner Bros.’ Nashville label.
“I think I’ve been on the outskirts of the country world for quite a long time,” she said in a recent telephone interview. “I think people, particularly female artists who have come up in country, have cited the first couple of records as being an influence.”
Crow, who is performing at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino Saturday, said her songs both current and past fit right into the world of country music.
“My big hits slide right into today’s country and probably more so into yesterday’s country,” she said. “‘If It Makes You Happy’ is very formulaic country. All my songs could slide right into country radio about 10 years ago.”
However, Crow said she’s not looking to classify herself into any one genre. As far as writing music and performing goes, she’s just going to continue being herself.
“I’ve always been a pretty conventional songwriter where I write songs that are crafted with a beginning, middle and an end,” she said. “I’m not a person who writes to groove tracks. A lot of the popular country now has gone the way of formulaic songwriting. So I just figure that you just do what you know how to do and keep your nose to the grindstone. And if people like it, that’s great. I’ll always have a fan base and it’s very loyal. I’m grateful to always be working.”
The Fantasy Springs show is the only date on the horizon for Crow for a while. She said her recent sets have been stretching longer than two hours.
“We pick songs that people will know and know they want to hear. And then we try to fill in the rest of the blanks with songs we just feel like playing that night. It just works out great,” she said.
And Crow’s set list includes lesser-known songs from the studio albums she has recorded over the years.
“For the most part, people who come out to see us and who know us want to hear those deep cuts,” she said. “And the people who don’t, we hope we play them well enough that they’re entertained. ”
Crow also gets a big kick out of fans having the same feeling and reaction to her deep cuts as she does.
“I’m always surprised when I look out and people are singing the lyrics to songs that were not radio songs. That’s really encouraging for me because I’m someone who grew up in a day when radio played not just singles but deep cuts. And those were the soundtrack to our lives growing up. That means people are still listening to albums, full albums – well, even though they’re not albums,” she said, laughing.
But Crow is not one of those artists who despises her biggest hits. She is fully aware of what has brought her success in the music industry.
“I’ve been around 22 years just doing my own stuff and I think I’m more in touch with gratitude than I’ve ever been,” she said. “I realize the songs that everyone knows, like ‘All I Wanna to Do,’ ‘If It Makes You Happy’ or ‘Everyday is a Winding Road,’ those songs have afforded me the opportunity to travel all around the world. To hear people singing back my songs, which is something for someone who grew up in a small town in Missouri, is kind of unimaginable.”
Sheryl attends Sony Pictures Classics screening of 'Foxcatcher' hosted by Details, Brooks Brothers & Patron with The Cinema Society at Museum of Modern Art on November 11 in New York City. (Photos: Getty) -
[NEWS] Sheryl Crow Wardrobe for Feeding America
Sheryl Crow Cleans Out Closet for Feeding America Auction
WARNER MUSIC NASHVILLE's SHERYL CROW has teamed up with EBAY for its "2014 HOLIDAY GIFT SHOP" to auction off hundreds of personal items ranging from clothes, boots, shoes, bags and more. All proceeds will benefit FEEDING AMERICA, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization.
The auction will go live TODAY (11/10) and run through THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11th. For more information, click HERE.
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[PIX/REVIEW] Dr. Phillips Center, Orlando, FL - 8 November
Dr. Phillips Center hosts open house, free Sheryl Crow concert
By Tod Caviness and Caitlin Dineen
More than 1,500 spectators turned out Saturday to watch Grammy-winning singer Sheryl Crow perform the first concert in the Seneff Arts Plaza at the new Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando.
"What a great night to be in Orlando," said Mayor Buddy Dyer, who introduced Crow as "the greatest female vocalist in the world."
Crow opened the night at 7:45, 15 minutes before her scheduled appearance, launching into "Maybe Angels," before playing "A Change Would Do You Good" and several other hits.
She closed at 9 p.m. with "Every Day Is a Winding Road," before performing Led Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll" during a brief encore.
Traffic was slow and steady for most of the evening, even though officials blocked off Orange and Magnolia Avenue around the arts center.
Chuck Adams and his wife, Barbara, found parking at the Chase Plaza, about a 5-minute walk from the center.
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They arrived in time for the free concert but too late for the public tours of the state-of-the-art center, which ended at 6 p.m. Adams, 44, was impressed by the building's looks and said he would consider buying tickets for future shows.
"I'd definitely monitor the ease of getting here," said Adams, who lives 20 minutes from downtown. "Logistics are a factor, no doubt."
The center, which houses the intimate Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, the larger Walt Disney Theater and a plethora of bars, will open its doors again to the public today from noon to 4 p.m.
Attendees can take self-guided tours of the facility, including exploring the Della Phillips Grand Lobby. Tickets for performances scheduled at the center will be available for purchase today as well.
Karen Hepler, 55, who lives downtown, said she "wanted to see for myself what the tax dollars are doing."
Hepler, who moved to Orlando in 1991, said she watched for years as the city's downtown lost character and culture.
Standing center stage, as Broadway hits such as "Defying Gravity" from "Wicked" and "Seasons of Love" from "Rent" floated overhead, Hepler wants the center to bring new life to the City Beautiful.
"The key, now that they've spent all this money, is to ensure momentum," she said. "This should be an escape."
Sabrina Resendes, assistant general manager at Frank & Steins eatery and pub, said she expects an uptick in customers once the center is fully up and running.
Even preparing for Saturday's concert, Resendes said the restaurant — a block from the center — has extra staff.
Resendes said construction crews and center employees have helped increase the restaurant's head count during peak mealtimes, and performances at the center will only further drive traffic to the bar.
SOURCE: Orlando Sentinel
A Change Would Do You Good
All I Wanna Do
My Favorite Mistake
Can't Cry Anymore
Best of Times
The First Cut Is the Deepest
(Cat Stevens cover)
Picture / If It Makes You Happy
Soak Up the Sun
Everyday Is a Winding Road
[BOOTLEG] Live @ BluesFest - 31 October 2014 [MP3]
LIVE @ BluesFest
Royal Albert Hall
London, England, UK
31 October 2014
NOTE FROM THE TAPER
Recorded via Tascam DR-05 and cleaned up a little using Magix Audio cleanup Lab.
A Change Would Do You Good
All I Wanna Do
Callin' Me When I'm Lonely
Can't Cry Anymore
My Favorite Mistake
Give It to Me
The First Cut Is the Deepest
(Cat Stevens cover)
Best of Times
Leaving Las Vegas
The Difficult Kind
If It Makes You Happy
Soak Up the Sun
Everyday Is a Winding Road
[NEWS] Sheryl to perform at tribute to Emmylou Harris
Emmylou Harris Tribute Confirms Kris Kristofferson, Sheryl Crow, Mavis Staples, Joan Baez, John Hiatt, Lucinda Williams and More
An stellar group of artists will team up for The Life & Songs of Emmylou Harris: An All-Star Concert Celebration at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC on January 10. The event will feature Harris, along with Kris Kristofferson, Sheryl Crow, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Mavis Staples, Joan Baez, John Hiatt, Lucinda Williams, Trampled By Tutrtles, Steve Earle and more, and will be taped for later release. Don Was and Buddy Miller will lead a backing band and serve as the night’s musical directors.
Additional artists on the bill include Patty Griffin, Martina McBride, Rodney Crowell, Iron & Wine, Shawn Colvin, Shovels & Ropes, Sara Watkins and The Milk Carton Kids. More performers will also be added in the coming weeks.
Tickets for the show will go on sale tomorrow, November 7, at 10am ET
[NEWS] Kennett Crossroads all-star concert finally comes true
By Meg Benson
The Daily Dunklin Democrat
The long-hoped-for, and long-planned concert featuring Kennett's marquee music stars is finally a reality. The two-night event, called "Kennett Crossroads," will feature performances by Sheryl Crow, David Nail, Trent Tomlinson and Blackjack Billy, with Noll Billings. It is set for Sunday and Monday, Jan. 18-19. It will be presented by the Kennett #39 Educational Foundation, in conjunction with the Kennett Public School District. The concert will benefit the Kennett High School (KHS) Performing Arts and Athletic Departments.
The two-night concert will feature an acoustic songwriters' night, on Sunday, Jan. 18, at The Opera House, in downtown Kennett, beginning at 8 p.m. The evening performance will be limited to 250 guests. Tickets are $300 apiece, and go on sale Dec. 1. The concert will follow on Monday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m., at the KHS Gymnasium. Concert tickets will range from $50 to $200, and will also go on sale Dec. 1.
Event organizers are currently seeking sponsorships, at $2,500 apiece. There will be a limited number, available to corporations, businesses and individuals. The deadline to purchase is Nov. 25. The sponsorships will include four VIP tickets to the acoustic event, a sponsorship meet-and-greet, pre-sale access to additional tickets both nights, and recognition at the events. For more sponsorship information, contact the Foundation's board president, Kristin McPherson, at 573-717-6330, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The concert was the idea of Kennett Schools Superintendent, Chris Wilson, and Board of Education President, Matt Shetley. They approached long-time Kennett choir director, Viretta Sexton, to try and make the event happen, because she knows all the artists personally. "Without her, this thing would not have happened," Wilson said.
"(This concert) is certainly something I have always dreamed of, but I don't know that I can take that credit," Sexton said. "They had the vision to really push for it." She explained that her role has been, and will continue to be, dealing with all the performers. Sexton began approaching artists last April, including personal visits with Tomlinson and Billings at Little River Fest, in Kennett. Both artists agreed, on the spot. Sexton secured her last agreement earlier this week.
Ticket information and event updates will be available soon, at www.kennetteducationalfoundation.com
Tracks 1 - 3 were recorded with the Mic Sensitivity accidently set to high, I realised as the intro music played and reduced level accordingly, until there was a break in the set to set the sensitivity to low and increase the levels again. Recording not affected very much.
Overall a excellent recording of an excellent night!
02. Maybe Angels
03. A Change Would Do You Good
04. All I Wanna Do
05. Callin' Me When I'm Lonely
06. Real Gone
07. Can't Cry Anymore
08. My Favorite Mistake
09. Sweet Rosalyn
10. The First Cut Is the Deepest
11. Best of Times
12. Strong Enough
13. Anything But Down
14. If It Makes You Happy
15. Soak Up the Sun
16. Everyday Is a Winding Road
17. Run, Baby, Run
18. Rock and Roll
Have you voted today? There's still time! Let your voice be heard. #GoVoteMissouri @MissouriSOS (Sheryl via Twitter)
[PIX] An Evening with Sheryl Crow @ Vanderbilt University in Nashville, 5 Nov
Blair School of Music
Nashville, Tennessee (USA)
4 November 2014
- Strong Enough
- Waterproof Mascara
- If It Makes You Happy
- I Shall Believe
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[NEWS] Signature Theatre Announces Cast for Sheryl Crow's DINER Musical
By BWW News Desk
Virginia's Signature Theatre just announced the full cast for the world premiere of Diner, the musical adaptation of the landmark film with a book by the movie's Academy Award®-winning screenwriter and director Barry Levinson (Rain Man, Bugsy, The Natural) and an original score by nine-time Grammy Award® winner Sheryl Crow. Directed and choreographed by three-time Tony Award® Winner Kathleen Marshall (Broadway's Anything Goes, Nice Work If You Can Get It), the ensemble piece will feature Whitney Bashor (Barbara; Broadway's Bridges of Madison County and Signature's The Hollow), Bryan Fenkart (Modell; Broadway's Memphis), Aaron Finley (Billy; Broadway's Rock of Ages),Josh Grisetti (Shrevie; Off-Broadway's Enter Laughing), Erika Henningsen (Beth; Show Boat: Live from Lincoln Center with the NY Philharmonic), Derek Klena (Boogie; Broadway's Wicked, The Bridges of Madison County and Second Stage'sDogfight), Adam Kantor (Eddie; Broadway's Rent, Next to Normal and Second Stage's The Last Five Years), Tess Soltau(Elyse; Broadway's The Addams Family), Matthew James Thomas (Fenwick; Broadway's Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,Pippin), and John Schiappa (Older Boogie; Broadway's Rocky, The Other Place, Wicked).
The production begins performances at Signature Theatre's MAX Theatre December 9. It will play for six and a half weeks, through January 25.
"Diner marks the first world premiere musical of three in our 25th anniversary season," stated Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer. "I'm excited to have Sheryl, Barry and Kathleen at Signature to premiere this exciting new show."
"I'm so thrilled that we are bringing Diner to the award-winning Signature Theatre," said director and choreographer Kathleen Marshall. "Barry Levinson's book expands and deepens his beloved story and his iconic characters, and we have an amazing cast to introduce Sheryl Crow's sensational score. I can't wait to get started!"
Set in Baltimore during Christmas of 1959, a circle of childhood friends reunite for the upcoming wedding of one of them. From the comfort of their all-night Diner, the men, now in their early-twenties, confront the realities of adulthood: marriage, careers, money and the ever-mysterious opposite sex.
When Diner premiered in 1982 it was heralded as "fresh...Energetic...Honest [and] entertaining" by The New York Times. In March of 2012, Vanity Fair claimed that Barry Levinson's comedy "caused a tectonic shift in popular culture. It paved the way for Seinfeld, Pulp Fiction, The Office, and Judd Apatow's career."
"To see these characters from the original film take on a new life has been a surreal endeavor," said original screenwriter and director Barry Levinson, "Kathleen, Sheryl and I are thrilled with the cast we have assembled to launch this show on the DC stage."
"I love Barry Levinson's film, Diner," said composer and lyricist Sheryl Crow, "so, when Barry called and asked if I'd like to join him to create a new musical version of the story, I jumped at the chance. Working together has been a total joy. In my hometown of Kennett, Missouri, we didn't have musicals coming through our town, but we saw all the movie musicals. I didn't know they all came from Broadway! My favorites were West Side Story, Oklahoma and My Fair Lady. I still can't believe I will have the opportunity to work on a brand new musical with Barry. Working together with our director, Kathleen Marshall, we have really been working hard on expanding Diner to allow it to sing while remaining true to this story of these young men and women coming of age in Baltimore. And to think we are going to premiere it so close to Baltimore, where the story took place, at Signature Theatre, which has birthed so many new musicals, well, I couldn't be happier."
The creative team includes Music Direction by Lon Hoyt (Broadway's Hairspray, Lennon); Orchestrations by Grammy Award® nominee Mitchell Froom; Scenic Design by Tony Award® winner Derek McLane (Broadway's Breakfast at Tiffany's, Follies); Scenery adapted by James Kronzer (Broadway's Glory Days); Costume Design by Tony Award® nominee Paul Tazewell (Broadway's Side Show, In the Heights); Lighting Design by Tony Award® winner Peter Kaczorowski (Broadway'sVenus in Fur, Anything Goes); Sound Design by Lane Elms (Signature's Elmer Gantry, Sunday in the Park with George); Production Stage Manager Kerry Epstein; Assistant Stage Manager Allie Roy; and New York Casting by Justin Huff, CSA (Telsey + Company).
The cast is rounded out by Nova Y. Payton (Signature's Dreamgirls, Hairspray) and John Leslie Wolfe (Broadway's Parade,Passion and Signature's The Threepenny Opera) along with MaryLee Adams (Studio Theatre's POP!), Mitch Marois(Pittsburgh CLO's Ring of Fire), Maria Egler (Signature's Elmer Gantry, Sunday in the Park with George), Colleen Hayes(National Tour, Catch Me if You Can), David Little (Studio Theatre's Carrie: The Musical), Ben Lurye (Signature Theatre'sHello Dolly!), Lou Steele (Creative Cauldron's Marry Me A Little), and Russell Sunday (Signature's Elmer Gantry, Brother Russia).
[VIDEO] Amazing Grace @ Dave Rahn Memorial (24 Sept)
September 24th, 2014 @ The Rock Church El Cajon Campus (California)
[PIC] A nice pic from Peter Stroud
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"Heading to #Heathrow after a fantastic week w @SherylCrow Thk u #Ireland and #UK!"
[VIDEO] UK National Lottery Live - 1 November (BBC One)
Lottery + "Calling Me When I'm Lonely"
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[BOOTLEG] Live in Glasgow, Scotland - 27 October 2014
ROYAL CONCERT IN GLASGOW
Royal Concert Hall
Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Monday 27 October 2014
CD Audio – Hi-Fi Stereo
NOTE FROM THE TAPER
Recorded from front row floor standing - directly in front of SC
I realised that by standing so close to the front that I'd pick up the guitars from the stage amps/speakers rather than the PA mix.
As a result Sheryl's vocals are a bit low in the mix....especially in the more rocky tunes!
Recorded using ZOOM H2 - Memory Card - PC - Adobe - Audacity - TLH
Once on my PC I put the raw file through Adobe Audition and attempted to raise the vocal level.
I then tracked using Audacity before converting to FLAC using TLH.
No fade out between CD 1 and CD 2 but I tracked so that the suggested split is not obtrusive.
01 Maybe Angels
02 A change
03 All I Wanna Do
04 Callin' Me When I'm Lonely
05 Real Gone
06 My Favourite Mistake
07 Can't Cry Anymore
08 Sweet Rosalyn
09 Give It To Me
11 First Cut Is The Deepest
12 Best Of Times
13 Strong Enough
14 Difficult Kind
16 If It Makes You Happy
17 Soak Up The Sun
18 Everyday Is A Winding Road
19 Run Baby Run
20 Steve McQueen
21 Rock and Roll
[PIX] Signing autographs at BBC Radio 2 Studios (London)
[LIVE PIX] BluesFest, London, UK - 31 October
Royal Albert Hall
London, England, UK
31 October 2014 -
[LIVE REVIEW] BluesFest, London, UK - 31 October (TheArtDesk.com)
By Matthew Wright
A likeable and energetic performance, but how much more could she be?
Sheryl Crow doesn’t do genres. She may have recorded her first authentically country album, Feels Like Home, in Nashville recently, but for her, the tag seems to mean little. “It’s country, but it just sounds like a Sheryl Crow record,” she told the BluesFest audience last night, and whenever the subject came up afterwards, she put finger-wiggling inverted commas around term “country”. She gives her audience what she knows they like, and what she knows she likes, too.
As if to emphasise brand Sheryl, new songs and back catalogue were cheerfully mixed from the start. “All I Wanna Do” got feet tapping early on, with a brave attempt at an audience singalong (she knows she’s in Britain, right?); “Can’t Cry Anymore” saw some high-wire guitar duets from Robert Kearns and Audley Freed; “Best of Times” was one of several tracks to enjoy a pealing burst of harmonica; while “Strong Enough” had an evocative section of close harmony singing.
There’s much to enjoy about a Crow live gig. Someone has put substantial money and thought into the extravagant video display behind the band, which displayed a diverse montage ranging from the hokey - footage of old-time country fairs - to the frankly Daliesque. She and her substantial band played non-stop for over two hours, working the audience from a London torpor to a swaying delirium. Though she expressed ambivalence about her rock-star status several times, she still looks, moves, and sings like one, if only you could hear her voice.
It wouldn’t be a gig at the Royal Albert Hall without some quibbles about the sound balance, but it was striking to listen to the same songs at home on CD and hear Crow’s voice, completely audible over the backing. The overwhelming volume of the band made for a powerful rock atmosphere, and there can’t have been many who didn’t already know most of the inaudible lyrics, but the balance of sound would have been more varied with a stronger contribution from her supple vocal range.
Trouble is, when you hear a lot of Crow’s songs back-to-back, they do begin to sound the same. The lyrics are slick and enjoyable, and her voice, when you can hear it, is extremely versatile, belting and caressing with equal conviction. She has an electric mode and an acoustic mode - there was much swapping of guitars - and the harmonica and close-harmony singing are nice touches of variety. But still, the formula persists. The mood builds song by song, the guitarists thrash a rock-lite backing. You yearn for moments of intimacy and introspection in vain; like “Soak Up the Sun”, the Hawaiian video to which (and it could just as well have been made for a deodorant ad) played for the audience basking in an Indian summery warmth, everything becomes a kind of power anthem. She has all of the skills and experience to turn the Sheryl Crow sound into something radically new. Or several things radically new. But perhaps that’s not what gets you on nationwide drivetime programmes.
In a recent interview, she talked about how her home town of Kennett (bordering Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee) has changed little over the past decades, except that Walmart has arrived, and downtown has disintegrated. Several of her videos showed Southern, small-town fairs, and country musicians with bad glasses and no teeth, as if her country songs drew on that tradition. But actually, in her determination to apply the recognisable Crow sound to everything, she isn’t the characterful downtown independents, she’s the Walmart.