[NEWS] SHERYL CROW AT TAROOGA ZOO BEFORE GIG WITH JOHN MELLENCAMP
KOORI the koala met Crow the musician yesterday before she teams up with the one-time Cougar now simply known as John Mellencamp at Acer Arena tonight.
Singer Sheryl Crow and an entourage of 15 took the ferry to Taronga Zoo where she met Koori, an echidna, a baby saltwater crocodile, a diamond python, a stick and leaf insect and, of course, a kangaroo, all hand-raised orphans or bred at the zoo.
Crow was delighted with them before spending time looking at other enclosures.
"She was really friendly, down to earth and having a good time," our spy told us.
Source: The Daily Telegraph (www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph)
Wednesday November 26
[NEWS] HI, I'M SHERYL CROW AND I'M A RED ARTIST
(RED), the nonprofit organization that arranges for companies to contribute money to fight AIDS in Africa, will start its digital music feature (RED)Wire in December. The service, which costs $5 a month, will provide subscribers with music from emerging artists as well as exclusive tracks from U2, Coldplay, Jay-Z, John Legend and Sheryl Crow, among others. (RED)Wire is scheduled to start on Dec. 1, World AIDS Day, at red.msn.com.
[VIDEO] BRISBANE - "MY SWEET LOVE" (WITH JOHN MELLENCAMP" & "IF IT MAKES YOU HAPPY"
The Cougar and the Crow: Midwestern musicians at their finest :-)
[SET LIST] BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA, NOVEMBER 25
ALL I WANNA DO
LOVE IS FREE
OUT OF OUR HEADS
MEAN 2 ME
Monday November 24
[CD REVIEW] HOME FOR CHRISTMAS - ASSOCIATED PRESS
Sheryl Crow, "Home for Christmas" (Hallmark)
Sheryl Crow earns some "frequent listener" miles with her new holiday album, "Home for Christmas." Crow nails the seasonal thing down by applying her usual mix of styles. There's funk, soul, gospel, and heaping doses of wholesome rock all blended nicely. As a result, the record is every bit a Sheryl Crow album as it is a contribution of holiday songs. It's only available through Hallmark, but being that this is the season of greeting cards, you're bound to come across it numerous times.
Crow starts things off with a rootsy version of "Go Tell It On a Mountain," where she immediately conjures up images of her playing at a church social. From there she picks things up with a cheerful version of "The Christmas Song," replete with a bright horn section. Then she gets sultry with "White Christmas," and ends the album with the somber "All Through the Night."
Crow also contributes to the genre by penning one of the album's tracks, "There is a Star That Shines Tonight."
The only criticism has nothing to do with its content, rather with its length. At just over 40 minutes, it gets you in the groove, and poof ... it ends.
• John Carucci, AP Writer
Source: Associated Press
[TV] NOV 30: SHERYL ON CBS SUNDAY MORNING
Tune in to CBS Sunday Morning on November 30th to see a very special interview with Sheryl Crow. Sheryl will discuss her critically acclaimed album Detours, living on her ranch in Nashville, life on the road and much, much more.
An elegantly low-key Sunday-morning fixture on CBS since 1979, this Peabody and Emmy-winning show provides news and features on a myriad of subjects, with an emphasis on the arts.
Live in Melbourne
Rod Laver Arena
November 21, 2008
CD Audio - Hi-Fi Stereo Taper: Tifosi79 Artwork: Aleks Lineage: Recorded on Zoom H2 at 16/44.1 using internal rear mics - Tracks split, fades added & normalized to -1.5db peak with Wave Editor (Mac) - Transferred to PC for FLAC level 6 conversion with Trader's Little Helper.
Notes from the Taper
Half an hour before leaving for this show, I realised I didn't have any batteries for my external mics, so I had to make do with the internal mics in my Zoom H2 recorder.
Sheryl hit the stage earlier than expected and I was 5 minutes late getting to my seat. As such, I missed the opening song, A Change, and the start of Can't Cry Anymore. I was seated in the forth row to stage left, right below the speaker array, where the sound was actually really good. Because I didn't have external mics, I had to leave the Zoom exposed. I simply placed it between my legs, hit record and hoped for the best.
I'm really surprised at how good the recording turned out. All of the instruments are well defined, and Sheryl's voice comes through very clearly, including all the between song banter. Towards the end of Can't Cry Anymore, some more late comers arrived, so there is some slight phase shifting for a few seconds as I get up to let them by.
Sheryl wears a cowboy hat that was thrown on stage for a few moments, which is why she says "I sorta feel like Madonna" before First Cut Is The Deepest (just in case you were wondering).
(00 A Change - missing)
01 Can't Cry Anymore
02 Love is Free
03 All I Wanna Do
04 Strong Enough
05 The First Cut Is The Deepest
06 My Favorite Mistake
07 If It Makes You Happy
08 Out Of Our Heads
09 Mean To Me (Crowded House cover)
10 Soak Up The Sun
11 Everyday Is a Winding Road
Alltracks use lossless FLAC, linear PCM at the standard 1411 kbps (CD Audio)
[LIVE REVIEW] ROD LAVER ARENA, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOV 21
Sheryl Crow Plays Crowded House
by Paul Cashmere - November 22 2008
photo by Ros O'Gorman
Sheryl Crow paid homage to Crowded House during her Melbourne show last night.
Returning to Australia for the first time in 11 years, Sheryl included the Crowded House hit ‘Mean To Me’ in her set. Later she also said her own hit ‘Every Day Is A Winding Road’ was inspired by Crowded House drummer, her friend, the late Paul Hester.
That was a pretty good way to win over the Melbourne audience.
With just under an hour to play with on stage (she was the special guest of John Mellencamp), Sheryl pretty much gave the crowd a wide selection of her entire career.
I didn’t realise what die-hard fans she has. `Team-Sheryl` were down on the floor, dressed in white clothes and cowboy hats and holding up messages like “I am strong enough sheez”. (Mate, I felt for you when she said she was only interested in men over 35 years old. Bummer).
The positive message of Obama did not go unmentioned. ‘A Change Would Do You Good’ and ‘Can’t Cry Anymore’ at the start of the show pretty much summed up in music what she stated between the songs. About how great it was to have Obama in the White House.
This was the setlist for Sheryl Crow at Rod Laver Arena, November 21, 2008:
A Change Would Do You Good (from Sheryl Crow, 1996)
Can’t Cry Anymore /I Can See Clearly Now ((from Tuesday Night Music Club, 1993, Johnny Nash cover)
Love Is Free (from Detours, 2008)
All I Wanna Do (from Tuesday Night Music Club, 1993)
Strong Enough (from Tuesday Night Music Club, 1993)
The First Cut Is The Deepest (Cat Stevens cover)
My Favorite Mistake (from The Globe Sessions, 1998)
If It Makes You Happy (from Sheryl Crow, 1996)
Out Of Our Heads (from Detours, 2008)
Mean Too Me (Crowded House cover)
Soak Up The Sun (from C’mon C’mon, 2002)
Every Day Is A Winding Road (from Sheryl Crow, 1996)
Source: Undercover (http://undercover.com.au)
[...] After a short break Sheryl Crow took to the stage. She was fantastic! Her act was gutsy, lively and thoroughly enjoyable rock 'n roll. She was accompanied by a big band which comprised a drummer, another percussionist, an ace lead guitar, a bass guitar, another guitar player, a keyboard and two backup singers. Understandably the sound was big and satisfying loud. It thrilled my rock child soul. It was the first time I've seen Sheryl Crow perform live, and hopefully not the last. I'd definitely go and see her play again. [...]
[CD REVIEW] HOME FOR CHRISTMAS - BY DONALD GIBSON
In past years, Sheryl Crow has contributed select performances to various holiday music compilations, most notably to the Special Olympics benefit series, A Very Special Christmas. This year, she has released her first full-length holiday album, Home For Christmas, which is available exclusively from Hallmark.
Covering nine yuletide standards as well as one original song, Crow is at turns playful and poignant, summoning a warmhearted, musically eclectic set.
Some songs accentuate a thick blanket of brass, encouraging Crow to deliver particularly spirited and soulful performances. She spruces up “Blue Christmas” — a new recording, not her 1997 rendition — with a chugging arrangement highlighted by Booker T. Jones’ agile organ flourishes. On the spiritual, “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” Crow leads a rich and stirring recital enlivened by a gospel choir. As well, she jazzes up “White Christmas” as bassist David Hayes anchors a swinging rhythm; and she works up a loose and boisterous version of “Merry Christmas Baby” that revels in mischievous delight.
Other songs embrace more of a majestic yet unassuming resonance, drawing out melodic subtleties that envelop Crow’s sinuous voice. “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” is interpreted with grace and sincerity, the singer inflecting a tinge of melancholy amid a veil of strings. Similarly, “The Bells of St. Mary” assumes a sort of resplendence as Crow enriches its deft orchestration with, arguably, her finest vocal on the album.
With her self-penned offering, “There Is A Star That Shines Tonight,” Crow takes to the piano in an earnest prayer for world peace while, on the traditional, “All Through The Night,” she conveys reassurance, intoning its lyrics like a lullaby.
On the whole, Home For Christmas not only makes for an engaging complement to Sheryl Crow’s catalog, but would be a worthy addition to any holiday music collection as well.
Catalog Number: UICA-1048 Label: Universal Japan Format: CD+DVD Number of discs: 2 Release Date: 2008/11/26
Japan-original release featuring the high-fidelity SHM-CD format (fully compatible with standard CD players). Includes her album "Detours" and bonus DVD with music videos of the tracks "Love Is Free," "Shine Over Babylon," "Now That You're Gone," "Out of Our Heads," live performances, b-roll footage/behind the scenes and more.
1. GOD BLESS THIS MESS
2. SHINE OVER BABYLON
3. LOVE IS FREE
4. PEACE BE UPON US
6. OUT OF OUR HEADS
8. NOW THAT YOU'RE GONE
9. DRUNK WITH THE THOUGHT OF YOU
10. DIAMOND RING
12. MAKE IT GO AWAY(RADIATION SONG)
13. LOVE IS ALL THERE IS
14. LULLABY FOR WYATT
15. RISE UP
16. BEAUTIFUL DREAM
17. SHINE OVER BABYLON - LIVE ACOUSTIC VERSION
18. DETOURS - LIVE ACOUSTIC VERSION
19. DRUNK WITH THE THOUGHT OF YOU - LIVE ACOUSTIC VERSION
20. LOVE IS FREE - LIVE ACOUSTIC VERSION
All "live acoustic" versions - recorded at the Tom Tom Club in Santa Monica
[NEWS] REPACKED TOUR EDITION OF "DETOURS" AVAILABLE IN STORES IN JAPAN
The Japanese tour edition of Sheryl Crow's "Detours" album will be available at iTunes in Japan on 12/10 and available in stores on 11/26! The album has been repacked with new tracks of live audio and a DVD of live performances and official music videos including "Out of Our Heads."
[VIDEOS] "SOAK UP THE SUN" SOLO ACOUSTIC AND "HOME" PIANO ACOUSTIC
I've added two more stunning performances to my youtube channel. Enjoy!
Soak Up The Sun
From "Musicians", February 2002
[NEWS] SOLANA PRODS: SWOOPS INTO SHERYL CROW'S HOME FOR INTERVIEW
Solana Productions, Inc., videotaped an exclusive at-home interview with music superstar Sheryl Crow, in which she spoke candidly about her recovery from breast cancer, her breakup with cycling champion Lance Armstrong and her decision to adopt a baby.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) November 17, 2008 -- Solana Productions, Inc., videotaped an exclusive at-home interview with music superstar Sheryl Crow, in which she spoke candidly about her recovery from breast cancer, her breakup with cycling champion Lance Armstrong and her decision to adopt a baby.
"I think ultimately your biggest growth comes from actually being mad and actually experiencing disappointment, experiencing grief and sadness," Crow said about being diagnosed with breast cancer the same week she and Armstrong ended their relationship. "I had to learn how to feel weak and vulnerable in order to feel my strength again."
An eight person crew from Solana Productions recorded the three-camera interview at Crow's sprawling estate in the Hollywood Hills. The shoot involved an extensive lighting set-up, with a large crew, HMI lights and silks.
The interview with Crow was conducted by volleyball star/model Gabrielle Reece as part of Reece's new on-line gal-pal network, "The HoneyLine." The segment aired Nov. 6 on the Emmy-award-winning daytime program, "The Rachael Ray Show."
Solana Productions, Inc., is a videotape production company based in Solana Beach, California, that serves a variety of high-profile broadcast, cable and corporate clients. More information about the company is available at www.SolanaProductions.com.
The 46-year-old singer/songwriter told Reece she had to let go of her idea of having a "traditional" family to find happiness. "I had to say, OK, maybe waiting is keeping me from having what it is that I am yearning for, and so my choice was really to say, OK, I'm going to open up the door and create this space. And then all of a sudden the universe was throwing babies at me."
Crow says she adopted her son, Wyatt, once her cancer treatments were complete. "There was a lot of cleaning and clearing and just getting healthy again and he waited until that moment to sort of say, 'I'm coming.'"
Asked about her love life, Crow said, "Typically I've always gone for someone who is a high achiever at what they do. There is a turn-on with that -- they're at the height of their game -- and they're committed to it but there are sacrifices that you are making with that."
Now, Sheryl says she's more focused on finding someone who is her best friend and shares her parenting philosophies, and is hopeful she'll someday marry. "I believe that love is the greatest motivating emotion in life. It's either love or fear," Sheryl says. "I'd much rather be motivated by love."
After Crow was diagnosed with breast cancer, she received an unexpected phone call from Reece. "It's actually not like me because I don't like to impose myself but somehow I did have a good mutual friend with her and I felt compelled," says Gabby, who wanted to reach out to the singer with compassion and to suggest a holistic treatment -- even though they'd never met.
That kind of community and support system is what Gabby is trying to encourage with her new, online HoneyLine network. "If you plug into three or four great friends, they're like the bees on the honey line. You can always get to the honey, and I think all women really survive on this notion of a honey line because if you have three really great friends you can get some serious stuff done."
LOVE IS FREE
ALL I WANNA DO
OUT OF OUR HEADS
MEAN 2 ME
[LIVE REVIEW] PERTH, AUSTRALIA (PERTH NOW)
John Mellencamp blows Sandalford Winery crowd away
November 17, 2008 10:00am
WHY would any concert promoter want to use a venue other than Sandalford Winery in the Swan Valley?
With the sun going down, an enthusiastic crowd spread across the lawns, a glass of wine in hand and two fabulous performers - Sheryl Crow and John Mellencamp - on stage, it doesn’t get much better.
Mellencamp isn’t one of those performers I would instantly put on my list to go and see, but the veteran hit it off with the crowd in a big way at Sandalford’s Evening On The Green on Sunday night.
Kicking off his first Australian tour in 15 years with two Perth concerts, Mellencamp showed off a delightful range of styles and easily developed a rapport with the sell-out crowd.
It didn’t hurt that his support act came in the form of Sheryl Crow, who had the crowd grooving along to hits such as All I Wanna Do and If It Makes You Happy.
While Crow was singing about “a beer buzz in the morning” the crowd was already in the same spirit with plenty of people on a wine buzz up in front of the stage getting involved.
We were at the concert courtesy of garden company Yates, in fantastic seats just a few rows from the front. The sound for us was superb – and it didn’t seem as if there were too many complaints from the thousands spread out on picnic blankets around the sprawling lawns.
Crow offered her approval of the outdoor venue, saying it was great to turn up “with a cooler and your weed”.
Weed or not, the crowd was well and truly rocking by the time the sun had set and Mellencamp, with his Elvis-like hair and his band, strolled on stage.
“Are you ready?” he asked the crowd as the band launched into Pink Houses. It seems they were.
The bass and drums throbbing through his 1987 hit Paper In Fire had plenty of punch and while the twanging guitar and violin ain’t really my cup of tea My Sweet Love from his new 2008 album Life, Death, Love and Freedom, was well received by the crowd.
Mellencamp was nothing if not versatile, moving easily from the almost country to the entirely acoustic in a set without his band and accompanied only by his own guitar.
At times Mellencamp’s acoustic ballads are reminiscent of Dylan.
And the 57 year-old’s voice with those nice crusty tones certainly suit the music. He may have 21 albums behind him, but Mellencamp is certainly no has-been. He has grown beautifully into his music.
He enchanted the crowd with a story about his 100-year-old grandmother who, when he was about 40, started to pray saying: “Buddy (her nickname for him) and me are ready to come home.”
His grandmother may have been, but not Mellencamp, he was too busy raising Cain – the inspiration for Longest Days, also from the new album, a kind of ode to his grandmother.
From the acoustic set, while Mellencamp headed backstage - presumably for a bourbon and coke - keyboardist Troye Kinnett and violinist Miriam Sturm combined talents on accordion and violin for a little traditional crossover, while the band returned to the stage to move the vibe back into the rock and roll of his 1985 hit Scarecrow.
Then it was the more hard-driving bluesy sound of Six Feet Under, which really gave Mellencamp a chance to stretch his vocal chords.
The crowd didn’t need much encouragement when Mellencamp asked them: “Are you ready to dance?”
“Yes” they roared and up they got to the music of Crumblin’ Down. Mellencamp then revved up for the concert finale with a pumping rendition of R.O.C.K. In The USA and joined by the crowd singing enthusiastically. He then kept the crowd involved by asking them to phone a friend so Mellencamp could tell everybody: “This is John and we’ve got something to tell you” – launching into Jack And Diane.
And so it does for Mellencamp – and long may it continue to do so. This concert was a privilege to attend.
Source: Perth Now (http://www.news.com.au/perthnow/)
This review isn't on the money for me at all. Not sure if we attended the same concert. It is 16 and a half years since he has been here, not 15 and the song is called "If I die sudden" not "Six feet under". The sound system was rubbish and all it felt like was people getting drunk in the sun with Sandalford making a killing selling their wines for three times the price of a liquor store. Sheryl Crow was blinded by sunlight as of course the organisers in all their wisdom had her facing directly west - at 4.30 (real time) in the afternoon in the middle of November. Ticket prices were up there and then we're asked for "gold coin donations" for parking. A set of speakers both side toward the back were needed as it was obvious the sound system was equipped to perhaps accomodate 8000 people at best and that at an indoor venue. Mellencamp and Crow were superb. I'd expect nothing less. The venue and organisers can light a match to themselves however. And if there were 20 000 people there, I'd wager that 15 000 of them would concur with my review more than the one above.....
Posted by: Kyle
I think an Evening on the Green was great. If people wanted structure in their seating arrangements then these concerts are not for you. The crowd around us was pleasant and relaxed, even those having a few quiet drinks. The venue suited the relaxed style of concert. The lack of designated smoking areas was a drawback for us. The sunny evening marred by sucking in the smoke of others - thanks to those smokers who did remove themselves to the back of the crowds! Generally well organised and we got out of the parking relatively quickly considering the numbers.
Posted by: Drew
Fantastic concert, great company, beautiful surroundings, wonderful music, lovely memories, had a fantastic day and evening, we loved every minute of it.. and the drunks rolling around the valley were very entertaining.. We all loved it, and the swan valley is a great place, we were dropped off and picked up with no problems at all... FANTASTIC
Posted by: Fantastic Concert
I would have gone if Sheryl had headlined!! She is fantastic, but I wouldn't pay that money for only 1 hour.
Posted by: Camden of Perth
Mellencamp was boring, the sound was poor and too many drunk idiots. Sheryl Crow should have been the main act, she was so much better. We left early and weren't the only ones!!
Posted by: Jo of Canning Vale
Mellencamp was awesome, the Perth crowd's behaviour less so, i paid $395 a ticket for my family and I to attend, loved this guy's music for 30 years, and what was in front of us, drunken well to do losers who talked throughout the concert, didn't give a damn if it was during a ballad or a rock song. The Sandalford venue does not work, the upside was that my kids got to see what happens to nicely dressed people with too much money as they drink themselves into oblivion. I was embarrassed to be a Western Australian, ashamed that such a great rock musician travels across the world, and thanks us for 35 years of support, to have the front rows sitting on their backsides just staring at him, they only got up to dance on saturday night when he asked them too! Colin Barnett we NEED a purpose built venue and there needs to be NO alcohol during the concert. Perthites who got blind drunk, you almost spoilt it for those of us who went for the show but luckily John's music transcends your ignorance and small mindedness that requires such an excess of alcohol for you to have a good time.
Posted by: john of mount hawthorn
Allen your review would be totally different if you were like thousands of us who paid $110 to sit on a lawn and then listen to sound which was like being 2km away from the venue instead of in it! The sound system was completely inadequate for the venue and the area the paying crowd were seated. More that 2/3rds of the crowd had terrible sound and it was only good for those directly in front of the stage. I've seen bands at Subi oval sitting much further away and was far better. We were all very dissappointed.
Posted by: Pete of Perth
Crow 8/10 melloncamp 7/10. melloncamp came on saturday and said "i flew 22 to hours to sing for you" a guy behind me yelled "i paid 120 bucks a ticket, shutup and sing" My highlight!
Posted by: wazza of warnbro
Feedback in our office this morning: Mellencamp was crap, Sheryl Crow should've been the headline act
Posted by: Gary of Perth CBD
Saturday November 15
[VIDEO] STAGE WARDROBE - C'MON, C'MON TOUR 2002
[SET LIST] PERTH, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 15
LOVE IS FREE
ALL I WANNA DO
OUT OF OUR HEADS
MEAN 2 ME
[LIVE REVIEW] LAS VEGAS, NOVEMBER 11
by Doug Wheeler
If you’ve never been to a hotel opening party, what you miss is a fairly fancy few hours of free champagne, free food and a free concert.
Sheryl Crow played a surprise, private show for a few hundred lucky VIPs at Aliante Station’s opening Tuesday night. She sounded better than I’ve ever heard her, and that’s not hyperbole. Her performance voice has grown stronger with age. She sang her hits, “Leaving Las Vegas,” “Strong Enough,” “All I Wanna Do,” “If It Makes You Happy” (her best original Tuesday night) and a great cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Rock & Roll.”
Source: Vegas File (www.vegasfile.com)
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Wednesday November 12
[VIDEO NEWS] I-TEAM: SHERYL CROW JOINS IN WILD HORSE FIGHT
Source: Las Vegas Now - eyewitness news
[NEWS] Morning Call: Spectacular fireworks and surprise guest Sheryl Crow light up opening of Aliante
Las Vegas, NV - November 12
It was an extraordinary sight. When the 11-minute Grucci fireworks display lit up the skies above the new Aliante Station casino hotel last night, you could see mile-long stretches of cars coming from three directions at once for the 11:11 p.m. official opening. [...]
[...] Superstar recording artist Sheryl Crow was the surprise guest entertainer, and the singer-songwriter put on a near hourlong show for the invited VIP guests. For some strange reason, her management barred all cameras from snapping photos of her -- and nobody knew why! [...]
Caption: This is the sportsbook at Aliante. The Sheryl Crow concert happening live right now in the showroom is being broadcast throughout the casino over the PA and on all the TV's. I'm enjoying myself. Photo credit: kwhoissuper via flickr
[NEWS] SHERYL'S BLOG: THE AMERICAN WILD HORSES NEED YOUR HELP!
As you know, I am a strong proponent of protecting the wild horse population. As of Tuesday, it is very possible that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) could begin killing thousands of wild horses. Please read below and make your position supporting the protection of these animals known. For more info, contact www.thecloudfoundation.org.
The BLM could start killing wild horses as soon as next week and we cannot allow this to happen.
BLM has removed 40% of wild horses from the wild over the past 8 years, far more than could possibly be adopted. This has left the majority of wild horse herds in the west genetically non-viable.
Now the BLM has over 33,000 wild horses in holding and says they can no longer afford to feed them. The BLM has created this budget crisis and so they have proposed killing the horses to solve it.
The National Advisory Board meeting is this Monday (Nov. 17th) in Reno, the board is stacked against wild horses and we fear that they will okay killing our horses as a solution.
The American public must speak out on behalf of these wonderful animals - NOW
Please act now to save America’s wild horses, here are some things you can do
· Contact your local papers, radio stations and national media outlets.
· Contact both your Senators and your Representative: call 202-224-3121 or visit www.congress.org for contact information.
· Contact President-Elect Obama at change.gov to ask that he take immediate action to protect our wild horses. We must also make sure that any BLM budget increases do not go to funding increased round-ups and the killing of horses.
Source: Interscope News Service
[NEWS] MARIE CLAIRE - OCTOBER 2008
The Original Girl Crush: Sheryl Crow
A new Sheryl Crow is rising with a Home for Christmas CD from Hallmark, a jeans line, and a world tour. She spoke to us from her bus, traveling with a guy finally worthy of her: 18-month-old son Wyatt.
MC: Whoa, is that Wyatt yelping?
SC: I take him on tour. I can't leave him home — not that I want to.
MC: He sounds ... excited about it.
SC: My tour manager is playing him Sesame Street episodes I appeared on. It's funny watching him try to figure it out — "You're here, but you're also with Elmo...."
MC: Is he the reason you decided to do Home for Christmas?
SC: Everything I've done since he's come along is influenced by him.
MC: When did you record it?
SC: We did it in June. We put up a Christmas tree with lights in 100-degree L.A. weather and recorded it in my living room.
MC: You're unabashedly political.
SC:Detours is my first record that's been so politically minded, but that's really due to the fact that I'm older now. It's the elephant in the room that artists aren't writing about.
MC: Do you ever read the tabloids?
SC: Out of boredom I've checked them out a couple of times, and it makes me feel like crap. Celebrating other people's embarrassments is just a nasty mind-set to have.
MC: Why the move to Nashville?
SC: It's slow-paced, and a lot of my musical influences are there. I love it. I can raise my son and be close to my family, which makes a huge difference. [Wyatt screams] There he is now-
Source: Marie Claire
[CD] HOME FOR CHRISTMAS - ARTWORK (INTL EDITION)
[NEWS] ASAHI.COM - OCTOBER 24
Kinda of old, but whatever...
ARTS & MORE: Sheryl Crow tour set for December
BY C.B. LIDDELL, CONTRIBUTING WRITER
If Barack Obama succeeds in becoming the 44th U.S. president following the Nov. 4 election, a great part of the victory will be due to the efforts of some of his supporters in the entertainment industry, among them singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow, who is bringing her latest, very personal, but also political album "Detours" to Japan in December.
Ordinary voters often feel remote from members of the Hollywood glitterati who occasionally make political statements. Last year, there were reports that Obama had actually refused an offer of support from Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie because it would make him seem too "Hollywood." This is not a problem that Crow faces. The Democrats were happy to have her as the main act at a concert held at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre near Denver, to kick off their national convention back in August.
Crow's image--part dress-down chic, part vamped-up, redneck flair--and her musical style--pop rock with elements of folk and country--enables her to connect with a wide variety of music fans, including those in rural and small-town America, who might think twice about voting for a big-city Democrat like Obama.
Her defining image was at least partly influenced by the era in which she emerged on the music scene. When her first album "Tuesday Night Music Club" made its debut in 1993, followed up by its 1994 hit single "All I Wanna Do," grunge music was at the height of its popularity. Its casual, anti-style ethos clearly shaped Crow's early presentation--low-slung acoustic guitar, jeans, thrift--store clothes, and a shaggy, sexy, unkempt mane of blonde hair.
Crow's look and signature sound--tactile, made-to-fit, lived-in pop rock, like her 1996 hit "If It Makes You Happy"--have also enabled her to work well with rock's grizzled elder statesmen. She has made frequent, career-boosting duets and on-stage appearances with the likes of Johnny Cash, Mick Jagger, Sting, and Eric Clapton. It was rumored that she also had a short-lived romance with Clapton, commemorated in her 1998 single "My Favorite Mistake," a song which the pair have performed live together.
Her clever lyrics have given her the reputation for being the "thinking man's rock chick," a tough, intelligent woman who is still sexy.
It is interesting to compare her with another musical sex symbol of a similar vintage--Madonna. Both are examples of strong-minded women, but whereas the 50-year-old Madonna comes across as a disconnected diva, out of touch with the concerns and lifestyles of ordinary people, the 46-year-old Crow has a relaxed, low-maintenance, hippy charm that makes her seem approachable and real.
Her recent successful fight against breast cancer emphasized Crow's affinity with the struggles and problems that normal people face. It also helped inspire the theme for her latest album "Detours," released earlier this year, which also reunited her with "Tuesday Night Music Club" producer Bill Bottrell.
The album's title refers to the way that unexpected events, like illness, take us away from how we think life is going to be. But, with songs about war, corruption, and environmental issues, the album also has a strong political slant. A pre-album single, released late last year, "Shine Over Babylon," contains lyrics that, in view of the world's recent economic crisis, shine with the light of prophecy:
"Celebrate the golden cow," Crow sings in the Dylanesque piece of protest pop. "Praise the bloated bank account/ If there's a god where is he now/ The precipice is slipping further out."
At pivotal moments of crisis and change, the political can become intensely personal, and vice-versa.
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Sheryl Crow will perform on Dec. 10 (7 p.m.) at Osaka Koseinenkin Kaikan near Yotsubashi subway station. 7,500 yen and 8,500 yen. Call Osaka Udo at 06-6341-4506. Dec. 11 (7 p.m.) at JCB Hall near JR Suidobashi Station in Tokyo. 7,500 yen. Call Udo at 03-3402-5999. Sold out: Dec. 12 (Tokyo). For details, visit < www.udo.co.jp >.
(IHT/Asahi: October 24,2008)
Source: Asahi.com (Japan)
[NEWS] WWD FASHION
SHERYL CROW’S NEW KICKS: Sheryl Crow already owns some 80 pairs of boots, including a set by Dingo that she received from her parents when she was 14. But a crowded shoe closet isn’t stopping the 46-year-old singer from stocking up on more with the addition of boots, belts and bags to her fashion line, Bootheel Trading Co. While promoting her inaugural fall collection at Dillard’s in Las Vegas’ Fashion Show Mall on Tuesday, Crow donned a sienna-colored pair whose tips were worn white, with an orange henley, navy cotton vest and boot-cut jeans from her line inspired by the Depression era. “They feel like an extension of my foot,” Crow said of her kicks. She hopes to introduce boots as soon as next spring, with a children’s apparel line slated for the following fall. Her goal is to keep prices affordable for her customer, whom she described as “the everywoman across the board” between the ages of 25 and 45. To ensure that anyone can shimmy into her jeans, produced by Western Glove Works, she offers two cuts for the hips: wide and normal. “That’s an important and nice attribute to a jean line,” Crow said. “We are catering to any body type.”
Source: WWD Fashion (www.wwd.com)
Wednesday November 5
[VIDEO] "CAN'T CRY ANYMORE" - KELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA
October 3rd, 2008
[NEWS] THE JAPAN TIMES - NOVEMBER 7
By PHILIP BRASOR
Few stars in the history of pop music can make as legitimate a claim to paying their dues as Sheryl Crow. Having spent the 1980s in the Los Angeles backup-singer trenches (ad jingles, two years touring with Michael Jackson) and hawking songs to the likes of Wynonna Judd and Celine Dion, she was repeatedly frustrated in her own ambitions to be a solo performer. Then, when she finally got a break in 1991, her management made her record an LP she couldn't stand. Eventually, she fell in with some margin-dwelling musicians who helped her record her genuine debut, 1993's "Tuesday Night Music Club," which went on to win a truckload of Grammys and made Crow rich and famous at the age of 32.
Over 15 years and five more studio albums, the Missouri native has come to represent all that's appealing and unhip about classic rock.
When she was toiling as an industry drone she resisted its attempts to turn her into a dance-pop queen or a ballad chanteuse. The singer-songwriters she listened to as a teenager were artists who traded in authenticity, and, in trying to live up to that standard, her own compositions can sometimes sound pretentious and over-earnest. This tendency can be most apparent in her lyrics, which sometimes seem to spring from a thesaurus rather than from experience or inspiration. But the dues-paying did bear real fruit in terms of song-craft and a genuine feeling for how to put a tune over in front of a crowd.
Perhaps her best album is the one that sold the fewest copies, 1999's "Live in Central Park," a victory-lap project that included input from classic rockers such as Eric Clapton, Keith Richards and Stevie Nicks. These guests' enthusiasm for the material is infectious, as is the audience's response to solid songs played with skill and verve. It pays to know what you like.
Sheryl Crow plays Dec. 10 at Osaka Koseinenkin Kaikan (7 p.m.;  6341-4506); and Dec. 11-12 at JCB Hall, Tokyo (7 p.m.;  09-3333). All shows ¥7,500-¥8,500.
Source: The Japan Times (www.japantimes.co.jp)
[VIDEO] "STRONG ENOUGH" - LATER WITH JOOLS HOLLAND - MAY 9, 1995
Tuesday May 9, 1995
BBC TV Studios
The years my voice almost broke
Bernard Zuel | November 7, 2008 - 12:00AM
THE past three years have been busy for multiple Grammy winner Sheryl Crow, although her schedule hasn't necessarily been crowded with music engagements. Crow was very publicly engaged to an international sports figure (seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong) and then even more publicly dis-engaged. She was diagnosed with breast cancer and came out on the other side in remission . She moved from her home of 20 years, Los Angeles, back to a farm near her family in Tennessee. She became a prominent spokeswoman against the Bush administration. And early last year she adopted a three-week-old son, Wyatt.
In spite of, or maybe because of, this tumultuous period, Crow this year released the best album she has made since her 1993 pop debut Tuesday Night Music Club. The new album, Detours, has an earthy, acoustic feel much closer to that 1993 favourite than the rockier and glossier albums she's made since. And while there are very personal songs, such as the title track ("I took all of these detours to find love/but when I did it just faded away") and the ex-boyfriend baiting Now That You're Gone ("now that you're gone I can breathe"), it also has a strong political current running through it.
There are pokes at US President George Bush, empty consumerism and, in the song Gasoline, disturbing images from an imagined oil-deprived future. When I say disturbing I don't mean the description of riots, the "gangs of mini Coopers" throwing cans through the windows at Scotland Yard or the guards on her front drive and "snipers on my roof poised at those who didn't want me alive". No, what is really disturbing is the verse: "When the Mounties stormed the palace of the Saudi family/they held them up for ransom without disturbing their high tea." Dudley Do-Right gone bad? Will there be no beacons of good at all in the future, Ms Crow?
"Well," she laughs. "Dancing or skating around the surrealism of it a bit, I wanted the song to be a somewhat sci-fi projection past 2017 of what the world would be like if we were how we were in the '60s, going out on the streets and demanding that we not be oppressed by gasoline prices.
"When I sat down to make this record, I'll set up the scenario for you: I had a newborn, three months old, I was a year and a half out from cancer and a major public breakup and had not written a single note or word and was recording and writing at my farm, which is 30 minutes outside of anywhere. So, the isolation, the incredible wealth of things that I wanted to write about, the sense of urgency about us being in a war and about the environment and all the corruptness in this administration - there was a little bit of franticness about it because I felt that I couldn't get my fingers to type as fast as I was writing."
The impetus for this drive, she explains, was "to incite some sort of thought-provoking energy" among a populace she thinks was sleepwalking through the past eight years and now needs to be engaged. And while you might assume she's pessimistic about the future, Crow, who played at the Denver stadium climax of the Democratic party convention, as a "warm-up" for the then presidential candidate Barack Obama, insists the opposite is true. Watching people now becoming engaged with politics and the great social questions of the age has made her more optimistic.
"We've gotten to be a very comfortable generation of people and with the amount of noise, 24-hour news networks, political pundits, there [are] a thousand different ways to distract yourself so that you don't have to feel or have any emotional investment," says Crow. "My main concern is that people do wake up. It's not necessarily about who votes for who . . . but that people emotionally invest and that they hold their government accountable and that they invest in the future of the planet. All the dialoguing has been done and people are starting to engage so I have a lot of hope about it."
Some of that hope comes with baggage, though, occasionally ridiculous baggage that makes imagining rogue Canadian Mounties look like tiddlywinks.
One of the repercussions of being so prominent in your opposition to the power centres is to find yourself fair game for the attack troops of the other side, as Crow found out with "the toilet paper scandal", as she ruefully calls it.
Last year Crow participated in a comic sketch with Seinfeld creator Larry David, which was both serious and gently self mocking about celebrity-led action on climate change. A joke from the sketch, that toilet paper use should be legislated to one square, was disseminated quickly by Republican Party hacks as a serious suggestion, prompting much ridicule from the likes of the Fox network and other media.
"I'm sure it's like this all over the world but I have to say that the art of spin has become something we are daily accustomed to and yet people still seem to be numb to it and people will believe what they see or hear," Crows says with resignation. "With the toilet paper scandal it was interesting to me because I've been witness to every spin that's been on TV but to actually be the centre of it was an eerie feeling."
Did that change her view on being a public figure?
"For me, the outcome was that I felt more compelled and more urgent about trying to speak the truth, about trying to write songs that cut to the chase and were not full of backdoors like a protection to keep me from being made a fool of," Crow says. "Now I feel like all bets are off. If I get banned at radio, if I get my taxes audited, whatever it is, then that will continue to be part of the story of what it's like to be an American."
Supporting John Mellencamp, November 28, Acer Arena, 132 849, $75-$151.25
Source: Brisbane Times (www.brisbanetimes.com.au)
[MAGAZINE] SHERYL FEATURED ON PLENTY, DECEMBER/JANUARY 2009 ISSUE
In Australia, if you do not vote, you are fined $200. In Tennessee, if you walk into a Krispy Kreme Donuts, Starbucks, or Ben and Jerry's wearing your "I voted" sticker, you get free donuts, coffee, or icecream. Needless to say, there were some very amped up Tennesseans today, myself included.
I am an American. I love my country and I am grateful for all the opportunities she has given me. As I walked into the voting booth this morning I reflected on what it means to be an American. I considered how growing up in America has shaped my consciousness and whether I have given my country as much as my country has given me. And, of course, I thought of my son and what kind of direction I hope to see this nation move in for him and all other young Americans.
It has been a long, embittered road to this moment of choosing a president. The question begs to be asked whether we can now unite ourselves as a strong compassionate nation after a campaign so deeply entrenched in negativity and anger, no matter who wins. Can we heal the wounds of the last eight years and the kind of leadership that has instilled in us a sense of mistrust in our political leaders? This will be one of our defining moments. Let's hope the answer is, "yes, we can!"
It is my belief that in life there are only two motivating emotions: love and fear; love being compassion based on reason and which springs forth from the better part of all of us; and, fear being panic, not necessarily based in reality. We have seen our nation move in directions we would never have believed we would go had it not been for the extremely successful campaign of fear and deception that our nation has been subjected to by the Bush administration. We find ourselves in some very challenging situations now but let us not take our responsibility in the matter lightly. We are now finally waking up and realizing the damage that was done while we were in a asleep at the wheel. As evident in this election time, we are now a nation impassioned with possibility. We are a nation emotionally invested like we have not been since the time of the Vietnam War. The most unlikely of characters have been out knocking on doors and working phone banks. It has been the most encouraging display of patriotism I have seen in so long.
However, I am ashamed to say that like so many people I know, during this campaign, I have taken part in hypothetical debates about moving to another country if America looked as though it might continue on in the same direction we have just endured over these past eight years. The rallies of "hate," where words like "kill him," "terrorist," "Muslim," (as if "Muslim" is synonymous with killer), clearly illustrated the kind of leadership that evokes fear and panic has become something I have felt I could no longer stomach. The heinous, terrorizing robocalls, the letters, "U-S-A" being chanted as if to intimate that one party had the corner on patriotism has made me shudder. That saying, "we are born of love but fear we learn here," seemed truer than ever. The tone of those rallies has made me reflect on what true leadership is and on the words of those who have defined those ideals throughout our history. Leaders and heroes like Harriet Tubman, Abraham Lincoln, Nelson Mandela, who have lead by example of what is acceptable and Mahatma Ghandi's words, "Be the change you want to see in the world," so beautifully illustrated in his own fast for peace the kind of human act associated with change made people expand their definitions of what was possible. Leaders like Martin Luther King empowered us by speaking of the divinity in all of us when saying, "Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality."
As the election results roll in, we are being asked to put aside the venom and reunite as a country in full. I am reminded of the night of Martin Luther King's assassination. Robert Kennedy was campaigning for the presidency. It was April 4, 1968 and Kennedy was expected to speak to a rally in Indianapolis. Instead of canceling amidst high tensions, he spoke briefly, saying, "...In this difficult day, in this difficult time for the United States, it's perhaps well to ask what kind of nation we are and what direction we want to move in....We have to make an effort to understand, to get beyond these rather difficult times." He later went on to say, "What we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence and lawlessness, but is love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice for those who still suffer within our country.."
It is my deepest belief that greatness exists in all of us and that true leadership is based on the ability of challenging the best parts of our nature, which is why Barack Obama has had such a mighty impact on us all. His words have not been delivered with a tone of sarcasm or condescension but instead with strength. His words of "hope" packed a powerful punch...so powerful that early on he was written off as, God forbid, "eloquent." I believe we deserve a leader who will speak to us of higher ideals and who will inspire us to move forward as one nation. I cling to the idea of hope. I rejoice in its possibility. It is what America was founded on and it is why, no matter what happens, I will stand by her side and fight for all that she promises.
John McCain is a great man. There should never be a debate challenging that notion. He is an American hero and will be remembered as someone who has served this country selflessly. I believe he is also, at the core, a good man, who quite possibly became panicked, when his numbers dropped, into running the kind of campaign he vowed he would never run in 2004. I don't believe history will judge him less than the hero he is. Perhaps, there will be lessons to be learned from this campaign that will shape the future of the run for the Presidency. We'll see.
In the end, our greatest decision-making does not come from fear propagating panic and uncertainty. It comes from the soundness of compassion. If it is anger and fear that resonates in the spirit when making decisions, one must take a step back and listen to the heart for the heart knows the truth if the ego can quiet itself long enough to listen.
As we watch the 70,000 euphoric Obama supporters in Grant Park in Chicago waiting for the appearance of our future president, our first black president, but more importantly, our deeply inspired and conscious leader, it is my hope that we will heed his call to find forgiveness, acceptance, and compassion for each other and that we will bless this nation and ourselves by putting the divisiveness that has been nurtured throughout this campaign and the past eight years to once again become a nation of one people under God indivisible. Time to celebrate America at her very best.
Tuesday November 4
[VIDEO] SHERYL CROW AND ROCK THE VOTE
[CD REVIEW] HOME FOR CHRISTMAS - #2
Sheryl Crow sets the tone for her eclectic Christmas album with its first song, a bluesy, comfortable version of "Go Tell It on the Mountain" that's laced with tasty guitar licks and a chorus of unfussy backing vocals. She follows that with her swinging take on "The Christmas Song," a polished-by-comparison version of "I'll Be Home for Christmas" and the heartfelt "There Is a Star That Shines Tonight." The CD — available exclusively at Hallmark Crown Stores — is a soulful exercise in genre-jumping that'll offer something palatable to most music fans.
— CINDY WATTS, STAFF WRITER
[SET LIST] "GET OUT AND VOTE" - DAYTON, OH - OCTOBER 30
GASOLINE- with Ben Harper
OUT OF OUR HEADS
HIGHER GROUND-with Ben Harper
[SET LIST]"GET OUT AND VOTE" - YOUNGSTOWN, OH - OCTOBER 29
OUT OF OUR HEADS
Saturday November 1
[PICS] "GET OUT AND VOTE" - DAYTON, OH - OCTOBER 30
Next Tuesday, we will elect the next President of the United States. The result will have great consequences for the nation. This election offers a choice between two men with dramatically different visions of the future. We have strong feelings about this choice. But we feel even more strongly that all Americans, regardless of political preference, have a stake in the outcome and should vote in this critical election.
[LIVE REVIEW] "GET OUT AND VOTE" - HARA ARENA, DAYTON, OH - OCTOBER 30 - #3
Beasties rock the vote: Awesome! Whatever.
By Ron Rollins | Friday, October 31, 2008, 08:36 AM
Awesome! I got to see the Beastie Boys Thursday night! (Oh yeah, they were here to campaign for Obama.) They were a hoot: “Intergalactic,” “No Sleep Till Brooklyn,” all their stuff! (They were encouraging people to vote.) Sheryl Crow was there! She was tight! (They passed out some flyers comparing McCain and Obama’s positions on, um, issues.) Ben Harper was excellent! He did a great duet with Crow! (Issues? You mean, like health care … for old people? Where’s the beer?) I’ve always wanted to see the Beasties, and this was three cool acts for just $36!!!!
All right, let’s be fair. I know the Beasties, Crow and Harper, and all the other musicians such as Norah Jones and Jack Johnson, who’ve been playing on this season’s “Rock the Vote” tour mean well. And I know they believe passionately that they should use the means at their disposal —Â talent and audience —Â to motivate people to do what they think is right.
But really, when you’re watching it unfold, it doesn’t hold up — at least, not in the way the performers seem to think it does. In fact, the whole “Rock the Vote” cavalcade, rather than strengthening the case of any particular cause or candidate, much more seems to point out the weirdness of the way we live and think, or not, in this wacky, celebrity-fueled, junk-filled culture of ours.
Now, sure: popular music and American politics have always been somewhat intertwined, all the way back to “Yankee Doodle,” or the days when commercial composers produced sheet-music ditties endorsing Grover Cleveland. Later, when rock came along and forged its grasp on society in the firepit of the 1960s’ rough politics, it seemed like a natural soundtrack to a tumultuous time. It helped get people onto the streets, where they got results and helped bring real change.
That was then, and these are, for better or worse, more laid-back times. People rarely take to the streets anymore, and when they do they tend to look merely angry or quaint. Setting your political message to a rock beat, or even to a more up-to-date hip-hop thump, seems so … 40 years ago. And even though our society applauds ignorance more than intelligence, I still don’t think that many people rely on the opinions of pop musicians to form their voting choices. I think that’s just as true for Toby Keith Republicans as it is about anybody who was at Hara Arena last week to see the Beastie Boys.
So then, how about them Beasties? Well, I’ve always liked them quite a lot (so whatcha-whatcha-whatcha wannnnnnnt, whatcha want?) but haven’t had the chance to see them before. The Rock the Vote show was attended by mostly a white, college-age crowd that was far more there for the Beasties and Ben Harper than for Sheryl Crow. That’s interesting, because Crow has sold out much more expensive double-night concerts at the Fraze in Kettering in recent years, and yet got a staid, slightly lukewarm reception from this bunch. I guess once she unfurled the Obama flag, all those south-suburban folks decided to stay home.
She, Harper and the Beasties all addressed their political points in slightly oblique — empasis on “slightly” — terms, discussing “change” and how things have gone the last eight years, hint-hint. All three acts selected songs that seemed to somehow reflect this sober point of view — which worked reasonably well for the already sober Harper, and for Crow, whose last album was straightforwardly anti-war and political
But for Ad-rock, Mike D and MCA, it just seemed silly to try to pretend that “Sabotage” is somehow a meaningful song that offers context in our troubled times, simply because it mentions the word “Watergate” in the lyrics. And it would have been merely pretending to think that anybody at Hara had the White House, war or waterboarding on their minds while it was playing, I bet.
Face it: we loved it cuz it sounded, well, um, Awesome!