NEWS OCTOBER 2015





[PIX] Southern Belles

Nashville, Wednesday 28 October - Sheryl was spotted at the opening of the Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James first storefront.

Here's a photo of Sheryl with Reese Witherspoon and Faith Hill

 

Sheryl with Faith Hill, mayor of Nashville Megan Barry, and Jessi Alexander attend the Draper James Nashville store opening on October 28, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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[NEWS] Sheryl Crow: Guest Vendor at City Farmhouse Holiday Pop-up Fair!



Those who have ever wanted to own a piece of rockstar royalty in their home will have the chance at the City Farmhouse Holiday Pop-up Fair next month at Jameson Hall at The Factory at Franklin!

City Farmhouse announced today that Sheryl Crow will be a featured guest vendor at the seasonal market, happening November 13 through November 15. This is a first for the Grammy-winning artist, who will donate all of her City Farmhouse Holiday Pop-up sales to the World Food Program U.S.A.

Sheryl Crow will offer a range of goods from her personal stash to shoppers over the three-day event, selling everything from antique and vintage home decor pieces she has personally collected over the years to clothing and other items.

First dibs on shopping Sheryl Crow’s collection will take place during the market’s Preview Party on Friday, Nov. 13, from 5-9 p.m. The $40 ticket offers four hours of early buying, plus complimentary wine, beer and a holiday Chex Mix bar. It also includes a live performance by Nashville’s own Jamie Higdon.

In addition to selling her wares, Sheryl Crow will also personally host an autograph session at select times during the special event. The musician will be on-site to meet guests during Friday’s Preview Party from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., and again on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

A limited number of Friday’s Preview Party tickets–which grant admission throughout the weekend–may be purchased in advance at www.cityfarmhousefranklin.com, at City Farmhouse’s brick-and-mortar shop in The Factory,  or by phone at 615-268-0216

General admission tickets for Saturday and Sunday are $10 and can be purchased at the door of Jameson Hall, each day.

Kim Leggett, owner of the City Farmhouse store and coordinator of the Pop-up Fairs, says Crow first approached her with the idea.

“Everyone has things they accumulate, and need to purge. Sheryl wanted to give back to an organization she loves dearly, and had the brilliant idea to do that through the City Farmhouse Pop-up Fair,” Leggett said.  “Sheryl has shopped with us for years. She’s very hands-on with designing her spaces and selects everything in her home. You could say she’s a fellow picker who loves the thrill of the hunt.”

The City Farmhouse Holiday Pop-up Fair, to be held in Jameson Hall at The Factory at Franklin, is hosting 35 hand-selected vendors–including several past Pop-up Fair favorites–who will bring antique and vintage goods. In keeping with the spirit of the season, the November event will also offer a range of timely gift items for shoppers, including upcycled clothing, handcrafted jewelry, handmade art, and repurposed pieces. Plus, some vendors will sell fresh holiday greens, garlands and wreaths for decorating.

The City Farmhouse Holiday Pop-up Fair kicks off on Friday, Nov. 13 with the early-buying Preview Party from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

General admission is on Saturday, Nov. 14, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 15.

To purchase tickets, see a complete vendor list, or learn more, go to the City Farmhouse website at www.cityfarmhousefranklin.com.

More about World Food Program U.S.A.


World Food Program USA (WFP USA) works to solve global hunger, building a world where everyone has the food and nutrition needed to lead healthy, productive lives.

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, reaching more than 97 million people in 80 countries with food assistance last year. World Food Program USA builds support for WFP through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States.

More about City Farmhouse

City Farmhouse is a popular antiques and vintage shop located at The Factory at Franklin in Historic Downtown Franklin, Tenn., that offers modern farmhouse style for urban and rural living.

Owners Kim and David Leggett have been “pickers” for more than 20 years, and their trained eye and vivacious personalities have earned them national acclaim, from individuals interested in following popular vintage trends to interior designers.

In addition to curating the store and the City Farmhouse Pop-up Fairs, the Leggetts also exhibit at major vintage and antique events throughout the U.S. Kim is a sought-after expert for guest appearances and as a host of guided tours at fairs around the country, appearing in shows the likes of Marburger Farms, the Country Living Fair, The Nashville Shows, and more.

As a freelance interior stylist, Kim’s projects have been featured in a host of major publications, from Elle Décor and Architectural Digest to Romantic Country Magazine. She also sells her finds to museums, private collectors and celebrity clientele like Ralph Lauren, Meg Ryan, Tommy Hilfiger, Sheryl Crow, Carrie Underwood and more.

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[LIVE REVIEW] School Bridge Benefit - Day #2 - 25 October

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School Bridge Benefit - Day #2
Shoreline Amphitheater
Mountain View, California (USA)
25 October 2015


Neil Young's Bridge School Benefit Concert Turns 29 with Help From The Dixie Chicks, Ryan Adams, and More

By Zack Ruskin
SF Weekly Music

Better than: anything else you could possibly spend $20 on.

Forget who’s on the bill, or that the Shoreline is an absolute slog to get to. Make peace with the damp seating of the lawn, and the fact that you’ll most likely be watching bands via a hanging screen instead of squinting at the stage. None of these things matter. What does matter is the cause at hand, the unique array of music that surprises and impresses each year, and best of all, a chance to remember how lucky we are to share our home with one of the best performers on the planet.

For the past 29 years, rocker Neil Young and his (now) ex-wife Peggi Young have brought every conceivable type of musician to the Shoreline Ampitheatre for a sprawling, acoustic day of music. That the concerts benefit the Bridge School, an institution started by the Youngs that helps physically challenged children find ways to communicate through technology, makes every moment of each Bridge concert that much more meaningful. Every artist donates their time, unplugs, and often brings covers, other performers from the line-up, or Young himself to enhance their set. Sunday’s installment was another worthy chapter in the Bridge School Benefit Concert’s living legacy.

While not every band can make the transition to acoustic without losing some of their bite, Britt Daniels and the rest of Spoon sounded sharp and focused during their early afternoon set. Tearing through staples like “I Summon You” and “You Got Yr Cherry Bomb,” the boys from Austin made the most of their limited time on stage, even finding room to sneak in a brass section to compliment their single “The Underdog.” In keeping with Bridge tradition, Spoon also delivered a delightful cover of Van Morrison’s “Jackie Wilson Said,” a testament to the strength of Daniels’ vocal delivery and a welcome start to the day’s festivities.

The mystery of what St. Vincent would sound like unplugged was finally resolved when Annie Clark took the stage with a couple of bandmates and tore into “Digital Witness.” The jarring sting of her arrangements carried through in the acoustic setting, anchored by Clark’s voice and the emotive guitar lines at the center of her songs. While it’s only fair to note that St. Vincent will always best be seen at night, indoors, headlining a venue she can sonically burn to the ground, Clark’s recent turns at the Outside Lands Festival in August and Bridge School on Sunday are proof that as long as she has a guitar and some people to listen, she’s going to slay.

The day was not kind to Taylor Swift fans. Ryan Adams, most recently in the press for his full-length cover album of Swift’s 1989, missed a great chance to break out a few of the best numbers from his tribute to Queen Taylor. Instead, he played from his own impressively long discography, alone with his guitar at center stage. Tracks like “Oh My Sweet Carolina” and “Ashes and Fire” gave Adams the chance to showcase his qualifications to be a Bridge School Benefit Concert regular, as every song of his set soared in the acoustic confines of the show. Finishing things off, Adams paid tribute to the Grateful Dead with a cover of “Wharf Rat.”

Gary Clark Jr. took a break from his duties opening shows on the Foo Fighter’s latest tour to bring his soulful rock to the Shoreline stage. His set was much like the one offered by Ben Harper later in the day. Both have wisdom in their voices, love in their words, and a message to impart. Harper is a regular to the Bridge School concerts, owing in equal parts to the passion of his songs, which sound as though they are almost meant to be played in such a setting, and his enduring generosity and compassion for the cause at hand. There is no need for hyperbole when discussing the Bridge School – everyone who plays on the institution’s behalf is truly worthy of any and all praise they receive. When Harper closed his set with a cover of “Ohio” by Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young — a song that very band had played at Bridge back in 2005 — it was an endearing reminder of the bonds formed between generations of musicians (and a warning shot to CSNY to keep their act tight because boy did Harper nail it).

The final acts on Sunday night ahead of Young’s annual closing set were Sheryl Crow and The Dixie Chicks. Crow came first, and after kicking things off with her hits “A Change Would Do You Good” and “If It Makes You Happy,” she brought the Dixie Chicks to the stage for “Strong Enough.” The song, which in many ways could’ve been penned by either artist, soared with Martie Maguire’s fiddle work and the guest vocals of singer Natalie Maines. Following that collaboration, Crow began another, recruiting Annie Clark (whom she introduced as a “redonkulous talent”) to return to the stage to play “Riverwide.” Alas, Clark’s microphone was woefully low in the mix, but her guitar shined through.

While the crowd was receptive to every act that performed, no artist received the welcome that the Dixie Chicks were greeted with when they took the stage. Seldom seen since a self-imposed hiatus that began in 2008, the trio didn’t lose a step as they worked through hits like “The Long Way Around” and “Goodbye Earl.” Their cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” was as prescient and gorgeous as it’s always been, but it was another cover that was unquestionably one of the day’s highlights.

“We always like to do a cover,” said Maines, and that was all the introduction they gave before launching into a haunting, restrained take on Lana del Rey’s “Video Games.” It was an unexpected choice, but the result was stunning. They also brought Sheryl Crow and St. Vincent back on stage for “Truth No. 2,” continuing the great collective atmosphere cultivated during Crow’s set.

And then there was Neil Young.

One of the great tragedies of the Bridge School Benefit Concerts is regular attendees leaving before Young closes out the show. Spoiled by his presence every year, they don’t see a need to stick around. This is borderline criminal. It is a privilege to see an artist of Young’s caliber, and there’s nothing routine or expected about his performances. While cherished classics like “Sugar Mountain” and “Harvest Moon” often make his setlists, seeing a legend in the flesh should always be cause for celebration. Young has differentiated his Bridge School performances by playing not only as himself, but also with Crazy Horse, occasionally as Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, and once as the reunited Buffalo Springfield.

For this year’s shows, he was joined by the Promise of the Real, a band featuring Micah and Lukas Nelson, two of Willie Nelson’s sons and talented musicians in their own right. Lukas took lead vocals on a cover of Kurt Weill’s “September Song.” His voice was a deadringer for his father’s, and it was nice to see Young cede the spotlight to an artist he clearly holds immense respect for. After eight songs that included several politically charged numbers like “Big Box” and achingly poignant “One of These Days,” Young invited all the artists who performed during the day to retake the stage for a sing-along rendition of “Who’s Going to Stand Up?” off his 2014 album Storytone. It was a celebratory climax to one of the Bay Area’s great musical institutions. Long may it run.

Critic’s Notebook:

- For the love of God, please stop complaining about the lineups every year on music blogs and comment sections. This concert is a benefit for severely disabled children. Neil Young gets the best talent available to donate their time, and even if the show was just Neil by himself, it would be well worth the ticket price. Sure, some years are more stacked with talent than others, but my goodness is it beside the point.

- St. Vincent was busy. Aside from her own set, she guested with both Sheryl Crow and The Dixie Chicks, two unlikely collaborations that produced some of the evening’s most memorable moments.

- Sadly, no Bridge School show I’ve ever attended seemed less crowded than Sunday’s show. Hopefully the Shoreline is packed next year when the concert celebrates its 30 year anniversary.



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A Change Would Do You Good

If It Makes You Happy

Strong Enough
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Riverwide
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Best of Times

I Shall Believe

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[LIVE REVIEW] School Bridge Benefit - Day #1 - 24 October



Bridge School Benefit review: Dixie Chicks, Sheryl Crow soar at Shoreline

By Jim Harrington
Contra Costa Times

The days grow shorter, the weather gets colder and Neil Young brings a bunch of talented artists to town.

Indeed, it just wouldn't seem like fall in the Bay Area without Young's Bridge School Benefit concerts, the annual all-star fundraiser at Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View.

This fabulous fall classic returned on Saturday, with a well-stocked bill highlighted by the reunited Dixie Chicks, platinum-selling rocker Sheryl Crow and acclaimed singer-songwriter Ryan Adams. The all-acoustic lineup also featured Ben Harper, St. Vincent, Gary Clark Jr., Spoon, Nils Lofgren and, of course, Young, performing with the act Promise of the Real.

Those same acts, minus only Lofgren, were expected to perform again for fans on Sunday (Day Two).

The concerts support Hillsborough's Bridge School, a program for the communicative and educational development of children with severe speech and physical impairments.

Most of the performances on Saturday were good. A few were excellent. And none were terrible.

In comparison to past Bridge Benefits, this 29th annual event ranked somewhere in the middle of the pack.

Of course, that's not how many would-be ticket buyers saw it. The 2015 Bridge didn't prove all that popular at the box office, only bringing in roughly 14,000 fans to the 22,000-capacity Shoreline on Saturday. It was definitely one of the smallest crowds I've seen at a Saturday Bridge show, out of the 20-plus years I've attended the event. And an even smaller crowd was expected to show on Sunday.

Why the low turnout? Well, it likely had something to do with Young's bizarre decision to play his own headlining show (also with Promise of the Real) just one week prior at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley. That certainly didn't help his drawing power for the Bridge.

Yet, an even bigger problem was the lineup, which was roasted by many -- somewhat unfairly -- for being subpar the moment it was released. That's what happens when you spoil an audience with a steady supply of such Rock and Roll Hall of Famers as Paul McCartney, R.E.M., David Bowie, The Who, Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith and Metallica over the years.

The top attraction on this year's bill was the reunited Dixie Chicks, one of the biggest country acts of all time. The group -- vocalist Natalie Maines, guitarist Emily Robison Strayer and fiddle player Martie Maguire -- sounded terrific onstage, showcasing the wonderful harmonies and edgy country that resulted in multiple Grammy wins and over 30 million albums sold.

The Dixie Chicks opened their 35-minute set with "The Long Way Around" from "Taking the Long Way," the 2006 blockbuster that still stands as the band's most recent album.

The group mined its one catalog for such gems as "Sin Wagon" and "Not Ready to Make Nice," and even threw in a couple of cover songs. The first was expected — the Dixies' smash take on Fleetwood Mac's immortal "Landslide." The second offering was a complete surprise — a powerful play on Lana Del Rey's "Video Games."

Another highlight of the night was Ryan Adams' set. The folk-rocker was absolutely charming onstage, making up songs on the spot and otherwise goofing around with the crowd. Unfortunately, he didn't perform any material from "1989" -- Adams' inspired re-imagining of Taylor Swift's entire "1989" album -- but he did play his wonderful "New York, New York" as well as revisit his Whiskeytown days for "Jacksonville Skyline."

Sheryl Crow also did a fine job with her set, igniting smiles and singalongs during such fan favorites as "If It Makes You Happy" and "A Change Would Do You Good." The future Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was definitely in the mood to collaborate, calling out the Dixie Chicks, blues-rocker Gary Clark Jr. and indie-pop fave St. Vincent to join her onstage.

St. Vincent and Clark also put on their own winning solo sets, while Ben Harper and Spoon definitely appealed to the crowd. Many fans had left by the time Young and Promise of the Real (with Nils Lofgren on piano) took the stage around midnight, kicking off the night's final set with "Human Highway."

SOURCE: Contra Costa Times

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A Change Would Do You Good
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Crazy Ain't Original

Strong Enough
(with Dixie Chicks on vocals and fiddle)

Riverwide
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If It Makes You Happy

I Shall Believe
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Harmonica and Guitar on "A Change"
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Strong Enough
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[LIVE PIX] Arizona State Fair - 22 October

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Arizona State Fair 2015
Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Phoenix, Arizona (USA)
22 October 2015

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Real Gone
A Change Would Do You Good
All I Wanna Do
My Favorite Mistake
Callin’ Me When I’m Lonely
The First Cut Is the Deepest
Steve McQueen
Best of Times
For What It’s Worth
Strong Enough
Picture / If It Makes You Happy
Soak Up the Sun
Every Day Is a Winding Road

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[NEWS] Sheryl Crow taps local fifth-grade cancer fighter to sing at Clearwater Jazz Holiday



By Piper Castillo
Tampa Bay Times

With a peach-colored bow in her hair and shiny beads around her neck, Marissa Peddie, 10, took center stage last Saturday at the Clearwater Jazz Holiday and harmonized with Sheryl Crow. Although she is in remission now, Marissa has been battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia for two years, and after Crow, a well-known cancer survivor, heard her sing backstage, she asked the Lake St. George fifth-grader to help her cover Cat Stevens' The First Cut Is the Deepest.

The meeting with Sheryl Crow came about with help from Allon Sams, music committee chairperson for the Clearwater Jazz Holiday Foundation. Sams has served as a music mentor for Marissa Peddie since meeting her in the spring during the Youth Night Jam Series at the Living Room in Dunedin.




"We had hoped a meet-and-greet could happen for Marissa, but we had no idea she'd be invited on stage," Sams said. "She really was not nervous at all. She was up there, joking around, and then somewhere in the song, she decided to take it out and began to ad lib. The crowd loved it."

We caught up with Marissa by phone Monday and talked about her aspirations, her visit with the music icon and how it felt to sing inside Coachman Park with thousands of music fans cheering her on. "The only thing I'd change is I'd wear a different dress," Marissa said. "I didn't know I'd be singing on stage."

 

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Were you nervous?

A little bit. My heart started pounding. My hands were sweaty, but the audience started applauding, and it made me feel good. It made me feel more confident. I felt complimented.



What is your advice to other kids who are going through leukemia?

I would say never give up and keep fighting, and one day, you will kick cancer's butt.

As you sang, I saw that you would look up at Sheryl every few moments. Would that make you feel better?

A little bit. I knew she believed in me.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

A singer, a dance teacher, a Publix worker, a dentist, and I want to find a cure for cancer.

When you were finished, leaving the stage, Sheryl said, "That, ladies and gentlemen, is what the human spirit is all about." What do her words mean to you?

They mean a lot. I think they had to do with how your human spirit helps you pursue your talent to touch people's hearts.


Marissa lives in Tarpon Springs with her parents, Jennifer and Brian.
To check out more of her music, visit facebook.com/marissapeddie.


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[LIVE PIX] MBA Convention & Expo in San Diego (private event) - 20 Oct

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MBA 102nd Annual Convention & Expo
San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, California (USA)
20 October 2015

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[LIVE PIX] American Roots Music and Arts Festival - Raleigh, NC, 18 October

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American Roots Music & Arts Festival
Walnut Creek Amphithear
Raleigh, North Carolina (USA)
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[LIVE REVIEW] CLEARWATER JAZZ HOLIDAY - Clearwater, FL - 17 October



By Jennifer Ring
Florida Illustrated

The moment Sheryl Crow hit the stage, everyone in the audience stood up. We just don’t get big stars like this at Clearwater Jazz Holiday every year. When we do, the audience can fill Coachman Park, with crowds of around 8,000 people. Most of these people are out on the lawn, in general admission, like me. From out here, the big stars can look small, but we can still see it all from a gigantic screen directly above the musicians’ heads.

It was hit after hit as Crow and her band played through their set, ending with an extended live version of Every Day is a Winding Road, complete with drum and bass solos. The crowd screamed for more, and Crow returned to the stage for an encore, performing a cover of Led Zeppelin’s Rock & Roll. As the stage lights went down, the fireworks went off, bringing Day 3 of Clearwater Jazz Holiday to its conclusion.

Sheryl invited a special guest to come sing with her: 10-year old leukemia survivor Marisa. Check out their performance in the video below!

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Clearwater Jazz Holiday
Coachman Park
Clearwater, Florida (USA)
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[PIX] 16 October - At the City Farmhouse Pop-up Fair in Franklin, TN

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[NEWS] Sheryl Crow heads to Delaware for DTC’s ‘Diner’



By Betsy Price
The News Journal
Delaware

If the air around the Delaware Theatre Company shimmers just a wee bit more in November and December, you’ll know it’s because of the star power descending on the Wilmington Riverfront to further tweak “Diner The Musical” for a move to Broadway.

The show, based on Barry Levinson’s 1982 movie “Diner,” will feature music and lyrics by singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow and will be directed by Tony-winning choreographer and director Kathleen Marshall. All three will be at the theater at various times during rehearsals and the first week of performances.

While faithful to the group of guys that the movie focuses on, the stage version expands the roles of the women, enriching the look at 1959 society. Women begin to want more than a tidy life behind an apron and men are confused about what that means.

Crow was instrumental in the refocusing. It was one of her first reactions when Levinson asked her to consider writing the music.

“Mainly because I am a woman, and I was writing for the voices of some very strong women that I felt like were symbolic of what was happening in that period,” Crow said in a phone call from her Nashville home.

In the show, housewife Beth and husband Shrevie struggle to make sense of married life. Career girl Barbara finds herself in a family way with casual boyfriend Billy, but she doesn’t want only a white picket fence kind of life. And Eddie is still insisting fiancee Elyse pass a quiz about the Baltimore Colts before he will marry her.

“Once I started writing songs for Beth and Barbara – Barbara who represented the shift toward women working and having a career of their own, I think it opened a great opportunity to sort of investigate what happens with those young men,” Crow says. “But also what was happening with young women and how that ushered in a movement in the 1960s.”

She went on to write “Don’t Give It Away,” with the women of the show banding together in a movie theater to warn the actress on screen that the man she is with only wants one thing. “Tear Down this House” is a song with Beth and fellow housewives expressing their unhappiness with their limited roles in their husbands’ and their own lives. “Darling, It’s You” is sung by Beth with ladies man Boogie and beauty shop customers. “The Games We Play” includes the men in the show and Elyse.

One version of the show had a sold-out run at the Signature Theatre In Arlington, Virginia, in December 2014.



Critics hailed Crow’s efforts.

”Crow has not just settled for a nostalgia fest,” read a Baltimore Sun review. “Her melodic lines and chord progressions have a freshness and sophistication that stands out all the more given the generic stuff found in many a musical nowadays, and her lyrics largely avoid the commonplace.”

Bud Martin, the Delaware Theatre Company’s executive director, said having Crow attached to the musical makes it much more interesting.

“I gotta tell you, she’s written some blockbuster power ballads for the women in these shows.”

Martin says he listened to two of the songs over and over for three days during auditions and never got bored.

“I said, ‘Man, this woman can write, especially for women,’” Martin says. “I think it brings a much-needed element and a lot more emotion to the play and creates conflict. The guys are not in conflict with each other. It’s the relationships with women that create the conflict.”

The show, which starts previews Dec. 2 and officially opens Dec. 12, is scheduled to close Dec. 27, but could be extended, Martin says. It had been the best selling show of the season – before “Maurice Hines in Tappin’ Thru Life” opened and extended a week before closing Oct.11.

Crow, mostly known for pop music songs including “All I Wanna Do” and “The First Cut is the Deepest,” has a classical piano degree from the University of Missouri. She hadn’t worked in theater before, but was familiar with the genre when Levinson called.

“I grew up being a huge lover of what we used to call the old song and dance movies,” she says. “They weren’t called musicals. Many were the classic musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein. A lot of Cole Porter was playing in my house. I grew up knowing probably as many classic Broadway songs as I did songs on the radio.”

While Crow usually writes for herself, she found she enjoyed writing on assignment.

“I loved being able to immerse myself in the experience of these characters and be able to write it from their point of view,” she says. “There’s a lot of freedom in that for me. When you make your own music, you’re subject to having people criticize what you’re saying, and they’re trying to – I guess in some ways – interpret what’s happening in your life by what’s happening in the lyrics.”

But, on stage, the lyrics became story. Crow wanted the “Diner” lyrics to mesh with the time period. She studied the Billboard Top 100 songs of 1959. In the movie, music plays a big role, and there are references to songs and musicians.

Critics liked Crow’s music, but felt the show could use some work. Crow says it was a new experience to have reviews hold so much weight.

“They do make a big difference in how quickly you’re ushered onto Broadway,” Crow says. “But I think the thing you have to remember is that each production that’s out of town is a chance to tweak and to review and to develop, and that’s really the purpose of out of New York productions. There are many very successful musical and dramatic shows on Broadway that have been out of New York and out of town for years developing.”



Several reviewers disliked the structure of the play performed in Virginia, which had an older character acting as narrator. He had not been in a previous version of the musical, and will not be a part of the Delaware Theatre Company production. In Wilmington, the character Boogie will slip out of the action to take on some of the narrating function, Crow says.

Levinson, Crow and Marshall also have moved more of the story forward so that from the beginning the audience knows the characters. They’ve added another song, giving the Delaware version 19 musical numbers with a reprise of one.

At 20 actors, the cast is bigger than the average Delaware Theatre Company show, although “South Pacific” had a cast of 21, Martin points out. The sets will be bigger and more complicated, partly because they might be headed to Broadway.

The mother of an 8-year-old and 5-year-old, Crow will come in and out of town while the show is in Wilmington. “I have a feeling I’ll be trying to learn where the good places to eat are around the theater,” she says.

She’s enjoying working on the musical.

“It’s one of the most wonderful traditions, the whole musical theater idiom,” she says. “It’s a great opportunity for a musician, someone who just loves music and loves medley to step up outside of what you are so comfortable doing and write music you hope will be sung 20 or 30 years later, and will become part of the pop culture. That’s what musical numbers have always done. That’s what you hope.”

If you go

What: “Diner, The Musical,” book by Academy Award-winner director Barry Levinson and music and lyrics by Grammy Award-winner Sheryl Crow

When: Dec. 7-27, with possibility of extension if it sells well

Where: Delaware Theatre Company, 200 Water Street, Wilmington

Tickets: $35-$55.

For more information: www.delawaretheatre.org; (302) 594-1100

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[VIDEO] Electric Jukebox - Sheryl Crow interviewed by CEO Rob Lewis

Sheryl Crow with CEO Rob Lewis on bringing music back where it belongs... the living room. Pre-order here http://bit.ly/1MvVa73 #ElectricJukebox
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[NEWS] 'Tuesday Night [Democratic] Club': A Recap of CNN's Democratic Debate as Told Through Sheryl Crow Songs

By Skyler Gray
The Huffington Post

Sheryl Crow sang the National Anthem at CNN's October 13th Democratic presidential debate. It seems only appropriate to recap the event through her albums, songs, and lyrics, which are underlined below.


Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. PST, the 2016 Democratic candidates for President took the stage at the Wynn resort in Las Vegas, Nevada: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, United States Senator Bernie Sanders, former Governor of Maryland Martin O'Malley, former Governor of Rhode Island Lincoln Chafee, and former United States Senator Jim Webb. Rock star Sheryl Crow sang the National Anthem beautifully, and the Tuesday Night [Democratic] Club was off.

Debate moderator Anderson Cooper began by questioning each candidate on a particular voter concern. He questioned Secretary Clinton on her alleged inconsistencies in policy stances during her career. He questioned Senator Sanders on his socialist status. He questioned Governor O'Malley on his prior work as the Mayor of Baltimore. He questioned Governor Chafee on previously identifying as a Republican and an independent. And he questioned Senator Webb on his prior statements on affirmative action. Ouch. "The first cut is the deepest," right? (A Cat Stevens cover, but close enough.)

Secretary Clinton made clear early in the debate that she is certainly "strong enough to be [our] [wo]man" in the White House. She started off by fiercely arguing her stance on gun control--further proving her opening point that, come 2016, "finally, fathers will be able to say to their daughters, you, too, can grow up to be president."

 

Senator Sanders frequently and importantly mentioned the issue of climate change starting in his introductory statement. Senator Sanders stated that "climate change is real, it is caused by human activity, and we have a moral responsibility" to address it. Later in the debate, he deemed climate change "a major crisis." "All [he] wan[ts] to do" is develop sustainable energy. In fact, when considering the candidates' debate remarks on the environment as a whole, all seem ready to get out those solar panels to "soak up the sun."

 

 

Governor Chafee was a bit of a "difficult kind" on the issue of Secretary Clinton's emails.

 

After Senator Sanders exhaustively exclaimed "enough of the emails," Anderson Cooper questioned Governor Chafee on his recent public criticism of the situation. Instead of saying, like Sanders, that we simply "can't cry anymore" about it, Governor Chafee responded with a call for credibility amongst world leaders. In part, he stated, "I think we need someone that has the best in ethical standards as our next president."

Secretary Clinton declined to respond.

"If it makes you happy" to criticize the next President of the United States of America, then that is your prerogative, Governor Chafee.

 

The debate went on to address incredibly important and salient issues in the 2016 election cycle--race relations, education, immigration, veterans affairs, privacy, Wall Street, and much more--proving that "every [issue] is a winding road" and that positive "change would do [America] good."


 

Near the end of the debate, Anderson Cooper referenced President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's wise words, "I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made," and asked each candidate, "Which enemy are you most proud of?"--cleverly revealing, to some extent, some of the debaters' "favorite mistake[s]."

 

And as the closing statements were made, the candidates' spirits were "anything but down."

 

The Secretary, the two Governors, and the two Senators said goodbye to the American audience. They are "leaving Las Vegas."

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[PRESS RELEASE] Electric Jukebox - Pre-order Campaign

Electric Jukebox Brings Music Streaming to the Mass Market

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM and NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - October 14, 2015) -

- New British company is backed by music industry heavyweights

- Electric Jukebox transforms your TV into a jukebox with millions of albums

- Curators include music icons Robbie Williams and Sheryl Crow

- Plug in Electric Jukebox and listen together in under 2 minutes

- YouGov confirms music streaming has so far failed to become mass market

Electric Jukebox, a music revolution from The Electric Jukebox Company, is announced today in the UK and USA. It offers a unique plug and play music streaming experience for the home with no monthly subscription or registration requirement.

Simply plug Electric Jukebox into your television, connect to WiFi and instantly play millions of albums, curated music channels and celebrity mixtapes in CD quality. For the first time streaming is as easy as playing a CD or switching on the radio.

The product features all the benefits of a premium music streaming subscription service in a box but without the need for a smartphone or a PC, user accounts, passwords, app downloads or monthly credit card subscriptions, making it incredibly simple to set up and use. Electric Jukebox represents the first Internet of Things music appliance for the home, making on-demand music streaming accessible to everyone.



Electric Jukebox comprises a dedicated stick which plugs into the HDMI port of your TV and instantly turns your TV into a jukebox with millions of songs to enjoy using WiFi. It also features a beautifully designed gesture based controller with built-in microphone featuring voice control, making it easy to find and play music on your television. Designed to sit on the coffee table and be used by all the family, it's the easiest and most enjoyable way to listen to music at home.

Independent YouGov research* published today shows music streaming has failed to gain mass market adoption. The most popular ways to listen to music at home are still radio (52%) and CDs and Hifi (42%). Streaming hardware solutions like Sonos are used by only 6% of consumers and more than 92% of consumers have yet to subscribe to any form of music streaming service.

EJ Curators include Sheryl Crow, Robbie Williams, Stephen Fry and Alesha Dixon



To ensure maximum appeal, Electric Jukebox features exclusive mixtapes from some of music's best loved artists and celebrated curators including British music icon Robbie Williams, his wife Ayda Williams, nine time Grammy award winner Sheryl Crow, English actor, writer and comedian Stephen Fry and Britain's Got Talent judge singer songwriter Alesha Dixon.

Sheryl Crow said; "I love Electric Jukebox because it brings people together. Listening to music and sharing those experiences together is what life's all about. With headphones and iPhones we've somehow lost all that. Electric Jukebox plugs into your TV and turns it into a jukebox with all the music you want, played out loud in your home for you to listen together. Simple, fun and no fuss."



Robbie Williams said; "I'm proud to be sharing all my favourite mixtapes on Electric Jukebox for you to enjoy. I hope everyone loves our playlists as much as Ayda and I do. Everyone deserves music in their lives and this makes streaming music so easy everyone can do it. You don't need a manual to work it - just pick it up, plug it in and start playing."

Alesha Dixon, singer and presenter commented: "It doesn't get much better than having friends and family over and blasting out our favourite tunes. Electric Jukebox lets us choose what we all want to listen to together, by simply picking what we want to listen from the comfort of a sofa."

YouGov reports the four things consumers want to see in order to migrate to streaming are: improved ease of use, a lack of a monthly subscription, improved affordability and easier set up. There is a clear global opportunity to offer consumers a simple and engaging music streaming device.

Rob Lewis, CEO of Electric Jukebox Company, commented:

"We want to bring music back into people's living rooms. Rather than huddling around a laptop or smartphone to play music, or being forced to rely on old CDs and radio, we've created a music device that is simple and easy to use and which works straight out of the box. Whilst some may be comfortable with Spotify and Apple Music and spending hours configuring these services on specialist streaming devices, the vast majority of consumers really want something that works instantly, out of the box, without a monthly subscription or credit card. That's what we've created. Mass market streaming has finally become a reality."



"There used to be 200 million people buying CDs every month and many more buying CDs occasionally. After ten years of streaming only 40 million have converted to streaming subscription services because of complexity, set-up difficulty and because of the fear of recurring credit card based subscriptions. The Electric Jukebox is the product for the other 160 million music lovers out there who want to join the revolution but have been waiting for something fun, stylish and easy to use. Electric Jukebox gives you an Internet of Things for music - the modern hifi - for the whole family to share - the streaming equivalent of a radio or a fridge freezer - plug in and play, literally. You can set it up in less than two minutes".

The YouGov research also reveals over half of those polled (59%) agree that user IDs and passwords for online services are annoying. When asked about their listening habits, 70% of people also highlighted that listening to music in the home was very important to them.



How it works

Electric Jukebox comes in two parts; a stick that you plug into the HDMI port of your TV, and a beautifully designed motion sensitive controller with built-in microphone for voice search, the Electric Jukebox Controller.

Once set up, the Electric Jukebox welcomes users with a homescreen featuring just three icons; My Music, Discover and Search, each represented by a neon themed icon in the shape of a heart, music note and magnifying glass. Designed to be as intuitive as possible, and much more so than application based downloads, it is easy for the whole family to explore and play music together from the comfort of the sofa.



Electric Jukebox is available to pre-order from www.electricjukebox.com from today UK RRP £179 US MSRP $229 (including a free 1 Year Premium Music Pass). Pre-orders made before midnight Wednesday 21 October will benefit from our seven day introductory offer of just £149 in the UK and $199 in the US. Electric Jukebox will also be available on the high-street, retailers and in consumers' hands in time for Christmas. All pricing includes a free 1 Year Music Pass worth £60 / $60.

The launch event for Electric Jukebox at BAFTA in London was attended by Electric Jukebox Curator Alesha Dixon as well as UK Secretary of State, Culture, Media & Sport, Rt. Hon. John Whittingdale MP who gave a keynote address on The future of technology and media in the UK. Curators Sheryl Crow, Robbie Williams, Ayda Field and Stephen Fry also gave addresses to the audience by video.

The Electric Jukebox Board and Advisory Board includes:

  • Sir Malcolm Williamson, Chairman, previously President & CEO, VISA International, previously Group CEO, Standard Chartered
  • Paul McGuinness, previously Manager of U2
  • Rob Dickins, previously CEO, Warner Music, Founder of The Brits
  • David Munns OBE, Chairman of Nordoff Robins, previously President & CEO, EMI Americas
  • Alain Levy, previously Global President & CEO, EMI Music
  • Scooter Weintraub, Manager of Sheryl Crow
  • James White, previously Finance Director, Island Records
  • Amanda Conroy, previously SVP Corporate Communications, EMI, Universal Music Group
  • Mark Gretton, Founder and previously COO of TomTom
  • Susanne Given, previously COO of Super Group, previously UK MD TK Maxx
  • Jez Bell, Chief Licensing Officer, PPL
  • Michael Mainelli, Executive Chairman, Z/Yen Group
  • Peter Cornell, previously Global Managing Partner, Clifford Chance
  • Stephen Hornsby, Partner, Goodman Derrick
  • Ken Daly, CEO, JML
  • Mark Atkinson, Director TP Tax, previously, Partner, Deloitte

Find out more about Electric Jukebox here:

www.electricjukebox.com



Notes to editors

* Conducted by YouGov for Electric Jukebox (UK and US 2,000 people sample) October 2015

**2015 Mid-Year RIAA Shipment and Revenue Statistics:

About Electric Jukebox Company

Founded by CEO Rob Lewis, previously Founder CEO of Omnifone and a Library House Entrepeneur of The Year, Rob leads a team based in London. The Electric Jukebox Company believes everyone has the right to enjoy music in their homes and lives. We create beautifully simple music appliances for the home - making music streaming fun and easy so everyone can listen together.

About Electric Jukebox

Electric Jukebox is available to pre-order from www.electricjukebox.com from today UK RRP £179 US MSRP $229 (which includes a free 12 month Premium Music Pass). Pre-orders made before midnight on Wednesday 21 October will benefit from our seven day introductory offer of just £149 in the UK and $199 in the US. Electric Jukebox will also be available on the high-street and in consumers' hands in time for Christmas.

Follow Electric Jukebox on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.


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[PIX&VID] National Anthem @ DNC Debate in Vegas - 13 Oct.

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[NEWS] Surprise, surprise...

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[VIDEO-ITA] Jam TV - La storia del rock day by day - Sheryl Crow



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[LIVE PIX] Mizzou Homecoming Concert - 9 October

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Benefit concert for the School of Music Building Project.
Missouri Theatre
Columbia, Missouri (USA)
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[LIVE PIX] "Our Time To Lead" Fundrising event @ Mizzou



Mizzou Arena, Columbia, Missouri - Last Night Sheryl surprised guests at a private dinner announcing Missouri University's kick-off of the "Our Time To Lead" campaign. The campaign goal is to raise $1.3 billion for MU's endowment, signature centers, campus renaissance and more. $650 million has been raised so far. More Info @ mizzou.com/LeadMizzou

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[NEWS] Sheryl visited the American Folklife Center for a New Project!

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Sheryl visited the Library of Congress on Monday, to do research for an upcoming project. Here she's looking at items from American Folklife Center collections with AFC editor Stephen Winick. The materials they talked about included some of AFC's most popular items relating to Woody Guthrie, Alan Lomax, and Pete Seeger.

The center's director says:

"She's also a very knowledgeable researcher of American music, and we look forward to hearing more about her work as time goes on.

Crow has visited the Library before, notably for the concert at which we awarded the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song to Burt Bacharach and Hal David."

 

ABOUT THE AFC - The center's collections include American Folk and Native American song and dance; ancient English ballads; the tales of "Bruh Rabbit," told in the Gullah dialect of the Georgia Sea Islands; the stories of ex-slaves, told while still vivid in their minds; an Appalachian fiddle tune heard on concert stages around the world; Balinese Gamelan music recorded shortly before the Second World War; documentation from the lives of cowboys, farmers, fishermen, coal miners, shop keepers, factory workers, quilt makers, professional and amateur musicians, and housewives from throughout the U.S., first-hand accounts of community events from every state; and international collections.

The images, sounds, written accounts and more items of cultural documentation are available to researchers at the center's Archive of Folk Culture. There, more than 4,000 collections assembled over the years from all 50 states, United States trusts, territories and the District of Columbia.



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[INTERVIEW] Sheryl Crow looks back at her years at Missouri University

By Alex Jacobi
columbiamissourian.com

Sheryl Crow, a nine-time Grammy winner who has sold more than 35 million albums around the world, graduated from MU in 1984. She talked to Alex Jacobi for the Columbia Missourian on Sept. 30. Her most recent album is “Feels Like Home.”

Q. After high school, what made you want to go to Mizzou?

A. When I graduated high school from Kennett, Missouri, I wasn’t really thinking about going to a school far away. My sister was at Mizzou, and I had friends up there. I just decided that it would be a great place for me to go as a small-town girl.

Q. Why did you pick music composition, performance and education as a major?

A. Music was the one thing that I could do really well. And I love music; I grew up with musicians. I started piano when I was 7 years old. I just always loved it, so I decided that I would go into music. It was the one thing that I knew the best.

Q. If you could go back to Mizzou and pick another major, what would you pick?

A. I probably would pick literature or creative writing. It’s interesting — with music, unless you are extremely driven or beyond talented, it’s not likely that you’ll wind up making your living as a performer.

Also, you learn in music composition the rules of good composing, but then as a pop songwriter, you basically throw all those rules out, and you do exactly what the rules tell you not to do.

What probably would have been really helpful to me is to learn how to write prose and just writing in general for the purposes of writing great lyrics. But also I love literature. When you’re young, you’re really thinking about what kind of job you’re going to come out with.

If I had to do it over again, I’d probably major in literature.

Q. Were any professors at Mizzou your favorites and why?

A. Ah, yes, Raymond Herbert, who was my piano teacher. I loved Professor Herbert. He taught my sister; he taught me. I just love him so much.

I had Duncan Couch, who was the choral director; I really enjoyed him. Professor (John) Cheetham was in oral training; I also really enjoyed him. I loved all my music professors. I wasn’t the greatest music student, but I loved my professors.

Q. Why you weren’t the greatest music student?

A. I was not nearly as driven as a lot of kids. I mean, a lot of kids were beyond excellent. I could play by ear, so I was a little lazier, probably, than most.

Q. What were your favorite things to be a part of at Mizzou?

A. I played in a band called Cashmere, and we used to play at a bar called Bullwinkles (now The Field House). We played a lot of weekends there. We were a cover band. I really enjoyed my time playing a band; we played at a lot of campus functions as well.

I was also a Tiger hostess, which was kind of an honor. Several folks got interviewed and got picked to take the football recruits’ families around on football Saturdays. I got to meet a lot of interesting people that way.

The girls who were Tiger hostesses came from all walks of life, so that was really fun. I’m still in touch with some of the girls.

And I was also, believe it or not, an orientation leader one summer. I loved doing that. That was really fun, too, to take around kids who are coming out to look at Mizzou. I had a great time with the kids on the orientation committee.



Q. How do you think your time at Mizzou shaped who you are, both as a musician and person?

A. There were quite a few things that I wound up getting to do — like Tiger hostess and orientation leader — that you had to interview for. I think just the interview process was good for me.

I also think just the four years of growing up, for somebody who’s from a small town who hadn’t really traveled much, to go and live on my own, that is an invaluable experience. Going away for four years and really kind of growing up and maturing.

Q. What did you enjoy most about your time in college?

A. I really loved performing with the cover band. I loved going over to Europe for the first time, and Bulgaria and Romania. I was in a sorority called Kappa Alpha Theta, and some of my best friends are still my best friends from having been in Theta. I loved my whole time (at Mizzou). It was a great experience.

Q. What was your favorite place to eat at in Columbia?

A. Oh gosh, well, I didn’t really eat out very much because I was on a student (budget); my money was rationed. There was a good Mexican place we used to go for happy hour and get food. I can’t remember the name of it. We always went to Harpo’s. Harpo’s was a fun place.

Q. What were important milestones in your rise to fame after college, going from small-town Missouri to being known internationally?

A. Leaving college and going to St. Louis to teach school and then going to Los Angeles and auditioning for Michael Jackson. Then going on the road with Michael for a couple of years, all over the world. After that, getting a record deal, getting my first album. Then, after the first album came out and we toured for a long time, the Grammys. Winning some Grammys really put me on the map and changed the trajectory of my career. Those were the big milestones.



Q. You said in Rolling Stone magazine that if there had been a “Most Likely to Be a Rock Star” award in the yearbook, it wouldn’t have been you. So, what made you want to be a musician? Did you always think you would become a successful recording artist?

A. I did not always think I would become a successful recording artist. I surely wanted to. I always had a strong pull to write my own songs. I had older sisters who were good musicians and parents who were great musicians, and I wanted to be like them. And I loved performing. But it wasn’t necessarily something I thought was a shoo-in.

Q. So, if you don’t really feel like the rock-star type, what is it you love about performing?

A. I really love working at it. You hear that old adage, ‘Stay out of the outcome but stay in the process.’ I love the process, growing as a musician, being better at writing songs, learning to play new instruments, ultimately producing myself.

Just the art form in general is exciting to me. I wanted to write music that meant something and music that had something to say. I was not really ever into the whole stardom thing. So that part of the whole ‘rock star’ thing was not really my goal, nor was it really something that was that natural for me.

Q. So how has it been adjusting to that fame?

A. I come from a pretty solid family, and also I didn’t put out my first record until I was 30. I did a lot of work before that. I feel like I was pretty solidly planted, feet on the ground. So by the time I made it, there wasn’t really a big chance of me going off the deep end.

I just maintained working at it. When I became well-known, and all the paparazzi were around, that was just a weird thing to me. Now, this was 25 years ago, so it was a lot different than it is now. It’s much more realized now, the whole celebrity thing, but it wasn’t nearly in its full-blown state (then) like it is now. But, you know, you just handle it the way you handle it.

I made some really good decisions and some really bad choices, but that’s kind of indicative of life in general. But I had good people around me. I will say that.

Q. How has your upbringing in Missouri affected your music?

A. I think that your art imitates life, and I grew up with really solid people around me. My family, my parents, were just great examples to me. Having grown up in the Midwest gave me a sort of Midwestern attitude of being really solidly planted on the ground, and it’s just a great place to be from. I will always consider myself a Midwesterner, and I think that’s featured in my music and my lyric-writing.



Q. After being a pop-rock icon for years, what made you want to swap to country music in Nashville?

A. I always felt like the music I was making, songs like, “If It Makes You Happy,” were hand-in-hand with the tradition of country music, even more so than what’s being played on country radio now. So it doesn’t seem like that big of a departure for me, to switch over to that format. I didn’t really have to do so much changing everything, except for changing formats.

Q. Is country music something you’ve always been passionate about and wanted to do?

A. Country music was definitely a huge influence on me. The Rolling Stones went through a period where their music was basically country music. I loved Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris. I just wanted to make a great record that was full of good stories and coming from a place that was true to my life — a single mom, hardworking, grew up in the Midwest. I want my album to reflect that.

Q. Why do you think that storytelling is such an important part of music?

A. I don’t know that storytelling exists in other types of music. I don’t really hear a lot of storytelling in pop music or (other genres). You do hear it in rap music, although I don’t listen to a lot of rap music. I think country music is really the genre of music where you hear some of the best lyric writing and strong storytelling, and it’s always in the tradition of country music, all the way back to the beginning.

Q. Do you plan to go to the Homecoming game? If so, what are you most excited about?

A. I’m planning on it. Gosh, it’s going to bring back so many memories, and I’m going to get to see a lot of friends and I’ll probably visit the Theta house and try to hit some of the campus favorite spots, like Harpo’s. I don’t get up there very often, so I’m going to try to see as much as I can.

Q. What can fans expect to hear at your concert in Columbia?

A. We’ll definitely play the songs people know; we’ll probably try to play as many hits as possible. We’ll probably play a few songs people don’t know but hopefully will enjoy. We have a great band, just fantastic and fun to watch. And so, I think it’s gonna be a great night.

Q. If you could tell current students at Mizzou one thing, what would it be?

A. Try to savor every moment of your time there because you will probably make some of the longest-lasting relationships with people in those four years than you will ever make in your life.

Q. Is there anything else you would like to add?

A. I came back a few years and got to tour Mizzou. I hadn’t been there in a while, and there’s been so much beautiful work done on the campus, but the one area that really hadn’t been updated was the music department. So one of the reasons I’m coming back is to hopefully be a part of helping update the music department — which was such a big part of my life — making it look and be as beautiful as the rest of campus.

Supervising editor is Jeanne Abbott.

IN CONCERT: SHERYL CROW

When: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9

Where: Missouri Theatre

Tickets: University Concert Series, (573) 882-3781


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[NEWS] Sheryl Crow set to perform at CNN Democratic Primary Debate



By Lisa Respers France
CNN

CNN)Grammy-award winning singer Sheryl Crow is scheduled to sing the National Anthem at the first Democratic primary debate being held in Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 13.

Crow, who calls herself an "avid follower of politics," said she is as anxious as other interested voters to hear from those seeking to nab the Democratic presidential nomination.

"I think most people know that I'm a Democrat," Crow told CNN. "I'm fascinated with the process and I'm going to be excited to actually be there when our candidates debate."

The singer is an outspoken environmentalist who in 2010 received the Natural Resources Defense Council Forces For Nature Award. In May she teamed up with the Blue Jeans Go Green initiative which turns denim into insulation for homes to help Habitat for Humanity rebuild homes in New Orleans in honor of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.




Crow listed the environment as a topic she hopes to see embraced by the candidates.

"To me that's the mother topic," she said. "All else fails if our planet isn't healthy."

Crow also said she's hopping there will be a push among Democrats to help middle-class and poorer families by raising the minimum wage.

Debates are vital, she said, to try and filter out the noise of the pundits.

"There are a lot of people who have no business being pundits and I think sometimes the American people get caught up in (which pundit) is saying what, when really it's probably best to listen to what the candidates have to say."

"Knowing the political system and how little gets done every year for so many years it's hard to know when a political candidate stands up for what he believes in," she said.

"It's hard to believe that it could actually, possibly get done. But, that being said, it's still important to be involved in the political system and to feel like your voice will be heard and the only way your voice will be heard is to go to the polls."

As for Crow, she said she's not yet decided who she will support and will pay close attention to the debate.

"I want to hear what everyone has to say and see where I fall."




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[NEWS] MU alum Sheryl Crow to perform at the Homecoming concert



All the proceeds go toward the School of Music’s new building.

By Hannah Britton
The Maneater
6 October

A former sorority member, Summer Welcome leader, Homecoming Steering Committee member and famous classic rock and country singer is making her way back to her former home at MU. Sheryl Crow is returning to her alma mater in concert at 7 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Missouri Theatre to a sold-out crowd.

This concert is just one stop on Crow’s current cross-country tour, which will feature songs from her most recent album, “Feels Like Home,” released in 2013. Some of her greatest hits include “All I Wanna Do,” “If It Makes You Happy” and “Soak up the Sun.”

But this isn’t just a normal concert. Crow is teaming up with Commerce Bank and MU to donate the proceeds from her concert to the construction of a new building for the School of Music.

Teresa Maledy, the CEO and President of Commerce Bank for the Central Missouri region, was glad to sponsor the event to support the community.

“We have a long history of sponsoring the arts and we greatly value the partnership we have with the university,” Maledy said in an email. “This seemed like a wonderful opportunity to support the university and a worthy cause in our community.”

But the generosity doesn’t stop there.

“As a sponsor of the event, Commerce Bank is able to underwrite a portion of the cost of putting on the concert which allows more money from ticket sales to go towards the new music building project,” she said.

In addition, Crow has waived her performance fee, School of Music Director Julia Gaines said.

“We are ecstatic,” she said in an email. “We need a new building desperately and to have an alum come back and donate her time to help with a big fundraiser is fantastic.”

She estimated that the building will be completed within a few years once all the funds are gathered. Events and donations make these kinds of additions possible.

“The building won’t be built without contributions like this from all around,” she said. “Every penny helps.”

Sheryl Crow’s fame might not have started during her time here, but that doesn’t mean she didn’t leave her mark.

Crow was an active student while at MU. She was a member of the Panhellenic sorority Kappa Alpha Theta, the Omicron Delta Kappa secret society and the international music fraternity Sigma Alpha Iota. She also played in multiple rock bands, including Cashmere in the early 80s. They covered Diana Ross songs, usually at sorority and fraternity parties, and Bullwinkles, which is now The Field House. In 1984, she graduated from MU with dual majors in music education and classical piano.

Crow climbed the ladder of success until she finally reached national fame in 1993 with a collaborative multi-platinum album “Tuesday Night Music Club.” In 1996, she went on to release her own solo album, “Sheryl Crow,” which won her two Grammy awards for Best Rock Album and Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.

Since then, she has released multiple albums and won many awards, making her a well-known and respected name in the music industry and as an MU alumn.

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[NEWS] Sheryl in studio with Roger Waters & The Wound Warriors

Yep, you have read right! Here are the details behind from Ken Schubert, sound engineer at the Cue Recording Studios (Falls Church, Virginia):

"Amazing night in the studio as Sheryl Crow and Roger Waters joined three Wounded Warriors of MusiCorps to play and shoot a video of Bob Dylan's "Blowin' In The Wind". MusiCorps is a non-profit charitable organization which helps wounded veterans play music and recover their lives. The conservatory-level program enables the wounded to learn, relearn, and perform music as a core part of their rehabilitation. MusiCorps is based at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center outside of Washington, DC.Proud moment for all of us at Cue Recording."


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Roger Waters, Sheryl Crow and studio owner Jeff Jeffrey

Photo: Cue Recording Studios

"A big round of applause to everyone that helped make last night's recording session a grand success in the Red Room. Our hats go off to Roger Waters, Sheryl Crow, the talented Veteran musicians, MusicCorps and Arthur Bloom, Ken Schubert, Javon Gant, our photographer Aubrey Gemignani, Dusty Rose, Sean Evans, Hector Castillo, Blaine Misner, Matt Baker, the background singers Mary Lankford, Marie, Terese, and the many others who gave a 110% for this special event."

 

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[LIVE VIDEO/PIX] UNITE To Face Addicition Concert/Rally - 4 October

VIDEO - Sheryl Full Set (25 Minutes)

If It Makes You Happy
For What its Worth
Best of Times
Everyday Is A Winding Road

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[VIDEO] This afternoon in D.C. - Soundcheck for #UNITEtoFaceAddiction concert

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[NEWS] Sheryl AWOL! :-)

Apparently Sheryl canceled her performance at the much-awaited Bill Withers tribute concert at Carnegie Hall. She is not mentioned in any newspaper, magazine or website. Also, no photo has surfaced anywhere.

I Hope she's well!

D'Angelo also could not perform. The R&B star pulled out of the star-studded show last minute due to an unspecified ailment.



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