September 2011

.Tuesday September 27, 2011


Sheryl's performance of “The Difficult Kind,” at the 1999 Bridge School Benefit Concert, is to feature on special 25th Anniversary CD edition of the annual event created by Neil Young and his wife Pegi.

The song will be a part of a double CD set to be released on October 24, after this year’s Bridge School Benefit Concert.

The Bridge School is a non-profit organization whose mission is to aid individuals with severe speech and physical impairments. The concerts, held each year at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California.

.Monday September 26, 2011


hahaha, how cool!


By Sandra Mitchell
CBS Los Angeles

The patient steps out of the mammography room. She looks comfortable in her faded denim and scuffed brown cowboy boots. It has been five years since her diagnosis and she is back for her regular exam. The mammogram will show if her cancer has returned.

“I don’t really get nervous anymore.” She confides. I believe her.

She has this way about her that makes me like her immediately. She eases her wavy brown hair out of a elastic band and fluffs it just a bit.

“I’m cancer free,” she smiles. “Knock on wood.” But there is no wood to knock on, only the paper cover of the exam table she is sitting on.

We met just a minute ago. She leaned in to hug me without hesitation. The rock star and the TV reporter.

“Hi, I’m Sheryl.” The voice that had won nine Grammy Awards, speaking right to me!

Sheryl Crow has been gracious enough to grant me an interview for a special series of reports that will air on CBS 2 and KCAL 9 during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“I’m kinda the poster child now,” she laughs.

We are sisters of sort. The average age for breast cancer diagnoses is 61. Both Sheryl and I were diagnosed with early stage breast cancer at a young age. Our diagnosis, the minimally invasive surgery, our treatments are similar. From what I can tell, we also share a similar attitude: Breast cancer changes your life. But sometimes it changes it for the better.

The red light on the camera is blinking. We are recording when she shares her story.

“Before, I had this image of the perfect family. Married, white picket fence, kids the whole thing.” When her doctor told her she had a malignant tumor, she had just gone through a very publicized break up, she was childless and the only picket fences were the ones she could see from the window of her tour bus.

“Breast cancer made me realize I had to create the life I wanted,” she continues. Within weeks of her radiation therapy, Sheryl began the adoption process. I marvel at that. Just a few months after she was told she had cancer, she was so convinced that she was going to recover, she decided to take responsibility for another life! She is now mommy to two little boys.

Sheryl Crow could have kept her diagnosis a secret. She went public almost immediately .

There is a pamphlet on the counter in the Sheryl Crow Imagining Center in Beverly Hills.

It has her picture on the bubblegum pink cover and the words: “A mammogram Saved my Life.” Every time I see it, I think to myself : “Me too!”

We end the interview.

She is jetting off for a concert in Vegas. For a moment I imagine her looking at me and saying the words to her song:

“Jump in…let’s go, lay back enjoy the show…..every day is a winding road.”

There is another hug. She pulls me closer. She is not just being polite.

“Good luck to you” she whispers. “Really…. good luck.”


.Saturday September 24, 2011


Excerpt from
Stars Add New Tunes to Country King’s Lyrics
The New York Times
23 September 2011

Some of the artists who participated in the “Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams” album discuss how they approached the song they selected. Here's some thoughts by Sheryl:

Ms. Crow said she didn’t feel intimidated by the idea of finishing a master’s work. “It’s meant to be a project honoring him and his legacy,” she said. “It’s not really a contest, so I didn’t feel there would be any judgment". She saw it as a challenge that might help her own songwriting. “I think whenever you’re playing tennis with John McEnroe, it ups your level a little,” she said, “so I hope this did something for my own art.”

About “Angel Mine”

"Hank had such a distinct cadence to his writing. I just picked up the lyric and read it, and the flow of reading it set up how I would sing it. I could feel the tempo, how he would have sung it, where he might have yodeled. I tried to picture myself sitting around with Hank or the Carter Family, to get myself into that place. I played a 1930s Martin guitar, something that felt like it would have been in the room."


"Angel Mine"
Jan 5, 1951

.Friday September 23, 2011


Working on "Diner" with film legend Barry Levinson and Kathleen Marshall (our director and three time Tony award winner!)

Source: Facebook

.Thursday September 22, 2011


by Alexis

Sheryl Crow has won 9 Grammy Awards and has an impressive catalog of songs. Despite all her achievements, sometimes all it takes is one song for an artist to make an impression on a fan. For me that song is “I Shall Believe.” I was ecstatic to hear her play that live at MI Fest. I will even forgive her for teasing us early during her intro to her 4th song with Kid Rock’s name as if he may join her on stage. How mischievous! Regardless, she sang beautifully and warmed up quickly to the MI Fest crowd as they warmly embraced her music.

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.Tuesday September 20, 2011






New York Times

Will this be the first Broadway musical where you’ll have to pass a football trivia contest before they let you take your seats? A singing, dancing version of “Diner,” Barry Levinson’s 1982 coming-of-age comedy about a group of friends growing up in Baltimore in 1959, is headed to Broadway next year, its press representatives said on Tuesday. Mr. Levinson, who directed the original film and earned an Academy Award nomination for its screenplay, will write the book of the “Diner” musical, and Sheryl Crow will write the music and lyrics; Kathleen Marshall, a recent Tony Award-winner for her choreography of “Anything Goes,” will direct and choreograph this production.

Mr. Levinson, whose films include “Good Morning, Vietnam,” “Rain Man” and further Baltimore-based comedies like “Tin Men” and “Avalon,” said in a statement: “ ‘Diner’ was a pivotal moment in my career, and since then I have continued to live with the characters, realizing there is much more to their story. I’m excited to be embarking on this stage version, which affords me the opportunity as a storyteller to expand on my original vision and let the characters express their innermost feeling and thoughts through song.”

Ms. Crow, who is perhaps better known for her odes to sunny Los Angeles than salty Baltimore, said in a statement: “I was already a huge fan of ‘Diner’ when Barry first approached me about writing a score for a theatrical retelling of his film. I knew exactly who these men and women were and I feverishly began writing.”

The “Diner” film provided early roles for many film stars,  including Kevin Bacon, Timothy Daly, Daniel Stern, Mickey Rourke, Ellen Barkin, Paul Reiser and Steve Guttenberg (whose character forces his fiancee to pass a sports trivia quiz before they can get married). A short-lived television series based on the movie was broadcast in 1983, with a cast that included Mr. Reiser, Michael Madsen and James Spader.

No theater was immediately announced for the Broadway production of “Diner,” and there was no indication whether its concession stands might sell popcorn.

An out-of-town tryout is planned for next summer. The musical will be produced by Base Entertainment with permission of Warner Brothers Theater Ventures.

Source: New York Times

.Monday September 19, 2011


Journal Register News Service

Sheryl Crow, performing before the Raconteurs, may not be from Missouri but she clearly had Michigan on her mind Saturday. Crow crowed about hearing the Romantics play "What I Like About You" and Mark Farner deliver Grand Funk's "We're an American Band" and spoke about spending the summer touring with Kid Rock - who did not make the guest cameo that many MI Fest attendees (and organizers) hoped he would. She somewhat oddly thanked White "for inviting us to come play for y'all" and referred to MIS as "Detroit" several times, meaning she's in need of some remedial Mitten geography

But fans readily forgave that gaffe as Crow and her band rocked through an uptempo set of hits such as "A Change Will Do You Good," "My Favorite Mistake," "If It Makes You Happy," "Soak Up the Sun" and "All I Wanna Do," never slowing down until the gospel-flavored closer "I Shall Believe."

Crow and the Raconteurs were the only two of the 17 acts that played without competition on the other stage, and sound bleed was a problem all day long.


Source: Morning Sun


Sheryl Crow sang about wanting to “Soak Up the Sun” while the moon was rising. Crow was impressed with the crowd after asking them to sing the chorus.

“That’s about the sweetest thing I’ve ever heard,” she said. “That’s pretty f------ good. You don’t expect that.”

Crow played guitar, keyboard and organ throughout the show and added harmonica on songs like “Real Gone.” She also kept it interesting with a couple of covers such as mixing “Stuck in the Middle With You” into the middle of “All I Wanna Do.”

Kid Rock didn’t show up for any duets with Crow, but his protégé played on the festival’s secondary stage.



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Great acoustic version preceded by a poignant yet humorous introduction about the song

.Friday September 16, 2011


Pix: Jackson Citizen Patriot 

.Thursday September 15, 2011


"Bartender's Blues," Vince Gill
"Every Day Is a Winding Road," Sheryl Crow
"Colder Weather," Zac Brown
"Keep On Loving You," Kevin Cronin
"Juanita," Emmylou Harris and Sheryl Crow
"If I Die," Vince Gill
"Redemption Day," Sheryl Crow
"Martin," Zac Brown
"Music Man," Kevin Cronin
"The Road," Emmylou Harris
"This Old Guitar and Me," Vince Gill
"If It Makes You Happy," Sheryl Crow
"Free," Zac Brown
"In My Dreams," Kevin Cronin
"Darlin' Kate," Emmylou Harris
"Wildwood Flower," all
-Michael McCall


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The winner of Sheryl Crow's 1959 Mercedes-Benz at a recent auction went one step further and donated another $130,000 to Joplin, Mo., schools.

The couple, who wish to remain anonymous, bought Crow's white Mercedes 190SL convertible for $130,000 in August as part of an auction to help rebuild Joplin after the devastating tornado in May.

On top of paying more than what the car was thought to be worth -- estimates were $50,000 to $80,000 for the car -- the couple decided to match the auction price of the car with a donation to Joplin schools.

"I am so touched by the donor making this very generous contribution on my behalf to Joplin schools," Crow said in a news release.

The donors made the donation in Crow's name.

"It was such a pleasure to meet them and see their enthusiasm for this car, which was very special to me, and now learn of their support for Joplin's situation. The y have done a wonderful thing in doubling the proceeds from the event," she said.

Crow included a signature Sheryl Crow Gibson guitar, a pair of concert tickets and a photo opportunity with the winning bidder as part of the auction package.

The car was auctioned as part of the annual Gooding & Co. auction, which took place Aug. 22 in conjunction with the prestigious Pebble Beach (Calif.) Concours d'Elegance.

Three Joplin schools are considered destroyed and seven more sustained damage in the May 22 tornado. The overall losses are estimated to exceed $150 million.

"This generous donation will be put to good use," Joplin Superintendent C.J. Huff said in a news release.

"As we work towards rebuilding, our needs continue to become greater as we have a better understanding of how our schools will be impacted long term by the storm. Donations such as this demonstrate the long-term commitment to individuals and organizations from across the co untry to get us back on our feet."

Crow, a former teacher, chose to donate to the Joplin Schools Recovery Fund "because of her commitment to public education and her belief in the importance of school rebuilding for the overall community's recovery," a news release from the Community Foundation of the Ozarks said.

To date, $3.5 million has been raised for recovery efforts through 22 funds established by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and the Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri, the news release said.

SOURCE: Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader



Museum Hosted 3rd Annual Guitar-Pull at Los Angeles Club Nokia at L.A. Live

LOS ANGELES, California, September 15, 2011 – Zac Brown looked across at the two Country Music Hall of Famers and two veteran rock stars who shared the Club Nokia stage with him as part of the September 13 All for the Hall Los Angeles fundraising concert. He then modestly suggested that he didn’t belong in such esteemed company.

More than two hours later, however, Brown’s powerful performances proved him wrong, as his songs fit nicely alongside those of Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, and Emmylou Harris. When Brown finished a solo acoustic version of his song “Free,” in which he broke into Van Morrison’s “Into the Mystic “ in the middle of the song, the other four stars smiled and applauded.

“Zac, you’re the man,” screamed a fan from the balcony. Harris, from three stools away, looked at Brown admiringly and simply stated a reverent, “Thank you.” Cronin, who was next in line as the five singer-songwriters took turns performing songs with just acoustic guitar accompaniment, added, “ I remember buying Zac’s first record and thinking, ‘Here’s a young man playing songs that Vince, Sheryl, and I can relate to, because it’s similar chord structure and similar storytelling.’ But then, man, you take the songs, and you just take it to a whole new level.”

Brown, his quiet humility showing, stammered a bit and said, “Me, being kind of the new guy, it’s just an honor being up here with all you people.”

That exchange typifies what makes the annual All for the Hall concerts such one-of-a-kind experiences. The five songwriters come from different generations, different genres, and different backgrounds from across the United States. Yet this intimate concert—done as a Nashville-style guitar pull, with all the performers lined up across the stage at once, playing a song at a time, then moving to the next—also demonstrated a spirit of creative unity. Most of the time they joined in with each other, singing harmony, or adding their guitars. Gill, in particular, offered lead guitar licks to nearly every performance.

The All for the Hall concerts don’t feature a set list, and the performers often decide what to do on the spur of the moment, depending on what others have just performed, or to fit the mood they’re in when their turn comes around. “You’ll hear some great songs, possibly some new songs, because we don’t really know which songs they’ll do, but then neither do the songwriters,” explained Kyle Young, director of the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, in his opening remarks.

That foreshadowing proved true when Zac Brown told a story about growing up hiding behind his guitar, which became his constant companion. After Brown performed “Martin,” about his favorite instrument, each of the others told stories about their guitars and chose appropriate songs.

Cronin told of getting beat up by young hooligans simply for walking down the street carrying a guitar case, until the Beatles came along. “Then the same guys who beat me up wanted to form a band with me,” he said with a laugh. He played “Music Man,” a song he wrote after being roughed up, about how he wouldn’t let others dissuade him from his devotion to becoming a singer and songwriter. The song appeared on REO’s second album, the band’s first featuring Cronin as lead singer.

Harris told of the early Gibson guitars she owned, including the one in her hands at that moment, which was the same guitar she took to California when she first went out there in the early 1970s at the invitation of Gram Parsons. The guitar got kicked in during transport, but Harris later had it repaired, although it still shows signs of the damage nearly forty years later. She then performed “The Road,” an autobiographical song she wrote about Parsons that opens Harris’s most recent album, 2011’s Hard Bargain. (Harris and Crow earlier had performed Parsons’s “Juanita,” a song the two recorded as a duet on the album Return of the Grievous Angel: A Tribute to Gram Parsons.)

Gill explained how, from an early age, he invested in guitars rather than buying homes or fancy cars. He revealed that he lost 50 guitars, 60 guitar cases, and 30 amplifiers in the May 2010 floods in Nashville, then he performed “This Old Guitar and Me,” from his 2003 album Next Big Thing.

Crow continued the theme of broken or ruined guitars, relating how thieves broke into a rehearsal space in Missouri right before she and her band left for their first national tour in 1993 as opening act for the BoDeans. The vandals took all the electric guitars and keyboards, but left her acoustic Gibson on the floor, its headstock broken. She too had it repaired and still owns it. She then played her 1996 hit, “If It Makes You Happy,” which she said she wrote on the repaired guitar.

The concert opened with Gill performing “Bartender’s Blues,” a George Jones hit, written by James Taylor, which Gill dedicated to Jones, who turned 80 years old the previous day. Setting a tone for the show, all four other writers joined in on harmony on the choruses.

Diversity has become a hallmark of the All for the Hall concerts, which have always mixed generations and genres, showing the connection between country music and other popular music styles, while also making the point that, when stripped to bare essentials, a good song is universally powerful no matter what label is put on it.

Cronin underlined that fact in his spoken comments. Initially invited to perform one song as a guest of the evening, he joined the guitar pull lineup instead. Cronin recognized, though, that his appearance might surprise some people. “When I got wind of the fact that I was being considered to be invited to this event, I was thinking to myself, ‘The Country Music Hall of Fame and iconic figures like Emmylou and Vince, and of course Sheryl who I’m a huge fan of,’ so I thought, ‘These guys must think I’m the singer from Diamond Rio. What the hell am I doing here?’”

But Cronin, when starting out in the 1960s, came to Nashville to write songs before joining REO Speedwagon. The Illinois-based band recorded their second album, R.E.O. / T.W.O., in 1972 at Columbia Records’ studio on Music Row. He performed one of the band’s biggest hits, “Keep on Loving You,” as well as lesser-known album cuts, such as “In My Dreams,” one of the favorite songs of his wife, who was in the audience.

Museum director Young used the occasion to speak of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s current expansion plans, which will take the museum to 350,000 square feet from its current 138,000 square feet. He explained how the expansion would add exhibit and archival space, a new 800-seat theater, new education classrooms and facilities and much more, and he encouraged attendees to participate in the museum’s ongoing “Working on a Building” fundraising campaign to finance the new construction.

Young also commented on the museum’s plans to open a special exhibit, spotlighting California’s contribution to country music, in March 2012. The exhibit, The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and California Country, was first announced publicly at the 2010 All for the Hall Los Angeles concert. Young expounded on how the plans have taken shape since that announcement.

Gibson Guitars also made a special announcement at this year’s concert. The instrument manufacturing company has created a replica of a famous guitar, the Gibson J-200, played by the late California country musician Ray Whitley. Gibson has created a new replica of the special guitar and will donate proceeds from its sale to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Working on a Building capital campaign.

Fittingly, the concert ended with the five artists performing the Carter Family’s “Wildwood Flower,” a tune revered among guitarists because of Mother Maybelle Carter’s famous part in the song—played on a Gibson guitar, as it turns out.

All for the Hall Los Angeles was chaired by AEG Live Chairman Tim Leiweke and produced by Creative Artists Agency’s Rod Essig, Vector Management’s Ken Levitan and BMI’s Jody Williams. The event was made possible by the generosity of AEG Live, Club Nokia at L.A. LIVE and travel sponsor Southwest Airlines. The 2011 host committee for All for the Hall Los Angeles included Orly Adelson (dick clark productions), Justyn Amstutz and Lori Armistead, Mark Bloom (UBS Financial Services), Thomas Carroll (SunTrust Bank), Essig, John Frankenheimer (Loeb & Loeb), Gary Haber (Haber Corporation), Levitan, Bob Romeo (Academy of Country Music) and Gary Veloric (Red Stripe Plane Group).

About the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum
Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is operated by the Country Music Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization chartered by the state of Tennessee in 1964. The Museum’s mission is the preservation of the history of country and related vernacular music rooted in southern culture. With the same educational mission, the Foundation also operates CMF Records, the Museum’s Frist Library and Archive, CMF Press, Historic RCA Studio B, and Hatch Show Print®.

More information about the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is available at or by calling (615) 416-2001.

For more information about All for the Hall Los Angeles, please contact:

Todd Brodginski:
Angela Villanueva:
Mitch Schneider:
(818) 380-0400

.Wednesday September 14, 2011


Zac Brown Finds His Place at All for the Hall Concert in L.A.

Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow Also Perform at Fundraiser for Country Music Hall of Fame
September 14, 2011; Written by Chris Willman

LOS ANGELES -- "One of these things is not like the other," sang Zac Brown, almost under his breath. He was referring to himself, humbled as he was to find himself here Tuesday night (Sept. 13) in the company of certifiable legends at a benefit for Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

In actuality, none of these things was quite like the other on Tuesday's bill -- with the possible coupled exception of Vince Gill and Emmylou Harris, fellow Hall of Famers and friends of 35 years. Both have been part of the lineup for all three years these All for the Hall fundraising concerts have been in existence in Los Angeles, with Gill always playing the earthy host and Harris as his trusty, ethereal sidekick.

But the other slots at this high-priced charity "guitar pull" always end up introducing some wrinkles. There is usually a slot for the superstar-newcomer. Last year, that was Taylor Swift, and in 2011, it was Zac Brown filling the token role of the zeitgeist-y hitmaker who can't believe he's there even though he's the biggest draw on the bill.

Gill usually also finds a slot for the rocker who is squarely on the periphery of country. One year, that was Chris Isaak. This time, it was Nashville resident and champion Sheryl Crow.

And there's usually also one "what the hell is he doing here?" ringer from outside the genre. Last year, Lionel Richie. This year, Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon renown but no particular Nashville notoriety.

"I was thinking to myself, 'These guys must think that I'm the singer from Diamond Rio,'" Cronin kidded.

Before the show got underway, asked Brown backstage who he was most looking forward to sharing the stage with.

"Everybody," affirmed the CMA Awards' surprise entertainer of the year nominee. "Everybody on that stage has made their mark. I wasn't sure that Emmylou Harris was a real person. I wanted to make sure that she wasn't an angel. And I actually put my hand on her back a minute ago to take a picture, so she is a real human being. That was good to know."

"Oh, it's just because I've been around so long," said Harris, sloughing off the hero worship.

As for the predictably peculiar lineups at these annual concerts at Club Nokia, she said, "I don't think there's a formula. I just kind of show up, and I know it's going to be Vince and me, and I don't worry about it. These in-the-round things always work because everybody started out sitting in a living room playing by themselves to a couple of people. So basically it's just people doing what they started out doing."

"I haven't even decided what I'll sing tonight," said Gill, when asked if he'd be premiering material from his imminent Guitar Slinger album. (He ended up doing just one song from it, "If I Die," a poignant co-write with Pistol Annies member Ashley Monroe.) "I never know at these things. Whatever someone sings before you will motivate you to sing something else."

That proved to be exactly the case when, for a good half-hour, the performers all got to talking -- and singing -- about their favorite guitars. It all started when Brown gave a lengthy spoken introduction to his song, "Martin," which, as you might know or expect, is not about MLK Jr. or even Martin Landau but his best wooden friend constructed by the C.F. Martin company.

"I've always been able to hide behind my guitar, even when I was young," Brown told the crowd. "I started carrying it with me everywhere. I was 'that guy.' At camp, when I was 7 or 8, I finally got [someone to tell me] 'Put the damn guitar down.' It was my security blanket."

His song, "Martin," was about "a living thing -- a guitar that is living, to me -- from his birth to finding me."

"I can relate to that," said Cronin, going next. The REO singer related the story of how, as a kid, "I used to get my ass kicked for carrying a guitar."

It's hard to conceive of a time when that was the uncoolest thing imaginable, but when he placed a date on things changing, it all made sense.

"One day in '64, the Beatles were on Ed Sullivan, and the next week, those same dudes who'd been kicking my butt for two years were asking if they could be in a band with me," he said.

Cronin then performed "Music Man," with accompaniment by Gill that led him to exclaim, "If I'd had that guitar solo on it, the song would have been a hit!"

Harris talked about her guitar, which she'd had since first coming out to California to sing with Gram Parsons in the early '70s. ("Before Gram, I was just a bad waitress," she explained.) The acoustic was damaged at an airport, and she believed the repair person "put it back together with popsicle sticks," but she's still playing it to this day and used it to sing her ode to Parsons, "The Road."

Gill then sang his autobiographical ode to his favorite six-string companion, which he's had since 1975: "This Old Guitar and Me." He poignantly told of losing 50 guitars and 30 amps in last year's Nashville flooding ... and even "some of the cases were worth thousands" due to their age. One triumph he related was digging through the moldy debris and finally finding a Chet Atkins pick he had tucked inside one of the ruined cases. Perennial crush Gill also talked about how sweet Atkins' widow, Leona, was on him. "When Leona turned 70, I popped out of her cake," he noted. "Not very many people know that."

"They do now. I'm tweeting it," said Crow.

Other highlights included Gill's opening version of "Bartender," in honor of George Jones' 80th birthday, a duet between Harris and Crow on a Carter Family song, Brown interpolating Van Morrison's "Into the Mystic" into one of his own anthems, and a soaring rendition of Crow's "If It Makes You Happy" that benefitted from Harris' very happy-making harmony vocal.

For some of these artists, the collaborative nature of the evening translates to the recording studio. Before the show, Harris let slip that she is due to record a joint album with Rodney Crowell this fall.

"It was my idea," she told "Actually, it's been an unspoken -- or spoken -- thing over the years: 'We've gotta do a record.' I don't know what it's going to be, except that I'm not writing a darn thing for it! Right now, we're in the formative stages, even though we're definitely going to hit the first note around the middle of November.

"Besides writing songs, Rodney's a great song finder, too. But I'm sure there are going to be some Rodney songs. There would have to be. But it all depends on what fits the philosophy of the album -- which we don't know yet!"

Source: CMT News (


Guitars abound at All for the Hall benefit

Vince Gill, Zac Brown, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow and more talk about their cherished instruments at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum concert.

By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
September 15, 2011

After Zac Brown chose to sing "Martin," a love song to his guitar, everyone on stage with him Tuesday night at Club Nokia for this year's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum benefit concert quickly fell in line and served up songs inspired by their own instruments.

No surprise there: All musicians have a story about their first instrument. At this annual round-robin "guitar pull" session, rooted in a Nashville living-room music tradition widely credited to Johnny Cash and June Carter, the symbiotic connection between musicians and their tools is a fundamental one.

That relationship is more palpable than ever since last year's flooding ravaged the country music capital and damaged or destroyed an untold number of instruments precious to those who not only earn a living with them, but who use them to express their deepest feelings. It was those emotions that were on display at Club Nokia during a relaxed and communal two-hour performance before an audience of about 2,000 people who paid as much as $1,000 a ticket.

Emmylou Harris offered "The Road" from her latest album, a song about her brief, life-shaping partnership with country-rock pioneer Gram Parsons; Sheryl Crow spoke of how her desire to pay for a prized guitar figured crucially into the writing of her 1996 hit "If It Makes You Happy."

The night's wild-card guest — REO Speedwagon singer-songwriter Kevin Cronin — reached back for "Music Man," which he said was the first song he wrote after seeing the Beatles on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and feeling a newfound confidence about his passion for the guitar he'd started learning two years earlier.

Vince Gill, the show's amiable host and president of the Hall of Fame's board of trustees, told of trading the first guitar he'd owned and spending his entire college fund of $1,500 to buy a top-notch Martin instrument when he was a teenager hoping to make a life in music.

That segment turned into the centerpiece of the All for the Hall benefit, the proceeds of which will aid the facility's recently announced $75-million expansion to more than double its size upon the scheduled completion in 2014. Director Kyle Young told the crowd that since announcing the project plan in July, museum officials have already locked down about $57 million in donations and pledges. Tuesday's benefit is expected to net about $200,000.

The fundraising speeches, however, were kept to a minimum, as event organizers let the artists on hand do the job of showing the gift that music provides to professionals, amateurs and fans alike.

This year Brown handled the role that Taylor Swift handled last year: a relative newcomer to country whose current commercial success helped draw younger fans and expose them to esteemed veterans such as Gill and Harris.

Brown elicited the rowdiest hoots and hollers of the night, and the format in which each musician accompanied him or herself on acoustic guitar allowed him an extra measure of freedom for his powerful vocals, which often have a quality of the boyish charm of James Taylor injected with human growth hormone. That was most evident on "Colder Weather," another song from his band's latest album, "You Get What You Give."

Gill started off the night, in fact, with a song saluting the 80th birthday on Monday of singer George Jones, "Bartender's Blues," a Top 10 single in 1978 on which Jones was accompanied by the song's writer, Taylor.

Crow brought her rock-world cred to the bill, often harmonizing with Gill and Harris or whoever was singing at the moment. Cronin also served up a stripped-down reading of Speedwagon's arena-rock classic "Keep on Lovin' You," his keening voice still pliant as he closes in on turning 60 next month. He took the seat last year occupied by pop-R&B superstar Lionel Richie to show the broad-based scope of the musical community

"Musicians don't give a rip about categories," Gill said backstage shortly before the show began. "When you strip away all the production and whatever it is that defines what style you're playing, it'll all just be folk songs tonight. It's the same thing that happens time and time again — musicians like musicians. That's why you learn to do it in the first place."

Copyright © 2011, Los Angeles Times

Source: Los Angeles Times


Photos by Getty Images and Filmmagic 

.Monday September 12, 2011



  1. Major Tom (Coming Home) (com Nick Valensi)
  2. Space Oddity (com Ritchie Blackmore e Candice Night)
  3. In A Little While (com Lyle Lovett)
  4. Space Cowboy (com Brad Paisley e Steve Miller)
  5. Space Truckin’ (com Ian Paice e Johnny Winter)
  6. Rocket Man (com Steve Hillage)
  7. She Blinded Me With Science (com Bootsy Collins e Patrick Moraz)
  8. Walking On The Moon (com Toots Hibbert)
  9. Spirit In The Sky (com Peter Frampton)
  10. Bohemian Rhapsody (com John Wetton)
  11. Silver Machine (com Wayne Kramer, Carmine Appice)
  12. Mrs. Major Tom (com Sheryl Crow)
  13. Empty Glass (com Michael Schenker)
  14. Lost In The Stars (com Ernie Watts)
  15. Learning To Fly (com Edgar Froese)
  16. Mr. Spaceman (com Dave Davies)
  17. Twilight Zone (com Warren Haynes)
  18. Struggle
  19. Iron Man (com Zakk Wylde, Mike Inez)
  20. Planet Earth (com Steve Howe)
.Saturday September 10, 2011




Video wall clip projected during "Safe and Sound" at the Video Music Awards on 29 August 2002 (see below).

Safe and Sound. New York City, NY, August 29th, 2002

Tribute to Heroes. September 21, 2001, New York City

.Wednesday September 7, 2011


Every Day is a Winding Road
Sheryl Crow's Busy & Loving It
by Treasure Groh

Sheryl Crow was a carefree, guitar-toting vocalist who cemented herself as a certified hottie with her debut, Tuesday Night Music Club. She doesn't come from the crop of female sexpots we have to work with these days. She doesn't stumble out of nightclubs at 2 a.m. or flash her panties for the next money hungry paparazzo to snap and sell to any tabloid willing to pay up. (Well, there was that one time at this year's CMT Music Awards ... but she took it in stride as a true accident.) She was popular before being a female singer/songwriter was considered cool. Perhaps one of the most commercially-successful female artists across the board in the last couple decades, Crow is still aboard the success train seven studio albums in, her latest being the country-infused 100 Miles From Memphis.

Before Crow takes a pit stop at Michigan International Speedway for the inaugural MI Fest, she took time out of her way too hectic schedule to chat with us about mommyhood, kids these days and philanthropy.

Why did you say "yes" to performing MI Fest?

I think it's going to be a blast. I love The Raconteurs and I love Ronnie Dunn, I'm really glad to hear he's on the bill. I think it's gonna go over great and I think it will be easy to establish that as a yearly event and I think it's gonna be really fun to be a part of the first one.

We've seen many sides of you over the years; from a cool folk chick to a sunkissed beach babe to a more country version like what we had seen on 100 Miles From Memphis. Who is Sheryl now?

Well, I would say that first and foremost I'm a mom – that informs everything else that I do. I'm pretty productive when it comes to writing and to my music touring. I'm involved in a lot of different causes I care deeply about, first and foremost the environment, and cancer and education. I don't know, I feel like I'm a pretty well-rounded person.

Has adopting two children changed your life?

Oh yea totally. For one thing, the hours. Getting up at 6 a.m. after having played 'til 11, ya know, I don't get quite as much sleep but it's been great, it's been a great summer. We've gone to every water park, every zoo, every kid museum; we've seen Mount Rushmore; we've held snakes at the reptile garden. We've done everything you could do as a kid. We've been to amusement parks. It's been quite the Griswold summer.

I recently read something calling you a "yummy mummy." Does taking care of yourself get harder when you're on the road? What do you do to stay fit?

It is hard on the road. It's mainly hard because I have my kids and morning is the best time to work out but for me, but morning is my kid time. That's when we get up and we get going to museums or whatever the activity it. It's been harder for me to be consistent.

You've done something very few emerging artists get to do these days, and that's finish college and have a normal life before you became a super star. How important were those years in shaping who you are as a musician and do you think young performers these days are missing out?

Yea, I think my story is a little bit different. In the history of rock n' roll, generally, they say that rock n' roll is for the young. I can remember the Rolling Stones saying they would definitely not play rock n' roll after 30, they'd be way too old. It is kinda historically always been for the 18, 20, 25-year-olds and I didn't actually get my deal 'til I was 28. I taught school. I think it depends on what your life's dream is. It's difficult to get what that is if you're still trying to figure out who you are. For me, it was definitely advantageous to come out to LA after I had some time to, in my own mind, establish who I was as a person and it helped me to not get caught up in the whole fame trip. It's different now. I think kids grow up wanting to be famous, they grow up wanting to be celebrities. The art of the work kinda takes a backseat to that, it's more about being famous. So ya know, it's moving to a different time.

You've always been involved with charitable organizations and benefits before it seemed like the cool thing to do in Hollywood. What's the importance of giving back to those in need from your perspective?

I feel like it's just good for the spirit for all of us to give back. I think it's part of the cycle of living to leave the campground better than you found it – which is what my parents always raised me to believe. It only makes me feel better about my life and about my success if I can give back. I'm involved with a lot of environmental causes, particularly the NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council). I'm also involved in numerous breast cancer charities and charities at large. I'm involved in raising money for the education in my hometown, as well as the children's home there. Things along the way – like I [auctioned] off my car to help raise funding for building schools in Joplin, Missouri, which was an area devastated by tornadoes. I think you get involved in things that are meaningful and you have a relationship with in your life and those opportunities kinda present themselves.

Are you currently working on a new album?

Well this tour basically ends I think – I get there September 17 – and after that I'm gonna start thinking about it.

Do you get must writing done on the road or are you more productive at home?

I'm more productive when I'm at home when I can get some quiet. Its definitely more challenging when you have kids on the road and having a few minutes to be inspired is not terribly realistic. | RDW

Sheryl Crow at MI Fest • 9/17, Gates at noon• Michigan International Speedway (MIS) • 12626 U.S. Highway 12, Brooklyn, MI • • $79, GA; $109, VIP

Source: Real Detroit Weekly


Pix by  David Block and Eric Sauseda/Soundspike

.Tuesday September 6, 2011


One Breath, One World

A Revolution in Rock Concerts, Prayer Circles and Power Breathing

by Renee Speir

Few human experiences can match the energy of a rock concert. The cheering, bright lights and a massive crowd celebrating make a live concert one of the most intense social experiences. Qigong teacher Jeff Primack believes “group energy” at concerts can be harnessed and used to send healing prayers around the world.

Primack currently draws over 2000 people at a time for these gatherings inside convention centers. Students give ecstatically charged testimonials describing a natural high better than any drug and an experience of “biological oneness” with the universe. Primack is teaming up with Sheryl Crow and other musical artists on 11-11-11 to create an event called, “One Breath One World”. His goal is to have 10,000 people under one roof experience biological bliss/oneness at the same exact time.

The method Primack uses to create this euphoric feeling in his students is something he calls the 9-Breath Method or simply Power Breathing. Yoga teaches that Prana fills the air we breathe and when we breathe in certain ways it saturates the body with oxygen and electricity. Primack says this electricity is what gives the natural high. He blends live music and prayer with the power breathing in ways that leave even skeptics transformed.

Primack refers to himself as a Qigong Practitioner and claims people can simply harness God’s natural life-energy and that people have been doing it for 5000 years. The basic theory behind Qigong is that energy-chi moves the blood in our body. A healing force gives a full-body vibration in as short as 9 breaths. Primack states that Qigong is the only form of exercise that can circulate as much blood as jogging 5 miles, but while standing perfectly still. Qigong receives media attention from Dr. Oz and scientific circles for its ability to combat aging and reverse many diseases. Martial artists use the breathing techniques to generate more power, enhance their sensory acuity and respond more quickly and calmly to life on and off the mat. However, power breathing goes a step further and can give even the most thick-headed man a true energy experience. Through this type of breath work the body hums and vibrates with a tangible pulsation that everyone feels.

Sheryl Crow on 11-11-11 is performing a live 90-minute concert celebrating global ONENESS while Primack leads a power breathing prayer circle. Why did Primack choose the eleven-eleven date? He claims it has nothing to do with astrology, because God’s energy is present all the time, but rather says it is a date that people all over the world will be celebrating oneness. On this most auspicious day it will be the fi rst time in human history that ten thousand people will unite in breath and prayer.

Concertgoers love the experience of a live performance primarily because the GROUP ENERGY is very strong at these events. Of course, it takes the amazing skills of the musical artist to raise everyone’s vibration, but what happens when concerts intentionally use the energy of chi in their experience? What happens when artists like Sheryl Crow and other world famous performers assemble huge crowds to celebrate and breathe for world peace? As millions of Americans suddenly experience oneness-bliss it will only be a short time before the newest entertainment trend is live music concerts enhanced by a massive power breathing prayer circle.

One Breath One World” is a once in a lifetime event coming to Orlando UCF Arena on November 11, 2011 from 7:-11:11pm. Qigong Practitioner Jeff Primack, Music Artist Sheryl Crow and other talent will be present. For more information visit


Sheryl, along with Loretta Lynn and Miranda Lambert, has been nominated for a CMA Award in the category "Musical Event of the Year" for "Coal Miner's Daughter".

Congrats Sheryl, Loretta and Miranda!

“The 45th Annual CMA Awards” will be broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 9 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.



[...] The Trek star [Williams Shatner] then revealed a few upcoming projects to the audience.

"You’re going to die when I tell you this—I’ve done a new record. This record is either awesomely stupid or stupidly awesome."

He enthusiastically added that a number of musicians played on the album, including Brad Paisley, Lyle Lovett, Sheryl Crow, and a host of great instrumental musicians. "The record will be—as they say in the music business—dropped October 11th. It’s incredible...unless you guys laugh at it, in which case it won’t be incredible."

.Sunday September 4, 2011


Back to Dallas
Gexa Energy Pavilion
Dallas, Texas, USA
2 September 2011

CD Audio
Hi-Fi Stereo
Audience Recording
Taper: Whotapes
1 CD

Lineage: SP Core Mics > Battery box with Bass Rolloff at 16Hz > Zoom H4n 24 bit 48 htz > HDD>Goldwave to split the file and convert to 16 bit 44.1htz > traders little helper flac level 7

Notes from the taper: Excellent Audience Recording. A hot night in Dallas. I had not made up my mind to go to this show until earlier in the week. I had checked for a decent seat and there was the one I got which was right on the aslie in line with the PA. Good show from both Sheryl Crow and Kid Rock and I recorded both. Crowd was enthusiastic and loud. Being on the end of the row I did end up with some noise from the Hawkers trying to sell beer and water and occasionally they were standing right next to me as people were
making the purchases. But It is nothing to distracting.


1. Our Love Is Fading
2. A Change Would Do You Good
3. Can't Cry Anymore
4. Real Gone
5. Steve McQueen
6. My Favorite Mistake
7. All I Wanna Do/Stuck In The Middle with You
8. If It Makes You Happy
9.Soak Up The Sun
10.Everyday Is A Winding Road

11. Love The One You're With (with Kid Rock)
12. Picture (with Kid Rock)


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Tracks 05 - 08 ------------------------------------- [ DOWNLOAD ] (157 mb)
Tracks 09 - 12 ------------------------------------- [ DOWNLOAD ] (174 mb)

All tracks use lossless FLAC, linear PCM at the standard 1411 kbps (CD Audio)

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.Saturday September 3, 2011


by TerrahS

She was so laid back and comfortable on that stage - made for a completely relaxing flashy lights, no dancers, etc....just Sheryl doing what she does best! Sharing stories with the audience, connecting, and singing her heart out. I loved her!!

by Anonymous

Enjoyed show. Think acoustics were a bit loud - couldn't distinguish words easily.
Favorite moment: When Sheryl talked

by Bassj1s

I was looking for greatest hits!

Very dissapointing show. I waited for months for this night! What a bummer. The new CD is just OK... the band (except for the drummer) seemed to be disinterested in performing, and just looking to get this night over with.

Favorite moment: Hit Songs (the couple that she played....)
Setlist: Too many new songs

by Akjs

She sang for almost 2 hours and covered all the bases - R&B, gospel, ballads and full on rock! She looked great and the venue was sold out. Seeing her live is definitely not to be missed to have a true appreciation for her talent.

Favorite moment: when she sang Favorite Mistake

by Timconway1

This was a fantastic..Could not have asked for any better. Thank you Sheryl Crow for coming to see us.

by jatrout

The Sherly Crow concert at the North Charleston PAC was incredible! The performance by Sheryl was the best I have seen in many years. Her connection with the audience was a beautiful thing to be a part of!

Favorite moment: When the band and Sheryl took the stage without a "warm up" band! Top notch!

By GardeniaGiggle

It was great to see Sheryl Crow live and in person! I was disappointed because the instruments were too overpowering making it difficult to actually hear her voice.
Favorite moment: My favorite moment is when she gave personal anecdotes.

Opening act(s): Sheryl Crow was the ONLY act! I appreciate that because SHE is who I paid to hear.

by savannahjim

Really good show, alot acoustical therefor alot of good songs.
Favorite moment: everything

by NotaCSNfananymore

Excellent show and great performance overall. Thanks
Favorite moment: the last song was my favorite!

by Concert25

The musicians seemed very bored and did not want to be there. It may have been due to the weather as Hurricane Irene had just passed the area. The music sounded professional. The singing was not the best. It was short as concerts go. Even with the Encore it was just a few minutes over an hour and a half.

Favorite moment: The Encore was the best part. Maybe they were excited to be getting off stage. They seemed more into it.

by BLEE73

I could have gotten past paying so much for something so unexciting, But to not be able to even watch the lame show because of the two VERY DRUNK girls in front of us took the cake. Sheryl needs to vamp up her show. If I wanted to watch Story Tellers I would have just stayed home!

Favorite moment: Leaving!

by momtogracie

Sheryl brought down the expected!!! Been there, done that, got the T-shirt, and ready to do it again next time she comes to town!! That chick can really sing and play! Talented lady!!
Favorite moment: Definitely when she played "Gonna Soak Up The Sun"!

by TwistedAmerican

The musicians with Sheryl were good, but did not convey the same energy that she did. She was definitely the star, and is quite a good vocalist live. Acoustics in this venue were good, but the bass drum and bass guitar needed to be cleaned up to be able to hear what those 2 instruments were doing. People with smart phones were annoying.

Favorite moment: When security finally ushered out the person sitting in front of me for taking continuous video.

Setlist: adequate, 2 hours

by 24HRTAN

A fantastic concert! My wife and I REALLY enjoyed it.
Favorite moment: The Encore performance.


Raccomended. Very nice evening with good group of musicians; very tuned in to the audience.
Hurricane Irene had just moved past Charleston so it was a very welcome and enoyable escape.

by AFreeBird

My husband and I went to go see Sheryl Crow at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center and it was awesome! She was engaged with the audience and gave us a wonderful show! She sounded so good! After performing for nearly two hours, she performed her hit, "I Shall believe". She played this ballad on a baby grand and she sounded wonderful! I cried. It's an emotional song anyway but the way she sang it that night really made me cry. I'm so glad Hurricane Irene missed us so we could attend this once in a lifetime show.

I'd do it again in a skinny minute! Great job to all her band. The guitar player, keyboardist and background singers were all supherb.

Favorite moment: Final song, "I shall believe".

by madmex69

I have loved to see Sheryl since her debut album came out and I had never had the chance to see her! I was excited to finally have the chance to see her! Great concert. The music was incredible and Sheryl's voice was amazing. I also love the fact that she took the time to visit our city, it made it seem a little more intimate!.. Thank you Sheryl!!!

by bellashadow

This was an enjoyable concert for anyone. I saw both young and older people leave with a smile on their face. I would say that she held true to her old songs but was able to introduce her new album without losing the audience along the way. Her voice sounds just as good live as it does on every album. To me, that is a deciding factor of a true artist. Everyone had a great time.

by lowcountrydocroc

This was a great concert. She was very personable and sounded amazing live. The band was good, but she was better. The crowd was a little slow at first, but Sheryl did not give up. By the end of the show everyone was on their feet and singing. I would definitely go again. If you like Sheryl Crow, you will love this show.
Favorite moment: Leaving Las Vegas and Favorite Mistake
Setlist: About two hours of non stop Sheryl. I even liked the new stuff.

by nage1719

Sheryl Crow, better than expected

I became a fan with Tuesday Night Music Club CD. For a while she became too much of a pop singer for my taste. This concert showed a diversity of material including the old stuff I liked and some newer more reflective songs. She even did a good job on the pop stuff, so all in all, I enjoyed the concert and would recommend it to others.

by Anonymous

She puts tremendous energy in her show. Unlike other famous musicians she seems to enjoy involving the crowd and making sure they have a good show. Sound mix was not good at the beginning. The instruments drowned out her voice but it got better. I would pay to see her again!

by Anonymous

Great concert....Sheryl easily works and connects with the crowd. Back up band and singers were very complimentary to her. She is a "Rock Star Diva"!!! Love to see her again..

by Anonymous

Wow, great concert, Sheryl sounded amazing! I wish she played a bit longer though...

by uscrippler

Sheryl Crow was amazing! She played a wonderful mix of new and old and kept the crowd entertained throughout with nice little stories and anecdotes. She makes you feel like you are the only one in the place and she is playing just for you. Very intimate show. The piano rendition of "I Shall Believe" was the best part of any concert I've ever been to. When the rest of the rest of the band kicked in, it was a very powerful moment of a beautiful song.

Favorite moment: "I Shall Believe"

by Anonymous

Awesome show from start to finish. She sounded great, the band rocked. Lots of songs from older albums. I like the sound of her newer music, too. I'll probably go buy the CD now.


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Rachel? Where are you? :-) 

.Friday September 2, 2011