SEPTEMBER 2013
 



[NEWS] The Sheryl Crow Legacy

By Una Mullally
The Irish Times

Crow was a huge star, but it’s only now that her influence is really reverberating through the charts.

In Autumn 1994, the year that grunge died along with Kurt Cobain, I was 11 years old and on holiday in Sarasota, Florida with my family. This holiday comprised mainly of going to an empty beach every day to get pummeled by waves, wandering around impossibly giant malls and supermarkets that had crazy alien things like grape soda and eggs in a carton, and me sitting in bookshops and record stores figuring out what to buy. By now, my book and music obsession was in full effect so the fact that our rented apartment had MTV was a massive bonus.

With hurricane-level rain battering the windows one day, a video came on MTV. “This aint no disco,” a woman said. It was Sheryl Crow’s soon to be monster hit, ‘All I Wanna Do’.

At that stage, Crow was well on her way to becoming a massive star. Tuesday Night Music Club, with all of its subsequent controversies about who wrote the songs (she did, with some others) placed a woman at the heart of radio guitar music. That album, released the previous year, had already spawned two singles, ‘Run Baby Run’ and ‘Leaving Las Vegas’. Both are astoundingly beautiful songs, but neither had caught the public’s imagination until the hit of ‘All I Wanna Do’ came along, with its breezy country rock swagger, and like all instant American classics - simultaneously nihilistic and upbeat.

Tuesday Night Music Club was packed with amazing songs. Aside from those three singles, there was the brilliant ‘Strong Enough’, probably Crow’s greatest track. But it wasn’t until two years later that I really appreciated Crow. Her second record, Sheryl Crow, delved deep into the female psyche with songs of displacement, love, pain and righteousness. ‘A Change Would Do You Good’ was the radio hit, but ‘If It Makes You Happy’, ‘Home’ and ‘Hard To Make A Stand’ showed that Crow wasn’t just someone with a bunch of dudes making radio hits with familiar refrains.

The impact of Sheryl Crow can only really be gauged now. Of course there were plenty of women with guitars before her, and after. But none were as mainstream. Remember, her debut album came out two years before Jagged Little Pill. She wasn’t sexualised or derided. She wasn’t a tragic figure or a rebel or a girly girl. She was a killer songwriter ploughing the mainstream with massive success.

The resurgence of Fleetwood Mac’s popularity has been credited with a greater concentration on songwriting and addiction to melody in contemporary pop music, in the same way that Bruce Springsteen’s continued elevation contributed to American indie’s modern sound. All of this stuff is cyclical, but Fleetwood Mac don’t deserve all the credit. When I listen to Lissie, Haim and Taylor Swift, Sheryl Crow looms large. And the reason Crow’s music had such an impact was because of the quality of the songs. She learned from the greats, as a backing singer for Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Don Henley and more. Her songs from the early 90s ended up being recorded by Celine Dion and Tina Turner, without much credit for Crow. While C’mon C’mon displayed too much of that pop frivolity, Crow has now removed herself a good deal from that sound, making a country album, Feels Like Home.

Crow’s music didn’t reinvent the wheel. She’s not an innovator. But her songs and her sound have paved the way for an awful lot of the music we’re listening to right now. So maybe it’s time to go back to those tunes, and rediscover what made them so great

SOURCE: The Irish Times



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AUDIO - Wille Nelson "Far Away Places" Featuring Sheryl Crow

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PIC - Portrait

Sheryl on the Red Carpet at Macy’s ‘Glamorama’ in Chicago
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INTERVIEW - Hollywood Reporter - Sept. 28



by Chris Williams
Hollywood Reporter

The Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, cancer survivor and mom reflects on a strained relationship with her former label and looks ahead to strengthening her Nashville roots.

Send a message to Sheryl Crow’s longtime fans in the rock world: if country makes her happy, it can’t be that bad.

And for most, it won’t be, since crossover between the genres has lately reached a peak not seen since the SoCal country-rock boom of the early 1970s. Not that many people blinked when Crow announced that she’d signed with Warner Nashville, since she’d made her home in Tennessee for years and was as likely to be seen dueting with Vince Gill as Mick Jagger. Her first album directed toward the format, Feels Like Home, debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 chart and No. 3 on the country albums chart, fronted by a single, “Easy,” that climbed to No. 17 on the Country Airplay chart.

Does Crow’s crossover represent the emerging dominance of country or the fading away of mainstream rock? After all, they haven’t really been minting new rock stars, in the classic sense, since the mid-1990s, when she and Dave Matthews snuck under the wire, before the scene completely fragmented. Fortunately, the transition to a genre with more user loyalty has come naturally for someone who’s flirted with country sounds since day one. But whether she can find a permanent toehold on a radio format that currently skews almost exclusively toward young hunks like Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean remains to be seen. The Hollywood Reporter caught up with Crow as she revisited her old L.A. stomping grounds this month to appear on The Tonight Show.

I’ve been asking you about the prospect of making a country album since at least the turn of the century, and you always said you’d do it someday. Why so long in the gestation, and why now?

I don’t mean to at all denigrate my relationship with Interscope. But there were numerous occasions when I would finish the cycle of a record and go in and say, “I would love to make a country record.” And they didn’t have a country division, nor were they really interested in that. Nor were they really interested that much in what I was doing -- at which point, I was released from my obligation there. I was living in Nashville and decided I was going to make the record I wanted to make, and then we shopped it. I made it without a label at all. It was the most liberating thing ever.

You said around the time of releasing Wildflower in 2005 that you’d started to make a country album and then abandoned it.

Mm-hm. I had a lot of discouragement. It was such a bad word. When I started making the Wildflower record, I just didn’t have any support really for it. And all the while, I kept thinking everything I had done to that point was sort of an offshoot of the Flying Burrito Brothers and Emmylou [Harris] and even [the country-rock side of the Stones’] Exile on Main Street. So timing-wise, it just worked out that this was the best time to do it. I had a ton of support in Nashville. I had a ton of support from artists and songwriters there saying, ‘When are you going to make a record for the format you belong to?” So it just seemed like all the stars lined up. But, all that to say, we’ll see if it takes off.

Detours in 2008 was one of your best and most personal albums. [The subject matter included her breast cancer diagnosis and breakup with Lance Armstrong, as well as pointed social commentary.] But somehow it didn’t get much attention.


On that record, I had been through an immense amount of personal transformation, as well as there being a lot going on socio-politically. And that record was a real exercise in expression for me. But it didn’t really belong anywhere. When I took it to the label, I remember Jimmy [Iovine] saying, “There’s some beautiful stuff on here, but nobody wants to hear about it. And nobody wants to hear songs about the war, the environment or cancer.” They were heavily involved in American Idol. I just thought, “You have to be wrong -- people want to hear about these things!” He might have been right. But also I know they didn’t really put too much into promoting it. And my knee-jerk to that was, okay, I just want to go have fun, so I made a record of soul music with some friends [100 Miles from Memphis]. And there were a couple of years in in there where I was just like, “Well, what am I doing?” So with this record, there’s a real sense of returning to home.



I’m thinking that “Sheryl Crow visits Music Row” is probably not a hard sell at most of the Nashville labels.

I don’t think so. We had a lot of interest, and I think the main thing was “Is she legit? Is she gonna stay at country?” That was one thing. And then the other thing is, music in general is ageist. There are mostly just 30 and under at radio anymore. And I‘ve been really lucky, because “Easy” is in the top 20 on the charts. But my favorite song on the record is the one I wrote with Brad [Paisley], “Waterproof Mascara,” which is definitely a throwback to ‘60s and ‘70s country, the period that I love the most -- the Burrito Brothers, Linda Ronstadt, Dolly [Parton], Emmy, Jessi Colter -- and people are saying it’ll never get played at country because it’s too country. So I’d love to see that break the barriers. And I’d love to see women start singing about issues that are distinctly female.

You’ve entered country at a time when there are suddenly a lot of stories about the sexist imbalance in the format. A few weeks ago, Carrie Underwood was the only female in the top 20. And the Nashville Scene did a story about how nearly all those songs had the same theme, about getting your girl and going down a back road and…

…getting your groove on. And girls in cutoffs, and trucks.

There is an old maxim about country, that it is a storyteller’s medium. But people are noticing that every song on the radio now seems to be telling the same story, and it’s about a dude and his girl and his pickup truck. We hope this doesn’t mean you picked the wrong time to make your move.

I think when there’s such an overabundance of the same thing, surely there’ll be some sort of backlash. There’s great stuff in every format and there’s really bad stuff at every format, and that historically has been the truth. So I can’t let myself in with the statement that Tom Petty said [in Rolling Stone: “I hate to generalize on a whole genre of music, but it does seem to be missing that magic element that it used to have… Most of that music reminds me of rock in the middle ‘80s where it became incredibly generic and relied on videos”], because I think there is really great stuff out there. The Tom Petty comment hit so many people so hard, because so many people have idolized him in the country world… But it’s (also) like, I can say my mom’s fat but you can’t.

I can’t really be critical of the country format, because I’m the newbie there. I’m the new kid at school, so I can’t really walk into the school and say, “Wow, they have the worst math problem here.” It doesn’t really work like that. But I’m curious what other people are saying. I have to admit, sometimes I can’t tell it apart. I’d just like to see more than three women get played at radio. And that’s not just because I’m a woman. I just feel like, gosh, there’s a huge population of record buyers are women. Why aren’t there women getting played at radio. Why aren’t there more female program directors? There’s, like, two! I don’t understand it. I’m a huge fan of Ashley Monroe; she’s got songs on that record I think are stupefying. There are a lot of great girls out there.


You’ve lived in Nashville since 2008, and you did work primarily with mainstream country hitmakers on this album.


I’ve never really had that much of a success writing with other writers, so to sit down and write with Nashville writers was terrifying, but ultimately a great experience. I don’t feel like I watered it down because I wrote with more people. I feel like I covered my bases.

With pretty much every young country artist I’ve ever interviewed, if I ask their favorite female singers, it’s you first, and then Dolly and Loretta Lynn come at some point after that.

Amazing. I had a lot of support making this record. Brad came to me after I sang with Miranda [Lambert] and Loretta on the CMAs, and I had recorded something else that was very country in his recording studio. He said, “You need to make a record for the format you belong to. If your songs were out now, they would definitely be formatted this way. You just have to make your stories more concise and turn your vocal up.” That was his thing.



Turn your vocal up?

Yes. He was like, “In pop music, they just bury the vocal.” There’s definitely truth to that, and there’s truth to the fact that you can get away with a lot writing pop songs or rock songs. Lyrically, you can take a lot of artistic liberty in writing things that mean something to you, that don’t necessarily resonate [literally] with people, but they think there’s something mysterious and cool about it. So it was kind of a good teaching moment for me, to sit down with some writers and have people say, “Okay… but I think if you said it like this, it wouldn’t be quite so artsy.”

You’ve definitely had your art-pop side, lyrically. On this album, there’s no “Benny Goodman’s corset” or “playing for mosquitos” [to quote the more elliptical parts of “If It Makes You Happy”].

See, that all makes perfect sense to me! [She laughs.] Brad said, “What in the world is ‘My friend the communist holds meetings in his RV’?” [quoting “Soak Up the Sun”]. I said, “That means I hung out with Steve Earle. What do you think it means?” Steve Earle is not a communist, but it just was colorful to me that his email address refers to something that’s a nickname for communism.

You have two extremely poignant songs on this album about tough emotions that come with being a working and/or single mother.

I am my age. I’ve lived nine lives. And I didn’t want to write a record for a bunch of kids. I mean, I’d love kids to love the record. But I feel like Loretta basically opened up the doors for all of us to write about anything. There were so many women like her and Tammy [Wynette] that actually sang about what it was like to be a woman. I just wanted to write a record that addressed not being just a young girl who’s a spitfire and hates her boyfriend. My kids go to school now and I know a lot of young single moms, so it’s not like that’s exclusive to girls that are my age. And the idea of “Stay at Home Mother,” that to a certain extent applies to men too, because it’s just the idea that you miss out on so much when you have to work. But that’s the reality of life: It’s full of compromise and loss and disappointment and gratitude and all these different emotions that can still be incorporated into a story. I wanted to write some of those songs because I felt like those stories aren’t necessarily getting told so much.

You’re a single mom, but you do take your kids on the road with you a lot. So at least the sadness of “Stay at Home Mother,” about a woman who has to travel for business without her children, isn’t your story all year long.

It’s not. But my 6-year-old is in kindergarten now, and he’s going back on Thursday and I’m not getting home till Sunday morning. And it’s hard to explain to him why he can’t come -- “we’re gonna fly for three days; we don’t have a tour bus; you’d miss a lot of school; your school picture is on Thursday; you have a field trip on Friday.” He’s, like, 'When are you coming home?' And I’ say, “Three sleeps, I promise.” It reminds me of the first time my dad heard “Cat’s in the Cradle,” and he just got really emotional about it. I’m experiencing that. I’m going to turn around and my kids will be in high school. It’ll fly.

Sometimes when pop or rock performers have crossed over to country, they’ve described being practically asked to sign a loyalty oath, so that people can feel confident they aren’t just dabbling or carpetbagging. Have you experienced any of that?

No, and actually I’ve been sort of surprised that there’s been so many questions about it. Because I feel like songs like “If It Makes You Happy” and “Strong Enough” [were practically country]… God knows “All I Wanna Do” had a pedal steel on it from the first beat to the last beat.

It’s not left field.

It’s not left field. But I’m gonna keep making the music that I love to make, and there will be a time when I don’t get played at radio. There just will be, because that’s just the reality of life. But it doesn’t mean I’m not gonna write and sing anymore. I look at Emmylou and I think, what a great life. For me, she’s a historical person. She and Willie [Nelson] are like matriarchs or patriarchs of the format. They transcend it. But more than that, they’re musicians. They’ve written songs that have been in every format. That’s what I’m much more interested in than proving myself to a radio programmer. I want to write songs that resonate with people, and the songs I care about most will never be heard at radio anyway. That’s the way it’s always been on all of my records. There have been songs I felt were so important that never got played, and people that are fans know those songs.

I mean, I’m happy that Warner Nashville believes in me and gives me a home, and if at one point they don’t believe in me, I’ll still be living in Nashville and singing with Willie and Vince and the people that I love. I hope radio programmers believe me, but it won't affect whether I keep doing this kind of music, or any kind of music.

Most rock fans are open to country, because nobody’s cooler than Emmylou. But there may be some old fans who hear that you sing about getting “shit-faced” on this album [in the song “Drinking”] and think, “Has she gone redneck on us?”

Yeah, well, “shit-faced” to me sounds like “If It Makes You Happy.” Somebody asked me the other day, “You have a song about smoking pot and getting drunk.” It seems like a continuation to me. It never occurred to me that “shit-faced” would be considered country when we’ve said worse than that! [Laughs]


But obviously the angle here is “Sheryl Crow goes country,” and there may be some in your fanbase who that doesn’t sit well with, whether you always had a Gram Parsons influence or not.

Yeah, it’s always gonna be a bad word with some people -- and then there’s also gonna be a huge swatch of my fan base that already moved over to country because it’s where you hear songs. I think at pop, you just don’t hear traditional songwriting anymore. And as far as rock & roll’s concerned, I don’t know where you hear that. I’m out of it. I love what fun. does, and I love Mumford & Sons and bands like that that are folk-rock. But that also isn’t what I do… I can’t keep doing the same thing exactly every time in a formulaic way so that people will stick with me. But I can at least stay interested in always chasing the next great song. That’s the great motivator for me: I hear a song and think, “God, I wish I would have written that.”

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

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NEWS - Sheryl to Appear on "CMA Country Christmas"



Sheryl will be performing on the upcoming ABC-TV special CMA Country Christmas, which tapes in Nashville November 8 for airing later this holiday season.

In addition to Sheryl, the two-hour special, hosted by Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles, features appearances by Trace Adkins, Luke Bryan, Kelly Pickler, Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts, Jake Owen, Lucy Hale and Michael W. Smith.

http://www.cmaworld.com/cma-country-christmas/

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NEWS - Sheryl Crow Helps Turn ‘Diner’ Into a Broadway Show



By Alexandra Wolfe
The Wall Street Journal

Sheryl Crow may have just come out with a new album, “Feels Like Home,” but she’s already looking forward to her next release: a Broadway musical.

Ms. Crow recently finished writing the score for “Diner,” a Broadway show based on the 1982 Barry Levinson movie expected to open in 2014. Creating music for theater came naturally, having been a fan of show tunes all her life.

“When I was 8 years old I wrote a letter to Gene Kelly because I was sure we were supposed to be together,” she remembers, laughing. She grew up in a family who “knew every show tune ever written,” so she says she was overjoyed when Mr. Levinson called her to write the score.

“We’re up and going with new producers and getting it ready to going in previews,” she says. She wrote the music with the help of Nashville musicians who demoed the music in her current hometown.

“There’s such an unbelievable legacy that goes along with that movie,” she adds. “People are obsessed in a cult way with that movie.”

SOURCE: The Wall Street Journal

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LIVE REVIEW - Roy Street Coffee & Tea (Starbucks) - Seattle, WA (20 Sep)


By Nicole Brodeur
Seattle Times staff columnist

I don’t know how much Starbucks coffee you have to glug to achieve Gold Card status, but it certainly has its ... aah, I’ll say it ... perks.

The top 10 My Starbucks Rewards people in Seattle were invited to sit still long enough to hear Sheryl Crowperform a 30-minute set at the Roy Street Coffee & Tea store last Friday. Because there was no microphone, Crow walked through the audience so everyone could hear her. The store is run by Starbucks under a new concept built by company “rock star” Major Cohen.

Nice guy, but there were bigger stars in the room. Namely, Brandi Carlile.

“‘The Globe Sessions’ changed my life,” Carlile said of Crow’s third album, released in 1999. “‘Crash and Burn’ was the blueprint for ‘Again Today.’”

She has also performed with Crow several times over the last few years.

Carlile and her wife, Catherine Carlile, told me they had just celebrated their anniversary, and are happy to be off the road, which is where they spent most of last year, supporting Brandi’s “Bear Creek” album.

At home, they just canned 28 cans of tomatoes, and there was some sort of “fishing hook incident” that, hopefully, won’t affect Brandi’s playing.

Crow came in with her six-piece band, her 4-year-old son, Levi, and, once presented with her favorite drink (a triple-Venti nonfat latte), she kissed it. She’s got a Gold Card of her own, I take it.

She started her acoustic set with “All I Wanna Do,” tossing in a little Chuck Berry duck walk. And for “Easy,” from her new album, “Feels Like Home,” she broke out a capo that she said once belonged to Johnny Cash.

“It’s the only thing I have in the safety deposit box,” Crow said. “I gave back all the engagement rings. They karmically stink.” (There were three, from what she told Piers Morgan the other week).

After another new song called “Callin’ Me When I’m Lonely,” she invited “my favorite singer” Carlile up to harmonize on “The First Cut is the Deepest,” and then let her take over a verse of “If It Makes You Happy,” before closing the set with “Every Day is a Winding Road.”

Crow also praised Starbucks head Howard Schultz’s decision last week to request that people not bring their handguns into stores.

“We all have our rights,” Crow said. “But it’s nice to be in a safe place with your kids.”

SOURCE: Seattle Times

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NEWS - 99.9 KISS Stars and Guitars benefit concert

November 17, 2013 at Hard Rock Live, inside the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel, 99.9 Kiss Country will host their annual Stars & Guitars show! This year will feature Darius Rucker, Sheryl Crow, Love & Theft, Craig Campbell & one more artist that has yet to be announced! Tickets go on sale Saturday September 28, 2013 at NOON on WKIS.Com.
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NEWS - Breakfast and Meet & Greet in Springfield, MA!

http://www.mykix1009.com/contests/sheryl-crow/256398

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LIVE PIX & VIDS - Surprise concert @ Starbucks in Seattle!

Sheryl and her band stopped at Starbucks in Seattle for an intimate, impromptu concert. And there was even a special guest: Brandi Carlile! :-)

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Roy Street Coffee and Tea
Starbucks
Seattle, Washington (USA)
20 September 2013

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Setlist

All I Wanna Do
Easy
Call Me When I'm Lonely
First Cut is the Deepest
If It Makes You Happy
Everyday is a Winding Road

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VIDEO - "Nashville" Season 2 Music Stars trailer

Everyone from Sheryl Crow to Rascal Flatts wants to know--will Reina survive? Get an exclusive peek at the star-studded season two promo for “Nashville.”
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LIVE PIX - Glamorama 2013 - San Francisco, CA - 19 September

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Orpheum Theater
San Francisco, California (USA)
19 September 2013
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VIDEO - Sheryl Crow: Live from the Artists Den - First Look

 

On the eve of the release of her new album, Feels Like Home, nine-time Grammy winner Sheryl Crow delivered a powerhouse performance in the ornate Grand Ballroom of The Plaza. In a taping for an episode of Live from the Artists Den, Crow tore through eighteen songs at the New York City landmark, leading her six-piece band in a career-spanning set that ran from her breakthrough hit, “All I Wanna Do,” right up to her new single, “Callin’ Me When I’m Lonely.” Whether seated for a three-song acoustic set or blowing an electrifying, rocked-up harmonica solo, Crow thrilled the invited audience of 600. The episode will air on public television in early 2014.

http://artistsden.com/sherylcrow-firstlook
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NEWS - Sheryl Crow Talks About Her 1964 Gibson Country Western Acoustic



Sheryl Crow may have transitioned to country music, but one thing she hasn’t changed is her go-to guitar. In an interview to be published in M Music & Musicians, the veteran singer-songwriter says her beloved vintage Gibson Country Western acoustic guitar is “all over” her new album. “I've bought a lot of beautiful guitars but I always end up coming back to the 1964 Gibson Country Western,” she says. “I call it the old money-maker, because all the hits I've ever had were written on that guitar. I play an original model - always keep it close by. Gibson made a signature model as well.”

Crow is also often seen playing a Les Paul on-stage. Asked if she was concerned she might lose some long-time fans with Feels Like Home, her first foray into Nashville-based country, Crow said, “I think most of my fans are listening to country music now. I think they've typically always been into songwriting, real songs in the conventional sense of craftsmanship. Today's country format is where you hear the kind of music I've always made.”

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NEWS - Sheryl Crow Talks Nashville & Johnny Cash with Southern Living



Sheryl Crow released her first country album, Feels Like Home, on September 10. She sat down with Southern Living magazine to talk about her first country project, what she would be doing if she wasn’t a singer and of course, living in Music City.

“When I moved here, it was the first time I felt like I found my home,” she said about Nashville. “I’m surrounded by people in the industry who approach their lives in a way where [the music] is work, it’s a job. It’s something that we love doing, but what comes first is family and community, and that’s what keeps this town feeling real to me.”

When it came time to record Feels Like Home, Sheryl’s friend Brad Paisley gave her the push she needed to take the plunge. “Brad Paisley was instrumental in getting this album made,” she said. “He’s just been a huge support system. He and his wife are my close friends, and our kids play together, so we have a strong bond outside of music. He came up to me and said, ‘You’ve really got to do this.’”

While Sheryl has already had success on the country chart with her single “Easy” ahead of the album release, she also had the honor of having Johnny Cash record one of her songs, “Redemption Day.” The song was one of the last things he recorded before passing away.

“Having Johnny Cash record one of my songs was my biggest accomplishment as a songwriter,” she said. “Talk about bringing weight to a song. He owned it. Afterward, he called me and asked if I liked his version and quizzed me about why I wrote ‘Redemption Day.’ But we never got to sing it together. He died three months later.”

If Sheryl wasn’t a successful singer/songwriter, she knows what she’d be doing. “If I wasn’t a musician, I would own an antiques store,” she said. “I love looking for stuff with a story, especially early-American pieces.”

SOURCE: GAC

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LIVE PIX - Sam's Club private event for the employees - Salt Lake City, UT

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Gallivan Center
Salt Lake City, Utah (USA)
18 September 2013
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NEWS - Keith Urban & Sheryl Crow make top ten chart debuts



Keith Urban is leading the way on the Billboard 200. 

Billboard.com says the country star's latest release, Fuse, is taking the top spot on the all-genre chart, with 98,000 in sales.  Fuse becomes Urban's second Billboard 200 number #1. 

Sheryl Crow is making a top ten debut as well with her first country effort.  Feels Like Home saw sales of 36,000, which puts the song at number #7 on the Billboard 200. 

She's opening at number #3 on the country chart behind Urban and Luke Bryan's Crash My Party.  Bryan's disc logged another 53,000 in sales last week, and occupies the number four spot on the all-genre list. 

SOURCE: 100.5 The Wolf radio
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VIDEO - "Waterproof Mascara" - Bakersfield, California (15 September)

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NEWS - Strait Crow!


PRESS RELEASE

Musical icon George Strait has announced the dates for the second leg of his final two-year tour – The Cowboy Rides Away Tour – including a stop at Philips Arena in Atlanta!

“The first leg of the tour earlier this year was very fun, but also very emotional,” said Strait. “Every city and venue holds such great memories. I’m really looking forward to seeing our fans out on the road in 2014.”

The support act for George Strait's Atlanta date has officially been unlocked! We're excited to announce that Sheryl Crow will be joining The King of Country at Philips Arena on March 22. Visit www.GeorgeStraitCowboyRidesAway.com for more details and tour updates.

SOURCE: Philips Arena
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NEWS - Sheryl Crow Found Writing Country Songs to Be a “Challenge”

From Country Weekly
by Jon Freeman

It’s probably stating the obvious, but Sheryl Crow is no slouch in the songwriting department. The rock/pop megastar has scored huge hits with self-penned songs like “If It Makes You Happy” and “All I Wanna Do,” among many others.

But her foray into making her first country album, Feels Like Home, presented a whole new set of songwriting challenges.

“Because I produced myself for most of those [pop] records, I was left to my own devices as far as letting some things slide lyrically,” says Sheryl, who recorded much of Feels Like Home at the studio located above the horse barn on her Nashville property. “There’s none of that in country songwriting where you leave anything up to the imagination. Like any kind of [experimental alternative artist] Beck song, we all love it, but sometimes you have no idea what it’s about. The country format does not operate on that.”

So what did Sheryl have to change in her songwriting for country music? “It’s very first person. Every line has a point or has meaning, something that’s clear,” she explains. “It was a great challenge for me, and one that I feel like has given me a whole new energy as far as my career goes. I’ve been doing it for 25 years and able to say I’m still excited and my best songwriting is on this record and I’m still learning and I’m still challenged.”

Find out more about Sheryl’s country album and her life with sons Wyatt and Levi in the Sept. 23 issue of Country Weekly, on stands now.
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NEWS - Musicians on Sports: Sheryl Crow (CBS Detroit)

When you hear the name Sheryl Crow, several identities come to mind: singer, songwriter and activist.  

And just like there are many ways to describe Crow, she can identify with more than one genre of music. With the release of her new album Feels Like Home, Crow officially moves into the world of country. In an interview with Radio.com, Crow explained that the album is “an extension of what she’s always done,” but that she has learned some new tricks and tapped into her country roots.

While Crow’s showing dimensions musically, we wanted to ask her to show another side of herself personally. Believe it or not, she’s a sports lover. @CBSLocalSports asked Crow about her athletic proclivities and got the skinny on her tennis obsession, her St. Louis Cardinals love, and why the Olympics make her shed a tear.

What’s your favorite sport?

My favorite sport has got to be tennis, I am a tennis junkie.

What sporting event are we most likely to see you at?

My favorite sporting event to attend as a fan would probably have to be the U.S. Open because I am such a big tennis fan and I feel like I know  so many of the players and I’ve followed them for so long, it is very personal for me.

Do you have a favorite tennis player?

My favorite tennis player is definitely Roger Federer. And I just like watching him because not only is he a good sportsman, he just makes shots that are just; to me defy gravity.

You’re a Missouri native and naturally, a St. Louis Cardinals fan. Any Cardinals memories to share?


My favorite St. Louis Cardinals memory was singing the National Anthem at the All-Star Game and getting to meet Hank Aaron and Lou Brock; that was major. And I got to take my nephews who are practically statisticians for the Cardinals, and Pujols was there as well so it was a big day.

Overall, what’s your most memorable sports moment, personally?

My favorite memory and probably my most nerve-racking experience at a sporting event was singing the National Anthem at the Mets-Yankees World Series game. You sing a line and then you hear it come back at you so you are sort of critiquing yourself while also singing and it is just the strangest experience ever; not to mention the National Anthem is a really hard song to sing, so yeah I was nervous but it was actually a lot of fun.

Do you think sports are important to family life?

I think sports are super-important for families because it is something you can all do together. You get into a mindset where you’re rooting for a certain team and the energy of that is exciting. Also in my family we play a lot of sports, we play a lot of tennis, we swim a lot, we actually even have little relay races sometimes here at my house, and my kids are into swimming so we are big, big into sports and we are huge Olympic junkies, we watch the Olympics. I am that person that sits in bed with tissues and cries at the little vignettes about the people competing.

SOURCE: CBS Sport Detroit

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VIDEO - "Give It To me", Live @ Tonight Show with Jay Leno (16 Sept)



NBC Studios
Burbank, California (USA)
16 September 2013

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LIVE PIX - Bakersfield, California - 15 September

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Rabobank Arena
Bakerfield, California (USA)
15 September 2013

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VIDEO - Headline Country - Artist Spotlight

Sheryl takes us inside her Nashville home to talk about her move to Music City and release of her debut country album "Feels Like Home."

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LIVE REVIEW - Greek Theater, Los Angeles - 14 September

Sheryl Crow slips seamlessly into country

Review by George A. Paul
OCregister.com

When some artists delve into country music after making their name in other genres, the results often sound forced.

Not so with Sheryl Crow, whose first such album – the appropriately titled Feels Like Home – came out last week.

She co-produced and co-wrote most of the songs. Zac Brown, Vince Gill and Ashley Monroe all supply backing vocals.

The project’s early motivator, Brad Paisley, played slide guitar and helped pen the outstanding countrypolitan weeper “Waterproof Mascara.” 

Half a dozen of those appealing new tunes were debuted at the Greek Theatre on Saturday. They all fit comfortably alongside her older material, so much of it already sweetened by pedal steel. 

Equally cozy was the stage décor: chandeliers and tapestry rugs, an antique couch and chairs used for an acoustic segment. Many fans sported Stetsons; one guy even wore a conductor’s hat with corncob pipe tucked inside. 

Following a brief career montage, the singer/guitarist and her six-piece band opened the 17-song, 85-minute set in Los Angeles with an extended “Steve McQueen.” Then the crowd sang along loudly to her first laid-back hit, “All I Wanna Do.” 

Several selections passed before the musicians hit their stride, although this second tour stop comes after a whirlwind week of promotional duties. They finally locked in amid the infectious groove of “My Favorite Mistake” – containing a fine Peter Stroud guitar solo – and the spirited new country-rocker “Shotgun.” 

Crow, now a Nashville resident, really belted out the Home ballad “Give It to Me.” She also had fun being positioned between Stroud and Audley Freed’s guitar tradeoffs on “Can’t Cry Anymore,” from her wildly successful 1993 debut, Tuesday Night Music Club. 

Yet the evening’s obvious highlight came during haunting 1996 tune “Redemption Day,” though Crow’s explanation of its anti-Iraq War sentiment and how Johnny Cash ended up recording his own version was interrupted by a heckler. Featuring the Man in Black’s vocals and archival footage of the legend projected on the backdrop wisely lent this live rendition some added gravitas. 

Later, Crow proved her mettle in other area: she provided wicked harmonica work for the feisty “Best of Times” and played bass on the ebullient “Soak Up the Sun,” during which several couples in the orchestra section were inspired to dance in the aisles again.

SOURCE: OCregister.com

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LIVE PIX - Greek Theater - Los Angeles, CA (14 Sept)

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LIVE PIX - Santa Barbara Bowl - Santa Barbara, CA - 13 Sept.

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Santa Barbara Bowl
Santa Barbara, California (USA)
13 September 2013
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NEWS - Girls With Guitars 2013 - Baltimore, Maryland

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VIDEO - Jimmy Fallon & Sheryl Crow - "Anthony Weiner Song" (12 Sept)

Sheryl surprise guest @ Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

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VIDEO - "Waterproof Mascara" @ The View (12 Sept)

New York City
12 September

Interview

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PIX - 'Nutrition Mission' Challenge Winner Announcement (12 Sept)

'Nutrition Mission' for Feeding America Challenge Winner Announcement

Sheryl Joins One A Day Women's Nutrition Mission Grant Competition Winner At NYC Food Pantry

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New York City, NY
12 September

WHIPPANY, N.J., Sept. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Food insecurity is a problem in America, with some low-income families having to choose, at times, between buying food essentials and paying the rent or other basic living expenses. More than 50 million Americans live in food-insecure households. This Hunger Action Month, the One A Day® Women's Nutrition Mission -- an ongoing, national charitable campaign with Feeding America -- is celebrating and honoring those who make exemplary efforts to fight food insecurity and hunger in their communities. Like Jeane Larkins, who, with several local community organizations in Denver, has delivered hundreds of food "PowerSacks" – each of which can feed a family of four for an entire weekend. Larkins, a volunteer making a real difference, is one of several outstanding community volunteers today being honored by long-time hunger advocate and nine-time Grammy Award winner Sheryl Crow, Bayer HealthCare, the maker of One A Day® Women's, and Feeding America, the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Through the One A Day® Women's Nutrition Mission, grants totaling $100,000 are being awarded on behalf of Larkins and three other volunteers who are making a real difference to support their local food banks in their meaningful work. To date, the One A Day® Women's Nutrition Mission has donated four million meals** to Feeding America's network of more than 200 food banks which helps distribute food through 61,000 food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters in communities across America.

Given their passion, Crow and Larkins, the top grants competition winner, will roll up their sleeves this September 12th and volunteer at West Side Campaign Against Hunger, a partner agency of Food Bank for New York City, while creating greater awareness of this national issue. "As a local volunteer myself, I constantly encounter incredible people who are committed to helping those in need. I was amazed by the hundreds of stories that were submitted to Nutrition Mission about fighting hunger across the country," says long time hunger advocate and Feeding America volunteer, Sheryl Crow. "I'm excited to be teaming up again with One A Day Women's and Feeding America this Hunger Action Month™ to recognize volunteers across the country but beyond today, there is still so much more work to be done. The fight against hunger starts locally and together we can make a real difference."

"The makers of One A Day Women's and Feeding America share a commitment to providing nourishment for women, the families they care for, and the communities in which they live," says Manuela Buxo, Vice President, Nutritionals Marketing & New Business at Bayer HealthCare. "We've seen remarkable participation by consumers in the Nutrition Mission for a second year, which has resulted in 2 million meals** a year being donated, and we're proud to today announce these grant winners."

"Our nationwide network of food banks helps feed more than 37 million people in America annually. We're thankful for the generous donation by the makers of One A Day Women's and for all of the wonderful volunteers who give their time and energy to help nourish their neighbors in need," says Leah Ray, Vice President of Corporate Partnerships, Feeding America. "We also congratulate these four volunteers, who not only won Nutrition Mission grants for their local food banks but also show true dedication in the fight against hunger."

More about the Nutrition Mission Grants Competition & the Winners

The One A Day Women's Nutrition Mission grants competition kicked off in April with the goal of celebrating and honoring the work of the volunteers by awarding a total of $100,000 to four local food banks who were nominated by their volunteers. The entries, particularly those of the four Nutrition Mission grant winners, selected from among hundreds of entries, prove that there are many ways to help neighbors in need:

  • After winning volunteer Jeane Larkins, from Denver, CO, realized the number of children going to school hungry on Monday mornings, she saw a need for change to help the one in seven food insecure households in Colorado. [1] Starting with a delivery of 600 "PowerSacks" with enough food to feed a family of four for an entire weekend, in March 2012, Jeane has helped to grow the program significantly. In just 16 months, she has worked with Food Bank of the Rockies and local organization, Food For Thought, a project of the Arvada Sunrise Rotary Club in collaboration with Metropolitan State University of Denver, to deliver nearly 30,000 "PowerSacks" with zero overhead expenses.
  • When Peg Molina from New Milford, CT started her Nutrition Mission working with Connecticut Food Bank's food-assistance partner New Milford Food Bank, it was helping 30-40 households per week. Through her hard work and the development of a successful culinary training program, New Milford Food Bank now feeds more than 150 families weekly. Not only has the program had a significant impact on hunger in the community, it has allowed many unemployed participants to secure food service jobs.
  • In 2009, Nicole Muller of Charlottesville, VA started a food drive in her neighborhood, Neighbors-4-Neighbors. Since its local inception, the program has rolled out nationally with 525,000 pounds of food and donations being made to food banks in all 50 states. The national food drive has provided meals to more than 400,000 people and has motivated many organizations to join the fight against hunger. Nicole has chosen Blue Ridge Area Food Bank as the recipient of this grant and hopes that it will have a great impact on their quest to fight hunger.
  • Ypsilanti, MI teacher and volunteer, Tanya Mitchell, worked with Food Gatherers and staff at her local elementary school to establish The Brick Snack Pantry to help feed struggling students. The snack pantry not only provides students in need with nutritious snacks but also introduces them to new, healthy foods. Tanya hopes that the success of this program will inspire nearby schools to implement a similar program.

To learn more about the Nutrition Mission,the winning entries and corresponding food banks, and how to help fight hunger locally, visit www.NutritionMission.com.  

**One A Day donated 25¢ per bottle for a total of $250,000; $1=8 meals secured by Feeding America on behalf of local food banks

About Nutrition Mission
Formed in 2012, Nutrition Mission is a charitable partnership between the makers of One A Day Women's and Feeding America to support Feeding America's efforts to provide food to millions of Americans facing food insecurity. Since Nutrition Mission's inception, the One A Day Women's brand has donated a portion of its sales to Feeding America, which provides the equivalent of 4 million meals**. This year, an additional $100,000 in grants were awarded to four Feeding America member food banks nominated by their volunteers.

About Feeding America
Feeding America is a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 37 million people through 61,000 food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.FeedingAmerica.org. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FeedingAmerica or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/FeedingAmerica.

About Bayer HealthCare
The Bayer Group is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, agriculture and high-tech materials. Bayer HealthCare, a subgroup of Bayer AG with annual sales of EUR 18.6 billion (2012), is one of the world's leading, innovative companies in the healthcare and medical products industry and is based in Leverkusen, Germany. The company combines the global activities of the Animal Health, Consumer Care, Medical Care and Pharmaceuticals divisions. Bayer HealthCare's aim is to discover, develop, manufacture and market products that will improve human and animal health worldwide. Bayer HealthCare has a global workforce of 55,300 employees (Dec 31, 2012) and is represented in more than 100 countries. More information at www.heathcare.bayer.com.

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The Consumer Care division of Bayer HealthCare is headquartered in Morristown, N.J. Bayer's Consumer Care division is among the largest marketers of over-the-counter medications and nutritional supplements in the world. Some of the most trusted and recognizable brands in the world today come from the Bayer portfolio of products. These include Bayer® Aspirin, Aleve®, Alka-Seltzer Plus®, Bactine®, RID®, Phillips'® Milk of Magnesia, Midol®, Alka-Seltzer®, One A Day® vitamins, and Flintstones™ vitamins in the United States, and, globally, Aspirin®, Flanax®/Apronax®, Talcid®, Rennie®, Canesten®, Bepanthen®, Bepanthol®, Supradyn®, Redoxon®, Berocca®, Cal-D-Vita/Elevit® and Vital 50 Plus®.

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VIDEO - "If It Makes You Happy" @ Colbert Report (11 Sept)

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NEWS - Augusta Guitar Pull lineup released

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- The names have been released. We now know who will be in Augusta for The 15th Annual KICKS 99 Guitar Pull 2013.

Florida Georgia Line, Darius Rucker, Uncle Kracker, Sheryl Crow, Jennifer Nettles and Randy Houser will be performing in Augusta.

The concert will be Tuesday, November 19th at the James Brown Arena at 7:30pm.

Tickets go on sale this Saturday, September 14th at 10am at the Champion's Box Office at the James Brown Arena.

Tickets will be $35, with a 4 ticket purchase limit, and purchasers must be at least 16 years old with their own photo ID.

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VIDEO - "Give It To Me" - Live @ Colbert Report (11 Sept)



Colbert Report
New York City
11 September 2013

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VIDEO - HuffPo Q&A LIVE (11 Sept)

New York City, NY
11 September 2013

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VIDEO - Late Show With Dave Letterman - Interview + "Easy"

Ed Sullivan Theater
NYC
10 September
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VIDEO - Sheryl Crow - Ask Anything (Q&A) Live with Cody Alan



Sheryl Crow's Home
Nashville, TN
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VIDEO - Sheryl Crow - Interview about "Feel Like Home" album

10 minutes
Ocean Way Studios
Nashville, TN
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NEWS - Inside Sheryl Crow's Rebirth As A Country Singer (Forbes.com)

By Zack O'Malley Greenburg
Forbes.com

Brad Paisley was among the first people in Nashville to discover one of country music’s rising stars, a blonde singer-songwriter truly unlike any other up-and-comer.

It wasn’t just her knack for storytelling and her strong voice that set her apart–it was the fact that she’d already sold 35 million records. Her name: Sheryl Crow.

“One of the things [Paisley] said was, ‘You’ve been making this kind of music for years,’” Crow recalls. “‘Now it’s time for you to make a record for the format you belong to.”

The result, an album called Feels Like Home, hits stores today. It’s Crow’s eighth studio effort and her first in the country format; her single “Easy” notched her first Top 20 hit on the genre’s charts after 40 songs that landed in the Top 10 for other formats.

It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Crow would want to make the jump to country. In recent years, the genre has been one of the few bright spots for the music industry, enjoying a surge in popularity thanks in part to young crossover acts like Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum and Hunter Hayes.

According to Nielsen SoundScan, country music sales edged up 4.1% in 2012, while the genre’s digital album sales swelled 38%; both figures were the best of any genre. Led by Toby Keith‘s $65 million in earnings last year, country’s top ten moneymakers racked up $353 million–nearly 50% more than the ten top-earning DJs, who combined for $241 million.

“A big rock station might play a hit 100-plus times per week,” explained Keith’s manager in FORBES’ recent cover story on the singer. “A country station might play it 50 times. But they’ll play it forever.”

That sort of loyalty has lured a handful of big names to the genre—and they’ve experienced varying degrees of success. Bon Jovi made an attempt with Lost Highway in 2007, but bounced back to rock one album later. Lionel Richie’s Tuskegee, which featured duets with pop-friendly country acts like Kenny Chesney and Rascal Flatts, was the second-best-selling album of any genre in the first half of 2012.

Former Hootie & the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker, also featured on Tuskegee, made his solo debut as a country artist five years ago and has released three such albums in a row. He’s had success in the format partly because of his willingness to visit country radio stations to spread the word.

“It’s hard to argue with how wonderful a job Darius has done,” says John Esposito, the Warner Music Nashville chief who signed Crow. “The record company told him, ‘You’ve got to go out there and work like you’ve never sold a record in a life.’ You’ll still see in the trades that he’s out visiting country radio.”

Crow seems another likely candidate for a successful transition. Her pop-rock music has always contained some elements of country–think of the twangy edge in “All I Wanna Do” and her general focus on storytelling as a songwriter.

“I’m sort of like a suburb of country music,” she says. “And the city limits of the format absorbed me … one thing that’s really attractive about the country format is that it’s really the only format that you hear traditional song craftsmanship.”

That’s exactly what led Esposito to sign Crow earlier this year, shortly after he traveled to her farm on the outskirts of Nashville (where she’d moved in 2006 after being diagnosed with breast cancer, now in remission). He heard six songs from Feels Like Home–and liked their tone and construction so much that he had to tone down his body language in order to maintain a decent bargaining position. Recalls Esposito: “I’m thinking, ‘If I express how much I like it, the deal is going to get expensive.’”

After he heard ringing endorsements of Crow from Paisley, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, Esposito signed her to Warner (he wouldn’t discuss the terms of the deal, saying only that he hopes to be “in the Sheryl business” for “years to come”).

To help defuse any notion that she was a carpetbagger looking to capitalize on a booming genre, he advised Crow to follow Rucker’s lead and start making the rounds to country music stations. One of his staffers thought she’d visit 20 at best. Her total recently surpassed 85.

“When she walks up and points at my chest and says, ‘I’m going to work my ass off, I’m ready for this,’—and she did it on several occasions—she backs me up a little bit,” laughs Esposito. “[Each time], I said, ‘I believe you!’”

So far, so good: first-week sales numbers aren’t yet available, but Feels Like Home climbed to No. 3 on the iTunes Country Albums charts and cracked the overall top ten earlier this afternoon.

Crow will keep plugging the album while co-headlining a tour with Gary Allan (“I’m one of those annoying people that really likes touring,” she says) and hopes to open for a big country act on the road next year. Then, most likely, she’ll head back to the studio.

“I think I will continue on this course that I’m on,” she says. “Which is writing songs that are in the vein of how I’ve written for years and years … I still feel like my best work is in front of me.”

SOURCE: Forbes.com

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VIDEO - Sheryl Crow's Country Music Influences - Radio.com Essentials

 

Great, great choices!

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VIDEO - Sheryl Crow - "Callin' Me When I'm Lonely" captured in The Live Room

Ocean Way Studios
Nashville, TN
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VIDEO - Sheryl Crow and Florida Georgia Line Announce the 2013 CMA Nominees

New York City
10 September 2013
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VIDEO - "Easy" Live @ Good Morning America - 10 sept

New York City
10 September 2013

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LIVE PIX - CMA Nominations & Good Morning America

New York City
10 September 2013

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LIVE PIX - Taping Live from The Artist's Den @ the Plaza Hotel (9 Sep)

 

Sheryl and her killer band played a show in New York City at the beautiful Plaza Hotel for a taping of Live from the Artists Den! The show will be aired on PBS in January 2014.

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PBS' Live from The Artist's Den
The Plaza Hotel
New York City, NY
9 September 2013

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VIDEO - The Southern Minute with Sheryl Crow

From the Daily South - Southern Living Magazine

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NEWS - Lambert, Crow to open for George Strait final tour

Korina Lopez
USA TODAY

Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Ronnie Dunn, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Miranda Lambert and Martina McBride will be among the opening acts.

Last chance George Strait fans!

The Country Music Hall of Famer, who earlier this year announced that his Cowboy Rides Away Tour will be his last one, released more details during a press conference held in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The conference streamed live from his website.

Each week, a different act will open for Strait. Those artists are: Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Ronnie Dunn, Vince Gill, Merle Haggard, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Lee Ann Womack, and Chris Young

"The first leg of the tour earlier this year was very fun, but also very emotional," said Strait at the press conference. "Every city and venue holds such great memories. I'm really looking forward to seeing our fans out on the road in 2014."

While the end of the road is in sight, Strait is still set to release five more albums. Although it's 'extensive' future tours are off the table, with five more albums planned, Strait may have a few shows up his sleeve.

The tour dates:

Jan. 9 Century Link Bossier City, La.
Jan. 10 Frank Erwin Center, Austin
Jan. 17 CenturyLink Center, Omaha
Jan. 18 Sprint Center, Kansas City
Jan. 30 SAP Center, San Jose, Calif.
Jan. 31 Valley View Casino, Center San Diego
Feb. 1 MGM Grand Arena, Las Vegas
Feb. 7 US Airways Cente,r Phoenix
Feb. 8 Staples Center, Los Angeles
Feb. 14 The Palace of Auburn Hills Auburn Hills, Mich.
Feb. 15 Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
Feb. 28 Wells Fargo Arena, Philadelphia
March 1 Prudential Center Newark, N.J.
March 7 KFC Yum! Arena, Louisville Ky.
March 8 Allstate Arena, Chicago
March 21 Bridgestone Arena, Nashville
March 22 Philips Arena, Atlanta
April 4 Intrust Bank Arena, Wichita
April 5 Pepsi Center, Denver
April 11 The Moda Center Portland, Ore.
April 12 Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, Wash.
April 18 Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines
April 19 BOK Arena, Tulsa
May 23 LSU Tiger Stadium Bayou Country Superfest, Baton Rouge
May 31 Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.
TBD AT&T Stadium, Dallas

SOURCE: USA Today
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VIDEO - "Waterproof Mascara" captured in the Live Room

Ocean Way Studios
Nashville, TN

Sheryl Crow is poised to release her first country album, Feels Like Home, on Tuesday. The superstar, who's known for her astounding success in the pop world, proved that she's got small-town Missouri-girl chops in the realm of country music last Thursday, when she previewed the album in Nashville for a small group of fans and critics.

The show took place in Crow's own barn (complete with a stable full of horses!) and she walked through the entire tracklisting, explaining the stories behind each song. The consensus by the audience: Crow is bringing "old-school" back to country music, hearkening back to the days when country's female greats told honest stories about real -- and often difficult -- life situations.

A great example of this is her new track "Waterproof Mascara," a heart-wrenching dialogue from a single mother to her young son, trying to explain why he's being raised without a father in his life. Crow, a single mom herself, sings about wearing the waterproof makeup "because it won't run like your daddy did" (and, we think listeners will probably be wishing they're wearing waterproof mascara themselves after hearing the touching song).

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CD REVIEW - "Feels Like Home" (Billboard magazine)

By Chuck Dauphin, Nashville
Billboard

After over two decades of making records, Sheryl Crow enters into a new phase of her recording career with the Warner release of "Feels Like Home." Her decision to release an all-country project might surprise some, but a closer look at her music suggests that the genre has always been close to her heart. On her 1993 "Tuesday Night Music Club" album, the closing cut "No One Said It Would Be Easy" had a country influence, as have many of her works over the years -- including "Picture" with Kid Rock, and appearances on tribute records to Loretta Lynn and Johnny Cash.

Does she shine in her country debut? Check out our track-by-track breakdown of Sheryl Crow's new album.

1. "Shotgun" - She may be changing direction, but that swagger is still intact. Inspired by a phrase her dad once told her - "Drive It Like It's Stolen, and Park It Like It's Rented," Crow kicks off this set with a cut that showcases the "bad ass" side of the singer in the same vein as such classic fare as "Steve McQueen." It sets the mood brilliantly.

2. "Easy" - Country radio has made this one of the highlights of the spring and summer months, as it sounds like a heavy dose of liquid sunshine. Not really a lot of pretense here, just a reminder that a romantic getaway can be wherever the heart is – even if it's no further than your own back yard.

3. "Give It to Me" - Crow credits some of the classic Emmylou Harris / Gram Parsons collaborations as being her influence here, and you can definitely hear that dramatic flair. At the same time – at least to this set of ears – you can hear somewhat of a 50s vibe to it. Making this cut all the more special are the harmonies from Vince Gill and Ashley Monroe. 

4. "Drinking" - Having made no secret of her love of the 60s sounds of Bobbie Gentry, this cut definitely has that Mississippi backwoods vibe to it, and the lyrics are irreverent  but yet to the point. As the saying goes, "It is what it is."

5. "Callin' Me When I'm Lonely" - One of two cuts that Crow didn't have a hand in co-writing on the disc, this has a definite contemporary sheen to it that she seems to really eschew. This has the term "radio single" written all over it. 

6. "Waterproof Mascara" - It goes without saying that there will be a few doubters about Crow as a country artist. To those, I suggest they hear this song – and their opinion will change. The lyrics and performance are heartfelt and personal, as you know she has lived each of these lines. Justin Niebank's production brings to mind the classic 70s sound of a Billy Sherrill / Tammy Wynette production. Adding to the classic feel of the song is the Tic Tac bass of Country Music Hall of Fame musician Harold Bradley. This is not just the performance of the album – but quite possibly a career performance, as well.

7. "Crazy Ain't Original" - Crow wrote this after being inspired by Merle Haggard following the Kennedy Center Honors ceremony where he was honored in 2010. You can hear that influence, but also that of Waylon Jennings -- especially on the humorous-yet-true lyrics that are a bit of social commentary. If nothing else, the song will make you think about current events in a new light.

8. "Nobody's Business" – Cool groove proves that there's still a little bit of a blues / rock to the singer, as this track about what goes on behind closed doors features some dynamic guitar work from Richard Bennett and Audley Freed.

9. "Homesick" - Co-written with Chris Stapleton, this song is one of the more bittersweet performances on the record. Crow is returning home from a long run on the road – only to realize that there's nobody there. The question of where and what "home" actually means becomes the theme of the track, which features Zac Brown on harmony.

10. "Homecoming Queen" - Another song that is a throwback to a bygone era, this one has that dramatic sound of the 60s and 70s to it, as well. Lyrically, it's a poignant look at how much things can change in a person's life in ten years. Next to "Waterproof Mascara," this might very well be her best vocal performance on the album.

11. "Best Of Times" - Written with Al Anderson and Leslie Satcher, this song is maybe the deepest socio-political statement on the album. The irony of the lyrics might make you giggle at first – before you realize just how true they might be.

12. "Stay At Home Mother" - On an artistic and personal level, life causes an evolution of sorts. Just like with 'Mascara,' Crow might not have been able to pull this one off fifteen years ago. Vocally, she would have had no problem – but making the track believable would have been the trick. There's an old adage that states "You've got to have lived it to sing it," and these lyrics aren't just words. You get the idea she has walked in these shoes a few times.

Rating: 92 out of 100

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CANDIDS - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 (8 September)

Sheryl attends the Diane Von Furstenberg fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014.

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014
Lincoln Center, New York (USA)
8 September 2013
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NEWS - Sheryl Crow coming to Riverside on Dec. 5

Milwaukee is going to get a look at the new Sheryl Crow live when the nine-time Grammy winner comes to the Riverside Theater on Dec. 5.

The show announcement arrives on the eve of the release of Crow's newest album, "Feels Like Home," her first complete country album.

Tickets are $45 to $100 and will be available for purchase beginning at noon Friday from the box office (116 W. Wisconsin Ave.), the Pabst Theater box office (144 E. Wells St.), by calling (414) 286-3663 and visiting pabsttheater.org.

Concert-goers are encouraged to bring a toy for the Toys for Tots program.
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CANDIDS - Surfin' Crow!

Yesterday my A&R guy, Scott Hendricks, taught me to wake surf! Now that's a full service record label! @WMNashville

Picture and caption by Sheryl via Twitter
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NEWS - "Feels Like Home" - Discography & Review pages Updated!



Data, songwriters, composers & personnel
http://sherylcrownews.com/discografia/feelslikehome.html

Reviews Archive
http://sherylcrownews.com/recensioni/feelslikehomereviews.html


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REVIEW - "Feels Like Home" (Roughtstock.com)



By: Matt Bjorke
Roughstock.com

While Sheryl Crow has scored minor hits on the Country Music radio charts throughout the years, she's never officially released her own single to radio prior to "Easy" and that song is currently Top 20 and rising with sales brisk as well. Fans of earlier Sheryl Crow will find songs like "Shotgun" and "Drinking" not out of bound with what they've come to know from the star and that could be said about "Easy" too. In reality, Sheryl Crow's sound hasn't changed all that much but instead she's just incorporated a slightly 'rootsier' sound than on her big albums like C'mon C'mon and The Globe Sessions or Tuesday Night Music Club. That being said, the core of the songs on Feels Like Home are right in the pocket of what is often heard on Mainstream Country radio these days.

This isn't to say that Sheryl doesn't sing a few songs that are downright traditional on the record. These songs include, "Homecoming Queen," "Waterproof Mascara," a song she wrote with Brad Paisley -- he brought the idea to the writing session -- and it's a stone Country power ballad that one can easily being performed by any of Country Music's top female vocalists through the years from Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Dottie West, Reba, Patty Loveless and Carrie Underwood. It's that good and Sheryl's vocal is simply beautiful. Finally, "Stay At Home Mother" is a song that any mother can relate to but especially for anyone who has to leave their children behind to go work for days at a time. It's sweet, heartfelt and clearly Feels Like Home's best songs.

Other standouts on the record include "Best Of Times," "Calling Me When I'm Lonely" -- with a ready-ready steel guitar drenched chorus, "Crazy Ain't Original" a song which could be a standout radio hit, perhaps after "Easy" runs its course on the charts. "Homesick" -- written with Chris Stapleton -- is a song that turns the "Homesick" phrase around and makes it showcase for someone who doesn't want to be home alone, "a place that's not about comfort but what about what used to be."

Feels Like Home is varied with strong melodies and everything most people have grown to love about Sheryl Crow's music. She is distinctly herself and the fact that her music is now called Country isn't any different than Darius Rucker's 'crossover' to Country. If Feels Like Home proves anything it's that she's genuinely making the move to Country and that's all that the gatekeepers at radio and longtime fans of the genre want out of their artists, a commitment to making great music and Feels Like Home is definitely that.

4 out of 5 stars

SOURCE: Roughstock.com
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VIDEO - "Feels Like Home" Listening Party @ her Farm in Nashville

As Sheryl Crow prepares to release her first country music album, Feels Like Home, the Grammy winner previewed some of the songs during an intimate gathering in Nashville.

Crow and Southern Living welcomed friends and fans to the singer's Tennessee farm, where Crow couldn't have asked for a better reception.

"I think the moment that really stood out for me was watching people react to different songs -- particularly the song Give it to Me," said Crow. "You never know how people are going to respond to a song."

Feels Like Home hits stores Tuesday, September 10.

SOURCE: ETOnline.com
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NEWS - Sheryl Crow Goes Country (Wall Street Journal)



By Alexandra Wolfe
Wall Street Journal

The hit singer talks about branching out into country music, leaving L.A. for Nashville, and life on the road with kids.

Soon after her breakup with cyclist Lance Armstrong in 2006 and her subsequent breast-cancer diagnosis, musician Sheryl Crow moved across the country from Los Angeles to Nashville, a place that, according to the title of her new album, “Feels Like Home” (it comes out Tuesday). Today, Ms. Crow’s own home consists of a spacious stone mansion, a two-story barn and a church that she bought online for $5,000.

On a recent summer morning, Ms. Crow, 51, was playing every bit the country-music star as she dismounted from the back of a pinto horse. Having sold over 50 million pop and rock albums, featuring hit songs such as “All I Wanna Do,” “If It Makes You Happy” and “The First Cut Is the Deepest,” Ms. Crow’s most recent hit single, a country song called “Easy,” has landed on Billboard’s list of top 20 country songs on the radio. She says the country-music genre is now broader than ever before, as artists interested in lyrics leave increasingly beat-driven formats such as pop and rock for country, where the focus is still on telling a story.

Ms. Crow’s new songs reveal the singer’s search for a home of her own. “When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, it was kind of a soul-searching time for me, and I realized the one thing that I didn’t have in my life was roots,” she says. “For somebody like me, who has spent much of the last 20 years traveling, home has been a place that has made me feel antsy,” she adds. “The things that have been missing from my life have driven me to go out and avoid looking at it.” Getting breast cancer was a wake-up call. “It really made me look at what I was missing,” she says. “I guess I’ve been sort of a vagabond.”

Ms. Crow had been based in Los Angeles and Austin, Texas, where Mr. Armstrong lives. Before they broke up, paparazzi would camp outside her house. “It was a moment of reckoning there, when I started to lose faith in mankind,” she says, citing the experience as a reason for her relocation. “I really had to move away from it; I can’t live in a glass bubble and have people capitalizing on the lowest moment in my life.”

Ms. Crow won’t comment on whether she knew about Mr. Armstrong’s steroid use. “It’s an ongoing fascination with people, but it really doesn’t have any relevance for me, so it’s sort of a cheap—it’s beyond tabloid for people to ask me about him,” she says, rolling her eyes.

For the past seven years Ms. Crow has been in Nashville, where she says there are no paparazzi. Her two adopted sons, Levi and Wyatt, aged 3 and 6, can finally go to school without being photographed. And she finds the Nashville music scene more familial and less competitive. “L.A. to me feels like music industry, and Nashville to me feels like music community,” she says.

“When I was a kid, there wasn’t VH1 and all that,” she says. “You didn’t know every single thing about the people you wanted to emulate.” Instead, she thought her career would look like the pictures she saw of Bob Dylan and Joan Baez playing music together. She soon realized that L.A. was nothing like that. Nashville was.

Born 3½ hours away in Kennett, Mo., Ms. Crow has always been close to the country-music scene. She grew up listening to country as well as show tunes, an affinity she recently put to good use writing the music for the coming Broadway adaptation of Barry Levinson’s 1982 movie “Diner,” scheduled to open in 2014.

Her parents, who have been married for nearly 60 years, raised her in a small town of “churchgoing, hardworking people.” Ms. Crow considers herself a Christian, but she doesn’t subscribe to specific religious rules. That didn’t stop her from buying a dilapidated church on the Internet, which she had shipped to her house and restored near the stables on her property, for her personal use. “Since I was 21, I’ve always had a strong relationship and an everyday, ongoing dialogue with a higher power,” she says. “He or She seems to be most evident in nature, which I guess is why I’m so environmentally driven to preserve what we have around here.”

As idyllic as life on her sprawling Nashville farm looks, Ms. Crow admits, “It’s challenging to be a working mom and a single mom.” That experience in part served as inspiration for “Waterproof Mascara,” a song she co-wrote with country singer Brad Paisley about absentee fathers. Otherwise, her sons’ lives are typical, says Ms. Crow, who worked as an elementary-school teacher before she moved to L.A. “What’s expected of them at school is expected of every other kid,” she says. Except they get to go on tour with their mother. “We try to keep as much of a home schedule on the tour bus as we do at home,” she says.

On tour, “we get up in the morning, go to a water park or a kids’ museum or a zoo. Then they come to sound check with me, we eat dinner…brush teeth, then pajama time, in their bunks and then I jam to get ready and I go onstage,” she says. A sitter takes care of them while she performs. “It’s great because I can go to work after they go to bed, which I guess is kind of suspect in most lines of work,” she adds, laughing.

Over the years, Ms. Crow has seen the music industry change with technology, an evolution that makes her uncomfortable. “The more technology is part of our lives, the more separate we become, the more noise there is, and the more our inner voices get diluted,” she says. “If I were leader for a day, I would want to encourage people to step out into nature and be quiet for a day just to see if they can find their ability to discern.”

She’s also noticed a change in the kind of talent that America appreciates. She wrote one of her new songs, “Crazy Ain’t Original,” after performing at the Kennedy Center awards dinner for musician Merle Haggard. She wondered what he and his contemporaries must think of popular culture today. “I feel like I’ve been around people who’ve been a voice for the American people, like Johnny and June [Cash] and Bob Dylan, of course, and certainly Emmylou Harris and Merle—people who have seen it all.” Now, she says, we’re fixated on superficial reality TV shows and “we’re invested in Honey Boo Boo.”

Ms. Crow says that, in Nashville, she finds the audiences more engaged and the musicians more authentic. “In this particular world of music-making, people write songs, and they write songs to go out and play them, and they play them to have an experience,” she says. In her current hometown, she says, musicians are still striving to improve their craft rather than to promote their celebrity.

Write to Alexandra Wolfe at alexandra.wolfe@wsj.com

SOURCE: Wall Street Journal

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NEWS - Sheryl Crow Takes Country By Storm



By Chuck Dauphin
Billboard.com

Nine-time Grammy winner talks "Feels Like Home," her first album of country music. "It's great to be in a format where music and songwriting are still alive and well"

Sheryl Crow is entering new territory on Tuesday (Sept. 10) with the release of "Feels Like Home," the singer's first country music effort.

"I'm excited," she said from her Tennessee home. "For one thing, it's great to be in a format where music and songwriting are still alive and well, and the fan base is into songs. That's the one thing I feel has really propelled my career is having the luxury of writing songs in a conventional style -- a beginning, a middle, and an end. That's what is happening with country music, which is great. It's also really wonderful to be at a record label that loves the album, and loves music. It feels like I've gotten new energy breathed into my career. "

"Feels Like Home" represents a departure of another sorts, as she co-wrote ten of the twelve cuts on the album -- a first in terms of collaborative efforts -- something that she said was rather exhilarating creatively. "After 25 years of doing this, I feel like I'm writing some of my best stuff, and I'm learning a lot."

One song that Crow can't wait for her fans to hear is the emotional "Waterproof Mascara." Co-producer Justin Niebank helped to give the song a Billy Sherrill / Tammy Wynette feel with a stirring string section that helps to make the track. "That was the first song I wrote for the record. I wrote it with Brad Paisley and Chris DuBois, who are two of the finest songwriters that are out there. Talk about being intimidated. The song is the most important song on the record, and probably my favorite. It's so high drama, and such a throwback to the 60s and 70s country music that I love."

The strings were not the only tip of the hat to Nashville's musical heritage. "We had Harold Bradley play on it, and that finished up the traditional feel of it, which was unbelievable."

The first single, "Easy," has found favor with radio programmers, currently sitting at No. 18 on the Country Airplay chart. Crow has been very aggressive visiting stations nationwide. She says she knows no other way to do it. "A lot of people have been surprised that I've been out doing radio. They forget that's how I got started -- in a van, pulling gear, and playing in clubs, going to do radio in the morning. That's what you did. That tradition is still alive and well at country -- just like it was in 'Coal Miners' Daughter,' when you saw Doo zip up Loretta's dress and she went in and said 'Here's my new single.' I really enjoy that process. It's very organic, and I think it's important to know the people who are playing your art, your music, your work."

Though this is her first full-length country album, she has enjoyed success on the charts before with such songs as "Picture" and "The First Cut Is The Deepest," and has been a participant in tribute records to such acts as Johnny Cash and Loretta Lynn. "I got into country music through the back door. We had two country music stations in my hometown, and they were oldies country -- Johnny Cash, Tammy Wynette, to Waylon and Jessi. I gravitated to stuff like that and the Rolling Stones, the Flying Burrito Brothers. Linda Ronstadt, and Emmylou Harris -- especially the stuff she did with Gram [Parsons]. 'Give It To Me' was inspired by that, with it's high drama, melodic feel. I think that was the inspiration for most of the big hits I've ever had. So, making this record didn't feel like a tremendous departure except where the songwriting was concerned. I've always written narratively and also stories, but this was definitely much more succinct and the songs were more first-person."

She said another legend was on her mind when she wrote "Crazy Ain't Original" -- Merle Haggard. "After playing the Kennedy Center Honors, I came home and was thinking about what it must be like to be a songwriter from that generation, and writing about what's happening around you. That was the inspiration for that."

Crow – who will be announcing the nominees for the 46th Annual Country Music Association Awards with Florida Georgia Line on Tuesday – says she is going to be very busy this fall. "It's going to be more of the same with radio visits, guitar pulls, and co-headlining dates with Gary Allan. I'm just gonna keep working!"

On Monday, we'll go inside the "Feels Like Home" album for an exclusive cut-by-cut!

SOURCE: Billboard.com

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NEWS - 2013 CMA Awards Nominations Video Highlights Package Featuring Final Nominees And Artist Interviews To Be Serviced Tuesday, Sept. 10



PRESS RELEASE

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The final nominees for "The 47th Annual CMA Awards" will be announced on Tuesday, Sept. 10 by Sheryl Crow and Florida Georgia Line. A video highlights package featuring the announcements as well as artist interviews and music video clips will be released via satellite Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 3:00 PM/ET (2:00 PM/CT). In addition, the footage will also be made available via FTP download.

Crow and Florida Georgia Line will announce the final nominees in five CMA Awards categories live from the "Good Morning America" studios on ABC. The announcement will air in the 8:30 AM half-hour segment (all time zones) of the morning news program. Following the announcement, at 9:45 AM/ET, Crow and Florida Georgia Line will head to the Best Buy Theater to recap the nominees previously announced and reveal the finalists in the remaining seven categories.

The announcement of the final nominees leads up to "Country Music's Biggest Night™." Hosted for the sixth time by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, "The 47th Annual CMA Awards" airs live Wednesday, Nov. 6 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on the ABC Television Network.

For questions or for help if having difficulty accessing the VNR, please contact Scott Sklarin with Sklarin Communications at (917) 992-0920 or (917) 929-5564.For questions regarding the FTP download, please call (212) 302-2505, ext. 0.

The satellite coordinates for the CMA Awards Nominees Video Highlights Package are listed below:

CMA AWARDS NOMINEES VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS PACKAGE
SATELLITE COORDINATES:

Tuesday, Sept. 10
3:00-3:30 PM/ET (2:00-2:30 PM/CT)
GALAXY 17 (KU) Digital
Transponder 13 – Ch D
9 MHz
Downlink Frequency: 11973.5 (H)
FEC: ¾
Symbol Rate: 6.1113

FTP DOWNLOAD SITE:
http://www.vistaworldlink.com/CMA/

Chevrolet™ is the Official Ride of Country Music. American Airlines is the Official Airline of the CMA Awards.

SOURCE Country Music Association
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PIX - Feels Like Home VIP Listening Event @ Sheryl's Farm

Sheryl's Farm
Nashville, TN
5 September 2013

Photos by Michael O'Neal
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NEWS - Sheryl Crow Mixes Old and New For Her Country-Tinged Album ‘Feels Like Home' (Radio.com)



Published on Radio.com

Is Sheryl Crow becoming a country artist, or is country music moving towards Sheryl Crow’s longtime style? It’s a chicken and the egg kind of question with no real answer, but on her new album Crow officially moves into the world of country, after visiting with Kid Rock for their hit duet “Picture.”

Crow resides in Nashville, where the album was recorded in the studio above her barn. She says that horses, cows and chickens living under the recording equipment lent a certain authentic smell to the proceedings, and her label of record is now Warner Bros. Nashville. But Feels Like Home is more southern rock and an exploration of traditional country than it is a modern-day country album. And that’s how Crow, who comes across on the album as more of an outlaw than the average country lady, wants it.

In an interview with Radio.com, Crow explains that the album is “an extension of what she’s always done” but that she has learned some new tricks.

“Being now a Nashvillian for 8 years, I’m really learning a new trade,” Crow said of her experience writing the songs for Feels Like Home. “I’ve always typically written from my own mindset and I’ve had the luxury of writing some esoteric lyrics and having gotten them played. And they’re lyrics that mean something to me and to my life. For whatever reason people have gravitated to those songs, like ‘If It Makes You Happy’ or ‘Winding Road’ or whatever. But in Nashville, when you write with some of these amazing songwriters, they have such a great way of telling a story in a three minute format that is very succinct and graphic.”

While certain tracks on the album veer towards southern rock sounds and outlaw themes, others harken back to the golden era and showcase identifiable roots in classic country. Songs like “Waterproof Mascara” and “Crazy Ain’t Original” will sound familiar to fans of the ’60s country sound. Crow says the production and storytelling of Billy Sherrill was a huge influence. Sherrill is the man who is credited (along with his partner Glenn Sutton) with taking the “countrypolitan” sound to new heights through his work with George Jones and Tammy Wynette, as well as crafting tunes for Charlie Rich, Johnny Paycheck, Tanya Tucker, Barbara Mandrell and many, many more. But it contains a bit of the new, by way of Brad Paisley.

“I loved Billy Sherrill so much…I love the production. It’s so beautifully lush and emotional. ['Waterproof Mascera'] was really the first song I wrote for this record and I have so much gratitude to Brad Paisley. He’s the one that came to me after the CMAs…when I preformed with Loretta [Lynn] and Miranda [Lambert] and said, ‘When are you going to make a country record?’ And I said, ‘I would love to do that, but I want to do the kind of country record that I feel is an extension of the music that I’ve already made.’ He was so supportive and that was the first song that we wrote [and] probably, I think, the most important song on the album.”

And like many country music fans, Crow finds influence in rockers like Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen, who she name-checks as writers of stories for the people who are “one step away from the outlaws.”

“I love that [in] country music you have great songwriting,” Crow said. “You have songs and guitar solos — you don’t really hear that at other formats anymore. I love the song form just as a pure storytelling art form…And I love guitar solos. Country music now is really where you find rock ‘n roll.”

Crow makes something new out of something old: it’s her classic sound mixed with country’s storied sound mixed with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Towns Van Zandt and Guy Clark to create a new aspect of her own oeuvre — on her terms.

“I think that’s really the only rule: telling a story,” Crow said. “There’s always a little something for everybody in every country song.”

Feels Like Home is out on September 10.

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NEWS - Sheryl Crow Begins Media Blitz for FEELS LIKE HOME Album Launch, Due out September 10

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With Performances and Appearances on the Good Morning America, Late Night with David Letterman, The Colbert Report, The View, Piers Morgan Tonight, Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Access Hollywood Live, CBS Newspath, Live from the Artists Den, Extra, AP TV, Wire Image TV and Huffington Post Live Full Stream of FEELS LIKE HOME at Amazon.com Through September 9th

NASHVILLE, TN--(Marketwired - Sep 4, 2013) - Nine-time GRAMMY award-winner Sheryl Crow's highly anticipated brand new album, FEELS LIKE HOME, is due out September 10th and beginning the week of September 9th, Crow begins a series of media appearances in celebration of its release. Her media blitz kicks off Monday, September 9th taping Live from the Artists Den followed by an appearance and performance Tuesday, September 10th on ABC's Good Morning America where she will also announce the nominees for this year's CMA Awards, and an interview and performance on CBS' Late Night with David Letterman. On Wednesday, September 11th, fans can catch her again with an interview and performance on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report and on Thursday, September 12th, she will be performing on ABC's The View. Wrapping up street week on Friday, September 13th, Sheryl will be featured on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight. The following Monday, September 16th, Crow is set to be the musical guest on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. In addition to her multiple television performances, Crow will be guest on Access Hollywood Live, CBS Newspath, VH1 News, Extra, AP TV, Wire Image TV and Huffington Post Live.

Go to Amazon.com to hear a full stream of FEELS LIKE HOME by Sheryl Crow for free now through September 9th. Rolling Stone gave FEELS LIKE HOME 3 1/2 of 4 stars saying "this set suggests the Opry crowd might want to keep her on speed dial" and Billboard feels that Crow is "deep into a smart and thorough transformation into a bona fide Nashville player." Self Magazine praises Crow's first country album saying that "After all these years, her sound is still fresh, sexy and smile-inducing."

Nine-time GRAMMY award-winner Sheryl Crow has performed duets with musical luminaries such as Sting and Mick Jagger, has been nominated for an additional 27 GRAMMYs and has released seven studio albums (each charting Top 10, four of them platinum-plus), a quadruple-platinum greatest hits collection and a Christmas album. Her latest album, FEELS LIKE HOME, is set to release September 10 on Warner Bros. Records. The album was recorded in Nashville, Tenn. and was co-produced by GRAMMY award-winner Justin Niebank. Crow is a cancer survivor, has performed for presidents and is a passionate supporter of a variety of environmental and health-related charities, including the NRDC, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and The World Food Program. With over 35 million records sold to date and a combined 40 Top 10s on the Billboard Hot 100, Adult Top 40, Adult Contemporary, Mainstream Top 40, Triple A (with the most No.1 singles among women in the chart's 17-year history) and Hot Country Songs charts, Crow now has a Top 20 solo country single to add to her list of accolades with her current hit "Easy."


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LIVE REVIEW - Concert Review: Sheryl Crow Rocked Atlanta

Guitar Girl Magazine
4 September 2013

Families, football fans, and music lovers converged on Atlanta’s Centennial Park this past weekend to celebrate the opening of the 2013 SEC football season featuring the Alabama Crimson Tide against the Virginia Tech Hoakies. It was a beautiful day in Atlanta with activities for all including face painting for children (and some adults), great food and drinks, music everywhere….and then the live SHOW!

What a treat for Atlantans and visitors to our fair city, a concert in the park with Uncle Kracker and the nine-time Grammy winning Sheryl  Crow!  The afternoon unfolded slowly, then suddenly the opening act, the Paris Luna and Company Band, got things going with a set of all original music. The excitement really started to build when Uncle Kracker took the stage and rocked the crowd into a frenzy with original music and a few covers and the always familiar “Follow Me.”

Then, Sheryl Crow was announced and her band took the stage before the familiar face appeared from behind the stacks and the crowd welcomed her with applause and cheers, and with her red, white and blue Fender Telecaster, Crow played for her opening number – Steve McQueen.  Sheryl played fan favorites “All I Wanna Do” (my personal favorite), “Favorite Mistake,” “The First Cut is the Deepest,” “Strong Enough,” “A Change Would Do You Good,” “If It Makes You Happy,” “Soak Up the Sun,” and closed with “Everyday is a Winding Road.”  She also treated fans to some of her tunes from her new album Feels Like Home which included “Easy,” “Callin’ Me When I’m Lonely” and “Best of Times.”

Sheryl looked gorgeous as usual and when singing her song “Strong Enough,” she stopped in the middle and asked if there was a man in the crowd that was strong enough for her?  There were so many “yeahs” and “cheers” from the gentlemen in the audience, and one in particular – an Elvis impersonator, caught Sheryl’s eye and she quickly responded - Elvis!

Sheryl is currently on tour for her new album Feels Like Home and I would definitely recommend catching her show in a town near you.  Tour dates can be found on her website at http://www.sherylcrow.com/tour.  And be sure and pre-order her new album which can also be on her site at http://store.sherylcrow.com/feels-like-home-essentials-pack.html

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INTERVIEW - Sheryl Crow goes back to country roots

by Jane Stevenson
Toronto Sun

Sheryl Crow has fully committed to country music on her latest album, Feels Like Home, due Tuesday.

But Crow - who makes 51 look like 31 with her toned physique and fresh face - says it wasn't because she's disillusioned with the youth-oriented world of pop music.

"No, not at all. I think that pop music has always been geared to younger people, the country format is as well, but I think there's good music happening everywhere," says Crow, on the phone while picking up her two adopted young sons - Wyatt and Levi - from school.

("I'm sitting in the pick-up lane, it keeps it all very real.")

And while she didn't catch the polarizing MTV VMA performance of singer-in-transition Miley Cyrus, who Crow knows and likes, she certainly saw the recap.

"The MTV Awards have always been known for their outlandish antics, and touche it did not change this year. The most outrageous got the most attention and that's the way it always is."

Otherwise, Crow - who has made her home on a farm outside Nashville for the last seven years - has long had country music influences in her sound.

She even recorded a country crossover song, Picture, with Kid Rock, and tunes with Keith Urban, Vince Gill, and Brooks and Dunn.

Still, Crow was hesistant initially to record an entire country album but now says her next one will also be in the same format.

"My real concern was that people would perceive me to be trying to capitalize on something that was not necessarily authentic," she says.

"(But) I think what I'm doing now is just an extension of what I've always done. It's definitely more commited instrumentally to country music ... I'm loving writing stories just as I've always have. I'm loving having songs with range ... So I'm definitely here to stay."

In fact, it was after Crow had appeared with Miranda Lambert to sing Coal Miner's Daughter with Loretta Lynn on the 2010 CMAs when Brad Paisley pushed her to make the record. And Paisley ended up co-writing the first Feels Like Home song, Waterproof Mascara, about single motherhood.

Still, Crow says she was a little intimidated working with Paisley, a longtime close friend, and Chris Dubois on the song.Sheryl Crow has fully committed to country music on her latest album, Feels Like Home, due Tuesday.

But Crow - who makes 51 look like 31 with her toned physique and fresh face - says it wasn't because she's disillusioned with the youth-oriented world of pop music.

"No, not at all. I think that pop music has always been geared to younger people, the country format is as well, but I think there's good music happening everywhere," says Crow, on the phone while picking up her two adopted young sons - Wyatt and Levi - from school.

("I'm sitting in the pick-up lane, it keeps it all very real.")

And while she didn't catch the polarizing MTV VMA performance of singer-in-transition Miley Cyrus, who Crow knows and likes, she certainly saw the recap.

"The MTV Awards have always been known for their outlandish antics, and touche it did not change this year. The most outrageous got the most attention and that's the way it always is."

Otherwise, Crow - who has made her home on a farm outside Nashville for the last seven years - has long had country music influences in her sound.

She even recorded a country crossover song, Picture, with Kid Rock, and tunes with Keith Urban, Vince Gill, and Brooks and Dunn.

Still, Crow was hesistant initially to record an entire country album but now says her next one will also be in the same format.

"My real concern was that people would perceive me to be trying to capitalize on something that was not necessarily authentic," she says.

"(But) I think what I'm doing now is just an extension of what I've always done. It's definitely more commited instrumentally to country music ... I'm loving writing stories just as I've always have. I'm loving having songs with range ... So I'm definitely here to stay."

In fact, it was after Crow had appeared with Miranda Lambert to sing Coal Miner's Daughter with Loretta Lynn on the 2010 CMAs when Brad Paisley pushed her to make the record. And Paisley ended up co-writing the first Feels Like Home song, Waterproof Mascara, about single motherhood.

Still, Crow says she was a little intimidated working with Paisley, a longtime close friend, and Chris Dubois on the song.

"It was a little bit like stepping on the court with Roger Federer and you're not that good, but I loved the process ... I feel like the best material I've ever written is on this record. And I feel like I'm still learning. And who can say that after 25 years of having the same job?"

In the end, she calls Waterproof Mascara her "favourite song."

"It's everything that I have grown up loving about country music," she says. "It's dramatic. It's definitely real life. We have females at the country fanbase that I don't hear the women at pop-country writing about. What it's like to be a woman today. And that's not a dig. I'm older and I'm a single mom and I'm a working mom, those are the topics that are, for me, relevant."

Crow, who has U.S. tour dates with Gary Allan but insists, "we'll definitely be making it up to Canada," says moving to Nashville, where there is no paparazzi, to raise her two young sons was the best decision she ever made.

"I was diagnosed with breast cancer, over seven years ago, and the one thing that was missing from my life was feeling like I was connected to anything," she says. "So I moved here and adopted my boys and it's just been a wonderful way to be a musician, be a working mom, have a community around me, be intact with inspiration, and really feel connected."

Subsequently, she was diagnosed with a benign brain tumour but says she's in good health.

"Everything's fine there. They correlate a relationship to that sometimes with women who've had breast cancer. So while it was a showstopper for me, it seemed to be a non-worry. I feel great.'

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CD REVIEW - "Feels Like Home" - American Songwriter

Written by Jim Beviglia
American Songwriter

Sheryl Crow
Feels Like Home
(Warner Bros.)
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

The cynical response that comes to the fore when an established pop/rock artist like Sheryl Crow makes a country album is that it’s a ploy intended to prop up a flagging career. When the hits get fewer and farther between, you just head to Nashville, ladle on the strings and pedal steel, and you’ve got yourself a brand new audience ready to lap it all up, as if it were that easy.

While one would have to be inside the head of Sheryl Crow to determine exactly what her motives were in releasing Feels Like Home, the evidence on the disc suggests that this was a natural progression for Crow’s music rather than a mercenary one. This foray into country music is smooth, polished, and well-executed, with a few standout moments that suggest that this talented songwriter and performer might have been still a star even if C&W got her before pop radio did.

Looking back on Crow’s catalog, it’s not surprising that she can make the transition. Hits like “All I Wanna Do” and “Leaving Las Vegas” may have been more loose-limbed musically than your typical Nashville groove, but the detail-heavy lyrics were right from the country playbook. Feels Like Home might have in-your-face hooks (especially on the up-tempo numbers) and gleaming production, but the frank, honest storytelling and emotional punch of the songs, courtesy of Crow and a bunch of ace collaborators, are what lingers.

The album also highlights what an outstanding singer Crow is. She nimbly handles the frank come-ons of “Shotgun” and “Easy” and finds the tenderness in quiet character sketches like “Stay At Home Mother” and “Homecoming Queen.” She really goes to town on the soulful “Give It To Me,” a direct plea to a reticent lover that allows her to project power and vulnerability all at once.

Feels Like Home goes astray only at the times when it seems like it’s too eager to court hard-core country fans. “We Oughta Be Drinkin’” overplays its raucous nature, while the tough-talking social commentary found on “Crazy Ain’t Original These Days” and “Best Of Times” is strained at best.

The album is at its best when it sticks to the timeless stuff about love and loss. On “Homesick,” the ghosts of a departed lover make the narrator long for life on the road; it’s got the kind of stirring heartbreak that can be found on some of Bonnie Raitt’s late-period ballads. “Waterproof Mascara,” co-written with Brad Paisley, is a classic country tear-jerker about a single Mom trying to stay strong for her son. With the killer refrain “Thank God they make waterproof mascara/’Cause it won’t run like his Daddy did,” it’s the kind of thing that Loretta Lynn or Dolly Parton would have knocked out of the park in the day. Comparisons aside, Crow makes these songs all her own.

Considering how comfortable she seems in this new setting, Feels Like Home is an appropriate title. Commercial success will probably determine whether country music is a pit stop or a destination for Sheryl Crow. The genre switch has paid artistic dividends already.

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NEWS - "Feels Like Home" CD - Front and Back!

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NEWS - Groupon Offers Meet-and-Greet with Superstar Sheryl Crow



PRESS RELEASE

Epic Groupon Deal Includes Travel, Accommodations, Dinner, Concert and Meet-and-Greet

CHICAGO September 04, 2013

Groupon (NASDAQ:GRPN) today announces a concert deal of epic proportions: A trip to Los Angeles to meet legendary, nine-time Grammy(R) Award-winning recording artist Sheryl Crow. The Groupon deal includes airfare for two to Los Angeles, hotel accommodations, dinner for two, private round-trip transportation between LAX and the hotel and between the hotel and the concert venue, two tickets to Sheryl Crow's Free and Easy Tour at The Greek Theater and two copies of Sheryl Crow's latest album, FEELS LIKE HOME, which is available everywhere on Sept. 10. In addition, purchasers of the deal will be escorted backstage before the concert to meet and take photos with Sheryl Crow.

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Link to Groupon Deal: http://gr.pn/1dMrdNy

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The deal will go live Thursday, Sept. 5.

Groupon deal details:

-- Round-trip airfare for two from anywhere in the U.S. or Canada to Los
Angeles International Airport (LAX)

-- Two-night stay at Mr. C Hotel, valid 9/13--9/15 (Premium room type)

-- Two tickets to Sheryl Crow's Free and Easy Tour at The Greek in
Los Angeles on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 7:15 p.m.

-- Meet-and-greet with Sheryl Crow before the concert

-- Two copies of Sheryl Crows latest album, Feels Like Home

-- A prix-fixe dinner for two at The Restaurant at Mr. C

-- Private round-trip transportation between airport and hotel

-- Private round-trip transportation between the hotel and the concert venue

-- DEAL COST: $2,500

"Feels Like Home may be the most focused album I've ever made," Sheryl Crow says of her debut album for Warner Bros. Records. "All of my albums have had a few different styles going on in them, and this album definitely has a few different takes on what country music means to me, but not calculatedly so. First and foremost, I just wanted to make sure that for this album I wrote about things that I really knew about--subjects that hit close to home." Full of great storytelling and featuring some of the most powerful and heartfelt vocals of Crow's career, Feels Like Home is literally an album that this proud daughter of Kennett, Mo. was born to make.

Sheryl Crow is a nine-time Grammy(R) Award-winner and has been nominated for an additional 27 Grammys and has released seven studio albums (each charting Top 10, four of them platinum-plus), a quadruple-platinum greatest hits collection and a Christmas album. Her latest album, Feels Like Home, was recorded in Nashville, Tenn. and was co-produced by Grammy Award-winner Justin Niebank. Crow is a cancer survivor, has performed for presidents and is a passionate supporter of a variety of environmental and health-related charities. With over 35 million records sold to date and a combined 40 Top 10s on the Billboard Hot 100, Adult Top 40, Adult Contemporary, Mainstream Top 40, Triple A (with the most No.1 singles among women in the chart's 17-year history) and Hot Country Songs charts, Crow now has a Top 20 solo country single to add to her list of accolades with her current hit, "Easy." More information can be found at SherylCrow.com, Twitter.com/SherylCrow or Facebook.com/sherylcrow.

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VIDEO - What are the challenges of being a working mom (Mommalogues)

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LIVE PIX - Canfield Fair - Canfield, Ohio - 2 September

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166th Canfield Fair
Mahonings Country Fairgrounds
Canfield, Ohio (USA)
2 September 2013
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STREAMING - "Feels Like Home" Full Streaming Album on Amazon!



Listen to the album now for free! Streaming is available now through September 9.

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TV NEWS - SHERYL'S TV APPEARANCES

September 10
Good Morning America (ABC)
Late Show with Dave Letterman (CBS)

September 11
The Colbert Report (Comedy's Central)

September 12
The View (ABC)

September 13
Piers Morgan Live (CNN)

September 16
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC)E TO COME!

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CD REVIEW - "Feels Like Home" - Rolling Stone magazine

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CD REVIEW - "Feels Like Home" - musicnewsnashville.com

By Chuck Dauphin
Musicnewsnashville.com

I’ve got to admit, I’ve been looking forward to writing this review for a long time. Beginning back in 2002 with her success on the Country charts with “Picture” and “The First Cut Is The Deepest,” many people have been waiting for an all-Country project from Sheryl Crow. It kind of makes sense. She’s from Kennett, MO after all, and grew up influenced by a lot of the Country sounds of the area. Even going back to her breakthrough Tuesday Night Music Club disc from 1993, there were songs that had a twinge of Country sounds – with “No One Said It Would Be Easy” being a prime example of this.

Well, a decade later, that album is finally here, and the title sums up the music very well. Crow and producer Justin Niebank have come up with a very impressive “debut” record. She kicks things off with the swagger of “Shotgun,” which could have also been a track off her C’mon C’mon disc a few years back – proof that she’s not totally re-inventing the wheel. “Easy,” her current hit single, keeps the tempo going, and is one of the guilty pleasures I have on the radio right now. It’s not going to save the world – it just sounds good. That also goes for the murky and fun “Drinkin,” which she sounds like she is having an absolute blast doing. Again, there’s no heavy handed message here, the song is pretty self-explanatory, and I love the groove of the song. It’s a sing-along, to say the least.

As a songwriter, Crow seems to really dig into her surroundings here, especially on “Crazy Ain’t Original.” In the liner notes for the album, she talks about this track being a tribute to Merle Haggard, but the writing also shows that she listened to a little bit of Waylon Jennings and his self-deprecating humor over the course of time. It’s a track that will make you smile, no doubt.

There are also a trio of ballads on this album that will stop you dead in your tracks. “Give It To Me” is a romantic ballad that has a little bit of a 50s vibe to it, and she sounds absolutely dreamy on the cut. (Yes, I know I used that word….but her vocal is completely sweet and emotional, kind of reminding me of a late 1970s Olivia Newton-John song – an ultimate compliment) “Homecoming Queen” is a well-written story song about realizing that time stops for nobody, and Crow handles it with an amazing amount of vulnerability.

But, the cut that you need to buy this album for is – without a doubt – “Waterproof Mascara.” Written with Brad Paisley and Chris DuBois, this is the song that the doubters need to hear when they question Crow’s Country cred. This is straight-up hillbilly melodrama, straight out of Billy Sherrill’s 1970s playbook on Tammy Wynette, even down to the strings. I would put this song (and her performance) up against anything from that era. You can tell she’s lived the words she’s singing, and she oozes sincerity on every line.

So, Sheryl Crow finally releases a Country album. It proves to be well worth the wait, as she just might have released the most complete disc of her career. You might be a cynic before you listen to the music – but I have a feeling that will change  pretty quickly once you’ve heard the music.

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VIDEO - Sheryl Crow - Photo shoot @ Spotlight Studios video / interview

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PIX - K92.3 All-Star Acoustic Jam 2013 - Orlando, FL - 1 September

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K92.3 All-Star Acoustic Jam 2013
Hard Rock Live
Orlando, Florida (USA)
1 September 2013

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PIX - Visiting LEGOLAND Florida in Orlando!

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Sheryl visited LEGOLAND Florida today and had a great time at the World of Chima!

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"Great day @LEGOLANDFlorida! So honored to have my own MiniFigure - look for me in "Daytona"! Thx Phil Nick & Jason! "

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PIX+VIDS - Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game concert - Atlanta - 31 August

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Harmonica!

My Favorite Mistake

All I Wanna Do

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Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game concert
Centennial Park
Atlanta, Georgia (USA)
31 August 2013

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NEWS - Sheryl Crow Inspired by Blake Shelton (People Magazine)



The singer, 51, embraces her country side with her upcoming album, Feels Like Home, and chatted with PEOPLE this week about "one last thing" ...

Last time I was inspired

When I heard Blake Shelton's new song "Mine Would Be You." I'm on a mission to write the next great song after hearing that. It's beautiful, just a perfect song.

Last favorite discovery
A place called Las Paletas [in Nashville]. They sell popsicles with flavors like olive oil, macadamia or avocado. They are healthy and so delicious and made with things you would never imagine.

Last time I laughed hard

The other night my three-year-old Levi was negotiating how many more minutes he got to stay up. Like a lawyer. I would say five and he would say 10. I tried to keep a straight face because he was very serious about it.

Last injury
A year ago I did a half marathon in Nashville and injured my knee right before the race. I was in a lot of pain but I ran it with my sister. She was a good cheerleader.

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