[NEWS] Waking Hours with singer and songwriter Sheryl Crow
By Ciara Dwyer & Sheryl Crow
Sunday Independent (Ireland)
Sheryl Crow (52) is a singer and songwriter. Born in Missouri, she was a music teacher and backing singer before she embarked on a solo career. After breast cancer, she decided to adopt. She lives in Nashville with her two sons, Wyatt (7) and Levi (4)
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I get up at 6.30am, and then I wake my kids. We've just started school, so literally I have to stand them on their feet because they're so tired. I have a seven-year-old boy named Wyatt and a four-year-old named Levi. It's so much fun. I wish I could freeze my kids at this age. I am most definitely not a morning person. I tell my kids not to talk to me until I've had a cup of coffee. This summer, they've been on a tour bus for the most part, so they get up when they wake up, whenever that is. But when we're home, I try to be the first one up.
No matter how much time I allow to get ready, we're always pushing to get to school on time. I get the boys dressed. It's a 20-minute drive to school and that's really when I get to talk with them. Yesterday, my four-year-old said he'd been thinking about what he'd get me for my birthday - my birthday isn't until February. He said, 'I think you need a xylophone.' I have no idea what is in his mind. It's funny stuff like that. I always think, 'I've got to write this down because I won't remember it'.
Adopting the boys definitely changed my life for the better. I had been through a lot - I had breast cancer treatment and I really started looking at my life differently. I felt that I wanted to adopt, and maybe my family life wasn't going to be conventional. I decided I'd open the door to adopting and, within a year, I had this wonderful little boy. My family said, 'You're not alone in this. We're going to help you'. A few years later, I adopted a second boy.
I grew up always knowing that I wanted to be a mom, and it never occurred to me that I wouldn't have a family. But I think I had this habit of dating people who were very busy in their careers. But then, one day, I woke up and I had breast cancer, and I was 40 and I didn't have kids. I was just out of a relationship with Lance Armstrong. Cancer made me re-evaluate my life and it really simplified things. I feel more myself since then than I've ever felt in my entire life, but I certainly wouldn't recommend the experience.
We live in Nashville. I bought a house here two weeks after I was diagnosed. I just made a flip decision. I decided that I was going to rebuild my life and it wound up being the best decision. I knew Nashville pretty well. It's an old-fashioned town. It's great that my kids can grow up in this normal environment. Unlike in LA, nobody cares who you are. I serve lunch at the boys' school if I'm needed.
I grew up surrounded by musicians. My mom was a piano teacher and my dad was an old-fashioned, Atticus Finch sort of attorney, but at the weekend they were in a swing band and they would come home after gigs, just like I do, and play music on the stereo.
They would dance and smoke and sing, and my sisters and I used to sneak on to the stairs so we could hear what was going on. I took piano lessons and then I got a degree in it. I started out teaching music, but I had all these songs inside of me. I moved to LA with cassette tapes full of my jingles and I sent them to everybody. I started getting some commercial work and then I travelled the world as a backing singer for Michael Jackson's tour. But after I came back, I sat around for a couple of years because nobody could figure out what to do with me. I sang soul and rock 'n' roll and it wasn't until I was 31 that my first album came out.
When I'm on the road, my days are pretty consistent. The boys come with me. We get up in the morning and we eat breakfast on the bus. Then we hang out. We bring things for them to play with, like lots of Lego. Before we arrive in a town, we already know what's there - be it a water-park or a zoo. Then we get out and we do something in the town.
After that, we eat lunch, and then I go to do the soundcheck while my kids rest or do some school stuff. Then, at 5.30pm, we eat dinner. The kids run around a bit and then they are into their PJs and they brush their teeth. I usually read to them and tuck them in. When I put on make-up before I go on stage, they say, 'Ugh, what is that on your face? You look like an old lady. Take it off'. They are so used to being with Mommy on the trampoline or in the swimming pool or playing softball.
By the time I've got my kids down, I'm so relieved to be out on stage. This is because it's connected to me, and not just in the service of raising kids. I love it, but when you're raising kids you have to be emotionally available 24/7, and when you're with them, you have to be present. So, it's great for me to have that time-out to play for two-and-a-half hours. I love connecting with the audience and singing. It's a wonderful release. Then I get on the bus, hang out with the band for a while, drink a couple of beers and listen to music. Afterwards, I crawl into my bunk and then the day starts all over again in the next town.
I love performing now more than ever. I love the band that I have and I love the luxury of having 20 years of music to pick from.
But also I love the fact that it's not the only thing I have in my life. There were quite a few years in there where music was the be-all and end-all, and now it's not. It's something that I do and I enjoy it, but if I wound up not doing it anymore, I would also be a fulfilled human being. That's a very liberated feeling. I'm older and more philosophical, but I also have this great family life and I love where I live. My life is just much more complete.
Because I'm a single mom, I want to be present for my kids. I don't want them to look back and say, 'She was always on the phone'. My boys are my biggest passion and my hardest job and I want to do it well.
Sheryl Crow will play the Knocknarea Arena at IT Sligo on Bank Holiday Sunday, October 26, 2014 as part of Sligo Live Festival. This will be her only 2014 Irish performance. See sligolive.ie
[REVIEW+LIVE PIX] Detroit, Michigan - 21 September
Review (excerpt from
By Gary Graff
The show’s openers won their own favor on Sunday as well. Gloriana used its short time on stage to preview its forthcoming third album with the songs “Best Night Ever” and “Trouble” before closing the Beatles’ “Come Together.” Sheryl Crow, meanwhile, continued her move into the country market with a headline-worthy set that included hot jams during “Best of Times” and “Can’t Cry Anymore” as well as a “Strong Enough” that she dedicated to Rascal Flatts and a rendition of “Redemption Day” that featured a virtual duet with Johnny Cash, who also recorded the song. And the closing triplet -- a bit of “Picture” that led into “If It Makes You Happy,” a buoyant “Soak Up the Sun” and a tightly grooving “Everyday is a Winding Road” -- was received as enthusiastically as anything Rascal Flatts played during its set.
[VIDEO] The Fabulous Golden Girls perform to "Soak Up the Sun!"
21 September - Marching Mizzou's 175th Anniversary Halftime Show featuring the Fabulous Golden Girls paying tribute to Alumni Sheryl Crow (University of Missouri).
[LIVE REVIEW] Toronto, Canada - 20 September
- Sheryl Crow, Rascal Flatts hit Amphitheatre
By Jane Stevenson
“Any single men in Canada?” asked still sexy singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow as she opened for country-pop-rock act Rascal Flatts on their Rewind Tour at a packed Molson Canadian Amphitheatre on Saturday night.
The sly question came right before her song Strong Enough, as in: “Are you strong enough to be my man?” from her 1993 breakthrough debut, Tuesday Night Music Club.
Now, if you’d told me two decades ago that Crow, whose sound fuses pop, rock, folk, country and blues, would one day be opening for a country band I wouldn’t have believed you.
She herself recalled opening for New Zealand pop act Crowded House in Canada in 1994.
“I just love Canada,” said Crow, who had spent the day in Toronto vintage shopping. “You know America is going to move here one day. I’m just kidding!”
But Crow’s last disc, 2013’s Feels Like Home, found the 52-year-old Kennett, Missouri, native and single mother of two boys make her first official country album from beginning to end after a permanent move to Nashville in 2006.
Still, the only song from that latest recording that made it into her 50-minute set was Best of Times despite, as she said, “the news in America being particularly rotten and crappy.”
Instead, Crow - decked out in a white fringed leather jacket and playing a red-white-and-blue electric guitar - and her crack six piece band crammed mostly hits into her all too brief time on stage including All I Wanna Do, My Favourite Mistake, If It Makes You Happy, Soak Up the Sun and Everyday Is a Winding Road.
The one major detour was a new rendition of her 1995 song Redemption Day that was interspersed with recorded verses by Johnny Cash, who covered the song in 2003 before its eventual release in 2010.
Thankfully, Crow returned to the stage to sing her song, Picture, towards the end of Rascal Flatts’ 90-minute set, and stuck around to sing on their tune, My Wish.
I would have been happy if she had been up on stage with them the entire time.
As for Rascal Flatts - singer Gary LeVox, bassist-backing vocalist Jay DeMarcus and guitarist-backing vocalist Joe Don Rooney - and their five-piece band put on a splashy, crowd pleasing 90-minute show with dazzling graphics even if DeMarcus’ goofy stage banter could have been shortened.
LeVox is a strong singer with a gospel sound, particularly on such standouts as the title track from Rewind, These Days, and covers like The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s Bless The Broken Road, Canadian singer-songwriter Tom Cochrane’s Life Is A Highway and Motley Crue’s Kickstart My Heart, the latter complete with fireworks that kicked off the encore.
And the entire group all joined in with lovely harmonies on a capella versions of Love You Out Loud and a cover of Pharrell’s Happy.
Cute too was when the band’s fiddler played O Canada and we all - this was a young skewing crowd - dutifully stood and sang along.
SHERYL CROW SET LIST
All I Wanna Do
Can’t Cry Anymore
My Favourite Mistake
Best of Times
If It Makes You Happy
Soak Up the Sun
Everyday Is a Winding Road
RASCAL FLATTS SET LIST
Here Comes Goodbye
What Hurts the Most
Fast Cars and Freedom
Bless the Broken Road
Love You Out Loud
DJ Tonight/Hot in Here/Here’s to You
Life Is a Highway
Kickstart My Heart
Me and My Gang
REVIEW #2 (from Toronto Star)
By Nick Krewen
Speaking of the seemingly ageless Crow — looking marvellous at 52 as she did at 32, around the time Tuesday Night Music Club introduced her to the rock mainstream and multiple Grammies — she delivered a solid hour-long set in which she seemed a little livelier than in previous performances.
Also accompanied by a six-piece band, Crow delivered enjoyable renditions of “All I Wanna Do,” “If It Makes You Happy,” “Soak Up The Sun” and “Everyday Is A Winding Road” with the rock edge she’s known for, as well as a political and pensive “duet” about war with the late Johnny Cash of “Redemption Day.”
Although largely sticking with guitar, she also played a bit of keyboard, bass and harmonica, loosening up to venture out to the extended stage in the pit to slap hands with the crowd. For a woman who has been accused in the past as being a staid entertainer, it was nice to see her loose and relaxed.
For the RF acoustic portion, LeVox announced he was taking a pee break and returned to the stage with Sheryl Crow, who performed her song “The Picture” and then stuck around to help the band with “My Wish.”
[LIVE REVIEW+PIX] POP Montreal festival - 19 September
By Mark Lepage
Photos: John Mahoney
Four songs into her show in a packed L’Olympia Friday night, Sheryl Crow dropped her voice into the blue-hued My Favorite Mistake and the thought watching her and her five-piece band was: okay guys, make one.
Make an error. Boot something. Because from the bloozy grind of opener Maybe Angels, followed by Crow turning to guitarist Peter Stroud to roll it into the stomp of A Change Will Do You Good, through the sprung, stoned groove of All I Wanna Do and into Mistake, this was as near-perfect a quartet of mainstream country-kin pop-rock songs as could have been imagined.
And so, forgotten: what is Sheryl Crow doing at POP Montreal? It had ceased to matter. What did register was the songcraft of Maybe Angels, with a chorus that took time to unfurl into its minor-chord drop. Next registered was her symbiosis with a road-seasoned band, framed by Stroud and Audley Freed on guitars and swung by longhair drummer Fred Eltringham, who shook everything so beautifully loose that it would have been filthy had it not been so pocket-happily groovy. As Crow greeted the crowd with a “Merci beaucoup!” in her glitter cowboy boots, you remembered why people used to love Americans.
She would win the affection of the full house with a well-paced overview of the majors since the 1993 debut Tuesday Night Music Club. Recent country-conversion song Easy was “about drinkin’ beer at home – I write about the things I know” and the first of a couple of mid-set songs before Can’t Cry Anymore and the intro to Strong Enough – “I’ve been engaged now three times, and I’ve had a rockin’ good time not getting’ married” – united the ladies in Friday night white-wine empowerment. Especially enjoyed the accompanying slo-mo rodeo footage of bulls kicking cowboys ass-over-teakettle.
Crow called on the ghost of Johnny Cash, dropping vocals and video of him into Redemption Day before opening up the anchor leg of hits. She brought La Voix finalist Remi Chassé out for a cheery duet of If It Makes You Happy, then bopped through Soak Up the Sun and Everyday Is a Winding Road, their blissed-out and seemingly effortless sunny froth a reminder of why Crow is just this side of underrated. On the night, she was not: POP Montreal had its Pop, and its Americana centrism. Steve McQueen and Led Zep’s Rock and Roll were as loose and celebratory as an encore should be, sending the mainstream crowd into the night past hipsters who might have wondered why they were smiling.
[INTERVIEW] Sheryl Crow and Melissa Etheridge Beat Cancer and Heartbreak - AARP Magazine
The music legends are now teaching us a thing or two about living with joy
by Alanna Nash
AARP The Magazine
They've been good friends since 1988, two Midwestern girls making their way in a male-dominated industry. Born just nine months apart in neighboring states — Sheryl Crow in tiny Kennett, Mo., and Melissa Etheridge in Leavenworth, Kan. — they first met at the Los Angeles Sports Arena during Michael Jackson's Bad concert tour. Backstage, Crow, then a backup singer for the Gloved One, approached Etheridge, whom critics had compared to Janis Joplin and Bruce Springsteen when her first album came out that spring, and gushed, "I'm a huge fan of your record!"
"It was such a lovely surprise," Etheridge remembers, "and one of the first times someone whose work I admired was already an admirer of my work."
Fast-forward 20-some years. Etheridge, 53, sits at a table next to Crow in Los Angeles, sipping on cranberry juice and spearing pink grapefruit from a bowl, recalling those days. "That was back when we were young," she says.
"Back when we were cool," Crow, 52, cracks.
The two are dressed in T-shirts, jeans and boots. "We have had parallel lives in some ways," Crow muses. And it's true. Songwriters and performers, they both have risen to the top of their game professionally. (Crow has won nine Grammys and sold 35 million records, and Etheridge has five platinum albums and two Grammys to her credit.) They are doting mothers — Crow to two boys, ages 4 and 7, and Etheridge to four children, the eldest 17 — though neither has given birth. And both have publicly endured a series of difficult challenges. They've gone through traumatic breakups; Crow announced the end of her five-month engagement to cyclist Lance Armstrong in 2006, and Etheridge split from two of her long-term partners — Julie Cypher in 2000 and Tammy Lynn Michaels in 2010.
Most significantly, they've both stared down an ominous adversary that strikes almost 300,000 American women a year: breast cancer. Etheridge learned of her diagnosis in 2004, at 43; Crow learned in 2006, at 44. The two women now say that battling the disease and coming out on the other side deeply transformed them, shaping them into who they are today: survivors, role models and advocates for social awareness and change.
For Etheridge, it began one October day as she was on tour in Ottawa, Ontario. While taking a shower, she felt a lump in her breast. "I was like, 'Whoa!' " she remembers. "And it was large! That little voice in the back of my head started going, 'Is it cancer? Your father died of cancer. Your aunt died of cancer. Your grandmother. Your mother had cancer. Your cousin. Cancer. Cancer.' You just can't quiet the voice." But she tried, telling herself, "No, it's a cyst."
By that point in her life, Etheridge had already braved her share of hardships. Though she was, Etheridge says, "a very good kid" — she started writing songs on her guitar at age 8, and in high school became "the band and theater geek" — she had a dark secret. In her 2001 memoir, The Truth Is … , Etheridge wrote that her older sister, Jennifer, sexually abused her between ages 6 and 11. (The revelation tore up the family, and today Etheridge and Jennifer no longer speak.) Raised, Etheridge adds, with very little affection from her mother, she began yearning for the company of women in adolescence and, by age 16, realized that she wanted intimacy with women, too.
She can be lighthearted about it now. As Foreigner's Cold as Ice comes over the sound system during our interview, Etheridge sings along. "That's what my last boyfriend said to me," she reveals, laughing. "I was 15. He didn't understand why I was cold as ice. Whenever I hear that song now I think, 'I'm not cold; I'm just gay.' "
But at the time, the word "lesbian" terrified her, as did her feelings. "I hope it's better for gay youth today," she says, "but, boy, when I was a kid, it was a dark tunnel to look down."
On the eve of the release of her first album, Etheridge wrestled with whether to come out publicly. She and her label decided against it, though the word about her was already out in the gay community. The 1991 death of her father, John, a migrant farmer who worked his way up to becoming a schoolteacher and an athletic coach, had a huge impact on her ultimate choice to go public. "He was fine with [my sexuality], and he just wanted me to be happy," Etheridge says. "His passing propelled me into this place of needing to be who I am, because I wasn't going to be happy any other way."
So in January 1993, during President Bill Clinton's inaugural celebration, Etheridge attended the Triangle Ball, the first presidential gala for gays and lesbians. After years of wondering who among her gay Hollywood friends would be the first to "jump the river of fire," she was compelled to do so because, she explains, "politically we were all standing up. I was like, 'Look at all these people who put their lives and jobs on the line. Yeah, I'm going to come out.' And bang! There it was." Later that year, Etheridge titled her fourth album Yes, I Am.
By then, she was deep into a relationship with Julie Cypher — a filmmaker and the ex-wife of actor Lou Diamond Phillips — whom she'd met in 1988. Over the next dozen years, they became the model progressive gay couple, with Cypher conceiving their two children, daughter Bailey and son Beckett, by using donor sperm from rock star and friend David Crosby.
But in September 2000, not long after she and Etheridge made a splash on the cover of Rolling Stone, Cypher began questioning if she was gay after all, and the tidy world the couple had made together unraveled.
Within a year of their split, Etheridge, then 40, became involved with actress Tammy Lynn Michaels, 14 years her junior. In 2003 they held a commitment ceremony, and in 2006, two years after Etheridge's cancer diagnosis, Michaels gave birth to their twins, daughter Johnnie Rose and son Miller Steven, fathered by an anonymous sperm donor. Life seemed to be on the upswing again.
The same year that things began turning around for Etheridge, Sheryl Crow endured devastating back-to-back misfortunes. Six days after going public with her breakup from fiancé Lance Armstrong, reportedly because she wanted marriage and children and he wasn't ready, she got a callback about her mammogram. Further tests indicated breast cancer. "That was a really, really emotional time for me," Crow recounts. "My world was falling apart. I felt like the bottom had just dropped out. I called my family, and they all flew out to California." And she phoned her old friend Melissa Etheridge for support.
It never occurred to either woman to try to keep her illness secret. Today, though, Etheridge says: "If I could have, I would have chosen not to go through cancer or my divorces in public. Yet you can't say, 'I'm only going to let the public see the good stuff.' Whenever I sit down with someone, I need to know that I'm not hiding anything."
Crow's cancer diagnosis, coming so soon after her breakup with Armstrong (who in 1996 was diagnosed with metastatic testicular cancer), only intensified the publicity, and Crow's grief. Today she declines to discuss the cyclist, but with a trace of bitterness in her voice, she notes the irony of it all: "He was probably the most widely known cancer survivor, right? It was kind of a cruel joke."
Crow decided on a lumpectomy and radiation to treat her cancer, which doctors caught at an early stage.
Etheridge had not been so lucky. Her diagnosis was stage 3, though doctors later dialed it back to stage 2. "My radiologist, bless her heart, sat me down in a darkened room. She said, 'Melissa, I want you to know that this is the worst that can happen.' She unbuttoned her blouse and showed me her double mastectomy. She said, 'Do not fear. You are going to be OK.' So I started my journey with that base of 'I'm not going to die. I just have to walk through this.' "
The chemo debilitated her. "To have absolutely no energy is completely terrifying," Etheridge says. Unable to eat as a result of the nausea, she turned to medical marijuana, for which she is now a political advocate. "It calmed my anxiety and gave me an appetite, so I was able to keep my strength up," she adds.
Weeks after she had completed her treatments, a bald Etheridge agreed to perform at the 2005 Grammy Awards, participating in a tribute to Janis Joplin with "Piece of My Heart." It would be her first public appearance since her diagnosis, and she walked onto the stage thinking, "I just don't want anyone to make fun of me." She was so exhausted that when she began singing, she recalls, "I stood in one place, instead of moving around, which I usually do. That actually made for a much better performance." The crowd responded with a standing ovation.
Afterward, Etheridge lay in her bed and reflected. "Part of my spiritual awakening came from really examining myself," she explains. "I took the time to be still." Because Etheridge has a mutation of the BRCA2 gene, which predisposes women to breast cancer, her strategy for preventing a recurrence has been to exercise more control in her life and to fix what went wrong. "I'm not a victim," she says. "I take responsibility for it."
Crow has a different view. "I don't know of any clear-cut data that says if we do this or that, we can prevent ourselves from having cancer," she says. Instead of adopting Etheridge's take-charge approach to healing, Crow has ceded control — let go and stopped trying to please everyone around her. "I've been a person who fixes things," Crow says, " but when you're constantly fixing things for others, you sacrifice yourself."
Growing up in Missouri as the third of four children, Crow was driven from the start. Her father, Wendell, a lawyer, and her mother, Bernice, played in a swing band and encouraged Crow to make a life in music. In high school she excelled athletically and academically. At the University of Missouri she earned a degree in classical piano and voice, and in 1986 she headed to L.A. with her demo tape.
She quickly found success with jingle work and on the Michael Jackson tour, but when that ended after two years, she found herself waitressing to support herself. "Every record label in L.A. turned me down," she says. "It was, 'We don't know what to do with a blue-eyed soul singer.' " In 1992 she recorded what was to be her debut, only to see the album shelved.
Two years later, "All I Wanna Do," a celebration of the California slacker culture, burst off her official debut, Tuesday Night Music Club. Her next single, "Strong Enough," secured Crow's spot as a hit maker. The album sold 7 million copies and snagged her three Grammy awards.
"That was such an amazing album!" Etheridge exclaims today, her eyes wide. "It just lit up everybody."
Crow's new popularity brought unexpected emotional jolts. "I was 32," she says. "I didn't care about fame, but the next thing you know, people are dressing you and writing about you. You have to be sensitive enough to have insight into the human condition to write long-lasting music, yet you have to form this tough skin. It took me a while to back away from that aspect of popularity and focus on the work."
But work took a backseat when cancer called. Crow downshifted her high-achieving lifestyle and turned her attention to taking care of herself. "I'd been living a really fragmented life," she says. "I hadn't learned how to take the weight of the world off my shoulders."
Less than a year after her diagnosis, Crow decided to take steps to create the family she'd always wanted, without waiting for the right man to share this. ("I've picked some doozies to be in relationships with," she admits.) In May 2007 she adopted a 2-week-old boy, Wyatt Steven. The next year, she moved to Nashville to be nearer to her family. "In all the franticness, I didn't know where I belonged," she says. "All I could think to do was to move closer to home. It wound up being the best decision I ever made." In 2010 she adopted a second son, Levi James.
Her most recent album, last fall's Feels Like Home, finds her leaning hard on her country-rock template, particularly in songs about broken homes and romances gone cold. "What Crow's doing now is grownup's music," says Brian Mansfield, Nashville correspondent for USA Today. "She's writing about people who have experienced loss, and who worry about health and family and bill paying."
During a break in our interview, Etheridge dons a set of headphones and starts bobbing her head to a final mix of "Soul Brothers," a song on her upcoming CD,This Is M.E. Like Crow's latest, the album reflects the experiences of an artist who's reached maturity through hardship.
Crow and Etheridge agree that having made it to their 50s is reason to celebrate. They appreciate the accrued wisdom and the lack of needing to explain oneself. And for Etheridge, at least, a newfound sensuality. "The sex is better!" she says with a hearty laugh. "Seriously, I'm healthier, and in loving myself I attract a different kind of person now."
In late May, Etheridge married Nurse Jackie creator Linda Wallem, her longtime best friend. The two began dating in 2010, after the dissolution of Etheridge's relationship with Michaels. Both Etheridge and Crow, who is not currently in a relationship, want to teach their kids (Etheridge splits custody with her exes) some of the life lessons they've learned. For Crow, who in late 2011 was found to have a benign brain tumor, that means "having the perseverance to maintain who you are through abject trial and tribulation."
The women are also committed to educating others in the breast cancer fight. Crow has lent her name to an imaging facility at the Pink Lotus Breast Center in Los Angeles, a leader in innovative screening and treatment. She also talks with women she runs into at the airport or in the Starbucks line. "There's rarely a time that it doesn't come up," Crow says. They didn't seek to join this sorority, but now that Crow and Etheridge belong, they're grateful.
"It took having cancer for me to realize that happiness is something I have to cultivate in myself," Crow says, touching Etheridge's hand.
"I've learned to make fearless choices," says Etheridge. "You come up against stuff now and you're like, 'All right! Just do it!' "
Cancer, they agree, has become something they never imagined. "A gift," they say, almost in unison.
How They Beat Cancer … Lessons for All of Us
"You can't say, 'I did this, and that's why I got cancer.' You have to not beat yourself up."
"I recommend regular mammograms, and if I knew I had the BRCA2 gene in my family, I'd want the test for it. You can make better decisions if you know."
"Women have bodies designed to sustain life, but we don't allow ourselves to be nurtured. Cancer taught me to put myself first."
"I try to eat local, organic and in season whenever I can."
"I used to work out, but now, with my kids, we're on the trampoline. We swim. We ride horses."
"The body functions at a higher level cellularly when you're relaxed. I now do mindful meditation."
"This was of my own doing, and I take responsibility. When I got my body back into balance, the cancer disappeared."
To Test or Not
"I have the BRCA2 gene but don't encourage women to get tested. Genes can be turned on or off. I turned my gene on with my very poor diet."
"Our bodies are batteries. We need 70 percent alkaline and 30 percent acid to run optimally. Sugar is the worst, then red meat, dairy, wheat and gluten."
Up and at 'Em
"I take Pilates, yoga and kickboxing. I go for hikes or a walk. You just have to move every day."
Cooling Your Jets
"Stress is a formula for cancer. If you're running on the edge and your fuel tank is empty, you're at risk. Your personal environment is your responsibility."
[INTERVIEW] Sheryl Crow: la vie n'est pas un long fleuve tranquille
By Stephanie Vallet
19 September 2014
Sheryl Crow sera sur la scène de l'Olympia ce soir, pour son premier concert dans la métropole depuis 2008. La chanteuse avoue ne jamais savoir à l'avance ce qu'elle va chanter, mais dit plutôt y aller au feeling.
Avec 35 millions d'albums vendus et 9 prix Grammy, Sheryl Crow peut se vanter d'avoir une belle carrière. Mais au cours des 10 dernières années, elle a fait face à des épreuves de taille dans sa vie personnelle: deux semaines après sa rupture avec Lance Arsmtrong en 2006, la chanteuse a appris qu'elle était atteinte d'un cancer du sein. Des difficultés qui ne l'ont pas empêchée de fonder une famille en adoptant seule ses deux fils, Wyatt et Levi. Plus forte que jamais, la chanteuse de 52 ans sera sur la scène de l'Olympia ce soir et chantera notamment aux côtés de Rémi Chassé, finaliste de la deuxième saison de La voix avec qui elle avait fait un duo lors des quarts de finale.
Vous avez décidé en 2008 de quitter Los Angeles pour vous installer à Nashville. Était-ce la première étape d'un retour aux sources nécessaire?
J'ai grandi près de Nashville et j'y ai de la famille. Après qu'on m'a diagnostiqué un cancer du sein, j'ai ressenti l'envie d'être entourée de mes proches et, surtout de faire de la musique dans un endroit qui a toujours influencé le style de musique que je fais. Ç'a été une très bonne décision; ma vie s'est radicalement améliorée depuis que j'ai emménagé ici.
Votre plus récent album, Feels Like Home, sorti en 2013, incarne-t-il tous ces changements dans votre vie?
L'adoption de mes deux enfants est sûrement la chose qui a le plus influencé mes choix artistiques au cours des dernières années. En fait, ça a changé ma perspective sur un peu tout dans la vie! J'ai également dû traverser pas mal d'épreuves et ça s'entend sur cet album.
On y retrouve notamment la chanson Waterproof Mascara. Qu'est-ce qu'elle représente pour vous?
J'aime beaucoup cette chanson, car elle me rappelle le genre de musique country que j'écoutais en grandissant. J'y raconte ce que c'est d'être une mère célibataire. Inutile de vous dire que cela représente une grande part de ce que je suis aujourd'hui!
Vous souvenez-vous de quoi parlait votre toute première chanson?
La musique est dans ma vie depuis mon plus jeune âge. La première chanson que j'ai écrite quand j'avais 13 ans était destinée à un concours. C'était une chanson patriotique pour l'État du Missouri dont je suis originaire! Sinon, quand j'étais très petite, je chantais des chansons de Petula Clark dans la voiture avec ma mère.
Quelle est la chanson dont vous êtes la plus fière?
Redemption Day, une chanson que j'ai composée en 1995 et que Johnny Cash a enregistrée. Je venais de rentrer d'une visite en Bosnie avec Hillary Clinton où j'avais chanté pour les troupes américaines. À mon retour, toutes les chaînes couvraient le génocide rwandais. Je me suis alors demandé pourquoi nous intervenions dans un pays et pas dans un autre. C'est la question que pose la chanson. Est-ce une question de pétrole? Les paroles sont sombres, mais j'en suis particulièrement fière.
Quels sont vos projets à venir?
Il reste deux semaines à cette tournée. Je vais ensuite me poser un peu pour écrire et peut-être enregistrer de nouvelles choses. Mais avant tout, je veux passer du temps avec mes enfants, ma famille et vivre une vie normale!
Que pensez-vous de la musique country aujourd'hui?
Est-ce que les femmes sont très présentes? Il n'y a pas tant de femmes qui jouent du country en ce moment. C'est surtout un territoire masculin. Parfois, chez les interprètes féminines, c'est plus de la pop que du country au sens où je l'entends. Mais j'adore Ashley Monroe et Brandy Clark. Elles sont extraordinaires, mais on doit les chercher un peu pour pouvoir entendre leur musique, car elles ne jouent pas beaucoup sur les ondes radio!
Votre dernier concert à Montréal remonte à 2008. À quoi doit-on s'attendre ce soir à l'Olympia?
J'aime beaucoup Montréal. La première fois que j'y suis venue en concert, c'était en première partie de Crowded House au Théâtre St-Denis. Puis il y a eu le Centre Bell et, l'an dernier, j'étais de passage à La voix et je me suis beaucoup amusée! Je ne sais jamais vraiment ce que je vais chanter en concert, j'y vais au feeling. Ce qui est certain, c'est que j'ai sorti plusieurs albums depuis mon dernier concert en ville. Alors on va jouer des classiques que tout le monde connaît, mais aussi de nouvelles choses.
[NEWS] Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Second Guessing the Hits
By Shelly Peiken
The Huffington Post
I'm often in the minority. I can't predict which songs will be big fat hits. And I love others that aren't. So maybe I wouldn't be so good at A&R. That's OK with me.
In 1993 Sheryl Crow released her first album, Tuesday Night Music Club, (when she still was a brunette) (and I still lived in NY). I saw her on a late night talk show. She sang her single, "Run Baby Run." My eyes bugged. So did my ears. Who is that? Playing that guitar and singing all high and gritty...notes I could only hope to reach in a wimpy falsetto.
I didn't only dig her, I dug the song. A song about running away. I was semi-familiar with that too. Though I was hardly running from the same circumstances as the girl in the song, we're all running from something. For me it was commitment. I had been married before and it didn't turn out so well. So the idea of running away from my new relationship struck a chord. No pun intended.
Sheryl's performance made me want to hear more. Such was the function of a single back then. It made you want to hear the rest of the album because chances were there would be other songs that were just as good. Maybe even better.
My boyfriend, the object of my affection at the time, (and of my commitment resistance) had discovered this Sheryl Crow too. Apart from me. He was living in LA. I have to admit, I dug him a little more for digging the same music I dug...for getting why I 'got it.' When he came to visit he brought me a Tuesday Night Music Club CD. Not that I couldn't have gotten my hands on it myself, but well, it was sweet he got it there first. Music is a divine gift of love. For the next couple of weeks it was on constant rotation in my 12th Street apartment. So was he.
Meanwhile, whenever I worked out at the infamous New York Health & Racquet Club, I listened to music on my Sony Cassette Walkman. I can't remember if the Discman was available yet, but even if it was, I hadn't gotten around to the update. So in order to listen to Sheryl's album while on the treadmill I had to transfer the contents of the CD onto a blank cassette tape courtesy of my stereo system. Remember those?
But there was a problem. I had to leave off one song because the running time of my cassette was a few minutes shorter than the CD. "Hmm," thought I, "Which song is expendable?" I loved her whole album...the dark and complicated "Can't Cry Anymore" and "No One Said It Would Be Easy." The ones full of pain and acceptance. That's the kind of girl I am...(Oooh...that would be a good song title.) After much consideration, I decided the one song I could live without, if I had to, was "All I Wanna Do." It was very clever and undeniably infectious, but perhaps not my particular cup of tea. It was so happy. I can't help it. I'd rather cry than dance. (Oooh another good song title.)
Then what happened? "Run Baby Run" didn't quite live up to its expectations as a single but "All I Wanna Do" was a Big Fat Hit and it launched Sheryl's career. Like I said...What do I know?
I'm as wrong as often as I'm right. Maybe more often. But I feel what I feel and I'm sticking to it. I won't change my mind just to be in the majority. That's Monday morning quarterbacking. Plus, I'm glad I had a choice between all those great songs. All on one album. How often does that happen any more?
I was also wrong about another thing. It took a while but I married the boyfriend I was afraid to commit to. The one who made sure I had the music I love in my life. In more ways than one. And he still does. Admittedly, I can be a handful sometimes but apparently he is strong enough. :)
I believe I was attracted to Sheryl because I was drawn to things I wished I could be. She was (still is) what I was (still am) in my own private fantasy. Rocker Chic. Sexy but not sexed up. Writing this blog has made me want to put my money where my mouth is. I'm signing up for guitar lessons and I'm going to try to locate my inner Sheryl. Sometimes I think it's too late. But I'm hoping I'm wrong about that too.
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[NEWS] Celebrity Name Game - first photos
Celebrity Name Game is an upcoming syndacated game show which will premiere September 22, 2014 at 05:00 PM. It's based off the board game Identity Crisis.
Sheryl will appear with Josh Hopkins and Darren Criss on "Celebrity Name Game" respectively on Tuesday, September 23 and Wednesday, September 24. Check your local listings for time and channel.
According to Wikipedia:
"The game will involve two teams, each consisting of two civilian players, attempting to identify celebrities and fictional characters. They are joined by two guest celebrities who assist the teams for all but one segment of the show. Segments include celebrities giving timed clues, Craig Ferguson giving untimed clues to contestants with buzzers, contestants giving clues alternating between a celebrity guest and their teammate, and a final round for first team to reach $3000 for a bonus $20,000 prize. In the timed final round the teammates must cooperatively give clues to the two celebrity guests to complete a board of 10 names."
[VIDEO] Song by Song - New Season Trailer
[NEWS] FANTASY SPRINGS: Sheryl Crow to play in November
Fantasy Springs Resort Casino is turning into superstar central.
The Indio casino has hosted big name acts such as Robin Thicke, Art Garfunkel, Diana Ross and Hall & Oates. Now singer/songwriter Sheryl Crow’s name is added to that pretigious list as she’ll be performing at the resort Nov. 15.
Crow is a Grammy-Award winning musician with hits such as "If It Makes You Happy," "Everyday Is a Winding Road” and "A Change Would Do You Good."
Cruzan Amphitheatre was packed this past Saturday, but it a was a far cry from the last time I was at the venue for Warped Tour. Instead of punks sporting converse and piercings in every orifice, it was cowboy boot-palooza up in there, with daisy duke-clad gals waiting with bated breath for Sheryl Crow and Rascal Flatts.
After getting over the initial culture shock of feeling like we'd stepped into a rodeo (I swear I didn't know that many people in South Florida owned cowboy boots) my friend and I got to our seats, ready for some twang.
Opening act Gloriana, which hails from Nashville, got early arrivers in the mood with some catchy country tunes and sweet vocals. The guitarist was surprisingly talented and made an impression with his passionate rock style. The trio played a short but high energy set including two of its bigger tunes "Wild At Heart" and "(Kissed You) Good Night," which got the crowd singing along and dancing.
Sheryl Crow, who at 52 still looks amazing, took the stage next, playing to a packed crowd who she gave credit to for being there despite the weather. "Y'all really hang tough here. You don't care if there's a monsoon or a hurricane. Y'all are out here and even on the lawn," Crow pointed out with a grin at the rain which got progressively worse toward the end of the night.
She opened with one of her biggest hits "All I Wanna Do," an iconic song for women everywhere, which earned her plenty of screams, especially from her female fans. Almost every single person in the audience was able to sing along to all the words. Crow fed off the energy, stopping to reach out and touch the hands of her groupies and even commenting on how much she loved one cowgirl's nails.
Crow was all smiles despite the muggy weather, although she did admit to being less than dry and asked the audience playfully if everyone else was getting as sweaty as she was. But Sheryl Crow is an icon, so when she sweats, it's almost sacred.
She played many of her most beloved hits including "Strong Enough," "If It Makes You Happy," "Soak Up The Sun," and "Everyday Is a Winding Road" much to the delight of all in attendance who spent the majority of her set on their feet, swaying to her guitar and harmonica.
She created a bond with the audience, talking about personal moments including some which were light, like her recent trip to Legoland and her encounter with a dolphin, to more personal moments including her experiences playing for the troops and her friendship with the late June Carter and Johnny Cash.
Following her story about Cash, she went into "Redemption Song" and the place went nuts. It turned into a duet with recorded vocals from Cash who was brought back to live through song.
After a heartfelt and smart set by Crow, it was time for the Rascal Flatts. The band made quite the entrance as its fans greeted it with screams, yells, and squeals of hyper delight. These were serious devotees. The whole place was on its feet, singing every word, and getting wild enough with flailing limbs to make some uncomfortable. If you weren't singing along to every word, you got a bit of sideeye.
It's safe to say it was like a religious experience for hardcore fans who packed the amphitheater. Besides their obvious talent as musicians and passionate performances, these guys do one hell of a job when it comes to connecting with fans and getting personal to the point a familial bond is built.
Lead singer Gary LeVox pulled a young woman named Melanie onto the stage from the pit where she was waving her cowboy hat wildly as she sat atop the shoulders of her companion, sporting her bald head. Levox asked her if she had ever been down a broken road and she told him that she had many times. When he asked if she had fought like a girl she surprised him and the crowd with her answer. "I fought like I had balls," she replied with a grin and people cheered her on. Levox serenaded her as she hugged him fiercely and fought tears. He said or rather sang a prayer for her and tugged at the heartstrings of everyone in the crowd.
This was following its performance of "God Bless the Broken Road" one of the group's biggest hits, although it's a cover. Rascal Flatts played its newest song and the tour's namesake "Rewind." The night was a special one not only for the fans but for its lead guitarist Joe Don Rooney as well. It was his birthday and the guys surprised him with a cake while all of the members, including their instrumental non-singing, counterparts serenaded him with a special version of "Happy Birthday." The surprise didn't end there. After that, Crow appeared again and joined the guys onstage to sing Rooney a few bars of "I Will Always Love You" which he ate up happily.
She didn't initially receive the applause she deserved because LeVox joked that president Obama was about to take the stage, which caused the crowd to boo in harmony. Crow was a good sport about it though and she teased that everyone should be praying for the president not booing him because things were a mess right now and he needed it.
Crow and Rooney performed a beautiful duet of Crow's hit "Picture" originally recorded with Kid Rock. Crow stayed a while longer and joined the guys in a few more hits, including an awesome cover of "Life Is A Highway" which included opening act Gloriana.
There was a real sense of comradery between the acts, and it seemed clear to the crowd that these musicians are having as much fun touring together as audiences are having watching them. The show ended with a bang, literally, as fireworks went off on the stage, signaling the end of an unforgettable night.
[LIVE PIX] West Palm Beach, Florida - 13 September
West Palm Beach, Florida (USA)
13 September 2014 -
[RADIO] Bob Harris Country - Sheryl Crow in Session on YouTube
Sheryl joins Bob Harris in session, playing songs from her most recent country album and discussing her life in Nashville.
[LIVE PIX] Tampa, Florida - 12 September
MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater
Tampa, Florida (USA)
12 September 2014 -
[PIC] @ Legoland Florida
I ❤ TheLEGOMovie. Look who got to meet #Wyldstyle at @LEGOLANDFlorida yesterday!
[NEWS] Ovation to Air Sheryl Crow 'SONG BY SONG' Special, 10/14
PRESS RELEASE - Song by Song, the popular and critically acclaimed original series from Ovation, America's only arts network, returns with the new season premiere of Song by Song: Sheryl Crow on Tuesday, October 14th at 10PM ET. The documentary music series, from the Emmy(R)-nominated production company TH Entertainment, will focus on four of Crow's most-enduring hit songs and the stories and inspiration behind them.
In each half-hour episode, viewers will hear from friends, colleagues and Sheryl Crow herself on the impact of the music on their lives and careers, as well as on the music business and popular culture. Among the featured interviewees, in addition to Crow, are Willie Nelson, Amy Grant, Rascal Flatts, Lissie, Jimmy Iovine (co-founder Interscope Records), David Wild (Rolling Stone), Andrew Hampp (Billboard), Scooter Weintraub (Manager) and Jeff Trott (songwriting partner).
Here is the lineup for Song by Song: Sheryl Crow:
"Strong Enough" - premiering Tuesday, October 14th at 10PM ET. After the first singles on her debut record don't get any traction, Sheryl finds success with a powerful statement about finding a partner who can truly be her equal.
"If It Makes You Happy" - premiering Tuesday, October 21th at 10PM ET. Following years of singing backup for other artists and contending with envious collaborators, Sheryl proves her autonomy with a hit that solidifies her position as a musical powerhouse who answers only to herself.
"My Favorite Mistake" - premiering Tuesday, October 28th at 10PM ET. Sheryl taps into her personal life for inspiration, leading to an intimate song about a past relationship and creating speculation over her unnamed muse.
"Redemption Day" - premiering Tuesday, November 4th at 10PM ET. Inspired by a trip to war-torn Bosnia, Sheryl writes this song, which is later recorded by Johnny Cash, and ultimately ignites her interest in recording country music.
Upcoming SONG BY SONG programs include Blondie, premiering November 11th, and Lindsey Stirling, premiering December 9th. Ovation kicked off its SONG BY SONG franchise in 2012 with the premiere of Song by Song: Johnny Cash, which focused on the stories behind six of the country music legend's classic hit songs. The season was a critical and ratings success for the network, inspiring a second six-episode season, Song by Song: Dolly Parton, which premiered in early 2013. SONG BY SONG is produced for Ovation by TH Entertainment.
[LIVE PIX] Atlanta, Georgia - 11 September
Atlanta, Georgia (USA)
11 September 2014
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:: SET LIST ::
All I Wanna Do
Can't Cry Anymore
Give It to Me
Best of Times
If It Makes You Happy
Soak Up the Sun
Everyday Is a Winding Road-
[NEWS] Sheryl Crow, 50 Cent more fight hunger in Nashville
By Dave Paulson
You don't see Sheryl Crow, 50 Cent, Scott Hamilton and members of Lynyrd Skynyrd in the same room every day. But those stars had a good reason to gather in Nashville on Tuesday afternoon, as they and other volunteers packed apples, carrots and other produce for families in need.
The event was held at Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee to help kick off Hunger Action Month, a nationwide campaign to bring attention to hunger in America. Rock/country star Crow, Olympic ice-skating champ Hamilton and rapper 50 Cent (Curtis Jackson) are part of the entertainment council for Feeding America, which organizes Hunger Action Month.
As country singers Jana Kramer and RaeLynn worked on the other side of the room, Crow, Hamilton and 50 Cent formed a power trio, scooping up carrots and measuring them into 3-pound bags.
"A 'ginormous,' to quote my 4-year-old, box of carrots that have to be put in 3-pound bags, and what that takes – just that in the simplest form is a great indicator of how badly bodies are needed here," Crow told The Tennessean.
"It's really about volunteerism. It's about people showing up with a checkbook, bodies, whatever it is you can contribute to help people not wonder where their next meal is coming from."
Hamilton thought back to a day he and his family volunteered to peel, crush and bag bananas. "That was a messy, fun, silly day," he said. "My boys were all smashing bananas. But you think about (how) that's nutrition that could go to waste if nothing happens. That's where the arms and legs aspect of this whole thing comes in."
It doesn't hurt if those arms and legs are like 50 Cent's. The muscle-bound rapper didn't have any trouble with those 3-pound bags of carrots, and got so absorbed in his work, he didn't notice his co-workers had left him to do interviews.
"I turned around and they were gone!" he said with a smile as he joined Crow and Hamilton. "They just left me in the back with the carrots. I thought I was with y'all!"
[VIDEO] PBS Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years - Trailer
[NEWS] PBS Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years Setlist
Bonnie Raitt, Brittany Howard, Jimmie Vaughan & Gary Clark Jr. | ‘Wrap It Up’
Bonnie Raitt | ‘Your Good Thing (Is About to End)’ Kris Kristofferson & Sheryl Crow | ‘Me and Bobby McGee’
Alabama Shakes | ‘Gimme All Your Love’
Jeff Bridges | ‘What A Little Bit of Love Can Do’
Willie Nelson | ‘Whiskey River’
Willie Nelson & Lyle Lovett | ‘Funny How Time Slips Away’
Willie Nelson & Emmylou Harris | ‘Crazy”
Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris & Lyle Lovett | “On the Road Again’
Robert Earl Keen & Joe Ely | ‘The Road Goes On Forever’
Gary Clark Jr. | ‘Bright Lights’
Foo Fighters | ‘Two Headed Dog (Red Temple Prayer)’ Sheryl Crow | ‘Can’t Cry Anymore’
Doyle Bramhall & Sheryl Crow | ‘I’m Leaving’
Grupo Fantasma | ‘Mulato’
Jimmie Vaughan & Bonnie Raitt | ‘The Pleasure’s All Mine’
Kenny Wayne Shepherd & Mike Farris | ‘House Is Rockin”
Robert Randolph | ‘Pride and Joy’
Buddy Guy | ‘Mary Had A Little Lamb’
All-Star Finale | ‘Texas Flood’
All-Star Finale | ‘Not Fade Away’
[LIVE REVIEW + PIX] Grand Rapids, Michigan - 7 September
Sheryl Crow closes Meijer Gardens summer series with smiles, hits and plenty of fun
by Tricia Woolfenden and John Sinkevics
Crow’s return to the outdoor amphitheater impresses a sold-out crowd and proves she’s now a darling of the popular series, which set records this year for overall attendance.
If all Sheryl Crow wants to do is have some fun, then she picked a pretty good night, a pretty good crowd and a pretty good venue to do just that.
Sunday night’s season-ending concert in the sold-out amphitheater at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park proved to be a whole lot of fun for 1,900-some fans who probably wish it really could have lasted “until the sun comes up” as Crow insisted during the third song of the night, “All I Wanna Do.”
Instead, wearing a broad grin, the singer and her six-piece band delivered a 105-minute set that was long on hits after starting the evening with the rock-hued “Maybe Angels” and “A Change Would Do You Good.”
It’s probably safe to say Crow can be counted among the darlings of the popular summer concert series. The singer-songwriter returned to play the amphitheater for the second year in a row, this time closing out the uber-successful, 30-concert 2014 series — which boasted more than two dozen sellouts — with her trademark down-to-Earth stage demeanor.
She conceded early on that it made her “kind of sad” to be playing Meijer Gardens’ last show of the summer, but joked that fans were probably going to “get liquored up and take some pictures with the sculptures” to commemorate the occasion.
Crow, 52, certainly has a way with an audience, not to mention a voice that’s as strong and versatile as it’s ever been.
The nine-time-Grammy-winning artist aims to please, loading her set list with tried-and-true radio-friendly hits, a la, “Picture,” “Anything But Down,” “If It Makes You Happy,” “Strong Enough,” et al. But if Crow is remotely bored with singing these (sometimes) decades-old songs, she has the grace to pretend otherwise and the skill to pull it off.
KEEPING FANS HAPPY, ADDING SOME TWANG AND PAYING TRIBUTE
She wants her fans to have a good time and if that means belting out the chorus for “Soak Up the Sun” for the thousandth time or once again closing a show with “Every Day is a Winding Road,” then so be it.
Blues-rock phenom Shannon Curfman, who also opened for Kid Rock at the Allegan County Fair on Saturday night and plays in Kid Rock’s band, got the night started with a crowd-pleasing set of her own songs and some covers (The Band’s “The Weight,” Fleetwood Mac’s “Oh Well”), then later joined joined Crow onstage to play guitar on “If It Makes You Happy.”
As for Crow, the seasoned performer played it safe on Sunday, but that doesn’t mean she didn’t switch things up a bit from her last Grand Rapids’ outing. While the concert covered familiar ground, Crow’s delivery has been tweaked in recent years, with meatier shades of country twang adding a new flavor to those well-worn pop hits.
This stylistic shift is keeping in line with Crow’s musical leanings as of late, including her so-called country album, “Feels Like Home” (2013). When introducing “Redemption Day” (from her self-titled 1996 release) Crow quipped that while her current record has been marketed as “country,” she’s baffled by the modern meaning of the term.
She then relayed how “Redemption Day” came to be discovered and recorded by a bona fide master of the genre: Johnny Cash. Crow proceeded with a rendition of the anti-war song that interwove her live vocals with snippets of Cash’s own version, which was recored in 2003 and later appeared on the 2010 posthumous release “American VI: Ain’t No Grave.”
As Crow and Cash sang of the high cost of violence and the hope for a world without, images of Cash and scenes of war were projected onto a large screen at the rear of the stage.
Such “duets” between the living and deceased can, when handled poorly, feel exploitative and downright icky (see many examples from the early 2000s for evidence of this oft-dicey trend). This, however, was a well-executed tribute to an artistic family with whom Crow has a sincere connection.
It made for the most interesting and risky moment in what otherwise was a predictably well-performed and well-received evening of pleasant rock … and a heckuva fun way to end the summer.
[LIVE REVIEW + PIX] Grand Rapids, Michigan - 7 September - review #2
Sheryl Crow brings sweet ending to Meijer Gardens Summer Concert Series
By Terry DeBoer
REVIEW: 3.5 OUT OF 4 STARS
Sheryl Crow, with special guest Shannon Curfman
WHEN AND WHERE: Sunday evening at Frederik Meijer Gardens
HIGHLIGHT: One of several; the countrified “Strong Enough,” featuring accordion, stand-up bass and mandolin and tight vocal harmonies among the players.
LENGTH: Sheryl Crow, 103 minutes; Shannon Curfman, 28 minutes (32-minute intermission)
ATTENDANCE: 1,900 (sold out)
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow ended the summer concert season at Frederik Meijer Gardens on Sunday night in grand style.
“How do you close the Gardens?” she wondered aloud to the sold out crowd of 1,900 on Sept. 7.
“Does everybody take a picture on that big horse?” Crow mused, referencing the giant Da Vinci-inspired, showcase sculpture in the facility’s permanent collection.
Crow remained true to her banter-with-the-audience style, which she exhibited at last year’s Meijer Gardens’ show. But her music reigned supreme, taking the willing audience from her opening “Maybe Angels” to her encore-ending, Led Zeppelin cover of “Rock and Roll.”
Crow, 52, and her six players ran the musical game board over the singer’s varied styles – rock, pop, blues and country.
The pop gem “All In Wanna Do” came early in her set. Video on the large screens above the stage bore vintage footage of amusement park delights accompanied the hooky tune as the lyrics strolled along “Santa Monica Boulevard”
“You got this,” encouraged the singer as the audience joined in on the inviting chorus.
Fans who crowded near the front of the stage remained standing for Crow’s entire set.
The band broke new ground with a song Crow said the players had never before performed live.
“Take a big long drink ‘cuz the more you drink the better we sound,” she offered.
“The Perfect Lie” was their debut ballad, which featured pedal steel guitar.
Crow’s lilting vocals can go high or low — as in “Can’t Cry Anymore” and “Best of Times” — the latter highlighting her harmonica, which intertwined with the band taking the tune more than halfway to honky tonk town to a satisfying end that brought many in the crowd to their feet.
More inspiring moments came during “Redemption Day,” a Crow song recorded by the late Johnny Cash.
Inspired by her own visits to U.S. troops back in the 1990s, the song decries war and conflict and points toward the hope of redemption. On the second verse, Cash’s own voice was heard with on-screen images reinforcing lyric before the two artist’s voices magically joined toward the end.
More serenity came with Crow’s cover of the Cat Steven’s tune, “The First Cut Is The Deepest.”
Back to the fun, Crow covered the country song she recorded with Kid Rock (“Picture”) before tagging it with “If It Makes You Happy,” supported on the screens by the tune’s music video.
And what could be more fun than the invitation to “Soak Up The Sun,” with its splashy video of surf, sand and wave.
“Help me sing it,” urged the singer.
“You rock, Grand Rapids,” voiced Crow at the song response.
Among her supportive players who also helped with background vocals were guitarist Peter Stroud and bassist Robert Kearns.
Her set-closer was another of her hits, “Everyday is a Winding Road,” again using video and moving the tune into overdrive for a big ending.
Crow opened her encore with her cagey “Steve McQueen” before concluding with her vocal stamp on the Zeppelin “Rock and Roll.”
Blues-rocker Shannon Curfman opened the show with a six-song set, including her signature “What You’re Getting Into” and a Robbie Robertson cover, “The Weight.”
She also joined Crow on stage during “If It Makes You Happy.”
SOURCE: Mlive.com -
[LIVE REVIEW] Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - 6 September (review #2)
By Megan Miller
After a five-song set from trio Gloriana, Sheryl Crow took the stage for about an hour. The delightful Crow played a string of hits spanning her 21-year career, like “All I Wanna Do,” “Soak Up the Sun,” “Strong Enough” and “If It Makes You Happy.” There’s something so cathartic about a pavilion full of people screaming in unison “If it makes you happy/it can’t be that bad.”
Crow’s current country radio single, “Callin’ Me When I’m Lonely,” did not make it into the set. Though I’m glad she opted to play her '90s/'00s hits over songs in the country genre that aren’t as familiar to fans.
Part country singer, part rocker chick, Crow, dressed in all black and wearing bedazzled black cowboy boots, strummed her guitar and busted out the harmonica a few times.
Crow made two more appearances during Saturday’s show. First, she performed “My Wish” and her song “Picture” halfway through Rascal Flatts’ set. She came back again, this time with Gloriana, and sang “Life is a Highway” before the show’s encore.
PHOTO: Angie Wood via Peter Stroud
[LIVE REVIEW] Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - 6 September
Rascal Flatts, Sheryl Crow bring Pavilion season to happy finish
By Scott Mervis
Rascal Flatts doesn't make any apologies for being poster boys of pop country.
The trio from Columbus embraced it even more than usual Saturday night, closing out the summer season at the First Niagara Pavilion by bringing along pop legend Sheryl Crow, dropping in some Pharrell Williams and even kicking out some hair metal.
The Crow part was a questionable choice, as she makes herself a tough act to follow. She arrived with a version of "All I Wanna Do" that sounded less Santa Monica Boulevard than Broadway Street in Nashville with a pedal steel twang and a knockout band she picked up in her adopted hometown.
Seeing no place for herself in the pop world, she's joined many of her peers in making that country move, but she's done it ever so subtly.
No Southern accent for the Missouri girl, just more steel in the guitars, a more downhome feel, and that stellar voice.
Despite releasing an album for Warner Nashville, the sunny pop star, looking great at 52, didn't make it the focus. She offered the country-soul ballad "Give it to Me," with a vocal channeling Janis, and chugged through the honky tonk of "Best of Times," blowing a surprisingly mean bluesy harp. She also made a tasteful choice of the somber "Redemption Day," employing a video segment of Johnny Cash, who covered it very late in life.
She ended with a run of hits a Sheryl Crow fan would want to hear, with "If It Makes You Happy," "Soak Up the Sun" and "Everyday Is a Winding Road," again adding more sweet layers to the strings.
Rascal Flatts hit a few bumps on the highway this tour, with frontman Gary LeVox having to scrap some shows due to vocal troubles.
Fortunately for the Pavilion fans, he's worked his way through that, and on Saturday he was back to hitting the high notes male country singers don't often reach -- or necessarily want to.
Touring on the new album, "Rewind" -- not the retro project it might sound like -- Rascal Flatts took the stage with splash of pyro and the funky new rocker "Payback," which makes for a good kickoff. From there
it was a 100-minute set filled with summery hits and a touch of power-ballad heartbreak. With its easy-going sing-song melodies and tried-and-true arrangements, Rascal Flatts is after all the ideal band for people who don't care for hard edges on their music.
After that funky start, Mr. LeVox and partners Joe Don Rooney (guitarslinger) and Jay DeMarcus (bassist) quickly settled into the core midtempo love songs -- "Here Comes Goodbye," "What Hurts the Most," "Fast Cars and Freedom" -- that get the girls singing along.
The frontman took it to church on "Bless the Broken Road," a song that was definitely speaking to him, along with a good many fans.
Midway, it turned into a something of a variety show. Mr. DeMarcus did a comedy bit about girls in Daisy Dukes and a thanks to the fans for 14 years, leading into an impressive doo-wop interlude of "Love You Out Loud" and Pharrell's "Happy." A playful Crow reappeared to let them sit in for Kid Rock on an unplugged "Picture" and she stayed around to soar on "My Wish."
From there, Rascal Flatts did it's best summer send-off with "Summer Nights," new song "DJ Tonight," and "Life is a Highway," which had Ohio boys waving a Terrible Towel and yelling "Go Steelers!"
If that was strange enough, the last sound heard at the First Niagara Pavilion was an explosion and Rascal Flatts doing justice to Motley Crue's "Kickstart My Heart."
All I Wanna Do
Can't Cry Anymore
Give it to Me
Best of Times
If It Makes You Happy
Soak Up the Sun
Everyday Is a Winding Road
[NEWS] Sheryl Crow, 50 Cent to support the hungry in Nashville
Hunger is about to get some star-studded support in Nashville.
Celebrities including singer Sheryl Crow, rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, and former Olympian Scott Hamilton will pack apples and carrots for hungry families at Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee's special volunteer produce packing event on Tuesday.
The event will help kick off September's Hunger Action Month and is designed to generate community conversation in support of the needy. It has been organized in conjunction with Feeding America Entertainment Council. The packed produce will be distributed to Second Harvest partner agencies throughout the local community.
Other celebrity supporters, including country singers RaeLynn, Gene Johnson of Diamond Rio and Jana Kramer, also will participate in this first-ever event.
Local volunteers have been pre-selected to take part. The event will not be open to the public.
Second Harvest distributes food and other products to approximately 450 nonprofit partner agencies in 46 counties in Middle and West Tennessee. Partners include food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, childcare facilities, senior centers, group homes and youth enrichment programs.
Sheryl Crow warms up crowd nicely for strong set by Rascal Flatts
By Tim O’Shei
News Contributing Reviewer
The Buffalo News
DARIEN LAKES– Standing center stage, Tom Gossin gazed across the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center expanse and said, “The last time I was here was 18 years ago, out there watching a concert. It feels great to be up here.”
The early evening crowd – what little there was of it – cheered in agreement with the Gloriana vocalist who, with brother and bandmate Mike Gossin, grew up a few hours away in Utica.
Gloriana opened the evening with an enthusiastic five-song, 20-minute set that included the band’s most successful song, “(Kissed You) Good Night,” and the appropriately named “Ain’t Running Out of Summer Yet.”
Popular for only a few years and squarely in the millennial age bracket, Gloriana should be around for a while. It was a little disappointing that more fans weren’t around to hear them.
Sheryl Crow faced a similarly sparse audience when she stepped onstage with her six-piece band.
Consider: Two songs in, when Crow held the microphone to the crowd for the chorus of “All I Wanna Do,” you could barely make out people singing the classic lyrics, “I’ve got a feeling I’m not the only one.”
But it got better.
In fringed jeans and a white T-shirt, Crow broke out hits from “Everyday Is a Winding Road” to “If It Makes You Happy,” mixing them with her newer country releases.
During “Best of Times,” Crow intoned a lengthy, hearty and almost haunting harmonica solo that flexed the same musical muscle displayed by her string players.
That injected energy into the crowd, which followed up with a full-throated sing-along of the next song, “Strong Enough.”
By the time Crow was cruising to the conclusion of her 10-song, nearly hourlong set, it was easy to soak up the energy as the fans joined in for “Soak Up the Sun.”
Not that Rascal Flatts needs a star-charged lead-in act – the band stands on its own just fine – but they couldn’t ask for a stronger opener than Crow.
By the time singer Gary LeVox, bassist Jay DeMarcus and guitarist Joe Don Rooney stepped onstage, the evening fully resembled a midsummer night’s country concert party. The band kicked off the show standing atop a platform above the video screen, lyrics to the opening number “Payback” flashing beneath their feet.
With five musicians serving as their backups, Rascal Flatts pounded through a string of hits.
LeVox used his hand during the band’s current top hit, “Rewind,” to orchestrate the crowd’s response like a conductor, and that led into what seemed to be the full audience forming a chorus for the ballad “What Hurts the Most.”
The same happened for “Bless the Broken Road,” and so it went.
LeVox’s high-chested, smooth vocals beg to be echoed, which is the power of Rascal Flatts.
It was evident when Crow joined the band to sing “Picture” and “My Wish.” And it was as in-your-face as a Harley roaring down a country road in the band’s remake of Tom Cochrane’s “Life Is a Highway.”
SOURCE: The Buffalo News
Photo credits: @JJPieds & Darien Lakes Arts Center
[NEWS] Sheryl Crow to wrap up most popular Meijer Gardens concert series in venue history
By John Serba
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - This summer's final 1,900 guests will file into Frederik Meijer Gardens Sunday evening for Sheryl Crow's sold-out return to the amphitheater - and the venue will file this year as an over-the-top success for the concert series.
When all is said and done next week, the series will tally more than 50,000 admissions for 2014, with 25 of 30 shows sold out.
Notably, for several years, Crow was on the Meijer Gardens wish-list for would-be performers prior to her first concert there in June 2013. It's easy to see why - both last year's and this year's show promptly sold out during the members-only presale.
Since Crow's 2013 concert, she released her "Feels Like Home," album, which boasts more of a country sound than anything else she's recorded. Sure, she's been scooting her boots ever closer to the genre over the years, but recent singles "Easy" and "Callin' Me When I'm Lonely" hit the country charts and, presumably, a few fresh ears.
She performed some of her new material at the Gardens last year, too.
Most recently, the venue hosted classic popsters The Beach Boys, up-and-coming soul-blues band Lake Street Dive and classic rock act The Moody Blues, and the Tuesday Evening Music Club series wrapped Aug. 26. Every national act on the venue schedule in August sold out.
SOURCE: Mlive.com -
[NEWS] RIP David Anderle
David Anderle, a record producer and music executive died Monday following a battle with cancer. He was 77.
Anderle began his music career for MGM and Elektra Records in the 1960's. His longest run with a label was at A&M Records, where he served as senior vice president of A&R alongside the founders Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss until his retirement in 1999. During a 35-year career, he worked with such storied acts as the Doors, Frank Zappa, Kris Kristofferson, Rita Coolidge and Delaney & Bonnie and served as music supervisor for numerous films including Good Morning, Vietnam, The Breakfast Club, Pretty In Pink, Scrooged and Soul Man.
For us fans, Anderle is mostly remembered for being one of the first people to believe in Sheryl's talent. He helped Sheryl to produce her real first record, the infamous "Unreleased Album" (1992), as well as supervising the early stages of her career and most of her works until "The Globe Session" (1998).
Here's some excerpt from Richard Buskin's book "No Food to this Game":
"At 10:45 on the morning of Monday, March 4, 1991, producer Hugh Padgham walked into David Anderle's office at A&M and said, "Do you remember that conversation we had?" Anderle did. "Well, "Padgham continued, "I think I've found somebody"
[About Sheryl's demo tape]
"Hugh played me Sheryl's tape and I really loved it," states Anderle, who met with A&M CEO Al Cafaro at four o'clock that afternoon and handed him a copy of the recording. He also gave a copy to Jerry Moss. The following day Cafaro called Anderle while he was listening to it in his car. He too loved what he heard. Moss concurred."
"Anderle was hooked. "I don't even know what it wa about Sheryl that got me, but she got me so quick, and it had to do with a combination of the sound of her voice and what she was writing," he explains. "I really liked the songs a lot and I loved her voice. I called Hugh and I said, "look, we 're really interested in this and i'd like to sign her. Do you want to tell her or do you want me to tell her?" He said, "I think you should call her, because I think it would be a wounderful thing for her to that call from a record company." I said, "Fine," and so I called and asked her to come in".
On Wednesday, March 6, at 4:00 PM, Sheryl Crow had her first meeting with Anderle.
[About Sheryl's first meeting with David Anderle]
"When Sheryl walked in the office it was all over, " Anderle recalls. "As soon I saw her I know that, from my point of view, it was all there. And i can't even pinpoint what it was about her. It's just there, and it's always there with Sheryl. She was sitting on a couch across from me, we had a bit of a conversation, and physically her appearance just kept changing. It was late afternoon, the sun was coming through the windows in my office, and there were trees outside, so there were a lot of shadows. Well, she would be looking at me and she'd be one person. Then she would turn her head to say something to her friend Judy and, what with the way the sun was hitting it, her hair would be straggly and she'd kinda look as if she just came in off the ranch or something. Then she'd look the other way and she would look beautiful. All of that was going on the whole time I was talking to her. I was just sitting there and I was watching that, and as I'm a visual person that meant a lot to me, along with everything else. I believe in that kind of stuff. She reminded me very much of Bob Dylan in that they never look the same all the time. She would go from being really kind of sexy to not very sexy to having sort of country feel to having a kind of hippie look, and I found that incredibly fascinating.
"I basically asked her three questions: I asked her if she wanted to make a record and she said, "Yes"; I asked her if she was ready to make a record now, and she said "Yes"; and I asked her if she would like to make one with us and she just turned to Judy, and Judy said something like, "Oh my God, I've always wanted to be in a meeting like this" That was it. She didn't have a lawyer, she didn't have a manager, she only had Judy, so we suggested that she get a lawyer and a manager and we went from there."
Eventually Anderle was involved as a supervisor during the early days of Tuesday Night Music Club. He was also present at the Sheryl's first solo gig with her first touring band. This took place in july 1993 in St. Louis at Off Broadway, a little venue on Lemp Street.
"There were about fourteen people in this small club, eleven of us from the label, " David anderle remembers. "Afterwards, Sheryl came up to me at the bar and she was changrined about her band and so forth.... typical Sheryl. I said, "Don't worry about it, because as you work and get better you'll be able to draw better players."
"That gig was where I met Triple A [album adult alternative] people for the first time. A bunch of people from different labels were having a dinner in that town, and I was invited over to join them. They loved Sheryl's record, right from the get-go, and they were actually having arguments as to what the best track was. I said to this young A&R guy who was with me on the trip, "This is was you dream about, having radio and other record companies arguing about what's the best song on your artist's album!" So, Triple A went for it right away. They loved her. THen again, I also knew there were people at the label who liked this album, so I could relax a little bit with the fact that we were goint to get a shot. If Sheryl could just get a shot I knew she would make it, because there was no way she would miss."
[About her toughness and stubborness]
"It's tough, and she's tough". I mean, you can have a conversation with her and you can say, "This is blue," and she's gonna go, "No, it' not blue". "Sheryl, I swear to God that's blue." "It is not blue." . You go on and on, however long it takes, and then finally you go, "Sheryl, this is blue, " and she'll go, "Okay, it's blue, but it's the wrong blue. It's not the blue I want." There were moment where I've thought, "You know, I'm not going to put up with this shit anymore, " but then when I've calmed down I've said, "Of course I'm going to do it, because I really believe in her" It got to where I wasn't sure I want to work with her, but I've never stopped believing in her.
"I understand how fucked up you get with youself if you can't what you want - "Why can't i get this right? I don't understand." People are going, "Oh man that's beautiful!" and you're going, "No, it's not beautiful. it's bullshit!" I understood that about Sheryl, and I always found myself saying, "Of course I'm going to get on the phone and deal with her, because she's going to deliver, and I understand her frustration-" As mad as I've gotten with Sheryl, every time I see her I always remember how much I like her. I like her a great deal, but I also can understand how people might have negative perception of her. She could really put somebody over the edge. "I believe Al [Cafaro) love Sheryl. I mean, we would have meetings about her that were really heated, and it was all because we believed so much in her".
"Sheryl is driven. She is the most driven artist I've been around, which to me is one of her great strenghts."
[Working on Sheryl Crow record]
"She has a hard time accepting compliments or accepting goodness. Somehow she has to turn it around a little bit. On the second album, I went with her down to Sunset Sound to listen to all of the stuff she had, and I remember a couple of times I would hear a track and say, "Man, is that you playing bass on this?" and she'd say, "Yeah," and I'd say, "That's a great fucking bass line!" She'd say, "Nah, thats nothing. I'm gonna have a real bass player come in and play." Okay. Then we'd listen to another thing and I'd say, "That vocal is really great." "No, it's just a work vocal. I'm gonna have to go back and red it." Finally I said, "You know, Sheryl, you make somebody feel real bad about their perception of your work! It would just seem easier to me to not say anything, except I can't because your stuff knocks me out! And when it doesn't it doesn't. She has a real hard time just saying, "Great, thanks," except she will at a certain time say, "Yes, it's mine," so there's also that part of her that is very aware of what she can do and what she is doing."
"She's a girl who does not want to have her butt kissed. She wants to be told the truth, and, even though she'll hate you for it at the time, if you're telling her the truth she'll come back to you."
"I always call her The Crow," says David Anderle. "Of course, she happened right when the movie happened, as well as The Black Crows and Counting Crows. All of a sudden, out of nowhere, there were all of the crows! But she's the one one who is The Crow. I think Sheryl is one of the original watch-my-dust girls, so lots of people will be hurt, but the people who understand that will get up, dust themselves off, move on, and hopefully be happy that they had that moment with her. Because she ain't staying there for long. It's the way things are. Unfortunately, some guys find it distressing that they've been Crowed by a woman...."