NEWS SEPTEMBER 2008

Monday September 29

[LIVE REVIEW] Regina, Saskatchewan (Canada), SEPTEMBER 28

GOD BLESS
BABYLON
LOVE IS FREE
CHANGE
VEGAS
STRONG ENOUGH
CAN'T CRY
MOTIVATION
MISTAKE
GASOLINE
NEIGHBORHOOD
DETOURS
I SHALL BELIEVE
HAPPY
OUT OF OUR HEADS
SOAK
WINDING ROAD
****************************************
ALL I WANNA DO
ROCK AND ROLL

Sunday September 28

[LIVE REVIEW] WINNIPEG, MANITOBA - SEPTEMBER 27 - #2

Honey and whiskey
Crossover sensation Crow rolls out cavalcade of hits from 15-year career

By DAVID SCHMEICHEL

In the dictionary, a survivor is defined as one who outlives or outlasts, or more specifically, one who continues to function or prosper despite many hardships.

But last night at MTS Centre, crossover sensation Sheryl Crow didn't need fancy phrasings to prove her survivor status -- just a cavalcade of hits culled from her 15-year career, all of them steeped in the sort of blissful brilliance that befits an artist who's figured out how to play the game.

Though her tunes (particularly the early ones) have become a bit ubiquitous over the years, Crow is still something of a rare bird in the rock 'n' roll realm -- one who's managed to successfully straddle the divides between rock and pop, or country and rock, or whatever separates the so-called "entertainers" from the bona fide artistes.

And last night, she pulled off the same balancing act with aplomb, alternating between bluesy show-stoppers, folksy jam sessions and stripped-down ballads -- all to the obvious delight of some 6,000 fans.

FULL-THROTTLE

Taking to the stage at 9 p.m. sharp, Crow -- looking classy/casual in a black jacket and jeans -- started out small, whispering a solo version of the Detours track God Bless This Mess before dropping the curtain and joining her eight-piece band on the full-throttle number Shine Over Babylon.

And speaking of full-throttle, anyone with a working radio dial would've recognized Crow's trademark pipes -- a beguiling blend of honey and whiskey that can go from a sultry aside to an arena-filling air raid siren in seconds flat.

For years now, Crow has cultivated a rep as a real rabble-rouser in the U.S, but last night, she mostly kept the politics to a minimum, instead focusing her attention on gently meandering versions of hits like Leaving Las Vegas, Strong Enough and My Favorite Mistake.

A few of the tracks suffered from by-the-numbers syndrome (despite her best attempts to spice them up with snippets of classic rock tunes), but in the end, it was worth it just to see a star of Sheryl's stature proving she's got plenty of outliving and outlasting left in her.

JIM CUDDY

Earlier, opening act Jim Cuddy -- better known as one of the frontmen of Canuck country-rock legends Blue Rodeo -- delivered a rootsy, rollicking set that gave him ample opportunity to spar with both his rhythm guitarist and his fiddle player.

And while Cuddy's solo tracks -- spirited versions of All I Need, Too Many Hands, Married Again, One Fine Day and more -- all went over huge with the crowd, it was the extended version of Blue Rodeo's Five Days in May, replete with five-minute-long string solo and dueling guitar demo, that really gave him a chance to shine.

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SHERYL CROW

Where: MTS Centre
When: Sat., Sept. 27
With: Jim Cuddy
Sun Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5

Source: Winnipeg Sun (http://winnipegsun.com)


[SET LIST] WINNIPEG, MANITOBA - SEPTEMBER 27

GOD BLESS
BABYLON
LOVE IS FREE
CHANGE
VEGAS
STRONG ENOUGH
CAN'T CRY
MOTIVATION
MISTAKE
GASOLINE
NEIGHBORHOOD
DETOURS
I SHALL BELIEVE
HAPPY
OUT OF OUR HEADS
SOAK
WINDING ROAD
****************************************
ALL I WANNA DO


[LIVE REVIEW] WINNIPEG, MANITOBA - SEPTEMBER 27

Did Crow make us happy? Well...

By: Melissa Martin
Updated: September 27 at 10:58 PM CDT

Is it holiday time already?

Just three days before releasing her first Christmas album, Missouri native and grown up pop-rock star Sheryl Crow strung up the blinky lights at the MTS Centre, and gave her Winnipeg fans an early gift.

Well, actually, it came a bit late. There was a whopping 45-minute intermission between opener Jim Cuddy (who was, as usual, enchanting) and Crow. That's baffling for a show that doesn't involve a truckload of pyrotehnics, and there was a lot of antsy shuffling in the crowd. "Sheryl!" one forlorn fan called out to an empty stage.

His plea was answered soon after. At 9 p.m., Crow appeared alone in a single spotlight on the MTS Centre stage, strumming her acoustic and leaning into the microphone for God Bless This Mess.

Then the curtain behind Crow dropped, and so did her guitar -- she put down the six-string and picked up the microphone for Shine Over Babylon. (Her eight-piece band was certainly big enough to handle the instrumentals on their own.) The biggest applause of the early set went to her sparkling 1994 empowerment anthem, Strong Enough.

For someone who runs so hot on politics (she once tangled personally with neoconservative mastermind Karl Rove, which alone makes her a Democratic icon), Crow started off pretty cool. She didn't speak a word until the end of her fifth song (Leaving Las Vegas). But when she did reach out, the crowd reached right back, meeting every word with cheers.

As the set moved on, however, Crow became more affable... and brought out some of the bite that has established her as one of pop's most independently minded artists. "Do you guys read the tabloids'" she said, moments before launching into the scathing Motivation. "Well, this song is about people who you don't know why they're famous... Paris Hilton."

One thing's for sure: at 46 and with 15 years of superstardom behind her, Crow is a reliable professional. Her sultry mezzo-soprano was almost CD-perfect. But she is also an organic star, and never seemed comfortable without a guitar in her hand... which, inexplicably, was often.

When she put it down for tunes like My Favourite Mistake (punctuated last night by a heartfelt spoken-word bridge), she looked unsure of what to do with herself, hunching over and dancing stiffly. Then she'd strap it back on (for the gorgeous late-set Detours, for instance), and suddenly stand up straight and radiant.

Crow is a great talent — and a wondrous woman — but it wasn't the concert of the year. Perhaps that's because her catalogue doesn't offer much dynamic. Perhaps to counter this, she tossed in three partial covers: I Can See Clearly Now, Gimme Shelter, and a quick cut from Walk This Way, complete with overdriven guitar and flashing spotlights, that fell kinda flat.

That said, she ended it on a high note — though some people near the back of the arena were chatting (!) during her lovely ballad I Shall Believe, set closers like her early-career smash hit If It Makes You Happy (guitar on!) got them back on board.

After wrapping up her regular set with the recent single Out of Our Heads (which got a surprisingly mellow reception), the sunnier Soak Up The Sun (sadly, no guitar again), and her perennial summer road-trip anthem, Everyday Is A Winding Road. The last keyboard chord struck at 10:30 on the dot. Is that timing or what'

The crowd gladly brought Crow back for an encore — and unlike most artists at the MTS Centre, she actually made them work for it. Usually artists merely pop offstage for no more than sixty seconds, then run back on. Crow took, by comparison, a marathon 4 minutes to return.

When she did, she and her band sauntered through the kicky All I Wanna Do (guitar on!) and capped the set with Led Zeppelin's Rock & Roll. Again, the choice in cover seemed wonky — the electric guitar overwhelmed her supple but pure voice. But it was great to see her really getting down and groovy with the back-up singers during the solo.

Source: Winnipeg Free Press (www.winnipegfreepress.com)

Saturday September 27

[BOOTLEG] LIVE IN HAMBURG - HAMBURG STADTPARK, JULY 1ST, 2008

LIve in Hamburg
Hamburg Stadtpark
Hamburg, Germany
July 1st, 2008

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Tracklisting

01. God Bless This Mess
02. Shine Over Babylon
03. Love is Free
04. A Change Would Do You Good
05. Speech
06. Can't Cry Anymore
07. Run Baby Run
08. My Favorite Mistake
09. Now That You're Gone
10. The First Cut Is The Deepest
11. There Goes The Neighbourhood
12. Gasoline/Gimme Shelter


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[NEWS] TONIGHT'S PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE: SHERYL'S PERSPECTIVE ON HUFFINGTON POST

Tonight's Presidential Debate: Victory for Obama, More of the Same from McCain

by musician, and I emphasize "musician," and not political expert, Sheryl Crow

I am not exactly sure how to begin this blog.

I am still slightly dumbfounded by what I feel was an out and out victory for Senator Obama. Anyone who knows me knows I am an Obama supporter but knowing I would be blogging for the Huffington Post tonight, I tried to watch this debate with complete objectivity... [ CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE POST ]

 


[SET LIST] SAULT STE MARIE, ON - SEPTEMBER 25

GOD BLESS
BABYLON
LOVE IS FREE
CHANGE
VEGAS
STRONG ENOUGH
CAN'T CRY
MOTIVATION
MISTAKE
GASOLINE
NEIGHBORHOOD
LOVE IS ALL THERE IS
NO-ONE SAID
HAPPY
OUT OF OUR HEADS
SOAK
WINDING ROAD
****************************************
ALL I WANNA DO
ROCK AND ROLL


[LIVE REVIEW] SAULT STE. MARIE, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 25

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by Donna Hopper

Sheryl Crow detours through the Sault (photos)
By Slackhopper
SooToday.com

Friday, September 26, 2008

A confident and downright sexy Sheryl Crow happily shared a career-spanning evening of music with a near-capacity Essar Centre audience last night in Sault Ste. Marie.

Unlike her career, the set had a humble beginning as Crow emerged in front a black backdrop to perform God Bless This Mess from her newest release Detours accompanied by only her acoustic guitar.

The curtain then dropped and an eight-piece band kicked in for the rest of her 90-minute set.

A band that would put any group at the top of the charts today to shame.

Crow's beautiful smile and pristine voice immediately seized the polite Sault audience, gradually coaxing fans from their seats to their feet as the hits -- past and future -- poured forth.

"Since we've never played here before, we'll do a lot of songs you'll know," Crow said early into the set.

Recognizable hits, including All I Wanna Do, No One Said It Would Be Easy, Strong Enough, A Change Would Do You Good, If It Makes You Happy, Everyday Is A Winding Road, My Favourite Mistake, Soak Up The Sun and Leaving Las Vegas have some serious competition as fan favourites.

New material from Detours, such as Motivation, Shine Over Babylon, Gasoline and Out of Our Heads, are a testament to Crow's prowess, charm, determination and ultimate staying power.

Relaxed and unassuming, Crow's stage banter was unrehearsed and seemingly more genuine than most, making the 4,200 in attendance feel far more connected than usual.

I'd bet dollars to donuts that Sheryl Crow CD sales skyrocketed in the area today.

Source: www.sootoday.com


[LIVE REVIEW] THE SEXIEST WOMEN IN ROCK AND ROLL (AND THE SOUND ISSUES...)


Photo by Brian Trembley

http://tremblayphoto.blogspot.com/2008/09/sexiest-woman-in-rock-n-roll.html


[NEWS] BOOTHEEL TRADING CO. PROMO TOUR - FT. WORTH, TEXAS

Friday September 26

[LIVE REVIEW] SAULT STE. MARIE, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 25

Crow soars at Essar
Renowned U.S. rocker lights up full house in Sault
Posted By Jeffrey Ougler - Photo by Rachele Labrecque - Sault Star

The Sault Star

Hints that a veteran artist may saturate his or her set list with cuts from a latest album seldom send a concert goer salivating these days.

But after lending a careful — if not critical — ear to Detours, Sheryl Crow’s latest release, over the last week, the mere thought of her NOT dishing out a generous dose of new material during her Sault Ste. Marie show Thursday evening sent shivers.

Crow didn’t disappoint.

The renowned U.S. musician, vocalist and songwriter aptly weaved more than a half-dozen cuts from Detours with her tried and true classics, much to the delight of a full house of more than 4,000 at Essar Centre.

Taking the stage solo with an acoustic guitar, Crow kicked off the show with the melodic God Bless, from Detours. Then, joined by her six-piece band and two backing vocalists, followed with Babylon and Love is Free, both also from the new CD.

Crow, 46, was lovely, lithe and loaded with energy, sporting high heels, hip-hugging jeans and a black-fitted vest. She juggled electric and acoustic guitars throughout the hour-and-a-half show, and often strutted the stage with just a mike in hand.


It was refreshing to witness an artist, with such a solid catalogue of smashes, lean so heavily on new material. And it never seemed as if Crow was trying to peddle her new album. Her choice of material appeared an honest effort to share with fans these latest gems she and her enthusiastic stage mates genuinely adore.

The evening wasn’t merely about music.

And Crow could be candid.

• During Change, the outspoken Democratic supporter told her audience unless Barack Obama is elected U.S. president, there will be “no change.”

• On introducing Gasoline: “We’re running out of gasoline. I had nothing to do with it. Seems strange to me Exxon had its best year ever. Pisses me off.”

• On her well-publicized breast cancer battle: “I was cured. Fantastic. Early detection. Mammograms.”

The predominantly 30-plus audience was cautiously animated and mostly well behaved, save for one yahoo, who after being ejected twice, changed T-shirts and donned a ball cap to evade security. He wasn’t successful.

And one woman at floor seating had a camcorder yanked from her hand somewhat forcefully by a burly security guard. It wasn’t apparent if the device was returned.

Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy proved a more than capable opener. Although somewhat slow to respond, the crowd eventually caught on, providing respectable — and sometimes enthusiastic — applause for a more than 45-minute performance that included solo numbers One Fine Day, Pull Me Through and Married Again. As well as being buoyed by Blue Rodeo bassist Basil Donovan, Cuddy was given an extra boost by the ferocious fiddling of Anne Lindsay. It was also nice that Cuddy’s return to Sault Ste. Marie was greeted with a few more faces in the crowd than that of the abysmal turnout for Blue Rodeo in January at the then Steelback Centre.

But it was Crow who set Essar on fire, lifting the crowd to its feet with the familiar hits Mistake, Winding Road, Happy, Leaving Las Vegas, along with the new, hook-laden Out of Our Heads.

Crow and Co. responded to a standing ovation with a two-song encore, featuring the early smash All I Wanna Do and an eardrum-busting cover of Led Zeppelin’s Rock and Roll.

Crow also tried to regionalize things, receiving loud applause upon suggesting the Sault might be a “hockey town.” She was bit shaky on geography, though, when asking if the city bordered Wisconsin.

“I don’t even know America,” she laughed.

Source: The Sault Star (www.saultstar.com)


[VIDEO + MP3] THE DIFFICULT KIND - LONDON, ON, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 24, 2008

 
by Chris Hudson

MP3 - 160 kbits - stereo - 7,21 mb

Thursday September 25

[LIVE REVIEW] LONDON, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 24

Crow mixes personal with political at JLC
Thu, September 25, 2008
Her hit A Change Would Do You Good could teach her country a lesson, she says
By JAMES REANEY

Sheryl Crow is one rock star who knows how to take the fans where she's going.

Touring to support her latest album, Detours, Crow kept her idealism and rock in gear last night before a crowd of 3,600 at the John Labatt Centre.

Somebody else might have mailed it in. Not Crow, who was serious about politics and mixed up new songs with her hits from the 1990s, including Strong Enough, Can't Cry Anymore and Leaving Las Vegas.

"I like to sing this song in America. A change would do us good," she said during an early set visit to A Change Would Do You Good, one of her hits from 1996 when the twists and turns of a U.S. election year were more to her political tastes.

There was a quick shot at Paris Hilton to laughter and applause before Motivation, a song about the emptiness of celeb culture. It is from Detours, (A&M/Universal). On the album, the nine-time Grammy-winning singersongwriter has songs about the demise of a relationship, the adoption of a child, a bout with breast cancer, the war in Iraq and other personal and political topics.

The personal is always right up with the politics for Crow.

She arrived, to big cheers, by playing acoustic guitar in front of a stylized peace symbol on a backdrop. Opening with God Bless this Mess, the first track from Detours, Crow looked gorgeous in a white jacket with some wild blue skull design on the back and tight jeans. Soon, she doffed the jacket and put aside the guitar, looking even more gorgeous with a bare armed look.

When Crow last played the downtown London arena, it was the summer of 2003. (She guessed at it being 2004 last night). A show set for 2006 was cancelled as Crow battled breast cancer.

"I think we haven't aged a bit," Crow joked just before a mid-set Can't Cry Anymore. She hadn't "used Botox . . . yet," the star said, then adding she would not do so until she was 70.

One fan's view of Crow's show in 2003 was that she was pretty stern and didn't talk much to the audience or even look up too often.

As someone who was seeing her for the first time last night, that doesn't seem likely. Of course, any soulful American singer-songwriter who can stride and strut around the same stage where Cher said her final farewell twice while singing about gasoline being free is always going to appeal to this critic.

Crow put those Cher-like struts to good use last night during Gasoline, which was the big number by the hour mark. She urged the fans to imagine free gasoline, think about solar and wind power, while also saying with real fire how Exxon's big profits "pisses me off."

In the same extended version, Crow used the Stones' Gimme Shelter -- the iconic riffs and the lyrics about it being "just a kiss away" -- to keep her Gasoline rant on fire.

At other times, she used I Can See Clearly Now and Walk this Way to comment on her own songs.

Some devoted Crow fans were up and dancing for most of the first hour, even when their ideal rock sister was slowing it down to adjust for a little detour in the set.

Earlier in the evening, Toronto roots rocker Jim Cuddy was in funny and friendly form. The Blue Rodeo co-frontman is on the tour with the Jim Cuddy Band, a Toronto-based outfit.

"This is kind of a weird night. I don't know why," Cuddy said early in the set.

After his fiddle player, the stellar Anne Lindsay, nearly took a tumble during a song about falling in a hole, the lanky singer seemed convinced mysterious forces were at work. "Something's going to happen tonight, something's going to happen," he said.

The only that happened was Cuddy closing with a big guitar rave up that had hundreds of fans up and cheering.

Source:
The London Free Press


[SET LIST] LONDON, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 24

GOD BLESS
BABYLON
LOVE IS FREE
CHANGE
VEGAS
STRONG ENOUGH
CAN'T CRY
MOTIVATION
MISTAKE
GASOLINE
NEIGHBORHOOD
DETOURS
DIFFICULT KIND
HAPPY
OUT OF OUR HEADS
SOAK
WINDING ROAD
****************************************
ALL I WANNA DO
HIGHER GROUND


[NEWS] SHERYL CROW SPECIAL EXPERIENCE



SHERYL CROW SPECIAL EXPERIENCE
Wednesday, October 1, 2008 • Pengrowth Saddledome

American Express® Cardmembers are invited to register for a limited number of Sheryl Crow Special Experience passes to watch Sheryl Crow at a sound check on October 1, 2008 at Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary - Avison Young Lounge Main Entrance. The fun begins at 2:30pm. Cardmember and guest will get:

Sheryl Crow Special Experience:

• An exclusive up close sound check.

• To attend the American Express party at Pengrowth Saddledome in the Avison Young Lounge where you will enjoy complimentary hospitality. Each guest will receive 2 complimentary alcoholic beverage drink tickets.

• A chance to enter a draw to win a meet and greet and autograph with Sheryl Crow. Each participating guest will be given a set of identical serial-numbered draw tickets. The guests will drop one ticket into a ballot box at the American Express registration table and keep the other one as identification proof to claim the prize.

• To watch the Sheryl Crow concert at 7:30pm.

How to access this Special Experience:

On Friday, September 26th, from 10am - 5pm EST, Cardmembers can call 1-888-832-2318 and register themselves and one guest for the Sheryl Crow Special Experience. Registration is on a first come, first served basis and is limited to 70 Cardmembers plus their guest (total of 140 persons).

Please note that:

• In order to register, Cardmembers must provide the 1-800 number that appears on the back of their American Express Card, their full name as it appears on their Card, and day and night time telephone numbers.

• All participants must be 18 years of age or older.

• On the day of the event, in order to access the Sheryl Crow Special Experience, Cardmembers must present their American Express Card and Cardmember and guest will be required to present personal identification showing proof of age. Cardmember`s name on the Card and personal identification must match the name on the guest list. You and your guest must both be present at the time of registration.

• Cardmember and guest will be required to sign a form of Release, Waiver and Indemnity in order to participate in the Sheryl Crow Experience.

• American Express reserves the right to refuse entry to Cardmembers whose names and/or personal identification do not match the guest list or Cardmembers and guests who fail to present personal identification showing proof of age.


American Express reserves the right to terminate or change the Sheryl Crow Special Experience at any time without notice due to cancellation or rescheduling of the performance or any other circumstances beyond the control of American Express.

Source: http://www.americanexpressmyplanet.ca/


[NEWS] SHERYL PART OF JOHNNY CASH DOCUMENTARY

Bio Channel brings viewers inside the unique story of one man, his music and the country that embraced him with the two-hour documentary special “Johnny Cash’s America,” premiering on Thursday, October 23 at 9 PM EST.

A first time partnership between the Cash Estate, Sony Music, Executive Producer John Carter Cash and Award-winning filmmaking team Morgan Neville (Hank Williams: Honky Tonk Blues) and Robert Gordon (Muddy Waters Can’t Be Satisfied, with Morgan Neville), the special sheds new light on the life and legacy of the "Man in Black." Narrated by Oscar-winning actor Chris Cooper (Adaptation), viewers will have unprecedented access to a wealth of rare materials, including never-before-seen footage and photos, intimate interviews with Cash’s family, children, and several life-long friends, and 27 of Johnny Cash's recordings, many used here for the first time.

At the time of his death in 2003, no other entertainer in history had brought together people of such diverse creeds, politics, and persuasions as Johnny Cash. With hits spanning six decades from the 1950s into the 21st century, Cash sought to advocate his beliefs and unify people through his music. Wading in the controversies of his time, Cash was a man who believed in God but was a friend to the Devil, a patriot and a drug addict, a friend to Presidents and an ally to prisoners. His America was not red, white or blue; it was black.

The documentary explores the prominent themes of Cash’s life including love of the land, freedom, justice, family, faith and redemption through exclusive interviews, photos and unreleased music and footage. Interviews include Cash’s sister Joanne, son John Carter Cash and daughters Cindy Cash and Rosanne Cash, childhood friends and fellow band mates as well as Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp, Sheryl Crow, Al Gore, Tim Robbins, Loretta Lynn, Snoop Dogg, Vince Gill, Ozzy Ozborne, Steve Earle, Merle Haggard and Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn) all of whom are connected to Cash in surprising ways.

The special features 27 of Cash’s songs as well as unreleased and never-before seen footage including the 1965 “Johnny Cash Show” featuring solo performance of “Five Feet High and Rising,” outtakes from the recording studio with Cash and Bob Dylan from his elusive Eat the Document documentary and rehearsal footage for a Highwaymen recording session. The Cash family – Johnny’s sister, son, and other relatives – take viewers to rural Dyess, Arkansas to Cash’s childhood home and visit brother Jack’s grave which elicits a moving, impromptu singing of “Will The Circle Be Unbroken.”

“Johnny Cash’s America” will premiere at the Woodstock Film Festival on Saturday, October 4 and screen at the Country Music Hall of Fame on October 11, the American Cinematheque in Hollywood, CA on October 13, the Memphis Indie Film Festival on October 15 and the Paley Center in New York, NY on October 17. Sony BMG’s Legacy Recordings will release the CD/DVD on October 28.

“Johnny Cash’s America” is produced and directed by Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon from Tremelo Productions for Bio Channel. Executive Producers for Bio Channel are Robert Sharenow and Andy Berg.

Wednesday September 24

[LIVE REVIEW] KINGSTON, ONTARIO - SEPTEMBER 23

Concert makes 'em happy

Grammy winner Sheryl Crow delights crowd with her hits -new and old
Posted By GREG BURLIUK

FOR A SECOND, IT SEEMED LIKE A 1960s throwback.

The stage darkened, the strains of Johnny Nash's oldie reggae hitI Can See Clearly Nowresounded throughout a packed K-Rock Centre and a large peace sign appeared at the top of a cur tain. Tiny Sheryl Crow appeared on stage by herself ar med with only an acoustic guitar and sang the opening cut from her new CD,Detours,a folksy ditty called God Bless This Mess.

Then the curtain went up, revealing big lights, a six-piece band and two backup singers and a big and blustery sound. With Crow, both sides have always been part of her music, which is basically genre-defying. Parts folk, rock, blues and pop, its only consistency is that it is radio-friendly. Since her first big hit,All I Wanna Do,in 1994, it seems like she has been scarcely off the airwaves and nine Grammy Awards have followed.

Crow followed up the opening song with a few more fromDetours,including its biggest hit so far,Love is Free. Then she dipped liberally into her earlier songbook with songs likeStrong Enoughand my favourite Crow song, 1994'sLeaving Las Vegas,a soulful ditty that I think could be made into a movie with lyrics like these:

Life springs eternal On a gaudy neon street Not that I care at all

I spent the best part of my losing streak

In an Army Jeep For what I can't recall Oh I'm banging on my TV set And I check the odds And I place my bet I pour a drink

And I pull the blind

And I wonder what I'll find

One of the biggest hits of the night was a song that has yet to become one. Gasoline,fromDetours,is a powerful diatribe against the oil industry and, with the band at its most muscular and the backup singers wailing away, Crow delivered one of her most impassioned vocals of the night. It was followed by the 1998 single,There Goes The Neighbourhood, which verged on heavy rock. It also had blazing light effects to match.

And then back to the quieter, with the gentle title track ofDetours,a CD that will probably garner yet more Grammys for Crow.

But where were the biggies? Finally, 80 minutes into her set, Crow began to unfurl them, one after the other. First there was a tough-soundingIf It Makes You Happy.

A recent single,Out of Our Heads,an upbeat plea for peace in the Middle East, has the potential to be huge. Then came her ode to summer,Soak Up The Sun,another anthemic ditty,Everyday Is A Winding Road.And, of course, the encore was saved forAll I Wanna Do.

Crow occasionally chatted with the audience, but for her it was mostly about the music. No one could complain about being short-changed because the music was wall-to-wall, tight and energetic. No slight to those who have played previously at the K-Rock Centre, but this was its first big-time concert, 2008-style.

Enjoying the concert were a group of women from Addison, just north of Brockville. They were led by Shelly Percy and among their numbers were Kelly Hone and their group's biggest Sheryl Crow fan, Kim Kleingunnwick, who has been a fan for 10 years and whose favourite Crow song isSoak Up The Sun.

"It's definitely a girls night out for us," said Hone. "We bought these tickets back on May 26, and there are seven of us who came."

The concert opened with a short, 20- minute set by Matt White, a young, sweet-singing singer-songwriter from New York City. He was followed by a 45- minute set from the Jim Cuddy Band.

Cuddy, who is the co-leader of Blue Rodeo, will be back to headline with that group at the K-Rock Centre on Oct. 25. Cuddy has always been the more melodic and countryish part of Blue Rodeo and that's reflected in his work with the Cuddy Band. He even has a fiddler, Anne Lindsay, whose solo during his hitYou Are The Onewas electrifying and definitely not country. A bouncy, rootsier version of Blue Rodeo, the Jim Cuddy Band was the perfect opener for this concert, especially for me: Cuddy is my favourite Canadian singer, with a voice full of heartache that is a throwback to '60s legends like Roy Orbison.

Source: The Whig Standard (www.thewhig.com)


[SET LIST] KINGSTON, ONTARIO - SEPTEMBER 23

GOD BLESS
BABYLON
LOVE IS FREE
CHANGE
VEGAS
STRONG ENOUGH
CAN'T CRY
MOTIVATION
MISTAKE
GASOLINE
NEIGHBORHOOD
DETOURS
DIFFICULT KIND
HAPPY
OUT OF OUR HEADS
SOAK
WINDING ROAD
****************************************
ALL I WANNA DO
HIGHER GROUND

Tuesday September 23

[LIVE REVIEW] MONTREAL, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 22 - #2 (FRENCH)

Sheryl Crow au Centre Bell : un beau grand détour

Marie-Christine Blais
La Presse

Mais qu'attendait-elle pour nous revenir, Sheryl Crow? Pourquoi n'était-elle pas venue depuis 11 ans, alors qu'on a toujours besoin d'un show rock aussi bien fait, aussi inspiré, intelligent et funky que celui qu'elle a présenté hier, au Centre Bell?

En 1994, alors que Sheryl Crow assurait la première partie de Crowded House, au Saint-Denis, j'écrivais: «Prenez Joni Mitchell, les Beatles, les Rolling Stones, Carole King, Ricky Lee Jones et Crosby, Still, Nash&Young, tirez-en le meilleur et vous aurez Sheryl Crow.» Quatorze ans plus tard? C'est encore cela et même un peu plus, puisque que Sheryl Crow avait, hier soir, la dégaine et le charme d'une Carrie Bradshaw qui aurait troqué ses souliers pour une guitare, qui aurait survécu au cancer du sein, qui aurait passé à travers une rupture ultramédiatisée avec un certain Lance Armstrong (chacune son Big...)...

Et si on était tous vraiment heureux d'entendre quelques-uns de ses plus anciens succès très bien livrés, Leaving Las Vegas, Strong Enough (qui reste la meilleure chanson, à ma connaissance, sur le syndrome prémenstruel et la force morale nécessaire à un homme pendant cette période...), Can't Cry Anymore (mêlée à quelques mesures de I Can See Clearly de Johnny Nash), If It Makes You Happy, All I Wanna Do, on était encore plus heureux de réaliser que ses plus fortes chansons étaient tirées de son récent album Detours: Shine Over Babylon, Love is Free, Motivation, Gasoline - tellement, tellement Rolling Stones que la guitariste-chanteuse a pu y intégrer quelques paroles de Gimme Shelter.

Tout concourait au plaisir et au rock intelligent: ses excellents musiciens et choristes (huit en tout), le groove incroyable qui traversait tout le spectacle, le côté protest song de plusieurs de ses chansons, le décor très design et épuré, l'idée de mêler un peu de Walk This Way à son excellence chanson There Goes The Neighborhood, l'orgue Hammond B-3 et les percussions particulièrement bien utilisées, les éclairages superbes, la chaleur émanant de Miss Crow... Les quelque 5160 spectateurs, réunis dans l'Amphithéâtre du Centre Bell, enthousiastes et souvent debout, l'ont applaudie chaleureusement, et avec raison.

En première partie, outre Matt White (que j'ai hélas manqué), se produisait Jim Cuddy, l'un des deux meneurs du groupe canadien Blue Rodeo, venu cette fois avec son propre groupe. Le beau Jim Cuddy s'est révélé encore une fois un incroyable ciseleur de ballades country-rock fortes et senties, que ce soit One Fine Day ou la très belle Pull Me Through - et que dire de sa violoniste Anne Lindsay, sinon que son jeu énergique et sa gestuelle très expressive m'ont rappelé le claviériste Bobby Wiseman, qui fut de Blue Rodeo à ses débuts, quand le groupe était une des formations les plus merveilleusement hétéroclites qui soient... Bref, une soirée qui valait vraiment le détour. Et qui s'est terminée sur une version tout simplement renversante de Higher Ground de Stevie Wonder!

Source: La Presse (www.cyberpresse.ca)


[LIVE REVIEW] MONTREAL, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 22 - #1

Concert review: Sheryl Crow at the Bell Centre – Sept. 22, 2008

If Sheryl Crow’s career has broken any ground, it hasn’t been at a musical level. The singer’s triumph has been more in proving that mainstream doesn’t necessarily have to be a dirty word. In a Bell Centre concert last night before about 5,200 fans, she demonstrated it again.

The night was filled with reggae-lite touches, friendly pop bromides and songs that rocked with spirit, but without any unnecessary menace. As Crow showed with Stones-lite rockers like My Favorite Mistake and Gasoline, which segued nicely into Mick and Keith’s own Gimme Shelter, accessibility has come to create anthems as effectively as great songwriting once did.

How else does one explain how the very ordinary, but undeniably loved, If It Makes You Happy can bring so many people to their feet? Or why the simply pleasant Out of Our Heads morphs into a crowd-rouser?

Add to the accessibility factor the simple fact that you want to cheer Crow on. You rejoice in her personal triumphs, like her successful battle with breast cancer and her adoption of son Wyatt – both of which she addressed while introducing Detours last night. You applaud her because her heart always seems to be in the right place. And you can’t help but be seduced by the engaging sense of abandon she brings to to her songs – average or not.

Backed by a solid eight-piece band, Crow leaned heavily on songs from her latest disc, Detours. She also returned to the oldies well a few times, with a trio of hits from her multiplatinum debut, Tuesday Night Music Club (has it been 15 years already?), drawing some of the strongest reaction early in the show.

Politics, predictably, weren’t absent. Crow opened her set alone on stage in front of a peace-symbol backdrop, denouncing Bush-era malaise in God Bless This Mess while accompanying herself on acoustic guitar. Following quickly on that song's heels was Shining on Babylon, with its appropriate lyrics “I take the stage, I walk the planks/ I sing these songs with little thanks/ I wait for shouts from crazy cranks.”

The shouts last night, however, were only of delight.

Earlier in the evening, New Jersey up-and-comer Matt White warmed up the crowd with an easygoing, but pedestrian set that consisted mostly of the kind of commercial-friendly songs that pop up as incidental music in shows like Grey's Anatomy.

White's opening salvo was promptly buried by a wonderful set by Jim Cuddy. The Blue Rodeo frontman’s solid wall of jangle and harmony was, in fact, the night’s early peak, with a marathon version of the Rodeo’s much-cheered Five Days in May among the many highlights.

--- Bernard Perusse ---

Source: The Gazette


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[SET LIST] MONTREAL, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 22

GOD BLESS
BABYLON
LOVE IS FREE
VEGAS
STRONG ENOUGH
CAN'T CRY
MOTIVATION
MISTAKE
GASOLINE
NEIGHBORHOOD
DETOURS
GOOD IS GOOD
HAPPY
OUT OF OUR HEADS
SOAK
WINDING ROAD
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ALL I WANNA DO
HIGHER GROUND

Sunday September 21

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[SET LIST] THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND, CONCORD, CA - SEPT 20

GOD BLESS
BABYLON
LOVE IS FREE
VEGAS
STRONG ENOUGH
CAN'T CRY
MOTIVATION
MISTAKE
GASOLINE
NEIGHBORHOOD
DETOURS
HAPPY  
OUT OF OUR HEADS
SOAK
WINDING ROAD
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REDEMPTION DAY
THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND

Friday September 19

[NEWS] KANYE, SHERYL, STEVIE'S RECORD SHOWING FOR OBAMA

At this point in the increasingly contentious presidential race, Barack Obama feels no need to change his tune.

Kanye West, Sheryl Crow, Stevie Wonder and a number of other avowed Obama supporters have lent songs to the fundraising album Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Generation, which went on sale today exclusively on the Democratic candidate's campaign website.

In addition to uplifting tracks from the aforementioned artists, the compilation includes John Mayer's "Waiting on the World to Change," Jackson Browne's "Looking East," Los Lonely Boys' "Make It Better," excerpts from Obama speeches and a dozen other feel-good tunes.

Or, more pointedly, look-how-good-we-could-feel-if-we-elect-Obama tunes.

The diversity of the artists included "underscores how deeply inspiring this campaign has been across boundaries," Hidden Beach Recordings CEO Steve McKeever said Friday.

Downloadable versions and tangible CDs are $24.99 and $30, respectively, with all proceeds going to the Obama campaign.

If this things takes off, reps for Jessica Simpson, LeAnn Rimes, Carrie Underwood, "Raisin' McCain" purveyor John Rich and any other artist who has ever attended a Republican event should prepare him or herself for a flurry of licensing requests.

Source: www.eonline.com/


[INTERVIEW] SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, FRIDAY SEPT 19

On Saturday, Sheryl Crow will headline This Land Is Your Land, a concert at the Sleep Train Pavilion in Concord that pays tribute to novelist John Steinbeck and folk icon Woody Guthrie. Earlier this year, the 46-year-old singer released her sixth studio album, "Detours," which not only delved into her breakup with Lance Armstrong and her battle with breast cancer but also displayed strong political ideals. Crow spoke to us by phone from her home in Nashville, where she lives with her adopted 16-month-old son, Wyatt.

Q: So how does this work: Do you sing a Woody Guthrie song and then read a chapter by John Steinbeck?

A: I won't recite anything of his but, interestingly enough, one of the big influences for me when I first started writing songs was John Steinbeck. I might sing a Woody Guthrie song. People want to hear you sing the songs that you do and that are familiar to them. They want to be entertained.

Q: What convinced you to jump on this bill?

A: We originally were scheduled to play in San Francisco, and when this came up, we just thought we would cancel that show and do this one because of what it stood for and the tone of it. There are lots of social issues out there that we should all be up in arms about.

Q: "Detours" is your most personal album. How hard is it singing the new songs every night?

A: They've strangely picked up momentum in the last few months - particularly songs like "Gasoline" have such relevance now. When we wrote that song, the situation wasn't nearly as dire. In the '60s we would be out in the streets. Instead we're on eBay or buying tabloids.

Q: Has becoming a mother raised the stakes?

A: Absolutely. I'm terrified. I'm really concerned that we're going to be experiencing the same thing that we experienced for the past eight years, particularly when we're talking about leaders that even question the science of the environment.

Q: Any chance you'll break out the bikini you wore onstage on the last night of your tour with John Mayer?

A: It's so funny because you do these end-of-tour pranks and it never occurs to me that people would post them online. I guess I was completely out of touch with YouTube and all that stuff. I wasn't even thinking when I did that.

Q: If anyone wants to find you. ...

A: I'll be out front in my lawn chair. If I can figure out a way to do it, you know, without getting caught. I have this hat that Chrissie Hynde gave me that has a wig attached inside. We would always go out front in the audience on the Lilith Tour. It worked pretty well.

This Land Is Your Land: A Tribute to John Steinbeck, Woody Guthrie and the American Spirit: With Sheryl Crow, Cat Power, Son Volt, the Black Keys, Mike Ness, Henry Rollins, Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion. 1 p.m. Sat. Sleep Train Pavilion, Concord. (415) 421-8497. www.livenation.com.

To hear Sheryl Crow, go to www.myspace.com/sherylcrow.

E-mail Aidin Vaziri at avaziri@sfchronicle.com.

This article appeared on page E - 14 of the San Francisco Chronicle

Thursday September 18

[LIVE REVIEW] LEVON HELM & FRIENDS - #2


photos by Erika Molleck Goldring (Paste magazine)

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[LIVE REVIEW] LEVON HELM & FRIENDS, RYMAN AUDITORIUM, NASHVILLE, TN - SEPT 17

By Michael Corcoran
Thursday, September 18, 2008, 09:00 AM

NASHVILLE. What a way to kick off a music conference that one attendee called “South By Southwest without the emo.” The ninth annual Americana Music Association conference and festival hosted the Levon Helm Band’s infamous “Midnight Ramble” blowout Wednesday night at the Mother Church of country music and such surprise guests as Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Sheryl Crow, John Hiatt, Steve Earle and Delbert McClinton showed up to vocalize with the legendary singer drummer. The great band, lead by guitarist Larry Campbell (ex-Dylan) and elevated by sensational keyboardist Brian Williams, was augmented by Buddy Miller and Sam Bush, two of Nashville’s highest regarded players, for much of the night.

It was “The Last Waltz” without Canadians.

The 68-year-old Helm is in the midst of an incredible comeback from throat cancer: “Dirt Farmer,” his first solo album in 25 years just won a Grammy and is up for “Album of the Year” at tonight’s AMA Awards show. The audience was clearly in love with Helm, whose voice was strong early on with “Ophelia” from the Band days and new song “Got Me a Woman.” Every number received a standing ovation, and not just because the Ryman pews flattened fannies that begged to stretch back out. But about 2/3 into the two and a half hour show, Helm’s vocals started getting raspier, which actually made “Anna Lee,” with beautiful harmonies from daughter Amy Helm and Teresa Williams, more poignant. But the raggedness was uncomfortable on “Rag Mama Rag.”

Luckily, the show had all those guests. Plant and Krauss were the biggest surprise, doing Leadbelly’s “In the Pines” early in the show. Where that superstar duo seemed to have a limo with the motor running at the stage door, Sheryl Crow was there to soak in the fun, even staying onstage for perfunctory backup singing after duetting with Helm on “Evangeline” and doing a terrific “No Depression,” by the Carter Family. She stuck around for the stage-filled audience singalongs of “The Weight” and “Forever Young.” Another crowd fave was 80-year-old bluesman Little Sammy Davis, who’s a regular at the Midnight Ramble, which Helm holds occasionally in his barn near Woodstock, N.Y.

On leaving the show, everyone seemed to be talking about what they’d just witnessed, but one gentleman put it best when he said, “That’s the closest I’m ever gonna get to seeing the Band."

Source: www.austin360.com


[NEWS] Sheryl Crow's Bootheel Trading Co. to Donate Retail Sales Proceeds to Support Breast Cancer Research

10% of proceeds of sales during month of October to benefit Revlon/UCLA breast cancer organizations

LOS ANGELES, Sept 17, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- In observance of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Bootheel Trading Co. by Sheryl Crow, a newly created lifestyle brand inspired by the singer/songwriter's voice and vision will support cancer research by donating 10% of the proceeds from all retail sales of the apparel division during the month of October. Proceeds will benefit the Revlon/UCLA Breast Center, one of the nation's leading centers for comprehensive breast cancer treatment, and the Revlon/UCLA Women's Cancer Research Program, where efforts over the past 18 years have produced more effective, less toxic cancer treatments including the groundbreaking development of Herceptin (R).

As a breast cancer survivor, Sheryl Crow is an advocate for breast cancer research and awareness. Likewise Bootheel Trading Co. is a cause-minded lifestyle brand that promotes making positive changes in one's own life and the lives of others. The brand will align with the breast cancer cause as a key initiative in the coming seasons by continuing the make donations and creating specific products to benefit research and education.

The donation will be computed based on the sum of all apparel division retail sales generated in the U.S. during the month of October.

Debuting at Dillard's and other department stores nationwide this fall, the Bootheel Trading Co. apparel collection is a group of love-worn, easy-going jeans and tops inspired by Sheryl Crow's distinctive style. The collection goes beyond jeans and tees to offer women the laid-back, luxe lifestyle that Sheryl personifies at an affordable price. Retail price points for the Bootheel Trading Co. collection range from $25 for tops to $65 for jeans.

Nine-time Grammy award winner and internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter, Sheryl Crow, announced plans several months ago to collaborate with Canadian manufacturer Western Glove Works on a collection of denim based apparel under the singer's newly formed lifestyle brand Bootheel Trading Co. The debut collection will be comprised of a selective offering of mid-priced jeans, denim jackets and tops evoking a vintage Americana aesthetic, reminiscent of Ms. Crow's distinctive style. Western Glove Works is one of the largest designers and manufacturers of denim products in North America and manufactures the Silver Jeans, 1921, DVB and JAG Jeans brands.

Contact: Alexis Shubin
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Pink Ink PR
(949) 607-0995

Source: Bootheel Trading Co.

Wednesday September 17

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Tuesday September 16

[NEWS] FIRST LISTEN: SHERYL CROW'S CHRISTMAS ALBUM

By Marisa Laudadio
PEOPLE.COM

Sheryl Crow is gearing up to release her first Christmas album, and PEOPLE.com has an exclusive first-listen of one of the tracks, "I'll Be Home For Christmas."

 

"It's the coolest Christmas record – the songs all have a Southern feel," Crow, 46, tells PEOPLE. "It's my take on Christmas carols that I love and a lot of standard songs of the church, like 'O Holy Night.' "

Crow's Home For Christmas CD features nine classic holiday tunes and one original song called "There is a Star That Shines Tonight." It will be available exclusively through Hallmark Gold Crown stores starting Sept. 30.

The singer, who calls Nashville home when she's not on the road, says she's looking forward to taking her 16-month-old son Wyatt to visit his grandparents in nearby Missouri in December.

"Christmas Eve is when I start to really feel the meaning of Christmas," says Crow. "We all go to church and about 50 people come over to my family's house. It's just something I look forward to every year."

Crow recorded her Christmas album with producer Bill Bottrell, who produced her first two albums and her latest CD, Detours.

Complete track listing:

01. Go Tell It on the Mountain
02. The Christmas Song
03. White Christmas
04. I'll Be Home for Christmas
05. Merry Christmas, Baby
06. The Bells of St. Mary's
07. Blue Christmas
08. O Holy Night
09, There is a Star That Shines Tonight
10. All Through the Night


[NEWS] NEW SONGS REGISTERED AT ASCAP

For those who don't know, whenever an artist writes a song, one of the first steps to getting paid is making sure his/her works are registered to a performing rights organization, like BMI, ASCAP or SESAC.

These organizations keep track of publishing rights and royalties (radio airplays, covers etc) and the division between parties involved in the song or project. Well, today I found some new songs registered by Sheryl Crow and Jeff Trott.

Unfortunately, I don't know anything about them. Anyway "Cross Creek Road" sounds really good :-)

Sunday September 14

[NEWS] LEVON HELM WELCOMES SAM BUSH, SHERYL CROW, BUDDY MILLER & BILLY BOB THORTON

The Americana Music Association is proud to announce that Sam Bush, Sheryl Crow, Buddy Miller and Billy Bob Thornton are some of the special guests who will appear at the Americana Music Festival and Conference Kickoff event, Levon Helm's Ramble at the Road on Wednesday September 17 at 7PM in Nashville, TN. And there are more surprises to come!!!!

Don't miss the triumphant return of the legendary Levon Helm to the Historic Ryman Auditorium. Act now while seats are still available. You may purchase your tickets now at Ticketmaster and the Ryman box office.

Levon Helm's first Ramble at the Ryman was picked by the Nashville Scene as the Best Show of the Year in 2007. It was Mr. Helm's first performance outside of New York since he had been diagnosed with cancer nearly a decade ago.

The Ramble at the Ryman launched one of the most remarkable comebacks and was followed by Levon's first album in twenty five years, Dirt Farmer. This album went on to win the Grammy award for 'Best Traditional Folk Album of the Year' and Levon also garnered an additional Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award for his work with The Band. Levon, the voice of ‘Cripple Creek' and ‘The Weight” and Americana Lifetime Achievement in Performance honoree has also received three 2008 Americana Music Association nominations for Album of the Year/Dirt Farmer, Artist of the Year/Levon Helm and Song of the Year/Poor Old Dirt Farmer. Winners of the Americana Music Honors & Awards will be announced on the Ryman stage on September 18th. Tickets for that show are also available at Ticketmaster and at the Ryman box office.

This next Ramble on September 17th promises to be as exciting as the last with plenty of special guests and surprises

We look forward to seeing you all in Nashville for the 9th annual Americana Music Festival and Conference September 17-20. Conference Registrations cost $400 (Members) and $500 (non Members) until September 15th at 5PM Central time at the Americana Music On Line Store. After this deadline, only walk up purchases will be accepted for $450 (Members) and $550 (non Members) at the Americana Registration desk at the Nashville Convention Center. For more details about this years performances and conference registrations please visit www.AmericanaMusic.org.

Source: Cybergrass - Bluegrass Music News Network (http://www.cybergrass.com)

Saturday September 13

[NEWS] CROW SERENADES AT MITCHELLS GALA

By Lisa Chamoff
The Advocate
Staff Writer

WESTPORT - Mitchells, the half-century-old, family-owned clothing store known for glamour, added some glitz Friday night.

A fundraising charity gala marked the 50th anniversary of the upscale store, opened by the late Ed Mitchell and his wife Norma in 1958.

The store grew from "three suits and a dream" into a multimillion-dollar enterprise that also includes Richards of Greenwich.

Singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow entertained a crowd of 600 people in a massive tent set up next to the store.

Crow opened her performance with the single "A Change Would Do You Good" and joked that whoever bid on a vacation to St. Barts and Anguilla, "For $10,000, I'll go with you."

Actress Isabella Rossellini, known for her roles in films including "Blue Velvet" and "Death Becomes Her," made remarks as an ambassador of fashion of her native Italy.

"We don't have oil, we don't have gold, we don't have diamonds. We have style," Rossellini said. "Mitchells has been here to recognize Italian craftsmanship."

Tickets to the gala, which included cocktails and dinner among the clothing, handbags and glass display cases in the store, ranged from $150 to $1,000.

The event benefited the Near & Far Aid Association, a nonprofit agency from the Southport section of Fairfield that helps children and adults in need; the Inner-City Foundation for Charity and Education in Bridgeport; the Breast Cancer Alliance; and the Westport Country Playhouse.

"We're celebrating the values that they

instilled in the business," said Andrew Mitchell-Namdar, vice president of marketing for the store and part of the third generation to run Mitchells.

A video told the story of Mitchells, which has prided itself on customer service and treating customers like friends. A runway show recalled fashions since the 1950s and showcased the fall's upcoming looks.

"NBC Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams made a surprise appearance. He came onstage speaking in a raspy voice, doing an impression of Ed Mitchell's son, Jack.

"This suit didn't come with pants," joked Williams, who wore jeans with a suit jacket and button-down suit.

- Staff Writer Lisa Chamoff can be reached at lisa.chamoff@scni.com or at 750-5348.

Source: The Advocate (www.stamfordadvocate.com)


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Wednesday September 10

[NEWS/VIDEO] CELEBRATING THE NEW COURTS WITH CROW

 

Wednesday, September 10, 2008
George Anderson

Sheryl Crow was on hand as members of the Kennett community, along with the Kennett School Board and several guests, gathered at the new Kennett High School (KHS) tennis court for the dedication ceremony on Tuesday.

Superintendent Jerry Noble started the event by thanking everyone for their help, then introducing Board President Matthew Shetley.

Shetley welcomed everyone to the event. He went on to recognize Don Wheatley, a long time faculty member and tennis coach, who is honored by having a stone in the court that is dedicated to him

Shetley also recognized the Pu family, who contributed funds for the upkeep of the courts.

Shetley went on to say that the first thought about the new courts started about 18 months ago when Crow gave her dad, Wendell Crow, a trip to the U.S. Open.

Wendell then began training with KHS tennis coach Janet Hilburn at the old court.

Wendell thought KHS could use a new court so he contacted Sheryl and she agreed to make a donation to get the court started.

KHS also applied for a U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) grant to finish the court. Since the court will be a publicly used facility, they were awarded the maximum amount of $50,000.

Shetley then introduced Scott Howes, USTA representative, who thanked everyone for coming out and showing their support for tennis.

"I hope to develop some good programs now that we have the court in the city," Howes said.

Howes also mentioned how he hopes to, "get the boys involved" with tennis.

Shetley then came back to recognize the Kennett Booster Club for their donation of $2,500. Shetley also thanked Hilburn, Assistant Superintendent Chris Wilson, member of the board, and then presented a plaque of commendation to the Crow family for their support.

"The real inspiration for this court was the day that I came out here to see my nephews, Bradley and Chase, come out here to Janet's tennis camp. I was so blown away by these kids and their enthusiasm and by how much she was guiding these kids into a sport they would be able to play forever and ever," Sheryl said.

"To not have a court where Janet can do what she does best and create these dreams for these kids seemed like a shame,

"[Tennis is] just a great sport and it has everything to do with all of us achieving the greatness that exists in all of us," Sheryl continued.

Hilburn then took to podium and thanked everyone for coming. She also presented Sheryl with an autographed team photo to show the team's appreciation.

Hilburn also thanked Noble, Wilson, the board, and the maintenance crew for helping with the ceremony.

"I just want to say thank you and I appreciate it," Hilburn said.


Sheryl Crow, and dad, Wendell Crow, shake hands before their tennis match. Sheryl and Wendell were the first to play on the new court after the official dedication. Staff photos by George Anderson

Kennett School Board President Matthew Shetley presents a plaque of commendation to the Crow family, Bernice, Wendell, and Sheryl, for their support in getting the new tennis court.

Musician and Kennett native Sheryl Crow was on hand to show her support at the Kennett High School tennis court dedication ceremony.
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Source: Daily Dunklin Democrat (www.dddnews.com)


[NEWS] KENNETT NATIVE AND SUPERSTAR CONTINUES TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY

Kennett, MO -- Lauren Payne Reports

KENNETT, MO (KAIT) -- The people of one Region 8 community have something to "crow" about tonight-- they have new tennis courts, and a hometown girl turned superstar helped get the "ball" bouncing.

"It's great to be able to give back to a community that I love so much, and have been supported so heavily by," said Kennett Native, and superstar Sheryl Crow.

When Sheryl Crow saw a need for new tennis courts at Kennett High School, it didn't take long for that need to be met.

"A lot of people were involved in overseeing the project. It's been a real project of love and it's going to have a fruitful future hopefully," said Crow.

With a generous $100,000 donation from Sheryl Crow, $50,000 in grant money, and money put up from the school, Kennett High School and the community can now play tennis on top notch courts.

After a short ceremony recognizing those who helped make these new courts possible, Sheryl Crow and her dad got a chance to play.

"It's just a great sport and a great community activity," said Crow.

Janet Hilburn is Kennett High School's Tennis Coach.

She says the new courts are attracting people all day every day.....sparking interest in a game you can play at any age.

"It's just really great--you wouldn't believe how many people we have playing now," said Hilburn.

For the players, they say it's exciting to have such nice courts, and are grateful to everyone who helped make it possible.

"We have more of a passion for tennis, and it makes us want to come out and play more," said Kennett Senior, Susan Shetley.

For Crow, giving back to her hometown of Kennett, Missouri is certainly nothing new.

It's proof she's just as proud of Kennett, as the town and the residents are of her.

Source: Kait8.com

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Oh Sheryl, you never cease to amaze me!

Say it loud - i'm a fan and I'm Proud! :-)


[NEWS] PEOPLE MAGAZINE COUNTRY SPECIAL (SEPT 2008)

Once again, thank you Kay

Tuesday September 9

[NEWS] SHERYL CROW TO ROCK OUT IN SUPPORT OF BREAST CANCER AWARENESS

The singer continues to support a worthy cause.

After standing up to cancer on last week’s star-studded TV event, Sheryl Crow is set to continue her efforts to raise awareness about breast cancer with a special concert.

USA Today says the "All I Wanna Do" singer will rock out live in LA on Oct. 10 in celebration of Yoplait’s Save Lids to Save Lives breast cancer campaign.

Crow survived a battle with breast cancer in 2006. Yoplait’s "Save Lids" campaign asks people to collect and mail in their Yoplait yogurt lids, each of which is worth 10 cents toward a donation to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

http://www.yoplait.com/
http://www.yoplait.com/breastcancer_lids.aspx

Source: www.etonline.com


[NEWS] $100 MILLION

Stars Raise More Than $100 Million at Friday Cancer Telethon
Monday September 8, 2008

Stars helped raise over $100 million at Friday's Stand Up to Cancer fundraising telethon, event organizers announced Sunday.

The show - which featured cancer survivors including Christina Applegate, Melissa Etheridge and Sheryl Crow - was broadcast simultaneously on ABC, NBC and CBS.

Funds will be dedicated to new research and the development of experimental therapies for cancer patients, according to the Entertainment Industry Foundation, the nonprofit behind the telethon.

"I dream of a future with a long, healthy life, a life not lived in the shadow of cancer but in the light," Patrick Swayze, who was diagnosed in March with pancreatic cancer, said during the broadcast.

"I dream of a day when everyone diagnosed will be fortunate to have hope… I dream the word cure will no longer be followed by the words, 'It's impossible,'" he added.

Applegate, who underwent a double mastectomy in August, talked about the importance of support while fighting the disease.

"We all need someone to accompany us on the journey," she said.

Actress Jennifer Aniston told Entertainment Tonight that Stand Up to Cancer was worth her star power.

"We have opportunities," she said of using her fame. "You have to be very careful. You have to be very specific where you use the power of your celebrity."

Lance Armstrong and Elizabeth Edwards (who's still battling an incurable form of bone cancer) appeared on the show from the U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago. From NYC's Fashion Rocks event, Beyonce, Fergie, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Carrie Underwood and Miley Cyrus performed "Just Stand Up," a tune written just for the special.

Senators John McCain and Barack Obama also weighed in on the cause, offering three proposals each on how to fight cancer, the No. 2 cause of death in America.

In addition to a $25 million donation by philanthropist Sidney Kimmel, celebs also pitched in by listing set visit and walk-on roles for the next Iron Man and Spider-Man experiences on eBay.

Source: US Magazine

Saturday September 6

[VIDEO] "FIRE AND RAIN" HD720

"Fire and Rain"
James Taylor and Sheryl Crow
Kodak Theater
Hollywood, California, USA
September 5th, 2008


[PICS] STAND UP TO CANCER - SET #2

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[PICS] STAND UP TO CANCER - SEPT 5, HOLLYWOOD, CA

Sheryl and James Taylor perform during Stand Up To Cancer at the Kodak Theatre (pictures by: Getty Images)

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[PICS] STAND UP TO CANCER - RED CARPET - SEPT 5, HOLLYWOOD, CA

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Friday September 5

[VIDEO] HIGHER GROUND - SANDIA CASINO AMPHITHEATER, ALBUQUERQUE, NM

The acoustic of Sandia is amazing!


[VIDEO] SHERYL CROW - RECYCLING ON TOUR

 

"I applaud her sale and use of re-useable water bottles. I was intrigued when I saw them at the merchandise booth and even more impressed to see the band "practicing what they preach" toward environmental stewardship." - chem_ms

"As for Ms. Crow- a five star rating for her attention to the enviromental aspects of her tour. Reusable water bottles are so much more friendly in terms of reducing the amount of energy consumed just to get a litre or so of water to one consumer, not to mention having all those one use bottles ending up in a landfill or the addtional energy required to recycle them in places where there is dedication to the 3Rs- reduce reuse & recycle. Thumbs up to her band for setting the example!"- blue eclipse

 


[PICS] WHOLE FOODS MARKET - BETTER BAG BY SHERYL CROW (HI-RES)

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Thursday September 4

[NEWS] SOUNDSTAGE DEBUTS FIRST BLU-RAY WITH "SHERYL CROW"

The popular cable concert series Soundstage is coming to high-def, with the November Blu-ray debut of 'Sheryl Crow - Live.'

Marking the debut next-gen release for both Soundstage and Sheryl Crow, 'Soundstage: Sheryl Crow - Live' will feature a complete 60-minute performance, captured entirely with HD cameras during a stop on Crow's sold-out 2003 tour.

Koch Releasing will debut the Blu-ray on November 11.

There are no tech specs yet, nor any announced supplements, but we'll keep you posted.

Suggested retail price for the Blu-ray has been set at $24.95.

You'll find the latest specs for 'Soundstage: Sheryl Crow - Live' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it's indexed under November 11.

See what people are saying about this story in our forums area, or check out other recent discussions.

Discs mentioned in this article: (Click for specs and reviews)
Soundstage: Sheryl Crow - Live (Blu-ray)

Source: bluray.highdefdigest.com


[NEWS] SHERYL CROW JOINS FORCES WITH WHOLE FOODS MARKET

Sheryl Crow Joins Forces With Whole Foods Market(R) to Design A Better Bag for the Environment
Thursday September 4, 12:00 pm ET
- Special Edition Grocery Tote in Two Sizes Debuts at Whole Foods Market Nationwide -

AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Whole Foods Market (Nasdaq: WFMI - News), the world's leading retailer in natural and organic foods, has teamed up with pop music icon and environmental activist Sheryl Crow to create a special edition of Whole Foods Market's signature reusable shopping bag, A Better Bag. Launching in Whole Foods Market stores nationwide on Oct. 15, this exclusive design was created in support of the Natural Resources Defense Council's (NRDC) Simple Steps program to encourage shoppers to embrace simple steps in their everyday lives to reduce consumption and consider the environment.

"I am a big believer in doing what you can, even if it's something as small as reducing the amount of plastic we each use daily that ends up in landfills, whether it is plastic bags, water bottles or product packaging. I'm so happy to be working with Whole Foods Market on this project," said Sheryl Crow. The design of the new A Better Bag, which will be out in plenty of time for the holiday season, features a charcoal sketch of a tree with words written by Crow specifically for this project woven into the artwork.

This limited edition bag, which features a collection of beautiful earth tones, is made from 80 percent post-consumer recycled plastic bottles and will be available from Oct. 15 through the holiday season.Each bag represents approximately four 20-ounce plastic

bottles.The Company is offering two sizes for the first time: "On their own, our A Better Bags have been tremendously popular with shoppers," said Whole Foods Market's Nona Evans. "Working alongside someone as talented and passionate as Sheryl Crow to create this special edition not only sends a strong message about the environment to the world, but it's also sure to make it easy to make a difference this holiday season. It's also a powerful way to give a gift that gives back as the bags make great holiday gift bags."

As part of the Company's continued efforts to consider the environment and keep shoppers informed on environmental issues, Whole Foods Market and Sheryl Crow are using this campaign to help raise awareness for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and its Simple Steps program. Whole Foods Market has made a donation to the NRDC in support of their initiative and each bag carries the SimpleSteps.org website encouraging shoppers to learn more about how they can get involved.

Contact: Emily Lawi
OrganicWorks Marketing
(212) 253-0474 phone
emily@organicworksmarketing.com

Source: biz.yahoo.com

Wednesday September 3

[NEWS] BOOTHEEL TRADING CO. PROMO TOUR - NASHVILLE

Sheryl will be at the Dillard's at Cool Springs Galleria from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Sept. 12 to autograph merchandise from her new and very affordable Bootheel Trading Co. line purchased at or prior to the event. Shoppers who make a Bootheel purchase of $75 or more at the event can have a free photo taken with Sheryl.

http://www.coolspringsgalleria.com

Source: The Tennessean


[MAGAZINE] PEOPLE, SEPTEMBER 8 ISSUE (HI-RES)

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Tuesday September 2

[VIDEO] SHERYL AND BRANDI - IF IT MAKES YOU HAPPY - AUG 30

 

Duet on "If It Makes You Happy" at Marymoor Park in Redmond (August 30, 2008).


[VIDEO] DNC: SHERYL CROW, ENVIRONMENTALISM AND JOHN MCCAIN

 

CNN's American Morning, August 29, 2008.


[BOOTLEG] LIVE IN ALBUQUERQUE - AUGUST 18, 2008

LIve in Albuquerque
Sandia Casino Amphitheater
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
August 18, 2008

CD Audio - Hi-Fi Stereo
Taper: The Apehouse
Artwork: Aleks
Lineage: core sound binaurals (w/ bass filter) -> edirol R-09 (24/48) -> usb->hard drive -> audacity(normalize/fades/48 to 44.1/24 to 16) -> cdwave (track splits) -> TLH (flac)

Notes from the taper

Unfortunately, i had a personal difficulty and lost the middle of 'Gasoline', so thats where i decided to split the show for disc 1 and disc 2.

PLEASE do not encode to any other formats (except for personal use/listening) never for trading
PLEASE also include a copy of this info sheet when trading
thanks
Distribute freely!

- The Apehouse


Tracklisting

Disc 1 (D1)

1. Shine Over Babylon
2. A Change Would Do You Good
3. Love is Free
4. Leaving Las Vegas
5. Strong Enough
6. Can't Cry Anymore
7. Motivation
8. First Cut (w/ James Blunt)
9. My Favorite Mistake
10. Gasoline (pt 1 - incomplete)

Disc 2 (D2)

1. Gasoline (pt 2 - incomplete)/Gimme Shelter
2. There Goes the Neighborhood (band intros)
3. Detours
4. Home
5. If It Makes You Happy
6. Out of Our Heads
7. Soak Up the Sun
8. Everyday is a Winding Road
9. God Bless This Mess
10. Higher Ground

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


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Disc 1 (D1)

Tracks 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 ------------------------------ [ DOWNLOAD ] - - - (157 MB)

Tracks 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 -----------------.------------------- [ DOWNLOAD ] - - - (76 MB)

Disc 2 (D2)

Tracks 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 ---------------------------------- [ DOWNLOAD ] - - - (142 MB)

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[DVD REVIEW] SHERYL CROW LIVE

Finally a realistic review:

http://www.popsyndicate.com/site/story/sheryl_crow_live/

(you can read my comment at the bottom of the page)

Monday September 1

[LIVE REVIEW] REDMOND, WASHINGTON - AUGUST 30

Sheryl Crow brings her hits — lots of 'em — to Concerts at Marymoor

Concert review: Sheryl Crow played a string of her many hits, from "A Change Would Do You Good" to "My Favorite Mistake" to "Strong Enough," in her Marymoor Park concert Aug. 30 in Redmond.

By Joanna Horowitz
Special to The Seattle Times

Bumbershooters didn't have all the fun Saturday night. Across the 520 bridge at Marymoor Park, Sheryl Crow was holding her own party: an upbeat rock show packed full of hits.

The 46-year-old singer has something to celebrate. It's been a heck of year. If you've read the tabloids, you know she fought off breast cancer and mended from her 2006 split with Lance Armstrong.

Her sixth studio album, "Detours," released in February, has been her most personal to date. And live, those songs fared well. Poignant tracks like "God Bless This Mess" and the album's title song showed Crow's growth as a songwriter.

Despite heartbreak as a major theme of the evening, spirits were high all night. For Crow's cover of Cat Stevens' "The First Cut is the Deepest," opener James Blunt came out with a rose, and the two slow-danced before Crow jokingly ripped his shirt open. And local singer Brandi Carlile stopped by to lend her lovely voice to "If It Makes You Happy."

Crow, who's known for her political activism — maybe you caught her last week at the Democratic Convention in Denver? — free-styled some bluesy riffs about gas prices and the coming election before launching into her "Gasoline."

With a strong, versatile voice, Crow moved effortlessly among pop, rock, blues and country, backed by her seamless eight-piece band (including two drummers).

The highlight of the night was a stadium-rock-show-worthy version of Crow's hit "There Goes the Neighborhood" that momentarily veered into a driving cover of Aerosmith's "Walk This Way."

Crow is one of those artists who can get a little lost in the Top-40 shuffle, but in concert you're reminded of just how many hits she's had ... and how good those songs are. She's had plenty of pop-rock gems with cleverly catchy lyrics — "A Change Would Do You Good," "My Favorite Mistake," "Strong Enough," "Soak Up the Sun."

Surprisingly, the one song of the evening that fell flat was her first single, "All I Wanna Do," about Crow's mission for fun. Luckily, the rest of the night fully succeeded in bringing the crowd a good time.

Crooner James Blunt (his star-making song was 2005's "You're Beautiful") started off the night with a heartfelt, energetic set that was cheesy in all of the best ways possible.

Joanna Horowitz: jbhorowitz@gmail.com

Source: Seattle Times (http://seattletimes.nwsource.com)


[PICS] NAMPA, IDAHO - AUGUST 27

 

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[SET LIST] REDMOND, WASHINGTON - AUGUST 30

GOD BLESS
BABYLON
LOVE IS FREE
VEGAS
STRONG ENOUGH
CANT CRY
MOTIVATION
FIRST CUT- with james
MISTAKE
GASOLINE
NEIGHBORHOOD
DETOURS
NO-ONE SAID
HAPPY
OUT OF OUR HEADS
SOAK
WINDING ROAD
****************************************
ALL I WANNA DO
HIGHER GROUND


[SET LIST] PORTLAND, OREGON - AUGUST 29

GOD BLESS
BABYLON
LOVE IS FREE
VEGAS
STRONG ENOUGH
CANT CRY
MOTIVATION
FIRST CUT- with james
MISTAKE
GASOLINE
NEIGHBORHOOD
DETOURS
NO-ONE SAID
HAPPY
OUT OF OUR HEADS
SOAK
WINDING ROAD
****************************************
ALL I WANNA DO
HIGHER GROUND


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