Manchester, England, UK
30 October 2014
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[LIVE REVIEW] Nottingham, 29 Oct (Nottingham Post)
For an old rocker, Sheryl Crow warms the cockles of my heart.
Diminutive, nay tiny, and greyhound slim, she packs a mighty voice which comes up from somewhere near her high-heeled boots and explodes with the power of an F1 Ferrari, pushed to the limits but handled beautifully and always in control.
The word from America, underscored by her most recent album, Feels Like Home, was that 52-year-old Missouri-born Sheryl had returned to her country roots, settling in Nashville with her two adopted sons to write more introspective and melancholic music. She certainly has the base material from a turbulent life that features a successful battle with breast cancer, a brain tumour – thankfully benign; plus a string of failed relationships with high profile lovers like Eric Clapton, actor Owen Wilson, and a particularly painful engagement to disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong; factors that can certainly give you a more oblique view of life.
But not a bit of it. On the evidence of her full-on 90-minute set there is still plenty of fighting rock in the gal yet. She was loud and proud.
Despite the critical and commercial success of Feels Like Home, Sheryl included only a couple of tracks, preferring to charge through her back catalogue of pop rock and after opening with Maybe Angels and A Change she was straight into her signature song All I Wanna Do, happy to lead her adoring audience into the singalong chorus.
Easy, a slow-paced cut from Feels Like Home, provided an insight to the storyteller that Sheryl can be, but the mood didn't last long as she blasted back with Real Gone, a song more familiar to my 12-year-old granddaughter as it was featured in the Pixar movie Cars.
Cat Stevens' enduring composition First Cut Is The Deepest has become a staple of the Crow programme and she did it full justice before a couple more instantly recognisable hits, If It Makes You Happy and Every Day Is A Winding Road.
There were one or two mistakes from her individually brilliant backing band, a throwback to the heady West Coast days. Twice she was obliged to shout, 'Welcome to the rehearsal!', as they missed their keys and cues, but they were raw and edgy and I prefer that to the sanitised performances I have seen in the past from one of her old flames.
Generously, Sheryl heaped praise on her excellent support band Red Sky July, a kind of folk-country supergroup featuring ex-members of Alisha's Attic, Texas and The Alice Band, who have become well-known to Nottingham audiences. And then she was blowing kisses and flinging guitar picks to the fans as she wrapped up a caustic night with Led Zeppelin's Rock and Roll.
Sheryl did say it was her 'virgin trip to Nottingham'' Well, she certainly made the earth move so hopefully, it wasn't just a one-night stand.
SOURCE: Nottingham Post
A Change Would Do You Good
All I Wanna Do
My Favorite Mistake
Can't Cry Anymore
There Goes the Neighborhood
The First Cut Is the Deepest
(Cat Stevens cover)
If It Makes You Happy
Soak Up the Sun
Everyday Is a Winding Road
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Nottingham, England, UK
29 October 2014 -
[NEWS] Blair School brings in Sheryl Crow for conversation
By Dave Paulson
Rock/pop mainstay and Nashville-area resident Sheryl Crow will speak at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music (2400 Blakemore Ave.) on Tuesday as part of the school’s conversations series.
“A Conversation with Sheryl Crow” will be hosted by Jen Gunderman, senior lecturer in music history at the Blair School. On top of that, she’s an accomplished touring and session musician and has been part of Crow’s band for the past year and a half. Audience members will also have a chance to ask Crow questions in a question-and-answer session.
The free event starts at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Ingram Hall at Blair School of Music. Seating is first-come, first-served.
By Lisa-Marie Ferla
Fronting a seven-piece band in a rhinestone-covered peasant top, Sheryl Crow was the perfect antidote to the Monday blues.
Seeing an artist whom you haven't listened to in about a decade is always a risky endeavour, but after opening with Maybe Angels - the first track on her 1996 self-titled album - Crow barely let the energy drop all night.
In fact, from my seat on the platform above the Concert Hall's newly-adopted standing area I saw more merriment than I've ever started the week with, as a touch of pedal steel recast early rocker A Change Will Do You Good as a full on barn-dance.
Like some kind of anti-Lucinda Williams, Crow's voice has become sweeter with age despite the rootsier sound of her later material. While it gave newer songs such as 2013's Callin' Me When I'm Lonely a glossy Nashville sheen, the old kiss-offs like My Favourite Mistake and Home had lost a little of their bitter bite.
Not that anybody was complaining. Her performance of Give It To Me allowed her vocal acrobatics almost worthy of Mariah Carey; while Best of Times ended with an extended harmonica-led honky-tonk jam session. Real Gone, from the soundtrack to the Pixar film Cars, let Crow sling her guitar over her shoulder and belt the song out like a rockstar, and an acoustic Strong Enough was one of the prettiest parts of the night.
Her cover of First Cut Is The Deepest got one of the loudest singalongs, before a closing set featuring hits If It Makes You Happy, Soak Up The Sun and Every Day Is A Winding Road raised the roof.
People may be familiar with Joshua Radin from his songs on shows such as House and Grey's Anatomy. He's also opened for Sheryl Crow.
Crow clearly liked what she heard, because Radin's latest single features her.
"Seven years ago I had the honor of supporting Sheryl Crow on a handful of concerts," Radin tells Billboard. "I was amazed as I watched her on the stage every night, not only because she is such a fantastic live performer, but also due to the fact that every song she played was a hit record. She is an absolute legendary songwriter, singer and all around musician -- a musician's musician. I have the utmost respect for her and her entire body of work. She has made the radio airwaves better for over twenty years. I still can't believe how lucky I am to have collaborated with her on 'Beautiful Day.'"
"I was thrilled when Joshua asked me to sing on 'Beautiful Day,'" Crow tells Billboard. "He really put his heart into the song. I’ve been a fan of his since we played together several years ago."
"Beautiful Day" was originally heard on Radin's 2013 album Wax Wings, and the new version with Crow will be the lead single for his upcoming album Onward and Sideways, out Feb. 10. Listen to the exclusive premiere below:
Sheryl Crow review: country in its glossiest, most overwhelming register
Crow is energised and focused, commanding the spotlight but also able to melt into the background
By Graeme Virtue
Sheryl Crow’s breakthrough single All I Wanna Do coaxed lapsed record-buyers back into Woolworth’s in late 1994, baiting the hook with sweet pedal steel and appealingly f fuzzy bar-room ramblings.
In the two decades since, there have been ups and downs for the Missouri-born singer-songwriter – a consistent run of radio-friendly hits, two armfuls of Grammys, a five-month engagement to disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong and two major health scares – but Crow has endured. For someone who launched their career with an ode to daytime drinking, she doesn’t seem particularly interested in wallowing.
Her current, ninth album, Feels Like Home, has been marketed as Crow’s first proper country record, and on the first night of a short UK tour, her six-strong backing band certainly look the part, resembling a beanpole version of the Flying Burrito Brothers. But this is hardly a stripped-back reinvention.
The heightened heartbreak of Callin’ Me When I’m Lonely would be a good fit for the Nashville TV show, while the muscular riff from take-charge anthem Shotgun could plausibly be sampled by Kid Rock. This is country in its glossiest, most overwhelming register – songs to which you submit, rather than swoon.
Crow herself seems energised and focused, able to command the spotlight and conduct audience singalongs during All I Wanna Do and Can’t Cry Anymore, but also capable of melting into the backline of her band to add piano to an extended outro for My Favourite Mistake. There are heartfelt tributes to long-standing fans and her family, but Crow never strays too far off-message. (She follows up an amusing anecdote about Glasgow kisses with: “Anyway, here’s a song from the movie Cars.”)
There’s barely a lull in a crammed two-hour show, a reminder of the depth of Crow’s back catalogue and her knack with a rootsy hook. There are covers, too: her version of Cat Stevens’s The First Cut is the Deepest, a song that helped buoy sales of her first greatest hits collection,, is rapturously received, and she encores with a relatively unrestrained rendition of Led Zeppelin’s Rock and Roll.
Overall, it’s a carefully calibrated performance, one that earns Crow a standing ovation. But it also feels like a ride on the bonnet of a gleaming juggernaut when there might be more interesting things going on under the hood.
At Sage, Gateshead (0191-443 4661) tonight and Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham (0115-989 5555) 29 Oct, then touring. http://www.sherylcrow.com/tour
Royal Concert Hall
Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
27 October 2014 -
[LIVE REVIEW] Sligo Festival - 26 October
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Dublin to Glasgow. We had a fantastic show at #Sligolive last night, and excited to play #Glasgow tonight!
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[INTERVIEW] The Telegraph (UK) - 26 October
Sheryl Crow interview: 'I've quit letting people run over me'
By Helena de Bertodano
Photo: Stefan Ruiz
She's suffered lots of lows (including a brutal break-up from Lance Armstrong), but, now settled in Nashville with her sons, Sheryl Crow insists she's never been better
“Thank God they make waterproof mascara,” sings Sheryl Crow, hauntingly, on her latest album on a track about a woman trying to hide her tears. But she herself is not using it today. Fifteen minutes into our interview Crow takes a phone call and then collapses to the floor. At first I think she is laughing hysterically, but the black rivulets running down her face make it clear she is weeping uncontrollably.
We have met at her home, a sprawling ranch outside Nashville where she lives with her two adopted sons, aged seven and four. It is a cold day but the sun slants in through the heavy red curtains to the dark wood-panelled recording studio where Crow is sitting on a sofa, a tiny figure in a pretty polka-dot Ralph Lauren dress and battered brown leather jacket.
Now 52, Crow is often described as the world’s biggest female rock star: she has won nine Grammy Awards during the past two decades, sold more than 50 million albums and performed with some of the biggest names in the industry, including The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson and Bob Dylan. But her life has been turbulent: she has survived breast cancer, a brain tumour and even Lance Armstrong, to whom she was once engaged.
Friendly, easy-going company, she says it was her illness that prompted her recent shift into country music. “When I was diagnosed with cancer I moved [from Los Angeles to Nashville] as I wanted to put down roots and nurture my life in a way that I hadn’t before. It was a conscious decision to make a shift away from conventional pop. Country is where I come from [she grew up in nearby Missouri], and I wanted to be part of that tradition.”
Although widely respected in the music business, Crow has a more mixed public reception. “There are always going to be people that love me and people that hate me,” she shrugs. “Sometimes people have a preconceived notion of you as lightweight and you can never shake it. But those are not the people I’m writing songs for anyway. At the end of the day I’m just writing songs for me, so whoever likes them is a luxury.”
It is at this point that Crow’s phone rings. She glances at the number and apologises, saying she has to take the call. The blood drains from her face as she listens to the caller. Getting up in a trance, she moves towards the door, holding on to the frame for support, then sinks to the floor, racked with huge, heaving sobs. After a few minutes the publicist, who is waiting downstairs, comes up to see what is going on. Seeing Crow in a heap, she shoots a puzzled glance my way, probably wondering what on earth I have said to reduce her to this state. “Just tell him I love him,” Crow is murmuring into the phone. By the end of the call the publicist and I are almost in tears as well, even though we don’t know what she is crying about: I don’t think I have ever heard such raw grief.
Crow finishes the call and collects herself, explaining that her road manager Dave Rahn, who also managed Fleetwood Mac and recently married, is in hospital with terminal cancer and has slipped into a coma. I ask if she wants to take some time. “No,” she says, wiping at the tears with her wrists. “I knew this was coming, I’ve just been holding it together because I had my kids around.”
Rahn, 50, dies the following day and Crow tweets, “Today we lost one of our most beloved. Dave Rahn was a spectacular human being and the best friend you could have.”
In two minds about whether to include this extremely private moment in this article, I decide that it shows a lot about Crow, all positive. First, she sounds like an amazing friend who cares deeply about those close to her. Second, she is impressively unembarrassed about the display of emotion. Her publicist gently suggests that she might want to sort out her face – which is now a splotchy mess – but Crow bats away the idea. A complete professional, she is soon chatting away again as though nothing has happened.
An ability to access and convey emotion lies at the heart of all great performers, and Crow – whose music incorporates folk, hip hop, pop and country – is as well known for her upbeat good-time rock songs, such as All I Wanna Do, as she is for tear-jerking ballads including her cover version of Cat Stevens’ The First Cut is the Deepest. “I have a strong sense of melancholy,” she comments later, “and I think it’s one of the reasons I wound up doing what I’m doing. I played piano at an early age out of a need to feel something. I’m definitely ‘glass half empty’ instinctively. Maybe it’s something I inherited.”
Crow’s mother was a piano teacher and her father a trumpet player and lawyer. Crow, who is the third of four siblings, remembers her mother teaching all the children together on four separate pianos when they came home from school each day. “I was definitely pushed at it, but I loved it too.”
The only cloud on her childhood was the time when her father, who defended civil rights, prosecuted the Ku Klux Klan for ballot-rigging, and received death threats. “He slept downstairs with a shotgun. No kid takes that sort of thing in their stride.” She turns to her older sister, Kathy, who has just arrived with a huge array of food.
“Weren’t you escorted to school by police one morning?” asks Sheryl, helping herself to cheese and crackers.
“Yes,” replies Kathy, then adds with a chuckle, “Do you remember the time Dad pranked us and came home with stitches in the back of his head – he didn’t say he’d only had a mole removed!”
Their parents still live in Missouri, a three-hour drive from Crow’s new home. She recently sold another property outside Nashville. “I had a really unfortunate stalker showing up there. In fact, I’ve had to testify against two different stalkers.”
In the late 1980s Crow – who started out as a music teacher, singing in bands at the weekend – became a backing singer for Michael Jackson on his Bad tour and there were rumours that they were in a relationship. “I was having his baby!” she laughs today. The truth, she says, was rather more prosaic. During 18 months touring with him, Crow says Jackson barely spoke to her and never grasped her name. “In the end he knew some names but he wasn’t sure which name went with which person.”
Crow released her own first album, “Tuesday Night Music Club”, in 1993, but recognition was slow and she did not feel accepted by her peer group. “I wasn’t considered hip or cool. The people who inspired me became the people who embraced me: The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks…”
At 4am one day in Amsterdam, Crow received a call from Mick Jagger. “I was like, ‘Ha ha,’ and put the phone down. Then he called back and said, ‘This really is Mick Jagger. Do you want to come and sing with us in Florida?’ It was surreal. I arrived and was so nervous I threw up all day. As I was walking out to perform, Bobby Keys, the infamous sax player, offered me a shot of tequila and said, ‘Don’t worry, here’s a little shot of confidence.’”
Crow says she never really sought fame and found it hard to handle. “It creates a weird thirst for more and then it sets you up for a sense of failure when you can’t keep your heightened position.”
Despite her growing international success, she experienced periods of deep depression and a tangled love life, including relationships with Eric Clapton and the actor Owen Wilson. My Favorite Mistake, which includes the lyrics, “You were the only one/That I ever loved,” was reputedly a song about Clapton. “He’s a dear friend,” she says of him today.
She met Lance Armstrong in 2003 and put her career on the back burner to support him. They became engaged in 2005 but split in 2006, with Armstrong later saying that he didn’t want to have children with her. Since then, she says, her attitude towards relationships has changed. “I quit letting people run over me. When I was little, I decided I was going to make everybody happy. I’ve had a series of relationships with people [in which] I basically altered who I was to make the relationship work. It’s not unusual for women to do that but I [now] think you both have to be able to hold your place in the constellation.”
I ask her if she felt drawn to people who needed nurturing. “No, not really. I picked some overachieving people.” Is she still in touch with Armstrong? “No,” she says emphatically, adding, “I know you have to ask: he’s a source of insatiable curiosity.” She must be relieved she wasn’t still with him during his spectacular fall from grace. “I am so happy,” she mouths silently, then adds out loud, “Just suffice it to say I love my life and it could have been very different.”
Crow was diagnosed with breast cancer a couple of weeks after she split with Armstrong. She had a lumpectomy followed by seven weeks of radiation before getting the all-clear. A few years later, she felt what she describes as “a weird sensation” in her temple. “I was diagnosed with a brain tumour, which was terrifying, but they told me right off the bat this was nothing to worry about.” It was meningioma, a typically benign tumour, and Crow has chosen not to have it removed. “But it does make me feel like every day is a day I do not want to waste.”
In her mid-forties, Crow decided she could no longer wait for the perfect relationship before having children. Adoption was the obvious choice. “My desire wasn’t to bring a kid in; there are kids coming in no matter what. I just looked up at the heavens and said, ‘Whatever you want to give me…’” She met the mother of her first son at his birth but says her second son arrived as if from nowhere. “Like contraband,” she laughs.
On her latest album, “Feels Like Home”, many of the songs touch on motherhood. In one, she voices the words of a child asking, “All my friends have daddies, Momma, why don’t I?” Although not in a relationship at the moment, Crow says she would still consider marriage to the right person. “I love the idea – even though I don’t think it’s a piece of paper that is necessarily going to make the relationship good or solid, but I like the tradition of it…”
But she says she is very careful about introducing her children to any new man in her life. “I’ve had the experience in the past where I’ve been introduced to people’s kids too soon. It’s hard on the kids when an adult inexplicably vanishes.”
Another song, Stay At Home Mother, describes the guilt a mother feels balancing work and family. “Last year my then six-year-old happened to wake as I was leaving the house at 5.30am and he just dropped to his knees and started crying, ‘You’re not leaving.’ It’s not normal for a child to have his mom leave and I made a promise to him in that moment: ‘I will figure out a way to bring you guys with me.’ It’s hard being a single mom. It’s the best and hardest job in the world. I’m not a mom who phones it in or hands over to the nanny. I make myself emotionally available to my children 24 hours a day.”
So, in the past few months, her sons have accompanied her on the country circuit. “They love the bus: they wake up every morning in a different town. I’m sure they’ll reach the stage where they say, ‘Mom, you’re so not cool’ – but for the moment it works.”
Despite the juggling act (“now I have to schedule inspiration,” she jokes), she feels that motherhood has enhanced her career. “I feel like I’ve finally figured out what I’m doing and have hit my stride as a performer. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever been better.”
Sheryl Crow will be touring Britain from tomorrow. See sherylcrow.com for details.
[LIVE REVIEW] Stanford University special event - 17 October
Sheryl Crow dazzled Bing Concert Hall audience on Friday
By: Sophia Dao
The Stanford Daily
Before performing a sold out concert at Bing Concert Hall on Oct. 17, Sheryl Crow also sat down onstage to share her life stories in “A Conversation with Sheryl Crow.” In an age inundated with prepubescent YouTube music heartthrobs, it was a treat to hear about the years of sweat and persistence that went into perfecting her craft. It also made for a refreshing and polished performance.
Crow revealed, before dozens of students and fans in “A Conversation With Sheryl Crow,” the experiences that helped shape her as the world-class artist she is today. Small successes with a commercial jingle in her hometown of Kennett, Mo., propelled Crow to seek a bigger audience in Los Angeles. There, in the City of Angels, the singer found herself touring with the late King of Pop Michael Jackson whose transcendent–and even divine–stage presence left a lasting mark on Crow.
Bing Concert Hall witnessed Sheryl’s own transcendence just hours after “Conversation.” An icon of country music, Sheryl Crow took her captive audience by storm with a mixture of well-loved tunes from a decade past and newer songs from her 2013 album “Feels Like Home.”
The night’s first number, “Favorite Mistake,” set the spirit for the concert as Crow’s classically country voice resonated throughout Bing. With guitar in hand and support from bassist Robert Kearns, guitarist Peter Stroud, and drummer Fred Eltringham, Crow belted out crystal clear highs and soothing drawls that took me back home to Texas.
The star then sang her recent hit “Easy” followed by “Can’t Cry Anymore” and “Strong Enough” from the early ‘90s. An acoustic rendering of “Give It To Me” held the Bing audience enchanted with Crow’s sweet and sentimental voice.
Crow’s crowd whooped with nostalgic glee as the opening chords to “The First Cut Is The Deepest” played. Grown friends turned to share hugs, and married couples passed loving glances across fidgety children. Even the most stoic in the audience bobbed their heads to Crow’s enrapturing performance.
Our country hero continued drawing out affectionate responses from her audience as she shared childhood memories of nights spent sleeping on a staircase, listening to her parents sing blissfully. Following in her parents’ blithe attitude, Crow danced freely about the stage in her cowgirl boots as she sang “Soak Up The Sun.”
Crow massaged the tender atmosphere with a solo version of Kid Rock’s “Picture” that seamlessly morphed into a powerful “If It Makes You Happy.” The rockstar kept the hall alive with energy, closing with “Everyday Is A Winding Road.” Before the final chords, audience members were already up on their feet, wildly cheering for an encore.
Not one to disappoint, Crow sang her hit “All I Wanna Do” to an animated crowd that remained standing. The audience was indeed having some fun–bursting into song, dancing in the aisles and swaying back and forth with lighter apps displayed on phone screens.
The Sheryl Crow concert was part of Stanford Live’s year-round program of concerts at Bing Concert Hall.
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Stanford, California (USA)
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[LIVE PIX] We Are The Wild: A night celebrating 50 years of Wilderness
Special evening to celebrate the landmark 50th anniversary of The Wilderness Act.
San Francisco, California
16 October 2014
Sheryl with Laura Dern and the honoree, the memoirist, novelist and essayist Cheryl Strayed
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[NEWS] Q&A Session + Concert @ Stanford University
[PIX] AARP Photo Shoot
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[NEWS] Ovation Airs Sheryl Crow 'SONG BY SONG' Special Tonight
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 tonight, 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.
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"Strong Enough" discussed by Andrew Hampp (Billboard) and Sheryl's manager Scooter Weintraub.
From a small town to the city of angels
[NEWS] Blair hosts A Conversation with Sheryl Crow, Nov. 4
Blair School of Music
PRESS RELEASE - Rock legend Sheryl Crow will speak at the Blair School of Music this fall as part of the popular Conversations Series. On Tuesday, November 4, Assistant Professor Jen Gunderman will conduct an informal on-stage conversation with the singer, followed by a Q&A session with the audience.
“As a musician and a songwriter, the craft of music is very important to me,” Crow said. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to pull back the curtain on what that process looks like, especially for an audience that takes music education so seriously.”
“Sheryl Crow is one of music’s most exciting and busiest artists,” said Blair School Dean Mark Wait, “and I am thrilled that she has graciously agreed to appear in Blair’s Conversations Series.”
Crow is a nine-time Grammy winner who has sold more than 35 million albums around the world. She has performed duets with such musical luminaries as Sting and Mick Jagger, has been nominated for an additional 27 Grammys, and has released eight studio albums (seven charting Top 10, four of them platinum-plus), a quadruple-platinum greatest-hits collection, and a Christmas album.
Her most recent album, Feels Like Home, captures the sound of a great and established artist enjoying a kind of fresh start. It features songs on which Crow collaborated with her longtime guitar player and frequent co-writer Jeff Trott (with whom she co-wrote such past Crow classics as “If It Makes You Happy,” “My Favorite Mistake” and “Every Day Is A Winding Road”), as well as such Nashville songwriters as Chris DuBois, Luke Laird, Natalie Hemby and Chris Stapleton, among others.
Crow has a combined 40 Top 10s on the Billboard Hot 100, Adult Top 40, Adult Contemporary, Mainstream Top 40, Triple A (with the most No. 1 singles among women in the chart’s 17-year history) and Hot Country Songs charts, as well as a Top 20 solo country single.
She is a passionate supporter of a variety of environmental and health-related charities, including The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, The NRDC, The World Food Program, and Feeding America.
Jen Gunderman, who will interview Crow and moderate the audience Q&A, is Assistant Professor of Music History at the Blair School. Courses she teaches include History of Rock Music, and Women and Rock Music. Gunderman is uniquely well-qualified to interview Crow, having toured with her for the past year and a half. She is currently on leave from teaching at the Blair School while playing keyboard and accordion and singing in Crow’s band.
“Sheryl is one of the most influential and well-respected musicians of our generation,” Gunderman said. “Her singing has been admired by everyone from Michael Jackson to Luciano Pavarotti, her songwriting has produced both enduring radio hits and edgy experimentation, and she plays most of the instruments on several of her albums. It’s going to be a great night.”
The Conversations Series first launched in 1995, when Jim Foglesong, a top music industry executive and record producer, and classical guitarist John Johns interviewed guitar legend Chet Atkins. Other artists featured in the series have included singer and guitarist Peter Frampton, fiddler Mark O’Connor, pianist Awadagin Pratt, singer Amy Grant, violinist Joshua Bell, mandolinist and country singer Marty Stuart, songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman, guitarist and Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler, singer Steve Earle, songwriter, composer and musician Randy Newman, singer-songwriter John Hiatt, singer Eddy Arnold, singer Wynonna Judd, and singer and pianist Ben Folds.
A Conversation with Sheryl Crow will take place at 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 4, in Ingram Hall at the Blair School of Music. The event is free and open to the public and seating is first-come, first-served, so plan to arrive early!