Nashville, Tennessee - Monday, 20th July - Sheryl made a surprise visit at the legendary Bluebird Cafe during one of their famous Open Mic Nights. As far as I know she sang at least three songs (OK, two and half): "Weather Channel" (yay!) and "Picture/If it Makes You Happy".
Here's a little report from Scott Gregory:
So I kid you not. I went to play at the infamous Bluebird Cafe in Nashville which seats only 90 people at their highly competitive open mic, and none other than Sheryl Crow shows up to play under a fake name a 3 song set and she played before me. Each songwriter initially gets 1 song to play and at the end of the night the host chooses a few people to play again and I was 1 of 5 of the 25 songwriters that night that got asked to play a second song. I can unofficially say that Sheryl Crow opened for me lol. Such an awesome experience!
they have an open Mic every Monday but you have to call at 11am-noon and get through and they only let in the first 25 that get through. Occasionally I guess people stop in but I looked and I guess it's rare and this by far was one of the bigger names that have done a pop in. Taylor Swift got discovered as did Garth Brooks here. It's featured every week on the show Nashville.
[NEWS] Guitar world magazine included "SUTS" on the 50 Classic Acoustic Rock Songs List
GUITAR WORLD - Whether you began on an electric or an acoustic guitar, there's no doubt the latter will eventually find its way into your hands at some point.
The nature of the acoustic guitar's efficiency (no amp!) makes it a commonality among players, collectors and dorm-room guys looking to impress girls. Even the most devout shredder will be tempted to noodle on a dreadnought—particularly in front of the aforementioned girls.
Despite the advent of the electric guitar in the early fifties, the acoustic guitar has remained a prominent force in rock and roll. If there were any doubt, check out the 50 classic acoustic rockers listed below. These are tried-and-true numbers all anchored around the acoustic guitar.
Some are radio staples, some are wedding fixtures and all are just good fun to play. So if you haven't dusted off that sprucetop in a while, give a few of these tunes a listen. You'll be strumming—and probably crooning—along in no time.
[NEWS] Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival - Sept 26 Lineup
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Sheryl will perform at the Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival in Franklin, Tennessee on Saturday September 26th! Here's the complete Lineup. Note: On Sunday 27th Willie Nelson will top the bill, along with other big names include indie-rockers The Decemberists and Band of Horses, as well Jimmy Cliff. MORE INFO @ www.pilgrimagefestival.com
[LIVE REVIEW] Woodinville, WA - 8 July
Sheryl Crow Makes Fans Happy at Chateau Ste. Michelle
By John Lill
Seattle Music Insider
Multi-platinum performer Sheryl Crow’s first hit, “All I Wanna Do,” featured steel guitar, indicating that the soulful singer with the pop-rock lean has always had a little country in her music. These days, Crow is based in Nashville, Tennessee, and has recast herself as a country performer, where steel guitar is a regular part of the equation. So far, the commercial results haven’t been up to the standard Crow set over the past couple of decades, even if the music should fit right into a modern country music playlist.
Not that any of this mattered to the crowd who came to Chateau Ste. Michelle to see Crow and her band on Wednesday night. They just wanted to have some fun, as the song goes, and she gave it to them in a hit-filled set that ran about an hour and 45 minutes.
After opening with the spooky, UFO-inspired “Maybe Angels,” she and the band transitioned into “A Change Would Do You Good.” The expression on Crow was one of elation as if it were a challenge to go from one song into the other successfully as a band.
Crow, who always had one of the best and bluesiest voices in the pop music world, retains her range, elasticity and ability to improvise while never taking away from the songs themselves. Her work on “My Favorite Mistake,” “Leaving Las Vegas,” “If It Makes You Happy” and “Strong Enough” was proof plenty of that.
Her six-piece band, including guitarist/bandleader Peter Stroud and recent addition Audley Freed (Black Crowes) on second guitar, was a soul-rock machine behind her.
Following a setlist of hit songs, Crow chose to close the night with a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Rock And Roll,” her voice a full-on siren wail. In a night full of sing-alongs, Crow’s voice was the one worth hearing.
[PIX/REVIEW] Oxford Stomp 2015 - Calgary - 10 July
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10 July 2015
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Pleasant and polished: Sheryl Crow gently rocks the crowd at Fort Calgary
By Eric Volmers
The Oxford Stomp is seven years older than its boisterous younger brother, the Stampede Roundup and, for the most part, acts its age.
This may be because the week’s second corporate party and Rotary Club of Calgary fundraiser lands near the dying days of the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, which means revellers could potentially be revelled out.
On Friday night, a sold-out crowd at Fort Calgary certainly seemed to be drinking and dancing and generally enjoying the evening’s entertainment, which included the Sam Roberts Band, George Thorogood and the Destroyers and Sheryl Crow.
But it was a quieter evening, and not just because the headliner has reached a point in her career where polish trumps performance.
Not unlike veteran songsmiths Steve Earle or Lucinda Williams, Crow seems content these days to let the songs do the talking. This is not to say she has the same number of quality songs as those artists, but she plays them all with a nice professional polish rather than the angsty urgency of her early years.
Kicking things off with the drawling country-blues of Steve McQueen and A Change Would Do You Good, Crow initially seemed to be straining to hit the notes.
Her voice eventually rose to the occasion — a good thing since she was running through Led Zeppelin’s Rock and Roll as of press time — and her large band of pros quickly settled into a pleasant groove.
Can’t Cry Anymore and the sultry, Hammond organ-sweetened My Favourite Mistake were early highlights, as was her cover of Cat Stevens’ The First Cut is the Deepest.
The band came closest to letting loose on the rollicking Best of Times, ending with a fiery extended jam featuring Crow on hellraising harmonica. An accordion-laced run through hit Strong Enough was also a sweet diversion.
But in the end, the performance was dependent on the strength of the songs, which meant things lagged when she broke into more generic numbers such as the bluesy Real Gone.
[NEWS] Sheryl Crow's "Diner" Will Bow at Delaware Theatre Company; Is Broadway Next?
Sheryl Crow with the director Barry Levinson
By Lloyd Webber
The Sheryl Crow-Barry Levinson musical Diner is heading to Delaware! After making its world premiere at Virginia’s Signature Theatre over the 2014-15 holiday season, the production will play December 2 through December 27 at the Delaware Theatre Company in Wilmington, Delaware. The tuner was initially Broadway-bound; this second engagement suggests Diner is once again aimed at the Great White Way.
Based on Levinson’s 1982 film, with direction and choreography by Kathleen Marshall, a book by Levinson and music and lyrics by Crow, Diner tells the story of burgeoning adulthood and friendship. Christmas, Baltimore: 1959. A circle of childhood friends reunite for the upcoming wedding of one of them. Well, only if his fiancée passes a football trivia test. From the comfort of their all-night diner, the men, now in their early-twenties, confront the realities of adulthood: marriage, careers, money and the ever-mysterious opposite sex. But no matter where life takes them, they know they’re welcome back at the diner, the one place they’ll always belong.
No word yet on casting, but the Signature incarnation starred Matthew James Thomas as Fenwick, Derek Klena as Boogie, Whitney Bashor as Barbara, Bryan Fenkart as Modell, Aaron Finley as Billy, Adam Kantor as Eddie, Tess Soltau as Elyse, John Schiappa as Older Boogie, Josh Grisetti as Shrevie and Erika Henningsen as Beth. The production featured set design by Derek McLane with scenery adapted by James Kronzer, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Peter Kaczorowski, sound design by Lane Elms and music direction by Lon Hoyt.
Other productions in Delaware Theatre Company’s 2015-16 season include Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life, David Robson’s Playing the Assassin, David Rush’s Nureyev’s Eyes and Nell Benjamin’s The Explorers Club.