From left : Peter Stroud; Fred Eltringham; Sheryl Crow; Robert Kearns and Audley Freed.
3rd Lindsay, Nashville, TN - 25 April 2012
After the disbandment of The Thieves in early 2012, Sheryl soon assembled a new touring band, more suited to her traditional musical style and material. The group is composed by the veteran Peter Stroud on lead guitar, Audley Freed on rhythm guitar, Robert Kearns on bass, Joshua Grange on pedal steel/keys and Fred Eltringham on drums.
Sonically, the new band reminds me the shows of the "TNMC" and "Self-Titled" eras (1993-1997), but with a tad more emphasis on guitars. The musicians' background also suggests the sound of the forthcoming (and yet untitled) record, often described by Sheryl as a blend of Country and Americana. For instance, Audley Freed played and recorded with the likes of the Cry of Love, the Dixie Chicks, Gov't Mule and Jakob Dylan & The Gold Mountain Rebels. Also, Fred Eltringham and Joshua Grange worked with the Dixie Chicks, k.d. lang and Dwight Yoakam. On the other hand, Robert Kearns was the bassist for the Cry of Love, The Bottle Rockets, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Jack Ingram.
It is also worth mentioning that all the new guys are members of an another fantastic band: the Nashville/Atlanta-based The Big Hat. Please check'em out because they are truly great!
As you can see, they have traversed many of the same paths. This means their common background and experiences helps to keep the tightness on stage and makes it easier for them to communicate their musical views.
 Sometimes replaced by Glenn Patscha of the Ollabelle.
THE BAND! From left : Joshua Grange, Audley Freed, Fred Eltringham, Peter Stroud and Robert Kaerns.
Sushi Samba, Las Vegas, NV - 9 October 2012.
Another shot of the band. The fifth guy is
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From Left: Peter Stroud; Audley Freed; Robert Kearns (with Sheryl).
Fred Eltringham; Joshua Grange.