NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 29, 2013 – Guitar-toting singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow is most known for her rock-edged alternative music, but with her latest chart entry “Easy,” the 51-year-old is taking a dive into Country music. Previously, Crow has seen some minor chart success with her “Picture” collaboration with Kid Rock, a 2002 hit that earned a nomination at the 2003 Country Music Association Awards. Despite her previous work, she finds this new foray into the American-made genre rather liberating, reminiscent of the journey Loretta Lynn took to superstardom.
“It really is like the scene where Doo zips up Loretta’s dress and she runs in with her new acetate, her 45, and says, `Here’s my new record,’ and she plays something on air, shakes a few hands and leaves,” Crow tells The Associated Press, noting how her life on a tour bus is comparable to Coal Miner’s Daughter, the 1980 film about Lynn’s life.
She adds, “It really is a throwback to that and it’s the most organic thing I’ve done in years.”
For the 2010 Country Music Association Awards, Crow was approached by Lynn, via handwritten note, to appear alongside her during a rousing performance of “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” The iconic showing also featured rocker Miranda Lambert. It was that opportunity that opened doors for Crow to make the easy transition into making Country music, leading to her first genre-focused album Feels Like Home to drop on September 10.
Since Crow has launched her radio tour promoting her new music, she admits that it is quite a daunting task. She explains, “I say that it’s fun, but it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Because sitting on the bus and only getting the gratification of only playing like a couple of songs, and then driving for two more hours and then getting to play a couple more songs. It’s really hard, but it’s great, you know? … I’ve felt really embraced.”
And, of course, relocating to Music City has given the musician a vastly different perspective on things. “It wasn’t until I moved here that I realized what an amazing community it is,” she says. “It’s the thing I’ve been missing my whole career, the feeling of being able to sit around with a guitar and have people know each other’s songs and know songs from people who’ve influenced all of us.
“When I moved here pretty early on Vince Gill started calling me to do guitar pulls, and I thought, gosh, this is just like heaven on earth down here,” she continues.
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