Sunday, June 23, 2013
Concert review: Sheryl Crow rocked as mom-on-the-road
The veteran rockstar was warm, sharing cute stories about being a mom while she sang through her laid-back songs.
THACKERVILLE, OKLA. Sheryl Crow's rockstar lifestyle has taken a back burner since her two sons joined her on her summer tour. A candid Crow joked about this new chapter in her life during Saturday's show at WinStar World Casino. She's also taken a headfirst dive into the country genre — a world Crow has had one foot in her whole career. Her upcoming album, due out in September, will be released in the country market. Her first single off the record, "Easy," is currently No. 32 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart.
The multi-Grammy winner acted like she was with old friends Saturday at the Oklahoma casino, sharing stories about her new life and about how few of her lyrics have real-world application anymore. Favorites like "All I Wanna Do" and "If It Makes You Happy" sent the crowd on a nostalgic road trip to the '90s. Her newest material fits like a glove, reinvigorating Crow's laid-back, carefree style. She set aside her trusty acoustic guitar for a harmonica in a few numbers, spicing up the usual backing band mix with Southern flair.
With a steady build comprised of warm, onstage banter and consistent instrumentation, the set didn't peak until the latter half of the show, with the sleepy track "Home." Scaling chords and a salty, electric punch helped ignite the quiet number, making it more about the musicality than the lyrics. A soft, twinkling lap steel strolled next to Crow's sweet falsetto in the vulnerable, tear-drenched song "Strong Enough," which offered one of the few serious moments of the evening.
Age has played fair with the still-stunning singer, and she took no fleeting detours while singing. Crow is still the "bare all" singer/songwriter we fell in love with in 1993; she's just traded in the late-night bar scenes for a night with her kids.
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