Monday, November 18, 2013

SHERYL CROW SLIPS INTO COUNTRY SOUND AS EASILY AS FAVORITE PAIR OF OLD BOOTS

Feels Like Home
2013
Sheryl Crow has flown an arrangement away from a commercial country sound throughout the two decades since the release of her multi-platinum debut, Tuesday Night Music Club.

On Feels Like Home, Crow wings right into the country landscape as though she's sliding on a favorite pair of old boots.

Throughout her eighth studio album, Crow bursts with the same sexy sunshine that has shone so brightly during her career and turns up the twang just enough to mine country chart gold without sounding like she's playing a temporary part.

In the  liner notes, she gives "MAJOR THANKS to Brad Paisley for his belief in me and for being a tried and true friend." Paisley co-writes one song and plays slide guitar on another. Additional Nashville star lights come from Zac Brown, Ashley Monroe, Vince Gill and "Mellow Mafia" member Dan Dugmore.

We Oughta Be Drinkin' references Willie Nelson's Whiskey River and staying at home to "roll a big fat one and watchin' Nashville alone" before giving into "that heavenly neon light" in a thematic update to her first hit and ode to day drinking - All I Wanna Do.

Shotgun recalls Steve McQueen, and there's plenty of bad love too strong to resist on Give It To Me, Callin' Me When I'm Lonely and Nobody's Business.

The first single, Easy, charts a staycation of beer, tequila and margaritas. Then, "we'll put on bug spray and we'll lose our clothes."

The Paisley collaboration - Waterproof Mascara - is the first of two single mom dramas that also includes the closing Stay At Home Mother. Her product endorsement is: "Thank God they make waterproof mascara/'Cause it won't run like this daddy did."

Crow calls Nashville home and don't be surprised if more of her future sounds continue to be classified as country, even if they sound like they were made in the same neighborhood as before.