100 Miles From Memphis, Sheryl Crow’s latest album, is a conglomeration of pop, soul, funk, and even a little bit of island reggae. It takes on a ‘more diva and less rock’ persona than her earlier work. The grooves are accompanied by lots of “na na na”s and guest appearances by Keith Richards on the island vibe song Eye to Eye, Justin Timberlake on Sign Your Name, and Citizen Cope on Sideways. Her current sound she says, is “harking back to (her) influences of the 60s and 70s”. There are songs on this album that are clearly inspired by the artists such as the Jackson 5 and Al Green. Her tuned voice harbors a raspy afterthought that adds a unique sentiment to her R&B rhythms. It’s a bit of the old and a whole lotta Sheryl.
The name of the album is based on the distance she grew up from the mecca of music that is Memphis, TN. Her birthplace is not a musictropolis in its own right, and so she chose a name that represents a combination of her home in Kennett, MO and her inspiration stemming from Memphis. Before listening to the album, I expected to hear more of a nod to southern roots music, but ever since her album C’mon C’mon she has been riding on a style that is “easy-listening”, popular, playful, and she says, “true to herself”. Though her emotion sometimes neglects to ring true on her albums, her live performances have the potential to offer up her raw voice. I am hoping that she brings the funk this Sunday in a way that cannot be covered up by studio editing.
Though we cannot count on Keith Richards, Justin Timberlake, or Citizen Cope making an appearance this weekend, we can be excited for a fun upbeat soul performance by Crow thisSunday August 15th 2010 at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary. On her website, Crow says that “The last thing any of us wants to do is find themselves recreating the past”. This has been apparent in the evolution of her music ever since Soak Up the Sun. With a pop-soul style reminiscent of Motown, Sheryl Crow is moving forward with a sound that is sure to appeal. At her show this Sunday we can expect to hear all of her out-of-Memphis inspired new music as well as some of her classics like All I Wanna Do and If it Makes You Happy. Don’t be surprised if she throws in a Michael Jackson cover. Crow performed as a backup singer for Jackson before she hit it big with Tuesday Night Music Club.
California born singer-songwriter, Colbie Caillat will be opening the show. Her pop/country style songs will set the mood well for Crow’s set. We can only hope for a duet.
For more information about Sheryl Crow’s tour, visit www.sherylcrow.com.
DOORS OPEN: 5:30pm
Reserved, General Admission Lawn and Tables
Reserved/Tables – $60.50; Lawn – $40.50; Day of Show increases to $46.00 for lawn tickets
Kids 2 and under free on the lawn.
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