Tuesday Night Music Club

TMW Interview: Sheryl Crow Talks New Album, Feels Like Home, Country Music, and Living in Nashville

Nine-time Grammy winner, Sheryl Crow has released her much-anticipated new album, Feels Like Home. It’s the first country album of her career, though not her first venture into the country music  field. The album features the hit single “Easy”and is her first to feature all co-writers.

If you don’t know by now, Sheryl Crow has sold over 35 million records worldwide and won nine Grammy Awards. She is now taking  a new musical direction. It’s been 20 years since the release of her debut smash album, Tuesday Night Music Club. With Feels Like Home, she co-wrote each track with another songwriter which is something the songtress  had never  before. In this email interview we ask Sheryl about Feels Like Home, her music and living in Nashville.

TMW: You’re such an amazing artist,  having sold over 35 million records, won nine Grammys and recorded with such luminaries as Sting and Mick Jagger. What do you hope to accomplish with the new album?

Sheryl Crow: I hope the same as I do for every record which is that people find something on it they relate to.

 With this being the first country album of your career (though parts of Tuesday Night Music Club sound pretty country) how does the songwriting process differ working with Brad Paisley?

SC: Working with Brad Paisley was awesome and intimidating. It is like taking a master class in lyric writing.  He’s gone to great lengths to support me. He told me I belong in country music.  I love 60’s and 70’s country music. Everything from Emmylou Harris and Graham Parsons to Billy Sherrill to George and Tammy.

How has living in Nashville been these past few years?  For our readers who don’t know, please explain the “strong sense of community” Nashville is known for and how it has influenced your music.

SC: I’ve been traveling for 20 plus years and had never put down roots until now. Nashville is a great place to raise a family and to collaborate musically. I moved  to Nashville  after I finished breast cancer treatment about seven and a half years ago. Before that I didn’t have any roots anywhere except for my home town.   I was traveling a lot and it just seemed like the right thing to do.

          And like something may have been missing from your life?

          SC: It wasn’t till I moved here that I realized what an amazing community it is. It’s the thing I was
          missing my whole career.  The feeling of being able to sit around with my guitar and have people
          know  each other’s songs and know songs from people who influenced  all of us.   It’s awesome
          to be  making music in a town where my kids know everybody else’s kids. I get to work with
          great songwriters. My sister lives here too. It has just been amazing.

What is it that you like best about the country music genre?

SC: I love the tradition of story songwriting. I was nervous at first about making this album. I’m grateful, country music fans are so loyal. When I first 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’.

What do you think is the key to staying relevant in the ever-changing music business today and what advice would you give an an aspiring singer-songwriter?

SC: The key to relevance is loving my job and always working at getting better at it. I always tell anyone who wants to be a musician to get into your craft and love the process and not the oitcome of it.

Who in the pop music today do you think has longevity and why?

SC: Adele, Bruno Mars and Justin Timberlake will definitely be around.

You’ve achieved so much and you’re such an inspiration.  How do you see yourself in this business a few years from now?

SC: I can’t look that far in advance but I know I will still be making music. I feel like I am getting better and better. I still feel like my best work is a head of me. That’s what keeps me excited.

For updates on Sheryl’s new music, concert schedule, and other appearances, visit her official website.

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