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On the Road to 'Detours'
'Detours' may be Sheryl's most revealing collection yet - but the singer-songwriter tapped into bigger ideas during the making of the album. Explains Sheryl: "The theme that runs throughout the album is the idea that throughout our lives, we think that we're on one road, but ultimately, we've been taken on a detour that takes us so far away from what our journey was planned out to be. And demanding that we come back and readdress where we got off or redefine who we are. Not only did that happen to me in the past four years, but I think that's happened to us as a nation collectively."
On Leaving Los Angeles
Sheryl recently left her longtime home in LA to live in Nashville, Tennessee. How did that affect the recording of the album? She explains: "The album was recorded in Nashville in my house - I live on a farm outside of Nashville. It was quite a luxury to be able to work there isolated from any outside world. I worked with Bill Bottrell, who was my first producer, and I knew going into the record-making process, I didn't want to record myself. I didn't want to have the pressure I had on the last five records of wearing the hat of producer and making all the decisions. I called him and said, 'I'm wondering what might it be like if we work together again' - and he said, 'I've been waiting for this call for years.'"
On Motherhood and Music
Motherhood has a tendency to soften many artists - but not Sheryl Crow. The outgoing activist has only become more impassioned by issues affecting the world. Nowhere is that more evident than in her new record. Explains Sheryl: "Motherhood has been amazing. Since Wyatt came into my life, my life has been completely informed by being a mom. He created a sense of urgency in me when it came to writing the record. You can look at the environment and see the damage that's been done and understand it. But when you have a kid it becomes very personal for you. It becomes a personal assault to your emotions that there aren't going to be a third of the species that we've had in his life, and perhaps his seasons are going to be different. When his kids grow up, who knows what the world will be like? Everything becomes personal."
- She's a Midwest-born Aquarius. Sheryl Suzanne Crow was born February 11, 1962 in Kennett, Missouri.
- Music runs in her family. She is the daughter of pianist-teacher Bernice Crow and father Wendell, a trumpet-playing lawyer.
- Before she became successful, she worked as a music teacher in Fenton, Missouri.
- While teaching for a meager salary, a local musician introduced her to the lucrative world of advertising jingles. After selling a successful tune to a worldwide fast food chain, Sheryl set out for Hollywood.
- Who's Bad? Sheryl's introduction to the music business came as a backup singer for Michael Jackson during his 'Bad' tour. Subsequent gigs and demos landed her a successful recording contract.
- She's a critically acclaimed artist with nine Grammy awards under her belt
The second single from 'Detours' is a sunny, California-inspired number that finds Sheryl reflective of her newfound freedom. She has also said that 'Love Is Free' was inspired by the heroic strength of New Orleans flood survivors. Written by Sheryl and produced by Bill Bottrell, 'Love Is Free' contains some of her most insightful lyrics to date: "It ain't no big thing if you lose your faith / They kinda like to keep you in your place / You never know what might be coming your way."
Shine Over Babylon
Critics have singled out the first single from 'Detours' as a highlight of the artist's career. Sheryl herself has said that 'Shine Over Babylon' is an "environmentally conscious tune in the tradition of Bob Dylan." Watching and listening to Sheryl perform her self-confessed "battle track," it's easy to see that the song is both a labor of love and an impassioned plea to consider the important issues happening around us. She sings: "If everything in life was free / You'd float in your own reverie / The things that you could never see / seal the gap between you and me."
Now That You're Gone
"We made a bed of roses / But I got pricked by the thorns." So sings Sheryl in this painfully personal testament to the brutalities of breakup. It's hard not to think about the artist's own past while listening to 'Now That You're Gone' (the singer broke up with cyclist Lance Armstrong in 2007 after a much-publicized engagement), though ultimately, the song is a reflection on letting go and moving on: "Well I can see heaven / See it over the plain / And if I start running now I think I can make it / and never look back again."
Everyday Is A Winding Road
Busting out a welcome blast from the past, Sheryl breaks up her 'Detours' set with a fan favorite. From the singer's 1996 second self-titled album, 'Everyday Is A Winding Road' showcases Sheryl's accomplished songwriting and masterful hooks. It's also a classic; Prince covered the tune on his 1998 album, 'Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic.' Sings Sheryl optimistically: "Everyday is a winding road / I get a little bit closer / Everyday is a faded sign / I get a little bit closer to feeling fine. "
Out Of Our Heads
Sheryl saves a foot-stomping, sure-to-be single from the new album for her fantastic finale. 'Out Of Our Heads' is as infectious as it is profoundly influenced by the singer's newfound motherhood. Written and produced by Sheryl and Bill Bottrell, the song is an upbeat plea for universal tolerance. Wrapping up her powerful set, Sheryl sings: "Every man is his own prophet / Every prophet just a man / I say all the woman stand up and be good to yourself and teach your children best you can."