By Greg Cohen
I’ve always really liked 9 time Grammy award winner Sheryl Crow. While her early work came across as being free-spirited to the point of slacker (“I like a good beer buzz early in the morning” from 1994’s All I Wanna Do Is Have Some Fun), there was also a certain level of depth and meaning in her lyrics that I have appreciated. While I don’t often like to quote song lyrics, the line, “It’s not having what you want, it wanting what you’ve got” from 2002’s Soak up the Sun has always stuck me as good a life lesson about being happy as there is.
Crow performed at the Arizona State Fair on October 22, 2015 to an enthusiastic audience. Crow came across as warm and personable throughout the show. Acknowledging that she was playing at the State Fair, Crow easily bantered with the crowd about the livestock competition and fried foods that are the hallmark of state fairs across the company. For the record, Crow also declared her love for everything funnel cake as well.
Throughout her set Crow and her band moved deftly between her early pop songs and her more recent forays into country cross-over. Crow’s band ia an amazing group of musicians. With Peter Stroud & Audley Freed on guitars, Robert Kearns on bass, Joshua Grange on pedal steel guitar, Jennifer Gunderman on organ and accordion and Fred Eltringham on drums and percussion, it is very clearly a group of very experienced and very talented musicians. (continued below photos)
All photos © 2015 Greg Cohen
Crow put on a very polished performance that felt very relaxed and engaging that was well received by the audience.
- Real Gone
- A Change Would Do You Good
- All I Wanna Do
- My Favorite Mistake
- Callin’ Me When I’m Lonely
- The First Cut Is the Deepest (Cat Stevens cover)
- Steve McQueen
- For What It’s Worth (Buffalo Springfield cover)
- Strong Enough
- Picture / If It Makes You Happy
- Soak Up the Sun
- Every Day Is a Winding Road