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Sheryl Crow takes Alpharetta on fun ride

Sheryl Crow has taken “100 miles From Memphis” on the road, and the album, released just last month, got a warm Georgia welcome Thursday night at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Alpharetta.

Somehow Crow managed to get at least 10 of the 12 tracks off her new album onto the set list with no sign of resistance from a near full house. Perhaps it was the fun, reggae influenced “Eye to Eye” or the soulful remake of Terrance Trent D’Arby’s “Sign Your Name” or the captivating lyrics and vocals on “Stop.” Maybe it was the vintage, comfortable feeling you lean into in “100 Miles” title cut.

Click here for a full gallery from the Sheryl Crow concert.

Crow titled the album after the distance from hometown Kennett , Mo., to Memphis, Tenn., original home of the soul Stax Record label (which signed Macon’s Otis Redding). Though, she admitted to fans that “the distance is really 106 miles, but 100 miles just sounds better.”

Even when Crow, not surprisingly, brought politics front and center with “Say What You Want,” no one seemed to visibly mind. The 48-year-old singer said she wrote the song after reading in the paper about a certain woman using the term reload.

“When I think of reload, I think of guns…. Would Martin Luther King Jr. say reload, would Bobby Kennedy ever say reload?” she asked the crowd.

And so the lyrics go: I saw you ranting on TV today. I heard you tell me to reload. You got a lot of nerve to talk that way. Someone unplug the microphone. … Say, say what you want to (If this is America you’d never know it.

And from there, she detoured to the soft, country ballad “Are You Strong Enough” from her debut album “Tuesday Night Music Club” before taking a U-turn back to the new album with the gospel-bluesy “Long Road Home.”

Luckily, Thursday night’s ride, with Crow partying hard on stage along the way,  included fan favorites “Can’t Cry Anymore,” “If It Makes You Happy,” “Soak Up the Sun,” “My Favorite Mistake,” and “Everyday is a Winding Road.”

And the encore, you guessed it: Crow’s breakout hit “All I Wanna Do,” which featured a surprisingly nice remix to Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give it Up.”

Crow, who once sang back up vocals to Michael Jackson on his Bad tour ended the night with a cover of the Jackson Five’s “I Want You Back,” a bonus track on the new album. Not everyone can do the song made popular by a young MJ justice, but Crow’s voice fits like a glove — no pun intended. Not a bad way to end a road trip.

22 comments Add your comment

ya mama

August 20th, 2010
10:10 am

The show was great and Sheryl is a true professional. Full of energy and a great voice. A great night, and even the weather held up!


August 20th, 2010
11:16 am

Ah, poor Sheryl…no talent and no brains to boot!

Jack Putter

August 20th, 2010
12:33 pm

I agree with ya mama: it was a great and energetic show!


August 20th, 2010
1:50 pm

sometimes a picture says a thousnad words.


August 20th, 2010
1:54 pm

It was a great show. I felt like I was hanging out with her in her local bar. I credit this partially to Verizon. My friend and I showed up ready to rent lawn chairs for our lawn seats (since it rained earlier in the day.) When we got to the customer service booth, they told us that they weren’t renting lawn chairs, and we could talk to an usher about upgrading our seats to reserved. We went out to the lawn, found an usher, and traded him our lawn tickets for center-orchestra tickets. Verizon may have simply been filling seats to make Sheryl feel like she had a bit of a bigger crowd than she did… but it was a great improvement for me. Any other venue would have just made us sit in the lawn and stare at the empty seats in front of us. Thanks for a great show!

Chief Wiggum

August 20th, 2010
1:57 pm

I’ll save her a single square of TP…LOL.


August 20th, 2010
2:12 pm

Did she use her one square of TP? Bet she has quite the aurora of body odor. No wonder Lance split.


August 20th, 2010
2:59 pm

Anyone know the name of the song she opened with last night?

velvet elvis

August 20th, 2010
3:08 pm

She’s just a hick from Kennet, Missouri. Wish she’d just entertain and not get political. I don’t have a need to see her or hear her.

ya mama

August 20th, 2010
3:52 pm

She really didn’t get very political. I think she controlled herself, like entertainers should do. Now, you want to talk about getting political…I saw Bruce Springsteen a few years back. That was political. It was beyond annoying.


August 20th, 2010
3:57 pm

So that’s who kept me awake last night. Strange that the sound from
the Alpharetta amphitheater only bounces into Roswell neighborhoods.


August 20th, 2010
4:10 pm

I guess I am odd man out: I thought the sound mix for Ms Crow’s show was pretty bad. I was unable to puzzle out any of the lyrics on the songs from the new release. The show had a lot of energy, but the muddled sound was very off-putting.


August 20th, 2010
4:14 pm

So that is where all the flag burners were at last night. A little to close to my back door. I’m surprised Obama didn’t show up for that one. Scumbags like that don’t even deserve to live in a free country much less make the money they do off of it.


August 20th, 2010
4:15 pm

I agree that the sound was not very good. I have seen Sheryl Crow before and this was not her best show. She seemed spaced out at times. Of course. it could have been the heat. It made me feel pretty lethargic.


August 20th, 2010
4:53 pm

I thought the show was great…I loved the upbeat music as others must have since everyone stood through most of the show. I love the MJ song at the end…nice touch.


August 20th, 2010
5:17 pm

You can have all the jingoistic, mouth-breathing Kountry muzac for your “Hannity Hates America” bashes. I’ll stick with the musicians with a social conscience and real family values!


August 20th, 2010
5:56 pm

The show was very energetic and entertaining but the sound was way off. The opening act was better than Crow sound was. You couldn’t understand her vocals. The audio guy did a really bad job on this one. I was in the back and while people were enjoying the venue most were not standing and being involved – probably because they couldn’t understand the lyrics. Verizon Amp. is an awesome venue though with very comfortable setting and ceiling fans to keep a breeze blowing.


August 20th, 2010
7:41 pm

the bass was so intense that my chest vibrated like the creature from alien was about to burst forth.

the concert would have been more enjoyable had they toned down the bass. maybe i could have heard the lyrics.


August 20th, 2010
11:07 pm

So let me if I get this. Sheryl Crow has a song called Say What You Want where she says that Sarah Palin should not allowed to say what she wants. Is that basically it? BTW Sheryl, she wasn’t speaking to you. BTW FTR I actually like Sheryl Crow I have 3 of her cd’s. Its too bad that she’s so obsessed with politics that it crashes her relationships.


August 21st, 2010
5:31 am

Sarah Palin is just a hatemonger.
More artists should call her out for her violent rhetoric and racism.
Sheryl Crow is a fantastic singer and very courageous to take a stand against Palin’s violent words.


August 31st, 2010
9:02 pm

Heard Sheryl last night in Albuquerque. Sound mix was awful. Bass obliterated Sheryl, lyrics, singers, brass and woodwinds. She is so amazingly talented…it was a shame to wipe out the sound of her voice and her words. Regular die-hard fans who knew all words were probably not bothered.


August 31st, 2010
10:20 pm

the throwing knives are really handy handy.chi flat irons