Although she’s probably way further from her childhood home than 100 miles most of the time, Sheryl Crow wants to bring us into the fold of her life with her seventh studio set, appropriately called 100 Miles From Memphis, out today on A&M Records.
Her connection to community and environment living in rural Kennett, Missouri could be part of the inspiration behind some of the more Stax Record, Delaney and Bonnie inspired songs like “Summer Day” and “It’s a Desperate Situation,” but it could just be that Crow was ready to get more nitty-gritty with her music.
“I grew up in a small town 100 miles from Memphis, and that informed not only my musical taste, but how I look at life,” she says. “The drive to Memphis is all farmland, and everyone is community-oriented, God-fearing people, connected to the earth. The music that came out of that part of the world is a part of who I am, and it’s the biggest inspiration for what I do and why I do it.”
Greening-up is nothing new to Crow. As founding member Reverb’s Green Music Group, which includes Bonnie Raitt, Dave Matthews Band, Maroon 5, Guster, Linkin Park and Barenaked Ladies, Crow has been a force to be reckoned with in the music community when it comes to taking action on behalf of the environment.
Portland, Maine based Reverb is a non-profit group that has helped green over 91 tours by helping “Musicians go green while engaging fans to do the same.”
Reverb will connect Crow with many green options for this tour including:
- Filling her trucks and buses with B20 biodiesel fuel
- Implementing extensive waste reduction and recycling backstage and on buses
- Offering biodegradable and compostable catering products to replace petroleum and paper based products
- Offering local and organic food backstage
- Using reusable water bottles and water stations backstage for band and crew to reduce plastic bottle waste
- Switching to non-toxic cleaners and post-consumer recycled bathroom tissue on tour buses
- Calculating and neutralizing the carbon footprint from tour buses, trucks, flights and venue energy use by supporting renewable energy
Does this make you like Crow even more? Made me.
And when we got word that her label was giving out three free albums to lucky EcoSalon winners, we liked her even more.
Leave a comment below and on Friday, August, 6 we’ll let you know who the winners are. Good luck!
Below is a list of tour dates for Sheryl Crow and her new band:
Thursday, Aug 12 Gilford, NH Meadowbrook
Friday, Aug 13 Canandaigua, NY Constellation Brands Marvin Sands PAC
Saturday, Aug 14 Atlantic City, NJ Caesar’s Circus Maximus
Sunday, Aug 15 Cary, NC Koka Booth Amphitheater
Thursday, Aug 19 Atlanta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Saturday, Aug 21 Sedalia, MO Missouri State Fairground Grandstand
Sunday, Aug 22 Des Moines, IA Iowa State Fair
Tuesday, Aug 24 Tulsa, OK Brady Theater
Thursday, Aug 26 Grand Prairie, TX Nokia Theater @ Grand Prairie
Saturday, Aug 28 Bee Cave, TX The Backyard
Tuesday, Aug 31 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheater
Wednesday, Sept 1 Salt Lake City, UT Red Butte Garden Amphitheater
Thursday, Sept 9 San Diego, CA Humphreys Concerts by the Bay
Friday, Sept 10 Los Angeles, CA The Greek Theater
Saturday, Sept 11 Las Vegas, NV The Joint
Tuesday, Sept 14 Saratoga, CA The Mountain Winery
Wednesday, Sept 15 Saratoga, CA The Mountain Winery
Thursday, Sept 16 Santa Ynes, CA Chumash Casino
Friday, Sept 17 Murphy, CA Ironstone Vineyards
Thursday, Sept 23 Boston, MA Citi Performing Arts Center
Saturday, Sept 25 Mashantucket, CT MGM Grand at Foxwoods
Sunday, Sept 26 New York, NY Radio City Music Hall
Friday, Oct 1 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium