Folk-rocker Sheryl Crow made a huge splash last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live with her brand new Country-tinged tune "Easy." The traditionally-dipped song is off the singer's upcoming album, which Crow labels as her "country debut," and features strong steel guitar, power vocals and a Western richness, only amplified by Crow's spirited jacket.
Previously, the Missouri-native has stretched her creative wings with such collaborations with Kid Rock ("Picture"), Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson and Tony Bennett, just to name a few. To-date, Crow has released seven studio albums, two compilations and one live set. She is best-known for her pop-rock hits, "Strong Enough" and "Every Day Is a Winding Road." In addition to music, she has also made several appearances on various hit TV shows, including NBC's 30 Rock and ABC's Cougar Town.
"It’s been really fun to make," she tells Country Weekly about the new album, to be released on Warner Music Nashville. "I made it at home in my barn." She notes that she was drawn to Country music by the commitment and rawness of the songwriting process. She continues:
"I think it’s the best format if you like songs as a forum. Songs that are melodic and lyric-driven. That’s what I’ve always loved. There isn’t a home for that outside of country consistently," she explains, revealing her high hopes for the as-yet-untitled album. "My record is probably more country than a lot of country that is getting played [on the radio], so I hope I get played."
The album is set for a fall release.
Check out the song's debut performance to the left.