Do you remember your first record? Your first concert? Well this isn’t about that. This Long and Winding Road is about three artists/records that influenced you over the years –- you as a musician, Sheryl Crow. So let’s talk about your road.
6 years old: My parents’ band
My Parents were a huge influence on my when I was a kid. They played in a swing band. There was almost always music in my house. They’d play in the living room, and they’d play music on the Magnavox, and we’d sit there and listen to Ella Fitzgerald and old Motown. I was exposed to a variety of different kinds of music -– and I saw that I wanted to grow up in music, and I don’t think it ever occurred to me that every other kid wanted the same thing.
18 years old: James Taylor and Carole King
When I first started writing, I wanted to be a great writer, and so I started studying Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell. But the biggest influences on me were James Taylor and Carole King, mainly because they landed somewhere between R&B and folk, and I could relate to it because I was playing the piano mostly.
Now (and always): The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones throughout my life have been my biggest influence. In ’93 or ’94, they invited me to come to Florida to be a part of their pay-per-view special, and they’ve been very supportive throughout the years. I can now actually call Keith “a friend.”
Editor’s note: Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards can be heard on Crow’s latest LP, “100 Miles From Memphis.”
Sheryl Crow headlines the Boulder Theater on Sunday, the final night of the Boulder Roots and Blues Summit, which starts tonight. Tickets to Crow’s performance: $78.25-$94.50. All tickets available at bouldertheater.com.