Sheryl Crow @ Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow

This current UK tour may be to promote her current country album, Feels Like Home, but last night’s set at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall found that Sheryl Crow is still a rocker at heart.

With a backing band which at times played with as many as four guitarists, Crow’s lengthy back catalogue was given a dynamic airing over two hours which were packed with hits.  It’s sometimes easy to forget just how much Sheryl Crow has achieved over her 22-year career; this was an enjoyable reminder.

The energy and enthusiasm which would command this performance wasn’t immediately evident in the grungy opener Maybe Angels, but the tone was soon lightened in emphatic style with A Change Would Do You Good and All I Wanna Do bringing the Concert Hall to life, the latter inciting the evening’s first singalong.

New album Feels Like Home was represented in some of the nights rootsier moments.  Callin’ Me When I’m Lonely wept with heartache and pedal steel while Shotgun carried a large country riff following a touching introduction which brought us back to Sheryl’s childhood, with her parents seemingly in the audience.

But it was with the rockier elements of the show which really brought out the best in Crow – and particularly her band, with If It Makes You Happy and Everyday Is a Winding Road providing a perfect climax to the set, before a fitting encore cover of Led Zepplin’s Rock and Roll allowed her four guitar players to really let loose.

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