Bonnie Lynn Raitt is an American blues singer-songwriter, musician, and activist. During the 1970s, Raitt released a series of roots-influenced albums that incorporated elements of blues, rock, folk and country.
Since she gave up teaching High School students and became a musician, Sheryl Crow has sold More Than 50 million albums, recorded a James Bond theme, won nine Grammy Awards and played at the White House.
But in That corner, she found the "older Generation " - Eric Clapton , Don Henley , Ronnie Wood - who recognised a kindred spirit, steeped in songcraft and storytelling, and invited her into their world.
Crow's career has been filled with connections like these, from her early days as Michael Jackson 's backing singer (he'd throw sweets at her over the dressing room wall) to joining The Eagles , Prince and Bob Dylan On Stage as their equal.
"I've known Kris for 20 years and he's been afflicted with a condition where he's no longer making memories, but can remember everything from The Past ," she recalls.
Kristofferson's memory loss is caused by Lyme disease, but the symptoms are "much like Alzheimer's", Crow explains.
"After working with him, I started feeling like these moments with other people are important, and I don't want to miss any more of them.
Despite her connections, Crow had trouble summoning the courage to approach her heroes.
"It's weird to write a song and send it to somebody and say, 'Hey, do you want to sing on this?'" she says. "So I tried to write songs I felt were in their wheelhouse, melodically and even lyrically. "
So Live Wire finds Crow trading bluesy riffs with Mavis Staples and Bonnie Raitt ("who was instrumental in my picking up The Guitar when I was 17 and wanting to play like a guy") before uniting on a potent, gospel-infused chorus.
"I got my mind made up and my high heels on/It wouldn't take much to prove you wrong," the singers declare, in a bluesy celebration of female resilience and solidarity.
It hasn't always been so positive, though. On Crow's first album, 1993's Tuesday Night Music Club, she called out the harassment she'd experienced at the hands of Michael Jackson 's manager Frank Dileo .
On The Na-Na Song, she depicted him trying to force her into sex ("Maybe if I'd let him, I'd have had a hit song," she sang with satisfying indifference), while What I Can Do For You , creepily captured the abuse of power That 's become a central theme of the #MeToo movement.
Crow's candour was unusual at the time. Did she ever experience any backlash?
"Well, a lot of people weren't happy," she says. "But you don't have a leg to stand on if it's true. "Passing The Torch
Many of the New Breed see her as an inspiration and mentor. Kacey Musgraves recorded her Grammy-winning album of the year, Golden Hour , in Crow's home studio ("She has Guinness on tap, so she would have a Guinness With Us ," Musgraves recalled), while pop-country crossover star Maren Morris said Tuesday Night Music Club made her want to be a writer.
"She expressed her own point of view, and she wasn't trying to be like anyone else, and I loved That ,""Without sounding like an ego-maniac, I feel Maren Morris is like an extension from Stevie Nicks to me then herself. "
"I look at her and I know she's gonna carry on the tradition. "
"It's like, Anything Goes . Do it however you want to do it. That 's kind of where I'm at because at this point, at least in my estimation, making a whole record is a little bit futile. When people mostly make playlists and cherry-pick songs, they're never going to hear the whole story anyway. "
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