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Concert Reviews:
Sheryl Crow helps women rule at WYCD's Ten Man Jam

For Journal Register Newspapers

Posted: Friday, February 22, 2013

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ROYAL OAK -- It may be called the Ten Man Jam, but it was the women, and one in particular, than ran away with the show on Thursday night, Feb. 21, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre.

The WYCD-sponsored show, which featured acoustic performances by 10 (duh!) acts, was a kind of country coming out for Grammy Award-winner Sheryl Crow, who served as host for the second half of the evening. With her first country album due in the fall, Crow -- accompanied by guitarist Peter Stroud -- played its first single, "Easy," which she described to the Royal Oak crowd as a "little stay-cation song, about staying home." Crow said she heard the song, which will be officially released next month, on the radio for the first time while driving from the airport to the show.

"This is my first foray into country, but I feel like I've been making country songs for a long time," added Crow, who's recorded in the past with artists such as Brooks & Dunn, Vince Gill, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert and Loretta Lynn. "Picture," her duet with Kid Rock, was a country hit in 2002, and she played a bit of that combined with "If It Makes You Happy" on Thursday, as well as "Strong Enough" and "Give It To Me" -- the latter with Ashley Monroe of Pistol Annies, who was also part of the Ten Man Jam.

Monroe, in fact, had her own new material to play from her own "Like a Rose" album, which comes out March 5, as well as a version of Jason Aldean's "The Truth," which she co-write. Seventeen-year-old Rachel Farley played an energetic trio of songs that included "Jet Black Angel", while Maggie Rose brought a bluesy bluster and Clara Henningsen led her family trio through "All Your Life," which they wrote for The Band Perry.

The guys held their own, however. Gary Allan was a spirited host for the night's first half, and Chris Cagle won the congeniality award for bringing a longtime fan named Stephanie on stage to sit next to him while he played "Got My Country On." A loud chorus of female screams testified to cowboy-hatted Dustin Lynch's hunk appeal, while Drake White and Brett Eldridge surely won a few fans -- White especially for his stomping version of "The Simple Life."

It was certainly Crow's night -- the fawning of those on stage alongside her made that much clear -- but the men, and women, certainly made the evening a memorable Jam.

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