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Exclusive: Hear Sheryl Crow’s new song ‘Live Wire’ featuring Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples

on May 22, 2019 No comments

By Sarah Rodman

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Sheryl Crow – Live Wire (feat. Bonnie Raitt, Mavis Staples) – Rehearsal Footage

Sheryl Crow intends to make music for years to come. What she doesn’t plan to do is release albums. The 57-year-old Missouri native believes that the changing marketplace renders the idea of conceptualizing — and spending money and time on — a full-length project an unworthy investment. So the nine-time Grammy winner is getting by with a little help from a lot of her friends on an epic duets collection.

Slated for release later this summer, Threads will feature 17 tracks chock-full of collaborators, including longtime pals like Don Henley, Keith Richards, and Stevie Nicks, and newer musical partners like Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, and Maren Morris. Last month, she released a posthumous duet with Johnny Cash, a haunting, and timely, reworking of her 1996 track “Redemption Day.”

Crow recently sat down in Cash’s recording studio cabin outside Nashville to discuss the next song to be unveiled, “Live Wire,” featuring Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples.

As one might expect from that killer combo, the track — premiering today on EW — is a swampy, down and dirty, blues-tinged rocker with an infectious pop melody about contending with a lover who drives you crazy but you just can’t quit. The tune is deftly embellished by Raitt’s signature slide guitar and Staples’ soulfully husky vocals.

“Those two ladies may as well be sisters from a different mother,” says Crow of her partners in rhyme. “First of all, they’re very close and Mavis has inspired Bonnie in so many ways. And both those women have been a huge inspiration for me. I saw Bonnie when I was 13, and seeing a woman playing the slide guitar basically set me on the course. I have not been able to play slide, but I wouldn’t be playing the guitar without her. And I was a giant fan of [the legendary Band concert film] The Last Waltz, and so I got turned onto the Staple Singers through that documentary. There’s just no other voice like Mavis Staples.”

Another bonus of working with Staples: There was no shortage of laughs. “We had a ball,” says Crow with a grin. “She is one of the funniest ladies I know. I asked her if she slept good the night before and she said, ‘Honey, I made a fool out of that bed.’”

Source: © Copyright Entertainment Weekly

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Bonnie Raitt: “One person on a guitar or slide guitar is such a mournful lonely sound, like a human voice, that can express so many different emotions from longing to sexual heat to aching and betrayal,” Raitt said in a recent telephone interview. “The guitar is a very expressive instrument in general and there was something about the starkness and soulfulness and the dark night of the soul.”
Raitt, whose father was actor and Broadway star John Raitt, said she would listen to blues albums that her brother would bring home from college, along with Mississippi John Hurt and Mississippi Fred McDowell. In a twist of fate, she ended up traveling with McDowell early in her career.

“He had a style of Delta blues guitar and slide playing and there was something about his soulfulness and the rhythm that he played and his touch on the guitar just really got me,” she said.

“It wasn’t all about your looks or having a hit single back in the late ’70s when I started otherwise I would have never gotten a shot at it because I had no interest in being a big pop mainstream star,” Raitt said. “I just played guitar and wanted to play in folk music clubs and have a small modest following.”
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