Because she literally grew up “100 Miles From Memphis,” home of Stax-Volt, Hi Records and some of the greatest soul music ever made, Sheryl Crow took a soulful turn on her new album of that title, which comes out July 20.
But she doesn’t forget the Motor City — specifically via a cover of the Jackson5’s “I Want You Back” that closes the set.
“We were recording an unreleased track by Marvin Gaye called ‘Desperate Situation,’ ” Crow, 48, remembers, “and it was in that range, so I just busted into (‘I Want You Back’) and the band followed, and when it was done, everyone was like, ‘What in the world?! We’ve got to put that on the album!’ ”
It’s also appropriate because Crow sang backup for the late Michael Jackson’s 1984 world tour. “It’s definitely an homage,” she confirms. “The (Jackson5) was the first album I ever owned, and the guy gave me my first job in the business and was incredibly generous with his talent with me.”
Crow — who recently adopted a second son, Levi James, to join 3-year-old Wyatt Steven — deploys several guests on “100 Miles From Memphis,” including Justin Timberlake and the Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards — but she makes her own cameo on Kid Rock’s upcoming album, “Born Free,” joining a piano-playing Bob Seger on a track called “Collide.”
“I’m such a huge fan of Bobby’s. I love the guy,” she says of the Clarkston-based rocker, who she also sang with in the 2001 chart-topper “Picture.”
“He’s a great songwriter, and I feel like our collaboration together is always easy and always just works. So any day, any hour of the day or night, if he calls me, I’m totally there.”
Sheryl Crow and Colbie Caillat perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 19, at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $50.50 and $36 pavilion and $21 lawn. Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.
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