Although Sheryl Crow's forthcoming album Feels Like Home – due September 10th – is categorically country in its approach, this performance clip for the bluesy barnburner "Best of Times" is a Southern rock winner. With harmonica in hand, Crow – sporting an old Doobie Brothers T-shirt – belts out her very own state of the union address as her band let it rip in this exclusive live video, shot at Ocean Way Studios' outpost in Nashville for the Live Room.
"No matter what format I'm in, I have to make my political statements, for better or worse," Crow tells Rolling Stone. "And after tragic events like Newtown, I have found myself asking if our best days are behind us now. Because I have a four-year-old and a six-year-old now, I feel like I can't afford to think that way. But that sort of big question is behind this song – which I was proud to write with Al Anderson of NRBQ fame and Leslie Satcher. For me, 'Best of Times' is also inspired by all the talk about the Mayan calendar and our world ending, and our yearning for a simpler and safer world."
As for her upcoming album – which includes her very first solo country hit "Easy" – Crow says it "may be the most focused album I've ever made. All of my albums have had a few different styles going on in them, and this album definitely has a few different takes on what country music means to me, but not calculatedly so. First and foremost, I just wanted to make sure that for this album I wrote about things I really knew about – subjects that hit close to home."