Tequila and nostalgia were aplenty at the second annual Rolling Stone Country and Rolling Stone Films party, presented by Patrón. As the packed house Monday night at downtown Nashville’s Acme Feed and Seed sipped on margaritas and specialty cocktails, Sheryl Crow took us back to the Nineties with hits including “Strong Enough,” “All I Wanna Do” and “My Favorite Mistake.” A few verses of a Kid Rock-less “Picture” (the Nashville resident was in his original hometown of Detroit this week) led into “If It Makes You Happy,” as the Grammy winner seamlessly transitioned the aching tune about an estranged couple into her brazen hit about a dead-end relationship.
“Picture” marked both Crow and Kid Rock’s first big breakthroughs in country music. A Top Five hit on the charts, the duet was nominated for Vocal Event of the Year at the 2003 CMA Awards. Both artists have since moved to Nashville and immersed themselves in the country music scene, with Crow making the move from rock to country with 2013’s stellar Feels Like Home album. Rolling Stone followed suit just a few months later, opening our Music City office in spring of 2014.
“There wasn’t any cable TV when I was a kid — that’s how old I am. So we would read Rolling Stone to find out what was going on,” Crow said from the stage. “I remember the photo of Johnny Cash flipping the bird. . . They covered all the great stars, no matter what genre. So I’m glad they’re here [in Nashville] to feature not only the talent that’s been here forever but also the up-and-coming talent.”
The singer-songwriter, who graced the Rolling Stone cover in 1996, is the latest subject of Rolling Stone Films’ “Mastering the Craft” docuseries. Click here to watch a video that spans her music career from shy student in Missouri to Michael Jackson’s backup singer to fearless, rock-gone-county phenomenon.