Sheryl Crow performed the upbeat new single “Be Myself” in a preview of her upcoming AT&T Audience Network concert special.
The singer-songwriter plays bass on the soulful pop tune, belting about being diagnosed “terminally normal.” Over groovy congas and lightly psychedelic sitar tones, Crow admits to clashing in a modern music scene filled with selfie-obsessed hipsters and Twitter-tracking indie bands – but being OK with that. “If I can’t be someone else, I might as well be myself,” she sings.
The career-spanning concert special, simply titled Sheryl Crow, premieres Friday, April 21st at 9 p.m. ET via DirecTV (channel 239), AT&T U-verse (channel 1,114) and streaming platform DirecTV Now. The show was filmed in 4K last month at Hollywood’s Red Studios.
“Be Myself” is the title track from Crow’s upcoming 10th LP, also out April 21st via Warner Bros. Records. The singer’s new, pop-focused album follows a brief foray into country with 2013’s Feels Like Home. For her latest release, she reunited with producers Jeff Trott and Chad Blake, who helped craft many of her biggest hits.
While Crow finished the album before Donald Trump’s presidential victory, her new lyrics still tap into the division and hostility that consumed the U.S. during the campaign. “Fear is definitely present in the songs,” she told Rolling Stone. “I think the election really incited a feeling of us against them, and a feeling of trying to get back to reason, so thematically there’s a lot of that on the record. Also, technology, for better or worse, is a theme. I really think that so much vitriol in our dialogue is partially due to the fact that people communicate over technology without having a sense of empathy.”