Sheryl Crow is poised to release her first country album, Feels Like Home, on Tuesday. The superstar, who’s known for her astounding success in the pop world, proved that she’s got small-town Missouri-girl chops in the realm of country music last Thursday, when she previewed the album in Nashville for a small group of fans and critics.
The show took place in Crow’s own barn (complete with a stable full of horses!) and she walked through the entire tracklisting, explaining the stories behind each song. The consensus by the audience: Crow is bringing “old-school” back to country music, hearkening back to the days when country’s female greats told honest stories about real — and often difficult — life situations.
A great example of this is her new track “Waterproof Mascara,” a heart-wrenching dialogue from a single mother to her young son, trying to explain why he’s being raised without a father in his life. Crow, a single mom herself, sings about wearing the waterproof makeup “because it won’t run like your daddy did” (and, we think listeners will probably be wishing they’re wearing waterproof mascara themselves after hearing the touching song).
Here’s a live version of the song captured in the studio. Enjoy!