Sheryl Crow's fourth, as-yet-untitled A&M studio album is tentatively due in March, the artist's management tells Billboard.com. A single is due in late January, with a tour to follow. According t

Sheryl Crow's fourth, as-yet-untitled A&M studio album is tentatively due in March, the artist's management tells Billboard.com. A single is due in late January, with a tour to follow. According to a Q&A sent to members of Crow's online mailing list, the artist recorded with guitarist/bassist Tim Smith, guitarist Peter Stroud, violinist Lorenza, cellist Matt Brubeck, and drummers Jeremy Stacey and Steve Jordan.

Among the other guests on the set are guitarist Doyle Bramhall II and bassist Mike Elizondo, known for his work with Dr. Dre. Some material was co-written with Jeff Trott, who previously worked with Crow on the hits "Everyday Is a Winding Road" and "If It Makes You Happy," as well as the bulk of the 1998 album "The Globe Sessions."

"There are more piano-based songs on this record. I've never really written songs on the piano because I wanted to rock a little harder, and this album has more piano songs on it," Crow said in the Q&A.

As for a rumored collaboration with Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, Crow's spokesperson confirms that the pair recorded together but did not know if the song will make the final tracklist. Another new song, "Safe and Sound," was debuted on the Sept. 21 America: A Tribute to Heroes telethon and will be included on the soundtrack to the upcoming film "K-Pax," due Oct. 23 on Decca/Universal.

As previously reported, Crow will play the "Women Rock! Girls & Guitars" breast cancer fundraiser tomorrow (Oct. 18) in Los Angeles. Nelly Furtado, Dixie Chicks, and Mary J. Blige are among the other artists on tap for the event, which will air Oct. 26 on cable channel Lifetime. She will also duet with Willie Nelson at the 35th annual CMA Awards, set for Nov. 7 in Nashville.

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