Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow performs during the Palace Sports and Entertainment's Come Together Celebration concert at the DTE Energy Music Theater on August 12, 2012 in Clarkston, Michigan. (Photo by Paul Warner/Getty Images)

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Sheryl Crow had a bit of a country coming out on Thursday night in Detroit.

Taking part in radio station WYCD's annual Ten Man Jam concert at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, Crow -- who's releasing her first country music album later this year -- played her upcoming single "Easy," a mid-tempo, melodic tune she called a "little stay-cation song, about staying home." She also noted that she heard the song for the first time on the radio that day, while driving from the airport to the gig.

"This is my first foray into country," Crow said, "but I feel like I've been making country songs for a long time."

Accompanied by guitarist Peter Stroud, Crow also performed "Give It To Me" with Ashley Monroe of Pistol Annies, who was also on the show, as well as her hits "Strong Enough" and a pairing of "Picture" -- without a shout-out to Kid Rock, of course -- and "If It Makes You Happy."

"Easy" is slated for official release in March, with the album, co-produced with Richard Bennet and with contributions from Brad Paisley, expected in the fall. She debuted the new song on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" in January.

"Picture" peaked at No. 21 on the Country Songs chart in 2002, while Crow has also recorded tracks with Brooks & Dunn, Vince Gill, Loretta Lynn, Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert.

Her 2013 itinerary so far includes Suwannee River Jam May 4 in Florida, Country USA on June 26 in Wisconsin and the Great Jones County Fair July 18 in Iowa.