A Tiny Desk cannot contain Sheryl Crow. The singer grabbed a seat for the latest edition of NPR’s intimate concert series as part of the recent four-night Tiny Desk Fest of extended concerts performed in front of an audience and streamed live on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook, playing a spirited set of her classic hits and tracks from her final studio album, Threads.
“I heard a big thing on NPR about the shrinking of the attention span and how now, with pop songs, everything has like six seconds before you gotta change it, because the kids swipe over,” Crow told the audience. “I’m just gonna tell you right now: We’re dinosaurs. … And while the kids are all writing fast food — which is super-cool ’cause it tastes great, super-filling — we’re sort of still writing salmon. We’re the songwriters that are here to tax your attention span.”
The set opened with Crow on acoustic guitar performing “All I Wanna Do” from her Grammy-winning 1993 debut, Tuesday Night Music Club, followed by a pedal steel-assisted, twangy “A Change Will Do You Good” from 1996’s Everyday is a Winding Road. Sadly, Stevie Nicks and Maren Morris were not around to recreate their vocals on the Threads track “Prove You Wrong,” but Crow’s six-person backing back helped fill out the country rocking song’s chorus on the set festooned with long white tube lights hanging from the ceiling and square light boxes scattered around the room.
Assuring fans that after 30 years she’ll still keep putting out music (but just not albums, per se), Crow also performed the soulful Chris Stapleton co-write Threads tune “Tell Me When It’s Over,” as well as the majestic “Cross Creek Road,” the 2008 Detours track “Out of Our Heads” and, between stories about the calm she finds on NPR amid the news noise and the lessons she’s trying to teach her sons about compassion, the set-closing crowd pleaser “If It Makes You Happy.”
Watch Crow’s Tiny Desk show below.