Sheryl Crow’s concert at Fraze Pavilion in Kettering on Thursday, June 30 is one of only a handful of summer dates on her calendar, but she isn’t on vacation.
The multiple-Grammy Award winner and mother of two young sons is currently working on two albums at her home studio in Nashville.
“We’re like the honorary house band at Fraze Pavilion,” said Crow, who performed at the outdoor amphitheater in 1998, 2003, 2010 and 2013. “It’s a great place to play, and it’s so fun because the audience is right there, so close to you. It’s a beautiful setting and we have so much fun, so I’m looking forward to getting back there.
“I’ve really stayed home this year to raise my boys and to keep them in sort of a normal, stable environment,” Crow continued. “I’m usually touring a lot, and I drag them around with me but they’re getting older. I felt like it was a good time to stay home and do some writing and recording.”
One of Crow’s current projects is a collaborative record featuring heavyweights like Keith Richards and Neil Young.
“I decided after the country record last year to make a record with friends and people who have meant so much to me through my 26 years as a professional musician,” Crow said. “They’re all friends of mine through my career, people I’ve worked with and who inspired me before I ever embarked on having a career in music. It’s been a real project of love and joy.”
Crow is working with her old friend Jeff Trott on the proper follow up to “Feels Like Home” (2013).
“We got together for 10 days and wrote a bunch of songs,” she said. “We hadn’t written together for a while so it was great fun. It’s a straight up Sheryl Crow record. It’s the same kind of thing I’ve done through the years but, so far, it’s pretty raw. I’m really excited about it coming out. It’s gonna be a really cool record.”
Recording at home gives her a chance to work around the schedules of her sons, ages six and nine.
“I’ve got a studio in my barn,” Crow said. “It’s been great for my kids to be in and out of the studio while I’m working. They’re able to be a part of what I’m doing. When they came along, I already had a pretty well-established career with a bunch of hits.
“We’d go out and play but they didn’t get to be around the creative process because it’s hard work,” she continued. “I’m trying to instill in them that the work that goes into it is more important than being famous or well known.”