In the past two decades Sheryl Crow has cemented herself as one of America’s most talented songwriters and performers of my generation. Her songs swing from sunshine and good times to heartache and pain with ease, and she has always possessed the ability to be a little bit rock and roll and a little bit country.
Crow showed all of her sides Labor Day Weekend in Virginia Beach with a career spanning hour and a half set on the beach, appropriately enough.
Crow opened the show with three of her most popular songs “Steve McQueen,” “A Change Would Do You Good” and her first BIG hit “All I Wanna Do,” which still shakes and grooves 21 years after Tuesday Night Music Club’s release. She soon followed up with another Tuesday track — “Can’t Cry Anymore.”
The hits kept coming as she and her talented band played “My Favorite Mistake” and “The First Cut is the Deepest.”
As with any Crow show (I’ve been to a few over the years) my favorite moment is when she plays the gorgeous “Strong Enough.” The longing and anxiousness in her voice just resonates so strongly with me, and after all of these years I still get choked up when I hear it live or on record.
Shortly after Crow sang her part of the Kid Rock song “Picture.” After the first chorus of “Picture,” the band erupted into the anthemic “If It Makes You Happy” which revved up the already enthusiastic crowd. The biggest moment of the night though was when she played the sun-drenched “Soak Up The Sun” which was by far the most popular song of the evening as the crowd was singing along and dancing from start to finish. The only thing that would have made this moment even more perfect is if it was happening during the daytime and everyone was in their beach attire like in some Frankie and Annette movie.
Crow closed out her set with the always popular “Every Day is a Winding Road” before encoring with a meaty and big beaty cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll” which Crow and her band simply devoured with wild abandon.
There’s no better way to say goodbye to summer than experiencing Sheryl Crow perform on a beach. I can’t imagine anyone left this show without humming one of her songs while sauntering on the Boardwalk and enjoying one last breath of summer.