Radio.com Essentials: Sheryl Crow Talks Influential Country Artists

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Just because Sheryl Crow’s transition into the country music world is relatively recent doesn’t mean she doesn’t have strong opinions about the genre. The Missouri-bred singer/songwriter grew up listening to country, after all — roots that show on her new album, Feels Like Home, which hit stores this week.

When Crow sat down recently with Radio.com and perused our vinyl collection, it wasn’t surprising that she gravitated toward the work of country music’s most legendary artists. Watch above, as Crow discusses her personal relationship with Johnny Cash and June Carter-Cash, her love of George Jones’ voice, the impact Tammy Wynette’s songs had on her as woman, being an outlaw like Waylon Jennings, why Jessi Colter is her bad-ass inspiration, and her crush on Merle Haggard.

Related: Sheryl Crow Mixes Old and New For Her Country-Tinged Album ‘Feels Like Home’

What Crow said about…

Johnny Cash
“To me, he’s also one of the architects of rock ‘n roll. You know, that famous picture of him flipping off Jim Marshall, the photographer. I don’t know if there’s anything more rock ‘n’ roll than that.”

George Jones
“I want that outfit!” she said, looking at the cover art for I Am What I Am. “Come on people. A man who is not afraid to wear a wide-collared, flowered shirt. He has, unequivocally, one of my favorite voices of all time.”

Tammy Wynette
“‘D.I.V.O.R.C.E.’…and ‘I Don’t Want To Play House’ — these songs…and what Loretta [Lynn] did, they broke the barriers about what women were supposed to be singing about. Divorce was a taboo and just like ‘The Pill’…coming into the ’60s, these were topics that women were talking about.”

Waylon Jennings
“I think at the end of the day we all kind of see ourselves as outlaws because it is an aspect to all of us. Even if we don’t get out and raise hell, there’s a part of us that wishes that’s who we were. And we live vicariously through these guys.”

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