Sheryl Crow has made it to the top 20 on the country airplay charts with her single “Easy,” and that’s quite a feat for a female newcomer to the format. Despite Sheryl’s household-name status and impressive string of pop and rock hits, she’s had to put in a lot of work to break onto the male-dominated country radio playlists.
Says Sheryl, “It is frustrating to me that on any given day of listening to country all day sitting by the pool, I’ll only hear three females and they’re the same three.”
The reason behind the lack of female acts on country radio isn’t entirely clear to Sheryl, though she respects that the companies behind the stations have to turn a profit.
“For better or for worse, it is a business,” Sheryl explains, “and it’s based on commerce. And where commerce is concerned, you get a lot of stuff that sounds the same because it’s familiar.”
Overall, Sheryl believes the country format would be better served by having more diverse, female perspectives on the airwaves. One newcomer in particular stands out to Sheryl on that front.
She says, “I look at Kacey Musgraves, and I think, ‘That’s very promising.’ You know, she seems to have a point of view and sounds a little different at country. So, we’ll see.”
Sheryl Crow will release her first full-length country project, Feels Like Home, on September 10.
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