Sheryl Crow earned her recording contract through hard work, gigging as a backing vocalist for everyone from Don Henley to Michael Jackson before entering the studio with Hugh Padgham to record her debut album. As it turned out, things didn't go entirely as planned. Instead of adhering to her rock & roll roots, the record was a slick set of contemporary pop, relying heavily on ballads. Upon hearing the completed album, Crow convinced A&M not to release the album, choosing to cut a new record with producer Bill Bottrell. Along with several Los Angeles-based songwriters and producers, including David Baerwald, David Ricketts, and Brian McLeod, Bottrell was part of a collective dubbed "the Tuesday Night Music Club." Every Tuesday, the group would get together, drink beer, jam, and write songs. Crow became part of the Club and, within a few months, she decided to craft her debut album around the songs and spirit of the collective. It was, for the most part, an inspired idea, since Tuesday Night Music Club has a loose, ramshackle charm that her unreleased debut lacked. At its best -- the opening quartet of "Run, Baby, Run," "Leaving Las Vegas," "Strong Enough," and "Can't Cry Anymore," plus the deceptively infectious "All I Wanna Do" -- are remarkable testaments to their collaboration, proving that roots rock can sound contemporary and have humor. That same spirit, however, also resulted in some half-finished songs, and the preponderance of those tracks make Tuesday Night Music Club better in memory than it is in practice. Still, even with the weaker moments, Crow manages to create an identity for herself -- a classic rocker at heart but with enough smarts to stay contemporary. And that's the lasting impression Tuesday Night Music Club leaves.
Performance CreditsSheryl Crow Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Vocals
David Baerwald Guitar
Bill Bottrell Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar
Kevin Gilbert Drums
David Ricketts Bass
Dan Schwartz Bass,Guitar
Technical CreditsSheryl Crow Liner Notes
Bill Bottrell Producer
Blair Lamb Engineer
Richard Frankel Art Direction
David Rich Composer
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With one of her first records, Sheryl Crow came with a novel album that had the sentimentality of a classical rocker but the lyrical jaggedness of our contemporary world. She makes several references to the Kennedys such as on the opening track of "Run, Baby, Run" where she says "the day Alduous Huxley died." Well, that's just a clever illusion to November 22, 1963, the day of JFK's assaisination, which happened to be the same day that Alduous Huxley died on. The other reference is on the song "We Do What We Can" where she says "And the Kennedys are gone and everything." A bleak picture she paints of the day "the modern world died." There's a bleakness but a softheardness and even romanticism or optimism about this album that keeps the listener entranced especially on songs like "No One Said It Would Be Easy," "The Na-Na Song," and "I Shall Believe."