Sheryl Crow brings country sunshine to the Bell Stage

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Photo: Jay Ouellet

Sheryl Crow’s infectious smile charmed the crowd.

On the evening of July 12, fans swarmed onto the Plains of Abraham wearing plaid shirts, country dresses, cowboy boots and hats. They were pumped and ready for country music, a part of the Festival d’Été de Québec that is growing in popularity. Award-winning American singer, songwriter and actress Sheryl Crow opened the show for Brad Paisley.

 The 54-year old Missouri native gave a performance worthy of her nine Grammy Awards. Crow selected the best songs from the eight studio albums that span her twenty-year career, and the crowd was more than happy with her set list. They danced and sang along with her, especially to her hits, “All I Want To Do,” “Soak up the sun,” and a medley of “Picture/If It Makes You Happy.” 

Keeping the crowd’s energy up, she ad-libbed in the little French she knows. “Merci beaucoup! Je vous aime,” said Crow, walking from one end of the stage to the other and sporting her trademark radiant smile. The crowd responded with cheers and applause. 

“Do you understand English?... Do you remember Cat Stevens?” Crow asked, then took the microphone to sing his classic “The First Cut Is The Deepest.” She continued with “Strong Enough,” “Difficult Kind” and “Red Gone.”  

Crow ended her 90-minute show with the Led Zeppelin hit, “Rock and Roll.” She returned to the stage for an unexpected encore and performed Buffalo Springfield’s “Stop Children What’s That Sound,” and “Nobody’s Business.”  

“We had an awesome time playing at the Festival d’Été de Québec,” wrote Crow on her Facebook page (www.facebook.com/sherylcrow/). Her fans replied in kind, and some congratulated her for giving such a performance while struttin’ the stage in high-platform heels. 

Many people wrote similar remarks, commenting that it was a great show featuring a multitalented and skilled artist.  “What a great show! 90 minutes, plus an encore?” said one, saying how generous Crow was in her live performance, while others pointed out the “absolutely perfect” sound quality. 

Add to that the perfect summer weather and you’ve got yourself a wonderful evening for all.