Sheryl Crow is in Toronto where she discusses her latest — and final — album Threads.
The singer, who has been making music for more than 30 years, announced in 2018 that this would be her last album, surprising fans, including ET Canada‘s Cheryl Hickey.
“I’m not going to quit making music but just the tradition of making a full body of work like an artistic statement,” she says. “In this day in age, with technology being as it is and the streaming services, I mean, you can’t even buy a record now at iTunes, you know.”
For Threads, Crow is collaborating with a number of artists who have inspired her throughout her life, including James Taylor, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, and Bonnie Raitt. Because of her personal connection to those artists and their songs, Crow says this album feels “different” to her.
“It’s really hard for me to listen to. It’s very emotional for me just because all these people are people that I still feel the same about when I was seven or eight and holding the records, you know, or when I was in high school and went to see Bonnie Raitt play or my second concert I saw James Taylor. I mean, it’s just amazing that all these people said yes and that I have relationships with them and they have brought me so far musically.”
She continues, “I really felt if I was going back in time and honouring the people, attributing the people that have meant so much to me artistically. There’s a huge wealth of artists that are still inspiring me and they are out there doing the kind of music that’s in the tradition of all the people who have influenced me.”