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11 February 1962, Kennett, Missouri, USA. Sheryl Crows asymmetric and abrasive songwriting is not the stuff for lazy listeners. She tackles difficult subjects head-on, wrapping the spare lyrics in angular melodies which stick in the mind.
Raised in small town Missouri, Crows father was a driven lawyer who prosecuted the Ku Klux Klan for ballot-rigging, and defended civil rights in many cases. Both he and Crows mother played in swing bands, she as vocalist, he as a trumpeter with his close friend Leo. After Leos sudden death, Wendell put away his trumpet and did not play again until his daughter recorded the tribute song, We Do What We Can. The Crow household also echoed to the sound of an ancient Magnavox record player, belting out her parents recordings of the Beatles, Bob Dylan, James Taylor and the Rolling Stones.
Crow arrived in Los Angeles from St Louis in 1986...