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Sheryl Crow Pulls In Brad Paisley to Help Write Country Album, Due Out in Early 2012

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Nashville resident Sheryl Crow has her sights set on a new album, and this time it will be full of good “old-fashioned” country music. As Crow tells the Minneapolis Star Tribune, “I’m working on it right now. I’m doing some work with Brad Paisley. I’ve been doing a lot of writing. Hopefully it’ll be out early next year.”

After the positive response she had after she sang ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’ on the recent ACM Awards with Loretta Lynn, Crow says, “That’s the kind of country music I really love — the old-fashioned Jimmie Rodgers, Carter Family, Loretta Lynn kind of country music.” As for her upcoming album, she adds that it will be “more old-fashioned than it will be new country.”

The pop star has tinkered in country already, having been on a tribute album to Lynn and having released two hit country duets with Kid Rock. Plus, she’s featured on a track of Paisley’s upcoming album, ‘This Is Country Music.’

“I already had a pretty strong country influence in my music,” Crow explains. “You listen to ‘Strong Enough’ and ‘If It Makes You Happy’ and ‘Hard to Make a Stand,’ there’s a lot of country influence in there already, but there’s just no pedal steel and no fiddle. The lyrics are nearing what I consider straightforward country lyrics.”

Crow has lived in Nashville full-time for five years, and she likes it better than her former hometown of 20 years, L.A. “I love the people down here. I love the music down here. It just suits me better,” she says. The nine-time Grammy winner heads out on tour with Kid Rock this summer, and if you want a complete list of dates where they will stop, head to her official site.

Watch Sheryl Crow, Miranda Lambert and Loretta Lynn Sing ’Coal Miner’s Daughter’

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