Sheryl Crow recruited Citizen Cope in her cover of Bill Withers' "Lonely Town, Lonely Street," paying tribute to the soul visionary who passed away last week at the age of 81.
The track features Citizen Cope on vocals, with production done by Steve Jordan. Listen to the full track below.
“I love Bill Withers. His passing last week was a heavy blow, on top of the challenges we’re all facing just trying to live day to day right now,” Crow shared in a statement. “After making incredible, beautiful, funky records like ‘Ain’t No Sunshine,’ ‘Grandma’s Hands,’ ‘Use Me,’ and ‘Lean On Me,’ Bill got tired of the music business and stopped recording in 1985. When I was fortunate enough to meet him, I begged him to make music again and he replied, ‘I am a stonemason now and I am good at it!’ He told me he was happy and didn’t want to make music anymore.”
I love Bill Withers. In loving memory of him, today I am releasing one of my favorite Bill songs that I recorded with @citizencope and Steve Jordan a while back - “Lonely Town, Lonely Street”. Listen here: https://t.co/TpfpBHOcD5 #BillWithers 📸: Chris Hudson pic.twitter.com/jKAe3aQSKp— Sheryl Crow (@SherylCrow) April 5, 2020
She added, “Times like these remind us about what’s really important in life — love, family, living life in harmony with each other and our planet. Bill’s music was about that, and so much more.”
Crow released what she calls her final album Threads last September. The momentous release includes guest features from Eric Clapton, Sting, Kris Kristofferson, St. Vincent, James Taylor, Maren Morris, Gary Clark Jr., Brandi Carlile, Emmylou Harris, and Neil Young and more.