Sheryl Crow’s new “country” single “Easy” has cracked the Billboard Top 20 country chart. And she’s grateful. “I’ve seen other kind of pop-oriented people come over to the format and kinda try to capitalize on the loyalty of the country fan base, and I’m super-persnickety about it,” Crow says.

“I feel like it’s a humbling experience to get to play for these fans. I mean, they love their country artists, but I also feel like a huge part of my fan base, they listen to country. That’s what we all listen to now.”

Crow credits country guitarist Brad Paisley with helping her. “I made Brad Paisley write a chick song about being a single mom,” Crow says. “I feel like the best songwriting, undeniably, and the best artistry exists in country. So, you know, I hope they feel like I belong here.”

One Crow/Paisley composition, “Waterproof Mascara,” will appear on Sheryl Crow’s Feels Like Home album, out on September 10.

Here’s the video for “Easy.”

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