Sheryl Crow has released a new video for “Lonely Alone,” her duet with Willie Nelson from her widely-acclaimed 2019 album Threads. The romantic song, co-written by Crow with Shane McAnally, formed one of the many star collaborations on the record, which also featured the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Keith Richards, James Taylor, Eric Clapton, Sting and, posthumously, Johnny Cash.
The video features Sheryl playing acoustic guitar along with footage of her band on the track and Nelson filmed outside and tending horses. The clip ends with a “Thank you Willie” caption and credits for players Mickey Raphael, Steve Jordan, Audley Freed, Jen Gunderman and Robert Kearns.
“I wrote the song ‘Lonely Alone’ with Willie Nelson in mind,” Crow writes on Facebook. “It was written as kind of a barside cowboy noir with romantic Spanish inflections, but the song has taken on new meaning during these times. I hope people find the same comfort in this song that I have always found in Willie.
“The perfect song and the perfect sentiment”
“I never feel closer to home than when I am singing with him — I know a lot of people feel the same way, even if they’re just singing along with him on the radio. I felt that this was the perfect song and the perfect sentiment to celebrate the one year anniversary of Threads being released.”
Crow has also been getting renewed attention for her track “Woman in the White House,” recently updated in a 2020 version. Further publicity for it followed the confirmation of Kamala Harris as the Democratic vice presidential nominee for the 2020 election. Crow recently flagged up the song in a tweet to President Barack Obama as she thanked him for the inclusion of her 1994 signature “All I Wanna Do” on his summer playlist.
Crow has the further distinction of not only being an inspiration for one of the songs on country superstar Tim McGraw’s new album Here On Earth, released today (21), but actually being the title of one of its songs. “Sheryl Crow” was written by Wendell Mobley, Neil Thrasher and Laura Veltz.
Threads can be bought here.