Plus: The singer dishes on her upcoming tour with Rascal Flatts and Gloriana
Sheryl Crow may say she’s feeling lonely, but from the looks of her new video, the feeling won’t last for long.
In “Callin’ Me When I’m Lonely,” the singer/songwriter is in fine form, jamming with her band in a live performance while working a slinky leather vest and matching pants (yep, she’s 52).
The song is lifted from Feels Like Home, Crow’s latest album and first full foray into country music. And while “Callin’ Me Lonely” has elements of classic Crow, with strumming guitars, a sing-a-long melody and a rollicking bridge, it has one key difference from her past hits: it wasn’t written by the woman who penned Grammy-winning tunes like “All I Wanna Do” and “If It Makes You Happy.”
“This is a song I love but did not write,” Crow says. “When I initially started the album, I sat around with Brad Paisley and his longtime producer Frank Rogers, and Frank played me this song he’d heard. I loved it right away, so I said, ‘What the heck? Let’s cut it.'”
It didn’t hurt that the lyrics rang true to Crow – or anyone who gets an unexpected phone call from an ex on a snowy Friday night. “Why’s he always gotta be calling me when I’m lonely?” Crow sings. “It’s so wrong to be leading me on when I can’t say no. He swears that it’s gonna be different this time, but it won’t be.”
“I really liked the idea of ‘Callin’ When I’m Lonely’ because it’s very true how when you’re out of a relationship, people will call you,” she adds. “Right until the embers are completely burned out, there’s still a little smoke.”
Crow won’t have any time for old flames this summer, though; she’s hitting the road with Rascal Flatts and Gloriana as part of their 2014 Rewind Tour.
“The great thing about living in Nashville is that you see other musicians all the time – at the grocery store or getting coffee in the morning – and we’re all friends,” Crow tells PEOPLE. “So when Rascal Flatts invited me out on tour with them and Gloriana, of course I said yes. I’ve gotten to know both bands, and not only are they great musicians but they are great people. I love being on tour with creative people who enjoy what they do.”
The tour kicks off in May, but you can get your Crow fix this Sunday when she performs “I’ll Hold On” with Dierks Bentley at the Academy of Country Music Awards. The show starts at 8 p.m ET/PT on CBS.