Nine-time Grammy winner Sheryl Crow performed at the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa Wednesday evening, treating a near-sold out crowd to 80 minutes in folk-rock heaven.
Opening act Honey Honey — a cross between KT Tunstall, the Civil Wars, and Mumford and Sons — set the tone with their bluegrass-inspired tunes.
Crow performed with feeling and vitality.
She sang beautiful and moving renditions of all the favorites: "All I Wanna Do," "Leaving Las Vegas," "My Favorite Mistake," "The First Cut is the Deepest," a cover of Cat Stevens's song, "Strong Enough," "Soak up the Sun," "Everyday Is A Winding Road," "Can't Cry Anymore" and "Real Gone," which is featured on the "Cars" soundtrack.
Later in the evening, she brought out longtime friend and Southern California-based songwriter Jeff Trott, who joined her on guitar for "If It Makes You Happy," one of the many hits they wrote together.
Occasionally, Crow threw in a few obscure pieces like "Home" and "Members Only," which she wrote about Saddam Hussein launching missiles at New York, according to an earlier performance.