Crow felt that country music, with its real-life-based lyrics ("like Tammy Wynette, like Loretta Lynn") was more in tune with her current "been there, seen that" sensibilities.
"It's hard to be a woman in music today," she says.
She's also composing the notably and when it opens this coming December in Arlington, VA, "the boys will be there," she says.
Crow's recent turn into country music came when she visited country singer Brad Paisley, a friend, and played him a few new songs she'd written.
"There's so much sex that's projected, and that's a bummer.
These singers talk about how empowering it is, but a good musician who can command the stage doesn't have to rely on sex to sell her music." Since moving to Nashville, Crow has been feeling empowered in her relationships with men, too. With her earlier relationships, there had been a pattern: "I had always gone out with guys who were highly successful, which would seem like it would put me at an equal level," says Crow, whose former boyfriends include actor Owen Wilson and musician Eric Clapton.
"Your emotions start racing, and clarity is reached." That wasn't the only big change: Crow adopted Wyatt in 2007 and Levi three years after that.
The decision to take on two kids as a single mom constituted an emotional leap of faith.
"I've become a glorified taxi driver," she laughs with regard to the life she's living now.
Though she has a nanny and her sister Kathy, who lives nearby, helps out, Crow is a hands-on mom who takes the boys shopping at Target, drives them to Sunday school and swimming and tennis lessons and helps care for their pet guinea pigs.