Thursday, October 6, 2016

Melissa Etheridge news

Tune in to the AUDIENCE Network concert special "Melissa Etheridge" airing this Friday, Oct. 7 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT (DIRECTV Ch 239/U-verse Ch 1114).

The singer, songwriter and musician stopped by Red Studios in Los Angeles to perform songs including "If I Wanted To," "Don't You Need," "Bring Me Some Water," "Come To My Window," Who Are You Waiting For" and more. Melissa joins host Ted Stryker for an intimate interview spanning her vast history, musical influences and inspiration. Melissa Etheridge will release her new album MEmphis Rock and Soul on Oct. 7 on Stax/Concord (here).

View the trailer for "Melissa Etheridge" here.

Watch and share behind-the-scenes clips of the episode (here) and a special Inside Track performance of "Hold On, I'm Coming" (here).
Watch Melissa Etheridge perform "I'm the Only One" (here).

Melissa is in the midst of nationwide U.S. tour in support of her new album MEmphis Rock And Soul (see dates below). MEmphis Rock and Soul is a tribute to Stax Records and the rich history of classic southern soul. The album is a collection of deep soul covers associated with the original Stax label, including songs recorded by Otis Redding, Rufus Thomas, The Staple Singers, William Bell and more. The album also features new, original verses written by Melissa on two of the tracks. 

While the original Stax studio is long gone, Etheridge took to another hallowed local spot, Willie Mitchell's Royal Studios (home to Al Green, Ann Peebles and others), to channel the classic Memphis sounds found on these soulful standards.

MEmphis Rock and Soul was recorded by Willie’s son Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell and produced by John Burk and Etheridge and features a backing band comprised of the Hodges Brothers and other top Memphis musicians who are legends in their own right. Etheridge even recorded with Al Green's famed RCA 77DX ribbon microphone ("No. 9"). MEmphis Rock and Soul also spotlights the empowering role Stax played in the Civil Rights Movement, a fitting theme for Melissa, who has become a pivotal voice of the modern LGBT rights movement.

Over the course of her 20+ year career, Melissa has won an Oscar and multiple Grammy awards. Most recently, she penned the song "Pulse" paying tribute to those lost in the June 12th Orlando shootings, and all proceeds for the song will benefit Equality Florida.


1. Memphis Train
2. Respect Yourself (People Stand Up)
3. Who's Making Love
4. Hold On, I'm Coming
5. I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)
6. Any Other Way
7. I'm A Lover
8. Rock Me Baby
9. I Forgot To Be Your Lover
10. Wait A Minute
11. Born Under A Bad Sign
12. Dreams To Remember

Tour dates:

Washington, DC
Lincoln Theatre

Glenside, PA
Keswick Theater

Morristown, NJ
Mayo Performing Arts Center

New York, NY
Apollo Theater

Chicago, IL
Park West

Meridian, MS
Riley Center for the Performing Arts

Memphis, TN
Minglewood Hall

Marksville, LA
Paragon Casino Resort - Mari Showroom

Key West, FL
Melissa Etheridge & Friends "Rock The Boat" Cruise

Sarasota, FL
Van Wezel Performing Arts Center

Daytona Beach, FL
The Peabody Daytona Beach

St Petersburg, FL
The Mahaffey Theater

Charleston, SC
Charleston Music Hall

Wilkes Barre, PA
F. M. Kirby Center

Ridgefield, CT
Ridgefield Playhouse

Shippensburg, PA
H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center

Lynn, MA
Lynn Auditorium

Englewood, NJ
Bergen Performing Arts Center

Evansville, IN
Victory Theatre

St Louis, MO
River City Casino and Hotel

Manhattan, KS
McCain Auditorium

Cincinnati, OH
Taft Theatre

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