August 21st, 2017

Etheridge brings a little bit of soul and the hits next week


By Medicine Hat News on August 10, 2017.

Grammy Award-winner Melissa Etheridge brings her confessional lyrics and raspy, smoky vocals to the Esplanade on Aug. 14. "I know Alberta’s going to rock. I’m thrilled and excited," she said about the show. --Photo by Myriam Santos

Stan Ashbee

Special to the News

Melissa Etheridge is looking forward to her upcoming show Aug. 14 at the Esplanade.

“We’re going to be singing, hollering and playing the hits and rockin’ out. That’s usually the plan,” she said. There’s also a little bit of soul on tap in support of her latest album, “MEmphis Rock and Soul.”

According to Etheridge, while on tour in Canada she attempts to at least make stops in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.

“It’s been a couple years since I’ve done a full-on all the way across Canada. Canada has been so good to me. I always try to get up there every year,” she said. From the very first album back in the late-1980s, Etheridge noted Canadians have been one of her best audiences.

“I know Alberta’s going to rock. I’m thrilled and excited,” she added.

In 1988, Etheridge released her critically acclaimed self-titled debut album. For almost three decades her hits have included “Bring Me Some Water” “No Souvenirs,” “I’m the Only One,” “I Want to Come Over” and the Grammy Award-winning classics “Ain’t It Heavy” and “Come to My Window.” She also won “Best Song” at the Academy Awards for “I Need to Wake Up” from the Al Gore documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.”

Etheridge is known for her confessional lyrics and raspy, smoky vocals. Earlier in her recording career, the singer/songwriter acknowledged her sexual orientation when it was considered less than prudent to do so. In 2004, she was diagnosed with breast cancer — a health battle she won.

This summer, Etheridge and her band are on tour through North America and will travel to Cuba for a cultural exchange, of sorts. Etheridge’s latest release, “MEmphis Rock and Soul” shows her R & B roots.

“The music I wanted to play and write from. That sort of rich R & B soul/blues history I’ve got,” she pointed out.

Memphis, where Etheridge recorded her latest album — is a very special place.

“It loves its music and the musical heritage they have there. I just played with some of these guys that have been playing since the 1960s,” she said. “It was such a great experience going down there and getting to know these guys and the studio.”

“The whole experience was amazing,” she added.

These days — Etheridge admitted, with her work and four children — she really doesn’t get out much to listen to live music. “I don’t really get out as much as I should. I do enjoy listening. I enjoy all types of music.”

“There’s a lot of new alternative type of music — rock and roll stuff I really enjoy, but I haven’t been able to see anything live in quite awhile,” she said.

This year, Etheridge noted, has also been a rich year for writing new material.

“There’s lots going on to write about. Really, I feel very inspired to sort of write and sing about the human experience and what we’re all going through right now. There will be new music next year, definitely,” she said.

“I just keep getting better, that’s my thing,” she joked.

Tickets, $95 plus service charge and GST, are available at http://www.tixx.ca, by calling 403-502-8777 or in person at the Esplanade box office or the Medicine Hat Mall customer service desk.

The show starts at 8 p.m.


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