Melissa Etheridge: New Album, Tour: Listen

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Singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge has announced the release of her 15th album, The Medicine Show, on April 12 via Concord Records. Reunited with celebrated producer John Shanks (Keith Urban, Bon Jovi, Kelly Clarkson), the Grammy and Oscar winner will embark on a U.S. tour in support of the new album, kicking off March 29 in Florida (dates below; more to be announced).

On February 22, she released the lyric video for the album’s first single, “Faded By Design.” Watch it below.

The Medicine Show, according to a Feb. 12 press release, “deals with universal themes of renewal, reconciliation, reckoning, compassion and, most profoundly, healing. Through the songs she processed the deep fears and hurting she saw in the nation on collective and personal levels; ‘Shaking’ about national anxiety, ‘Here Comes the Pain,’ personalizing the opioid crisis, the unifying ‘Human Chain’ about the hope for healing, and the rocking, anthemic ‘Love Will Live.’  More highlights include the album-closer, ‘Last Hello,’ drawing on the incredible strengths and courage shown by the survivors of the Parkland school shootings, and the infectious ‘Wild and Lonely’ and ‘Faded By Design,’ exploring themes of her past with a new perspective.”

Watch the lyric video for “Faded By Design”

Etheridge says, in the press release, “Calling the album The Medicine Show puts straight up, front and center, that this is about health, wellness, cannabis, this new thought, new paradigm, however you want to talk about it, however you want to understand it. It influences every song on the album. We’re not afraid of this anymore. We’ve come a long way.”

Related: Etheridge at the 2018 She Rocks Awards

For the recording, Shanks teamed Etheridge with drummer Victor Indrizzo, bassist Chris Chaney and keyboardist Max Hart. Says the announcement, “The sessions were done largely live in studio, capturing the raw emotion of the material, the performances rocking with bold colors. Shanks extended the arrangements on many of the songs with his guitar and for the ballad ‘I Know You Know’ brought in electronic strings orchestrated by David Campbell, whose hundreds of acclaimed credits include work last year with Barbra Streisand and Paul McCartney, as well as past works for Adele, Garth Brooks, Beyoncé, Billy Joel, Maroon 5 and Beck.”

Etheridge will tour in support of the album. The dates are as follows. Tickets are available here and here.

Melissa Etheridge U.S. Tour Dates
3/29/19 Bonita Springs, FL – Southwest Florida Event Center
3/30/19 Bonita Springs, FL – Southwest Florida Event Center
4/10/19 New York, NY – The Town Hall
4/13/19 Montclair, NJ – Wellmont Theater
4/14/19 Lynn, MA – Lynn Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium
4/19/19 Stateline, NV – Harrah’s Lake Tahoe – South Shore Room
4/20/19 West Wendover, NV – Peppermill Concert Hall
4/23/19 New Braunfels, TX – Gruene Hall
4/24/19 Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory with Liz Phair
4/25/19 Catoosa, OK – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa – The Joint
4/27/19 Lake Charles, LA – Golden Nugget Lake Charles
4/28/19 New Orleans, LA – Saenger Theatre with Liz Phair
4/30/19 Chattanooga, TN – Walker Theater
5/1/19 Augusta, GA – Miller Theater
5/2/19 Durham, NC – Carolina Theatre of Durham
5/3/19 Virginia Beach, VA – Sandler Center
5/6/19 Lancaster, PA – American Music Theatre
5/8/19 Springfield, OH – Clark State Performing Arts Center
5/9/19 Jim Thorpe, PA – Penn’s Peak
5/11/19 Plymouth, MA – Plymouth Memorial Hall
5/12/19 Portland, ME – State Theatre
6/20/19 Des Moines, IA – Hoyt Sherman Place
6/25/19 Vienna, VA – Wolf Trap with Pat Benatar Neil Geraldo and Liz Phair
6/29/19 Webster, MA – Indian Ranch
6/30/19 New York, NY – Times Square – World Pride Closing Ceremony
7/4/19 Elk Grove Village, IL – Elk Grove Village Mid-Summer Classics Concert Series
7/8/19 Boulder, CO – Chautauqua Auditorium
7/13/19 Chandler, AZ – Chandler Center for the Arts

Watch Etheridge talk about The Medicine Show

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