Melissa Etheridge: New Album, Expands Tour: Listen

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Singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge will release 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 April 10. Many of the dates are with Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo (see below).

On March 15, she released a video for one of the new songs, “Wild and Lonely,” recorded live in the studio. (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.”

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.”

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

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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. Tickets are available here and here.

Melissa Etheridge 2019 U.S. Tour Dates

4/10 New York, NY – The Town Hall
4/13 Montclair, NJ – Wellmont Theater
4/14 Lynn, MA – Lynn Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium
4/17 West Hollywood, CA – The Troubadour
4/19 Stateline, NV – Harrah’s Lake Tahoe – South Shore Room
4/20 West Wendover, NV – Peppermill Concert Hall
4/23 New Braunfels, TX – Gruene Hall
4/24 Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory with Liz Phair
4/25 Catoosa, OK – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa – The Joint
4/27 Lake Charles, LA – Golden Nugget Lake Charles
4/28 New Orleans, LA – Saenger Theatre with Liz Phair
4/30 Chattanooga, TN – Walker Theater
5/01 Augusta, GA – Miller Theater
5/02 Durham, NC – Carolina Theatre of Durham
5/03 Virginia Beach, VA – Sandler Center
5/06 Lancaster, PA – American Music Theatre
5/08 Springfield, OH – Clark State Performing Arts Center
5/09 Jim Thorpe, PA – Penn’s Peak
5/11 Plymouth, MA – Plymouth Memorial Hall
5/12 Portland, ME – State Theatre
6/20 Des Moines, IA – Hoyt Sherman Place
6/25 Vienna, VA – Wolf Trap with Pat Benatar Neil Geraldo and Liz Phair
6/27 Bensalem, PA – Park Casino
6/28 Mashantucket, CT – Foxwoods Casino
6/29 Webster, MA – Indian Ranch
6/30 New York, NY – Times Square – World Pride Closing Ceremony
7/03 Ann Arbor, MI – Ann Arbor Summer Festival
7/04 Elk Grove Village, IL – Elk Grove Village Mid-Summer Classics Concert Series
7/06 Deadwood, SD – Deadwood Mountain Grand Hotel & Casino
7/12 Las Vegas, NV – Wynn Las Vegas
7/13 Chandler, AZ – Chandler Center for the Arts
7/14 San Diego, CA – San Diego Pride Fesival
7/16 Sandy, UT – Sandy City Amphitheater (with Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo)
7/18 Paso Robles, CA – California Mid State Fair (with Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo)
7/20 Costa Mesa, CA – OC Fair and Event Ctr (with Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo)
7/21 Tuolomne, CA – Black Oak Casino (with Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo)
7/23 Saratoga, CA – Mountain Winery (with Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo)
7/28 Airway Heights, WA – Northern Quest Resort & Casino (with Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo)
7/29 Kennewick, WA – Toyota Center (with Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo)
8/11 West Allis, WI – Wisconsin State Fair Park
8/24 Chautauqua, NY – Chautauqua Inst. Amphitheater (with Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo)
8/30 Lenox, MA – Tanglewood (with Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo)
8/31 Essex Junction, VT – Champlain Valley Exposition (with Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo)

Watch Etheridge talk about The Medicine Show

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