Singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge is touring in support of her diverse new album ‘4th Street Feeling’
Speaking of your kids, do they like your music and do they turn you on to new artists?
All the time. My daughter’s almost 16. It’s all teenage angst, so all the singer-songwriters. ‘Have you heard this one, have you heard this?’ And yes, they like my music. They are very sweet about it. Sometimes it’s a little hard on them. Yes, your mom’s going to get up in front of a lot of people and shake her booty.
You’ve been politically active most of your life. With a presidential election coming up, are you doing any events for any candidates?
My experience in the political process in the last 20 years has been an education. Right now I’m of the mind that we as a country, we must stop dividing ourselves, Democrat and Republican. We fight against each other so my side wins and your side doesn’t. That’s not helping us at all. The multi-national corporations that are really running America and pushing their agenda forward ... It’s time for us to really wake up and see that the real voting we do every day is with our dollars. Everything that we spend money on is giving power to somebody and it’s time for us to start voting that way about the things that matter to us. We have a country of tolerence that can hold all those opinions. This country is about the freedom to be diverse.
Sometimes your personal life has been more in the spotlight than your music. How comfortable are you at this moment with your life and career?
I had to get comfortable with people talking about my personal life. It’s part of the other side of the coin. The positives outweigh the negatives. Strangers come up to me and tell me they love my music, that it’s meant so much to them, that it changed their life. It’s really beautiful, so I have no complaints about my journey so far.
You’ve been to Atlantic City several times. Any favorite spots?
I love the Boardwalk. It’s so real. I love Atlantic City and the changes. It is really becoming a nice place and I love to play me some blackjack — a lot!
Review: ‘4th Street Feeling’
This terrific new album recalls that magical moment when Melissa Etheridge first broke through with her Joplin-like swagger combined with the introspective style of a folk-rock singer-songwriter. This album has it all — an angry, defiant and yet exuberant Etheridge in the cuts “A Disaster” and “Sympathy.” The sensual blues side with the sexy ballad “Rock and Roll Me,” and the soulful, tough-on-herself introspection of “The Shadow of a Black Crow” in which she declares, “I would rather die fast than ever live slow.” There is even a hint of wistful nostalgia as she looks back at her early days growing up in the Midwest with the dynamic “Kansas City” and the title track, wishing to return to the simple days, “That 4th Street Feeling when everything I had could fit into my Chevrolet.” The cut “Falling Up” is breezy fun with more than a hint of country and “Shout Now” is classic uptempo Etheridge. There isn’t a hint of filler, making 4th Street Feeling Etheridge’s best work since Yes I Am. — LH
Where: Caesars Circus Maximus Theater, A.C.
Melissa Etheridge, the emotionally raw singer-songwriter from Leavenworth, Kansas, really loves her new album, 4th Street Feeling. And she should.
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