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Melissa Etheridge
Memphis Rock and Soul (October 7th, 2016)

 Melissa Etheridge — Memphis Rock and Soul (October 7th, 2016)
→   Rock ‘n’ roller whose hyper–American anthems were never obscured by a rich tabloid life.
From interview...: Scott Simon, HOST:
SIMON: What’s your feeling for Memphis?
ETHERIDGE: Oh, I have such a love, such as sweet love for Memphis. I grew up in Kansas, but when I knew I was going to do this album, when I knew I was going to dive into the Stax vault, I knew I wanted to go down to Memphis ‘cause the location, Memphis, was such an important part. I believe Memphis is the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll. It was where all those musicians and everybody met — right there. It’s where Elvis was inspired. It’s where the Appalachian music and the blues music just collided together to create this new, vibrant R&B and rock ‘n’ roll that was coming out.
→   And then you had kids that would go to church in the morning and be just filled with the gospel music. And they would run home to listen to the Grand Ole Opry — that hillbilly music. And then those two things would mix together, and all of a sudden they started making this soul music.
Birth name: Melissa Lou Etheridge
Born: May 29, 1961
Instruments: Vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica, mandolin
Origin: Leavenworth, Kansas, U.S.
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Album release: October 7th
Record Label: Stax
Duration:     47:44
01. Memphis Train     3:50
02. Respect Yourself (People Stand Up)     4:25
03. Who’s Making Love     3:51
04. Hold On, I’m Coming     3:23
05. I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)     4:05
06. Any Other Way     3:24
07. I’m A Lover     3:06
08. Rock Me Baby     4:47
09. I Forgot To Be Your Lover     4:52
10. Wait A Minute     2:56
11. Born Under A Bad Sign     4:36
12. I’ve Got Dreams to Remember     4:29
Written by:
|   Mack Rice / Willie Sparks / Rufus Thomas     1
|   Melissa Etheridge / Luther Ingram / Priscilla Renea / Mack Rice     2
|   Homer Banks / Bettye Crutcher / Don Davis / Raymond Jackson     3
|   Isaac Hayes / David Porter     4
|   Jerry Butler / Otis Redding     5
|   William Bell     6
|   John Burk / Melissa Etheridge / Lowell Fulsom / Jimmy McCracklin     7
|   Joe Josea / B.B. King     8
|   William Bell / Booker T. Jones     9, 11
|   Barbara Stephens     10
|   Otis Redding / Zelma Redding     12
♦   Homer Banks Composer
♦   William Bell Composer
♦   Paul Blakemore Mastering
♦   Stefanie Bolton Vocals (Background)
♦   John Burk Composer, Executive Producer, Producer
♦   Jerry Butler Composer
♦   Yennifer Correia Violin
♦   Bettye Crutcher Composer
♦   Don Davis Composer
♦   Melissa Etheridge Composer, Producer
♦   Michael Fahey Mixing Assistant
♦   Theron Feemster Programming
♦   Marc Franklin Trumpet
♦   Lowell Fulsom Composer
♦   Isaac Hayes Composer
♦   Leroy Hodges Bass
♦   Mary Hogan A&R
♦   Luther Ingram Composer
♦   Raymond Jackson Composer
♦   Booker T. Jones Composer
♦   Joe Josea Composer
♦   B.B. King Composer
♦   Jonathan Kirkscey Cello
♦   Beth Luscombe Viola
♦   Jimmy McCracklin Composer
♦   Lannie McMillan Saxophone
♦   Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell Engineer
♦   Jessie Munson Violin
♦   David Porter Composer
♦   Vance Powell Mixing
♦   Seth Presant Engineer
♦   Otis Redding Composer
♦   Zelma Redding Composer
♦   Priscilla Renea Composer
♦   Mack Rice Composer
♦   Myriam Santos Photography
♦   Carrie Smith Art Direction, Design
♦   Kirk Smothers Sax (Baritone)
♦   Jim Spake Sax (Tenor)
♦   Willie Sparks Composer
♦   Barbara Stephens Composer
♦   Rufus Thomas Composer
♦   Michael Toles Guitar
♦   Archie Turner KeyboardsWritten By Hal Horowitz // October 5, 2016 // Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
••→   At this late stage in Melissa Etheridge’s nearly 30 year and counting recorded career, the only strange aspect of a dive into the fertile Stax catalog is wondering why it took so long. Her naturally boisterous grits and gravy approach is perfectly suited to tackle songs from the similarly styled vocals of Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Albert King etc. and she sure has the attitude to blow some new life into the (mostly) established classics she interprets here.
••→   Better still, Etheridge doesn’t just settle for any old backing group to refashion these gems, but traveled to Memphis and recruited some of the original players from the Hi Studios/Al Green support staff that first created these oh so soulful tracks. She also brings strings, backing gospel inspired singers and a horn section to further enhance the experience.  The end result won’t make you forget the timeless originals that are essential threads in the fabric of American soul and blues, but leaves you with an appreciation that Etheridge loves and cares about the music and is determined to do it justice.
••→   These arrangements hew closely to the ones we know, which in at least a few cases such as a nearly note~for~note reproduction of the already over~recorded “Born Under a Bad Sign,” begs the question of “why bother?,” even if John Mayer contributes a sturdy guitar solo (he also appears on “Rock Me Baby”). Still, once you hear Etheridge tearing into Otis Redding’s ballad standards “I’ve Got Dreams to Remember” and “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now),” uncovering hidden diamonds in William Bell’s “Any Other Way” or blowing harp on the rollicking obscurity “Wait a Minute” (first recorded by the seldom heard Barbara Stephens), you’ll dispose of any complaints and go with the flow.
••→   Perhaps not surprisingly, this is Etheridge’s debut for the revived Stax label (Bell also released a terrific album on the imprint earlier this year), which makes this excavation into the company’s vaults an advertisement for their back catalog for the few who may not already be familiar with it. But give Etheridge credit for updating some of the lyrics to the Staple Singers’ hit “Respect Yourself” to reflect contemporary concerns and for diving head first into “Hold On I’m Coming” with a brassy bravado in keeping with the song’s strutting vibe.
••→   Etheridge restrains her tendencies to over~sing, the band is cooking, the production is tight and the tunes are unforgettable making this a consistently enjoyable foray that never feels forced or plastic. And if it sends listeners back to hear where Etheridge and so many others got their inspiration from, all the better.
••→   http://americansongwriter.com/
Website: http://www.melissaetheridge.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/metheridge
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MelissaEtheridge

Melissa Etheridge
Memphis Rock and Soul (October 7th, 2016)



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