Melissa Etheridge-The Medicine Show at the Harvester Performance Center
450 Franklin St.
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
“I thought long and hard about the first impression of this album,” says Melissa Etheridge about the choice of the title track to lead off her new album, The Medicine Show.
“It’s very different from any of the other songs on the album,” she says. “Yet it has so much to do with where I’m at right now. I just wanted to go POW! Hit things right off. BAM!”
And hit it does. The song opens the album with power and force, roaringly loud guitars, banging drums amassed with fire and intensity by producer John Shanks. And in front of this, Etheridge puts out the call like a 21st century carnival barker:
Let’s all go to the medicine show!
“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 any more. We’ve come a long way.”
It’s an album of renewal, of reconciliation, of reckoning, of compassion and, most profoundly, of healing.
“Yeah, a lot of healing,” Etheridge says. “Personal healing, national healing, human healing.”
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