Out now is Melissa Etheridge‘s latest effort, 4th Street Feeling.  It’s the 12th studio album from the musician who worked with producers Jacquire King (Norah Jones) and Steve Booker (Duffy) for the release.

When we recently caught up with Etheridge, we asked her to take us through the making of some of tracks found on the album.  Here’s a look inside 4th Street Feeling.

“A Sacred Heart”
This song was born out of Etheridge’s love for classic rock and she can’t wait to perform it in an arena setting.  “It’s one of those songs where after I write it I go, ‘Oh my gosh, why did I do that?  I’m going to have to work so hard every night singing this song.’ ” 

“4th Street Feeling”
She admits this was the last song to be recorded for the album.  “It was one of those grown up days and I remember thinking, ‘Gosh, don’t I wish I could just go back?’  You know, you reminisce about the freedom.  It’s like when did this change, how did I become this person?  And realizing that this album, all of the songs, have a certain reminiscence.”

“I Can Wait”
For this sentimental track, Etheridge takes you right into a personal message for her girlfriend.  “I see that your world is on fire.  And I’m not going to try to fix you, it’s not my job.  I’m just going to tell you that I love you.  Don’t get me wrong, I know it’s severe but I’ll be right here.  Don’t worry, I can wait.” 

“Falling Up”
She describes here what inspired the music behind the album’s first single and how some credit is due to Mumford and Sons.  “You get these incredible artists from England and Ireland that are coming over and playing mandolins and banjos and these organic American instruments…when I heard that and saw that going on I thought, ‘Wait a minute.  I know how to play the banjo.  I can do that.  Let me bring that back in.'”

And don’t miss out on the bonus tracks that are available for 4th Street Feeling, they’re available on the deluxe edition. Etheridge will be taking all of these songs and more out on the road with her this October. 

– Heather Stas, CBS Local


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