It’s taken Grammy-and-Oscar-winning roots rocker Melissa Etheridge over two decades to finally cut loose on an entire album of vintage R&B covers, as she does on “Memphis Rock and Soul,” which was tracked at Memphis’ legendary Royal Studios and includes “Wait a Minute,” “Who’s Making Love,” and “Hold On, I’m Coming.” No one is more surprised than the singer herself. “I’ve just been writing so much, I’ve been in the vein of, ‘I am the songwriter, I am the town crier!’,” she explains. “But eventually I thought, ‘Well, why not show people where it all comes from? That old Memphis/New Orleans soul sound and those classic times.”
Last year, you wrote the song “Pulse” about the mass nightclub shooting in Orlando. You want people to get more socially and politically involved, right?
Yeah. And getting involved can actually mean as little as just really giving thought to your own community. You don’t have to go out and make something huge happen — just be something in your own neighborhood. This is