Melissa Etheridge brings new energy to Ironstone

lrenner@modbee.comJuly 24, 2013 

Melissa Etheridge


Ironstone Vineyards-bound singer Melissa Etheridge brings a new vitality with her classic hits to showRocker Melissa Etheridge has a hard time wrapping her head around the fact that her career has spanned 25 years.

"It kind of feels crazy," she said in a recent phone interview. "I feel like I just got started. I feel like maybe I got halfway there."

The singer, who performs Aug. 2 at Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys, plans to release a 25th anniversary box set in November.

She and her band will perform a long show with no opening act, allowing her to play a variety of songs from throughout her career.

"It's going to be a lovely long night of rock 'n' roll music," she said.

Etheridge, 52, achieved the peak of her success with the 1993 album "Yes I Am" — her affirmative response to persistent questions about whether she was lesbian.

The album featured the hits "I'm the Only One" and "Come to My Window" and sold 6 million copies.

Born in Kansas, she started playing guitar at age 8 and eventually attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. She released her self-titled debut album in 1988.

She issued her 12th studio album and most recent release, "4th Street Feeling," last year. The title has to do with the main drag in her hometown of Leavenworth.

"It's an album that has me reaching into my past in a reminiscent way and looking forward to the future," she said. "I do all the guitar playing. I really enjoy these songs.

" I feel like I've really hit my stride."

Etheridge is happy to report that she is now in her ninth year of being cancer free after overcoming breast cancer. She is so committed to health that she includes a "wellness" section on her website.

In it, she talks about her strict diet (no dairy, wheat or sugar) and her philosophy that health is a personal responsibility.

"Going through breast cancer was a very significant change in my life," she said. "I changed my attitudes, ideas, I changed my lifestyle — the way I eat, the way I think about health. Health is the most important thing to me now. If you don't have it, you have nothing."

Because of her healthy lifestyle, she said she has a lot of energy and is able to put on great concerts.

"I love playing in Northern California," she said. "it's going to be a blast."

Bee arts writer Lisa Millegan Renner can be reached at or (209) 578-2313.

WHAT: Melissa Etheridge

WHEN: 8 p.m. Aug. 2

WHERE: Ironstone Vineyards, 1894 Six Mile Road, Murphys

TICKETS: $45-$140

CALL: (800) 514-3849


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