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Melissa Etheridge looks back, forwards and lands at City Winery


Melissa Etheridge has a fondness for her early songs, deep cuts and flops. While some artists cringe at things they wrote decades ago, Etheridge doesn’t hate anything she’s done. This was not always the case.

“There was a song on my album ‘Lucky’ (‘Breathe’) that I didn’t like, that I didn’t even write,” Etheridge told the Herald. “The record company came to me and said I needed a hit. I thought my career was over and I never played the song after the ‘Lucky’ tour because of that. Then during EtheridgeTV I decided to re-open this song because I don’t need to hate a song I’ve done.

A road warrior, Etheridge didn’t like the idea of ​​spending the pandemic sitting still. She needed to pay the bills, keep herself busy, and find an outlet for her art. She started a streaming channel, EtheridgeTV, where she streamed solo shows around the world via the internet. But instead of sitting on a stool with an acoustic guitar and strumming (never her style anyway), she looped keyboards and percussion instruments to create a sonic bed on which to lay her voice and sound. guitar.

“When I saw the dates were starting to get canceled I said, ‘Oh no, it’s going to be long,'” she said. streaming, cameras, sound and lights. It really reconnected me to my job.

“EtheridgeTV really made me fall in love with my whole catalog all over again,” she added.

For four nights at Boston’s City Winery, she’ll conjure up similar magic with solo exhibitions in early June. For the diehards, the intimate evenings will be a real treat – she only does the solo gigs here and in New York.

For Etheridge, the City Winery residence also represents a kind of homecoming. In the 80s, the singer spent some time at Berklee College of Music. She dropped out to pursue music full time and does not regret her choice.

“I look back and say, ‘God, I could have learned more guitar,'” she laughed. “I definitely didn’t have the patience for all that.”

What she had time for was acting, writing, singing and touring constantly. Even before releasing her debut album, 1988’s double platinum “Melissa Etheridge,” she was storing songs. Just as the pandemic has helped her connect with her released catalog, it’s given her a chance to dig into old demo tapes of unreleased stuff she wrote in the 80s and 90s – the 2021 album “One Way Out” made him re-record the lost tunes.

“These were songs that I really liked but brought into the studio and I got scared,” she said. “I said, ‘It’s too feminist, it’s too gay.’ I censored myself but when I found them I thought, “They’re so awesome. They’ve been so much fun to add to the set list.”

Ethridge will continue to look back with a graphic novel loosely based on his future life and has pledged to complete a longer, more traditional autobiography next year.

“I definitely have a more zen approach to my whole life, my whole catalog, my whole experience,” she said. “For the past two years, I’ve looked at my whole career while moving forward.”

For tickets and details, go to citywinery.com/Boston.