Melissa Etheridge Releases Title Track of Forthcoming New Album One Way Out

There’s a name I had not heard for some time: Melissa Etheridge who on Saturday turned 60. On May 25, she released One Way Out, the title track of her new album slated for September 17.

The material on Etheridge’s 16th studio album isn’t new. In fact, it’s decades old from the late ’80s and early ’90s, according to this article in Dallas Voice. These songs go all the way back to the beginning of her recording career and in some cases even further. In 2013, Etheridge had planned to include the tracks in a retrospective box set. But shortly after the songs had been recorded, she severed ties to her record label Island, and the box set never appeared.

Etheridge subsequently founded her own label ME Records and started working on new songs. The result was the September 2014 album This Is M.E. Last year when going through old files these tracks resurfaced. “I’m so excited to bring these songs to my fans,” Etheridge stated. “Years later I am still moved and can’t wait to share these tracks live.”

Here’s the official video for One Way Out, a great rocker featuring Etheridge’s distinct raspy vocals. In addition to guitar, she plays a mean harmonica. This surely wants me to listen to the entire album once it’s out. It follows The Medicine Show from April 2019.

Here’s the album’s track list, as reported by Illinois radio station 1430 WCMY. I suspect some additional songs might be released upfront.

One Way Out
As Cool as You Try
I’m No Angel Myself
For the Last Time
Save Myself
That Would Be Me
Wild Wild Wild
You Have No Idea (Live)*
Life Goes On (Live)*
* = Recorded at the Roxy in Los Angeles in 2002

You can read more about Melissa Etheridge here.

Sources: Wikipedia; Dallas Voice; 1430 WCMY; YouTube

9 thoughts on “Melissa Etheridge Releases Title Track of Forthcoming New Album One Way Out”

  1. Yes reminds me of her first album – that album blew me away – you knew she was going to be a major new talent. My favorite was Bring Me Some Water

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    1. Thanks, Paul, agree it does sound like her early work, which I guess makes sense, since these songs date back to that time.

      Her first album was the best. I saw Etheridge in the wake of it in Germany, and she was great. She opened up for somebody else. It may have been Peter Gabriel – shamefully, I can’t remember!

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      1. I saw her once too during those early years and agree it was a great show. I didn’t know at the time that she was a lesbian but that became obvious at the show. Let’s just say being a straight white guy I was definitely in the minority. But again great show and great audience.

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