I've been waiting for Melissa Etheridge to do this kind of album. 'Memphis Rock and Soul' (Stax/Concord) rocks with the same kind of staccato horns, fatback bass and organ spills that Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Rufus Thomas and Booker T used to use back in the day. She has the perfect voice to sing their songs. Her tribute to 1960s Memphis R'n'B has her seething with the kind of pent-up grit like never before.
Acclaimed violinist Lindsey Stirling has been added to the lineup of the 17th annual Grammy Foundation Legacy Concert "Lean on Me: A Celebration of Music and Philanthropy.” Other performers include Melissa Etheridge, Cyndi Lauper, Willie Nelson, Robin Thicke, Aloe Blacc, John Mellencamp and Rozzi Crane. “Lean on Me” will be a part of Grammy Week, which highlights the Grammy Foundation’s ongoing work to safeguard music’s history. The Grammy Foundation hopes that by preserving our musical past, future generations will be able to benefit and grow in their own appreciation of history-making musical giants. Grammy Week will include a number of different events, culminating with the premiere of the 57th annual Grammy Awards. “Lean on Me” will bring together an extraordinary range of artists for a unique evening featuring live musical performances and archival footage from the Grammy Foundation’s preservation grant archives. The night will explore the history of and evolution of songwriting. By presenting an array of versatile artist, “Lean on Me” will celebrate the invaluable contributions of historic musicians and their impact on the American cultural landscape.