Melissa Etheridge Announces New Album, Premieres Cover of Sam & Dave Soul Classic: Exclusive

Myriam Santos
Melissa Etheridge

Today, Melissa Etheridge premieres her new single "Hold On, I'm Coming" -- a cover of the Sam & Dave classic -- from her upcoming album MEmphis Rock and Soul. Dropping Oct. 7, the release will feature covers of songs from the legendary (now defunct) Stax Records, as well as original verses Etheridge wrote to add to those songs. 

Of the Sam & Dave cover premiering on Billboard today, Etheridge says, "'Hold on, I’m Coming' is probably the first of these Stax songs I remember hearing when I was a kid. That intro and chorus - 'Hold on! I’m comin’!' If that doesn't make your heart and soul soar, as it did when I was a child, I don't know what will.”

Listen to "Hold On, I'm Coming" and check out the album's track list below. You can pre-order it here via her PledgeMusic campaign. MEmphis Rock and Soul was tracked at another seminal Memphis spot, Willie Mitchell's Royal Studios, where Al Green, Solomon Burke, Ann Peebles and more recorded classics. Willie's son Boo Mitchell produced the album, and the Hodges Brothers back Melissa on the record. She also used Al Green's legendary #9 mic to record her vocals.

MEmphis Rock and Soul track list:

1. Memphis Train

2. Respect Yourself (People Stand Up)

3. Who's Making Love

4. Hold On, I'm Coming

5. I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)

6. Any Other Way

7. I'm A Lover

8. Rock Me Baby

9. I Forgot To Be Your Lover

10. Wait A Minute

11. Born Under A Bad Sign

12. Dreams To Remember

Melissa Etheridge 2016 Tour Dates

8/9 - Interlochen, MI @ Kresge Auditorium *

8/11 - West Allis, WI @ Wisconsin State Fair Park *

8/12 - Springfield, IL @ Grandstand, Ilinois State Fair *

8/14 - Shawnee, OK @ Grand Event Center at Grand Casino Hotel and Resort *

8/15 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sandia Casino Amphitheater *

8/16 - Boulder, CO @ Chautauqua Auditorium *

8/17 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre *

8/19 - Temecula, CA @ Pechanga Resort & Casino *

8/20 - Las Vegas, NV @ Freemont Street Experience 

8/21 - Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre *

8/23 - San Diego, CA @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre *

8/24 - Saratoga, CA @ Mountain Winery *

8/26 - Kelowna, BC, Canada @ Mission Hill Family Estate Outdoor Amphitheatre 

8/27 -  Airway Heights, WA @ Northern Quest Casino & Resort *

8/28 - Snoqualmie, WA @ Snoqualmie Casino 

8/30 - Salem, OR @ Oregon State Fair & Expo Center 

9/1 - Livermore, CA @ Wente Vineyards

9/2 - Coarsegold, CA @ Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino 

9/3 - Rohnert Park, CA @ Green Music Center

10/19 – Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theater

10/20 - Glenside, PA @ Keswick Theatre 

10/22 - Morristown, NJ @ Mayo Performing Arts Center 

10/23 - New York, NY @ Apollo Theater 

10/25 – Chicago, IL @ Park West

10/27 - Meridian, MS @ Riley Center for the Performing Arts 

10/28 – Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall

10/29 - Marksville, LA @ Paragon Casino Resort 

10/31 - Key West, FL @ Melissa Etheridge & Friends "Rock The Boat" Cruise 2016 ^

11/28 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts - Dreyfoos Hall

12/7 - Shippensburg, PA @ Luhrs Performing Arts Center 

12/18 - Manhattan, KS @ McCain Auditorium 

 * with Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo

^ with Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Delta Rae, Crystal Bowersox, and more