It’s two days away ! Anyone who knows me at all knows that I am a Ferrickhead.
I am a huge Melissa Ferrick fan, yes. Music has always played an important
part in my life. From vague memories of being placed on stage by my parents,
with Bobby Goldsboro at the Indiana State Fair when I was 3, to the tween years
of Donny Osmond posters plastered all over the bedroom walls, to life changing realizations
to the tunes of The Indigo Girls and k.d. Lang. Life is a journey and so is
On September 26th, 2001 I was diagnosed with
breast cancer. That was two weeks after 9/11. I knew the world was coming
to an end. In October of that year, I went down to Bloomington to the Bluebird,
to see Jennie Devoe open for this singer I knew nothing about. That singer
was Melissa Ferrick. I thought it would be the last time I’d be seeing
Jennie, so that’s why I went. Little did I know my life would be changed
head was shaved and she had a cigarette pack rolled up in her t-shirt sleeve.
I’m not going to like this, I thought. I’m too old. And
when she started to play, I felt the same…for like a nano-second. But
within that same nano-second, it happened. I was hooked. I felt some
hope and life whooshing off of that stage and right through me. Somehow I
knew everything was going to be ok. That my friends, is a why of a thousand
whys, her music is my soul and has saved me over and over again. Won’t
you please join me on Wednesday in welcoming Melissa back to Indy !
Emotionally charged lyrics, powerfully driven guitar,
rock folk perfection. ...an independent artist who's making meaningful music
that carries with it the kind of gravitas and joy as it did when Ferrick stepped
up to the mic for the first time all those years ago.
Melissa Ferrick is a music icon with a voice that’s
instantly familiar & comfortable. Her impressive career longevity as a predominantly
independent artist is virtually unheard of and speaks to her talent and the world
she has built for herself. There is her expansive body of work, mapped out
over the sixteen albums that comprise her career to date. There is the inspiration
she’s taken from the incredible artists she’s shared the stage with,
including Morrissey, Bob Dylan, Paul Westerberg, Weezer, amongst others. There
are the stories of the crisscrossed world and the things she has both gained
and lost in her wake. There is the fervent fan-base that has grown with Ferrick
but above all there is the sound, a voice burnished by breakdowns and breakthroughs,
refined over the twenty years she has been doing this. And now, there
is Still Right Here, the sum of these hard-earned parts set to music, Ferrick’s
gorgeous purpose unspooling over the ten incredible tracks that comprise the album.
Melissa Ferrick’s first studio album in 5-years Still Right Here
released Sept 13, 2011 (MPress Records) has debuted on Billboard’s Heatseekers
Album Charts and boasts guest spots from the likes of Ani DiFranco & Kaki King.
The music video for the title track premiered on the launch of Huffington Post Gay’s
site and won two RightOutTV music video awards. Melissa is featured in the Dec.
2011 issue of Out Magazine in their Out 100 as an out artist who has made an
impact on the community. Her CD release tour garnered multiple sold-out shows and she
recently wrapped a Northeast tour with folk icon Ani DiFranco, who also performs
background vocals on her most recent release.
Chicago-based singer-songwriter Anne Heaton released
her new album, Honeycomb, on October 16, 2012; a portion of proceeds from Honeycomb's
sales and touring will benefit homeless children in Colombia through Fundación
Niños de los Andes. The Boston Phoenix called the album "her
most eccentric work yet." Heaton’s gracefully vulnerable piano-based
music has amassed awards, praise from critics, fellow artists, and fans.
She has toured nationally, played the Sundance Film Festival, Cayamo Music
Cruise, Lilith Fair, and has been a featured artist on the New York Times Music