Melissa Ferrick Crisscrosses States, Tells 'The Truth' on June 4 Album

Acclaimed singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Melissa Ferrick will release her new album the truth is on June 4 via MPress Records.

From the Press Release: Recorded live with a full band and produced by Ferrick, mixed by Grammy Award winner Trina Shoemaker (Brandi Carlile, Sheryl Crow) and engineered by Rafi Sofer (James Taylor, Juliana Hatfield), the album marks a creative departure for Ferrick in its collaborative approach and an evolution in the sound she has developed over the course of her expansive career and catalog.

Recorded in Boston, mixed in Alabama and mastered in Nashville, the truth is bears the mark of its travels. “This album crosses a lot of borders,” Ferrick says. “It’s got a little bit of the Northeast, a bit of the South, and a bit of Nashville, too.” The album features the talents of Natalia Zukerman on vocals, lap steel and dobro, Matt Pynn (Lucinda Williams, Evan Dando) on pedal steel, Richard Gates (Richard Thompson, Suzanne Vega) on bass, Ro Rowan (Bob Forrest, Tiffany) on cello and both Steve Scully (Howie Day, Juliana Hatfield) and Dave Brophy (Will Daily, Patty Larkin) on drums. Boston-based collaborators Anne Heaton and Rose Polenzani show up to sing backing harmonies, and fellow Berklee College alum Paula Cole appears as guest vocalist with Ferrick on the album’s first song, “Wreck Me.”

 

As Ferrick’s devoted fans will expect, the truth is explores personal, emotional territory, documenting the end of one relationship and the subsequent beginnings of another. Signed to Atlantic Records in the mid-‘90s, Ferrick was part of a new wave of alt-rock females—including artists like Liz Phair, PJ Harvey and college-mate Cole—who sang about womanhood with sharp, unchecked honesty. Morrissey proved an early champion when he personally invited her to tour as his opening act, and Ferrick eventually went on to found her own label and release a string of albums and EPs (more than 16 to date) in which she played almost every instrument herself. She tours regularly and plays to packed houses across the U.S.

 

THE TRUTH IS TRACK LISTING:
1. wreck me (featuring Paula Cole)
2. everything you were
3. pity song
4. overboard
5. the truth is
6. home
7. i don’t want you to change
8. go easy on me
9. love ain’t afraid
10. time to leave
11. take in al the plants