I’ve been a big fan of Kansas-born rocker Melissa Etheridge from the first time I heard her 1988 self-titled debut album. That near-perfect platter featured a string of now-classic cuts — “Similar Features,” “Chrome Plated Heart,” “Like the Way I Do,” “Bring Me Some Water” — and launched a career that has earned Etheridge a pair of Grammys and an Oscar.
Now 54 and a breast cancer survivor, Etheridge is still going strong. Last year’s “This Is M.E.” was her 13th studio effort and her tour in support of the album brings her to Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead (www.librarymusichall.com) on Monday, June 22.
You can get a sneak peek at the show with new concert film “A Little Bit of Me: Live in L.A.,” available on CD, DVD, Blu-Ray and digital. Recorded at the historic Orpheum Theater last December, Etheridge delivers a first-rate performance of songs from her entire catalog. New cuts “I Won’t Be Alone Tonight,” “Take My Number” and “Monster” are rock-solid, but performances of her signature tunes are what really stand out.
“Come to My Window,” “I Want to Come Over,” “If I Wanted To,” “Like the Way I Do” and “Bring Me Some Water” are highlights here. In addition to the music, the Blu-Ray edition includes interviews, a behind-the-scenes look at the concert and a photo gallery. This one’s a must for her fans. (Jeffrey Sisk)