Melissa Ferrick Shares New Video For
"I Don't Want You To Change"
U.S. Tour Dates Confirmed With Ani DiFranco
Boston-based singer/songwriter Melissa Ferrick has debuted "I Don't Want You To Change". Directed by Ro Rowan and Melissa Ferrick, the video is the second official music video from her new album the truth is, available now on MPress Records. Ferrick, who just launched a Vine contest to promote the video, has confirmed more U.S. tour dates throughout Fall and Winter of this year. Confirmed dates below or visit:
Made in collaboration between Ro Rowan and Melissa Ferrick, the new video is a simple, yet powerful embodiment of Ferrick's concept to "reflect the lyric by aiming that lyric at myself", show the depths of interpersonal relationships and the willingness to embrace a partner at face value, flaws and all. Ferrick explains, "The song has this incessant repetition in the chorus, and, for me, creates a sense of comfort, much like a repetitive rocking motion soothes and comforts a child. Though I'm singing to someone—I don't want you to change—I believe it's not lost on the viewer that I'm actually directing those words at myself."
Watch the video on Melissa's Youtube Channel.
the truth is 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 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 truth is manages to tread new ground while still maintaining a strong relationship with Ferrick's older work.
Ferrick is joined by 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.
||Michigan Womyn's Music Festival (feat. full band)
||The Grog Shop
||The Grey Eagle
||Americana Song Academy (feat. full band)
||Sisters Folk Festival (feat. full band)
||S.P.A.C.E (feat. full band)
||Lifestyle Communities Pavillion (w/ Ani DiFranco)
||Church of the Epiphany (w/ Catie Curtis)
||Me & Thee Coffeehouse (w/ Anne Heaton)
||South Burlington, VT
||Higher Ground (w/ Anne Heaton)
||The Capitol Center for the Arts (w/ Anne Heaton)
||Penn State Abington College
||Club Jaeb at the Straz Center
||New Hope, PA
||New Hope Winery
||The Spaceland Ballroom
||Music Hall of Williamsburg (w/ Ani DiFranco)
||Club Passim (*2 shows)
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