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Melissa Ferrick's "the truth is" Set for June 4th Release on MPress Records

Album Marks Bold New Direction In Recording Career That Spans More Than Two Decades.

Multiple SXSW Appearances & U.S. Tour Dates Confirmed

 “When you think ‘singer-songwriter,’ you think of an artist like Melissa Ferrick. Someone who can pick up an acoustic guitar and wow you with both their lyrical dexterity and instrumental prowess.”American Songwriter

“…an independent artist who’s making meaningful music that carries with it the kind of gravitas and joy it did when Ferrick stepped up to the mic for the first time all those years ago.”PopMatters

On June 4, MPress Records will release "the truth is", the latest album from acclaimed singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Melissa Ferrick. 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. Ferrick and her band will debut much of the new material this week at SXSW, and a U.S. tour will follow in support of the album’s release. Please see below for details.

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 all the plants


SXSW 2013 Appearances
3/14/13 Austin, TX Fleming Artists Showcase @ The Palm Door - SXSW Official (12am)
3/15/13 Austin, TX Berklee College SXSW Party @ Brush Park (12pm)
3/15/13 Austin, TX Industry of Music SXSW Party @ The Gingerman (2:30pm)
3/15/13 Austin, TX Invasion of the Gogirls @ Austin Java (5pm)
3/15/13 Austin, TX MPressFest SXSW 2013 Official Day Party @ Soho Lounge (2:30pm)

Confirmed Tour Dates
additional dates to be announced
3/22/13 Boulder, CO eTown Hall feat. quartet (w/Seth Glier)
3/23/13 Denver, CO The Soilded Dove (feat. quartet)
5/3/13 Natick, MA The Center for the Arts Natick
5/11/13 Punta Cana, DR Olivia Travel @ Club Med Punta Cana
5/15/13 Cambridge, MA The Sinclair (feat. full band)
5/16/13 Portland, ME Port City Music Hall (feat. full band)
5/17/13 Brooklyn, NY The Bell House (feat. full band)
5/18/13 Vienna, VA Jammin Java (feat. full band) **2 shows**
5/19/13 Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live (feat. full band)
5/21/13 Baltimore, MD 8X10 (feat. full band)

For more information, please contact Chris Schimpf, Krista Williams or Carla Sacks at Sacks & Co., 212.741.1000, chris.schimpf@sacksco.com, krista@sacksco.com or carla@sacksco.com.


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