Melissa Etheridge, “A Little Bit of Me: Live in L.A” (Shout Factory) — This Blu-Ray/CD package captures 2014 performance by Melissa Etheridge and her excellent band playing a set that includes songs from “This is M.E.,” her most recent album, along with hits like “I Want to Come Over” and “Like The Way I Do.”
“Like The Way I Do” and “Monster,” from the new album, are instructive, as Etheridge swaps vocals with guests Delta Rae and on the latter and tears it up on slide guitar.
Etheridge, it’s easy to forget, is a fine guitarist — which she demonstrates repeatedly across the disc, really working out her acoustic 12-string on “Bring Me Some Water.” That’s audible on the CD, but really comes through on the Blu-ray, where you can see her strumming away with verve.
Her touring band is superb, adding dynamics and backing vocals to Etheridge’s sturdy, anthemic rockers that are powered by her growling vocals.
Rating: WWWV out of 5