Melissa Ferrick Interview on Lyrical Venus Tuesday at 9am

When I was at the Song School in August I had the pleasure of taking a creative writing class with performing singer-songwriter Melissa Ferrick. She gave us a great exercise to get the creative juices flowing, and listened to a few people’s songs and gave them feedback.

After the class I mentioned to her that I had a radio show and said I’d be happy to do an interview with her sometime and she said “How about tomorrow?” Luckily I had a digital recorder with me (for recording classes) so I said “Sure!”

The next day Melissa and I managed to fit in a quick interview before her next class and she talked about the artists she was excited to see at the Folks Festival, staying ahead in the indie music industry, plus all about her new album Goodbye Youth.

Goodbye Youth is a departure for Melissa in that it’s just her and the guitar. That’s how most of her fans know and love her in concerts, but she’s never done a studio album that way. From what I’ve heard of it so far, it sounds really great!

The album is released only on iTunes and at concerts starting today, with an “official street date” in January. Sounds like it’s a great way to get the album out in the hands of the fans without having to wait for all the hoops you have to jump through for a traditional album release.

You can preview some tracks on Melissa’s MySpace.

Get the album on iTunes: Melissa Ferrick - Goodbye Youth - Goodbye Youth

I’ll be airing the interview on the Lyrical Venus Radio Hour this week. That’s Tuesday from 9-10 am KRUU-LP 100.1 FM, or for you internet listeners!

P.S. For a little sneak peek into Song School, here’s a video of Melissa working out a song with Sarah Sample (winner of the 2007 Folks Festival Showcase and soon to be guest on Lyrical Venus Radio!). It’s in the tent where I had my class and interview with Melissa. You can see the main Festival stage in the background:

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4 Responses to “Melissa Ferrick Interview on Lyrical Venus Tuesday at 9am”

  1. Missy says:

    I love Melissa Ferrick — I’m sorry I didn’t see this post before your show this morning and didn’t catch it! Her refrain “Everything I Need is Right Here in My Hands” is a mantra for me.

  2. Heather says:

    Hey Missy, *I’m* sorry I didn’t post it earlier so people had more notice, but I was out of town for most of the weekend and didn’t plan ahead well enough. :( I will let you know when the archive is up so you can listen.

    Also, Melissa is coming to Iowa City in October!

  3. Dave Zeman says:

    A few years back, I watched Natalie Zukerman doing a workshop where she covered Sweet Melissa, gradually Randy Sabien and Mustards Retreat started playing and singing with her… it was memorable for me since I grew up a huge Allman Bros fan and to hear it with a woman’s voice and acoustic…

    Later I had to laugh, Melissa and Natalie seemed to be a couple… duh.. oh well it still was a great song, one of the best impromtu I’ve heard in a long time.


  4. Heather says:

    Hey Dave, thanks for reading! I think I’ve heard Natalia do that song, now that you mention it!

    Yes, Natalia and Melissa were couple for a while, but no more. In her last Iowa City concert Melissa had us in stitches with her tales of her two therapists – the one she wanted to sleep with, and the one she didn’t. But she felt guilty about not wanting to sleep with the one and didn’t want her to feel bad “You’re really pretty!” and then something to the effect of “I’m so messed up, this is why I don’t have a girlfriend.” But it was all done with self deprecating awareness and impeccable comedic timing.

    And you can hear it in her album, a lot of the songs are breakup songs…

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