Given her raspy voice and thrusting delivery, it should be no surprise that Melissa Etheridge names Bruce Springsteen as one of her biggest musical influences.
In a new interview with Forbes, the singer-guitarist remembers buying her first Springsteen album — Born to Run — when she was 14 years old. “That just changed the whole game,” she says. “I got it from the Columbia House, order 10, get 10 free. And mine were 8-track, so I had Born To Run on 8-track. From the very beginning when I heard that, to the end, it affected me so greatly. ‘Jungleland’ is still my favorite song of all time. But that just set the bar for me in what I wanted to do in my life, the kind of artist I wanted to be was right there. I don’t have the 8-track anymore, but I got to sing with him.”
Etheridge’s new album, The Medicine Show, drops this Friday.