Melissa Etheridge announces new album, premieres cover of Sam and Dave soul classic: Exclusive

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Today, Melissa Etheridge premieres her new single "Hold On, I'm Coming" -- a cover of the Sam & Dave classic -- from her upcoming album MEmphis Rock and Soul. Dropping Oct. 7, the release will feature covers of songs from the legendary (now defunct) Stax Records, as well as originals rooted in that soul sound.

Of the Sam & Dave cover premiering on Billboard today, Etheridge says, "'Hold on, I'm Coming' is probably the first of these Stax songs I remember hearing when I was a kid. That intro and chorus - 'Hold on! I'm comin'!' If that doesn't make your heart and soul soar, as it did when I was a child, I don't know what will."

Listen to "Hold On, I'm Coming" and check out the album's track list below. MEmphis Rock and Soul was tracked at another seminal Memphis spot, Willie Mitchell's Royal Studios, where Al Green, Solomon Burke, Ann Peebles and more recorded classics. Willie's son Boo Mitchell produced the album, and the Hodges Brothers back Melissa on the record. She also used Al Green's legendary #9 mic to record her vocals.

MEmphis Rock and Soul track list:

1. Memphis Train

2. Respect Yourself (People Stand Up)

3. Who's Making Love

4. Hold On, I'm Coming

5. I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)

6. Any Other Way

7. I'm A Lover

8. Rock Me Baby

9. I Forgot To Be Your Lover

10. Wait A Minute

11. Born Under A Bad Sign

12. Dreams To Remember

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Singer Melissa Etheridge poses for photographers after receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles September 27, 2011. REUTERS/Phil McCarten (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT HEADSHOT)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 15: Melissa Etheridge performs at the 3rd Annual Acoustic-4-A-Cure concert, a Benefit for the Pediatric Cancer Program at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital at The Fillmore on May 15, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/WireImage)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 15: Joe Satriani, Sammy Hagar, Melissa Etheridge, James Hetfield and John Mayer thank the audience at 3rd annual Acoustic-4-a-Cure benefit concert at The Fillmore on May 15, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Miikka Skaffari/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 07: Melissa Etheridge performs at the Women in Film spotlights women composers and songwriters on May 7, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, FL - FEBRUARY 19: (Exclusive Access) Melissa Etheridge intimate performance at LBar Coctail Lounge at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood on February 19, 2016 in Hollywood, Florida. (Photo by Ralph Notaro/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 14: (EDITORS NOTE: Image converted to black and white) Musician Melissa Etheridge attends the Primary Wave 10th Annual pre-GRAMMY Party at The London West Hollywood on February 14, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 14: (L-R) Musicians Blake Shelton and Melissa Etheridge, actress Linda Wallem, and singer Gwen Stefani attend the 2016 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons honoring Irving Azoff at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 14, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: Melissa Etheridge performs at O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire on April 27, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Burak Cingi/Redferns via Getty Images)

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