In order to provide an intimate experience for her fans, Etheridge will play multiple dates at smaller, theatre venues this time out. The tour begins August 6 in Washington, D.C., and finishes up September 30 in Denver.

Etheridge, well known for her gay and feminist rights campaigns, got her musical start at the tender age of eight, when she received her first guitar. Although it was a long road to stardom, she struck gold in 1988 when her song “Bring Me Some Water” was nominated for a Grammy.

Since then, she has cultivated a grassroots fanbase that has been a major force in propelling her career. Long known for treating her public well, Etheridge utilizes her official Web site to provide some unique extras.

The Melissa Etheridge Information Network (M.E.I.N.) is offering fans travel packages to see the singer on her upcoming tour. For the Washington D.C. shows fans will receive seating within the first five rows, get to attend a party where they can meet the singer, and receive a souvenir package.

For those who can’t wait for Skin, which comes out July 10, Melissa’s autobiography, “The Truth is…” hits shelves June 19.