Etta James will be starting fires in homes throughout the country this fall. No, the singer has not begun a career as an arsonist, but if the title of her upcoming release is any indication, fans will be feeling the heat, so to speak.
On August 6, Burnin’ Down the House, a live performance by James and the Roots Band, will be available in stores on VHS and DVD. The recording, which was shot in December 2001 at the Los Angeles House of Blues, acts as a companion to James’ CD of the same name, which was released on May 7 by RCA/Victor. James, who gained fame throughout the ’50s and ’60s with a string of blues and R&B hits, and who has continued to perform and record into the new millennium, is known for her gospel-influenced vocals and provocative stage behavior.