MICHELLE SHOCKED; also REVEREND VINCE ANDERSON
is a traveling troubadour whose musical talent is so eclectic it is difficult to categorize. As a young feminist, she left Texas to travel, Kerouac-style, and was caught up in Reagan-era grassroots politics. Her musical career was ignited by a bootleg recording made around a Kerrville Folk Festival campfire on a Sony Walkman.
In a 26-year career that has seen critical acclaim at every juncture, she famously escaped major-label indentured servitude in 1996, subverting the artist-label relationship that helped lead to the current trend toward artistic self-containment. She has made good use of her independence, releasing more critically-acclaimed albums on her Mighty Sound label.
The Reverend Vince Anderson
was born in Fresno, CA. (The raisin capital of the world). He moved to New York City in 1994 to study at Union Theological Seminary with the intention of becoming a Methodist minister. The Reverend lasted 3 months in seminary, where upon he felt that God was calling him to minister in bars and taverns. He promptly started holding weekly “Services” in New York's Lower East Side and in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
The Reverend calls his music, “Dirty Gospel,” a term reflective of both his musical influences and his theological perspective. He has released 4 albums and has performed a weekly show in New York City for 20 years. He has played with a diverse array of artists such as Carla Thomas, The Roots, Daniel Johnson and Melvin Van Peebles.
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