One of the most memorable concerts I've ever seen was Michelle Shocked at the Village Underground, sometime around early 2002. I had been a fan of her work ever since I heard The Texas Campfire Tapes, having no idea at the time that the recording featured on that "album" was an unintentional bootleg recording made literally onto a cassette tape around a campfire at the Kerrville Folk Festival. The songs on that recording, however, had inspired and influenced my ideas about what could be done with singer-songwriter music and I counted Michelle Shocked among my many songwriter influences.
That night, though, she showed up with a band infused with some Mexican horns and other unexpected vibes, and totally sold me on a big-band world music-infusion sound. The bottom line is, no matter what Michelle Shocked has dabbled in (and she's dabbled in everything from swing to gospel to rock, protest music, and bluegrass), she's done it up right. Learn more about Michelle Shocked and expand your musical horizons in the process. Check out this introductory bio and profile.
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