Michelle Shocked rocks new 10-song collection
By Nancy Dunham
probably unfair that Michelle Shocked’s name conjures an image of her in
handcuffs as she struggled with police at the 1984 Democratic National
Convention in San Francisco.
course Shocked used the photo (which was published on the front page of the San Francisco Examiner) of herself in
the chokehold on the cover of one of her best-known album Short Sharp Shocked. Even her professional name (she was born Karen
Michelle Johnston) is a reminder of that day; when asked her name by police she
said Michelle Shocked, as a play on the term “Shell Shocked.” But despite what
some think, the woman is about much more than that one day – or one cause,
genre or feeling, for that matter.
back this month with a new album Soul of
My Soul, a prelude to future collaborations with the man she loves, fine
artist David Willardson. The 10-song
collection — set for May 26 release —
is a rocker with plenty of songs about Willardson, who Shocked calls the
“official love of my life.” But lest you think love has softened Shocked’s
civil outrage, she includes songs such as “Other People,” a clear swipe at the
last Presidential administration and what she calls “Bush’s America.”
much as we love Shocked’s last release – ToHeavenURide — a gospel album digitally recorded at 2003 Telluride Bluegrass Festival, it’s
great to have her back in rock and roll form.
BLURT for a review of the album soon.
6 – Hugh’s Room – Toronto,
7 – Sydenham United Church – Kingston, Ont.
8 – One Longfellow Square – Portland, Maine
9 – Tupelo Music Hall – Londonderry, N.H.
10 – Iron Horse Music Hall – Northampton, Mass.
14 – City Winery – New York, NY
15 – Puck – Doylestown, Pa.
16 – Ram’s Head Tavern – Annapolis, Md.
17 – Beyond November Coalition Fundraiser – Los Angeles
15 – Myrna Loy Center
– Helena, Mt.
19 – Space – Evanston, Ill.
20- Midwest Renewable Energy Fair – Custer,
13 – Sandpoint Festival – Sandpoint,
14 – Brewery Arts
Center – Carson City, Nev.
information, go to Michelle Shocked