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Upcoming Tour Dates

Tue January 24 – New York, NY City Vineyard at Pier 26 233 West St in Hudson River Park, NY NY

Sat January 14 – New York, NY Joe’s NYC; immersive, interactive theater at Ryan’s Daughter 350 E 85th St

Wed January 11 – New York, NY Joe’s NYC; immersive, interactive theater at Ryan’s Daughter 350 E 85th St

Sat January 7 – New York, NY Joe’s NYC; immersive, interactive theater at Ryan’s Daughter 350 E 85th St

Fri December 2 – Beacon, NY Towne Crier Cafe, 379 Main Street Beacon, NY

Fri September 30 – Beacon, NY Towne Crier Cafe, 379 Main Street Beacon, NY

Edinburgh Fringe Festival / Mercury Trilogy Residency

Thu August 4 – Edinburgh Scotland The New Town Theatre, Venue 7 @ Mysterious, 96 George St

Fri August 5 – Edinburgh Scotland The New Town Theatre, Venue 7 @ Mysterious, 96 George St

Sat August 6 – Edinburgh Scotland The New Town Theatre, Venue 7 @ Mysterious, 96 George St

Sun August 7 – Edinburgh Scotland The New Town Theatre, Venue 7 @ Mysterious, 96 George St

Mon August 8 – Edinburgh Scotland The New Town Theatre, Venue 7 @ Mysterious, 96 George St

Tue August 9 – Edinburgh Scotland The New Town Theatre, Venue 7 @ Mysterious, 96 George St

Wed August 10 – Edinburgh Scotland The New Town Theatre, Venue 7 @ Mysterious, 96 George St

Thu August 11 – Edinburgh Scotland The New Town Theatre, Venue 7 @ Mysterious, 96 George St

Fri August 12 – Edinburgh Scotland The New Town Theatre, Venue 7 @ Mysterious, 96 George St

Sat August 13 – Edinburgh Scotland The New Town Theatre, Venue 7 @ Mysterious, 96 George St

Sun August 14 – Edinburgh Scotland The New Town Theatre, Venue 7 @ Mysterious, 96 George St

Mon August 15 – Edinburgh Scotland The New Town Theatre, Venue 7 @ Mysterious, 96 George St

Wed August 17 – Edinburgh Scotland The New Town Theatre, Venue 7 @ Mysterious, 96 George St

Thu August 18 – Edinburgh Scotland The New Town Theatre, Venue 7 @ Mysterious, 96 George St

Fri August 19 – Edinburgh Scotland The New Town Theatre, Venue 7 @ Mysterious, 96 George St

Sat August 20 – Edinburgh Scotland The New Town Theatre, Venue 7 @ Mysterious, 96 George St

Sun August 21 – Edinburgh Scotland The New Town Theatre, Venue 7 @ Mysterious, 96 George St

Mon August 22 – Edinburgh Scotland The New Town Theatre, Venue 7 @ Mysterious, 96 George St

Tue August 23 – Edinburgh Scotland The New Town Theatre, Venue 7 @ Mysterious, 96 George St

Wed August 24 – Edinburgh Scotland The New Town Theatre, Venue 7 @ Mysterious, 96 George St

Thu August 25 – Edinburgh Scotland The New Town Theatre, Venue 7 @ Mysterious, 96 George St

Fri August 26 – Edinburgh Scotland The New Town Theatre, Venue 7 @ Mysterious, 96 George St

Sat August 27 – Edinburgh Scotland The New Town Theatre, Venue 7 @ Mysterious, 96 George St

Sun August 28 – Edinburgh Scotland The New Town Theatre, Venue 7 @ Mysterious, 96 George St

Sep 2015 EU Antifolk Tour

Tue Sep 1  – Paris FR
Le Pop In
Thu Sep 3 – Valence FR
Lez’Arts Cafe
Fri Sep 4 – Perpignan FR
El Pati
Thu Sep 10 – Gijon SP
Toma 3
Fri Sep 11 – Bueu SP
Bar Labranza
Sat Sep 12 – Lisboa PR
Lounge
Tue Sep 15 – Madrid SP
Fotomaton Bar
Wed Sep 16 – Madrid SP
Fotomaton Bar
Thu Sep 17 – Madrid SP
Fotomaton Bar
Fri Sep 18 – Murcia SP
La Yeseria
Sat Sep 19 – Vic SP
Jazz Cava / MMVV
Sun Sep 20 – Tarragona SP
La Cantonada
Mon Sep 21 – Mataro SP
Cafe del Mar
Tue Sep 22 – Guixols SP
Casa Irla
Wed Sep 23 – Palafrugell SP
Mediterrania Espai Forum
Thu Sep 24 – Codines SP
Centre Civic La Fonteta
Fri Sep 25 – Genova IT
Giardini Luzzati
Sat Sep 26 – Verona IT
Giardino Lugugnano
Sun Sep 27 – Bolzano IT
Hotel Corona Krone
Mon Sep 28 – Cantu IT
1 E35
Wed Sep 30 – Vicenza
Kitchen Teatro Indipendente

Industry Opera HOPSCOTCH 2015
Sat Oct 24 – Arts District Los Angeles
HOPSCOTCH
Sun Oct 25 – Arts District Los Angeles
HOPSCOTCH
Sat Oct 31 – Arts District Los Angeles
HOPSCOTCH
Sun Nov 1 – Arts District Los Angeles
HOPSCOTCH
Sat Nov 7 – Arts District Los Angeles
HOPSCOTCH
Sun Nov 8 – Arts District Los Angeles
HOPSCOTCH
Sat Nov 14 – Arts District Los Angeles
HOPSCOTCH
Sun Nov 15 – Arts District Los Angeles
HOPSCOTCH

Spring 2015 Arts District Residency
Tue Mar 17 – 712 S. Santa Fe Ave 7PM
Downstairs @ Fifty Seven
Tue Apr 21 – 712 S. Santa Fe Ave 7PM
Downstairs @ Fifty Seven
Sat May 30 – 2825 Benedict St 6PM
The Frog Spot
Sat Jun 27 – 2825 Benedict St 6PM
The Frog Spot

Oct 2014 UK Bootleg This!! Tour
Thu Oct 2 – Manchester UK Blue Cat Cafe
Fri Oct 3 – Newcastle UK Caedmon Hall
Sat Oct 4 – Edinburgh SCOT Mash House
Sun Oct 5 – Glasgow SCOT Woodend Bowling Club
Tue Oct 7 – Leeds (Otley) UK  SOLD OUT
Thu Oct 9 – Liverpool UK Lomax
Thu Oct 10 – Nottingham UK Running Horse
Sat Oct 11 – London UK  SOLD OUT
Sat Oct 12 – Kent UK The Anchor at Wingham

Michelle’s Tour History

 

 

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Neck O The Woods

Blues & Gospel & Country & Western Swing & Honkytonk & Folk from East Texas & Texarkana

 

 

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They gave me a shot of Thorazine, a real fascist drug. Your neck’s going like this [she flaps her head in an ugly untogether fashion] and if youdidn’t think you were crazy before, you’ll think you’re crazy then. It’s what you call a mental straitjacket – much more liberal than a straitjacket you can see.

Writing and singing does give me some kind of release from the demons of my past, it is a therapy of sorts, but to be honest, my marriage played a more important role in the acceptance of myself than performance has ever done.

I had nothing to do with that album. I had nothing to do with the material selected, with the artwork on the cover, the imagery. I couldn’t even control the way that I was being presented to the media, as yet another in a long line of American curiosities, like a souvenir from some guy’s trip to America .

There’s no air that smells sweeter or more mysterious than East Texas air.

My grandmother had a Miss Margaret’s School of Dance to teach tap and ballet to kids, but I never studied it. I was raised a Mormon and they’re dancing fools. It’s the only vice they have – dancing.

Record Companies know how vulnerable creativity is and that the slightest attack can make artists feel like abused children and they’ll retreat. I refuse to look at them as my parents. I just look at them as equals in a power struggle.

Authenticity is a real big deal in the music industry. I’ve been packaged in a certain way and while people might not know exactly what I am, they know I’m a darn authentic version of it

The blues is about singing from the depths of your emotions.

The two things that are unique in the American character – other than that they killed a lot of Indians – are irony and iconoclasm.

Make your own music. It can be done.

I try to look at this music career thing as the means to an end. And really, at the end of it, I see myself on a sailboat, sailing off the edge of the world.

You can’t always find politics with your intellect, because you get tricked by propaganda or dogma. But you can feel the difference between a politic that swings, that is about involvement.

Feminism for me is about empowering women to take control of their own lives. It’s not supposed to create a closed community where like-minded people agree on all issues.

I was raped. That kind of burned me out on the whole romantic expatriate notion.

I want to scare the (expletive) out of the powers that be.

I’ll do an earth day benefit but I don’t intend to become a spokesperson for the rainforests.

I’m a blues woman. I write mostly when I’m sad. I start crying and in the middle of crying I go ‘Mmm that was an interesting sound’.

My music has a lot of humor but I keep getting compared to humorless women.

As I look back over my life, before I had any real identity, I was a traveler. I grew up an Army brat, a runaway, an activist, and a musician. All my life I’ve been traveling.

We’re really the first American generation that won’t have the resources to live better than the generation that came before us. The boomers have not only skimmed the cream off the top of the milk, they’ve drunk up all the milk too.

I thought, this looks like a fucking butcher’s shop. I am not gonna take this sitting down. So they come to get me and I start screamin’, and some cop is just beggin’ me to kick him in the balls. So I do.

The thing I fail to do is fully comprehend what’s given back to me by the audience. You would think you would be a performer partly so you could feel all the appreciation or adulation, but I haven’t quite managed that yet.

People used to say I had the starving artist look, but it was real. Not because I was anorexic or anything, but just because I didn’t have money for food. I did get ill but I had more of a mental illness than a physical illness.

Humans are the only animals that shit in their own nest.

I used to hitch-hike around Europe with only one cassette. On one side was ‘Doc and Merle Pickin’ the Blues,” and on the other was Pink Floyd. I called it ‘Doc Side of the Moon.’

What kind of religion is it that would encourage the parent to shelter the child from any outside influences and punish it by putting it out in a world you never had any way of learning about?

I describe myself as a knee-jerk anarchist, if that helps.

I’m a perfectionist, which I think is a mistake.

I try to look at this music career thing as the means to an end. And really, at the end of it, I see myself on a sailboat, sailing off the edge of the world.

I told the executives at Mercury, ‘Hey, you’re dealing with an artist who can do gospel in very surprising ways.’ They asked me, ‘Are you sure you don’t want to make an acoustic album?’

Once you’re categorized, you can be dismissed.

I’ve achieved the impossible, you know? When David stood up to Goliath and had his sling in his hand and his punk-rock attitude, I’m sure he felt the way I feel now.

I’ve been through some dark times but I’ve experienced joy too. Now that joy can’t be suppressed.

I’d say it’s been an interesting evening, wouldn’t you?

Yeah, I am a hick. I am naive, and I am sincere and it’s wonderfully unfashionable.

Now that I’ve got media access, I see that it’s one of the biggest diseases of our times.

In New York , I hung out at CBGB’s. I’d go and see these hardcore matinees every Sunday and I’d think, ‘Yeah, this is like a fiddle festival.’

No one’s ever been able to define blues. To me, blues is three chords and something to say. There’s a real temptation to think that blues is singing about misery and sorrow. It’s singing about your experiences, and what I find in blues is the message of hope and inspiration, because you may be singing about your misery, but the fact that you’re singing, that’s the real message.

They sign a bunch of women, and they call it a movement. I don’t like the way women in music have been identified as women first and musicians second.

Squatting was the first opportunity I had to break out of the cycle of homelessness that, for young women especially, makes your self esteem deteriorate.

Sitting around playing music with people wasn’t as demanding as sitting around a dinner table trying to make conversation.

Because I wrote songs for the love of it for so long I can say ‘I am a songwriter and whether I make money from it or not, I’m still going to write songs because its one of my favorite things to do.’ The fact that it becomes a recording is secondary, it’s not a motivation.

I regard myself as a true American musician, and I play every style that is my heritage.

I think the word soul has gotta come into it. Music that’s created just for consuming lacks that soul, that swing, that feeling.

I accepted a change in my life. I didn’t choose that change and those are the best changes to make.

I left the country the first time Reagan was elected, but nobody knew I had been here in the first place. So that was part of my thinking behind taking this opportunity, the access, the debut, the whole debutante aspect of working for a major label.

I didn’t plan a music career. People around me knew what was going to happen; I didn’t have a clue.

I consider my music to be truly American music. I think American musicians are selling themselves short if they limit themselves to one genre.

I started traveling on the premise that I could be poor anywhere, and that’s when the music caught up with me. I wasn’t chasing the music.

People might say I’m difficult, but did you ever hear anyone describe a label as ‘difficult’? By nature, artists should challenge. When they call you difficult, it is a reflection of the imbalance of power.

When I was explicitly political, which obviously people picked up on, I saw the danger of preaching to the converted.

For me the rallying cry has become: Subvert! Subvert! Use the media against itself; use the industry against itself.

I’m taking Spanish classes – I’ve got an eye towards Mexico.

I’m in it for the long haul. I’m not looking for a fast rocket ride to the stars.

The ability to live with contradiction is in some ways a sign of maturity.

Some women can be sweet because they don’t know how else to move through the world. I’m sweet because I can afford to be.

Whatever my image is, it’s my image and I have responsibility for it.

I would emphasize the consistency, rather than the differences.

At one time I was a nihilistic punk with a mohican and a ring in my nose. I think in the course of time I’ll find a middle ground, but I also carry that sense of responsibility. I’m in a position to defeat stereotypes.

The main revolution I’d like to start is just getting people to play their own music.

Ideals are not something I can control. It’s not logic that convinces me of something, it’s what my heart says. My heart has a way of involving me in things, which can only be good for the music.

I don’t feel alienated – I’m interested in seeing how things connect.

Punk is just as much a form of folk music as anything is!

I’ve gone through a spiritual journey through all of this. I was lost and now I’m found.

My degree is in Oral Interpretation of Literature, and that seems to me just what I’m doing now.

I want to see feminism put back into the hands of women who can use from it.

The real goal I’m working toward is to do something to help integrate the African and European influences of American music. I think at one time inthe history of popular music they were coming together naturally. The record companies have created a false sense of segregation. It may seem impossible to tear down, but it’s something I’m looking forward to as a life’s work.

Music is not a commodity, it’s a resource.

I thought, this looks like a fucking butcher’s shop. I am not gonna take this sitting down. So they come to get me and I start screamin’, and some cop is just beggin’ me to kick him in the balls. So I do.”

They were working overtime to tell journalists that I was no longer on the label. Meanwhile, I’d been fighting tooth and nail to try to get off the label.

Yo! It’s just three chords I’m playin’.

As soon as I stopped sleeping around to survive, that’s when things got really drastic. That dividing line is real clear in my mind.

I was more daunted by the change of going from being an activist squatter to going to an independent label. That was the real change for me.

There was no place whatsoever for a woman in the life and the world that Jack Kerouac described. And women were not going to be invited into it. So it’s sort of like crashing the party. I know I’m here unwelcome and I’m going to rewrite this history so I can be a part of it.

I need to be able to decide the direction and the appropriateness of the project I choose to do. Otherwise, let the vice president of business affairs make the record.

They did that big, lumbering dinosaur thing, acting with impunity. Fortunately, it was over an artistic principle. I don’t think I could have sustained the fight if it was just over more money or more contractual rights.

From my experience, I know where the change lies – in encouraging people to speak for themselves.

If there’s one thing I want you to know, It’s that you can do it too.

I’m one of the few that comes from this vantage point: I never tried to get a record deal.

Everyone thinks young people are alienated from the system. But when you present them with a viable alternative, they will be the first to take it. And then watch out.

If I could actually survive in a foreign country with no money, taking care of myself, I couldn’t be crazy.

I’m a modern girl, but I come from a place, a history and a heritage. It’s a complicated one, and I’m not going to paint it like it’s simple.

Folk has become narrowcasted as I think most music is today. It’s so entirely unnecessary. Let’s blur all the distinctions if possible; it’s more fun that way.

Music is a lot like politics — too important to be left to professionals.

I walked along that slippery slope where if you fail through lack of faith, you sell your soul to the devil.

I’ve got this cure for boredom and that’s to have no money. Every situation you’re in becomes an adventure…

I can’t tell you where I’m going. . . but I can tell you where I come from.

I’m too shy, really to be able to hang out with my heroes for too long.

There was no place whatsoever for a woman in the life and the world that Jack Kerouac described. And women were not going to be invited into it. So it’s sort of like crashing the party. I know I’m here unwelcome and I’m going to rewrite this history so I can be a part of it.

Mainstream media would convince you that there’s commercial culture and that’s all – but this other music is still here.

What I’d like is to have an integrated life again.

Very complicated truths are conveyed through very simple melodies.

You know how they say prostitution is the oldest profession? Well, wouldn’t that lead you to assume that abortion is the…

I knew I was gonna go to college because nobody in my family had, not on my mother’s side.

Fact is that the original source for a lot of the bluegrass music me and my father used to listen to was minstrel coon songs.

Not only has this whole mess been beneficial, but it’s been a blessing. Before this, my ambitions were never so great that I would have taken on a multinational corporation and come out feeling so confident and strong.

I write about cities the way some people write about lovers.

I think people have to choose between living with contradictions or painting themselves into a corner. I have a lot of contradictions.