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Customer Reviews

For Arkansas and Beyond

This album exudes Shocked's talent at song writing as well as vocals. She creates a modern swing mood, which carries the album a long way. Come a Long Way and Secret to a Long Life and Prodigal Daughter and Jump Jim Crow especially shine. If your not in to folk please give this a try. The artistry in these songs is worth it.

Great CD

I didn't know about all the controversy but I do know this is a GREAT CD. Filled with Shocked's outstanding songs with a traditional feel, fans of Roots music will love this CD. Come A Long Way, Secret To A Long Life, 33 RPM and Shaking Hands are standout tracks. Enjoy!

Electric and Fun

The review from iTunes is pretty complete except they forgot to give a nod to harmony on Prodigal Daughter - one of Shocked's best songs - to Allison Krauss. Worth downloading.


Born: February 24, 1962 in Dallas, TX

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Michelle Shocked was born Michelle Johnston in Dallas, TX, in 1962, where she spent her early childhood traveling around army bases. In 1977, she ran away from her Mormon fundamentalist mother to live with her father, who introduced her to country bluesmen Big Bill Broonzy and Leadbelly, as well as contemporary songwriters Guy Clark and Randy Newman. She spent the next several years exploring the folk underground, spending the early '80s in Austin, where she began honing her own songwriting skills....
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