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29 Mar 2019

One would think that if a rock chick named herself and her band after 1970s movie star Angie Dickinson she would be somewhat cool.

And one would be right in that thought if we are talking about Joan Wasser.

Wasser is ultra-cool and uber-talented.

Joan As Police Woman – which is her stage name and also what she calls her band – is captivating on stage and on record.

Her four-piece outfit is heading to Australia for a string of intimate concerts in May.

Joan As Police Woman was born as an act in 2002 and named in homage to Dickinson who was the star of TV cop show Police Woman.

Wasser found Dickinson’s television persona to be inspirational and strong, while also being sexy. And she says creating the name was funny too.

If naming herself that way was clever, it was just a teaser for the music she creates.

An incredible songwriter, beautiful singer, and accomplished multi-instrumentalist, Joan As Police Woman is a live act that shouldn’t be missed.

A classically trained musician, Joan adds her prowess on violin to her guitar and keyboard playing and brings it all into a contemporary setting.

She has collaborated and performed with the likes of Elton John, Lou Reed, Sheryl Crow, and Rufus Wainwright. She was Jeff Buckley’s girlfriend at the time of his death. And her influences span them all and more – including Hendrix, Nina Simone, Black Flag, and Siouxie and the Banshees.

Her music crosses and pushes boundaries, switching smoothly between seductive ballads, raw emotions, and electronic rock.

With her bandmates Parker Kindred on drums, Eric Lane on keys, and Jacob Silver on bass, Joan As Police Woman will be performing songs from their latest highly acclaimed album Damned Devotion, as well as from her outstanding back catalogue.

“I can comfortably say that music has saved my life and continues to save my life. I am a devotee,” she says.

“It’s not something I can even choose or not choose, it’s just what is.”


*Author disclosure: (I saw Joan as Police Woman at an outdoor festival in Basel, Switzerland in August last year. I was so impressed I bought her album and had a great chat with her while she autographed it for me. She won’t remember that. I won’t forget it. A very impressive performer.)


Australian 2019 Tour Dates:  

Wed 1 May - Spiegeltent, Gold Coast QLD

Thu 2 May - Northcote Social Club, Melbourne VIC

Fri 3 May - Caravan Club, Melbourne VIC

Sat 4 May - The Sound Doctor Presents, Anglesea VIC

Sun 5 May - Spiegeltent, Wollongong NSW

Tue 7 May - The Metro, Sydney NSW

Wed 8 May - The Street Theatre, Canberra ACT

Thu 9 May - Lizotte's, Newcastle NSW

Published: 29 Mar 2019