DiFranco was also brave. When she launched Righteous Babe Records, she was one of the first artists to run her own label. Rape, abortion, politics -- she never shied from the controversial, and DiFranco's rapport with her audience was sincere and intense and real.
Gays and women, we all felt loved by the beautiful Buffalo-bred babe. But it was her music with which we all connected. Lyrics like "Fuck you and your untouchable face" got us through the ugliest breakups.
Now, she's married and a mom, but she still manages to charm her fans. Her newest studio album, ¿Which Side Are You On?, is her 17th and even features vocals and banjo action from Pete Seeger, the man who originally popularized that tune.
Ani DiFranco performs at 8 p.m. October 20, Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. Visit cultureroom.net.
Liz has her master’s degree in religion from Florida State University. She has since written for publications and outlets such as Miami New Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Ocean Drive, the Huffington Post, NBC Miami, Time Out Miami, Insomniac, the Daily Dot, and the Atlantic. Liz spent three years as New Times Broward-Palm Beach’s music editor, was the weekend news editor at Inverse, and is currently the managing editor at Tom Tom Magazine.