"I joke a lot," the Rev. Vince Anderson says on the Texas Barroom Revival live CD he cut last year with San Antonio's Boxcar Satan, "but I mean it.
That statement captures Anderson in a nutshell. For all the weird, satirical contortions that he puts Christianity through on original hymns like "Satan Hates You" and "Trying To Be An Asshole," you always sense that he means it.
A California native named after legendary football coach Vince Lombardi, Anderson is a classically-trained pianist who's been obsessed with religion for most of his life. As a kid, he worshiped at the altar of Christian lite-metal band Stryper, and he eventually became an ordained Universal Life Church minister, thanks to an ad that he discovered in the back of Rolling Stone magazine.
Blessed with elegant boogie-woogie piano chops and cursed/blessed with a sandpaper roar that would scare Tom Waits, Anderson wraps up a four-day Texas tour with a show at Taco Land, ably assisted by blooze-punk antichrists, Boxcar Satan. Once you get past the obvious joke of a reverend getting together with Satan, it'll be obvious that this is a musical match made in heaven. •