Vincent (Vince) N. Converse
Houston-born singer/songwriter/guitarist, began his musical career while a sophomore in high school. His band at the time Sunset Heights, played blues inflected rock in venues that he was still too young to patronize, Vincent appeared on international TV and toured with acts like Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Johnny Winter, Peter Green, BB King, Buddy Guy, Fats Domino and many more big name acts. The band recorded and released three albums that did well. As Sunset Heights he toured the U.S. and Europe for three and half years, 1993-1996. After playing with the group for seven years, He struck out on his own and released a solo album in 1999, Nineteen Fifteen, named after the birth year of Muddy Waters. Since then he has recorded multiple albums compiled with multiple big name artist including Jim Shuler with George Thorogood, Leslie West of Mountain, Buddy Wihittington with John Mayhall and the blues breakers, Tommy Mandel of Brian Adam’s band and many others.
After too long of an absence from the music scene Converse has just within the past year put together a five piece band (The New Shoes Band) and has once again began playing local (Houston) blues venues with hopes of soon hitting the recording studio. The New Shoes Band brings to the table some of Houston’s most talented musicians; on keyboards William Hollis, on percussion Ara Gray formerly of Tin Cadillac, on Drums Little Joe Frenchwood also formerly of Sunset Heights and on bass Alfred Kennedy who has played with Converse on and off in years past.
Vincent (Vince) Converse has come into his own with an emotion packed jazz inflected Texas blues that leaves his audiences stunned and wanting more. It has been said that Converse is a musicians’ musician who brings tears to your eyes and is not to be missed.