Friday, April 28, 2017
Wilson Center Guitar Festival
New York City’s Queen of Rock, Queen V, began her career in the musical industry as a songwriter and performer and played NYC’s clubs CBGBs, Don Hill’s, The Palladium, The Bitter End and The Green Door.  She has had the chance to tour with rockers Twisted Sister, Billy Idol and Bon Jovi. After performing Van Halen’s “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘bout Love” at the legendary Viper Room while in Hollywood, CA, she caught the eye of famed rockers Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine) and Lemmy (Motorhead) and they all quickly became friends.
The world of Rock is a tough environment.  Whether you are fighting your way through an over saturated genre, creative oppression, elitism, financial struggles, or straight up sexism; this thing called Rock is far from easy.  I mean if you make this your career choice, you are considered by some to be either extremely brave or downright touched in the head!  This one profession is known for crushing dreams hard.  Well I had the chance to get associated with one band that is staring all these risks and stigmas squarely in the face with unrelenting defiance…
Caroline Kole is only in her mid-teens, but her experience as a live performer goes way back to when she was playing acoustic solo shows in the Tampa Bay area and was known originally as Suite Caroline.  And with...
Previously, in part 1 of my interview with Janet Robin, I asked the veteran guitarist about her days with the female band Precious Metal back in the mid-1980's, as well as her experiences with many other great artists.  Amongst...
San Francisco singer-songwriter, teacher and musician Rachel Garlin releases Wink at July this month which is a compilation of 12 of her works inspired by life experiences, as well as her work as an educator and arist. Growing up in Berkeley, Rachel was exposed to live performances at the Greek Theater and the Golden Gate Park by famed musicians Pete Seeger, Sting, Tracy Chapman, and Atlanta's own The Indigo Girls, among others.
Lisa S. Johnson, author and photographer of her new coffee table book titled 108 Rock Star Guitars (Glitterati, Inc.), spent 17 years traveling the globe in pursuit of photographing the guitars of some of our favorite rock legends. Indeed, it’s as if she has captured the very soul of our beloved guitar legends featuring the instruments of Les Paul, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Rick Nielsen, Ace Frehley, Carlos Santa, Lou Reed, as well as many other icons through these iconic axes. She has also photographed the guitars of some of our favorite female guitartists including Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Chrissie Hynde, and Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart.
Back in the late 1970s, an aspiring young musician and stage actress emigrated from her native Germany to the United States. After her arrival, she enrolled at Boston’s famed Berklee College of Music to take up film scoring, but as the ‘80s set in, Leni Stern relocated to New York City and began establishing herself as a serious guitarist.
Rissi Palmer made her mark in country music with her hit singles from her 2007 self-titled debut album “Country Girl” and “Hold On To Me,” which climbed the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart to Nos. 54 and 59, respectively. This feat made her the first African-American woman since Dona Mason in 1987 to chart a country song.
Following the successful release of volume one of their series Whiskey & Wine, Antigone Rising recently released volume two which Kristen Henderson says, “the songs have gotten much more personal, the productions a little more elaborate. These songs all have something to say.”