Thursday, November 23, 2017
Last year, I first heard of a hard-rocking, female-fronted band called Sunshine & Bullets on a popular Tampa Bay radio program called The Bubba the Love Sponge Show. Say what you want about Bubba, but one thing you got to give him credit for is that he regularly features unsigned bands. To that extent, Bubba’s invited such bands, including Sunshine & Bullets, to send in their best material, particularly original tunes, for him and his sidekicks to review.
She's only in her early mid-20s and has performed with seasoned country music veterans, writes songs and sings music, well beyond her years, including performing with seasoned music veterans Jamie O'Neal, Wynonna Judd, Leon Russell, and Restless Heart. She is 26 years old and is wise beyond her years, Rachele Lynae. 
Guitarist Terri McCoy is a Portland, OR native who’s made her mark on the Los Angeles scene. A Musicians Institute Graduate, Terri has played in bands tearing up the sunset strip and has toured worldwide. She’s also a session player for Hollywood's Local 47, worked on T.V. shows and films. Playing guitar since she was eight years old, her playing has been compared to Jimi Page and EVH. Guitar Girl Magazine caught up with the “Guitar Girl” to talk about her inspirations, magical moments and the music coming from her. 
On a warm, spring evening, I paid a visit to a pub in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, which had a courtyard right in front of it. It was there that I got to enjoy a live set by a female singer and guitarist who’s probably one of the more creative in terms of how she plays the guitar. 
Australia has been a great source for popular music over the past decade. While Keith Urban has been topping the country charts and Kasey Chambers has been an Americana-format stalwart, one lady has proven to be a powerhouse both as a guitarist and singer over the past few years. Anne McCue has created a strong buzz in Nashville with her six-string prowess, and has gained accolades from well-known performers such as songstress Lucinda Williams.
Meet Eilidh McKellar, a 19 year old singer and guitarist from Edinburgh, Scotland that has been described by Bob Harris, Whispers, of the BBC Radio One as “Cool as a cucumber, Eilidh plays like a seasoned veteran, just quiet confidence and genuine virtuosity.”  McKellar has released two tracks off of her upcoming album Delta Devil Dreams, due out later this year, with Grammy award winning producer Guy Eckstine after he discovered her on YouTube.  She has had the honor of gracing the stage at the Hammersmith Apollo with the legendary Joe Bonamassa...at his request!  
Raised in the birth-of-grunge music in Washington State, musician Tamara Laurel's love with music has been ingrained in her being for as long as she can remember. However, her deep love and appreciation for music didn't sink into her...
Amelia Scalies has achieved so much at the age of 15. She is the winner of both the Chester County Hospital Foundation and Strawberry Festival Battle of the Bands; is a Friday Morning Quarterback charting Top 40/AC artist, and as well as a singer, is a writer, guitarist and violinist. Her songs have moved audiences well beyond her years.
Adam Levine described Nicole Nelson's voice as “One of the most powerful voices I have ever heard.” Cee Lo Green said “Your voice is like mother’s love.” In 2012, the guitarist and singer of the duo Dwight & Nicole appeared on NBC's hit show The Voice wowing all four coaches during the blind auditions with her performance of Leonard Cohen's “Hallelujah.” Fans instantly fell in love with Nicole and her performance rose to #26 on the iTunes Pop charts. Later that year, Nicole won the Boston Music Award's “Female Vocalist of The Year.”
Less than a year and a half ago, I reviewed an Antigone Rising concert at a folk festival in downtown St. Petersburg.  What I said back then about this veteran New York-based female foursome offering a sound that has a modern country feel without the twang still holds true.