Olivia Frances has been described as an "old soul wrapped inside the effervescent free spirit of an 18 year old girl." Frances started playing the piano when she was just six years old and picked up the guitar when...
Five-time W.C. Handy Award winner Rory Block seems completely satisfied with her latest recording. Hard Luck Child: A Tribute to Skip James is the fifth and final album of her Mentor Series, which consists of paying homage to the blues artists whom she met in her teenage years and had a large impact on her years of performing. The Series has been a multi-year project that she felt was extremely important for newer audiences to experience in order to truly appreciate what the early blues artists contributed to the music world. The legendary blues guitarist/singer took time during a snowstorm at her upstate New York residence to talk about Skip, the Series, and her choice of guitars.
Australian born singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Katie Cole grew up in a family environment full of an eclectic mix of music from rock to classical. Her mother’s musical rock influences included the likes of rock legends Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and the Rolling Stones, while her father on the other hand enjoyed his classical music preferring Maria Callas over Mom’s rock. Both of Katie’s parents were trained pianists, so music was a very important part of her life growing up. Considering their training, it’s ironic that Katie taught herself to play the guitar and piano.
Co-writing songs such as Rihanna’s “Cheers (Drink to That),” Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful People,” several songs on Heidi Montag’s album Superficial, as well as many, many others, LP has made a name for herself in the music industry as a well-known and respected writer, artist and performer. LP has worked with several record labels, collaborated with songwriter and music producer Linda Perry among many others, and in 2012, became the first female Martin Guitar Ambassador – quite an honor.
Georgia Native EG Kight has traveled around the world performing and fundraising, received the 2013 Georgia Music Legend Award, survived a life-threatening illness, and recently released her new album, A New Day, co-produced with Paul Hornsby (Marshall Tucker, Charlie Daniels). The soulful album includes ten tracks of songs ranging from slow ballads like “Comin’ Down with the Blues” and “Bad Things,” to the blues rock tunes in “Holdin’ On,” “Misunderstood,” and “Low Mileage Woman,” to good ole hand-clapping, foot-stomping gospel blues as heard in “Don’t Give Up.”
Alaskan singer-songwriter Emma Hill and her musical partner Bryan Daste recently released their fifth album titled Denali which was recorded at The Wolverine Den in Anchorage and co-produced with Evan Phillips (Easton Stagger Phillips/Whipsaws).
Leanne Kingwell, singer, songwriter and guitarist from Melbourne, Australia, released her album Choking on Halos last year to rave reviews. The album was entirely self-funded by the Aussie rocker so that she could retain her "creative autonomy." After two years...
As the summer of 2014 was coming to a close, the 8th and final episode of VH1‘s “Make or Break: The Linda Perry Project” came right down to two female singer-guitarists, from whom Linda would select one to produce an album: Anjuli Gonzalez, a.k.a. Anjuli Stars, out of Miami, and Candice Martello, a.k.a. Hemming, out of Philadelphia.
Miss Tess SOUNDS like she belongs in Brooklyn. A New York City borough that has a great mix of culture but is one when it comes to toughness is what Brooklyn is all about. Miss Tess’ music is all encompassing roots music, but it all sounds fresh, polished, and intelligent. One look at Miss Tess on stage and you can tell she means business in a very ear-pleasing way.
Lisa Loeb is an exceptional songwriter and performer who has been in the music scene since the early ‘90s … a true artist in every sense of the word. Guitar Girl Magazine has interviewed her on previous occasions, but was lucky enough to sit down with her before her performance at Center Stage here in Atlanta, Georgia last month for a few questions.