The axe wielding guitar god is more often than not akin to Zeus coming down out of the sky with a thunderous fire and brimstone vengeance. The thought of soft lace and flowers are usually not really associated with the aforementioned, but let me tell you what…I recently met someone at this year’s She Rocks Awards that made me rethink all that!
Known as “one of the premiere female surf guitarists of our time,” Susan SurfTone had a desire for music at a very early age. Elvis, then the Beatles, and on to The Ventures. She got her first guitar several months after watching The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show in 1964 and then it was time for lessons at which she excelled.
Here comes trouble!
There are so many professional musicians out there, working hard touring, recording, writing, performing in different projects, many of them relatively unknown, many of them you SHOULD know. One of them is the amazing Liza Carbé who has had a long illustrious career in quite a few different genres from rock to R&B to world, and continues to make music joyfully! She is a MUST KNOW in the music industry!
From lead guitarist of the all-girl teenage rock band The Runaways produced by Kim Fowley in the mid ‘70s to today’s solo artist, this iconic singer, songwriter and guitarist helped pave a way for female musicians in the rock and metal scene. At the age of 11, Lita Ford received her first guitar and never looked back. Inspired by guitarists Ritchie Blackmore, Johnny Winter and Jimi Hendrix, it wasn’t until attending a show featuring the all-female band Fanny in the early ‘70s that Ford began to develop her approach to playing the guitar which she described in a recent interview is to “focus on your guitar playing first, the rest will be rewarded to you.”
Megan Burke describes her life as a whirlwind. Barely out of her teens, yet already an experienced musician, she is now the guitarist for recently reunited U.K. pop-punk-rock band Fuzzbox.
Janey Street is working on a new album, which may sound confusing, considering that she just released a new album, My Side Of Paradise. She has written 23 songs for the next project, meaning that the material will be ready when it’s time to go back in the studio.
Joanna Connor’s meteoric rise to Internet fame is now the stuff of legend: in 2014, a fan uploaded a video of Connor performing “Walkin’ Blues” in front of a Chicago audience, and seemingly overnight the clip generated millions of views. Despite the sudden wave of recognition, however, Connor, is no newcomer or overnight sensation. Born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts, she’s been playing clubs since she was a teenager. She moved to Chicago in 1984, began sitting in with blues legends such as James Cotton, Buddy Guy, and Junior Wells, launched her own group and released her debut album, Believe It, in 1989, and began touring the world, crossing Europe 32 times from 1990 to 1999, and releasing a series of live and studio recordings.
Making music is more than a career choice for Nashville-based singer/songwriter/guitarist Shannon LaBrie. It’s a means of expression, connection, and telling stories that come from her heart to touch the hearts of her listeners.
Having completed tours of Europe and parts of the U.S., Jane Getter is focused on more of the same with her progressive metal/rock/jazz project, Premonition. Her new album, On, was released in October 2015. It was co-produced by Getter and keyboardist Adam Holzman, and features an all-star lineup of musicians: drummer Chad Wackerman, guitarist Alex Skolnick, bassist Bryan Beller, saxophonist/flautist/clarinetist Theo Travis, and vocalist Corey Glover. She was joined on tour in the U.S. by Holzman, Skolnick, bassist Stu Hamm, and drummer John Mader.