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Guitar Goddess

Female Guitar Goddesses Worldwide

teresarussellDescribed as “the most awesome Female rock guitarist…ever!” this is simply an understatement – Teresa Russell is one of the best guitarists out there: male or female. She has performed all over the world and has shared the stage with guitar rockers such as Johnny Winter, Walter Trout, Carl Verheyen, Corby Yates and others.

Teresa, is the only female to ever qualify” in the top eight” for the national finals in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame/Guitar Center’s lead guitar competition, Guitarmageddon. Competing with over 2000 guitarists across the country, she accomplished this by winning the West regional in Los Angeles where she received “out-of-seat-thumbs-up” kudos from such Grammy award, celebrity judges/guitarists as Steve Lukather (Toto) and Steve Stevens (Billy Idol).

Teresa started guitar lessons at age 7. She was playing teen halls, high schools and navy bases by age 9. At age 12, she was playing on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood. With guitar influences such as Hendrix and Clapton, she rocked regularly at Gazzari’s and the Whiskey A-Go-Go. Numerous TV appearances followed as well as writing songs for a movie called The Young Graduates. At age 14, Teresa and her band were contracted to do a six-month engagement in Mexico City, performing at the El Camino Real and El Senior Real Hotels and night clubs.

After attending Northridge University on a guitar scholarship, she hit the road to continue seasoning her rock chops in countless roadhouse bars throughout the western U.S. She later formed an all-female rock band and performed for several years on the Las Vegas, Reno and Lake Tahoe circuits.

After touring all over the world with Helen Reddy throughout the late 80’s, playing live TV and major concert venues, Teresa decided to pursue projects of her own. She focused on her blues-rock roots with an aggressive style establishing a wide-spread fan base throughout southern California.

As a song writer, arranger, programmer and producer, Teresa is working on a new CD with Cocobilli which continues to deliver electrifying performances featuring raging guitar solos. Her vocal style has been compared to such divas as Janis Joplin, Melissa Etheridge, and Bonnie Raitt, combining a rock-hard edge with a supple warmth that quickly distinguishes her voice as uniquely that of Teresa Russell. Joined in her virtuosity by bassist Billi Breland and drummer Coco Roussel, this popular trio can be seen performing regularly throughout Southern California.

http://www.teresarussell.com

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Ruyter has been the Lead Guitar Player of the band Nashville Pussy since 1996, with her husband the singer Blaine Cartwright, and is known for her guitar solos and live performances.
She was named in the Elle list of “12 Greatest Female Electric Guitarists” in 2009.

She spent her youth in Vancouver, in a family that appreciated a wide variety of music including rock’n’roll (Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Frank Zappa, …). Beginning with piano at age three, she started the guitar at about 8–9 years, referring to the repertoire of Simon & Garfunkel in particular, her parents offered her the first guitar at the end of her primary schooling. In her teens she appreciated bands like the Ramones, Motörhead, Slayer, Metallica, Plasmatics, KISS, Aerosmith, Ted Nugent …. But the main female influences are embodied by Nancy Wilson of Heart and Wendy O. Williams. After High school she moved to Regina where she attended the University of Saskatchewan and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

http://www.nashvillepussy.com

LynnsaylorLynn Carey Saylor’s greatest passion in life is that of a songwriter.
On her modern Pop/Rock CD, “YOU LIKE IT CLEAN”, Lynn tackles such weighty subjects as racial tolerance (on her award winning song “If We Believe” featuring BRIAN MAY of QUEEN) and drunk driving (on the emotional heavy rock ballad “I Wasn’t A Friend”), but never seems to be preaching to you. Her songwriting style is one of thoughtful lyrics, expressive melodies, big dramatic chorus hooks, lush background harmonies and full bodied instrumentation,
set off by modern production. Lynn has received many accolades and “Honorable Mention” nods for her songwriting, including having had the honor of her song “102 (Songs About You)” being named one of 14 finalist songs in the Country genre of the 2008 International Songwriting Competition among 15,500 total entries to the prestigious year-long competition.

http://www.lynncareysaylor.com

Amy Schugar – An artist whose time has come…

AmySchugarBefore working with Michael Schenker and getting Japanese Record Deal, Amy Schugar had been developing her skills as a songwriter, arranger, singer and guitarist. Amy seemed to come from a musical background from the start. Her God Mother is the very famous Amalia Mendoza and her Mother was a famous Bullfighter in the 50’s and singer named Carla Lee. Carla Lee is also featured in a book called “Women and the Bullring” by Murial Feiner.

A chance meeting with Mr. Schenker (UFO, Scorpions, MSG) while attending an Eric Johnson Concert Amy was noticed by Mr. Schenker as she was singing and playing Eric’s 57-59 Stratocaster on the side of the stage. Michael was impressed with what he heard and saw, and the two began their songwriting collaboration. The duo recorded the album “Under Construction”, featuring Schenker’s soulful guitar playing and Amy’s magical voice. The Recent Release is Sold in Japan and signed on Avalon Records and includes a bonus track. The album can also be found on Amy’s Home Page at http://Amyschugar.com and on CD BABY. Amy was a special guest with MSG on a Fall/Winterÿtour, playing songs of Michaels/MSG, while showcasing Amy’s guitar skills and the Schugar/Schenker album.

Amy has received many endorsement deals with great companies like Bestelectronics GuitarCable.com, Floyd Rose Tremolo Systems, D’Addario Strings, Crate Amps, Seymour Duncan, Fernandez Sustainer’s and Robert Keeley Electronics , Daisy Rock Guitars and is featured in countless music trade magazines and internet webzines. Amy got great Interviews in GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE and BURRNS MAGAZINE of Japan. Amy continues to write songs consistent with her bluesy melodic Rock and Roll style.

http://www.amyschugar.com

rynataRynata’s ambition is to ‘take the listener on a journey’: “I will use whatever it takes to get my vision across. Besides, I love so many different styles of music, that I can never stay with just one thing. People think of me as a ‘shredder’ and yes, I love that more than anything. Sometimes though… they don’t realize that I have studied and played many other genres of music. Blues, Funk, Jazz, Country, Classical, Reggae, it is all fascinating to me and how the guitar is applied. No one-dimensional guitar playing here!

I spent a few years as a ‘hired gun’ with all sorts of cover bands across the country and let me tell you, THAT honed my skills. All styles, from lounge to jazz to country, rock, rcokabilly, metal, you name it. I always love a good hook. The task is to combine the melodic with the shredding with the vision and the digital world.

When I started teaching, it all took on a whole new dimension. You know.. a good player does not necessarily make a good teacher. Explaining the process of music and how it relates to the guitar is quite the challenge. I take this process quite seriously. I don’t just ‘usher’ my students through some mechanical exercises or lessons. On the contrary. I want to see the ‘lightbulbs’ go off in someone’s head when they finally get it. And by doing that, I always learn something new too. Even a 9 year old can have a perspective on the same old theme that makes me go: Aha.. kinda neat how he put it.

My main focus, however, remains with recording material that I feel is the best I have to offer. The plan in 2011 is to release several collections of music styles and tributes to legends like Miles Davis, The Beatles and a few others. Plus, of course Pure, Unadultered, Original, Shredding Stuff I’m known for. It’s a huge undertaking and I’m still mapping out the details.”

http://www.shredmistress.com

Janet Robin can be defined in a single word: musician.

janetrobin2Many people attempt to make music, but few earn that illustrious title. Those in this business reserve that label for the rare individuals who consistently demonstrate a high level of talent, perseverance, taste and sensitivity over a period of time. To these people making music is not simply a pastime; it is a matter of blood and guts. That a serious addiction to making music runs through Robin’s veins is made clear from a quick review of her career.

A Southern California native, Robin’s musical education began the moment she met her guitar teacher, Randy Rhoads (Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne). Under Rhoads’ tutelage, Robin became an ace six-string player and, while still in high school, parlayed this education into a position as the lead guitarist for the all-female rock band Precious Metal. Discovered by Rodney Bingenheimer of the legendary L.A. rock radio station KROQ, Precious Metal was soon signed to Polygram Records. Later moving to Chameleon/Capitol Records, Precious Metal released several albums, wrote with Heart, Poison and Cheap Trick, toured extensively and gained accolades from both fans and critics alike.

Following the demise of Precious Metal, Robin joined Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham’s band in support of his 1992 solo album, Out of the Cradle (Reprise Records). A consummate pro, working with Buckingham profoundly influenced Robin’s guitar playing, singing and songwriting, as well as her general approach to the music business. This new direction led to Robin’s 1998 debut solo album, Open the Door. Released on her own label, Little Sister Records, Buzz Weekly described the CD as “smart, savvy, fuzzy, hooky pop.” She has seen songs from this album featured in film and television; most notably on the then popular T.V. show Felicity. Ever the road warrior, she supported the disc by opening for such acts as Heart, Loudon Wainwright III and the Smithereens, steadily building a wide fan base. Robin has since continued to tour heavily and averages as many as 150 dates per year.

Encouraged by the warm reception of her debut, Robin released three more albums on Little Sister including the acoustic After the Flood which was recorded in Laurel Canyon and features “Beautiful Freak” which has since become a fan favorite and one of Robin’s defining songs. Also among these records is 2007’s Days of Summer. Recorded with producers David Bianco (Tom Petty, Teenage Fanclub, Mick Jagger) and Steve Baughman (Eminem, 50 Cent), this acoustic based EP is the work of an artist willing and able to explore the poignant emotional states of adulthood while avoiding the stereotypes brought on by most acoustic singer-songwriters. Working on the album was an experience that greatly affected her style and led Robin to many new and exciting opportunities including multiple tours of the Czech Republic.

http://www.janetrobin.com

poisonivyIt would be almost impossible to have never heard of The CRAMPS. Their career has been the stuff of legend. Dangerously bizarre but most of all cool, The CRAMPS represent everything that is truly reprehensible about rock’n’roll. Founding members Lux Interior (the psycho-sexual Elvis/Werewolf hybrid from hell) and guitar-slinging soul-mate Poison Ivy (the ultimate bad girl vixen) are the architects of a wicked sound that distills a cross of swamp water, moonshine and nitro down to a dangerous and unstable musical substance. Their cultural impact has spawned a legion of devil cults and dance-floor catfights, and created in its wake a cavalcade of cave-stomping imitators. As punk rock pioneers in the late seventies, they cut their teeth on the stages of CBGB and Max’s Kansas City and recorded their first record at Sam Phillips legendary Sun Studios, funded mainly by Ivy’s income as a dominatrix in NYC. They coined the now popular term “psychobilly” on their 1976 gig posters. Their hair-raising live performances are still a total, no-holds-barred rock’n’roll assault. After a quarter century of mayhem, they’re too far gone to even consider any other course.

http://www.thecramps.com

liz-phairPhair’s entry into the music industry began when she met guitarist Chris Brokaw, a member of the band Come. Brokaw and Phair moved to San Francisco together, and Phair tried to become an artist there. After being unsuccessful as an artist in San Francisco and moving back to Chicago, Phair began writing songs and recording homemade tapes under the name Girly Sound, and supported herself by selling her charcoal drawings on the streets of Wicker Park. She became part of the alternative music scene in Chicago and became friends with Material Issue and Urge Overkill, two of Chicago’s upstart bands to go national in the early 1990s, as well as Brad Wood and John Henderson, head of Feel Good All Over, an independent label in Chicago.

1992–2003: Exile in Guyville, Whip-Smart & Whitechocolatespaceegg
After asking Wood who the “coolest” indie label was, Phair called up Gerard Cosloy, co-president of Matador Records, in 1992 and asked him if he would put out her record. Coincidentally, Cosloy had just read a review of Girly Sound in Chemical Imbalance that very day and told Phair to send him a tape. Phair sent him a tape of six Girly Sound songs. Cosloy recalls: “The songs were amazing. It was a fairly primitive recording, especially compared to the resulting album. The songs were really smart, really funny, and really harrowing, sometimes all at the same time. . . . I liked it a lot and played it for everybody else. We usually don’t sign people we haven’t met, or heard other records by, or seen as performers. But I had a hunch, and I called her back and said O.K.” Cosloy offered a $3,000 advance, and Phair began working on a single, which turned into the eighteen songs of Exile in Guyville.

Exile in Guyville was produced by Phair and Brad Wood, and released in 1993. The album received uniformly excellent reviews. The album received significant critical acclaim for its very blunt, honest lyrics and for the music itself, a hybrid of indie rock and pop. The album established Phair’s penchant for exploring sexually explicit lyrics such as in the song “Flower”. The release of Phair’s second album received substantial media attention and an advertising blitz. Whip-Smart debuted at #27 in 1994 and “Supernova”, the first single, became a Top Ten modern rock hit, and the video was frequently featured on MTV. Phair also landed the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine with the headline “A Rock Star is Born.”

http://www.lizphair.com

“I’ve always been a writer. My songs are the door to every dream I’ve ever had and every success I’ve ever achieved,” says Dolly Parton of her incredible career, which has spanned nearly five decades and is showing no signs of slowing down.

dolly-partonAn internationally renowned superstar, the iconic and irrepressible Parton has contributed countless treasures to the world of music entertainment, penning classic songs such as “Jolene,” “Coat of Many Colors,” and her mega-hit “I Will Always Love You.” With 1977’s crossover hit “Here You Come Again,” she successfully erased the line between country and pop music without noticeably altering either her music or her image. “I’m not leaving country,” she said at the time, “I’m just taking it with me.”

Making her film debut in the 1980 hit comedy 9 to 5, Dolly earned rave reviews for her performance and an Oscar nomination for writing the title tune, along with her second and third Grammy Awards. Roles in Steel Magnolias, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Rhinestone, and Straight Talk followed, along with two network television series, made for television movies, network and HBO specials, and guest-starring roles in series television. In 2006, Dolly earned her second Oscar nomination for “Travelin’ Thru,” which she wrote for the film Transamerica.

Dolly Parton’s remarkable life began very humbly. Born January 19, 1946 on a farm in Sevier County, Tennessee, Dolly is the fourth of twelve children. Her parents, Robert Lee and Avie Lee Parton struggled to make ends meet in the impoverished East Tennessee hills. This hard rural life was the foundation of Dolly’s career, as she began singing almost before she could talk, according to her father. By age 10, Dolly was performing on local television and radio shows in nearby Knoxville, Tennessee. “I always wanted to be a star. It just seemed natural to me,” she said. “Making music is all I’ve ever known.”

http://www.dollypartonmusic.net

mechelleMechell Ndegeocello honed her skills on the D.C. go-go circuit in the late 1980s with the bands Prophecy, Little Bennie and the Masters, and Rare Essence. She was one of the first artists to sign with Maverick Records, where she released her debut album, Plantation Lullabies. This recording presented a distinctly androgynous persona.

Her biggest hit is a duet with John Mellencamp, a cover version of Van Morrison’s “Wild Night”, which reached #3 on the Billboard charts. Her only other Billboard Hot 100 hit besides “Wild Night” has been her self-penned “If That’s Your Boyfriend (He Wasn’t Last Night)”, which peaked at #73 in 1994. Also in 1994, Nedegeocello collaborated with Herbie Hancock on “Nocturnal Sunshine,” a track for the Red Hot Organization’s compilation album, Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool. The album, meant to raise awareness and funds in support of the AIDS epidemic in relation to the African American community, was heralded as “Album of the Year” by Time magazine.

Ndegeocello had a No. 1 Dance hit in 1996 with a Bill Withers cover song called “Who Is He (and What Is He To You?)” (briefly featured in the film Jerry Maguire) as well as Dance Top 20 hits with “Earth”, “Leviticus: Faggot”, “Stay” and the aforementioned “If That’s Your Boyfriend.. Last Night)”.

Ndegeocello played bass on the song “I’d Rather be Your Lover” for Madonna on her album Bedtime Stories. Ndegeocello was also tapped, at the last minute, to perform a rap on the same song. This came after Madonna and producers decided to remove Tupac Shakur’s rap (which he did while he and Madonna were dating in 1994), after he had criminal charges filed against him.

Her music has been featured in a number of film soundtracks including How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Lost & Delirious, Batman & Robin, Love Jones, Love & Basketball, Talk To Me, Tyler Perry’s Daddy’s Little Girls,The Best Man, Higher Learning, Down in the Delta, The Hurricane, and Soul Men.

She has appeared on recordings by Basement Jaxx, Indigo Girls, and The Blind Boys of Alabama. On The Rolling Stones’ 1997 album Bridges to Babylon she plays bass on the song “Saint Of Me”. On Alanis Morissette’s 2002 album Under Rug Swept, she plays bass on the songs “So Unsexy” and “You Owe Me Nothing in Return”. On Zap Mama’s album ReCreation (2009), she plays bass on the song “African Diamond”.

She can also be seen in the documentary Standing in the Shadows of Motown, singing The Miracles’ “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me” and The Temptations’ “Cloud Nine”.

In the late 1990s, she toured with Lilith Fair. She also did a remake of the song, “Two Doors Down” on the 2003 release, Just Because I’m A Woman: The Songs of Dolly Parton.

http://www.meshell.com