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“Where words fail, music speaks.” Hans Christian Andersen

One of the things that I look forward to, are Friday nights, when I get together with my husband Rick and have a few beers and listen to music. We are both partial to the blues and get great satisfaction in discovering new music throughout the week and sharing it with each other. Sometimes we share music by artists we have never heard before, rare recordings of old favorites, or just about anything. My favorite thing to do is to play a recording of an amazing blues guitar jam and see his mouth form the word wow and ask me, “Who is that?” He’s caught on to this game now as my response is usually the same. It’s usually some outstanding and highly skilled female musician. Yes, that’s right, women can rock the blues with as much skill and precision as men and we definitely feel the music. You can hear it in our voices, in the way we move our bodies, and the way we can play guitar and make it sound like we are channeling blues spirits from heaven.

I actually seek out women blues singers and musicians on YouTube, and sometimes discover them on our local blues station in Marion Ohio TruBlues975, and on NPR. NPR is a great resource for discovering new talent and recordings by old talent as well. The first time I heard Tracy Chapman sing Fast Car was on NPR. Gov’t Mule, The Wood Brothers, the first time I heard Champagne and Reefer by Buddy Guy, Dereck Trucks Band’s Joyful Noise and numerous others,was on NPR. I would venture to say that NPR has launched many careers by their excellent fine tuned ear for what hits the mark. Another reliable source for good music is the Facebook Blues Society. If you haven’t already joined, please do. You won’t be disappointed. Their administrators makes sure that they feature the cream of the crop in new and already well established talent. I don’t think a day goes by without my listening to one of their posts as you can always count on them to share the best of talent.

My intention for this blog is to focus on female artists. I would like to feature at least three female blues artists a week. I plan to discuss how they got started, their main influences, their instruments of choice and any advice they may have for women just starting out in the business. This may require some research on my part, but as an avid and passionate listener, the pleasure is mine.

I would also like to feature your music as well. As soon as possible I would like for any of our female readers to submit a sample of their work and we can feature one of those weekly as long as responses are numerous enough to do so. I also look forward to your responses to my posts and others as well. Just please keep it friendly, positive, and fun.

By Deborah Miller

I am an avid blues enthusiast and enjoy writing about what I love. My mission is to feature female talent and bring it to the forefront, in what is typically a male-dominated genre. I want my readers to learn along with me as I research each artist. I also want to encourage my readers to know and experience the satisfaction one gets when learning to play an instrument. I hope that in the future my readers will share their talents via video so that they too can be featured in my blog.

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