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Beth Hart

   At an early age Beth Hart exhibited the focus and commitment required to be a serious performer. She attended the LA School for Performing Arts, where your acceptance is determined by an audition. She completed 13 sessions of the TV show Star Search and won the final round. By 21 she had already recorded her first album, Beth Hart and the Ocean of Souls. Her first hit song was in 1999, LA Song from only her second album titled Screaming for My Supper.

A notable time in her life was when she performed at the Kennedy Center in 2012. As a tribute to Buddy Guy she and Jeff Beck performed the blues classic I’d Rather Go Blind, to a standing ovation by President Obama and first Lady Michelle Obama.

Again Beth Hart paired up with Jeff Beck at the 2013 Crossroads Festival performing the song by Howlin’ Wolf I Ain’t Superstitious. She also collaborated, as the featured artist on the album Slash, with Slash from Guns and Roses. The albums Seesaw 2013, Live in Amsterdam 2014, and Black Coffee were recorded with Joe Bonamassa. The album Seesaw was nominated for a Grammy. In 2018 Beth Hart was awarded the Blues Music Award for “Instrumentalist vocals.” Hart is best known for her deep, powerful, and occasionally vibrato vocals, but she is also skilled at guitar, keyboard, cello, and drums. Although she covers many songs, she is a prolific songwriter and writes most of the songs she currently performs.

Beth Hart has an extensive following in Europe where her tour begins this month in the UK. Hart’s tour dates start this month and extend until the end of July. She will be performing songs from her latest album titled War in My Mind, which was released 9/27/19.

Beth Hart’s and Joe Bonamassa’s live performance of I Love You More Than You Will Ever Know is a crowd pleaser.

Hart’s career has been a rollercoaster ride of extreme ups and downs, riddled with drug addiction, which she openly discusses. Her problems were compounded when diagnosed as bipolar,which under a doctor’s care, she has in check. She must be doing something right. If you get a chance watch her performance at the Baloise Session 2018 and you can see a healthier and happier looking performer. She is absolutely stunning. When she speaks she sounds optimistic about the future.

Beth Hart’s sweetness shines through as she lets us see a bit of her vulnerability, when she does the intro to her song Leave the Light On. The song echoes images of a troubled upbringing, strained relationships, and struggles with addiction.

. Beth Hart has firmly established herself as a lasting icon of contemporary blues. She has persevered and weathered some fierce storms and come out even stronger, performing at a level that most can only aspire to.

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Samantha Fish

Samantha Fish is probably one of the most successful female blues musicians in the world. If you haven’t heard of her you are just new to the genre or you haven’t been paying attention. If you don’t believe that she is one of the most successful female blues musicians in the world, then you would have to agree that she is one of the most hard working. She has already begun touring for the year of 2020 and has approximately 60 concert dates scheduled, between now and the end of summer. Her first album was recorded in 2009 and she has since recorded nine more, the most recent being Kill or Be Kind, in 2019. She has accomplished more by the age of 30 than most people have in a lifetime. She has received numerous awards including Best Independent Female Blues Artist in 2016 and 2017, by The Independent Blues Awards, Artist of the Year 2016, by The Independent Blues Awards, and numerous others. A full list of her albums, awards and tour dates can be found at samantha fish.com.

When Samantha Fish performs she owns the stage and plays guitar as if she were born to do just that. She has a sassy retro glamorous look that is uniquely her own and seems to suit the music that she plays. Her performances are usually sold out and once you’ve heard and seen her perform you will understand.

Samantha Fish’s rendition of I Put a Spell on You, made my husband’s jaw drop. I love it when that happens. Her sultry voice projects a deep emotional wisdom with guitar licks to match.

The guitar that she’s playing in the above video is the Samantha Fish Signature Guitar. It was custom made especially for her by Delaney Guitars of Austin Texas. Notice the carved out fish in the body. A guitar just like hers can be purchased from Delaney Guitars for a little more than $2,300. For slide guitar Samantha prefers her Fender Telecaster. She is also fond of her four string cigar box guitar and actually organized and performed at the first annual Cigar Box Guitar Festival this year in New Orleans.

No Angels, is another song where she really delivers. Her unique voice and slide guitar skills are really showcased here:

In this next song Samantha fish shows us why the cigar box guitar has made such a comeback.

The cigar box guitar dates back to the civil war and was probably invented out of a desperate need for music. It has made quite a comeback in the last few years, and many artisans are creating unusual and elaborate versions.

On Samantha Fish’s Facebook page, you can purchase numerous items, such as tshirts, a signed or unsigned metallic marble lp of her latest album, Kill or Be Kind. Oh, and let’s not forget to mention, you can purchase a signed Fender Ventura 60’s Jaguar guitar for $1681.

Samantha Fish is insanely talented, and I hope you take the time and enjoy more of her music.

For those of you who are interested in learning to play guitar, I noticed that there is a list of Samantha Fish songs on Gtabs.You can start learning at any age. It just takes time, dedication, and patience. I truly want those of you who have an interest really give it a try. There are numerous tutorials on YouTube that offer very good instruction and most of these are free. I hope in the future that I can feature some of your work.

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Jenn Grinels

Jenn Grinels is a northern California singer, song writer and musician. Her style encompasses several genres. Her blues influence renditions are, of course, my favorites. She belts these tunes out with emotion that seems to come from an inner strength that delightfully crescendoes through her powerful voice.

If you are not sitting down, perhaps you should, because everyone I have played this video for has been blown away.

Another song which she delivers with the same intensity is Misery: https://youtu.be/98810JmUaT0

Jenn Grinels performs at numerous arts centers, college campuses, and seems to really be in her element when she performs at smaller venues where she casually interacts with her audience.

Grinels has a couple of concert dates coming up. One in Portland OR, on 2/21 and one in Newark OH, on 5/09.

For those guitar enthusiasts out there, the chords to some of Jenn Grinels songs can be found on the Ultimate Guitar AP. This app provides you with a myriad of songs with guitar chords and also has a feature that helps you create your own video. So, those of you who can belt one out and play guitar might want to check it out and share what you come up with. I look forward to Future responses.

I found Jenn Grinels by accident and am so glad I did.

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Susan Tedeschi

Susan Tedeschi is one of today’s most successful and renowned blues performers. Not only is she married to one of America’s most beloved and skilled blues performers, Derek Trucks, she too has become a permanent and beloved fixture of the genre. Susan Tedeschi’s band, the Tedeschi Trucks Band was founded in 2010 and originated in Jacksonville Florida.

One of my favorite videos is of Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks performing backstage at the Whitehouse February 21, 2012. Listen to Susan’s quintessential blues voice as she sings a classic blues song written by Muddy Waters, “Rollin’ and Tumblin’.” I love hearing unplugged acoustic performances like this. It brings a more personal element that you don’t get with an electric full blown concert experience. This event at the Whitehouse was called the Red, White, and Blues event.

If you are just starting a blues playlist, the Tedeschi Trucks Band is a must have. Tickets to see the band are already on sale with the first concert date 1/24/20 and ending 7/31/20. This concert is a must see. Some of the concert dates are already sold out.

The Tedeschi Trucks Band has numerous albums including Made Up My Mind, which was best Rock/Blues Album if the year 2014, Let Me Get By, which won the same in 2017. Everybody’s Talkin’ 2012 and Live from the Fox Oakland 2017 are two live albums.

If you are like me, and interested in learning more about the blues you might want to checkout Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festivals Founded in 1998, the festival was created to help fund the Crossroads Centre Antigua rehab center founded by Eric Clapton, which incorporates a whole person wellness approach to recovery. Some of the most renowned blues performers make repeat appearances at the Crossroads Festivals year after year.

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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.