The Top Women In Blues
In this day and age, women are proving more than ever that they can stand alongside men in any aspect and will not stand for inequality. Frankly, the notions of a “man’s world” or a “male dominated” field are finally dissipating. From sports to high-level executive and political positions, women are proving that they are just as capable, if not more so than men.
Women are even becoming more and more prevalent in music, appearing in every genre from pop to heavy metal, eliminating the once perceived notion that women can’t play certain music. We are especially noticing a recent surge in superbly talented women in the previously male-dominated genre of blues. There were obviously some amazing female blues musicians like Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, and many others but not compared to the staggering number of male blues artists.
Now, there are many young women who are picking up electric guitars, banging hard on drum sets, and unapologetically belting their voices, proving that blues music isn’t just for the boys. Today, we will take a look at some of the best up and coming female blues musicians who are putting their unique spin on the genre and doing a damn good job of it.
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A Serbian-born, music loving, super blues shredder who gives most current blues guitarists a run for their money. She made her breakout US debut in 2000 when she appeared on a Jimi Hendrix tribute album along with Taj Mahal, Eric Gales, and many other outstanding blues artists. With insane riffs and a whole lotta soul, Ana Popovic is one of the leading ladies in the blues.
Ever since a record label caught wind of her first album in 2009, Samantha Fish has been burning up the blues scene with her big blues and rich roots sounds. She has been going nonstop ever since, releasing six studio albums with two in 2017 alone! At 28 years old, we are definitely going to see a lot more of what Samantha Fish has to offer.
Joanne Shaw Taylor
Discovered at the age of 16 by Eurythmics frontman Dave Stewart, this British blues bombshell has taken the music world by storm. Just as she draws you in with her captivating, sultry vocals, Taylor’s driving, high octane guitar solos blow you away. It’s no wonder why Blues Matters! magazine referred to Taylor as “the new face of the blues.”
Sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell have been performing their innovative roots rock and soul music as duo Larkin Poe since 2010. Since then, they have released three studio albums, their latest Peace was released earlier this year, and have been touring with many major artists like Bob Seager and Elvis Costello. We can’t wait to see them again on Joe Bonamassa’s 2018 blues cruise!
With a sound appealing to many musical tastes, Heather Gillis and her band are the whole package. She is not only an accomplished guitarist, but is also a lap steel player, singer songwriter, and arranger. She exploded into the spotlight after being a member of Butch Truck’s touring band from 2015-2017. We can expect many great things from this young rising star.
Susan Tedeschi has been active in the music scene since 1995, leading her to open for musicians such as B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Bob Dylan, and more. In 2010, both Tedeschi and her husband, prodigy blues slide player Derek Trucks, joined their blues forces in a project called The Tedeschi Trucks Band. The band has been one of the most prominent and successful bands in the blues jam scene. Be sure to catch a live show!
Changing things up a bit, Danielle Nicole is an elegant soul singer and a talented left-handed blues bassist. After leaving her band Trampled Underfoot in 2015, she released her debut album Wolf Den. Her love for the blues and the bass come out in full effect, especially in her latest single “Save Me.”
Ruthie Foster has a very welcoming and pleasant acoustic blues and folksy style mixed with gospel undertones. She has been performing since 1997 but gained widespread recognition in the mid 2000’s. Since then, she has been a multi-nominee for various blues accolades including Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year, Female Blues Artist of the Year and many more.
With the perfect blend of soul and sass, Shemika Copeland has been hitting the scene hard with her blues, gospel, and R&B stylings since the age of 16. With 8 studio albums, several Blues Award Nominations, and the title of Contemporary Blues Female Artist in 2016.
This is a great collection of musicians with a fun spirited and energetic frontwoman, Tierinii Jackson. Only on the scene since 2015, the band’s debut, self-titled album was released in 2017 and already received a top spot on the US Billboard Albums Chart. Keep an eye out for this band in the years to come.