As we saw in the 38 Special Blues Highlight, there are a lot of badass musicians from Florida, and we left out a lot! Here’s one more to add to your list, Heather Gillis. If this hot rising blues star isn’t on your radar, she will be after this video!

Heather Gillis is originally from Tampa Florida, a thriving urban area that really isn’t known too much for their music scene. Only in her early twenties, Gillis has been cultivating her professional music career for the past 5 years, organizing and fronting her band out of Tallahassee, FL while attending Florida State University.

Seen mostly with either a Gibson SG or PRS in her hand, Gillis has great technical prowess that pairs seamlessly with her soulful vocals. Fronting a band with all great FSU-trained musicians, Gillis has received mass attention from fans and critics.

Not only has she made a name for herself with her own project, she has also played with a host of other players like Matt Schofield, Marcus King, and the North Mississippi Allstars. Perhaps the most impressive credit on her resume thus far came in 2015 when the famed Allman Brothers drummer Butch Trucks invited a young Heather Gillis to join his touring band Butch Trucks and the Freight Train Band. The band continued with Gillis on guitar until Butch’s unfortunate passing in 2017.

Gillis has continued pushing her career forward, performing all over the state of Florida and in various spots around the country. In 2018, she was invited by Joe Bonamassa to perform on his 4th annual Keeping The Blues Alive Cruise as an Ignite Artist.

Like fellow blues goddesses Joanne Shaw Taylor and Ana Popovic, Heather is finally being recognized as the kick ass player she is and turns heads wherever she goes.


Patrick Ortiz
Keeping The Blues Alive

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