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I have been paying my rent for the past four years by driving school bus.
In July and August while school is out I am hoping to finish my autobiography.
Fifty years in the music business; living in Kobe Japan, Atlanta Georgia,
Greenwich Village, Woodstock New York, Montreal, Toronto and Calgary. I have
toured Australia and New Zealand, Europe and Japan, the United States and Canada.
Mine is a story of concerts and recordings, backstage insights and escapades,
liaisons and friendships, alcohol addiction and recovery; not to mention fighting
for legitimacy as a female slide guitar player & band leader: life on the road!
photo by Peter Sutherland
"...a wild ride with the Goddess of SLide..."
...the Georgia Straight
Born in Nashville, living in Japan from the age of two as part of an International Community, this slide guitar legend grew up listening to a combination of New Orleans R & B, European Classical, Grand Ole Opry, Japanese Shamisen, Indian
Citar, and much more of what is now called "World Music".
Her high energy Rhythm & Blues, along with Middle Eastern laments, Indian, Pakistani & West African influences and a capella Gospel numbers all drive her amazing Slide Guitar and Vocal Acrobatics
to make for a dynamic show. Anecdotes & stories from her forty-some years in the business add warmth and humour to her unforgettable performances.
Website last updated June 7, 2015 all material property of Ellen McIlwaine