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2015



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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.




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