Women Who Rock: Girl in a Coma

A few weeks ago, I devoted a post to my idol, Joan Jett. In that post, I mentioned that Joan had her own record label, Blackheart Records. This week, meet Girl in a Coma, one of the bands signed to Blackheart. A kickass trio out of San Antonio, Girl in a Coma consists of Phanie Diaz on drums, Jenn Alva on bass, and Phanie’s little sister, Nina Diaz, vocalist and guitarist. GIAC was formed after Phanie and Jenn, friends since junior high, bonded over their love of music. They decided to form a band but they needed a singer, so Phanie’s kid sister joined them when she was just 13. Once Nina joined, GIAC was born. Read More Women Who Rock: Girl in a Coma

Women Who Rock: Nina Storey

How many blues fans do we have around here? And how many of you love female singers with that blues-y, soulful sound? Think Janis Joplin, Joss Stone, Dana Fuchs, along those lines. If that’s your thing, then you’ll love Nina Storey. Read More Women Who Rock: Nina Storey

Women Who Rock: Sierra Kusterbeck of VersaEmerge

One of the benefits of raising children who are serious music fans is that eventually they grow up and start getting into music that they discovered on their own. When my kids were little, they listened to “my” music but now that two of them are grown, I’m at a point in my life where I find myself listening to “their” music. Read More Women Who Rock: Sierra Kusterbeck of VersaEmerge

Women Who Rock: Joan Jett

With this being my birthday week, I decided to be a little selfish and make this week’s post about my all-time favorite woman who rocks, my idol since I was in the 5th grade, the one and only Joan Jett. Apologies in advance for the excessive displays of fangirl behavior but this one is HUGE for me. Read More Women Who Rock: Joan Jett

Women Who Rock – Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes

About three weeks ago, I saw Alabama Shakes perform on Saturday Night Live and it reminded me that I had been wanting to check them out for a while. I’d heard that they were sort of blues-y with a little bit of rock and a whole lot of soul thrown in. So I got online and checked Amazon and started typing in “Alabama Shakes,” but then went with a search for their single, “Hold On” since it was the first suggested search term. Lo and behold, turns out that I’d downloaded that single sometime in May 2012, probably as one of those “artists on the rise” promotions since they were on the verge of being hot. After all, their debut album, Boys & Girls, had just been released a month prior. Read More Women Who Rock – Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes

Women Who Rock: Skin of Skunk Anansie

I wish I could tell you how I first heard about Skunk Anansie but I honestly don’t remember. It had to have been sometime around the late ’90s. Maybe they had a song on a soundtrack, maybe I heard about them opening for someone big like U2 or Lenny Kravitz. What I do remember, though, is being completely blown away by their lead singer, Skin. Skin is just…wow. She’s got that fierce Grace Jones look – black, bald, and beautiful – and when you first see her, you expect aggressive, punk-ish screaming vocals. But then she opens her mouth and starts to sing and it’s just pure silk. Read More Women Who Rock: Skin of Skunk Anansie

Women Who Rock: Janelle Monae

Have you seen those CoverGirl commercials with the gorgeous young woman in a ’60s-style suit, bright red lips, and fantastic pompadour? In case you were wondering, that’s Janelle Monáe and she is amazing. While she’s been compared to everyone from Lauryn Hill to Janet Jackson, I tend to describe her as the imagined love child of Diana Ross and James Brown. Read More Women Who Rock: Janelle Monae

Women Who Rock – Fabulous Five – Black History Month

With this “Women Who Rock” post becoming a weekly thing, I decided that I wanted to honor Black History Month by focusing on a different Black female music artist each week. The problem is that there are only four Fridays in February and I just could not narrow it down to only four ladies. (Obviously, I’ve got the whole year to write about talented women of any race and I will but I still need to choose some for this month.) Read More Women Who Rock – Fabulous Five – Black History Month