Nita Strauss http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/998/all en Nita Strauss Lesson: How to Play Alice Cooper's "I'm Eighteen" — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/nita-strauss-lesson-how-play-alice-cooper-im-eighteen-video <!--paging_filter--><p>In this new video, former Iron Maidens guitarist Nita Strauss, a new member of the Alice Cooper Band, shows you how to play Cooper's late-1970 hit, "I'm Eighteen" (also commonly known as "Eighteen").</p> <p>As Strauss points out in the video, which you can check out below, Cooper's original studio version of the song doesn't offer much in the way of a solo section. </p> <p>As a result, Strauss wrote her own parts and solo section for the tune; essentially, this is what she plays when Cooper and the band perform it live.</p> <p>Strauss' lovely and talented guest stars in the video are courtesy of Ibanez and Blackstar. </p> <p>For your viewing pleasure, we've included a fan-filmed 2014 clip of Strauss performing the song with Cooper at the Hollywood Bowl. </p> <p>For more information about Strauss, including more videos, news and other Strauss-isms, visit <a href="http://nitastrauss.com/">nitastrauss.com</a> and follow her on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/NitaStrauss">Facebook</a> and/or <a href="https://twitter.com/hurricanenita">Twitter.</a> As always, enjoy!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/WfdtYz6pbpE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/VBIQLaJiSeY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/alice-cooper">Alice Cooper</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/nita-strauss-lesson-how-play-alice-cooper-im-eighteen-video#comments Alice Cooper Nita Strauss Videos News Lessons Wed, 14 Jan 2015 16:09:33 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23276 Iron Maidens with Nita Strauss Play "The Trooper" and "Die with Your Boots On" — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/iron-maidens-nita-strauss-play-trooper-and-die-your-boots-video <!--paging_filter--><p>In this brand-new fan-filmed video, you can watch the Iron Maidens—complete with former full-time Iron Maiden Nita Strauss helping out on guitar—perform Iron Maiden's "The Trooper" and "Die with Your Boots On" at Paladino's Night Club in Tarzana, California.</p> <p>Strauss joined Maidens guitarists Courtney Cox and Nikki Stringfield for the three-guitar-attack show, which took place December 20.</p> <p>Enjoy!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/LlNIal5aOLU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/iron-maiden">Iron Maiden</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/iron-maidens-nita-strauss-play-trooper-and-die-your-boots-video#comments Courtney Cox Iron Maiden Iron Maidens Nita Strauss Videos News Tue, 23 Dec 2014 17:30:54 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23174 Iron Maidens' Nita Strauss and Courtney Cox Shred at NAMM Show — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/iron-maidens-nita-strauss-and-courtney-cox-shred-namm-show-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Consider this one a blast from the past. </p> <p>Although we shared this video earlier this year (<a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/watch-nita-strauss-alice-coopers-new-guitarist-shred-courtney-cox-video">as part of another story</a>), we've decided to break it into its own mini-feature this afternoon, due to popular demand.</p> <p>It shows the Iron Maidens' Nita Strauss, left, and Courtney Cox shredding at the BOSS booth at the 2012 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California. I was at NAMM that year; I can't believe I missed this!</p> <p>Of course, if you follow GuitarWorld.com, you know Strauss is now one of Alice Cooper's guitarists.</p> <p>Just try to ignore those weird moaning noises some guy is making near the beginning of the video. Yeah, women really <em>love</em> that ...</p> <p>By the way, the 2015 Winter NAMM show is right around the corner!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/H3EGg_juWwM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/iron-maidens-nita-strauss-and-courtney-cox-shred-namm-show-video#comments Courtney Cox Iron Maidens NAMM 2012 Nita Strauss Videos News Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:32:20 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23134 Betcha Can't Play This: Nita Strauss Solo Lick from Alice Cooper Tour http://www.guitarworld.com/betcha-cant-play-nita-strauss-solo-lick-alice-cooper-tour <!--paging_filter--><p>Here's a brand-new edition of Betcha Can't Play This featuring Alice Cooper guitarist Nita Strauss, who visited <em>Guitar World</em> HQ last month.</p> <p>Last time, she played a <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/betcha-cant-play-nita-strauss-descending-legato-lick-video">Descending Legato Lick.</a> This time, she demonstrates a lick from her solo spotlight section from her shows with Cooper.</p> <p>As with the other <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/betcha-cant-play-ethan-broshs-cascading-harmonics-video">new-for-2014-and-2015 "Betcha Can't Play This" videos</a>, this is an expanded version of the usually brief "Betcha" videos on GuitarWorld.com.</p> <p>Also, note that there are no tabs, since Strauss explains key left- and right-hand techniques in the clip. </p> <p>For other recent Betcha Can't Play This columns, check out <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/betcha-cant-play-guitarist-ethan-brosh-lays-down-challenge">Betcha Can't Play This: Guitarist Ethan Brosh Lays Down the Challenge</a> and <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/betcha-cant-play-diminished-madness-guitarist-ethan-brosh">Betcha Can't Play This: Diminished Madness with Guitarist Ethan Brosh</a>. </p> <p>As always, good luck! We have more on the way!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/f7W24uUt4Qo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/alice-cooper">Alice Cooper</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/betcha-cant-play-nita-strauss-solo-lick-alice-cooper-tour#comments Alice Cooper Betcha Can't Play This Nita Strauss Videos News Lessons Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:19:45 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22935 Betcha Can't Play This: Nita Strauss' Descending Legato Lick — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/betcha-cant-play-nita-strauss-descending-legato-lick-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Here's a brand-new edition of Betcha Can't Play This featuring Alice Cooper guitarist Nita Strauss, who visited <em>Guitar World</em> HQ just last month.</p> <p>Try your hand at her new "Descending Legato Lick" below!</p> <p>As with the other <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/betcha-cant-play-ethan-broshs-cascading-harmonics-video">new-for-2014-and-2015 "Betcha Can't Play This" videos</a>, this is an expanded version of the usually brief "Betcha" videos on GuitarWorld.com.</p> <p>Also, note that there are no tabs, since Strauss explains key left- and right-hand techniques in the clip. </p> <p>For other recent Betcha Can't Play This columns, check out <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/betcha-cant-play-guitarist-ethan-brosh-lays-down-challenge">Betcha Can't Play This: Guitarist Ethan Brosh Lays Down the Challenge</a> and <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/betcha-cant-play-diminished-madness-guitarist-ethan-brosh">Betcha Can't Play This: Diminished Madness with Guitarist Ethan Brosh</a>. </p> <p>As always, good luck! We have more on the way!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/INfDdu6q1jY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/betcha-cant-play-nita-strauss-descending-legato-lick-video#comments Betcha Can't Play This Nita Strauss Videos News Lessons Mon, 17 Nov 2014 18:20:10 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22890 Nita Strauss, Alice Cooper's New Touring Guitarist, Gets Into the Act http://www.guitarworld.com/nita-strauss-alice-coopers-new-touring-guitarist-gets-act <!--paging_filter--><p><strong><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-november-14-billy-gibbons-and-jeff-beck/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=NitaInterview">This interview is from the all-new November 2014 issue of Guitar World:</a></strong></p> <p>As the newest guitarist in Alice Cooper’s touring band, Nita Strauss has some large shoes to fill. </p> <p>The 27-year-old Los Angeles native, who assumed the post this past spring following the departure of virtuoso Orianthi, is the most recent in a line of esteemed six-stringers that have played alongside the rock legend. </p> <p> “Alice has had this ridiculous lineup of guitar players,” Strauss says. “Guys like Al Pitrelli, Reb Beach, Steve Hunter, Dick Wagner. To get to be one of the names on that list of players, I still can’t believe it.”</p> <p> Strauss, however, can more than hold her own in this lineage. A self-taught player, she picked up the guitar at 13 after watching the “head-cutting” finale scene in the 1986 movie <em>Crossroads</em>, in which Ralph Macchio’s character battles Steve Vai in an epic guitar duel.</p> <p> “As soon as I saw that, it was like a switch went off in my head,” Strauss says. “After that, it was Vai, Vai, Vai, all the time.”</p> <p> Today, her approach, which mixes arena-rock flash with technique-heavy fretboard acrobatics and searing speed, has made her an in-demand player within guitar circles. </p> <p> And her résumé is incredibly diverse: Strauss has, among other endeavors, logged time with Los Angeles deathcore act As Blood Runs Black, performed with Jermaine Jackson on a run of stadium shows in South Africa, tackled video-game music with the band Critical Hit, played with rejuvenated Eighties hair metalers Femme Fatale and acted as the in-house guitarist for the Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons–owned LA Kiss arena football team.</p> <p> Prior to landing the Cooper gig, Strauss was best known for her work in the Iron Maidens, an all-female tribute act to the British metal masters. Strauss, who handled the rhythm and lead parts originally played by Maiden guitarist Dave Murray (her stage name in the group: Mega Murray), says her three years with the Maidens “has been so much fun. They’re pros, and they give the music the respect it deserves.”</p> <p> The Iron Maidens, in a roundabout way, also helped prepare her for a summer with shock-master Cooper. Says Strauss, “Before the first show with Alice, the guys in his band were giving me all these warnings, like, ‘Be careful, because this is the part where the Frankenstein monster comes out…’ But I just said, ‘Yeah, I know how that is. With the Maidens we have an ‘Eddie’ onstage!’ ” She laughs. “Granted, the Eddie is person-size and the Frankenstein is 20-feet tall. But, you know, other than that it wasn’t such a huge adjustment.”</p> <p><em>Photo: Chris Casella</em></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/gukcbAzkXcY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/alice-cooper">Alice Cooper</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/nita-strauss-alice-coopers-new-touring-guitarist-gets-act#comments Alice Cooper Nita Strauss November 2014 Interviews News Features Magazine Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:05:13 +0000 Richard Bienstock http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22340 ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Videos: Guitarists and Rockers Get Moist for Charity http://www.guitarworld.com/als-ice-bucket-challenge-videos-guitarists-and-rockers-get-moist-charity-video <!--paging_filter--><p>What if there were one place where you could tune in to see ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos by your favorite rockers, guitarists and manufacturers of your favorite gear?</p> <p>Dream no more!</p> <p>Because there are new Ice Bucket Challenge videos being posted every day, we've decided to make one file out of them, updating it daily — or at least whenever something applicable or interesting comes along.</p> <p>Right off the bat, below, you'll find videos by Homer Simpson (who was, of course, a member of the Be Sharps), Robert Plant, Steel Panther, Orianthi, Jason Becker, Joe Satriani, Nita Strauss and the Alice Cooper Band, Tommy Emmanuel, John Mayer, Foo Fighters, Ronnie Wood, Corey Taylor, Eddie Vedder, Brian May, Dave Davies (full Kinks reunion in 2015, please!), Geddy Lee of Rush, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, dudes from Carvin Guitars, Paul Reed Smith, Seymour Duncan and, well, the list goes on. Hopefully!</p> <p><strong>For more about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (and to donate whatever you can afford), visit <a href="http://www.alsa.org/fight-als/ice-bucket-challenge.html">alsa.org</a>.</strong></p> <p>Let the videos begin! If you know of Ice Bucket Challenge videos by other artists, let us know about them in the comments below or on Facebook! That's what this is story is for.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/kYNPtDbykp0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/gwViiRUoYGo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ImWeqm13vO8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/C748Gsr6bDc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/KbRTTTl9Qq0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/2BCq-CsgN0I" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/tJfIeqbwNcA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Wo-bsaCnSgY" frameborder="0" 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class="field-item even"> <a href="/aerosmith">Aerosmith</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/kiss">Kiss</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/def-leppard">Def Leppard</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/alice-cooper">Alice Cooper</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/jason-becker">Jason Becker</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/robert-plant">Robert Plant</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/orianthi">Orianthi</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/duff-mckagan">Duff McKagan</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/motley-crue">Motley Crue</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/als-ice-bucket-challenge-videos-guitarists-and-rockers-get-moist-charity-video#comments ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Dave Davies Eddie Vedder Nita Strauss Richie Sambora Videos News Features Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:44:23 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22205 Nita Strauss Performs "Eighteen" with Alice Cooper, Posts "Descending Run" Lesson — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/nita-strauss-performs-eighteen-alice-cooper-posts-descending-run-lesson-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Guitarist Nita Strauss, who joined Alice Cooper's band earlier this summer and promptly hit the road with Cooper (teaming up with Motley Crue on their Final Tour), recently checked in from the road.</p> <p>"The past two months on the Motley Crue Final Tour have been unreal," she said. </p> <p>"Every time the curtain drops to start our set and I feel the crowd roar wash over me, it's amazing to look to my right and see the legendary Alice Cooper. We have made so many great memories on this tour playing to sold-out amphitheaters and arenas all over North America and meeting tons of new fans. </p> <p>"[It's] hard to believe we only have a week left of the first leg of this tour. Motley has been a blast to tour with. The band and crew have been so great to us, and they put on a hell of a show every single night."</p> <p>Strauss also has announced her new website, <a href="http://nitastrauss.com/">nitastrauss.com</a>.</p> <p>"I'm really excited about partnering up with All Axess for the launch of my site," she said. "Not only is it going to be the place to get any and all news about what I'm up to; it also has tons of exclusive photos, videos and merchandise you can only get there. Look for a slew of new instructional video lessons and photos over the next few months as I will constantly be keeping the site updated. Thanks for the support and hopefully see you all soon."</p> <p>Below, we've included two new Strauss videos. The top clip is a quick "Descending Run" lesson from her website. Below that is a high-quality video of Strauss and the band performing Cooper's "Eighteen" August 10 in Toronto. </p> <p>For more Strauss videos, news and photos (which we are fond of), visit <a href="http://nitastrauss.com/">nitastrauss.com</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/PbiV0FwLzfU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/JbIGLI95ICk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/tJfIeqbwNcA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/nita-strauss-performs-eighteen-alice-cooper-posts-descending-run-lesson-video#comments Nita Strauss Videos News Sun, 24 Aug 2014 21:37:19 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22187 Alice Cooper Guitarist Nita Strauss on Appearing in Playboy: "They Definitely Threw it Out There" http://www.guitarworld.com/alice-cooper-guitarist-nita-strauss-appearing-playboy-they-definitely-threw-it-out-there <!--paging_filter--><p>Last month, we announced that guitarist Nita Strauss has joined Alice Cooper's band.</p> <p>Since then, she's been gracing the homepages of a seemingly endless number of websites around the world.</p> <p>In a recent interview with the Examiner (via <a href="http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/news/entertainment/could_alice_coopers_new_guitarist_end_up_in_playboy_magazine.html?no_takeover">Ultimate Classic Rock</a>), Strauss was asked about a recent appearance she made on Playboy Radio — and if it would lead to a photo spread in <em>Playboy</em> magazine (the actual print version, of course). </p> <p>"They joked about it a lot," Strauss said. "They didn't put an official offer on the table. But they definitely threw it out there. My joking response was, 'Maybe with a strategically placed guitar' [laughs]. I don't think it's actually in the future, but it's fun to joke about."</p> <p>You might remember Strauss has appeared in <em>Revolver</em> as one of the magazine's Hottest Women in Hard Rock. Strauss went on to defend photos from her <em>Revolver</em> photo shoots:</p> <p>"If you want to look at the photos in <em>Revolver</em> and think, 'This girl's trying to get attention because she looks the way she does,' then that's fine," she said. "I'm still going to do my same practice regimen, and I'm still going to get on stage and do all my guitar set-ups and swap out my own pickups. I'm still going to do all that stuff too. People are always going to talk."</p> <p>Before joining Cooper's three-guitar lineup, Strauss was a member of the Iron Maidens.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.revolvermag.com/news/the-complete-interview-hot-chick-in-hard-rock-nita-strauss-of-the-iron-maidens-and-consume-the-fire.html">Check out her entire Revolver "Hottest Chicks" interview here.</a></strong></p> <p>And watch her perform Jimi Hendrix's "Foxey Lady" with Alice Cooper below!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Tj7ZLA6FEdA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/alice-cooper-guitarist-nita-strauss-appearing-playboy-they-definitely-threw-it-out-there#comments Nita Strauss Videos News Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:08:04 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21816 "Battle of the Best Female Guitarists in the World" — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/battle-best-female-guitarists-world-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Someone (or something?) named Alizee Defan runs a YouTube channel dedicated to incredible female musicians.</p> <p>At her action-packed YouTube page, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDkPNFpl2SiZ5q3Q8fcaVuA">which you can check out here,</a> you'll find videos lauding great female drummers, singers and — of course — guitarists.</p> <p>Last summer, Alizee Defan created two videos dubbed "Battle of the Best Female Guitarists in the World," and you can check them out below. </p> <p>True to their titles, the clips certainly do feature some fine fretwork courtesy of a host of guitarists, including <a href="http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs9PVdWVkxmNOQdLaTVGlrg">Jessica Gardlund</a> (pictured above) and, well, lots of other people whose names we can't seem to locate in the clips (although the Iron Maidens' Nita Strauss and Courtney Cox make an appearance, as does French guitarist Tina S. You'll also see bassist Tal Wilkenfeld, who is not a guitarist ...).</p> <p>Below, we've included both videos. The top video is "Battle of the Best Female Guitarists in the World, Part 1." Below that is "Battle of the Best Female Guitarists in the World, Round 2."</p> <p>As always, enjoy! And feel free to comment ...</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/xHKwukxeBRw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/vSjwNwWuz8o" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/battle-best-female-guitarists-world-video#comments Courtney Cox Jessica Gardlund Nita Strauss Videos News Wed, 09 Jul 2014 19:39:18 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21775 Guitarist Nita Strauss Talks Touring with Alice Cooper, Gear and Three-Guitar Attacks http://www.guitarworld.com/guitarist-nita-strauss-talks-touring-alice-cooper-gear-and-three-guitar-attacks <!--paging_filter--><p>Following the April premiere of Alice Cooper’s film, <em>Super Duper Alice Cooper</em>, at the Tribeca Film Festival and its subsequent release on DVD, rock's greatest showman is hitting the road as a "very special guest" during Mötley Crüe’s final "All Bad Things Must Come To An End" North American tour, which starts in July.</p> <p>But the tour also will mark the debut of Cooper's new guitarist, Nita Strauss, who recently was listed as one of GuitarWorld.com's <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/exposed-10-female-guitarists-you-should-know">"10 Female Guitar Players You Should Know."</a> Strauss takes the place of Orianthi, who had toured with Cooper for the past several years. </p> <p>Strauss — whose influences include Steve Vai, Marty Friedman, Paul Gilbert and Shawn Lane — has already made her mark with the Iron Maidens and Femme Fatale. She’ll now join Cooper’s three-guitar attack, sharing the stage with fellow six-stringers Ryan Roxie and Tommy Henriksen.</p> <p>I recently spoke to Strauss about the upcoming Cooper tour, her gear and how she got her start.</p> <p><strong>GUITAR WORLD: Tell me how you got involved with this project.</strong></p> <p>Kip Winger was the one who actually connected the dots. We met each other on the Monsters of Rock Cruise, where he saw me play. He later heard through the grapevine that Alice was looking for someone, so he sent them a few links and videos of me performing. I was then introduced to Shep Gordon [manager] and Bob Ezrin [producer] who sent me over a few tracks to learn and from there. Everything just seemed to fall into place. I'm so honored and excited to be a part of this project. It's hard to put into words.</p> <p><strong>What was it like when you first met Alice?</strong></p> <p>I first met Alice in LA when he was recording some material for his new album. Ezrin called and asked me if I’d like to come down to the studio and meet him. So I went down and got to sit in the studio for Alice’s recording session. He’s such a cool guy. The whole experience was pretty incredible.</p> <p><strong>What can you tell me about the tour?</strong></p> <p>Alice has his new film out, <em>Super Duper Alice Cooper</em>, which is a fantastic, super-fun movie. For the tour, we'll be doing 72 cities beginning with a few warmup shows in Michigan and then joining up with the Crüe on July 2. We have a little break in September and then go back out until mid-November.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/2W_vGAmvOmA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Do you feel added pressure being in a three-guitar band situation?</strong></p> <p>I come from a band that played Iron Maiden songs, so the multi-guitar-player thing isn't something that’s really new to me. By the same token, these are iconic songs and I really want to make sure that I do them justice.</p> <p><strong>What's your live setup going to be like for this tour?</strong></p> <p>I'll be using Blackstar Series One EL34 heads. I picked those because they have a really classic sound. I also have a TC Electronic G-Force, which is going to run most of the effects, a Voodoo Lab Ground Control, Cry Baby Wah and a Whammy pedal. Simple and effective is the way to do it.</p> <p><strong>Can you tell me a little about your musical upbringing?</strong></p> <p>My dad is a musician and I come from a whole line of musicians going back to the composer Johann Strauss. I've always been around music in my house and one day my dad bought me a guitar. But it wasn’t until I saw the ending scene in the movie <em>Crossroads</em> — Steve Vai vs. Ralph Macchio — when it was like, <em>That's</em> what I want to do!" [laughs]. From then on, it was full-speed ahead, and I've never looked back. Just seeing how cool Steve Vai looked and the way he made the guitar sing was so inspirational. To this day, he's still my favorite guitar player.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/KLKM5Qlb2vo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Do you have advice for female guitar players?</strong></p> <p>The paramount thing is to always compare yourself to the guitarists you're influenced by. Don’t just limit yourself to female musicians. Compare yourself to the best of the best. If you strive to be the best, that's what you’re going to become.</p> <p><strong>At what point do you think the feeling of being on a tour of this magnitude will really sink in?</strong></p> <p>I think it will be that first show and first note — the surreal moment when I see myself standing on stage with Alice Cooper. He's got this larger-than-life persona and wants the same out of the band members. When I'm there playing to him, I think that's when it’s really going to hit me the most.</p> <p><em>For more about Strauss, follow her on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/NitaStrauss">Facebook.</a> To keep up with Alice Cooper, visit <a href="http://www.alicecooper.com/">alicecooper.com.</a></em></p> <p><em>James Wood is a writer, musician and self-proclaimed metalhead who maintains his own website, <a href="http://gojimmygo.net/">GoJimmyGo.net</a>. His articles and interviews are written on a variety of topics with passion and humor. You can follow him on <a href="https://twitter.com/JimEWood">Twitter @JimEWood.</a></em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitarist-nita-strauss-talks-touring-alice-cooper-gear-and-three-guitar-attacks#comments James Wood Nita Strauss Interviews News Features Mon, 23 Jun 2014 21:01:45 +0000 James Wood http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21652 Watch Nita Strauss, Alice Cooper's New Guitarist, Shred with Courtney Cox — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/watch-nita-strauss-alice-coopers-new-guitarist-shred-courtney-cox-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Guitarist Nita Strauss has officially joined the Alice Cooper band.</p> <p>Strauss, who made her name with the Iron Maidens, Femme Fatale and LA Kiss, takes the place of Orianthi in the band.</p> <p>The band — which also features guitarists Ryan Roxie and Tommy Henriksen, plus bassist Chuck Garric and drummer Glen Sobel — will hit the road in North America this summer, and you can check out their itinerary below the YouTube player.</p> <p>Strauss is a long-time Ibanez signature series endorsee.</p> <p>You can watch her in the video below, where she engages in some shred insanity with Courtney Cox of the Iron Maidens!</p> <p><strong>For more about Strauss, check her out on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/NitaStrauss">Facebook.</a> And don't miss the photo gallery at the very bottom of this story!</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/H3EGg_juWwM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Alice Cooper tour itinerary:</strong></p> <p>Thursday, June 26 Manistee MI, Little River Casino<br /> Friday, June 27 Sault Ste Marie, Kewadin Casino<br /> Saturday, June 28 Bay City MI, River Roar Festival @ Veteran's Memorial Park<br /> Wednesday, July 2 Grand Rapids MI, Van Andel Arena<br /> Friday, July 4 Milwaukee WI, Summerfest @ Marcus Amphitheatre<br /> Saturday, July 5 Noblesville IN, Klipsch Music Center<br /> Sunday, July 6 Cincinnati OH, Riverbend<br /> Tuesday, July 8 Columbus OH, Schottenstein Center<br /> Wednesday, July 9 Maryland Heights MO, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre<br /> Friday, July 11 Des Moines IA, Wells Fargo Arena<br /> Saturday, July 12 Wichita KS, Intrust Bank Arena<br /> Sunday, July 13 Tulsa OK, BOK Center<br /> Tuesday, July 15 Cedar Park TX, Cedar Park Center<br /> Wednesday, July 16 Dallas TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion<br /> Friday, July 18 Albuquerque NM, Isleta Amphitheatre<br /> Saturday, July 19 Phoenix AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion<br /> Monday, July 21 Hollywood CA, Hollywood Bowl<br /> Tuesday, July 22 Irvine CA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre<br /> Wednesday, July 23 Mountain View CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre<br /> Friday, July 25 Reno NV, Events Center<br /> Saturday, July 26 Ridgefield WA, Sleep Country Amphitheatre<br /> Sunday, July 27 Auburn WA, White River Amphithreatre<br /> Tuesday, July 29 Wheatland CA, Sleep Train Amphitheatre<br /> Friday, August 1 W Valley City UT, Usana Amphitheatre<br /> Saturday, August 2 Denver CO, Pepsi Arena<br /> Sunday, August 3 Kansas City MO, Sprint Center<br /> Tuesday, August 5 Sturgis SD, Buffalo Chip<br /> Wednesday, August 6 Sioux City IA, Tyson Events Center<br /> Friday, August 8 Tinley Park IL, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre<br /> Saturday, August 9 Clarkston MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre<br /> Sunday, August 10 Toronto ON, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre<br /> Tuesday, August 12 Cuyahoga Falls OH, Blossom Music Center<br /> Wednesday, August 13 Burgettstown PA, First Niagara Pavilion<br /> Friday, August 15 Pelham AL, Oak Mountain Amphitheatre<br /> Saturday, August 16 Alpharetta GA, Verizon Amphitheatre @ Encore Park<br /> Sunday, August 17 Tampa FL, Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre<br /> Tuesday, August 19 Charlotte NC, PNC Music Pavilion<br /> Wednesday, August 20 Virginia Beach VA, Farm Bureau Live<br /> Friday, August 22 Bristow VA, Jiffy Lube Live<br /> Saturday, August 23 Camden NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center<br /> Sunday, August 24 Mansfield MA, Comcast Center<br /> Tuesday, August 26 Saratoga Springs NY, Performing Arts Center<br /> Wednesday, August 27 Allentown PA, Great Allentown Fair<br /> Friday, August 29 Wantagh NY, Nikon Theatre @ Jones Beach<br /> Saturday, August 30 Holmdel NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center<br /> Sunday, August 31 Darien Center NY, Darien Lakes Performing Arts Center<br /> Friday, October 10 Oklahoma City OK, Chesapeake Arena<br /> Saturday, October 11 Woodlands TX, Cynthia Woods Pavilion<br /> Sunday, October 12 Bossier City LA, Century Link Center<br /> Tuesday, October 14 Louisville KY, KFC Yum! Center<br /> Wednesday, October 15 Nashville TN, Bridgestone Arena<br /> Sunday, Oct 19 Jacksonville FL, Veteran's Memorial Arena<br /> Tuesday, Oct 21 Greenville SC, Bon Secours Wellness Arena<br /> Wednesday, Oct 22 Greensboro NC, Coliseum<br /> Friday, Oct 24 Atlantic City NJ, Borgata<br /> Saturday, Oct 25 Atlantic City NJ, Borgata<br /> Sunday, Oct 26 Uncasville CT, Mohegan Sun<br /> Tuesday, Oct 28 New York, NY, Madison Square Garden<br /> Wednesday, Oct 29 Syracuse NY, OnCenter<br /> Wednesday, Nov 5 Biloxi MS, Coast Coliseum<br /> Thursday, Nov 6 Southhaven MS, Landers Center<br /> Saturday, Nov 8 Detroit MI, Joe Louis Arena<br /> Sunday, Nov 9 Moline IL, iWireless Center<br /> Tuesday, Nov 11 Green Bay WI, Resch Center<br /> Wednesday, Nov 12 Madison WI, Alliant Energy Center<br /> Thursday, Nov 13 Omaha NE, Century Link Center<br /> Saturday, Nov 15 St Paul MN, Xcel Energy Center<br /> Sunday, Nov 16 Fargo ND, Fargo Dome<br /> Tuesday, Nov 18 Edmonton AB, Rexall Place<br /> Wednesday, Nov 19 Calgary AB, Scotiabank Saddledome<br /> Friday, Nov 21 Vancouver BC, Rogers Arena<br /> Saturday, Nov 22 Spokane WA, Arena</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/watch-nita-strauss-alice-coopers-new-guitarist-shred-courtney-cox-video#comments Iron Maidens Nita Strauss Videos News Fri, 20 Jun 2014 21:26:25 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21625 Cover Girls: A Satisfying Six-Pack of All-Female Tribute Bands! http://www.guitarworld.com/cover-girls-satisfying-six-pack-all-female-tribute-bands <!--paging_filter--><p>They’ve got the hair. They can rock tight pants. And lord knows, they’ve got the balls to think they can do justice to the songs of the legends. </p> <p>Yep, they’re all-female tribute bands, and they are kicking ass across the globe.</p> <p>These six bands are made up of seasoned musicians who are not only serious about laying down an authentic performance of classic rock and metal, but they also bring their own artistry to the table.</p> <p>So check out these six, um, titillating all-female tribute bands. And who knows; maybe with your help I’ll track down a few more! Share your faves in the comments below.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://misstallica.com/">Misstallica</a></strong></p> <p>These ladies rock hard and they aren’t afraid to get loud! OMG, I can’t even re-write this, it’s so good. Straight from their site:</p> <p>"MISSTALLICA is the WORLD’s ONLY and GREATEST All-Female Tribute to Metallica!!! Formed in 2008 as a side project to the girls’ already successful Queen Diamond (All-Female Tribute to King Diamond), MISSTALLICA was the response to the want and need for old school thrash metal and a pretty face to go with it! MISSTALLICA offers the Metallica experience but with BOOBIES!!!"</p> <p>Lol! Gina Gleason rocks guitars and vocals while Tiana Jimenez takes on lead guitar duties.</p> <p>Can an all-female band really do the masters of metal justice? Click here and view the vid:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="450" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/r-XD-1yCGFw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.lezzeppelin.com">Lez Zeppelin</a></strong></p> <p>Lez Zeppelin recorded their first album with Eddie Kramer as producer. They tracked down all original gear, we’re talking an ’50s-era Les Paul and Telecaster, Supro amp, '60s-era compressor, Hammond organ and a Fuzzbender stomp box. And then they recorded their second album in an all analog studio with producers Perry Margouleff and William Wittman. </p> <p>This is serious tribute shit. They’ve got the chops. Hell, they’ve toured the world playing some seriously major venues, including coveted spots on Bonnaroo, Rock-am-Ring, VooDoo Festival and more. Yep, Lez Zeppelin performs, records, and pretty much lives, eats and breathes Zeppelin. Are they straight, Are they gay? Who cares. “Definitely. Probably. Maybe,” says Steph Paynes, the lead guitarist and founder of the group. What I do know? They are definitely worth a listen. </p> <p>Here are the ladies dishing out “Communication Breakdown.” Can you take it?</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="450" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/THrOXmIsr3Q" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong><a href="http://judaspriestessband.com">Judas Priestess</a></strong></p> <p>Formed in late 2009, Judas Priestess claims it has “the blessing of the Metal God himself, Judas Priest front man, Rob Halford.” Well, I don’t know about that, but I do know these ladies put their hearts and souls into delivering the goods when it comes to playing the Priest. A staple at motorcycle rallies across the Southern U.S., New York-based Judas Priestess dives into the classic hits and deep album cuts. And I’ve gotta say, in addition to D Mercedes and Josette’s blazing dual lead guitar chops, singer MilitiA is simply mesmerizing.</p> <p>This video doesn’t do justice to their face-melting live performances. But it’ll give you a little taste of what you’re in for! </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="345" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/4fyq8KBcsKE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.myspace.com/prissarmy">PRISS</a></strong></p> <p>Billing themselves as “the sexy alter ego of the greatest band of all time,” PRISS does up KISS in full stage makeup. Based in LA, the ladies in PRISS have been honing their chops for several years. With Sharon Needles as “Doll Stanley” and Jennifer Paro as “Lace Frehley,” PRISS excels at dead on guitar goodness. But the best little tidbit I dug up was this video clip of the girls appearing on “Gene Simmons Family Jewels,” <a href="http://www.aetv.com/gene-simmons-family-jewels/video/?bcpid=58345455001&amp;bclid=374759256001&amp;bctid=390506105001">when Shannon Tweed joins them at the mic.</a></p> <p>Is Gene Simmons on tranquilizers? Anyhow, if you wanna see some Detroit Rock City strut, keep an eye open for PRISS.</p> <p>Kind of a so-so video recording, but you can tell these ladies are serious about rocking it!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="345" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/mbJcr_ZaEtk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hellsbelles.info/">Hell’s Belles</a></strong></p> <p>“The best AC/DC cover I’ve heard? There was an all-girl cover band in America called Hell’s Belles!” so says Angus Young himself. And who are we to argue with Angus? Celebrating 11 years of AC/DC extravaganza, the longevity of this group is a statement all its own, testifying to the professionalism, musicianship and pure showmanship of its members. </p> <p>I love this quote from their site bio: “It’s ever increasingly rare that the fans are amazed by these five ‘Women,’ yet, it’s almost always the fans are blown away by the truth and finesse these 5 musicians present AC/DC, night after night, city to city, tiny bar to grand theatre.” Now that’s what this column is all about. Just rockin’ it like we mean it. You go girls.</p> <p>Here’s a video of Hell’s Belles rocking “Thunderstruck.” </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="450" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/cFQC7ULaWAY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.theironmaidens.com/">The Iron Maidens</a></strong></p> <p>Perhaps the best known and loved of all female tribute bands, the LA-based Iron Maidens are the breeding ground for serious guitar talent. A couple Iron Maidens guitarists mentioned previously in this column are Nili Brosh and Nita Strauss. The band and its members have been the recipients of many awards including best tribute band, and best in category (guitar, bass, drums, voice) at events such as The Rock City News Awards, The LA Music Awards, and The All Access Magazine Award Show to name a few. </p> <p>The current lineup has Kirsten “Bruce Chickinson” Rosenberg on vocals, Linda “Nikki McBURRain” McDonald on drums, Courtney “Adriana Smith” Cox and Nita “Mega Murray” Strauss on guitars, and Wanda "Steph Harris" Ortiz on bass. So hot and so good, you’ll walk home with your ears ringing and a smile on your face. </p> <p>Watch the Iron Maidens perform to a crowd of 40,000. Don’t ya wanna be there?</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="345" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/vlEzNsg0lGY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>And check out guitarist Courtney Cox and she lays it down solo:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="345" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/98uAXDHeBAQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em>Laura B. Whitmore is a singer/songwriter based in the San Francisco bay area. A veteran music industry marketer, she has spent over two decades doing marketing, PR and artist relations for several guitar-related brands including Marshall and VOX. Her company, Mad Sun Marketing, represents 65amps, Acoustic Bass Amps, Agile Partners, <em>Guitar World</em> and many more. Laura was instrumental in the launch of the <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/guitar-world-lick-of-the-day/id371728474?mt=8">Guitar World Lick of the Day app</a>. She is the lead singer for the rock band Summer Music Project. More at <a href="http://mad-sun.com/MAD_SUN_MARKETING/Home.html">mad-sun.com.</a></em></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/kiss">Kiss</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/led-zeppelin">Led Zeppelin</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/metallica">Metallica</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/judas-priest">Judas Priest</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/cover-girls-satisfying-six-pack-all-female-tribute-bands#comments AC/DC Angus Young Gene Simmons Gina Gleason Guitar Girld guitar girl’d Hell’s Belles Jennifer Paro Judas Priestess Kiss Laura B. Whitmore Lez Zeppelin Metallica Misstallica Nili Brosh Nita Strauss PRISS Rob Halford Sharon Needles Steph Payne The Iron Maidens Tiana Jimenez Blogs Features Thu, 06 Oct 2011 15:44:15 +0000 Laura B. Whitmore http://www.guitarworld.com/article/13054 Exposed: 10 Female Guitarists You Should Know http://www.guitarworld.com/exposed-10-female-guitarists-you-should-know <!--paging_filter--><p>Many of you may be under the impression that there aren’t a lot of female guitarists worthy of a mention on GuitarWorld.com. </p> <p>Oh no! That is where you are DEAD WRONG! In fact, we have come across so many kickass players, across every genre and era, that we thought we’d give you a tasty tidbit of a few that stand out from the pack. </p> <p>So, just relax and allow yourself to be educated in a most wickedly delicious way. Oh, and prepare to ROCK! </p> <p>And don't forget to check out the photo gallery below.</p> <p><strong>Nita Strauss with Consume The Fire</strong></p> <p>Nita Strauss is hot. Did we say hot? We mean BLAZING! With a striking look coupled with guitar chops that go the distance, Strauss knows how to put on a show. An LA native, Strauss has shared the stage with artists from R&amp;B star Jermaine Jackson to deathcore heavy hitters As Blood Runs. We came across Strauss when we were turned onto the all-female Iron Maiden tribute band The Iron Maidens, a group that seems to be a breeding pool for amazing female guitar talent. Skilled in thrash and prepared to kick all ass that stands in her way of doing so, Strauss is a true guitar disciple. Strauss and her band Consume The Fire are in the studio recording their debut album with producer Logan Mader (Five Finger Death Punch, Devildriver), which will be released in 2012. <a href="http://www.myspace.com/nitastrauss">Learn more here.</a></p> <p><em>Here’s a video of Strauss laying it down with The Iron Maidens:</em></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="383" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/VsQ-aHD88Bw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Ruyter Suys with Nashville Pussy</strong></p> <p>Leopard-print bra? Check. Skintight leather pants? Check. Riffs that would make Ted Nugent blush? CHECK. An X-rated band name inspired by the Nuge’s live intro to “Wang Dang Sweet Poontang” on 1978’s <em>Double Live Gonzo</em> (“This is a love song. I’d like to dedicate it to all that Nashville Pussy”) and X-rated song titles are still the least-shocking part of the Nashville Pussy experience. Sure, singer Blaine Cartwright’s whiskey-fueled growl and bassist Karen Cuda’s bone-shaking bass notes are nothing to sneeze at, but when Suys sheds her shirt and rips a solo that would put Phil Campbell to shame, the only time you’ll draw your eyes away is to pick your jaw up off the floor. Watch Suys in action and then start praying Nashville Pussy brings their explosive live show to your unworthy town ASAP. More at <a href="http://www.nashvillepussy.com/">NashvillePussy.com.</a></p> <p><em>Check out Suys in Paris in 2002:</em></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="383" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/NC2dNp90blQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Bibi McGill</strong></p> <p>You’ve gotta be a bit more than bodacious to rock on stage with stars like P!NK and Beyoncé. And if there’s one thing Bibi McGill has, it’s the talent, the look, and the guts to hold her own (OK, that was three things, but who’s counting?!). McGill picked up the guitar at age 12 and was inspired by Earth Wind &amp; Fire and the Isley Brothers. A professional model called upon for her unique tattoo-toting, afro-sporting style, McGill has scored principal roles in national commercials for companies like Motorola, Nike and Heineken. But it’s her guitar prowess we’re interested in here, and McGill has a naturally tasty, energetic style and can lay it down without blinking. Check out this video compilation of McGill playing the solo for Beyoncé’s “If I Were a Boy,” and you’ll see what we mean! More at <a href="http://www.bibimcgill.com/">bibimcgill.com.</a></p> <p><em>Bibi McGill compilation of solos from “If I Were a Boy” from several Beyoncé performances:</em></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="383" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/lS9MJ7VnRSM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Maria Andersson with Sahara Hotnights</strong></p> <p>Not only does Andersson barely bat an eye while churning out riff after riff for Sahara Hotnights’ high-octane, poppy rock 'n' roll – she does it while singing, which, as any singer/guitar player can tell you, is no easy feat. Her seemingly effortless style – which she’s had years to develop (she was barely 10 when the band formed in the early '90s) blends seamlessly with second guitarist Jennie Asplund’s assertive rhythm and lead playing, and Thin Lizzy-style duel leads – albeit a little less metal but no less melodic – can be found all over the Swedish band’s six full length albums. More at <a href="http://www.saharahotnights.com/">saharahotnights.com.</a></p> <p><em>Check out Andersson with Sahara Hotnights live at the Reading Festival in 2002:</em></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="383" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/a6vxFKtS2oc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Dirty Jenny aka Jen Leigh</strong></p> <p>If Jimi Hendrix were reborn as a funky, bulldog-loving blonde woman, he’d come back in the form of Dirty Jenny. Now, get yer minds outta the gutter. Leigh took on the moniker Dirty Jenny as a tribute to her grunge-infused tone that would make a good dog howl. She can hold her own and then some, booking her first pro studio credit on Michael Jackson’s <em>HIStory—Past, Present and Future—Book I.</em> She’s shared stages from Carnegie Hall to Toad’s Place with legends like George Clinton and P-Funk, 420 Funk Mob, the Grammy award–winning Sweet Honey in the Rock and Merl Saunders, to name a few. Leigh has just finished mixing her new EP, aptly titled <em>American Bulldog,</em> for Medallion Music. Featuring her unique bend of rock and funk, it’s chock full of nasty grooves and riffs. You can be sure Dirty Jenny will get your toe tapping, your head banging and, well, you’ll just feel good all over. Although you might need to take a shower after! Find out more at <a href="http://www.dirty-jenny.com">dirty-jenny.com.</a></p> <p><em>Here’s a video of Leigh rocking it with George Clinton:</em></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="495" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/xCeTeN_QL9Q" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Memphis Minnie</strong></p> <p>If you think guitar playing is a boys’ club now, try to picture the South in the 1930s. Memphis Minnie – born Lizzie Douglas in Louisiana in 1897 – had no shortage of inspiration to write her cut-to-the-bone songs about hustling, gambling, drinking, no-good men and no-good women stealing her no-good men. She was one of the few women in the late '20s and early '30s to make her living playing the blues and surpassed many of her male contemporaries, paving the way for Little Walter, Bo Diddley, Jimmy Rogers and Muddy Waters (who recorded her song "Bumble Bee"; his version was called "Honey Bee"). When she switched from acoustic guitar to electric, got a bass player and drummer and moved north to Chicago, she helped establish the 1950s Chicago blues sound. She died in 1973, leaving behind an impressive number of classic blues numbers during her incredible 40-year recording career. </p> <p><em>Take a listen to "Bumble Bee" here:</em></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="383" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/CtlAC0R4loI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Laura Pleasants with Kylesa</strong></p> <p>Laura Pleasants lives a misnomer, as her guitar playing is anything but “pleasant”! Descriptors like raw, driving, nerve-scraping and just plain aggressive are a boatload more appropriate. Heavier than heavy, Kylesa’s dual drummers drive a tribal war beat that’s like a sledgehammer right to the core, and Pleasants ably joins the fray on both guitar and vocals. Taking their name from "kilesa mara,” a Buddhist term denoting delusory mental states, Kylesa borrows elements of punk, sludge metal, stoner rock, psychedelic rock and a few other styles thrown in for good measure. Check them out at <a href="http://www.kylesa.com/">kylesa.com.</a></p> <p><em>Here’s a live performance of Kylesa in Germany:</em></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="383" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/jJmfxOvVp7o" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Marissa Paternoster with Screaming Females</strong></p> <p>Google Marissa Paternoster, and among dozens of videos of New Jersey’s Screaming Females doing their post-punk, riot grrl metal thing, you’ll hit on a blog called “Fuck Yeah Marissa Paternoster!” Watch any of the videos, and it’s no mystery why, at 24 years old and a diminutive 5’2,” Paternoster can shred like the best of them. And she isn’t afraid to infuse some good old '80s metal solos into the band’s unique blend of Hüsker Dü punk and Bikini Kill angst paired with a Sleater Kinney stripped-down sound. Among the new crop of indie rock bands, Paternoster’s style of jarring dissonant riffs and full-on shredding is regrettably absent; as such, the Females have been garnering loads of attention for infusing sleepy indie rock with a burst of much-needed energy. Fuck yeah! Dig in at <a href="http://www.screamingfemales.com/">screamingfemales.com.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="383" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/-8zJ29G2Ujk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Vicki Genfan</strong></p> <p>Perhaps a bit more laid back than you’re expecting to see here among the screaming, but take a minute to check out the amazing handiwork of Vicki Genfan. Drawing upon folk, jazz, pop, soul and world music, Genfan exhibits a mastery of the acoustic guitar that borders on pure magic. Using 29 alternate tunings and the percussive technique she calls "slap-tap," Genfan was crowned 2008 Guitar Player Guitar Superstar in a live performance contest judged by a panel that included Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Elliot Easton, Brendon Small and George Lynch. Luna Guitars offers a signature Vicki Genfan acoustic that meets Genfan’s “dream guitar” specifications, with gorgeous laser-etched embellishments. She has performed at the International Montreal Jazz Festival, Germany’s Open Strings Guitar Festival, Italy’s Soave Guitar Festival, as well as at venues and performing arts centers across the US and abroad. Check out Genfan’s artistry, warmth and undeniable guitar chops at <a href="http://vickigenfan.com/">vickigenfan.com.</a></p> <p><em>Here’s a video of Genfan live at the Soave Guitar Festival in Italy:</em></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="495" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/clR9PInwDb4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Barbara Lynn</strong></p> <p>Best known for her 1962 R&amp;B hit “You’ll Lose A Good Thing,” Texan Barbara Lynn is way more than a pretty voice. She bought her first guitar in high school – a right-handed Gibson that the southpaw learned to play upside down – and formed an all-girl band, Bobbie Lynn and the Idols, earning the nickname "The Black Elvis," for her electrifying live performances. The Rolling Stones recorded her song "Oh Baby (We Got A Good Thing Goin’)," and Lynn went on to tour as a solo artist with Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Ike and Tina and Stevie Wonder, among others. Her playing style is her own – she wears a finger pick on her left thumb and when she plays rhythm, strums open handed. Her style looks incredibly loose but her rhythm playing is tight as can be, and her bluesy solos are impeccable. <a href=" http://www.myspace.com/missbarbaralynn">See what Barbara’s up to now right here.</a></p> <p><em>Check out Lynn live in ’66, and just try to tell us this isn’t the coolest thing you’ve seen all week:</em></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="383" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/oO6fe4lWMj4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em><strong>Laura B. Whitmore</strong> is a singer/songwriter based in the San Francisco Bay area. A veteran music industry marketer, she has spent over two decades doing marketing, PR and artist relations for several guitar-related brands including Marshall and VOX. Her company, Mad Sun Marketing, represents 65amps, Acoustic Bass Amps, Agile Partners, </em>Guitar World<em> and many more. Laura was instrumental in the launch of the <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/guitar-world-lick-of-the-day/id371728474?mt=8">Guitar World Lick of the Day</a> app. She is the lead singer for the rock band Summer Music Project. More at <a href="http://mad-sun.com/MAD_SUN_MARKETING/Home.html">mad-sun.com.</a></em></p> <p><em><strong>Anna Blumenthal</strong> is the advertising coordinator for </em>Guitar World, Guitar Aficionado<em> and </em>Revolver.<em> She’s been playing guitar and singing in rock 'n' roll bands for the past 12 years and currently fronts the New York City-based all-girl garage band Party Lights. More at <a href="http://www.facebook.com/partylightsband">facebook.com/partylightsband.</a></em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/exposed-10-female-guitarists-you-should-know#comments Anna Blumenthal Barbara Lynn Beyonce Bibi McGill Consume the Fire Dirty Jenny Guitar Girl'd Guitar Girld guitar girl’d Iron Maidens Jen Leigh Kylesa Laura B. Whitmore Laura Pleasants Logan Mader Luna Guitars Maria Andersson Marissa Paternoster Memphis Minnie Nashville Pussy Nita Strauss Orange Amps Ruyter Suys Sahara Hotnights Screaming Females Vicki Genfan Blogs Features Sat, 23 Jul 2011 14:55:14 +0000 Laura B. Whitmore, Anna Blumenthal http://www.guitarworld.com/article/11833