Meet Ghalia Volt, the electrifying one-woman blues band

Ghalia Volt
(Image credit: Ghalia Volt)

While many bands sat out the entire Covid pandemic, Belgian blues guitarist Ghalia Volt had an out-of-the-box solution for traveling with a band when countries began to reopen: She simply became one herself. 

Volt hit upon the idea of gigging solo after a spell playing bars on Frenchman Street in New Orleans. She would create percussion by stomping with her left foot and hitting a tambourine with her right foot, without skipping a note or slide lick on her guitar. 

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Jim Beaugez

Jim Beaugez has written about music for Rolling Stone, Smithsonian, Guitar World, Guitar Player and many other publications. He created My Life in Five Riffs, a multimedia documentary series for Guitar Player that traces contemporary artists back to their sources of inspiration, and previously spent a decade in the musical instruments industry.