Joanna Connor: "Besides the human voice, the guitar is the most expressive instrument there is - what’s more amazing than a killer guitar solo?"

Joanna Connor
(Image credit: Cory Anderson)

Back in 2014, Joanna Connor went viral. Which is one thing if you’re, say, a pop singer or the company that created Baby Shark. But it’s pretty unusual if you’re an adult woman in a purple dress playing stinging slide guitar on a cover of an almost-century-old blues song.

And yet, there was Connor, onstage at the North Atlantic Blues Festival in Rockland, Maine, tearing through an electrified version of Son House’s Walking Blues, with an incendiary solo that fused shredding licks, tapped passages and, yes, plenty of searing slide work, in a show-stopping performance.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.