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Kissing Girls, The Choke + Desiree Bassett

The latest PR shout outs…

Kissing Girls – Seattle alt-pop. See them Dec. 18 at Club Motor 8pm!

The Choke – NYC Garage punks. With sick flair. Reminds me of Blondie.

Desiree Bassett – Ashford, CT Rock & Blues artist. At 18, she is conquering the world one guitar solo at a time. Reminds me of Bonnie Raitt with a little Lita Ford.

Kaycee Cole – You’re A Jukebox Heroine

Kaycee Cole is a country/blues/rock musician and performance artist from Seattle, Wa. Kaycee takes a lot of pride in her vocal abilities, noting a “What you hear is what you get” approach void of auto tune and excessive punch-ins. Her training and background are extensive, with training at Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and Cornish College of the Arts. She’s done Opera, MTV, casinos, and performing for our troops in Korea. Kaycee cites her inner blues diva to Etta James and Nina Simone.

Her music definitely has an unquenched yearning vibe. Her choice of covers hint at this from “I Put A Spell On You” to “At Last.” She reveals her vocal chops on both tracks, not being afraid to bring fresh and enthusiastic renditions to female vocalist classics.

Her original track listed on her myspace “Anymore” is a finger-snapping romp on the piano, scorning an untrue lover. Kaycee isn’t afraid to reveal her soul, digging deep vocally and emotionally for a truly swingin’, vengeful song that makes me say”you go girl!” Kaycee holds all the right notes, in all the right places, with just the right amount of pizzazz that makes the listener wonder where she will take them next.

“You’re the king of your castle, I was just your slave,
You killed your golden girls, then lost your golden eggs,
I been a stranger in a house, you never made a home,
ain’t beggin you to love me, like a dog for a bone,
Anymore, anymore, anymore.”

So, if you want music that has roots, experience, and showwomanship that crosses musical genre, then listen to Kaycee Cole, Queen of Hearts, Jukebox Heroine.

Know Your Roots: Big Mama Thornton

Big Mama Thornton

The original version of “Hound Dog.”

Suzi Quatro – First Lady of the Bass!

In honor of my latest twitter follower Suzi Quatro! Leather jump suits and the baddest bass rockin! Thank you for being an icon and role model for other female musicians like myself! My favorite song has always been “Your Mama Won’t Like Me.” It’s so true! It should be my theme song.

When I was first starting my musical journey, my first role models were men. The typical AOR, classic rock bands that everyone else in my hometown thought were gods. And there are some great ones, I have seen Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, and Alice Cooper quite a few times. But as I went on as a musician, trying to find my unique style and ideas, none of those bands spoke to me. Anytime I would find out about an all-female rock band, I clung onto them like static cling to my a-line skirts. I couldn’t get enough of them! Some of the first female rockers I was exposed to were: Heart, Joan Jett, Pat Benatar, The Bangles, The Go-Gos, and Vixen. I just wanted to do what they were doing so badly. Their music and styles gave voice to my own feelings and desire to rock out without my “cock” out. If you are interesting in the whole idea of “cock” rock, and how hard it is for female rockers to break into that, see this article from Bitch Magazine. It explains it all perfectly.

As I entered grad-school, I found amazing female musicians, spanning all types of genres, and thanks to twitter, the internets, vinyl record shopping, and just networking, that list grows. Everyday I am so happy to just hear what other women like myself are doing, and discovering that new “fav” band.

As for Suzi Quatro, I found out about you as I was hunting for female rockers in a record store one say. I just go A-Z through the racks, and they store had like 4 of your albums under “Q.”  She was this ultimate biker-bar rocker, and I had to have them all!  I was just like “Yes! You cannot top a lady who rocks a BC Rich Bitch Bass!” So to Suzi, thank you! We need you now more than ever!

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