It’s a great time for blues rock and there are several women at the forefront of the genre. Blues Rock Review lists some of the top women pushing the charge for modern day blues rock.
Hailing from Texas, Ally Venable is the youngest artist on the list. Venable is signed to Ruf Records and has quickly been grabbing attention in the modern blues rock scene. She’s already released four albums and worked with some of the giants of the genre. Expect her star to continue to rise in the coming years.
Ana Popovic has been a staple on the blues rock scene for many years now. The Serbian born guitarist has cultivated a loyal legion of fans around the world from 20+ years of touring. She’s been nominated for an impressive seven Blues Music Awards over her career and continues to entertain fans with an active tour schedule.
When you think about the voices of blues rock, Beth Hart immediately comes to mind. Her vocals are raw, powerful, and captivating. Few artists in the genre have the ability to pull listeners in like Hart. She was nominated for a Grammy in 2014 with Joe Bonamassa for Seesaw and won the Blues Music Award for “Instrumentalist – Vocals” in 2018. Hart is one of the faces of blues rock and continues to help carry the torch for the genre.
Dana Fuchs has one of the most powerful voices in the blues rock genre. She’s drawn numerous comparisons to Janis Joplin. Fuchs albums have appeared on Blues Rock Review’s annual top 20 albums list multiple times.
Hailing from Kansas City, Danielle Nicole comes from a musical family. Before launching her solo career, Danielle was a part of the sibling band Trampled Under Foot. Not only is Danielle known as a highly lauded singer, but she is an impressive bass player as well winning the award for “Bass Instrumentalist” at the 2021 Blues Music Awards.
Hannah Wicklund is one of blues rock’s top young talents. Wicklund brings the complete package from incredible guitar playing to great songs and strong vocals. Wicklund has released one full-length album and is an artist that deserves more attention. She started her own band at the age of 8 and was already playing shows at age 9. Now in her 20s, Wicklund is captivating audiences wherever she goes.
Joanna Connor has been cutting her teeth in the Chicago blues scene for decades. She’s been known as one of the best kept secrets in blues rock for years but that’s been changing. After 40 years on the scene, Connor scored her first #1 album on the Billboard Blues Chart in 2021 with 4801 South Indiana Avenue. Connor remains active on the scene continuing to play regularly at Kingston Mines in Chicago and around the world.
Joanne Shaw Taylor
British born guitarist Joanne Shaw Taylor has been releasing high quality blues rock since her debut in 2009. Not only is Taylor known for her impressive guitar work but her distinct vocals as well. Currently based in Detroit, Michigan, Taylor has been lauded by many of the top acts in the genre including Joe Bonamassa.
Few artists in blues rock are making an impact on the music scene as a whole like Larkin Poe. The sister duo of Rebecca and Megan Lovell are one of the top acts going today. Larkin Poe has released five studio albums to date and has been a model for independent artists in today’s ever changing music industry. The band has cultivated a large following on social media and used platforms like YouTube for people to discover their music.
Lee-la Baum might be one of the most underrated voices in blues rock and rock and roll period. However, that is beginning to change. Baum fronts Canadian band The Damn Truth, which released one of the best albums of 2021 in Now Or Nowhere. Lee-la’s voice is special and her passionate vocals will grab anyone’s attention.
Samantha Fish has claimed her spot as one of blues rock’s biggest stars. Fish is a rare talent that isn’t afraid to push boundaries. She came up in the blues but definitely extends her sound beyond that. Fish has already had multiple #1 Billboard Blues albums and continues to grow a rapidly expanding fan base. She also has crossover appeal and is helping to bring in more listeners to the genre.
Sari Schorr is a vocal powerhouse coming up in the New York music scene. She made Blues Rock Review’s annual top 20 albums of the year list in 2016 and 2018. While Schorr has been cutting her teeth in blues rock she certainly deserves a wider audience. She is one of the great voices of modern blues rock.
Shemekia Copeland has been hailed as one of the blues’ greatest vocalists of the modern day. Copeland’s journey in music started at a young age beginning her recording career at 18. Copeland has won multiple Blues Music Awards and has consistently been one of the genre’s brightest stars.