Began with piano as a young girl, sang harmonies in high school choir moved to guitar/vocals. Very early Influences were Joni Mitchell, Dylan and Buffy St. Marie Have sung jazz for several years in large band and small trios. Write original songs for guitar/vocals. Love the music of Joan Armatrading, Tracy Chapman, Sarah Mc Lachlan, Sean Colvin, James Taylor and Antonio Carlos Jobim, among others and cover some of their songs in performances.
What was the first concert you ever went to?
Grace Slick & Jefferson Airplane at Ohio State U-- went with friends-Hypnotic Joan Armatrading at Berkeley's Greek Theater in the 80's-absolutely in awe of her vocal and guitarist abilities.
What gear do you use?
Guild F-50 Guitar with Barbetta Powered speaker amp for guitar and vocals; Mackie mixer and Mackie Power speaker. Also have a Gibson L6S electric; a Taylor 514CE and a Washburn 12 string. Absolute favorite is the Guild F-50 acoustic, with Sunrise and B Band pickups. The Barbetta speaker Amp is a treasure for fantastic sound.. Have now discovered the Henriksen " Bud" Amp-tiny but powerful and it sounds great for guitar and vocals.
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
Joni Mitchell--incredible vocal and instrumentals; James Taylor because of the songs and guitar playing; Bob Dylan, whose songs shook my world; Buffy St. Marie--who put poetry to music and ANtonio Carlos Jobim for the Brazilian; plus I love all sorts of poly rhythmic percussion.
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
I play now solo or duo with Bassist or flutist. I have been in a Stage Band and small trios with local jazz players as a vocalist. I have been in a rock band as a harmony vocalist-Pennebaker Electric Harmony Band; and in a R& B band as a guitarist/vocalist. These were all performing around the Mendocino County area. Radio programmers all played in the "Scorchers"; played in a band called " Eve and the Mystics."
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
Joan Armatrading--That voice! Those guitar riffs!
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
Salmon Barbecue in Fort Bragg with the electric Rock band--about 2500-3,000 people. -biggest; Small coffeehouse gigs locally-smallest. Most memorable was when a listener did a drawing and poem about my music and gave to me at the end of the performance. It was beautiful and I used it as part of a book of my lyrics that I published.
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?
" Calle 54"a CD film featuring the best of the best in Latin music including Gato Barbieri; Elliane Elias; Tito Puente; Paquito D' Rivera; Chuco Valdes and others. I first heard it last year ( 2011). I picked it because, if stuck on an island, I would never get tired of hearing these stellar performances, and the music would inspire me to survive--and keep moving!