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Joanna Connor

What sets Joanna Connor apart from the rest of the pack of guitar-playing female blues singers is her skill on the instrument. Even though Connor has become an accomplished singer over time, her first love was guitar playing, and it shows in her live shows and on her recordings.

Brooklyn-born, Massachusetts-raised Joanna Connor was drawn to the Chicago blues scene like a bee to a half-full soda can. Connor, a fiery guitarist raised in the 1970s -- when rock & roll was all over the mass media -- just wanted to play blues. She was born August 31, 1962, in Brooklyn, N.Y., and raised by her mother in Worcester, MA. She benefitted from her mother's huge collection of blues and jazz recordings, and a young Connor was taken to see people like Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt, Ry Cooder and Buddy Guy in concert.

Connor got her first guitar at age seven. When she was 16, she began singing in Worcester-area bands, and when she was 22, she moved to Chicago. Soon after her arrival in 1984, she began sitting in with Chicago regulars like James Cotton, Junior Wells, Buddy Guy and A.C. Reed. She hooked up with Johnny Littlejohn's group for a short time before being asked by Dion Payton to join his 43rd Street Blues Band. She performed with Payton at the 1987 Chicago Blues Festival. Later that year, she was ready to put her own band together.

Her 1989 debut for the Blind Pig label, Believe It!, got her out of Chicago clubs and into clubs and festivals around the U.S., Canada and Europe. Her other albums include 1992's Fight for Blind Pig (the title track a Luther Allison tune), Living on the Road (1993) and Rock and Roll Gypsy (1995), the latter two for the Ruf Records label. Slidetime on Blind Pig followed in 1998 and Nothing But the Blues, a live recording of a 1999 show in Germany, appeared on the German Inakustik label in 2001. Connor left Blind Pig and signed to small indie label M.C. in 2002. Her first release for her new label, The Joanna Connor Band, finds Connor expanding her sound a bit in an attempt to reach a more mainstream audience.

Connor has blossomed into a gifted blues songwriter. Her songwriting talents, strongly influenced by greats like Luther Allison, will insure that she stays in the blues spotlight for years to come. ~ Richard Skelly
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Six String Stories

1. It’s A Woman’s Way

2. By Your Side

3. We Stayed Together

4. Golden

5. Swamp Swim

6. Love Coming On Strong

7. Heaven

8. Halsted Street

9. Sky Is Crying

10. Young Women Blues

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Track List: Slidetime

1. Nothin' But The Blues

2. My Papa

3. You Don't Love Me

4. Got To Have You

5. Slide On In

6. My Man

7. Free Free Woman

8. Money Blues

9. It's Not The Rock

10. At The Club

11. Pea Vine Blues

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Track List: Big Girl Blues

1. Big Girl Blues

2. 43rd Street

3. Fly Away

4. They Love Each Other

5. Sweet Baby

6. You Should Be My Lover

7. Sister Spirit

8. You Oughta Know

9. Heart Of The Blues

10. Juicy

11. Meditations

12. Smoke It Up

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Track List: Fight

1. Walkin' Blues

2. Living On The Road

3. Fight

4. Walk Away

5. Heaven

6. Lost

7. Texas

8. Your Love Was Never Mine

9. I Got Love

10. Child Of Two Worlds

11. No Good For Me

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Amen to THAT Honeychild! Joanna Connor is one of the very best Blues musicians of our time. The problem is that when she steps into a studio it seems to suck all the soul right outta her. Oh but mercy me oh my LIVE - she's the BEST Blues Guitarist, Slide Guitarist, and Blues Singer ever! --- And the proof that oh so few people know that is shown by Pandora not carrying any album of hers yet. Here's to hoping that they get her live album - Nothing But The Blues - so that all of ya don't miss out!
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this chick is one helluva bad-a** guitar player!! she's better live (as most blues musicians are), so if you ever get a chance to see her-- do it!
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magruver
what a great band,,,,,, Awesome stuff. Love their music, Super.

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