up her first instrument (the clarinet) when
11 years old. As a child of the 60's, she was
to the Philadelphia sound, and of course, all
GREAT Motown music of the time which inspired
her to experiment
with, not only her voice, but with the
piano. In the 70's, she discovered Janis Joplin,
Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Foreigner, AC/DC and Heart
influences on her own music and writing style.
many favorites, and sang along with all of her 45's,
she was particularly intrigued by the raw power of
like Aretha Franklin, Ann Wilson, and Donna
and the original, unmistakable sound of Stevie Nicks.
What was the
first song you've ever written?
my first song as a child, which I do not remember the
However, I did write a song called "The Worst
Song I Ever
Wrote" which proves that, even as a preteen,
I had a
sense of humor.
was the name of your first band?
In the eighties,
I was in an all girl band called Toxic Shock
regard to you know what). Most of the gals were
Actually, I think they were all married but me.
we were discussing names for the band, and the
came up with Toxic Shock. One of the guys
was in a
band called Fused Junebug, and we played a gig
The gig was on somebody's property in the woods,
supposed to be a pig roast. However, they forgot
the pig! There was a trailer with four spigots
to it. Ooh, my favorite! Rice Champagne!
Needless to say, the crowd was very shiny
cheery. It was a fun gig even though we had only
been a band
for one week, had one rehearsal, and collectively,
four songs. LOL!
You name your guitars?
is my first born. He is a two-toned (black and gray
pickguard) Lotus Strat copy.
"son" is Howard Lindsay Buckingham Leese. He is
B.C. Rich Warlock.
is my beautiful royal blue Washburn acoustic guitar I
after having had a very pleasant conversation
Cox at Summerfest in Milwaukee after the "Heart
Ann Wilson" tour.
is my Backpacker whom I haven't named yet.
is Sweet Baby James, my pearl blue Fender
I have a Les Paul Sunburst, whom I haven't yet
beautiful, too! All my baby boys are! :-)
I have a
bass guitar, also! It's a Hofner copy. There is
name to be found on it anywhere; only a serial