Recently there seems to be an explosion of young female 20 and 30 something year olds playing the blues. A lot of them call the Midwest home. Samantha Fish originates from Kansas City, along with bass/vocalist Danielle Schnebelen from the band Trampled Under Foot. Minneapolis’ Sena Ehrhardt is making waves lately. Joanne Shaw Taylor, although from England, settled in and came out of the Detroit area. The Chicago area has harmonica player Geneva Red. Eddie Taylor’s daughter Demetria has been singing up a storm in and around Chicago too.
Looking beyond the Midwest, Gina Sicilia is out of Philadelphia and Dani Wilde from England. Back in Chicago Donna Herula and Vivian Vance Kelly can be found performing regularly. All of a sudden people look around and say, look at all these girls playing the blues.
Although not from Chicago, Shemekia Copeland’s career has taken off. At a recent Chicago Blues Festival, Koko Taylor’s daughter Cookie passed the ceremonial torch of the Queen of the Blues to her. She is the daughter of the late Texas guitarist Johnny Copeland.
Blues fans may now take notice of other talents that may have been around for a while and have been overlooked. People like Shaun Murphy, Susan Tedeschi, Joanna Connor, Ana Popovic, Liz Manderville, Marcia Ball, Deborah Coleman and of course Bonnie Raitt have been performing for some time. Fans may even look into the careers of those who are no longer around, but who influenced many of the current artists.
John Lee Hooker’s daughter Zakiya, who resides in California, was born in Detroit. Deanna Bogart started in Maryland. Shirley King is the daughter of B.B. and has been paying her dues in Chicago since the early 90s. Did anyone even know that B.B. King had a daughter? Martha Booker aka Sheba the Mississippi Queen started in the Delta and has called Florida, New York and a few other places home.
Check out the women in blues list (photos included) and find more details on their careers, discographies and samples of their music. Surely some artists have been overlooked here and this is not meant to be a complete list. This article’s intention is to inform blues fans of what's going on.