Friday 8 June 2018
Singer, songwriter, and virtuoso guitarist Joanna Connor’s original hometown of Worcester, Massachusetts is seldom named as a blues hotbed, but it was there she developed her love of music. Her mother was the big influence in her musical life; she listened to blues, folk and rock. Joanna heard Buddy Guy and Taj Mahal when she was a kid, and got into the more obscure artists as she went on. By her mid-teens she was playing the Worcester and Boston clubs with her own band, then moved to Chicago. There, she learned from the best, sharing the stage with the likes of James Cotton, Buddy Guy, and Junior Wells. With her own band, Connor made a string of records and toured up a storm. When she had kids, she took a touring hiatus and mainly played Chicago’s Kingston Mines club, drawing her audience to come her way for a change! In 2016 she released Six String Stories, her first album in twelve years. Welcome back to the Queen of Blues/Rock Guitar!