The electric guitar is the instrument of the boys' club. Women are stuck in the world of acoustic guitar, because why would they ever be taken serious if they decide to plug in, right? Of course, that's all BS. The truth is that there are plenty of kick-ass female guitarists playing the blues. Bonnie Raitt, Susan Tedeschi, Deborah Coleman are not the exceptions to the rule. Instead, they merely set the stage for a new generation of incredible performers. Our Hot 5.
Joan Shaw Taylor: English powerhouse Joanne Shaw Taylor has released three albums at the tender age of 26. She got her start in 2002 after being discovered by Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics, and was named "the new face of the blues". Taylor's sound is incredibly similar to Stevie Ray Vaughn. Like Samantha Fish, Taylor is a bruiser with her Telecaster. Her tone harks back to the days of Albert Collins. No warm elevator music here. This girl plays with all of the warm subtlety of an icepick to the forehead.
Ana Popovic: Serbian blues guitarist and singer Ana Popovic is currently one of the most popular blues guitarists in the entire world. She showcases her gutsy yet smooth-as-glass blues style, with the fire of a Texas-born shredder, Popovic has been releasing solo albums since 2000. She has been nominated for over a dozen blues award. Ana Popovic is one of those guitarists who is beyond smooth.
Allison Robertson: It's rare that a guitarist of 33 can look back on a career of more than two decades. Despite originally being influenced by The Ramones, Robertson developed a distinctive bluesy style of playing over the years. While she can speed pick and tap with the best of them, it's her signature bends and blues scale runs that drive the band's many successful singles
Samantha Fish: Like her contemporary Shannon Curfman, 22-year-old Samantha Fish plays with the wisdom and skill of someone twice her age. While some of the others on this list may approach music as if they're dancing a waltz, Fish approaches music more like a professional wrestler. She digs in, making her bare-bones Telecaster scream in pain. Her songs range from raw, gutsy slow blues to '70s Rolling Stones-inspired rock. In 2012 she took home the Blues Music Awards Best New Artist award.
Shannon Curfman: The powerhouse player blew onto the national stage at the age of 14. Her debut album, Loud Guitar, Big Suspicions followed with a tour across the country, numerous stints on late night TV and interviews in some of the country's most popular music publications. After taking several years off, she came back with her own record label and two new albums. Curfman can currently be seen performing her own gigs, as well as a with Kid Rock's Twisted Brown
These women make you sit up, gasp at their riffs and leave you panting for more.