Monthly Archives: October 2012

Lady Pioneer of Rock n Roll


She told the women who listened “You too can do this~”

These are the words every chic in the USA  heard from the incomparable and original Janis Joplin. Do you recall her salty and sultry vocals singing the blues?

Like in “Cry Baby”?

This woman who we saw take the entire nation and then the world by storm with her raunchy style became an icon of  many music fans. More so what she shared with us is that women do have their place in the world of Rock n Roll. Not just in pop, folk, and country where women had felt at home from the beginning. Women can do it just as sweet and successful as men can. Janis is the one who paved that road golden for those wanting a life in the rock n Roll industry. Before Janis there were female artists, many living a lie. They wanted to do their own thing in classic rock, but had been told over and over; it’s “not a place for a woman” And Joplin said, “Excuse me?”

In her rich Texas drawl Janis Joplin then would  add,  “NO Way! That’s not who I am.”

Born January 19, 1943, in Port Arthur, Texas, Janis Joplin developed a love of music at an early age, but her career never really took off until she joined Big Brother in 1966. Their album Cheap Thrills was a huge hit, but caused strife between Joplin and the band. Joplin left and her second solo album “Pearl” became her most successful, but she died of an accidental overdose before it was released.

And she broke our hearts. I named my youngest daughter after Janis Joplin. Until my Janis was in her 7th year in school she hated her name. All it took was a groovy English teacher to hear why she was named Janis. It was a school assignment about why you were named your name. and when her English teacher thought this pretty cool I was instantly a credible & responsible mom again in my daughters eyes.

Musically, Joplin and her friends gravitated toward blues and jazz music, admiring such artists as Leadbelly. She also was inspired by legendary blues vocalists Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey and Odetta, an early leading figure in the folk music movement. The group also frequented local working-class bars in nearby Vinton of Louisiana. By her senior year of high school, Joplin had developed a persona of sorts — a ballsy, tough-talking girl who like to drink and be outrageous.

n 1962, Joplin left again to study at the University of Texas at Austin. There she started performing at folksings — casual musical gatherings where anyone can perform — on campus and at a local club with the Waller Creek Boys, a musical trio she was friends with. With her forceful, gutsy singing style, Joplin amazed many audience members. She was unlike any other white female vocalist at the time — folk icons Joan Baez and Judy Collins were known for their gentle sound.

( I so wanted to emulate her voice and octave range,  but found her genre was not my style.)

In 1966, Joplin returned to San Francisco to audition for Big Brother Holding Company, which consisted of James Gurley, Dave Getz, Peter Albin, and Sam Andrew. The group was part of the burgeoning San Francisco music scene of the late 1960s, which also included such bands as the Grateful Dead, Its a Beautiful Day, Quicksilver Messenger Service, just to name  few. The band Big Brother was impressed with Joplin and wanted her to join the group. In her early days with Big Brother, she only sang a few songs and played the tambourine in the background.

It was not long before Joplin assumed a bigger role in Big Brother as the group developed quite a following in the San Francisco area. There is a lot to be said about the entire scene of the then San Fransisco music community. In my mind if  the band was not United Kingdom born  and it was any good, it  was because it came out of he San Francisco Bay area. All you need is to journey through my music collection to know this is how I still feel.

After a long struggle with substance abuse, Joplin died from an accidental heroin overdose on October 4, 1970, at a hotel in Hollywood. Joplin is a member of a club that NO one wishes to be a member of;  The 27 year Club.  To many musicians lives were lost at age 27.  For more information see link

Completed by Joplin’s producer, her album “Pearl”was released the next year and quickly became a hit. The single “Me and Bobby McGee,” which was written by Kris Kristofferson, reached the top of the charts of San Francisco.

Many female vocalists (no just classic rock) have Janis Joplin to thank for her courage, and her on stage bravado. It was not an easy business for any woman to be in at the time. Remember this was before women were  becoming  empowered.

We thank Janis for her commitment to Rock n Roll,  She led the way for so many of us. It’s too bad that drugs and alcohol beat her, she would have taken us for quite lovely long ride.

The Last 24 Hours Janis Joplin~  read about Joplins last 24 Hours below. see actual film at – same title


Stealing a Day Away ” Its All Too Beautiful ……”


‘We all have certain songs that will take us away, take us to another place in time  It is these times that music often does its most rewarding thing for us. Releasing emotion, and healing. Two extremely powerful aspects of life needed to sustain our well-being.

Keeping in my love for all British Rock n Roll bands this particular tune takes me back to days in 1968, reminding me of times when heading for the park or in my case the river was all a about the spiritual and mental health break of it all. Sometimes getting away from all that zaps us physically, mentally, emotionally,  and spiritually becomes an over load on all circuits.  It is that it that refueling at a favorite place where you and Mother Nature can be together stealing a way day together,… A beautiful day at the park…

…You chooses your park.. I’ll choose mine.  But today we’ll hang out in mine…will be will be where the Small Faces have been….

  Itchycoo Park, by Small Faces – 1968

The Small Faces were an English rock and roll band from east London, heavily influenced by what was termed the American rhythm and blues sounds. The group was founded in 1965 by members Steve Marriott, Ronnie Lane, Kenney Jones, and Jimmy Winston, although by 1966 Winston was replaced by Ian McLagan as the band’s keyboardist. Rod Stewart also did some time gigging with the Faces in his early studio sessions days.

The hairy seeds from the Rose hip (or wild Dog Rose) were called “Itchycoos” by English children in the 1950s. The seeds could be broken out of the berry and dropped down someone’s collar between shirt and back to cause itching

The Dixie Chicks/Courtyard Hounds.


Wednesday 17th October 2012

Dixie Chicks….
File:Dixie Chicks in Austin, Texas.jpg
The Dixie Chicks are an American country music band which has also crossed over into other genres.                                                                       The band is composed of founding members Martie Erwin Maguire and Emily Erwin Robison, and lead singer Natalie Maines. Wikipedia
Lead singerNatalie Maines
MembersNatalie MainesEmily ErwinMartie MaguireLaura LynchRobin Lynn Macy
Awards: Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year, More
Record labels: Columbia Records, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Sony Music Entertainment

The Dixie Chicks are an American country music band which has also crossed over into other genres. The band is composed of founding members (and sisters) Martie Erwin Maguire and Emily Erwin Robison, and lead singer Natalie Maines. The band formed in 1989 in Dallas,Texas and was originally composed of four women performing bluegrass and country music, busking and touring the bluegrass festival circuits and small venues for six years without attracting a major label. After the departure of one band mate, the replacement of their lead singer, and a slight change in their repertoire, the Dixie Chicks soon achieved commercial success, beginning in 1998 with hit songs “There’s Your Trouble” and “Wide Open Spaces“.

During a London concert ten days before the 2003 invasion of Iraq, lead vocalist Maines said, “we don’t want this war, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the President of the United States [George W. Bush] is from Texas”. The positive reaction to this statement from the British audience contrasted with the boycotts that ensued in the U.S., where “the band was assaulted by talk-show conservatives“, while their albums were discarded in public protest.

As of 2011, the Dixie Chicks had won 13 Grammy Awards, including five in 2007 for Taking the Long Way—which received the Grammy Award for Album of the Year—and “Not Ready to Make Nice“, a single from that album. By July 2010, with 30.5 million certified albums sold, and sales of 26,733,000 albums in the U.S. alone, they had become the top selling all-female band in the U.S. during the Nielsen SoundScan era


My Thoughts….Embarrassment an unseen Red Face

Yesterday I was having a conversation with a fellow blogging friend, we were discussing the sound of a female singer,who we both liked and who did she reminded us of. After bantering several names back an forth we could not get a name, Sheryl Crow was mentioned and was a close match, but we knew she was not the one. But for the life of us we could not think of the person or persons. I had mentioned a female band, country-style and then gave my friend a few other hints/clues, and as it was I was wrong with these clues, apart from the fact there were sisters in the band. We both did searches on YouTube,Wikipedia, putting in the search everything from sisters and bands. Got all sorts of results, none of which were correct. We included American rock, country, female singers, and bands and variations and similar words in the search bar. Still nothing. Frustrations creeping, beginning to think I had imagined all this,there was no such band.  and was I now touching madness, on the edge of insanity.

But today 17th Oct.. I started thinking about this again, and in Google I typed female bands, and opened several pages titled ‘best female bands’ after listening to two through YouTube links and getting all sorts of rubbishy girl bands. On my third attempt, I thought once again wasting my time, Sugarbabes’ Destiny’s Child’ All Saints and Girls Aloud plus others. I was about to click off when I saw them, yes an insult to them,  there they were, mixed in with the same bunch of the said bands,,                                                                           Yes. oh yes, there they were,  ‘Dixie Chicks,, and then I checked further and found the split band ‘Courtyard Hounds‘ I contacted my fellow blogger friend and we agreed, that the lead singer Natalie Maines was a very close match. We were both laughing, especially me, because I love both these bands and am on the newsletter list of Courtyard Hounds. Not remembering them was actually quite an embarrassment, it was lucky I was on my own.. So my dear friends after all this please enjoy this post and the music from a couple of my favorite bands from a more recent past. Click the links and listen to more or visit You Tube and listen to them, you will not be disappointed..Enjoy..


Courtyard Hounds….

Court Yard Hounds was formed in 2009 when Maguire and Robison wanted to return to the studio.

The duo’s project was announced in January 2010 and the album features Emily Robison on lead vocals. Robison has said that the album is “very personal” and that she will be joined by Jakob Dylan on a track called “See You in the Spring”.They are signed to Columbia Records and released their self-titled debut album on May 4, 2010. Their first public appearance as Court Yard Hounds was on March 18, 2010 at the Americana Music Association‘s SXSW showcase in Austin, Texas. Lead singer Emily Robison has also confirmed there will be songs based on her divorce from Charlie Robison in 2008. According to Rolling Stone Magazine, while Robison is on lead vocals backed up by her sister Martie, the band consists of Natalie Maines’ father, Lloyd Maines, on guitar, and other members are members from the Dixie Chicks’ backing band; the album was also recorded in Maguire’s home studio. According to Maguire and Robison, the Dixie Chicks have not parted ways.[6] Along with plans from The Dixie Chicks to tour with the Eagles and Keith Urban, starting in 2010, the duo plans to release a follow-up album sometime in 2012. … info via Wikipedia

Record label: Columbia Records