Guitar Gabby & TxLips

In January 2016, TxLips (Translation: two lips) was born. This band recently came on my radar, as “Black Women IN Rock to watch.” TxLips, founder, and guitarist, Gabriella Logan – a.k.a. “Guitar Gabby” – is on a mission to elevate Black female musicians in the world of rock. We are definitely on the same vibrational…

Malina Moye

I first met Malina Moye four years ago, during a research interview for the documentary, Nice  & Rough: Black Women In Rock. Malina’s energy is infectious, and her determination is reflected in her resume. She is revered as one of the best guitarists in the land – and one of the only women invited to…

TAMAR KALI TEAMS UP WITH DEE REES TO SCORE ‘MUDBOUND’

Songwriter, musician, rocker, Tamar Kali teamed up with award-winning director, Dee Rees to score Mudbound. Tamar made an appearance and contributed to the soundtrack of Dee Rees’, Pariah. This time Tamar scored the entire project, which was an official selection of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, where it sold to Netflix for 12.5 million dollars….

Rosetta Tharpe To Be Inducted Into Rock N’ Roll Hall Of Fame

Rosetta Tharpe, “The God-Mother of Rock N’ Roll” and “Mother of Black Women In Rock” will be inducted into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame this Spring.  Sister Rosetta began singing and playing guitar in the ‘sanctified’ church – which frowned upon secular music, women wearing pants and anything other than heterosexuality. Despite  opposition, she…

TOP 5

There are some fierce women in rock out there.  Too many to list. So each month Nice&Rough (dot) com will select and salute our TOP 5. Here’s our March list. They are gifted, determined, and smart, with staying power.  They are the innovators of the indie scene.    1. Divinity Roxx, began in the  Atlanta rock scene. She…

Starr Cullars

Starr Cullars is on the road again, with a new band, spreading her own brand of rock. It’s progressive and hard, with a funky, cosmic flow. Starr is from the P-Funk pedigree. She was introduced to George Clinton via Prince and Paisley Park. Starr may look familiar as a former Counselor on VH-I’s Fantasy Rock…

Eva Walker, The Black Tones

5 Lbs. of ROCK Interview by Sheila Dianne Jackson   A few years ago, I was invited to be a part of a new, oral history archive on Women Who Rock, established by the University of Washington. The archive holds powerful stories of how women have used music as a tool for activism – and…

Jaleesa Leslie: Cataloguing Black Women In Rock

5 Lbs. of ROCK Interview by Sheila Dianne Jackson It’s been a minute….5Lbs of ROCK is back. This time, I am chatting it up with Jaleesa Leslie of blackwomeninrock.info, a blog which catalogs/documents black women of all persuasions of rock music. Writing and researching on the topic of Black Women IN Rock was a lonely…

Tamar-Kali

5 Lbs. of ROCK Interview by Sheila Dianne Jackson One of the first contemporary, indie #BlackWomenINRock I became intrigued with was Tamar-Kali.  A featured artist in the cult classic film, Afro-Punk, she is certainly an artist who ‘can only do it one way – Nice & Rough’.  She has power, depth, and swagger that is heart-wrenchingly genuine and unforgettable….

Starr Cullars

5 Lbs. of ROCK Interview by Sheila Dianne Jackson It’s tough to get 5 minutes, let alone 5 questions with rock-guitarist Starr Cullars.  A veteran of the P-Funk All-Stars, and the first female member of the 18-piece ‘boys’ club,’ she gets total street cred’ as one bad-ass bass player!  Starr left to start her own…