Thanks to to the total entertainment blog Engadget for featuring Joanna Connor in their post on January 22, 2019.
Robert plant was talking out the wrong side of his head when he proclaimed that “big leg woman ain’t got no soul” in Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog.” Joanna Connor is living proof of that. She may look like your average suburban mom, but this guitar virtuoso will melt your friggin face off with her six-string shredding.
Born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts, Connor moved to Chicago in ’84 where she has become a fixture of the Second City’s vibrant blues scene. The 56-year-old mother of two still regularly plays three shows a weekend (some sessions lasting five hours or more) at the venerated Kingston Mines club, where she made her debut in the late ’80s — at least when she isn’t touring the US and abroad. She’s credited with a dozen live and studio albums spanning her 30-plus year career and has shared the stage with blues royalty including James Cotton, Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, and A.C. Reed.
“An audience wants to be taken on a journey, I have a pretty big catalogue of songs and you can read the crowd for what it wants to hear,” Connor states on her site bio, “It’s all part of the palette of what I do, and it’s always gone all over the map.” Indeed, her catalogue is enormous. She’s equally adept at sliding through originals like “Big Girl Blues” or “Young Woman Blues” (written to her then-teenage daughter after a pre-prom breakup) as she is covering classics like Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing.” So listen to Joanna Connor and weep, mere mortals, knowing that you’ll never be half as good at anything as she is at shredding that guitar.