There has been a long history of women
playing the guitar over the years, in many musical genres. In fact, WLW
radio musician Helen Diller was the first person to ever play a guitar on TV when she strummed her Gibson Advanced Jumbo axe on a Philco television demonstration here in Cincy in 1939.
Steep Canyon Rangers have risen to the
top of the Bluegrass world slowly but surely. Formed while college
students in North Carolina (and now based near Asheville, N.C.), the
group represents the younger guard in Bluegrass music, a band that is
fluent in the traditional side of the genre yet open-minded and
contemporary in their approach.
Girls Guns and Glory is an unusual entity
in this day and age, a fairly normal band that rides the rail of the
early Country music influences found in Rock & Roll. Still, they are
modern in their sensibilities and are not a part of the current retro
trend in roots music.