Rock Sauce For Lead #54 Chromatic Spackle Performance features Jennifer’s special brand of progressive pop rock licks. For our international audience, don’t forget to check out Jennifer’s upcoming gigs at www.jenniferbatten.com
then she’s toured with Jeff Beck and recorded a few albums. More recently, Batten has kept herself
musically fit by authoring music books and teaching those famous runs.
Jennifer Batten’s Rock Sauce For Lead, you’ll get up to 167 minutes worth of
her legendary techniques. So, take a
look at this intro clip then go check out the series because there’s a Rock
Sauce for Rhythm guitar too.
Talk: 231 Memorable Quotes From ROCKRGRL
Carla DeSantis Black Rockrgrl Publishing, 2013
not easy being a female musician in a male dominated music industry.
the Gloria Steinem of rock, Carla DeSantis Black (pictured right), founded ROCKRGRLMagazine in 1994,
she intentionally set out to “level the playing field for women” and offer a
remedy for the blatant sexism she found in every music magazine on the newsstands.
as a black and white photocopy shop special evolved into a full-color,
bi-monthly industry bible of sorts that featured interviews with well-known artists like Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart and Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders.
ROCKRGRL was also famous for its gear
write-ups and for profiling unsung sheroes like Lady Bo, a Bo Diddley guitarist
whom I covered for the final issue.
folded in 2005, but in 2013 Black created another important resource for women
in the industry. The limited edition book,
GRL Talk: 231 Memorable Quotes From ROCKRGRL Magazine, has a cool CD jewel case cover design and holds 122
pages of quotes set in six different sections.
qualifies as a rock and roll keepsake book, but you can also use it as the ROCKRGRL version of Bartlett’s Familiar Quotationsto keep you inspired. Start with the “Sound Advice” section and
read what Ann Wilson has to say about performing. Maybe it will give you a better understanding
of what it means to be a true artist.
you can go straight to the “The Last Word” the Kickstarter contributors’
section, and meditate on Nancy Wilson’s “RAWK” declaration. From there, maybe you want to jump back to
the “Inspiration” section where Joan Jett talks about the importance of connecting
with the audience and Chrissie Hynde comments on the psychology of personal
you’ve filled your muse bag for the day, do what Black suggests in the
introduction. Keep the book in your guitar
case and take it with you on road trips.
Refer to it when you need an extra boost to get you through yet another janky
promoter’s miscounting of funds (our suggestion).
with it, cry with it and don’t forget to do the most important thing: pass it on to the teenaged girl down the
block who just purchased her first Daisy Rock guitar.
A Band Called Death chronicles the rise, fall and
phoenix-style resurrection of the first black punk rock band and it definitely belongs
in the great punk rock doc category.
the best thing about this film is that it proves, in no uncertain
terms, what can happen when you commit to your dream and never, no matter what takes place in your life, you never give up on that dream.
I even listened to Nisha's Further South, I knew I’d hear smart and sturdy vocals. In the early 1980s she and I shared a few of
the same college theatre courses and often bumped into each other during the
So, I’ve had the opportunity to
hear her sing many times throughout our 30-some-odd year history.
I listened to the 2012 Electric Lilly release, I was pleasantly surprised to discover
that the one name musician has fully come into her own as a singer-songwriter and written
an impressive collection of musical theatre based songs.
soul encased in off-Broadway skin, “Never Goin' Back To Memphis” is an
emotional eulogy that best illustrates her ability to weave personal,
character-driven story lines into melodies that naturally generate dramatic lyrics:
could always make a house a home/Through troubled waters sing the blues/I guess
that you might say she paid her dues/And through the years she would smile and
sing away the pain/for her it always poured when it would rain
imagery is a hallmark of the title track as well. An easy breezy ode to California sunshine and
cross-country road trips, it features surf-pop guitar fills joined with a touch
of Nashville country twang that takes you back to the “Pulp Fiction” soundtrack
and makes going somewhere you've never been a really cool ride.
Nisha's vocal range is in the same vicinity as Etheridge’s and the tune shares the same crescendo-building form and open-arm longing as “Come To My Window”
and “I’m The Only One” (Yes I Am,
far the boldest track on the CD, “Lost One” combines the anthemic roots of
U2’s “Sunday Bloody Sunday” with the rebellious swagger of Pat Benatar’s “Love
Is A Battlefield”. 3 minutes and 7
seconds into this harsh examination of contemporary homelessness, drummer Bill Ray (Ike Turner), sounds the call. His military
drummer boy hits drive the army of Have Nots out onto the battlefield of social
injustice, with the color-bearer nearby wielding a tattered American
3 minutes and 48 seconds, Peter Bolland’s guitar licks lead the charge into
battle and by the 4 minute mark he declares victory in a way that is so right,
you’ll want to play the entire section over and over again just to feel exactly
how right it is.
and project producer Sven-Erik Seaholm’s bass doesn’t anchor the track the way a bass
line normally does. This one consists of
two half sections where the bass blends into the lower tones of the rhythm
guitar part. One half buried bass, plus
one half lower tones equals one whole bass line. It’s an interesting way to split the rhythm
section and works for this particular effort.
bass line on “Love’s Angel” speaks loud and clear (think “Black Velvet” by
Alannah Myles). There’s no call and response
on this gritty blues number, but it isn't necessary. The Ohio native's character-driven lyrics place us,
like a fly on the wall, in the bordello with Daddy who, after a long search, finds
his Baby there wearing a black garter
and a bra. Vivid imagery, tailor made
for the theatre.
Nisha is indeed a smart singer and a sturdy vocalist.
No vocal gymnastics or scale runs here.
Just a smoky contralto’s belly-of-the-note approach to phrasing that
gets her point across, the end result of which is an impressive collection of
skillfully crafted songs.
Must Hear: “Love’s Angel”, “So He Won’t Marry You”