Joanna Connor

Genres: Blues
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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31 August 1962, New York City, New York, USA. Connor was raised in Worcester, Massachusetts and began playing guitar while still a small child. Encouraged by her mother, a blues enthusiast, her guitar playing skills proved to be exceptional and in her teenage years she frequently sat in with visiting blues artists. By the mid-80s she had relocated to Chicago where she continued sitting in, this time with major figures who appreciated her instrumental ability. By the late 80s she had played in bands led by Johnny Littlejohn and Dion Payton, performing with the latter at the 1987 Chicago Blues Festival. Forming her own band was the next logical step and this she did late in 1987. By the end of the decade, owing to her records, she was extending her fanbase nationwide.

In addition to playing and singing, Connor also writes her own material, developing this facet of her talent through the 90s and into the early 00s. Her singing has been likened...

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