British Blues Queen Chantel McGregor Shreds Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Red House’

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Alright, so apparently this video is from 2009 and so I’m probably a little bit behind, but for those who haven’t seen it, here’s Chantel McGregor, a British blues guitarist, leaving the crowd experienced with her bold (as love) take on Jimi Hendrix’s classic “Red House” at the Selby Open Air Festival in Yorkshire. Oh, and she can sing too.

It should be worth noting that according to her website, McGregor, who has been playing the electric guitar since age seven, was told by an A&R exec at 14 that ‘girls don’t play guitar like that.’ Well, sucks to be you, mysterious A&R exec, because now she’s touring all over the UK, is developing a following with blues fans and has an album out (with a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Rhiannon,” because why not) and can only go up from here.

So yeah, this video is pretty great.

(video via The Daily What)

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Lindsay Eanet

Lindsay Eanet (@lindsayeanet) is a Chicago-based writer, editor and performer. Her writing has appeared in McSweeney’s, Paste, Howler, Chicago Magazine and others. She is the host & producer of I’ll Be There for You, a biweekly podcast about pop culture and coping. But enough about her, let’s talk about you.

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  1. When I was younger, I kept my fingernails cut ridiculously short for guitar playing. Now I keep them ridiculously short “for guitar playing.”

  2. She is incredible!
    Laughing hard at that exec who said girls don’t play guitar like that. Really? I like to show them all the women I’ve seen rip into Santana, Hendrix, and Stevie Ray Vaughn like nobody’s business! I’ll happily play whoever that was, and whoever else wants to claim that girls can’t play the guitar, a solo.

  3. i love female musicians who dont have to do the “look im playing in a bikini, will you pay attention to me now?” approach.

    i watch a lot of female musician (mainly drummer/guitarist) youtube videos because i myself am also musically inclined and people like this are refreshing.

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