So, how long have you
been doing music ?
I started singing in
church choir and playing piano
before I can remember--when I was
3 or 4. Music was always a
necessity in my life. This is my
first band, though, which was
started about 4 years ago.
you still play piano today ?
I wish I did?! Its
difficult to have a piano when
renting an apartment.
did you get started ?
My family was always
very musical. My grandmother
plays piano by ear, so there was
always music around, and we were
always encouraged to make music.
The piano became an outlet for me
growing up, and I always enjoyed
singing at the top of my lungs,
making everyone around me look at
you remember the first record you
bought and/or the one that made
you think « Woahhh, thats
what I want to do ! «
Oh, I had tons of
records when I was little?! I
think I got my first little white
and blue Fisher-Price record
player for my 6th birthday. I had
all kinds of records like the
Grease soundtrack, My Sharona,
Hey Mickey, etc, etc, along with
all kinds of childrens
records--Winnie the Pooh and so
on. I was always playing (and
scratching) them and singing
along at the top of my lungs. And
I always wanted to sing, but it
wasnt until I really
listened to Patsy Cline in my
early twenties that I knew
exactly what I wanted to sing.
a long way from Winnie the Pooh
to Patsy Cline. How did you
discover her music ?
My mom listened to
classic country (as well as many
other things) when I was young,
so it was part of my background.
But I didnt REALLY take
notice of her until the mid-90s
when I was getting over my
strictly new wave phase.
generally, how did you become
interested in rockabilly and all
that rockin stuff ?
It was at the same time
as I fell in love with Patsys
style and strong voice. I kind of
got bored with the new wave and
was seeking something new and
wanting to broaden my horizons. I
started to go see some live bands
(in Austin, TX--thats where
I lived at the time) that played
a variety of early forms of
music, and met people at those
shows who got me into hillbilly,
early country, swing and
rockabilly stuff. Once I first
was exposed to the stuff, I
couldnt get enough!
are your influences as a singer
and a songwriter ?
Patsy Cline has got to
be the biggest influence on me.
But there are so many others that
have also influenced me--Wanda
Jackson, Janis Martin, Goldie
Hill, Charline Arthur, Johnny
Cash, Lefty Frizzel, Carl
Perkins, and the list can go on
your website, to the classic
"desert island record"
question, you answer Patsy Cline,
Marti Brom and more surprising
any Clash . Do you have a punk
Ha ha... Thats
more from my new wave days. I do
love what little Clash I have,
but I probably wouldnt
include them if I had to answer
the question again. Theres
too much wonderful music out
there (all types) that I dont
know what Id choose!
Hopefully Ill never get
stranded on a desert island?!
about your band, where do they
come from, were they in other
bands before ?
Joel Morin, my guitar
player, is from Michigan, and has
played with Pep Torres, 3-Day
Monks, Rebel Train, Original
Sinners, just to name a few. Tony
Macias, my bass player, is from
Los Angeles, and has played with
Pep Torres, Annette Valdes and
more, and is currently also
playing with The Rocketz. Tony
DeHerrera, my drummer, grew up in
the LA area as well (though was
born in Tacoma Washington), and
was in a punk band that I dont
know the name of back in his high
school days. Currently he plays
with the Vaquetones as well.
you remember the first show you
Yes, our first show was
in September of 2001 at Crazy
Jacks which was in
Burbank, CA (part of LA for all
intensive purposes). We opened
for the Paladins
it change something being a woman
on the rockabilly scene, is it
People have asked me
questions like this throughout my
life. Im also a software
developer, something else that is
less common for women to do. I
guess in someways, in every
aspect of life being a woman
makes things different. Sometimes
its easier, sometimes its
harder. I think all in all, Ive
been lucky being a woman in the
rockabilly scene, and for the
most part, its been easier
for me, though, of course, its
always a challenge and a lot of
your album, was it your first
experience in the studio. Did you
release anything before that ?
Yes, the debut album,
Step It Up, was my first studio
experience, and our first release.
it done live in the studio ?
Yes, for the most part
it was done live in the studio. I
lost my voice while recording and
had to go back a couple weeks
later to do the vocals for one
song, but all the rest was done
is the most memorable gigs you
played and/or went to ?
Weve had so many
memorable gigs, its hard to
pinpoint a few. Its always
a pleasure to get together with
the Honeybees from Chicago and
the Casey Sisters from Austin, TX
to do our She Demons tours. Weve
only done one tour so far, but
hope to get together again soon.
We also have had especially good
times playing the Rockabilly Ball
in Seattle, Washington the last 2
years, and Viva Las Vegas 7.
can you tell about the new album
The new album is almost
done! We are currently mixing.
There are 9 of my originals,1
instrumental (Joel gets credit
for this one), a few covers, and
maybe a bonus track. The cd is
named «Baby If I...» and
includes a wide range of songs,
including a couple frantic rock
n roll tunes, a kind of
jazzy number called «Crazy For
Your Love,» some honky tonk
tunes and more.
you have guests ?
There are no guests this
time, just me and the Shooters.
Itll be out on El Toro
sometime soon--Winter, hopefully.
Youll just have to wait and
find out on the rest of the
details on your own, but I must
say, Im very excited about
it?! I think weve grown
tremendously since «Step It Up»
and it shows.
last word ?
Id just like to
say thanks, for doing the
interview, and thanks to all the
fans out there. Im blessed
to have all the support from
everyone that allows me to
continue doing what I love. Its
really what keeps us going?! And
we hope to see you out there in
France one of these days?!
Alright, enjoy, and take care?!