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THE BLUES IS FEMALE: Meet all-girl band Jane Lee Hooker.

Do you long for the days of Joplin, Quatro, Jett? Women in rock and blues who could belt it out. It's time you got to a Jane Lee Hooker gig. These five native New Yorkers debuted with their punk-blues influenced album No B! in 2016 and they've played just about every joint in the country--and around the world since.

Meet the gang (pictured left to right): Hail Mary Zadroga on bass guitar; Tracy High-top on guitar; Tina "T-Bone" Gorin on guitar; Melissa "Cool Whip" Houston on drums; Dana "Danger" Athens on vocals--a girl gang whose formation was kismet. Guitarist Hightop, who has a 6-year-old daughter with her wife of 12 years, shared the band's story with Curve.

"A few years back, T Bone and I decided that we wanted to recapture the amazing times we had playing dual lead guitars in [bitchin', hard-partying band] Helldorado. So we decided we would put a blues band together to play shows in NYC and take as many guitar solos as we wanted"

Hightop put out feelers and found Cool Whip and they clicked. Next came Mary, who'd played with High Top in hardcore band The Wives. "Mary and I always kept in touch but I didn't think she would want to play blues--she's got a punk rock background--but she jumped in and it worked immediately." Next in was Dana. "We found her in a matter of hours and invited her to hang out and play with us in the studio. Instrumentally, the band was monstrous--better than my wildest dreams. Sometimes when you don't think or plan or want anything you get magical results."

This improvized jamming is the spirit of their second album, Spiritus. "Let the spirits take you on a joy ride," says Hightop. "Because honestly, that's what this band is: the world's loudest joy ride." (janeleehooker.com)

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