Laura Chavez Interview, By Virginiabluesman

Posted on 3/05/2010 by Virginiabluesman

(Washington DC) A few weeks ago I interviewed Bob Margolin for this site, and he mentioned Laura Chavez as being one of the top young guitarists. Having the respect I DO have for Bob and his musicianship, I went straight to google Laura's name. This search led me to Candye Kane. Laura is now the lead guitarist for Candye's band, and she just makes a good thing better.

I've read the reviews: The next SRV, best female guitarist, and many more. I asked Laura how she felt about these comments, and  she isn't as fond of them as the people that wrote them apparentely are. She doesn't want to be compared to SRV or anyone else for that matter. Personally, I'm a bit worn out with female musicians/vocalists etc being compared to other females of their class. Laura would like to just be appreciated for who she is, and I was very pleased to see that she is very humble about her abilities.

Candye Kane and Laura Chavez

Laura's influences early in her career spanned from The Rolling Stones to Led Zeppelin to Eric Clapton. She says she became more interested in the Blues as she got into high school, and listed some of her Blues influences as BB King, Hubert Sumlin , Jimmy Vaughan, TBone Walker, Hubert Sumlin and the great Freddie King.

One of Laura's first professional gigs was with The Lara Price band in San Jose, California. She started playing in Lara's band at the age of 18, and stayed with the band for approximately 8 years. She played gigs with The Lara Price Band, and played on three CD's. She expressed to me that she enjoyed playing in Lara's band, and stayed with the band until she left to play in Candye Kane's band.

Laura Chavez

Laura possesses a strong talent for the Blues. There isn't much she can't do on the guitar, and she quickly made an impression on many people in the Blues world, including one of the better Blues guitarists in the world today, Sue Foley. Candye was in the market for a hot new guitarist, and Sue Foley recommended Laura to Candye, and she hired her without seeing her or hearing her. A recommendation from a guitarist of Sue Foley's class made an impression on Candye, and the quality of Candye's band was elevated to a new level with the addition of Laura.

Superhero, Candye Kane's new CD, has Laura's influence all over it. Guitar virtuoso Laura Chavez co-wrote 6 songs with Candye and she also co-produced the CD which is getting great reviews all across the globe. Pick this CD up and give it several listens. Laura is showcased on this CD as well as Candye's amazing voice, and her stellar band. Do I hear a touch of Duane Eddy on the title track? I'm not sure if that sound was intentional or not, as Laura wasn't even born when Duane was riding high on the charts with his amazing style of play, but you gotta like it!

Laura Chavez and Candye Kane

Laura Chavez is going to be showing off her blazing guitar style with Candye Kane on tour this year. Watching her play, you get the feeling that you are seeing something very special early in her career. I am looking forward to following Laura's career, and watching a young budding guitar player grow with her craft. Laura is here to stay, and soon will become a household name, not only in the Blues world, but in the "main stream" of music as well.

All pictures are used with the permission of Laura Chavez

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