I'd have to start with Bonnie Raitt ... her voice and her guitar work just knock me out!
@ Rex ... I was never into Ms. Welch until that last Harvest/Rawlings thing she just did... what can I say about that one... if you take comparisons, it makes most other folk shit look like shit... but I believe David Rawlings is the picker on that one.?????
If a female guitarist that doesn't sing is to be considered in this discussion, I humbly suggest you click on this link and... meet Ana Vidovic.
She can play guitar...
Very nice ... is that what is commonly known as Flamenco guitar, or it that something different?
Not exactly... it's classical guitar. The piece "Asturias" was written by a Spanish composer, Albeniz. The era of Romantism was simultaneous with nationalist movements in Europe (Greece became independent from Turkish Empire, Italy and Germany got unified) and many classical composers of the second half of 19th century and 1st quarter of 20th century echoed the folk music of their countries in the music they wrote (Sibelius/Finland, Lizt/Hungary, Borodin and Rimski-Korsakov/Russia, Falla and Albeniz/Spain, to name a few). Given the fact that classic guitar reached its standard form in the second half of 19th century, it ws only natural that Spanish musicians of the time wrote for guitar or transcribed for guitar some pieces that were originally written for other instruments. Albeniz is one of my very favorite authors, and this is one of my "top-ten" favorite masterpieces. Ana Vidovic plays it in a wonderful way (If you compare her rendition to Segovia's version, also available in youtube, you'll know what I mean). Glad you enjoyed it!
Nancy Wilson - Heart
Lita Ford and Joan Jett - Runaways
Maybelle Carter - The Carter Family
Actually - Maybelle is not much of a rocker but a pioneer guitarist with a unique style.
Bonnie is more bluesy than rock as well but an amazing performer.
I probably made a mistake asking about women who "rock" ... I mainly meant women who were good guitarists and who made great music with voice and guitar. :-)
My vote is for Ana Popovic, Serbian Blues guitarist.
And if you think I'm joking, check out this video on Youtube.
Guess my version of Blues thinking is different.
Sort of a female Stevie Ray Vaughn ...
What can I say, the blues has come a long way since Leadbelly and Robert Johnson.
Tal Wilkenfeld, bassist extraordinaire. Here she is at 21, playing with Jeff Beck