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Raina Rose

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How would you describe your music?

american riot unicorn music

What is your role in your band? In the studio? In business or marketing decisions?

I am the captain of my own ship in most ways. I lead the band, i book the shows, i make all the business decisions. However, i have recently put together a trio and the bass player and i have started sharing some of that responsibility, which is incredibly nice. I'd love help from a booking agent or a manager, but i'm only going to hand over that role to someone who is truly dedicated to what i do.

Describe your gear.

"1980's shure SM 59 vocal mic custom made Bayard Blain acoustic guitar with an LR Baggs pickup mid-missouri brand mandolin (i'd love a nicer one) a hardware store bucket with a strap and brushes (makes a great drum) "

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Do you think being a woman and a musician is different from being a man and a musician? If so, how? Was there a moment that made a difference clear to you?

Absolutely. I have done a lot of touring with male musicians and have had this conversation quite a few times. When someone wants to compliment a man who plays guitar they say "Wow, you're a great guitar player" I have heard this "compliment" more times than i care to admit "You are the best female guitar player i've heard". I understand they were meaning to compliment me, but what they are doing is saying "my expectations for your guitar skills were low!" and the fact that i'm a woman comes before the fact that i play guitar in the sentence. It really bugs me. I also think there is more focus on a female musician's appearance than a male musician's appearance. You have to be pretty BEFORE you have to be talented. It's still thought of as a boy's game.

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Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

I think there were fewer female musicians in generations. I also think they had fewer role models than we do now as the gap between the sexes in terms of profession closes. I am sure i had more women to look up to then say, Joni Mitchell or Bonnie Rait, both incredible and well respected musicians. I also think Ani DiFranco's commitment to running her own empire has opened many doors for all of us wanting to not be taken advantage or in terms of her music/art.

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Did anyone ever give you any valuable advice about making your way in the music industry? What advice would you give to a woman musician just starting out?

"i would say that music is the most important and rewarding and most difficult thing i have done in my life so far. The blessings it has brought me and the lessons it has afforded me are absolutely priceless. Quit your job! Believe in the fact that the music and art you make can in fact make the world a more perfect place. thank you for asking these questions and I'd love to talk more about this kind of thing. Feel free to get a hold of me xoxo raina rose 503 380-4547 raina@rainarose.com"

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

i adore the acoustic guitar. I always have. My dad is a guitar player (he has a degree in the history of country and western music from UCSC) and they were never off limits when i was a kid. I took piano lessons for a year in 2nd grade. hated it. Then tried cello, i wasn't great. Then tried saxophone, that was beyond me. Then i started taking guitar when i was 11 years in 6th grade. I loved it. I stopped doing my homework and pretty much spent my afternoons playing guitar. It is like an extra limb.

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