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Catie Curtis

How would you describe your music?

Folk-Rock-Pop (I have been described by the New Yorker Magazine as a "Folk-Rock Goddess") Grooving, poetic, witty and sensual.

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

I have always worked collaboratively with my manager, Tim Bernett, to make business decisions. Recently, I've created an Advisory Team, made up of 6 women and 2 men, who are CEOs and visionary thinkers, to help me succeed in the new frontier of artist promotion. This time feels very exciting, fresh, and ripe with opportunity.

Describe your gear.

"I play a Martin 000-28 guitar, and a Gibson LG2 (1947) I use Boss tuning pedals, Digitech JamMan Looping pedal, Diaz Tremodillo Tremolo pedal, LR Baggs pre-amp. I use Elixir Strings. I have a home-made foot stomping board with a Fishman pick-up in it for creating a kick-drum sound while playing solo. "

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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?

"Most men say they learned to play guitar to attract the opposite sex. I personally learned to play in order to avoid the opposite sex. Early on, men like to show what they can do, whereas women want to show who they are. Women always have to prove themselves. The first time I realized it was going in to a music store to buy a wah wah pedal. The sales guy asked if it was for my boyfriend. "

Related Themes: The First Time

Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

"There's so many more of us now. You can't really generalize about women in music anymore because there's so much diversity.

Women (and men) no longer need to be ""chosen"" by labels, by the industry. We make our own paths now, using the internet and social media. That gives us the latitude to really be ourselves. "

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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?

"My fans give me advice. I talk to them every night after the shows, while signing CDs. From the beginning, they have always been clear: stay true to yourself, don't let the business make you over. Now my advice to emerging artists is this: find a way to make your career meaningful. Connect with groups of people who resonate with you philosophically and politically. Play benefit concerts, take a stand, be a leader. "

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

I was given a guitar as a teenager, by a woman artist/neighbor who said "you can have this as long as you promise me you learn to play it." I have since started an online endowment called Inspire to Aspire (link to photo in Billboard: http://www.catiecurtis.com/index.php?page=press&display=1817&from=) to give guitars away to kids.

Related Themes: The First Time