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Rebecca Lucille Cannon, The Texas Sapphires

How would you describe your music?

We play real Country music, Honky-Tonk, Americana, Bluegrass, Texas Two-Stepping music!

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

"In The Texas Sapphires: 1) I am the lead vocalist. 2) I make sure our web presence stays up to date and captivating. 3) I sell the Merchandise at shows, and on-line. 4) My band partner, Billy Brent Malkus, who I formed the band with, makes most of the fiscal business decisions. He is the band leader, and I'm like the diplomat. We do decide on personnel issues together, and we discuss all aspects of the band on a weekly basis. We brainstorm together. We write, and rehearse together. We definitely make a good team, and are strictly on a plutonic basis, like a brother and sister relationship."

Describe your gear.

My vocal chords, a 58 Shure mic, my dance moves, my merch, my personality, my BOSE PA.

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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?

Of Course, being a woman and a musician is different from being a male musician, however, I love the differences. I love being the only woman in a band. I play a genre of music, that is dominated by men, but that inspires me to do my best, and keeps me on my toes. Honestly, I prefer to play with men, and be the only female in the band. The whole experience has given me a deeper understanding of men, and I feel like I know the man's mind a little better than the average woman, having traveled in such close quarters for long periods of time.

Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

Yes, I do. I think women are way more powerful now, than they were in the past. After all, at least in America, there are Rock Camps for Girls, which proves a greater acceptance of females playing instruments in rock bands. Females are dominating the world wide pop charts, like Lady Gaga. And yes, women are using their sexuality to sell their music, but i don't think that is anything new. I think if you are talented, and you want to use your sexuality to help sell your music, then more power to you. However, if you have no talent, and you try and use your sex to sell your music, I think your career will be short lived or ridiculed. Brittany Spears may not have the greatest voice, but she's a fabulous dancer, and entertainer, and her lifestyle keeps us interested!

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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 think one of the most important pieces of advice i have gained over the years is to remain humble. After this, everything else I have learned is through experience. You will find as quickly as people praise you, and tell you how fantastic you are, including fans and critics, they can as quickly turn on you, and want to see you fail. So, you have to have a strong sense of self, and be able to put up with criticism. Absolutely, do not play music to be famous; play music, because you do not have a choice, and it's the love of your life.The musical ground upon which you stand, will be shallow and break, if you only want fame and fortune. Play any genre, any instrument that you desire, but you absolutely have to love it, and good things will follow, especially if you stick with it.

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

I have been performing in front of an imaginary audience since I was real little. I love making people smile, laugh, cry, dance. I want to move people, and I can do this with my emotive vocals. I want people to feel the song, and listen to the stories. That's why I chose to front bands and sing lead vocals.

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