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Lynda Kay

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How would you describe your music?

Classic Country. My favorite artists are Patsy Cline, Roy Orbison, Kitty Wells, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Willie Nelson, and Elvis Presley. I like to think I've learned a little something from all of them.

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

"Here are just a few of my roles: singer, songwriter, production, bandleader, booking, marketing, web designer, flyers, contracts, costume designs I am actually quite involved with many aspects of my career, although I'd prefer to just sing, write songs, and design costumes! "

Describe your gear.

"I am a proud Gretsch endorsee, and I have two guitars that are my favorites: Gretsch Knotty Pine Roundup (semi-hollow mahogany body with beautiful tooled leather binding) and Gretsch Rancher Jr. (black lacquer acoustic with creme binding). My friends at Shure keep me in microphones and the SM Beta 58 or 55H seem to work best for my deep contralto voice. And when I'm hitting the road ramblin' roots style, I bring along my signature homemade Samsonite suitcase kickdrum with the double bass drum pedal so I can get that rolling train beat, compliments of the kind folks at The Duallist from Scotland. (normally, these pedals are used by the hardcore men of metal, but it seems that I am their only female endorsee) "

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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?

There is absolutely a difference. And one can either look at that in a positive or negative way. I prefer looking at it as a good thing. It is a little more challenging as a woman to be taken seriously as a musician, so I have taken that to mean that I have to continue to work at my refining my craft and develop those aspects that are unique and special to me as a musician and a person. There may be gender bias out there, but talent is undeniable.

Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

The only differences that I can see between the generations of women musicians is the expression in the eyes and the feeling of the voice...there is a knowing in the later generations that can only come from years of experience.

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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?

If you love making music more than anything you've ever done in your entire life, then don't stop, no matter how challenging the business aspects are, and regardless of the personal sacrifices, always keep making music. It will be your saving grace.

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

Out of necessity. I started singing at the age of 3, so my voice was the first instrument I was drawn to. I really wanted to learn to play piano, but my parents didn't think I had the patience, so my sister got piano lessons, and they put me in tap dancing (I guess that's where I got my sense of rhythm.) And when I was in my late 20's, I decided to teach myself to play guitar so I could put chords behind the melodies in my head and began writing songs.

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