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Geri Smith

How would you describe your music?

Acoustic singer songwriter

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

I do most of the work myself.

Describe your gear.

sorry don't feel comfortable w/this question

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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?

Playing alone had security issues so I never play alone anymore. The moment that made a difference was when a creepy fan waited for me after a gig in the parking lot and I saw how vunerable I was. Men probably have to deal w/this too but I think they are not in such great danger as women. I also never publish my address anywhere. I had a stalker when I was in my 20s for a couple years. Cops said he probably followed me home from a gig.

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Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

"Yes. There doesn't seem to be such amazement anymore when a woman can play the guitar. No one used to believe women could be good guitarists. Bonnie Raitt was my champion. Many women have come after her that have proven a woman can be as good or better than a man if they are willing to work hard at it.

The worst thing today's young talented women have to face in the Pop Music world is the Britney Spears factor. If you are not a size 2 and gorgeous the industry doesn't take you seriously. You have to have the whole package, and for women The bar is much higher looks wise than it is for men. Before the age of video it was so much more about how talented you were. There are so many more fakes today than there used to be. Ashlee Simpson's SNL meltdown opened people's eyes to what was going on in the industry. It was shameful. The only pop artist I can think of that is not perfect looking is Adell. I should note that R & B and Rap have a lot more female artists that are signed on the basis of talent over looks. "

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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?

Network network network. Join NARAS. Make good recordings and distribute them as widely as possible. Try your best to get some of your music licensed. And don't tell WXPN if you are from the Philadelphia area, you will get shoved into the local bin and not get played. I know several local artists like myself who are good enough to play in the best rooms in NYC but can't get airplay in thier home town. It is very frustrating.

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

I was drawn to it at a young age. Piano at 5, guitar at 9

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