Shannon Curfman: Rock Star Mama!

Recently, I was bemoaning the fact that my catalog is decidedly testosterone-heavy. I’m a bluesy-metal-rocker-punk-outlaw country kind of girl, and that’s not really a chick-heavy music genre. Or is it? Take a listen to Shannon Curfman‘s catalog & you may change your mind — I know I did.

Curfman was 15 when her debut CD was released – and a tender 13 when it was recorded. With Loud Guitars, Big Suspicions, Curfman broke onto the scene as a blues powerhouse, delivering awesome hooks and chords. I lurve a girl who can play guitar and deliver the goods, and she did it. I listened to this CD a lot over the years.

Now, eleven years and two CDs later (including the 2007 hard rocking Fast Lane Addiction), Curfman has earned her big girl voice and you can hear how it effects the emotion in the songs on her newest release, What You’re Getting Into. Released earlier this year, it’s another great release featuring smart guitar playing and vocals.

Curfman has become a prolific player in the blues arena and has played with legends B.B. King & Carlos Santana. Currently touring with Kid Rock, we caught up with Curfman and she was kind enough to answer a few questions for us.

1. When did you start playing guitar? Do you play any other instruments?
I started playing guitar when I was 9 or 10. My family is American Indian and there were free lessons being given at the Indian center. My grandmother got three of her grandchildren to go and that’s what started all of it for me. Unfortunately I don’t play any other instrument really well but I can get by on just about anything if I have a minute to noodle around with it.

2. How did your parents support your early musical leanings?
My parents were supportive with all of my hobbies. I was in tae kwon do, dance, two choirs, soccer, piano, vocal lessons, art and extra-curricular math and they didn’t care what it was I ended up loving. They were just there to support my dreams. After a couple years went by and we knew my hobby of music had become a passion and in turn also a career they made the move from Fargo to Minneapolis to help me along further when I was 12.

3. You came on the scene around the same time as pop princess phenoms like Britney Spears. Were you ever tempted (or encouraged) to present more of a pop sound to go more mainstream?
I had worked with writers, producers and A&R guys that wanted me to just get that big pop hit. I don’t understand why anyone would want to strip a musician of their dignity to make them play a kind of music they don’t like. I would never be the right person to go out there and try and sell a pop song to the world’s ears because I just don’t believe in it. Whatever product you are trying to sell you should believe in.

4. You’ve had the opportunity to play with some pretty awesome jazz/blues musicians. Which musician were you most excited to work with? Who do you hope to work with in the future?
I’ve been excited to play with all of them no matter how successful. Collaborating with other musicians is such a rush and I’m just honored when people invite me to share the stage with them. I would love to work with Jonny Lang again. We have a great history together and both come from Fargo, ND. He’s such a ridiculous musician. There are a couple different songs that I would love to cover with him someday.

5. Do you have any must-have items from home when you tour? Any good luck charms?
My iPhone and Macbook are my must haves. I have a two year old daughter that I miss desperately when I’m gone and we video chat with our phones and computers all the time to try and keep a sense of normalcy to our relationship. It might not be the norm but it is what is normal to us. I have two good luck charms that I never leave home without. One is the bracelet my daughter picked out for me for Mother’s Day and a pink diamond ring that her father gave me when we found out we were having a girl.

6. What’s your favorite part of touring?
I just love playing live. They could stick us in a 200 seat bar in the middle of nowhere or in a 100,000 seat arena and we still have a blast playing with each other and for the audience. I love watching people’s reactions to our show. We play such a diverse collection of styles of music in Kid Rock’s band and we have all sorts of pyro. It’s pretty rockin.’ I enjoy every single night.

7. The deserted island question – what would be your necessary book/movie/CD/food you would bring along?
The only thing necessary would be my daughter. Any other material thing could be left behind.

Visit Shannon’s website for lots more information on this Rock Star Mama!

8 Responses to Shannon Curfman: Rock Star Mama!
  1. Ri
    October 28, 2010 | 11:27 am

    LOVE Shannon, and love that she took the time to answer the questions so thoughtfully! Win/win! :)
    Ri´s last [type] ..You want answers You talkin to ME

  2. Brenda Brown
    October 28, 2010 | 9:12 pm

    I love Shannn Curfman as a person,and as an artist she is as real as you can get and works hard to entertain her audience,but it always comes from her heart no matter what she does…so proud of a woman who has made her way in a mans field and as a friend!!!!!!! You go girl!!! Love your music!!! Fills my heart even on a bad day!

  3. Tom Reeves
    October 28, 2010 | 10:54 pm

    I have been following Shannon’s music career ever since discovering that first CD. Love her music. My wife and I had the pleasure of seeing her in a live concert in Milwaukee earlier this year. What a treat, a what a great musician.

  4. Becky Hastings
    October 29, 2010 | 12:59 am

    shannon what i like about you is an all around good sense of music ,hair swinging in your guitar strings and your a hell of a good mom. thats what i like about you!

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    I love your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you create this website yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you? Plz answer back as I’m looking to design my own blog and would like to find out where u got this from. many thanks

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