Music often changes its sound from decade-to-decade, but when Rock and Roll came onto the scene in the 1950’s, it would make its way into our hearts forever. Rock and Roll wasn’t just a genre of music. It was an outlet with lyrics more suggestive and politically charged than other genres, and people couldn’t get enough of it. It became a new standard for musical expression that is still impacting artists today.
The band, Katy Guillen and the Girls, is one of those bands impacted greatly by the Rock and Roll movement. They are everything that we love about rock and roll. Their authentic, authoritative blues rock sound, mixed with their passionate stage presence and edgy and stylish fashion is the perfect recipe for musical success.
At the age of 14, Katy Guillen began participating in blues jams around Kansas City. By 2010, she was writing songs and collaborating with veteran drummer Go-Go Ray, with whom she released her first album, When I Get Away.
Gaining their inspiration from Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Led Zepplin, to the Beach Boys, it’s no wonder their music resonates with so many fans.
“Our music is rooted heavily in the blues, taking cues from the timeless guitar riffs of Jimi Hendrix to the visionary songwriting of Patty Griffin, and the indie rock revivalist sound of Heartless Bastards. It’s energetic, rocking, bluesy, soulful, and tight,” said Katy.
The birth of the band started in September of 2012 when Guillen enlisted the talents of bassist Claire Adams and drummer Stephanie Williams to play a gig at the Royal Southern Brotherhood at renowned Kansas City blues venue called Knuckleheads Saloon.
“An immediate chemistry formed from that gig that was special. We had a great time, so we decided to keep it going,” Katy says.
With their unique backgrounds and strengths, it led to the release of their sophomore album Heavy Days to follow-up to their 2014 self-titled debut album, and the next chapter in their musical journey.
“The inspiration for a lot of the songs on our Heavy Days record comes from the experiences we’ve had over the last couple of years. Lyrically, some songs were a direct result of an experience the band had together. So there’s a lot pulled from the people and places we’ve met,” said Katy.
Katy Guillen and the Girls play a majority of their local gigs at Knucklehead’s and BB’s Lawnside BBQ along with various events and festivals around the KC metro area. Their summer tour schedule brings new festivals and destinations, including New York, Florida and Michigan. With every new opportunity, Katy Guillen and the Girls spread their infectious and original mix of classic American genres to eager music lovers and continue to expand their already sizable fan base.
The best way to keep up with their music and where they will be performing is from their website, kgandthegirls.com. You can also listen to their music on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and Bandcamp. See Katy Guillen & The Girls at Knucklehead’s on September 17th with The Stone Cutters Union, to benefit KKFI.