Nita Strauss was the recent guest of the Rob Rush Radio to talk about her debut solo album, “Controlled Chaos” and her upcoming gig at the Iridium in NYC on May 19th.3

Nita also revealed her earliest influencer.

Here is her statement:

“There are so many amazing female guitar players out there in the forefront killing it these days, but when I was a kid growing up, my heroes the same as everybody else’s guitar heroes – Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Marty Friedman

And it wasn’t until I saw Michael Jackson and Jennifer Batten – she had this blonde hair and super chops and just playing anything that any dude could play.

I remember thinking, ‘That’s what I want to do.’ By and large, a lot of the girls that were out there doing it were great guitar players, but they weren’t playing the most intense solos.

If you look at Heart, and if you look at The Runaways, Lita Ford, Joan Jett – they’re not out there shredding like crazy, they’re not the most technical players. Great players, trailblazers, but not so technique-heavy.

So my heroes were the shred heroes, and when I saw Jennifer just shredding her butt off at the Super Bowl I said, ‘That’s what I want to do.’ So Jennifer was my earliest guitar hero.”

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