FAIRFIELD — She was recently featured in Guitar Player magazine. And she refers to herself as “Jimi’s sister,” a reference to the legendary guitar player Jimi Hendrix, one of her biggest musical influences.
On the music circuit, she’s called Groovy Judy. On Sunday, she will perform at Gordon’s Music and Sound.
Judy Gascoyne started playing guitar as a teen. Today, she’s a full-time professional music artist and guitar teacher.
Here’s what she shared with the Daily Republic via email:
Q: Tell me about your music.
A: My music is funk-rock with a positive groove. I write about peace, love, happiness, following your passions, being true to yourself and relationships. I love to inspire others to enjoy their lives to the fullest and follow their passions.
Q: What will the show at Gordon’s be like?
A: It will be upbeat, colorful, fun and rockin’! All ages and family friendly. People will be rocking out and shakin’ their groove thangs! I love to see people smiling, dancing and having a good time. I also love to inspire other guitarists, especially girls and women to play and rock out.
Q: Who are your musical influences?
A: Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Sly and The Family Stone are the main ones. Jimi is my main man because of his guitar playing and songwriting. He was truly amazing and one of a kind. I also love his overall groovy vibe and dress. I wrote a song called “Jimi’s Sister” as a dedication to him. He’s inspired me so much that I’ve become his guitar-slinging sister, hence the tag line “if Jimi had a sister, she’d be like me.” The Beatles because of their great pop melodies, imagery and awesome harmonies. I also love their fun-loving spirit and upbeat attitude. Sly and The Family Stone because they had awesome, danceable, funk grooves and a strong positive social message. I also love their stage outfits, they were real showmen.
Q: Do you play both originals and covers?
A: Yes. I have two full sets of originals, which are great for original venues, cafes, solo performances, festivals, fairs or summer concerts. I play covers from the 1960s to 1990s currently. I don’t mind playing covers. It’s fun to learn other people’s songs and it’s all music so it’s all groovy.
Q: What inspires your songs?
A: Putting out a positive vibe, being grateful, inspiring others, helping others, social awareness, sharing love and happiness. I love to laugh and be silly, too. Comedy and music helps me feel groovy.
Q: How do you make cover tunes your own?
A: I make it my own immediately by just playing someone else’s tune. But to be more specific, I may change the key of the song, rock it out, funk it up or trying a different groove. Sometimes I totally change it, sometimes I stick to the original arrangement because some songs are just best left the way they are.
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