Ann Wilson interview with the newtown bee
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has inducted remarkably few women — and fewer bands fronted by or featuring women. But the powerful and melodic Ann Wilson and her power chord pounding sister Nancy of Heart are among those revered Hall of Fame members.
Heart, and the Wilson sisters, were early trendsetters along with fellow Hall of Fame artists like Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders, Joan Jett, Madonna and Patti Smith, Debra Harry of Blondie, Bonnie Raitt, and Connecticut’s own Tina Weymouth of Talking Heads, proving to three generations of aspiring young female musicians that girls DO rock.
In 2015, Ann Wilson continued her trendsetting ways by not only fashioning a musical project that distinctly separates her from her sister in concert, but from all that Heart music that made the the Wilson sisters famous.
The new year continues to find Ann Wilson out on the road supporting her solo project, while bouncing back and forth to various Heart gigs before heading back to her “old” band for a summer tour coincidentally sharing the bill with Joan Jett along with Cheap Trick.
But before Heart goes into overdrive, fans and curious classic rock lovers can check out The Ann Wilson Thing (TAWT) in the intimate confines of the Ridgefield Playhouse Saturday, March 26. Her new project gives Wilson a chance to put all those Heart hits on the shelf in favor of breaking out a set of her favorite cover tunes in front of a fresh new quartet of musicians — Craig Bartock, Chris Joyner, Andy Stoller, and Ben Smith.
In a recent chat with The Newtown Bee, Wilson talked about her new band, dispensed some advice for aspiring female musicians, and plans to take TAWT to its next stage with a follow-up EP to her solo debut called Thing 1. We proposed it could very well be entitled Thing 2.