The Left-Handed Guitar Players That Changed Music By John Engel
Barbara Lynn is a very rare talent. A female left-handed guitar-playing singer-songwriter, she bolted out of the starting gate at 20 with a nationwide hit, her own composition, “You’ll Lose a Good Thing.” While her biggest hits and most visible years swung solidly in the R&B genre, the “Empress of Gulf Coast Soul” was later promoted as a blues and soul artist. The insistence on the blues label by some recent minders may have stemmed mainly from her guitar playing, which would sell her more easily as a blues-woman. R&B, after all, does not count many instrument-playing singers (let alone female ones) and has never been known as an ideal platform for guitar soloing – even less so since the 1980s. Lynn has therefore been a true pioneer.
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