I picked up my first guitar when I was 11 months old. My first concert was in '74 -- Bob Dylan. I had my first record deal with Columbia House when I was 12. Apparently, for one penny, I could order as many as 8 cassette tapes and all I had to do was buy at least two more tapes within the next two years at regular club price plus shipping. I had no idea at the time that it cost almost 75 bucks to ship a tape.
Tomorrow night, some friends and I are heading to the Rococco to see Gillian Welch. In honor of all those gals out there who have been picking and singing and changing diapers and feeding hungry men and working full time and sneaking softly plucked songs during naptime and packing stadiums: