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Rebecca Laird / Press

“Texas Johnny Brown, the dean of Houston blues, took the stage with young Eric Hoovestol and Rebecca Laird... The proof is always in the pudding, and the two youngsters strapped on their Stratocasters and went to work like pros. After a quick warm-up number to loosen their fingers, Brown jumped onstage with his red Les Paul and tore into his classic "There Goes The Blues." It was another of those chillbumps moments to see the 65-year gap between the ages of Brown and the kids as they laid down the law like they'd been doing it for a lifetime... Roll Susan Tedeschi and Bonnie Raitt into a 100-pound, 18-year-old package, and you'll have some idea of what this little lady can do with a guitar. In fact, she stung it so hard and so legitimately that Brown just smiled, nodded to her to take another solo, closed his eyes and laid in the rhythm while the little lady proceeded to tear up some blues. Look out, Houston, the future looks bright; we've got another very serious picker on our hands.”

“Backed up by Rebecca Laird (18?) on her bad little ass lead guitar, Quoyeser gave a performance that will someday make her a household name. She is a natural entertainer, with rock star pipes and original songs that sound like classics that you must have somehow missed. Rebecca Laird effortlessly broadcasts mature, even thrilling blues-rock guitar as if she is sweetly weaving macrame. She is just a sweet little girl... a child! But both of these young women brandish shocking musical skill as they serve up a barrage of choice cuts.”

“Rebecca Laird is one of the album's secret weapons, a young and disarming redhead, who masterfully swings her guitar with the best of them, as she manages to answer every lyric with the perfect electric touch.”

“With blazing ringlets of curly red hair, girl-next-door good looks, a calm stage demeanor and hot guitar licks, Rebecca Laird, only 20, has already heard enough of "you remind me of Bonnie Raitt." But with her recent win at Guitar Center's Battle of the Blues regional finals, which brought her a trove of new gear as well as a free trip to Los Angeles for this week's national finals at Club Nokia, Laird is looking at a potentially promising career.”

“Laird describes her listening habits as "all over the place," noting that both of her parents were very music-oriented. "There's just always something on the stereo at our house," Laird laughs. "So I've heard lots of old rock, blues, jazz, pop, folk music. I dig a lot of different stuff." She lists Vaughan as her main blues influence, but also likes Lightnin' Hopkins, Blind Lemon Jefferson and other old-school bluesmen. She also digs many of the current set of major blues players, especially Jimmie Vaughan and Joe Bonamassa, who will headline the Battle of the Blues finals.”

“A Katy-area resident is poised to set blues music on its ear by being the first female regional finalist in Guitar Center's Battle of the Blues headed for the Grand Finals.”

“AO: Where have you traveled so far on your blues journey? RL: I feel like I'm a much better musician than I was before I got into blues. It's really opened my mind to a lot of different musical styles. And because of blues I've gotten some great opportunities to do things like go to Memphis last year with The Peterson Brothers for the International Blues Challenge, where I met lots of great people. Come to think of it, I've made a lot of new friends in the blues scene and I'm really thankful for that.”

“A recipient of the Houston Blues Society's Jimmy "T-99" Nelson scholarship award in both 2010 and 2011, Laird won out over players from Austin, Dallas and as far away as Pheonix in Guitar Center's Battle of the Blues regional contest. Winning the regional also scored her a free trip to Los Angeles, where she was one of six undiscovered talents vying for the championship in the sixth and final round of the competition.”

“Underestimate Rebecca Laird, a home-schooled 20-year-old guitar phenom from Katy, at your own peril. With a mane of dark red hair and the self-contained confidence of an old pro, she’s making a name for herself as a somewhat unlikely standard bearer for old-style blues, both in Houston and far beyond.”