The woman regarded by some as the future of rock ’n’ roll is hurtling down the highway outside of Des Moines, Iowa, in a tour bus crammed with musicians from four other bands. She is giggling as she tries to explain how she can trace a direct line from her love of liturgical music to her current status as one of today’s guitar goddesses.
The Fabulous Miss Wendy (“You can just call me Miss Wendy”), the 25-year-old artist formerly known as Wendy Jacobson, has been tagged by Revolver magazine as “the sexiest rock star ever” and has been compared to female guitar greats like Joan Jett and The Runaways by no less an authority than Kim Fowley, the producer of Miss Wendy’s latest release, No One Can Stop Me.
And Fowley would know: He is the person who discovered The Runaways, the seminal 1970s Los Angeles all-female rock group.
Miss Wendy, who is performing locally next week, also hails from Southern California — “born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, just like the Runaways,” she exclaims during a phone interview. It was there, at Shomrei Torah Synagogue in West Hills, that she first felt the pull of music. “What really got me started on this was going to temple and hearing all the prayers. I used to beg my parents to take me so I could listen to the music, and I was always excited for music time during Hebrew school,” she recalls.
Music lessons soon followed, and she began playing guitar and writing songs by the time she was 10 years old.
Now with two albums under her belt in less than four years and the Femme Fest tour, which she is not only headlining but also organizing, Miss Wendy has become a role model for younger generations of girls who want to strap on a guitar and shred like she does. She not only accepts the responsibility; she embraces it. “I think I’m a pretty decent role model,” she says. “I love what I do, I work really hard and I’ve gone through a lot of crap. I would love to encourage girls to keep moving forward toward their goals!”
That doesn’t mean she ignores those with Y chromosomes. She jokes that the male musicians on the tour have been feeling so marginalized that she has already started planning a Men Fest tour.
May 23 at 8 p.m.
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