“Changing the face of the blues with her music”

-NBC’s Today Show

Appears on the Alternate Root’s 2013 list “30 Women Burning up the Blues”

Opened for/played with B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Little Feat, Jimmie Vaughan, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Johnny Winter, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Ronnie Earl, Mark Hummel, Nick Moss, Ruthie Foster, Jonathan Edwards, Phil Wiggins, and more.

Performed at the North Atlantic Blues Festival (ME), the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival (OR), FestiBlues (Canada), the White Mountain Boogie & Blues Fest (NH), the Jonesboro Blues Festival (AR) and more.

L photo by Kathleen Marucci

R photo by Connie Oleksak Warner

Since Lydia Warren’s 2001 debut at the ripe old age of 17, she has been turning heads in the blues scene. The guitarist/singer/songwriter cut her teeth opening for blues and classic rock luminaries B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and Little Feat throughout New England, earning a Boston Music Award nomination and a feature on NBC’s Today Show. While touring throughout Lebanon, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Canada, and the United States, Lydia independently released six albums to great acclaim and international airplay. Filled with original songs, her records showcase Chicago blues aesthetics, modern musicality, and soulful rock sensibilities. Lydia also collaborates with Boyd Small (NL), the Brothers & Sisters Blues Tour, The Neurotics, Gracie Curran, and Matt Kelley.

In 2013 Lydia Warren returned to the studio with Josh Fulero on guitar (Curtis Salgado, John Nemeth), Danny Banks on bass (John Nemeth), and Chris Rivelli on drums (Roomful of Blues, Janiva Magness) to record “Hotel Beds,” a fan-funded album showcasing what she as become known for; a love and mastery of West Side Chicago blues. “Hotel Beds” features ten tracks cut live in the studio during one 48-hour recording session, with vintage gear and minimal edits. The songs run the gamut from the flirty title-track shuffle, to the moody slide-infused “Memphis,” to the classic slow blues “So Many Roads.” “Hotel Beds” is the audible culmination of 13 years of live performances, countless appearances with blues masters, and trials and tribulations in love and life. The record is currently for sale on iTunes and and shows, and is climbing the Roots Music Report radio airplay chart.

Separating Lydia from the pack of other young blues musicians with impressive resumes and endorsements from the elder statesmen of the genre is her pursuit of blues scholarship in academia. Lydia earned her A.A. in Music from Middlesex Community College in 2011, receiving a Follett Scholarship and the Music Department’s award for Outstanding Performance. She was then accepted to Smith College, the largest privately endowed college for women in the country, on an Ada Comstock Scholarship. In 2013 Lydia received a Praxis Grant, funding her summer internship at Smithsonian Folkways, the nonprofit record label of the Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, D.C. Graduating in December of 2013 with a B.A. in Music and a certification in Ethnomusicology, Lydia was awarded the Harriet Dey Barnum Prize for Best All-Around Student of Music. Her independent undergraduate work concentrated on race, gender, and (perceived) authenticity in modern blues music and the history of Beale Street. She is currently pursing a PhD in Critical and Comparative Studies at the University of Virginia’s McIntire Department of Music.