Alison Mosshart may be the powerhouse for blues rock in the 21st century. As the lead vocalist and rythm guitarist of The Dead Weather, she blows me away with not only her dynamic vocals, but with her dominant stage presence. Alongside Jack White, Jack Lawrence and Dean Fertita she exudes a confidence that is both desirable and desiring. The group could be the most monumental band for blues rock music at this time. Or maybe I’m just in love with what “Baby Ruthless,” brings to the stage.
The 34-year-old musician/ singer-songwriter/ artist/ model hails from Vero Beach, Florida, and has been part of numerous acts for over the past decade. These acts include Discount, The Kills, The Dead Weather, The Raconteurs, Royal Trux, The Last Shadow Puppets, Arctic Monkeys, Placebo, Primal Scream and Carla Azar. Aside from vocals, she plays the guitar, synthesizer and percussions. Her notable instruments are the White Diddley Bo, Red Hagstrom and Black and White Rickenbacker.
Starting her music career as part of the punk rock band, Discount, Alison co-founded the indie rock band, The Kills, with Jamie Hince in 2000 when Discount ended up disbanding. After becoming exhausted and ill, she saved up money to move to London with Jamie and start recording. She has the date of The Kill’s first concert on her left hand: February 14, 2002. Her stage name for The Kills is “VV.” After their 10 year anniversary, Alison lent her vocals to Jack White and Jack Lawrence’s band, The Raconteurs. She joined The Dead Weather in 2009, co-writing 8 of the 10 original tracks on Horehound.
Alison’s growth as a vocalist is exceptionally apparent through her work with her newest band, The Dead Weather. She emits a powerful light into the world of blues rock that the 21st century has been missing for some time. Watching her rock out on YouTube and rocking out to her at home has become one of my recent favourite past times, whether I’m exercising, working or writing. You can pick up The Dead Weather‘s album Horehound on itunes here. Watch the full concert below.