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Donna Lynn Kay is a Canadian singer and slide guitarist whose musical influences draw from the American Deep South and the Mississippi Delta. Originally from Sudbury, Ontario, she has lived in Canada, Europe, and most recently in Austin, Texas.
In Austin, Donna was a regular on the local Blues Scene – appearing on stage at such hallowed venues as Antone’s and Threadgill’s – and has shared the stage with such noted players as Hubert Sumlin, Buckwheat Zydeco and Kim Wilson. She is equally comfortable playing electric guitar at the bigger venues, or playing more laid back and intimate clubs where her instrument of choice is her National Guitar.
Musically, Donna draws from the early slide masters like Son House and Blind Willie Johnson. You will also hear the influences of Muddy Waters, Robert Petway and of course, Robert Johnson – the most famous of the early bluesmen. In a recent interview, Donna said, “This music has an honesty and a soulfulness that reaches down inside of you. With every listen I seem to take away something new.” She continued, “The first time I ever heard slide live was back many years ago when R.L. Burnside played the Horseshoe in Toronto. I don't think anyone can ever really replicate the playing of the great masters, but that's not the point. The secret is to find something of your own within the Music.”