"Unearthly intensity..." Guitar Player Magazine
"Major talent... and I believe her, I believe every single thing she says and plays..." ~Tom Nolan, Los Angeles Magazine
"Absolutely thrilling!" ~ Blues Revue Magazine
"...And like Janis, you just have to see Becky live for the full effect." ~ Libby Molyneaux, LA Weekly
"The Only Guitarist who's actually made me cry from the sheer Soul of her playing. Pure." ~Emery Columna
Hailing from Port Arthur, Texas (the same hometown as the legendary Janis Joplin), guitarist Becky Barksdale began playing when her grandfather gave her an instrument at the age of twelve. She learned quickly and was gigging on the regional scene by the time she was sixteen, leading to a period on the road with an incarnation of blues-boogie band Canned Heat. Through word of mouth, Barksdale came to the attention of Michael Jackson and was handpicked to play guitar for the pop superstar on his tour to promote his Dangerous release. With her profile quickly on the rise, Barksdale became the first act signed to the House Of Blues label, appearing on the compilation Essential Women In Blues for the new label. With the release of Real Live she earned enthusiastic reviews which heralded Barksdale as a rising talent in the blues-rock field.
~ Tom Demalon, All Music Guide