Billboard is proud to announce the launch of its new Soul Sisters podcast, where inspiring women in music tell us how they broke into the business and what inspired them along the way. From Grammy winners to exciting up-and-comers to actors in cool music-related projects, we will be chatting each week with artists whose work speaks straight to our souls.
This week’s guest, Grammy-winning blues musician Susan Tedeschi, kicks us off with her story of how a blue-eyed, blonde-haired girl from Massachusetts came to possess one of the most respected voices of anyone in her genre (B.B. King counts as one of her many famous fans.)
Throughout the episode Tedeschi returns again and again to what it means to be a successful woman in her business — from leading her own band as it grew from three people to twelve, to the strong camaraderie she found with fellow artists like the Indigo Girls and Sheryl Crow, to the motivation that naysayers (some within her own family) unwittingly provided for her success.
To top it all off, Tedeschi closes the episode with a live performance of the title track “Let Me Get By” off the new album by the Tedeschi Trucks Band, which she founded with her husband, former Allman Brothers guitarist Derek Trucks.
Check out the full episode below, hosted by Billboard writer Jessie Katz and Darah Golub of the indie pop band Parlour Tricks, and be sure to subscribe to our iTunes channel for all future episodes: