This year, as did the previous year, KAABOO featured a diverse selection of artists. One of those featured artists this year was the incomparable Orianthi. At first most people may have only been impressed by her looks. Of course that was only until they heard her amazing guitar skills. Now I’ve seen her play many times so I knew want to expect but, to look around and see the expressions on people’s faces when she dropped the hammer was amazing to witness.
This woman is one of the best guitar slingers in the world today. The first time I heard her play was some 15 years ago at NAMM. She was there for Paul Reed Smith guitars and I knew then that she was something special. Over the years she has played with icons such as Michael Jackson, Alice Cooper and many others. Her set consisted of songs off her first two solo albums including her big hit “ACCORDING TO YOU “ but it was her interpretation of the Jimmy Hendrix classic “VOODOO CHILD” that had everyone just standing there looking straight ahead with their mouths wide open in amazement. It was fun to watch cause I knew what was coming. Once she started the song there was simply sheer amazement that this beautiful woman could shred like Hendrix.
If you have never seen her play in person you need to catch this artist live. In the meantime, do yourself a favor, go to YouTube and watch this amazing guitarist do her thing. Presently she is working on a new album with Ritchie Sambora and the two are currently touring together. You can also see her skills in the Michael Jackson dvd “This Is It” or listen to her songs on YouTube.
Anyway you cut it this girl is the real deal. If you love guitar playing, Orianthi is a safe bet to catch up with. All I could say was wow when I first caught her skills all those years ago. Fast forward 15 years later and she’s just flat out better. She has it all, the looks, songwriting skills and flat out talent.
Check out her website for tour dates and current info.