In 1985, Joanna Connor left her hometown of Worcester, Massachusetts, on a Greyhound bus to pursue her love of Chicago Blues.
Connor was an integral part of Dion Payton’s 43rd St Blues Band from 1985 to 1988, as well as the house band at the Checkerboard Lounge and Kingston Mines. With three Chicago Blues Fest appearances, she’s garnered great reviews by Chris Heim in the Chicago Tribune. She toured with AC Reed from 1987 to 1988. She was then signed by Blind Pig Records in 1989 and released four albums: Believe It, Flight, Big Girl Blues and Slidetime. In 1991, Connor signed with Ruf Records and Ruf touring agency and released three more albums: Living on the Road, Rock and Roll Gypsy and Joanna Connor Band. From 1990 until 1999, Joanna toured Europe 32 times, and often opened for ZZ Top and Joe Cocker.
Connor has appeared with Los Lobos, Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, John Mayall, ZZ Top, Joe Cocker, Extreme, Luther Allison, BB King, Etta James, Susan Tedeschi, Koko Taylor and Jimmy Page, among many others.
Joanna was the first American artist to tour Taiwan and the first artist on an independent label to be given an endorsement deal with Gibson Guitars. You
can find her regularly at Kingston Mines and other clubs around town.