By Staff Writer, Cody Johnson
Nov 5, 2018
I recently got to kick it with Heather Linn from Heather Linn and The Deacons. To say that she is one badass frontwoman would be a massive understatement. A female vocal delivery that can easily be among the ranks of Patti Smith, Joni Mitchell, Janis Joplin, and Stevie Nicks to name a few. Strength and attitude all night. Never missing a single note. Heather performed a mixed set of classic rock, country, Texas blues, and R&B. Her band (The Deacons) flawlessly put their own gritty rock style to each song on the set. She showcased her abilities and diversity very well. Constantly engaging the audience and controlling the room. She was able to belt out Queen’s Fat Bottomed Girls with a vocal range similar to that of the late Freddie Mercury himself. It was awe inspiring to say the least. She gave me a few moments to speak with her after the show and the following is what she had to say…
Me: As a badass woman of rock n roll and an east Texas native, what inspires you? Who are your influences?
Heather: What inspires me is the crowd. I thrive off the crowd. I like to interact with the crowd. My influences are completely 100% Susan Tudeschi, Bonnie Raitt, and Wynona Judd. I love all three of them. They’re powerhouses of blues, rock and country all in one. Legends.
Me: What is your goal with The Deacons?
Heather: Ya know, I’ve never had a vision of being famous. My vision is to be able to walk into any place in this southern region and people know my name. As long as they know my name, I’ve done something. If I put a smile on their face and they’ve had a wonderful time at my show they’ll remember me. As long as they remember my name I’m good with that.
Me: How do you feel about rock n roll being mostly male dominated? Have you ever felt intimidated by it?
Heather: No. No, I take that as a big place in my platform. I would say I believe a lot of music is male dominated and I believe a lot of venues don’t book me because I’m a female. When they see a female lead band they tend to shy away from it. Until they see it and then their like holy shit, why did we wait this long? That is the drive for me. That pushes me. This is 2018.. What do women have to be scared of in this day and age? Not a thing. But I do believe that there is a place for women in southern rock and Texas country music and that’s,, that’s where I’m headed.
She is definitely a contender in the music industry. With her passion, drive, and ability; she is going to be unstoppable. Be sure to check out heatherlinnandthedeacons.com as well as their social media pages. They are planning to return to the recording studio in 2019 and will be releasing music on iTunes, Spotify and other music streaming services.