LG, guitarist and singer of Thelma and the Sleaze, has three goals every time her rock band hits the stage. “I want people to get turned on as a sexual experience. I want people to be a little frightened wondering if I’m going to hit them. And I want people after the show to go home and want to play their guitar to make rock ‘n’ roll to share with the world.”
She first wanted to make rock music when she was 8 years old and saw her granddad playing Hank Williams songs. “He gave me my first guitar. I wrote songs right away using the guitar as a percussion instrument. My first song was about Scooby-Doo.” That obsession with pop culture continued after LG moved to Nashville and named her band with a pun in honor of one of her favorite films, 1991’s Thelma & Louise.
“When we started out, we wanted to sound like a monster truck in a thunderstorm,” LG says. The band’s influences were initially Black Sabbath and Cream. They wanted to get as big a sound as they could out of only three people. LG had an unlikely vocal influence: Rod Stewart. “I’m still finding my voice. As much as I love Janis Joplin, I knew most times when white women sing the blues, it doesn’t sound the best. It’s not in our wheelhouse, but we can try.”