Playing lead 'empowering' for Sandi
Sandi Thom has said she feels empowered being a lead guitarist.
The Scottish musician, who is touring around the country, had to learn how to play the lead guitar for her new album, Merchants And Thieves, and admitted she finds the spotlight slightly nerve-wracking.
"It is empowering but it's also really scary - I think being a girl and doing that, you kind of have to prove yourself even more," she said.
"I've been singing since I was six, and playing the piano since I was four, and neither of them scared me in any way, but playing the lead guitar and doing those solos, that's when the nerves really kick in. That's when the eyes are on you."
Sandi, whose third album will be released on June 7, was inspired by Slash.
"I realised there's not many female lead guitar players," she said.
"There's Bonnie Raitt - they are out there but there aren't many. That was a watershed moment for me, as a musician, that's something I've never done before."