Guitarist and singer/songwriter Shannon Curfman burst upon the blues and roots rock scene in 1999 with her major-label debut for Arista Records, Loud Guitars, Big Suspicions. Her exceptionally well-produced, well-sequenced debut album won her rave reviews all over the U.S. and Canada, aside from lots of airplay, even on commercial radio stations in the U.S. Curfman made several U.S. club tours in support of Loud Guitars, Big Suspicions, and garnered huge amounts of publicity, because she was only 14 at the time. Now in her late teens, Curfman may choose to take a break from the rigors of the blues and rock & roll lifestyle to instead attend college, as the young Curfman is as academically bright as she is a multifaceted guitarist and songwriter. Curfman, raised in Fargo, ND, and now based in Minneapolis, says her influences are broad-based: Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana, Prince, Me'Shell NdegéOcello, Rory Block, Robert Johnson, Dwight Yoakam, John Prine, and Chaka Khan. At the time of her debut in 1999, Curfman said her goal was to be like Sheryl Crow: a person who writes, sings, plays a lot of instruments, and also produces her own records.