Women Music March 2022 – Day 31 – Detroit’s Own: Karen Neal of Inside Out, Thrall, Queen Bee, and Beyond!

Karen Neal, bass player

From Bass Girls International (clicking the image link takes you there)

Gear: Fender Precision Bass(EMG pickups), Ampeg SVT 350 original tube head, Ampeg 410 guitar cabinet, Boss Bass Overdrive pedal.
Current band:
Queen Bee / They Never Sleep (aka Thrall)
First bass: Peavey T40
First band: Inside Out (all-female!)
Favourite band: Dead Kennedys (original)
Favourite place: Austin, Texas
My hero: Jello Biafra
I also play guitar, vocals, drums & keys

As you can see, the format for today’s post is different from the others, because most all of the others included information from Wikipedia and there is no entry for Karen Neal or any of the bands she’s been in there or at most of the usual places I look.  That’s a real shame also because each band is talented in its own way.  With each you’ll see what a kickazz bass player and singer Karen Neal is.  I did find out in my research that Jack White’s Record Company, Third Man Records, is starting to record Motown acts.  Hey Jack, wake up and sign Karen Neal and support her as a GRRRREAT musical artist!  I’d love to see some quality remasters of the Inside Out and Queen Bee discs at minimum.

I was able to piece together a musical history for Karen Neal, but I’m sure I’ve missed a lot.  I would love to do an interview with her or ask someone who has experience doing interviews with musical artists to do one.  I really want to know more about her!

from Discogs:

Inside Out (Detroit USA) was an all-female power trio of Cathy Carrel, Karen Neal, and Lynda Mandolyn who formed in 1985, and specialized in a brand of hardcore punk / grunge / psychedelia in the vein of female grunge bands such as Babes in Toyland and L7. They released a number of singles in the period 1990 – 93, along with 2 LPs. The singles were on Meantime Records, Icon Records and Anti-Music Records. The LPs were both released by Meantime Records.

Here is Inside Out’s entire album, She’s Lost Her Head, released in 1991.


Thrall, aka Th3yN3v3rSl33p, was American noise-rock / post-punk band from Detroit, Michigan, that included Adam Berg, David B. Livingstone, Karen Neal, Mike Hard, and Terry Bradley. They released one album by Mad Queen Records in 2009.

From soundclick:

Queen Bee formed in 1998 after Karen Neal and drummer Terry Bradley left the band Thrall. They released one 7” single in 1999 and an EP in 2000, where the line-up was Karen Neal, Mike Kish, and Terry Bradley. At some point John Hajec replaced Mike Kish on lead guitar and Neal, Bradley, and Hajec released “Girl On Top” on Hotpants Records, Detroit in 2006.

One thing to share: I first heard Queen Bee on myspace and absolutely loved the music. When other social media sites pushed myspace out of the way, the playlists faded also. It’s only through my search for material for today’s post that I realized all of Karen’s musical history.

Official website: youtube channel

Here’s one final song, BRAND NEW from 3/17/22:


And here we have it, the final entry in Women Music March 2022.  I hope you all have enjoyed reading and listening this month as much as I have in putting the posts together. 

As per Kerfe’s suggestion, I’m including a recap here of all of the women I’ve included in Women Music March 2020, 2021, and 2022.  Also!  I still have a few spots left on my list planned for 2023, so if you have any exceptional female musical artists you want to suggest, please do so.  I will have to push them into 2024 if I get more than a total of 31.

Women Music March 2020
Joni Mitchell
Grace Slick
Diana Ross
Sinead Oconnor
Tina Weymouth
Laura Nyro
Cynthia Erivo
Dolly Parton
Nina Simone
Kate Bush
Judee Sill
Lucinda Williams
Orla Fallon
Karen Carpenter
Lauryn Hill
Loreena McKennitt
Ella Fitzgerald
Loretta Lynn
Linda Thompson
Bonnie Raitt
Melissa Etheridge
Aretha Franklin

Women Music March 2021
1 Rosanne Cash
2 Tori Amos
3 kd lang
4 Jessi Colter
5 Dionne Warwick
6 Annie Lennox
7 Fran
8 Kim Deal (pixies, the breeders)
9 Oumou Sangare
10 Reba McEntire
11 Solange
12 Sheila Chandra & Monsoon
13 Teena Marie
14 Lorde
15 Etta James
16 Fiona Apple
17 Anita O’Day
18 Linda Ronstadt
19 Alison Krauss
20 Billie Eilish
21 Joanna Newsom
22 The Slits
23 Chrissie Hynde
24 Carole King
25 Billie Holiday
26 Bjork
27 Alicia Keys
28 Emmylou Harris
29 Wendy Carlos
30 The Roches (Maggie, Terre, Suzzy)
31 Sheryl Crow

Women Music March 2022
1 Vanessa Collier
2 Tanya Tagaq
3 The Pretty Reckless (Taylor Momsen)
4 Lzzy Hale (Halestorm)
5 Judy Collins
6 Joan Baez
7 Jean Richie
8 indigo Girls
9 Odetta
10 Tina Turner
11 Courtney Love (written by Steve for the Deaf)
12 Phoebe Snow
13 Carol Kaye
14 Patti Smith
15 Mavis Staples
16 Miriam Makeba
17 Loah
18 Maria McKee (written by Max Gower)
19 Larkin and Poe
20 The Carolina Chocolate Drops (Rhiannon Giddins)
21 Billy Nomates
22 Wendy O. Williams
23 Tammy Wynette
24 Alice Merton
25 Shawn Colvin
26 Potty Mouth
27 Barbra Streisand
28 Wanda Jackson
29 Eva Cassidy
30 Dolores O’Riordan
31 Queen Bee


15 Comments Add yours

  1. Badfinger (Max) says:

    Because of being a bass player originally… I love this woman…she gets a great sound, plays busy but great, and I love her voice.
    I’ve enjoyed this series a lot…and thank you for letting me contribute one…I’ll do it next year gladly if you need it.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Max, I was hoping you would appreciate Karen as much as I do. Some of their best songs are at myspace but I cannot find a way to get access to them and I’m not sure they can be shared even if I could. In need to buy the album with John Hajec on guitar.

      Thank you and you’re welcome on the series 🙂 I would absolutely love it if you would choose an artist for next year and write her up!

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      1. Badfinger (Max) says:

        I’ll look some for her also. That is wild she is not out there as much…she needs to move that from myspace.

        I know the one to pick…it’s funny also…I find that a lot of women don’t like her as much as men…and no she did not look like a model. You will know who when you see my post today.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          OK good on looking for her. Interested in what you find.

          Cool on knowing who you will write about for WMM2023!

          Liked by 1 person

  2. Karen kicks butt! 🙂

    Your series is great, Lisa, and I’m looking forward to next year. I also got another great female bassist for your consideration: Tal Wilkenfeld who has played with Jeff Beck, among others! 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I’m glad you agree on Karen 🙂 There is something about her music that is compelling and great. I really hope she hits it big, she’s earned it. I have added to Tal to my list! Thanks for the suggestion.

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      1. I believe the first time Tal played with Jeff Beck, she was 20 or 21 – really young! She’s only 35 now and in addition to Beck has already played with the likes of Prince, Herbie Hancock and Jackson Browne, Steve Lukather. She’s also doing her own music, which I haven’t heard.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Christian, I’ll offer you a spot to guest write on Tal in 2023 if you’re interested? Seems like you know an awful lot about her already.

          Liked by 1 person

          1. Thanks, Lisa, wow! The truth is I know very little about Tal, but I’d be honored to write a post and in the process learn about her! 🙂

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            1. msjadeli says:

              OK sounds great! 🙂

              Liked by 1 person

  3. memadtwo says:

    I’ve got a huge list for you…but I’ll pare it down and email it. Great series, as always! Old, new, borrowed blue–something for everyone. (K)

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Awesome on the list, Kerfe. I’ll be looking for it. Thank you and glad you enjoyed the series 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Jim Dillon says:

    Superb choices
    Great taste
    Very eclectic



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