Steph Paynes is the founder and lead guitarist of the New York City-based all-girl quartet, Lez Zeppelin. Paynes started the group in 2004, after touring as a “Ronette” with the “first bad girl of rock and roll,” Ronnie Spector. Paynes lives in New York City, is a Brown graduate and before donning the white satin dragon suit, she worked as a freelance writer, novelist and music journalist. Her stories and reviews have appeared in Rolling Stone, The NME, Musician, Guitar Player and Playboy among many other publications. She has shared the stage with Joey Ramone, Keith Richards and Chuck Berry and has had the unique pleasure of dining on ham sandwiches with Frank Zappa at the Waldorf Astoria.

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