I love the sound of acoustic instruments, and I love this time of year. So it seems only fitting to honor acoustic instruments and the joyous holiday season here in the Winter issue of Guitar Girl Magazine!
American Idol Season 16 winner Maddie Poppe graces one of our covers, and while not a “guitarist,” Lindsey Stirling — our other cover artist — is an accomplished violinist with a holiday album and show. Also in this issue, Grammy-nominated artist Amythyst Kiah chats with us about her single “Black Myself,” Carlene Carter fills us in on life as a Carter Girl and the new Carter Family album, Vicki Genfan discusses finding light in dark times, Sharon Isbin talks about recording with the Pacifica Quartet, Kalie Shorr opens up with Open Book, and another American Idol contestant Brooke White talks about writing and recording her new album Calico. We also chatted with Ruby Stewart and Alyssa Bonagura of The Sisterhood Band, The Wandering Hearts, and Brinn Black while at CMA Fest, and Aubrie Sellers, Judy Paster, and Lizzie No at AMERICANAFEST. Adding to the lineup are Mean Mary, Brianna Jorgensen, Dayna Manning, EmiSunshine, Brianna Musco, Leah Martin-Brown, and Marielle Kraft.
The She Rocks Awards have announced their honorees and we have all the details on their upcoming show in January in Anaheim, California. Tegan and Sara performed their “Hey, I’m Just Like You” show at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta and we bring you highlights on the show. We spotlight some new holiday releases, acoustic guitar amplifiers and effects pedals, and offer fingerstyle tips for beginners. For reviews, check out acoustics from Martin, Fender, PRS, Yamaha, Taylor, Córdoba, and Guild.
And, of course, our Fun Stuff like Ask Alexx by Alexx Calise, our Gig Gallery brought to you by Kirk Stauffer, Jack Lue, and Chuck Lapinsky, our Fan Favorites, New Music Releases, and our Mind Games. And we have a great contest this month!
Cover Photo by Shervin