December 2019
Tessa Jeffers

Tessa Jeffers

Tessa is a Nebraska native whose career in journalism has taken her from the Midwest to the Middle East and back. In addition to writing about music for publications like SPIN, Tessa has worked as an arts editor and investigative news reporter. Her most challenging role to date was working as a managing editor tasked with reinventing a lifestyle magazine in the Middle Eastern country of Qatar. She currently lives in Music City, Tennessee.

ARTICLES

Album Spotlight: Jack Barksdale’s 'Live from Niles City'

November 14, 2019
A 12-year-old guitar talent writes and plays songs from the heart.
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Peter Frampton Live Premiere: “Georgia on My Mind”

October 1, 2019
The beloved guitarist is performing on his farewell tour in top form, bringing us a blues classic written by his mother’s favorite composer.
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Album Spotlight: BONES UK

July 2, 2019
The London duo who wrote Loud Hailer with Jeff Beck releases a visceral debut LP with a singularity that shows how guitar can alchemize with EDM.
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Bonnaroo 2019: Full Circle

June 28, 2019
As this annual celebration of music and community approaches two decades in the running, Phish reclaims the festival-circuit reins of the premier festival it helped inspire. Here are some highlights from the Bonnaroo farm.
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The Raconteurs’ Jack White and Brendan Benson

June 6, 2019
The songwriting foils discuss the mini odysseys on their third album together, Help Us Stranger, where they take turns in the driver’s seat and play 6-string in tandem.
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Charlie Sexton’s Bigger Picture

February 28, 2019
Bob Dylan’s guitarist discusses cutting his blues chops with the Vaughan brothers, his latest guitar finds, producing records, and his recent film role as Townes Van Zandt.
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Pedal Alley 2019: Reader Boards

February 14, 2019
Whether it’s collections of old-school straightforward stomps or elaborate circuits for spacey experimentation, each year we’re blown away by the different pedalboard setups our readers come up with. Here’s a dozen for the tonal takeaway.
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Album Spotlight: Susto’s 'Ever Since I Lost My Mind'

December 24, 2018
Take a bleeding heart, some passion, make the guitars rage, and you’ve got an entire package.
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Rig Rundown: Nine Inch Nails

November 7, 2018
Robin Finck and Alessandro Cortini create the perfect drug for NIN fans with a bevy of heavy-hitting custom guitars and basses and a high-tech hybrid setup that marries digital with analog.
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Greta Van Fleet: Sounds Like Freedom

September 25, 2018
The band exploded onto the rock scene in 2017 before they had even made a full album. Now, three Michigan brothers and their best friend are releasing their debut LP, Anthem of the Peaceful Army.
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Album Spotlight: Patrick Droney

August 27, 2018
A virtuoso guitarist with heart delivers a charged debut.
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Song Premiere: Michael Landau’s “One Tear Away”

January 11, 2018
A session legend who's played on classics by Joni Mitchell, Miles Davis, Michael Jackson, and Pink Floyd shares a track from his new album, Rock Bottom.
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Wand: “Bee Karma” Song Premiere

August 10, 2017
The L.A. rockers have a new guitarist, a new album, and this new song that comes with a dancing clown video.
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Gallery: Bonnaroo 2017—U2’s Epic First U.S. Festival Headline Performance

June 22, 2017
The Edge’s guitar playing blew our brains out. Besides that, here’s a glimpse of who played what on the farm, including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Royal Blood, Kaleo, Umphrey’s McGee, and others in between.
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Valerie June: In Full Bloom

March 27, 2017
The roots-soul siren embraces her idiosyncratic muse, builds a band of kindred musical spirits, and blossoms bright on her sophomore album, The Order of Time.
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Davy Knowles: 'Three Miles from Avalon' Full Album Premiere

October 13, 2016
The bluesman goes back to basics with his coalescing live band to capture a raw, late-’60s vintage vibe on his third solo LP.
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Tal Wilkenfeld: No Limits

May 12, 2016
As the dexterous bassist transitions from sideman to songwriter on her upcoming solo album, she’s adamant about being true to herself, her music, and her expression.
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Rig Rundown: The Kills' Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart

April 13, 2016
This dynamic art-rock duo uses a classy combo of vintage Hofners, Gretsches, Selmers, and a few secret weapons to create a mesmerizing original sound.
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Luther Dickinson: “Hurry Up Sunrise” Video Premiere

February 16, 2016
The North Mississippi Allstars frontman performs a song from his new solo album and gives a spirited lesson in hill country blues fingerpicking.
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Rig Rundown: AWOLNATION’s Zach Irons

December 23, 2015
A Japanese Strat, Fender Bassman tones from a Kemper, and a whole lot of distortion help Awolnation’s lead 6-stringer recreate unconventional guitar tones onstage.
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