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Guitar Girl’d: The WiMN Hosts Events at CBGB Festival in New York City

As many of my faithful readers know, I champion shining a spotlight on deserving women and the issues they face. This week the Women’s International Music Network is holding two events as part of the CBGB Festival in NYC. As the organization’s founder, I will host both a panel and showcase on Thursday, October 10, 2013.

Introducing Acoustic Nation, a New Website Focusing on Acoustic Music

Over the last few years I’ve been noticing a trend. Traditional acoustic instruments have been popping up, well, all over the place. When I saw them earlier this year in San Francisco, alternative rockers Thao and the Get Down Stay Down grabbed a mandolin, a banjo, and if I it remember right, one or two other “traditional” instruments, to add to their punky edge. It blew me away.

Guitar Girl'd: 50 Awesome Things About the Women’s Music Summit

I just realized that with this story, I have written 100 stories for GuitarWorld.com. To commemorate this milestone, I've turned my 100th story into a list of 100 things. And since I just finished producing the second annual Women’s Music Summit, those 100 things would all be about the Summit, including my favorite moments from this inspiring event.

First Listen: Tawny Ellis — A Selection of Summer Singles

If you’re looking for a soundtrack for the last gasp of summer, try a set of sweet singles by singer/songwriter Tawny Ellis. A native of Savannah, Georgia, Ellis splits her time between Los Angeles and New Orleans, and it shows in her music. A sultry compilation of twangy strings and smoky vocals, Ellis delivers a collection that showcases her considerable talent.

First Listen: Matt Nathanson’s 'Last of the Great Pretenders'

Nathanson, a veteran of folk-laced rock, sings a path to my heart with this latest amalgam of longing mixed with bouncy fun. His many references to San Francisco also hit close to my part of the globe and bring the album a fresh, sincere vibe. Last of the Great Pretenders is a window into what it’s like to be inside of Nathanson’s head.

Guitar Girl’d: The Top 10 Hot Male Guitarists, 2013 Edition

What? Has another year gone by already? Yes, indeed. And to mark this momentous passing of time, I present to you my annual list of the "Top 10 Hot Male Guitarists." With tongue firmly planted in cheek, I have scoured the globe to find the hottest, beefiest and most darling male guitar players out there.

Guitar Girl'd: ZZ Ward Talks New Album, 'Til the Casket Drops'

With hip-hop beats meshed with a Latin feel and ZZ Ward’s signature growl, her album’s title track, “Til the Casket Drops,” sets the stage for this well-written, innovative, collection of catchy cuts. Happily divergent from the typical singer/songwriter vibe, Ward moves to a different drummer, literally!

Jamming on the Summer Solstice: Mass Appeal Guitars 2013

If jamming with hundreds of other guitar players in the gorgeous sunshine in a city square sounds appealing to you, then you can only hope you were at Mass Appeal Guitars. Hosted by Guitar World and the NYC Guitar School, this massive guitaralicious event was part of National Music Day, an festival of music making that happens June 21 every year.

Guitar Girl'd: Connecting with Emma Anzai of Sick Puppies

I knew bassist Emma Anzai of Sick Puppies had been voted as one of the “25 Hottest Chicks in Metal” by Revolver. So when I sat down to take a listen to the band’s new album, Connect, I was expecting some metal mayhem. I wasn’t disappointed by the driving beats, heavy riffs and overall awesomeness of the album. But I was surprised, because it was so much more than metal. In fact, the diversity of Connect was one if its strengths.

Guitar Girl'd: Greta Gaines Talks New Album, 'Lighthouse & The Impossible Love'

Is it enough to be an Extreme Snowboarding National Champion? An on air TV host? A professional fly fisherman? Not for Greta Gaines. This multifaceted woman also has just released her fifth studio album, Lighthouse & The Impossible Love, and what a rollicking ride it is. Dripping with vintage tone and sultry but gritty vocals, Gaines' latest effort is a study in tension and release.