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10-Year-Old Girl Plays Elmore James' "Dust My Broom" on Slide Guitar — Video

Below, we direct your attention to a 10-year-old girl who plays the blues.

The fact that such a thing exists in the world makes us happy enough. What's better, however, is that she plays blues guitar, including a bit of slide, and has posted several videos of herself at work.

OK, maybe her father posted them, but you get the idea!

Below, you can watch Lucy Gowen, who lives in London, play a brief instrumental version of Elmore James' "Dust My Broom" in open D tuning. We can't ID her guitar, but we can (obviously) spot the Vox amp and Epiphone Les Paul in the background.

There are plenty of other videos of Lucy available online, including her cover of Jimi Hendrix's "Red House" (which you can check out below). You'll find them all right here.

We wish Lucy all the best—and we hope she continues playing!

P.S.: To head off complaints from blues purists, yes, the song was originally recorded as "I Believe I'll Dust My Broom" by Robert Johnson in 1936, but let's face it—the Elmore James version is THE version.

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas (opens in new tab), was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron (opens in new tab), a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (opens in new tab). He now plays in two NYC-area bands.