Joanna Connor: "Nobody talks about my rhythm playing, but to me, it’s the best aspect of my guitar playing"

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It seems fitting that Joanna Connor chose Rise as the title of her new album, as it’s been a year of transitions and new beginnings for the much-heralded, multifaceted artist. In addition to the music, she has a new band, new electric guitars, a new endorsement from Orange Amps, and even a new outlook.

Connor was born in Brooklyn and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts, where she began playing guitar at age 7 and saxophone as an adolescent. She played in jazz bands, and joined her first blues band as a teen, singing and playing electric guitar in clubs.

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Alison Richter is a seasoned journalist who interviews musicians, producers, engineers, and other industry professionals, and covers mental health issues for Writing credits include a wide range of publications, including,, Bass Player, TNAG Connoisseur, Reverb, Music Industry News, Acoustic, Drummer,, Gearphoria, She Shreds, Guitar Girl, and Collectible Guitar.