Meet the 'Red Dead Redemption II' Guitar Slinger, Woody Jackson

Woody Jackson in action (Image credit: Marv Watson)

Thanks to his evocative scores for smash video games such as Grand Theft Auto V, L.A. Noire, Red Dead Redemption and its recently released sequel, Red Dead Redemption II, Woody Jackson just might be the most-heard guitarist in the world today.

“Composing music for video games is pretty thrilling,” he says. “I get to work with so many genres and can do whatever I want. Basically, as long as it sounds good, it’s cool.”

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Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar World, Guitar Player, MusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.