Austin Meade on tracking against the clock, nerding out with pedals, and why his PRS Mira is the best of both worlds

Austin Meade
(Image credit: Steven Contreras)

Austin Meade can barely keep up with himself. The singer-songwriter from rural southeast Texas witnessed the release of his third full-length album, Black Sheep, in mid March after a rather long pandemic-related delay, yet the 28-year-old guitarist is already looking ahead to the album’s successor. 

“This record just came out and I’m sitting on a goldmine of other songs I’ve written during the break,” Meade says. “I’ll be in the studio again soon to make another record.”

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Jeff Kitts

As a teenager, Jeff Kitts began his career in the mid ’80s as editor of an underground heavy metal fanzine in the bedroom of his parents’ house. From there he went on to write for countless rock and metal magazines around the world – including Circus, Hit Parader, Metal Maniacs, Rock Power and others – and in 1992 began working as an assistant editor at Guitar World. During his 27 years at Guitar World, Jeff served in multiple editorial capacities, including managing editor and executive editor before finally departing as editorial director in 2018. Jeff has authored several books and continues to write for Guitar World and other publications and teaches English full time in New Jersey. His first (and still favorite) guitar was a black Ibanez RG550.