“It was so fun to learn how to play the doubleneck – there’s so many switches and knobs that it was essentially like learning another instrument”: Emily Wolfe is expanding her guitar arsenal – and processing rage through gnarly tones

Emily Wolfe
(Image credit: Jimmy Fontaine)

Catalysed by the plethora of regressive legal changes that have rocked the United States in recent years, Emily Wolfe is back with her third studio album – and this time, she’s pissed off. “It’s an intense record,” she tells Total Guitar, speaking from the room where she harnessed a storm of emotions into the 10-track explosion that is The Blowback.

Reeling from the reversal of Roe v. Wade, the experience of protesting anti-trans/anti-LGBTQ+ legislation in her home state of Texas and learning to process deep personal trauma, Emily has delivered an album with the potential to resonate with the lived experiences of millions.

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Ellie Rogers

Since graduating university with a degree in English, Ellie has spent the last decade working in a variety of media, marketing and live events roles. As well as being a regular contributor to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and GuitarWorld.com, she currently heads up the marketing team of a mid-scale venue in the south-west of England. She started dabbling with guitars around the age of seven and has been borderline obsessed ever since. She has a particular fascination with alternate tunings, is forever hunting for the perfect slide for the smaller-handed guitarist, and derives a sadistic pleasure from bothering her drummer mates with a preference for “f**king wonky” time signatures.