Emily Wolfe: "Tone is like cooking... If you have too much gain it's like too much oregano"

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As you would expect of any blues-rock player out of Austin, Texas, Emily Wolfe’s electric guitar tone has a whole heap of sizzle. But don’t expect her self-titled debut album to ease into a boilerplate 12/8 shuffle. 

Wolfe laces the blues with a pop sensibility gleaned from the Billboard Top 100. It’s a heady combination, a sound that saw her at home sharing stages with the likes of of Heart, Gary Clark Jr. and the Pretenders following the release of her 2014 EP Roulette. 

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Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to publications including Guitar World, MusicRadar and Total Guitar. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.