“I play a lot of blues festivals – but I want to make people mosh, grind and flail”: Erin Coburn released her first blues album aged 14. But her love of Sleep Token, Polyphia and 7-strings set her on a heavier path

Erin Coburn
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Despite her reputation as a young blues breaker, Cincinnati, Ohio native Erin Coburn isn't putting all her eggs in one basket, instead incorporating elements of grunge and indie into her once exclusively bluesy mix.

"A lot of that has to do with me growing up," Coburn tells Guitar World. "I recorded my early albums as a teenager, and now I'm 22. It's been said before, but you get better, and you grow as you get older. And it keeps getting harder, so as I've matured, I'm finding that I relate more to the rock scene.

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.