How Joanna Connor built a guitar rig that keeps her blues sound raw and real

Joanna Connor
(Image credit: Maryam Wilcher)

First seen by many shredding, sliding and tapping her way through an electrified version of Walking Blues in a viral video, Joanna Connor is a powerhouse. 

Her recently released 14th album, 4801 South Indiana Avenue, produced by and featuring Joe Bonamassa, features 10 tracks that Connor describes as “obscure covers from various blues greats”.  

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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, 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.