“You could be one spin away from something cool. I like that chase”: Strat-toting blues-rocker Jax Hollow sees songwriting as a throw of the dice – and she lives for the thrill

Jax Hollow
(Image credit: Vir Bottosso)

The Jax Hollow who opens Only the Wild Ones, her 2023 debut album, with the Hendrixian hammer-ons of Wolf in Sheepskin sounds markedly subdued compared to the one who seared speakers with High Class Bitch, the barnstorming opener on her 2021 EP, Underdog Anthems. But then the chorus hits and there she is, singing about watching the sunrise with her .45 pistol by her side. 

With Only the Wild Ones, Jax is back with an album stacked with hummable riffs and memorable lyrics, and she’s determined to be the complete package. “I come from two worlds,” she says on a call from a springtime gig aboard a cruise ship in the Caribbean. “I like to merge lyricism and songwriting with the more exciting elements of rock, like the energy and the sexiness and the power.”

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month**

Join now for unlimited access

US pricing $3.99 per month or $39.00 per year

UK pricing £2.99 per month or £29.00 per year 

Europe pricing €3.49 per month or €34.00 per year

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Prices from £2.99/$3.99/€3.49

Jim Beaugez

Jim Beaugez has written about music for Rolling Stone, Smithsonian, Guitar World, Guitar Player and many other publications. He created My Life in Five Riffs, a multimedia documentary series for Guitar Player that traces contemporary artists back to their sources of inspiration, and previously spent a decade in the musical instruments industry.