“When I look back, The Strokes were like this tentpole. They led me to learn how to accompany myself and made me want to start my own band”: Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield found her country voice via indie and riot grrrl

Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee
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No-one could accuse Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield of skipping the Southern States’ toilet circuit. At high school in Alabama, she formed her first musical group, teenage rock band The Ackleys, alongside twin sister Allison.

After three years, the duo launched feminist-fused PS Elliot, while also performing in pop-punk pairing Bad Banana. And that’s all before she stepped out solo in 2010, writing and recording under the moniker of Waxahatchee.

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Cheri Amour

Cheri Amour is a writer, editor and broadcaster intent on amplifying the voices of women and non-binary artists in print, online and on air. During her twenties, she played lead guitar in a touring two-piece, sharing the stage with The Slits and John Peel-approved punks The Nightingales. Formerly Deputy Editor at TGA Magazine, Cheri headed up its Tech section pouring over pedals with everyone to indie icon Debbie Smith (Echobelly/Curve) to multi-instrumentalist Katie Harkin (Sleater Kinney/Waxahatchee/Wye Oak). She's currently working on an upcoming 33 1/3 book on the unassuming influence of South Bronx sister troupe ESG, out in Spring 2023.