“The first song I learned was The Beatles’ Blackbird. I’m still a pretty good fingerpicker, if nothing else!” Katy Kirby on jumping into guitar at the deep end – and why she made new album Blue Raspberry as uncool as possible

Katy Kirby
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Songwriting pair Katy Kirby and Logan Chung are in their friend’s Nashville apartment on a cold winter afternoon when they dial into our call. It’s in this sunlit space where Kirby wrote a lot of her new record, Blue Raspberry, making the journey down on the Amtrack from upstate New York where her girlfriend lives.

Skeletons of the songs bared their bones on fellow Southerner Waxahatchee’s 2021 tour, where Kirby would steal away after her opening slot. “We would do our set, then there would be an hour and a half where Waxahatchee was playing,” she says. “We would watch their set a lot, but a bunch of times I would go to our little van and work. It became productive to use that adrenaline boost.”

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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.