“I’m happily surprised when I hear solos on the radio. I wish they were more present. To hear a solo longer than 20 seconds in modern music is a rarity”: Meet Kelly Green, the Instagram ‘guitar queen’ who never plays the same solo twice

Kelly Green
(Image credit: Stan Martin)

You might have come across Kelly Green’s infectious energy and bluesy yet lightly shreddy licks through Madam Radar’s records Madam Radar (2020) and Speaks (2022), or on Instagram, where she’s dubbed ‘Kelly Green Guitar Queen.’

The Texas-born guitarist laughs: “I lucked out that Green rhymes with Queen. A few of our fans kept calling me that, and it stuck. I must say, it feels good to be the queen!”

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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.