“I started with Strats, but then I got hooked on Les Pauls. I like that I have to pick a fight with them when I'm playing”: How Leilani Kilgore went from aspiring punk player to college dropout playing searing blues-rock for a living

Leilani Kilgore performing at the 2023 Summerfest music festival on June 30th, 2023 in Milwaukee, WI.
(Image credit: PolkImaging/Penske Media via Getty Images)

If you were to venture over to Leilani Kilgore's Instagram, you'd find a recent post regarding her latest single, Take it for Granted, in which the young gun states the song takes "a completely different direction than everything I've released so far."

The revelation is exciting but not entirely unexpected given Kilgore's talent, which features bouts of Gibson-tinged glory accented by soulful vocals – it's a sound she could take into any sonic territory.

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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.