Lucy Dacus: "One piece of advice I would give to anybody: get a bad guitar. It's almost like a blank slate and creates a sense of freedom"

Lucy Dacus
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Virginian songwriter Lucy Dacus has fast formed a formidable reputation as a writer of autobiographical songs that are intelligent, funny and stunningly constructed. 

2018’s Historian cemented this, revisiting the diaries she’s kept throughout her life and blending them into self-reflective, humorous snapshots. The opening line, “The first time I tasted someone else’s spit, I had a coughing fit,” drifted in calmly over the clean rumble of a baritone electric. 

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Matt Parker
Features Editor,

Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.