Nancy Wilson: “I painted myself intentionally into the corner by saying I was going to do an Eddie Van Halen tribute – because then I had to do it”

Nancy Wilson
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As the stalwart acoustic and electric guitar player and co-songwriter in Heart, Nancy Wilson has been a part of our collective six-string consciousness for more than four decades. And while Wilson has also played with the Heart offshoot The Lovemongers, the R&B-drenched Roadcase Royale and scored a handful of feature films, it took until 2021 for the iconic musician and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer to finally get around to releasing a solo album.

But that effort, the just-released You and Me, has been well-worth the long wait. Featuring a mix of Wilson originals, a handful of somewhat left-field covers (Simon & Garfunkel’s The Boxer; Bruce Springsteen’s The Rising; Pearl Jam’s Daughter; the Cranberries’ Dreams) and a set-closing tribute to Eddie Van Halen (the acoustic instrumental 4 Edward), the new effort sees the 67-year-old guitarist still working at a creative high. 

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.