How Sunny War went from shredding Slayer to honing her standout acoustic style: “Guitar can be a new thing forever if you let yourself be experimental all the time”

Sunny War
(Image credit: Joshua Black Wilkins)

Folk music has often been a quiet form of rebellion, but on Sunny War’s sixth and latest album, Anarchist Gospel, the singer-songwriter transcended the typical constraints of the genre. And it was the virtually limitless canvas of DAW home recording that inspired her to pursue a more experimental approach.

“It really changed how I wrote, because before I would just record me and my guitar into my phone, and if I had an idea for a song, I couldn’t really layer,” War says.

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Jim Beaugez

Jim Beaugez has written about music for Rolling Stone, Smithsonian, Guitar World, Guitar Player and many other publications. He created My Life in Five Riffs, a multimedia documentary series for Guitar Player that traces contemporary artists back to their sources of inspiration, and previously spent a decade in the musical instruments industry.