“People will write about how certain songs don’t have guitar in them, and I chuckle because it’s all guitar! It thrusts its hips the way nothing else can”: How Torres uses her Telecaster as a divining rod for strut and glitter

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Over five albums, Torres has found success by merging rock, folk, and more recently synth-pop, to acclaim and success. Born Mackenzie Ruth Scott in Orlando, Florida, before relocating to Macon, Georgia, at the age of three, her latest record, 2024’s What an Enormous Room, might be her most meaningful yet.

It certainly features some of her best guitar-driven compositions – a suggestion to which she agrees. “This record was made with love,” she beams. “And lots of guitars! I played guitar on every song, but half the time they sound like synthesizers. It’s kind of a dance album.”

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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.