Acoustic legend Joan Armatrading wants to record a heavy metal album with “lots of guitar shredding”

UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 31: HYDE PARK Photo of Joan ARMATRADING, Free concert headlined by Don McLean
(Image credit: Ian Dickson/Redferns)

Over a more than four decade-long career, British singer-songwriter and acoustic guitar player Joan Armatrading has earned numerous Grammy and Brit Award nominations, been recognized as a Commander of the British Empire and been lauded as one of the first female singer-songwriters to achieve international success.

But in a new interview celebrating her being honored with the Women of the Year lifetime achievement award in the UK, she reveals that there’s still something she has left to achieve – recording a heavy metal album.

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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.