From high-octane thrash-metal assaults to lonesome country ballads: here are this week's essential guitar tracks

Rebecca Lovell and Megan Lovell of Larkin Poe perform during Celebrating GRAMMY Nominees: Larkin Poe at The GRAMMY Museum on January 21, 2020 in Los Angeles, California
(Image credit: Timothy Norris/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)

The effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the music industry have been incalculable. Entire countries remain on lockdown, derailing all touring plans, closing music stores and shutting billions of people into their homes indefinitely.

Fortunately though, this brutal pandemic and its cataclysmic effects on the world haven't stopped musicians from creating. Pandemic or not, guitarists of all kinds are still dropping terrific new tracks - whether they're new creations borne from self-isolation/quarantine, or pre-planned releases of material that's been in the works for much longer. 

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.