From Satch to swampy Southern rock: here are this week’s essential guitar tracks

Richie Kotzen performs live in concert at Sony Music on April 19, 2018 in New York City
(Image credit: Debra L Rothenberg/Getty Images)

Each week at Guitar World, we're setting out to bring you a handful of fresh guitar tracks you need to hear, spread across a range of genres. What they'll all have in common is a host of six-string moments that continue to prove the guitar is very much alive and well in a wide variety of musical contexts.

Full disclosure: we're playing catch-up after the madness of NAMM and a site relaunch, so forgive us if a couple of these are from January.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.