Marnie Stern knows a thing or two about shredding. With two critically acclaimed albums under her belt and a new album, entitled Marnie Stern, out October 5 via Kill Rock Stars, Stern is easily one of the most technical and skilled female guitarists playing today. Here are her five favorite axe-masters.
Also, take a listen to a cut of the forthcoming album, which features contributions from Zach Hill (Hella) and Matthew Flegel (Women), by listening to the song “For Ash” below.
Marnie Stern: “For Ash”
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1. Mick Barr
“I always say Mick, and he will always be my favorite. The only way I can describe his playing is to say that your jaw will drop for the entire time you witness his terrific playing style. He has influenced me tremendously.”
2. Neil Hagerty
“Amazing lines in both Royal Trux and on his solo records. He plays really fluidly, and his style matches his vocals and the overall vibe of his work.”
3. Bruce Springsteen
“Not flashy, but he uses his guitar parts carefully to craft the best songs possible.”
4. Richard Lloyd of Television
“Who hasn’t been inspired by his guitar parts? They are subtle, but every line builds a pyramid to the top of each song. Marquee Moon can’t be beaten.”
5. Chris Reimer of Women
“He’s understated but a really great guitarist. He adds touches and flourishes to their material and separately puts together ambient music that is detailed and absolutely gorgeous.”