Prolific and pained, I originally saw Guitar Gabby as a one-woman show, but on latest release Prison of Life you can hear her revelling in full-band life, as classic rock drum solos are backed up by heavy metal organ riffs.
Two albums into 2020 with no signs of slowing down the raw, DIY nature of Gabby's music isn't lost in production or instrumentation; it's deep, perceptive sensitivity... and shredding. With The Txlips in tow, they're a force of nature.
RAW MEAT: Tell us about your local music scene; what’s your favourite local venue, are there any record labels or stores that we should look up, what’s the scene like where you're from?
Guitar Gabby: The music scene in Atlanta is mostly hip hop and rap but there is a nice underground rock scene that has been developing over the years. For the longest, I struggled because I was born and raised in Atlanta and my sound is very much rock n roll but I do write and play everything. Coming up, one of my favorite venues was playing at The Masquerade which used to be this old building off of North Avenue. It has since shut down and been rebuilt on the other side of town, but it was a cool spot because of the historic nature the building gave to the Atlanta music community in all genres.
Record labels? In Atlanta I don't have any off top because I am an independent artist. I believe that it is important for musicians in the industry to exercise independence in the industry because this is a tough business to be in. I use my platforms to push self management because I believe that autonomy is important and knowing how to navigate through the industry by understanding the business is important.
Name one track or band that you love from the past?
It's between 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' by Nirvana and 'Run the World (Girls)' by Beyoncé.
Name one track or band that you're loving right now?
'What am I' by Mahalia and 'Racks 2 Skinny' by Migos.
Name one track or band that you think we should be listening out for in the future?
Our sisters across the pond Big Joanie.
What can we expect from you next?
Gearing up for my second international tour hopefully starting at the end of 2021. This tour was supposed to start at the end of 2020 but COVID changed plans for us all so fingers crossed for the end of 2021.
And if 2020 has changed the world forever, what's your plan?
Continue to put out virtual concerts and content and continue teaching kids all over the world for Girls Rock Camps!
Photos by Jawan Scott.