Magazine article Guitar Player

Hot Guitarist Alert!

Magazine article Guitar Player

Hot Guitarist Alert!

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Name Libby Kirkpatrick

Home Base Austin, Texas

"I'm lucky," states Libby Kirkpatrick. "I've had a lot of good fortune with audiences." It's a modest statement if GP has ever heard one, because, year after year, the singer/guitarist utterly mesmerizes audiences at huge music festivals--a feat that most people would argue takes more than luck to accomplish. In fact, in 1999, she won the prestigious Troubadour contest at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and walked away with a gorgeous Shanti dreadnought acoustic as her prize. In Las Vegas, luck like that would put you up 10,000 bucks or more.

"Actually, I think a lot of it comes from my interaction with people between songs," insists Kirkpatrick, who plays more than 100 shows each year. "I like to let them see who I am outside of music. Big outdoor stages are the best, because I can really see who I'm singing to."

The biggest reason for Kirkpatrick's ability to win over crowds, though, has to be her soothing, melted-chocolate singing voice, her jangly, flowing guitar riffs, and her captivating songs--which you can hear on two recent albums: Goodnight Venus and Winged [Heart]. She shares two of her riffs here, starting with Ex.1, a portable stacked-fifth grip that acoustic strummers can use to branch out of standard, open-position chords. For added vibrancy, let the high strings ring open as you strum each chord. Simultaneously channel the spirits of Joni Mitchell and Andy Summers and you'll probably get the right vibe. …

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