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Third Gear Scratch

Nov 1, 2021

When Katy Guillen was but a wee lass, her father would bring her around to play her brand of the blues on guitar at open mic jam sessions in KC and the midwest, stoking the fire in her, curating and aiding her evolution from prodigious wunderkind into her current state of songwriting machine and indie-blues stalwart. She prefers writing in collaboration with her amazing trio and sees the reward in a better song, but the seed of the song is Katy, her voice and her guitar. We talk about dark days in the covid, her life in KC, late nights eating with her father after the jams at greasy spoons, the marriage-like existence of a band, and why her new record written over the pandemic is her finest work yet.