She Shreds is thrilled to announce the release of our 11th issue, featuring our cover story on guitarist, singer and songwriter of Alabama Shakes and three-time Grammy winner, Brittany Howard.

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Photo by Alysse Gafkjen , MUAH by Sherita Leslie , styling by Carmen Jaudon. Cover Design by Lauren Baker with help from Eileen Tjan


Pre-order your copy of She Shreds #11 now, or subscribe here and you will receive it as your first issue in a year of magazines. Issue #11 will be available in stores (including select Barnes & Nobles), starting October 10. Our current list of retailers is available here and we have more TBA this fall. Want to carry She Shreds? Email accounts@sheshredsmag.com

Cover Story: Brittany Howard
The Alabama Shakes / Thunderbitch frontwoman talks to She Shreds Magazine founder Fabi Reyna about growing up in the small town of Athens, Alabama, discovering her musical talents, and using her guitar to “carry” her songs.

Lucinda Williams
The prolific singer-songwriter speaks with Cynthia Schemmer about charting her own path in the music industry, storytelling, and the devastating personal losses that impacted her latest album, The Ghosts of Highway 20.

Angel Olsen
The rising indie/folk star spoke with La Luz guitarist Shana Cleveland about being an introvert on the tour circuit, finding time to write music when you’re surrounded by people, and how recording herself has helped her develop her songwriting chops.

Jenn Wasner: Wye Oak and Flock of Dimes
The indie rock songstress provides insight into her creative process, her newly released signature guitar, the Reverend JW-1, and how learning to self-record and produce opened up a new realm in her musical expression.

Abigail Ybarra: Winding Pick-ups Since 1956
As a Latina teenager in 1950s California, Abigail Ybarra got a job at Fender to help support her family. By the time she retired fifty-six years later, she had become internationally renowned as the “Queen of Tone” for her handcrafted pickups. She shares her unique story in our exclusive interview.

Table of Contents: 

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Scene Report: Nashville

08
Being Brief with Bleached: A Photo Diary

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Les Filles de Illighadad: Pioneering the Tuareg Guitar in Niger

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Abigail Ybarra: The 83 Year-Old “Queen of Tone”

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Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak

22
Lucinda Williams

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Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes

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Angel Olsen

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Tabs: “Don’t Wanna Fight No More”

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Sound Control: Field Mouse

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Reviews: Gear

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Reviews: Albums

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Reviews: Books

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Comic

55
Crossword

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Glossary