Gretchen Menn is probably best-known for her role as the lead guitarist in the all-female Led Zeppelin tribute band Zepparella, but her epic musical prowess goes far beyond that.

In 2011, she wrote, produced, and recorded her first solo album, Hale Souls, and her explosive guitar chops straddle acoustic and electric worlds, and span a panoply of genres, including jazz, funk, rock, prog, and metal.

Above, watch Menn finger-dance with the devil in “Minor Swing,” the Gypsy jazz tune by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli.

In this dizzying display of aural acrobatics, Menn rocks a Stephen Strahm Eros acoustic guitar and a Music Man Silhouette Special electric guitar.


Throughout the bordello-esque mood of the video, which was shot by Anthony T. Perretta and includes hidden rooms and hard-drinkin’ poker players, Menn appears hella casual, even as her ornate picking and lightning licks hit you like a whiskey wake-up call.

Let the nimble pummeling of Menn’s virtuosic guitar kung-fu take you to a happier place.



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