Kristin Pinell

Instruments: Lead Guitar, Flute, Mandolin, Harmonica, Vocals.

The Gear: For live shows I use a 1967 Gibson SG and an old Marshall head paired with an Avatar cab and Celestion speakers. It gets me a real crunchy sound. I'm a one guitar/one man woman...until I get my road crew that is! I just want to plug in, get a great sound and go. Kurt found the SG in a shop in Hoboken, NJ and I immediately fell for the sound. For many years I played Gibson Les Pauls which I still use in the studio but I like the lighter SG on stage. It's got some serious mojo! Live I also have a collection of pedals that give me various levels of distortion, boost and effects. Fulltones, Boss mostly. Some of my other fave guitars/instruments in my studio arsenal are an electric sitar, Gibson lap steel, Yamaha flute, 72 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe, 64 Gretsch Nashville, Ric 12-string, Gibson 355.

Q: It's been 5 years since your last studio album, what big changes have you seen for yourself and The Grip Weeds?

KRISTIN: We've all focused on how to really make the songs work. We've tightened up the writing, the playing, the production. Also we've had to adjust to a whole change in the music industry. We have a team of people and a terrific record label, Rainbow Quartz, that are helping to spread the word but with the digital revolution, the recession,'s a whole new challenge.