See New Young Gun Winner and 30 Best Young Guitarists of 2014

Rolling Stone and D'Addario contest reveal 2014's best young guitarists.
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For more than 45 years, Rolling Stone has celebrated guitar idols like Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. In an effort to welcome a new generation of players, Rolling Stone has partnered with the world’s top musical accessories manufacturer, D’Addario, to identify up-and-comers with the potential to become the next class of guitar legends.

The list, curated by Rolling Stone’s top editors, features 30 notable players, introducing one new artist each week. The artists highlighted were profiled and interviewed, and viewers are able to experience their inspiring performances via video and audio clips.

Additionally, seven of these musicians were chosen to participate in Guitar Power, a D’Addario-sponsored video jam session and interview with guitarist Matt Sweeney, which is also posted within the Young Guns hub. Those featured were Tosin Abasi, Kurt Vile, Dave Harrington, Theresa Wayman, Blake Mills, Steve Gunn, and Kerry McCoy.

Competitors in the Young Gun contest submitted a video of themselves playing their own original songs, licks, riffs, or solos. D’Addario and Rolling Stone chose eight finalists and opened online voting, in addition to the votes of a distinguished panel of musicians. 

The full list of Rolling Stone Young Guns is as follows:

April 28: Guthrie Trapp

May 5: Derek Miller (Sleigh Bells)

May 12: Adam Granduciel (The War on Drugs)

May 19: Jackie Greene

May 27: James Petralli (White Denim)

June 2: Marnie Stern

June 9: William Tyler

June 16: Chris Letchford (Scale the Summit)

June 23: Bombino

June 30: Gary Clark Jr.

July 7: Evan P. Donohue, Brent Toler, Evan Bird, and Emmett Miller (Diarrhea Planet)

July 14: Sean Kennedy (Blood Ceremony)

July 21: Tosin Abasi & Javier Reyes (Animals as Leaders)

July 28: Dave Harrington (Darkside)

August 4: Erik Nelson (Vektor)

August 11: Kurt Vile

August 18: Kevin Parker (Tame Impala)

August 25: Marissa Paternoster (Screaming Females)

September 2: Blake Mills

September 8: Jordan Cook (Reignwolf)

September 15: Angel Olsen

September 22: Misha Mansoor (Periphery)

September 29: Theresa Wayman (Warpaint)

October 6: Steve Gunn

October 14: Ty Segall

October 20: Mark McGuire

October 27: J.D. Simo

November 3: Johan Wieth (Iceage)

November 10: Kerry McCoy (Deafheaven)

December 9: Marcus Machado (The Next Young Gun Contest Winner)

Marcus' grand prize includes a profile and coverage on, a trip to Los Angeles to record at some of the country’s top studios (including Swing House and TRS West), a gig at an LA club, and a one-year supply of D’Addario strings.

Machado, at 30 years old has been playing guitar for virtually his entire life and amazingly, began playing professionally at the age of 10. Machado has performed at the House of Blues, was featured on CNN and several TV and radio shows, and even appeared in the movie, Rosewood. Visit his Rolling Stone profile.

“Marcus’s talent is undeniable,” says Jeffrey Kaye, Global Artist Relations Director at D’Addario & Co., Inc. “But, it’s the love and passion in his playing that got him the votes! We’re proud to call him a Young Gun and know that the best is yet to come! To be able to highlight so many great young guitarists that might never have received such attention in Rolling Stone has been incredible. All of the artists have been extremely appreciative.”

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