Rolling Stone may have ranked the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, but we’re never done hunting down incredible six-string legends. So we recently launched Young Guns, a weekly series profiling the most notable guitarists from the next generation of guitar heroes.
When we talked with Jack White for our latest cover story, contributing editor Jonah Weiner grilled the Third Man on his favorite up-and-coming talent. And White was ready to share his pick:
“This kid I like right now, Jack, he’s in this band the Dough Rollers,” White tells Rolling Stone. “We put out something of theirs at Third Man. I like this kid’s style. It’s more in the simplistic realm of guitar playing. He’s not trying to knock you over. I like watching him; he reminds me of a cool teenager or something who’s just getting into playing guitar. He plays a Stratocaster, which is a guitar I would never touch, just because of the lame white-blues connotations it has — but he plays a pink one! But underneath all that is this really great playing. I appreciate that he’s got a lot of components that I’d never pick, but underneath is some great stuff.”
The Dough Rollers have a pretty impressive pedigree: Byrne is the son of Ellen Barkin and Gabriel Byrne, and his bandmate Malcolm Ford has a famous dad, too (his name is Harrison).