She Knows How to Pick ‘Em

Anita Cochran’s new album, Anita, includes a track titled “Let the Guitar Do the Talkin’ ” featuring Cochran and blues player Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Throughout the new album, Cochran plays all the lead and acoustic solos. Her skill with a six-string has inspired other young players. “They’ll send pictures of their new guitar that their parents got ’em. They’re taking lessons and stuff,” she says in a recent interview. “That makes you feel really good. Music is such an important part of life. It opens up such a variety of different things. When someone writes and says, ’You inspired me to play,’ I try to send `em some guitar picks or something.” Anita comes out Tuesday.