Blake Mills: Fiona Apple's Guitarist Makes Killer Pop on His Own

Blake Mills isn't a household name, but like classic sidemen of lore (David Lindley, Ry Cooder, Leon Russell), he makes an impact wherever he shows up.

As a guitarist in Fiona Apple's band (he's performing with her on Tuesday, September 18, at Mesa Arts Center), Lucinda Williams, Cass McCombs, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Katey Segal, Conor Oberst, Julian Casablancas, and more, Mills has turned heads with his guitar prowess. But he'll be opening Apple's shows on her upcoming tour as a solo act, as well, performing songs from his 2010 record, Break Mirrors.

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Jason P. Woodbury is a music and pop-culture writer based in Phoenix. He is a regular contributor to the music blog Aquarium Drunkard and co-host of the Transmissions podcast.