Epiphone: ‘Nancy Wilson Fanatic’Available Worldwide

New Fanatic Marks First Epiphone Designed by Nancy Wilson, Co-Founder of Multi-platinum Rock Group Heart and Her Second Guitar with Gibson Brands

Nancy Wilson To Release First-Ever Solo Album April 2021(Here)

Photo credit: Sacha Guzy

Epiphone, the leading accessible guitar brand For Every Stage, presents the new Nancy Wilson Fanatic. The Fanatic is created and co-designed by NancyWilson of Heart and the luthiers at Epiphone in Nashville, TN, and marks Wilson’s first Epiphone signature guitar and her second guitar overall with Gibson Brands. The Epiphone Nancy Wilson Fanatic is now available worldwide www.epiphone.com

“In the midst of the distant eighties, I was approached by Gibson to design a signature model,” says Nancy Wilson. “I put pencil to paper to first design the body shape and chose a curvy female diminutive silhouette for the cut away. Many years later the body shape remains exact and the hardware I requested makes the Fanatic a solid citizen amongst the great rock guitar screamers.”

A guitar virtuoso from the age of 9Nancy–and her sister Ann–lead the multi-platinum group, Heart, who have sold over 35 million albums, garnered 10Top Ten albums, been nominated for four GRAMMY Awards, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Nancy is revered as an ingenious guitar player, as well as a gifted songwriter and lead vocalist. In an era when females in rock ‘n’ roll were scarce, Nancy carved out a place for women to front rock bands and dominate on stage across the globe. In fact, that’s Nancy singing on Heart’s first #1 hit song“These Dreams.” As a songwriter, Nancy has co-written a collection of indelible songs that have earned their way into the classic rock canon including “Magic Man,” “Crazy on You,” “Barracuda,” “Straight On” and more.

In April 2021, Nancy will release the first-ever solo album of her storied career via Carry On MusicNancy plays guitar and sings every song on the new album which features collaborations with Sammy Hagar, Duff McKagan, and Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters). The first single “The Rising,” is Nancy’s stunning rendition of the Bruce Springsteen song; listen to “The Rising”HERE

Watch and share the interview below as Nancy Wilson discusses the creation of the new Epiphone Nancy Wilson FanaticHERE.

“We are proud to present the exclusive, Nancy Wilson Fanatic guitar to the world,” says Krista Gilley, Brand Director of Epiphone and Kramer. “It’s such an honor to work with Nancy, an icon who has been instrumental and influential to generations of players around the world. She has paved the way for female musicians to believe in their passion, talent and in music, and that comes with an obligation for all of us at Epiphone to pay tribute to Nancy.” 

The Nancy Wilson Fanatic features a classic Nighthawk shaped mahogany body and a figured maple veneer top. The Epiphone Nancy Wilson Fanatic comes equipped with ProBucker™ humbuckers, a 5-way pickup selector switch for a wide variety of tonal options, master volume and tone controls, a fast-playing rounded C profile mahogany neck with an Ebony fretboard, and an attractive Fireburst Gloss finish and hardshell case.

DVD Review “I Am Nancy”

Directed By: Arlene Marechal
Starring: Heather Langenkamp, Wes Craven, Robert Englund
Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 71 minutes

Film: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Extras: 2.5 out of 5 stars

I have been a fan of the “Nightmare on Elm Street” series since I was kid and it holds a special place for me, like I am sure many. This film focuses on Heather Langenkamp’s career of playing Nancy Thompson, the girl who fought Freddy Krueger in three “Elm Street” films. The main focus of the film though is Heather pondering “Why Freddymania and not Nancymania?” We follow her through various horror conventions as she meets fans and hears their stories. I have been to countless horror conventions myself and I have met Heather a few times at these shows personally. So, I definitely enjoyed the idea of the film but overall it felt like it would have been generally shorten in half and added on as a DVD extra to “A Nightmare on Elm Street” disc.

Overall I appreciate the need for this documentary since Freddy does always get all the attention but the idea get very repetitive after 45 mins.  Heather is very funny in the film and in her journey to get Nancy the attention she deserves.  The film focuses on the fans of the series and if you are a fan of the series then you will appreciate this project a lot more. I think the idea could have been expanded a little outside of just conventions but it is what it is.

The special features are ok but not great.  We basically have two extended interviews and a music video.  The first interview is with Wes Craven. It runs over 30 minutes which is usually good thing but content wise it runs a little thin.  I prefer the feature cut of the interview.  Next we have an extended interview with Robert Englund.  I actually enjoyed this extended interview very much.  Robert is such a personality and is fun to hear him tell his story.  Lastly we have a music video for the “I Am Nancy” theme song which was performed by Jamie Coon and Tom Von Doom.  Basically it is just clips from the convention over the song, nothing special.  Hardcore fans of the series, might want to check this out…otherwise watch “Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy”.  It is an action packed 240-minute DVD retrospective, that will give fans everything they’ve ever dreamed for.