Kirby Jane is a professional guitarist and music transcriber from Charleston, South Carolina, specializing in solo americana performance and fingerstyle arranging. Her playing style stems from her roots as a pianist and her guitar approach draws significantly on composing and arranging methods more commonly seen in the piano world, providing for a nuanced, expressive approach to the guitar.
After graduating from high school with two associate’s degrees, Kirby quickly moved to Nashville to work in the music industry and learn the business first-hand. At 25 years of age, Kirby is a protégé of Grammy-winning guitarist John Knowles, C.G.P., and has been doing many of the official guitar tab transcriptions for Tommy Emmanuel, C.G.P. (tab pdfs are gradually being released through Tommy’s official webstore, linked here). She is also a contributor for for Premier Guitar Magazine (lessons listed here), an alpha tester for Guitar Pro transcribing software, has interned in Archiving at the Country Music Hall of Fame, handled archiving at Gretsch Guitars for three years, held multiple artist management service roles in Nashville, and has taught or performed alongside some of Nashville's top fingerstyle guitarists, including Thom Bresh, Joe Robinson, Brent Mason, John Knowles, various members of the Jerry Reed band, and Tommy Emmanuel. In 2015 Kirby placed second in the Contemporary division of the National Thumpicker's Hall of Fame guitar competition, and in April 2014 Kirby and her Yorkshire Terrier, Grabel, were featured on The Late Show with David Letterman for an episode of "Stupid Pet Tricks." Grabel talks, and says "Obama" when asked who the president is. (The trick itself was just a weird, yet happy accident cultivated to make people laugh; but in no way was it intended for use as a political statement.) While Grabel has since retired from appearances, Kirby still remains very active in the entertainment industry and in music education.