No. 282, June 2016
Cover: “How Dwight Yoakam and Steve Earle Saved Country Music”—interviews with two giants about their rise in 1980s, and more. Special Focus: Amps & Pickups, with advice on buying both, plus the new iRig interface pickup and AmpliTube Acoustic App. Also: The brilliant return of Guild guitars; John Doyle’s 7 tips on playing Celtic music; a primer on slurs and other techniques; exploring low alternate tunings; Jim “Kimo” West’s slack-key odyssey, with a song to play; other songs—Dwight Yoakam’s remake of Johnny Horton’s “Honky Tonk Man,” Norah Jones’s breezy breakthrough “Don’t Know Why,” and the traditional blues spiritual “God’s Gonna Ease My Troublin’ Mind”; gear reviews—Martin 00L-17, Andrew White Cybele 1013W, and Cole Clark SL2EC-MMAH; CDs by Sean Watkins, Robbie Fulks, John Hulburt; much more.