No. 283, July 2016
Cover: It’s a Nylon World—10 tips on how steel-string players can make the jump to nylon; 10 essential non-classical nylon-string guitar albums; 5 new nylon-string guitars for any budget. Features: Mary Chapin Carpenter’s poetic new album; paying tribute to underground blues legend Blind Willie Johnson, with tips on how to get his sound. Also: Vince Gill on the importance of experimentation; open-mic etiquette: practice cowboy chords; master Gypsy-guitar rhythms; perfect essential fingerboard techniques. Songs: Beatles’ “Here, There and Everywhere”; Randy Newman’s “Rider in the Rain”; traditional “John the Revelator,” arranged in the style of Blind Willie Johnson. Gear Reviews: Breedlove Journey Concert in Brazilian rosewood; comparing 3 new guitars in Fender’s Paramount Deluxe Series; Washburn Woodline 10 Series; RMI Acouswitch IQ DI. Album reviews: Del McCoury Band, Eli West; Parker Millsap; and recently discovered demos from the late Jeff Buckley.