No. 284, August 2016
Cover: Experience Nashville—Take a trip to Guitar Town and discover the players, places, and cultural touchstones that make it one of the top spots to visit in the U.S., including 6 must-see historic sites; 9 ways to live like a local; why everyone should attend AmericanaFest at least once; hanging off the grid with Music City legend Darrell Scott; and Nathan Bell’s first-person account of what it’s like to try and make it as songwriter. Features: Graham Nash returns with a reflective solo album; Arkansas visionary Ed Stilley’s rough-hewn folk-art guitars. Also: Remembering Guy Clark; George Benson’s right-hand technique; Neil Young’s longtime guitar-tech Larry Cragg. Songs: J.J. Cale’s “Call Me the Breeze”; gospel-blues traditional “Don’t Let the Devil Ride”; Mary Flower’s “My Bluebird.” Gear reviews: Gibson’s J-45 Vintage; PRS’ Angelus SE A30E; Michael Kelly Guitars’ Triad 10E. Album reviews: Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle’s Colvin & Earle; the Avett Brothers’ True Sadness; Eric Bibb’s The Happiest Man in the World; and Andy Ferrell’s At Home and in Nashville.