No. 285, September 2016
Cover: Six-String Sagas—13 epic guitar stories from Acoustic Guitar Sessions featuring Kaki King, Tommy Emmanuel, Valerie June, Eric Bibb, Greg Brown, Ani DiFranco, Sarah Jarosz, Alejandro Escovedo, Laurie Lewis, Andy McKee, Paul Mehling, firekid, and Chris Smither. Features: Bluegrass great Bryan Sutton tells how he gets it done; the history of famed Los Angeles guitar shop McCabe’s; and talking technique with American-primitive guitarist Glenn Jones. Also: Tommy Emmanuel heads to Havana; Steve Gunn’s nonstandard approach; luthier on the rise Isaac Jang; how to play Robert Johnson’s songs in an open-G tuning. Songs: Todd Rundgren’s “I Saw the Light”; Glenn Jones’ “Close to the Ground”; early ’20s classic “Crazy Blues.” Gear reviews: Rayco’s Squareneck Resonator; Alvarez’s Blues51 & Delta00; Kala’s Guitarlele. Album reviews: Andy McKee issues a concert album; also, the Earls of Leicester’s Rattle & Roar; Sarah Jarosz’s Undercurrent; and the Hard Working Americans’ Rest in Chaos.