No. 287, November 2016
Dipping into Delta Blues—A special section devoted to the players, places, and music from the richest bottomland in the world, which gave everlasting voice to the blues. The special section includes: Delta highlights on the Mississippi Blues Trail; how to play like Charley Patton; Squirrel Nut Zippers’ Jimbo Mathus; a list of essential books and albums. Features: Windham Hill founder Will Ackerman; Jug Band cohorts Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur reunite. Also: Joan Baez’s 75th birthday concert album; Benjamin Scheuer’s musical The Lion; and 5 Minutes with Parker Milsap. Lessons: Learn to pick like a piano player; 4 easy steps to natural harmonics; surviving—and thriving—as a solo singer-songwriter. Songs: Woody Guthrie’s “Do Re Mi”; Charley Patton’s “Pea Vine Blues”; Will Ackerman’s “Anne’s Song”; Gear reviews: Gibson Hummingbird Vintage; Guild M-20; Martin DCX1AE Macassar; Michael Kelly Forte Port.