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No. 151, July 2005

A More Perfect Union
The three guitar stars at the core of Alison Krauss' band. By Craig Havighurst.

Equipment Picks: Discover the gear used by Union Station's Ron Block, Dan Tyminski, and Jerry Douglas.

Tap Quest
Inside Michael Hedges' Aerial Boundaries. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

Equipment Picks: Learn about the guitars that fueled Michael Hedges acoustic-guitar revolution.

War Clouds
Django Reinhardt's life in Paris during World War II. By Michael Dregni.

Roundtable
Acoustic Guitar manufacturers' Breakfast, NAMM 2005. By Rick Turner.

Trad Dad
English folk guitar pioneer Martin Carthy's still going strong. By Duck Baker.

Equipment Picks: Martin Carthy reveals his guitar rig.

LETTERS
Mail. Readers express their viewpoints on the June 2005 issue of AG and its coverage of Doolin Guitars and sapele mahogany Martins, as well as David Hodge's May lesson on alternate tunings, and more.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Songcraft
Hem. The New York City band revives the "countrypolitan" sound. The country-folk ensemble talks about its new album, Eveningland. By Anand Nayak.
Equipment Picks: Learn about the guitars and gear of Hem's guitarists, Steve Curtis and Gary Maurer.

Rural Roots
Alice Gerrard. Gerrard talks about her latest release, Calling Me Home. By Carol Mallett Rifkin.
Equipment Picks: Alice Gerrard details her favorite guitars and picks.

Virtuoso
World Guitar Ensemble. Crossing borders and genres with a new guitar orchestra. We take a look at the all-star guitar group that features Helmut Oesterreich, Thomas Muller-Pering, Olaf Van Gonnissen, Aniello Desiderio, Ivo Kaltchev, Sophia Kaltchev, Peppino D'Agostino, Gyan Riley, and David Tanenbaum. By Celine Keating.

Reader's Poll
Readers' Poll. We recently conducted a highly unscientific poll to see which acoustic guitarists, songs, and CDs are favored by AG's readers. Here are the results.

OPEN MIC
The Aura of Adirondack. The mysteries of eastern spruce and why it sounds better than it looks. A highly respected industry expert talks about the mysterious guitar wood and why it's so sought after. By Dana Bourgeois.

REVIEWS

Reviews
Ana Moura, Guarda-Me a Vida Na Mao. By Kenny Berkowitz.
John Doe, Forever Hasn't Happened Yet. By Mike Thomas.
Sir Richard Bishop, Improvika. By Derk Richardson.
Emiliana Torrini, Fisherman's Woman. By Derk Richardson.
Luiz Bonfa, Solo in Rio 1959. By Ron Forbes-Roberts.
IIIrd Tyme Out, Best Durn Ride. By Sue Thompson.
Tom Russell, Hotwalker. By Judith Edelman.

GEARBOX
Broken-In Beauty. Washburn D52SW dreadnought. A moderately priced dreadnought defies conventional wisdom with warm, vintage-like tones right off the shelf. By Shawn Hammond.
Pint-Sized Powerhouse. Genz Benz Shenandoah Stereo 60. We put a tough, full-featured little combo through its paces. By Teja Gerken.

New Gear
D'Addario EXP Classical. The popular string maker unveils a new classical set with silver-plated, copper-wound bass strings.
Galli Gypsy Jazz Strings. The Italian string makers now offer strings made just for Selmer/Maccaferri-style guitars.
Larrivée BT-60 Baritone. The Canada-based guitar builders come out with a new slotted-headstock baritone dreadnought.
M-Audio Black Box. M-Audio comes out with a cool new gadget great for practicing and processing your guitar tones.
Jose Ramirez S1 Jose Ramirez S1. Ramirez unveils its new studio line.

STAGE AND STUDIO
String Theory. In the studio with the String Cheese Incident and Malcolm Burn. We get a firsthand look at how SCI recorded their latest release, Untying the Knot. By Steven Stone.

Q&A
12-fret Slothead Tone. AG's gear editor talks about whether 12-fret slothead guitars have significantly different tone than solid-headstock counterparts. By Teja Gerken.
Priorities: Rhythm or Lead. An excerpt from the book Beginning Guitarist's Handbook talks about balancing these two types of playing. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
Lacquer 411. A respected luthier gives us the lowdown on which lacquers he recommends from common retailers. By Frank Ford.

SONGBOOK
Blackbird. Words and music by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Acoustic Guitar's music editor shows you how to play the Beatles' classic. By Andrew DuBrock.
Can't Find My Way Home. Words and music by Steve Winwood. We show you how to play this Blind Faith gem. By Andrew DuBrock.
Bye Bye Baby Blues. Words and music by Little Hat Jones, arranged by Steve James. Learn how to play a new arrangment of a fingerstyle blues. By Steve James.
Lonesome Old River. Words and music traditional, arranged by Scott Nygaard. Acoustic Guitar's editor and resident bluegrass guru teaches you how to play a newly arranged favorite. By Scott Nygaard.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
Michael Hedges' 1978 Ken duBourg. By Buck Curran.