No. 268, April 2015

No. 268, April 2015

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Songwriters at Play

Modern troubadours collaborate with the young Bob Dylan to create The New Basement Tapes

His Back Pages

Studio guitar legend Bruce Langhorne is the real Mr. Tambourine Man

Faith, Folk & Funny Business

From The Brady Bunch to Transparent, scriptwriter, songwriter, and acoustic-guitar player Faith Soloway has come full circle

Music from the Ruins

Guitars built from Detroit’s abandoned housing stock are adding to the Motor City’s legacy


Behind the flowering of one of the most influential string-band festivals

Goodbye Earl

5 little-known teenage girls from North Carolina helped blaze trails for women in bluegrass

Pickin’ the Blues

How racism kept black string-band music virtually hidden for decades

I Love String Bands

AG readers weigh in on what inspires them about string-band music


The Beat

Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield release a tribute to indie songsmith Elliott Smith; Airplane manager Bill Thompson dies

News Spotlight

Rez Abbasi turned to the acoustic guitar to re-invent ’70s fusion classics



Songwriter Nathan Bell on “finding” songs in particular guitars

Here’s How

The art of aleatoric, or “chance,” songwriting


Master the art of rests

Weekly Workout

Exercises for honing the major-pentatonic scale

AG Trade

Shop Talk

Ovation brand sold to Drum Workshop; Gibson issues a new Dylan signature SJ-200 guitar

Makers & Shakers

Indian Hill’s Mike Kennedy creates a unique showpiece flattop

Guitar Guru

What causes random intonation glitches?

Review: Bourgeois Bryan Sutton Dreadnought

A limited-edition revival of a modern marvel

Review: Paul Reed Smith SE A10E

This all-mahogany acoustic sounds warm and woody

Review: Fishman Platinum

Series PreampsUser-friendly models with clean and accurate sonics


Fender’s Premium Concert Tone 59 banjo revives a long-celebrated line

Great Acoustics

Larrivée’s 1975 cutaway was a true trailblazer

Mixed Media


James McMurtry’s Complicated Game has a softer sound, but more edge to the lyrics; also Jorma Kaukonen’s Ain’t in No Hurry, Julian Lage’s World’s Fair, and Iron & Wine’s Archive Series Volume No. 1

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