No. 275, November 2015
In an exclusive interview, Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell talks about finding his new voice as an acoustic singer-songwriter. Special Focus: Nylon Strings, No Limits—profiles of three players pushing the musical envelope with nylon-string guitars. Plus, Happy Traum taps into his roots on his new album; the Watkins Family Hour brings together bluegrass greats and the LA music elite; Judy Collins on living a life in song; bouncing back from an illness or injury; versatile chord shapes offer a break from barre-hopping. Also, we have songs to play—Pink Floyd’s moody “Fearless,” Peter Rowan’s bluegrass romp “Midnight Moonlight,” and Billy Joe Shaver’s acerbic “Checkers and Chess”; gear reviews—Phoenix Guitar Company’s Nylon String OM, Recording King’s Harmonella Single 0, and Grace Design’s Felix preamp; CDs including the Dave Rawlings Machine’s Nashville Obsolete, Tommy Emmanuel’s It’s Never Too Late, and Lowell Levinger’s Get Together: Banana Recalls Youngbloods Classics; and much more. Bonus: special Stage and Studio supplement, with performance and recording tips and products.