No. 289, January 2017
The late singer-songwriter Guy Clark, whose contributions to music go far beyond his own songs. Read an excerpt from the new biography Without Getting Killed or Caught: The Life and Music of Guy Clark) and an interview with author Tamara Saviano. Features: David Crosby tells his story—from the Byrds to CSNY to his latest solo album—through the prism of his guitars; guitarist Tim Sparks lends an acoustic flourish to John Zorn’s ongoing avant-jazz project. Special Focus: Tips on Tone—15 players share their strategies in the relentless pursuit of an ideal sound. Also: Donovan reveals how he learned the clawhammer; Johnny Winter’s guitars sold at auction; Bob Dylan wins the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature; UK luthier Roger Bucknall of Fylde Guitars finds his muse. Lessons: rock out with arpeggios; play guitar like a yogi; try bass on you six-string flat top. Songs: Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud”; Donovan’s “Colours”; a Tim Sparks arrangement of John Zorn’s “Sippur.” Gear reviews: Bourgeois L-DBO; Martin GPC-15ME; Ovation 50th Anniversary LTD; G7 Performance 2.