No. 297, September 2017

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On the Cover: Delve into the ups & downs of the deep Ozarks sound in this special focus on old-time music that soars above the hills and hollers.


  • Ozarks traditional - “Tie-Hacker’s Joy”
  • Paul Simon - “American Tune”
  • John McCutcheon - “Y’all Means All”
  • Tom Heyman - “Keep the River on Your Right”

Features: A letter from Cuba describes a journey across the Caribbean island where acoustic guitar music is omnipresent; inside the classical guitar orchestras craze and its unlikely epicenter, Arizona.


  • Cuban rhythm
  • 5 steps to learning tremolo picking and vibrato
  • Play the blues like Kelly Joe Phelps
  • How to write a bridge

Gear Reviews:

  • Martin CEO 8.2
  • Journey OF660
  • Recording King Dirty 30’s RPS-7 & RPS-9
  • two rare 1934 Gibson L-5s

Plus: John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats talks acoustic guitar; Kathy Wingert reveals her unlikely path to lutherie; and how important is a loose bridge?

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