No. 297, September 2017
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. 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. Lessons: Cuban rhythm; 5 steps to learning tremolo picking and vibrato; play the blues like Kelly Joe Phelps; how to write a bridge. Songs: Ozarks traditional “Tie-Hacker’s Joy”; Paul Simon’s “American Tune”; John McCutcheon’s “Y’all Means All”; Tom Heyman’s “Keep the River on Your Right.” Also: John Darnielle (The Mountain Goats) talks acoustic guitar; Kathy Wingert reveals her unlikely path to lutherie; and how important is a loose bridge? Gear: Martin CEO 8.2; Journey OF660; Recording King Dirty 30’s RPS-7 & RPS-9; and two rare 1934 Gibson L-5s.