No. 286, October 2016

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On the Cover: Billy Bragg and Joe Henry—the guitarists’ new album, recorded along the Texas Eagle railroad line, pays homage to old, weird America.


  • Classic American locomotive song - “Rock Island Line”
  • Ben Harper - She’s Only Happy in the Sun”
  • Donovan - “Season of the Witch”

Features: On tour, Ben Harper talks shop with his opening act Christopher Paul Stelling; Dynamic Duos: Rodrigo y Gabriela, Eric Skye and Mark Goldenberg, and Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge; guitarist Tashi Dorji’s avant-jazz know no bounds. Tonewoods—an in-depth primer and a battle to end clear-cutting in America’s largest national forest.


  • 6 ways to bust out of your rut
  • How to master chord melody
  • 6 ways to improve fingerstyle blues
  • How to harmonize in a Chet Atkins style

Gear Reviews:

  • ToneWoodAmp
  • Martin 00-18 Authentic 1931
  • Breedlove Pursuit Concert KK
  • Eastman AC–GA1CE and AC–GA2CE

Plus: Woody Guthrie’s Columbia River songs; reignite your love for guitar; and a sparkling guitar inspired by an outhouse.

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