No. 289, January 2017
On the Cover: 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. Tips on Tone — 15 players share their strategies in the relentless pursuit of an ideal sound.
- Ed Sheeran - “Thinking Out Loud”
- Donovan - “Colours”
- John Zorn, arranged by Tim Sparks - “Sippur”
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.
- Rock out with arpeggios
- Play guitar like a yogi
- Try bass on you six-string flat top
- Bourgeois L-DBO
- Martin GPC-15ME
- Ovation 50th Anniversary LTD
- G7 Performance 2
Plus: 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.