No. 315, March/April 2019

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On the Cover: Alan Lomax It’s difficult to overstate the role that Alan Lomax and his father, John A. Lomax, played in shaping musical history as they traveled the back roads of the Southern United States collecting traditional music for the Library of Congress. Here, Nathan Salsburg details Lomax’s remarkable seven-decade career.


  • Fleetwood Mac – “Landslide”
  • Nick Drake – “Pink Moon”
  • Buck Curran – “Song for Liam”
  • Traditional – “Whiskey Before Breakfast”
  • Traditional – “Home on the Range”
  • Mandolin Orange – “Golden Embers”
  • Traditional (arranged by Al Petteway) – “The Choice Wife”

Features: Eric Skye discusses his Santa Cruz signature model; inside Nick Drake’s idiosyncratic guitar style; Recording and Marketing Yourself: A primer on capturing and sharing your music in the digital age; Jim D’Addario on his family’s string-making legacy; Great Acoustics: The Guild M-20 “Nick Drake” guitar; and more


  • The Basics – An introduction to building chords
  • Ask the Expert – Can bridge pins change your sound?
  • Weekly Workout – How to produce and use harmonics

Gear Reviews:

  • Taylor Grand Pacific 717 and 517e Builder’s Editions
  • Collings C100
  • CloudVocal iSolo Choice wireless mic system
  • CEntrance MixerFace R4 portable recording interface

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