No. 328 May/June 2021

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On the Cover: Tony Rice Remembered 

Modern flatpicking force and singer-songwriter Molly Tuttle talks with Chris Eldridge, David Grisman, Richard Hoover, and others about the legendary guitarist’s life and legacy. 

Features, Lessons & Departments 

  • Guitar Talk: A chat with Jimmy Buffett 
  • Irina Kulikova: The Russian classical guitarist reflects on the music of her youth
  • Bill Withers: Inside the late R&B singer-songwriter’s sophisticated and soulful accompaniment approaches 
  • Pickin’: Learn Tony Rice’s version of “Beaumont Rag” 
  • Woodshed: Jontavious Willis’ take on “Poor Boy, Long Ways from Home” 
  • Weekly Workout: Sharpen your chops with Cathy Fink’s roots-based exercises 
  • Here’s How: Using effects with acoustic guitars 
  • The Basics: Greg Ruby teaches chord-melody via the standard “Careless Love Blues” 
  • Makers & Shakers: Repair expert Dan Erlewine and his new collaboration with Iris Guitars 
  • Mixed Media: Reviews of albums by Chris Pierce, Rod Abernethy, M. Ward, and others 


  • “Lovely Day” – Bill Withers’ classic 
  • “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” – A campfire arrangement of the traditional favorite 
  • “Poor Boy, Long Ways from Home” – Traditional 
  • “Beaumont Rag” – Traditional 
  • “Careless Love Blues” – Traditional 


Gear Reviews 

  • Cole Clark Angel acoustic-electric 
  • Cordoba Fusion 5 nylon-string 
  • Mojotone Quiet Coil NC-1 Soundhole pickup 
  • Augustine Imperial and Regal Strings  

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