No. 267, March 2015

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Glory’ Days

An exclusive excerpt from a new memoir, Rumours of Glory

Prodigal Sons

Guitarists Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge traverse the landscape of American music

Lone Star—Unplugged!

Just in time for SXSW: AG’s guide to the players, the clubs, the makers & more

For the Sake of the Song

20 essential Texas singer-songwriters

Young Guns

El Paso’s Dirty River Boys find their own path to glory

5 Texas Troubadours

A handful of gifted newcomers

Praise the Lloyd

From pedal steel to production, Maines is the Man

Live Music Capital of the World

20 music hotspots around the Lone Star state

Hotbed

5 great Texas guitar builders you should know

NEWS

The Beat

Music is a never-ending dream for the women of First Aid Kit; Del McCoury does Woody Guthrie; & more

News Spotlight

Earls of Leicester: Jerry Douglas’ tribute to a Dobro pioneer

PLAY

Songcraft

Loudon Wainwright III can be serious or funny, but he’s always compelling

Take It Easy

Helpful hints for opening acts

Here’s How

Keep your guitar in tip-top shape

Basics

Use jazz language to improvise in any style

Weekly Workout

Two ways to get fluent on the fretboard

AG TRADE

Shop Talk

Luthier extraordinaire Bruce Sexauer on pearwood and other exotic tonewoods

Makers & Shakers

Can Ren Ferguson revitalize the Guild Guitars brand?

Guitar Guru

Brazilian rosewood has never been more in demand—or rare

Review: Thompson OM Brazilian

An heirloom-quality instrument that’s a worthy investment

Review: Gretsch G9201 Honey Dipper

A modern resonator guitar with that authentic Delta sound

Review: Recording King RP1-16C

The old-style 0-size wonder packs a punch

Pickin’

Weber’s Two-Point Bitterroot octave mandolin sounds like a tiny string orchestra

Great Acoustics

Collings’ collectible “cowboy stencil” guitars

Playlist

Laura Marling’s tough and tender fifth album, Short Movie; plus Classic African American Songwriters and new releases by Eric Bibb, Jim White vs. the Packway Handle Band, and Rob Ickes 

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