No. 270, June 2015

No. 270, June 2015

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How to Get a Free Gibson J-45
Sage advice from a Texas “outlaw” singer-songwriter

Keeping It Simple
Caitlin Canty finds songs in a 1930s flattop

In the Afterglow
Singer-songwriter José González goes it alone on his hit album Vestiges & Claws

Parlor Pickin’
Small-body guitars have come a long way from their Victorian-era roots

Roadside Americana III
Check out our special guide to US guitar-factory tours

High on Bluegrass
A flashback to Jerry Garcia’s collaborations with David Grisman

Dead Unplugged
How the kings of psychedelia found their acoustic groove

Jerry’s Way
Master Jerry Garcia’s influential acoustic style

The Beat
A new album and book look at Woody Guthrie’s LA years; Mandolin Orange’s serene Americana; Steve Earle’s music camp

News Spotlight
Hollywood Anderson’s amazing American Idol journey

The Basics
Learn the fundamentals of Brazilian bossa nova

Weekly Workout
Discover the myriad possibilities of open-D fingerpicking

AG Trade
Shop Talk
Alister Atkin re-creates Buddy Holly’s Gibson J-45; independence for Takamine; new Martin Ed Sheeran model

Makers & Shakers
Archivist Dick Boak is Martin’s history detective

Review: Gibson Bob Dylan SJ-200 Player’s Edition
This vintage-inspired model boasts an outstanding voice

Review: Bedell Blackbird Vegan
A parlor guitar that will appeal to troubadours and blues players

Review: Mitchell ME1 & ME2CEC
Affordable series has much to offer entry-level players

Larrivée jumps back into the ukulele game with the UB-40 baritone

Great Acoustics
Revisiting the circa-1900 Washburn White Rose parlor guitar

Tom Brosseau’s strange and evocative Perfect Abandon; also, A Wanderer I’ll Stay by Pharis & Jason Romero, Sufjan Stevens’ Carrie & Lowell, Charlie Parr’s Stumpjumper, and six essential bluegrass tracks

Stage: Rock Bottom Remainders
Literary rockers reunite at Tucson book fair

Moonlight Drive, The Doors
Stone Blind Horses, Ray Wylie Hubbard
Shady Grove, Jerry Garcia / David Grisman


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