No. 277, January 2016
On the Cover: Irish singer-songwriter Glen Hansard talks opens up about his life after Once, his new Didn’t He Ramble album, and going back to his roots as a busker. Special feature: “Made to Order,” on the lure of custom-built acoustic guitars. Also: The singular style of Christopher Paul Stelling; what’s new with Jewell; Gary Clark Jr.’s acoustic side; how to play Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Pride and Joy,” Hank Williams’ “Jambalaya,” and Tom Waits’ “Ol’ 55”; building unconventional jazz voicings from open strings; gear reviews—RainSong’s SMCX carbon guitar, Faith FMSB45-BNC parlor guitar, and Henriksen’s ‘The Bud” portable amp; CD reviews of the Legendary Shack Shakers’ The Southern Surreal, Legends of Old-Time Music compilation, Kinky Friedman’s the Loneliest Man I Ever Met, John Renbourn’s The Attics Tapes; and much more.