No. 279, March 2016


Texan Robert Earl Keen takes a detour into bluegrass (plus more on Texas bluegrass pioneers and events). Also: A look back at the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s enduring classic album, Will the Circle Be Unbroken; Slash talks about the now-famous Honduran mahogany tree that produced his acoustic guitar; Peggy Seeger revisits her historic collection of Child Ballads; custom luthier Linda Manzer; songs to play—traditional tunes “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” and “O the Wind and Rain,” plus Tommy Emmanuel’s “Ruby’s Eyes”; how to be a better accompanist; gear reviews—Martin’s vintage-looking 00-15E, Taylor’s 326e baritone, and Blueridge’s modern jumbo 1500E; Playlist CD reviews of the Allman Bros. Idlewild South reissue, and discs by Eric Bibb and the Punch Brothers; and much more.

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