No. 280, April 2016

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On the Cover: Lucinda Williams talks about her new album, The Ghosts of Highway 20, and the recent influences on her songwriting.


  • Davey Grahm - “Anji”
  • Glenn Campbell - “Gentle on My Mind”
  • Blues Staple - “You Gotta Move”

Features: Must-See Music Festivals—A bucket list of ten of the best festivals featuring acoustic music, from Strawberry to Freshgrass to Pickathon; an appreciation of legendary British fingerstyle master Davey Graham; “Blind Boy” Paxton’s modern take on old-time tunes; Buddy Miller and friends recording at sea; David Bowie’s Harptone 12-string; Luther Dickinson’s family ties; music publishing basics for songwriters.


  • How to play like Robert Johnson
  • Valuable fret-hand exercises
  • Tips on playing funk on acoustic guitar

Gear Reviews:

  • Big Hollow’s Plainsman guitar
  • JazzKat’s TomKat tube amp
  • TC Electronic BodyRez acoustic pickup enhancer

CD reviews: Kurt Cobain’s Home Recordings, Cactus BlossomsYou’re Dreaming, Elvis Costello’s Detour DVD.

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