No. 280, April 2016


On the cover: Lucinda Williams talks about her new album, The Ghosts of Highway 20, and the recent influences on her songwriting. Special Focus: Must-See Music Festivals—A bucket list of ten of the best festivals featuring acoustic music, from Strawberry to Freshgrass to Pickathon. Also: An appreciation of legendary British fingerstyle master Davey Graham (including how to play his influential tune “Anji”); “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; learn to play Glenn Campbell’s “Gentle on My Mind” and the blues staple “You Gotta Move”; gear reviews: Big Hollow’s Plainsman guitar, JazzKat’s TomKat tube amp, and TC Electronic’s BodyRez acoustic pickup enhancer; CD reviews: Kurt Cobain’s Home Recordings, Cactus Blossoms’ You’re Dreaming, Elvis Costello’s Detour DVD; much more.

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