No. 286, October 2016
Cover: Billy Bragg and Joe Henry—the guitarists’ new album, recorded along the Texas Eagle railroad line, pays homage to old, weird America. Features: On tour, Ben Harper talks shop with his opening act Christopher Paul Stelling; Dynamic Duos: Rodrigo y Gabriela, Eric Skye and Mark Goldenberg, and Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge; guitarist Tashi Dorji’s avant-jazz know no bounds. Special Focus: Tonewoods—an in-depth primer and a battle to end clear-cutting in America’s largest national forest. Also: Woody Guthrie’s Columbia River songs; how to master chord melody; 6 ways to improve fingerstyle blues; reignite your love for guitar; and a sparkling guitar inspired by an outhouse. Songs: Classic American locomotive song “Rock Island Line,” Ben Harper’s She’s Only Happy in the Sun,” Donovan’s “Season of the Witch.” Gear reviews: ToneWoodAmp, Martin 00-18 Authentic 1931, Breedlove Pursuit Concert KK; Eastman’s AC–GA1CE and AC–GA2CE. Album reviews: John Gorka’s Before Beginning; Ferenc Snétberger’s In Concert; the Stray Birds’ Magic Fire.