No. 291, March 2017
Cover: Folk icon and activist Buffy Sainte-Marie talks about her 50 plus years making music her way. Special Focus: Women, Guitar, and Success features more than 20 female players, makers, and educators — including Gillian Welch, Rosanne Cash, Kaki King, Melissa Etheridge, and Muriel Anderson — revealing their trials and triumphs. Feature: A lesson feature on Josh White, who redefined American music and American justice. Lessons: Build your bottleneck-slide skills; an introduction to Baroque-era lute music for guitar; fundamental techniques to synchronize your hands. Also: Three generations of guitar-making at Guitarras Zepeda; Taj Mahal talks about his favorite guitars; Pegi Young turns to songwriting as catharsis on new album Raw; Tommy Emmanuel sells guitars for charity; Janis Ian donates rare D’Aquisto to D’Addario Foundation; Joan Baez to be inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame; a review of Neil Young’s new album Peace Trail. Songs: Dolly Parton’s “Jolene”; the Celtic classic “Danny Boy”; Jack Williams’ ode to Josh White, “A Natural Man.” Gear Reviews: Boswell 00-14; Taylor 410ce-R; Fender T-Bucket 400CE; Skysonic Pro-1.