August 2002 (Issue No. 116)

AG 116 August 2002

Issue Highlights.

Chris Isaak interview. Flamenco guitarist Vicente Amigo. 12-fret guitars. Blueswoman Precous Bryant. Fingerstylist Phil Keaggy. How to change strings. Pop songwriter Lisa Loeb. Lessons on blues shuffles and French bourrees. Steve James on Robert Johnson's classic "Terraplane Blues." Carvin and Garrison guitars reviewed. Luthier Michael Dunn. Performing advice from Happy Traum. Henry Kaiser in Antarctica.

Featured Songs

Let Me Down Easy - Chris Isaak

Cordoba (Solea) - Vicente Amigo

Terraplane Blues - Robert Johnson

Bourree de St. Sever - Traditional

The Grad Student Shuffle - Thomas Beardslee

In This Issue

HEART-SHAPED WORLD
Chris Isaak looks for love in all the right places. By Paul Kotapish.

THE SPIRIT OF DUENDE
Latin Grammy-winning flamenco guitarist Vicente Amigo releases his first recording in the US. By Bill Milkowski.

LESS IS MORE
The sky-rocketing popularity of the contemporary 12-fret guitar. By Teja Gerken.

JUMP STREET
Expedition Antarctica. Avante-garde guitarist Henry Kaiser spent a summer in Antarctica, composing and recording an album inspired by the area. By Simone Solondz.
Daughter of the Blues. Sixty-year-old roots and blues musician Precious Bryant records old Georgia blues, country dance songs, and R&B classics on her first solo album, Fool Me Good. By Steve James

Art and Music. Fingerstylist Phil Keaggy's new CDs, Cinemascapes and In the Quiet Hours, are inspired by visual art. By Jim Ohlschmidt.
Fishin' Blues. Producer Gurf Morlix gets out from behind the controls to record his second solo album, Fishin' in the Muddy. By Bill Meyer.

REVIEWS
Northern Lights. Review of new CDs by Aly Bain and Ale Moller, Draupner, Petri Hakala, Markku Lepisto, Haugaard and Hoirup, Sofia Karlsson, Varttina, and Vasen. By Scott Nygaard.
Learning from Legends. Review of instructional videos for beginners: The Songs and Guitar of Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Learn to Play the Songs of John Denver, The Guitar of Lead Belly, and Essential D A D G A D for Beginners. By Karen Hogg.

HIT LIST
Bola Sete, Shambhala Moon. By Ron Forbes-Roberts.
Luke Brindley, How Faint the Whisper. By Gary Joyner.
Mae Moore, It's a Funny World. By Scott Nygaard.
Norman Blake and Peter Ostroushko, Meeting on Southern Soil. By Paul Kotapish.
So Kalmery, Bendera. By Rani Arbo.
Goran Ivanovic and Fareed Haque, Macedonian Blues: Laments and Dances. By Teja Gerken.
John Hasbrouck, Ice Cream. By Ian Zack.
Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion, Unity Lodge. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Jon Damian, The Guitarist's Guide to Composing and Improvising. By Gary Joyner.

AG LETTER
From Mississippi. Steve Cheseborough tracks down the guitar played by his musical hero, bluesman Bo Carter. By Steve Cheseborough.

HERE'S HOW
Time to Change. When and how to change steel and nylon strings. Detailed instructions on how and when to change your guitar strings. By Teja Gerken.

SONG CRAFT
Songwriting Boot Camp. Pop songwriter Lisa Loeb traveled around the world to work with Glenn Ballard, Randy Scruggs, Gary Barr, and Burt Bacharach. By Andrew DuBrock.

STAGE AND STUDIO
Perform Your Best. How to put your best foot forward onstage. By Happy Traum.

GEARBOX
Profile. Canadian luthier Michael Dunn specializes in Gypsy jazz guitars influenced by Selmer and Maccaferri. By Ben Elder.
Review. Two new inexpensive solid-top guitars: the Garrison G-20 and Carvin C250S. By Teja Gerken.

Q&A
Ooh, That Smell. Advice on removing pet stains (and their odor) from a guitar. By Nicole Solis.
Nuts and Saddles. Tips on replacing the nut and saddle of your guitar. By Teja Gerken.
Practice Time. How structure and planning can help you get the most out of your practice time. By David Hamburger.

PRIVATE LESSONS
Shufflin' the Blues. How to play the blues shuffle rhythm. By Thomas Beardslee.
World Music Styles. Playing the rhythm and melody of French bourrees, a country dance. By David Surette.

OFF THE RECORD
Terraplane Blues. Words and music to Robert Johnson's "Terraplane Blues". By Steve James.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
Woody Guthrie's Martin 000-18. By Preston L. Gratiot.