May 2003 (Issue No. 125)

AG 125 May 2003 Cover

Issue Highlights

Acoustic pop's new stars Ryan Adams, John Mayer, India.Arie, Jack Johnson, and Tift Merritt. The harp guitar makes a comeback. Classical guitarist Gyan Riley expands the repertoire. Profile on fingerstyle guitarist Peter Huttlinger, Kenny and Amanda Smith, and a tribute to Woody Guthrie. How to write a chord chart. Ethno-jazz guitarist Tim Sparks reports from the Acoustic Fan Fair in Nagoya, Japan. Create new sounds with digital loopers. And more!

Featured Songs

Happychap - Gyan Riley

I Know You Rider - Traditional, arr. by David Hamburger

Special Assignment - Teja Gerken

Desire - Ryan Adams

In This Issue

Ryan Adams: Alt-country Heartthrob. By Drew Pearce.
John Mayer: Acoustic Arena Rocker. By Mike Thomas. 
India.Arie: Fantastic Voyage. By Paul Zollo. 
Jack Johnson: Riding the Wave. By Andrew DuBrock. 
Tift Merritt: Coming Up Roses. By Melanie Haiken. 

Reviving a Classic
The harp guitar makes a comeback. By Michael John Simmons.

Rising Son
Classical guitarist Gyan Riley expands the repertoire. By Stephen Dick.

Mail. Reader letters.

Sideman's Solo. Session player Peter Huttlinger releases 'Naked Pop,' an album of fingerstyle versions of pop songs. By Jim Ohlschmidt.

Ribbon of Highway. Texas- and Oklahoma-based singer-songwriters including Jimmy LaFave, Slaid Cleaves, and Eliza Gilkyson tour the U.S. on the Woody Guthrie tribute Ribbon of Highway--Endless Skyway tour. By Melanie Haiken.

Second Wind. Flatpicker Kenny Smith and his wife Amanda form a band rooted in traditional bluegrass. By Kenny Berkowitz.

Mike Longworth, 1938-2003. Obituary of C.F. Martin historian Mike Longworth. By Richard Johnston.

Cyber Notes.

Ragtime and Gospel. Reviews of three instructional videos: Ernie Hawkins' The Gospel Guitar of Rev. Gary Davis, Woody Mann's Art of Acoustic Blues Guitar: Ragtime and Gospel, and Roy Book Binder's Roy, the Reverend, and the Devil's Music. By Ian Zack.

Hit List
Andrew York, Into Dark. By Stephen Dick.
Axel Schultheiss, Departure. By Gary Joyner.
David Lindley and Wally Ingram, Twango Bango III. By Scott Nygaard.
Jim Mills, My Dixie Home. By Sue Thompson.
John Hammond, Ready for Love. By Ian Zack.
Jon Brion, Punch-Drunk Love. By Nicole Solis.
Chris Stuart, Angel of Mineral Springs. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Sleepy John Estes, Newport Blues. By Duck Baker.
Susie Arioli Swing Band Featuring Jordan Officer, Pennies from Heaven. By David McCarty.
Mark Geary, 33 1/3 Grand Street. By Karen Hogg.
Tinariwen, The Radio Tisdas Sessions. By Danny Carnahan.

Little Boxes. How to write a chord chart. Tips on creating an easy-to-follow chord chart for other musicians. By Carol McComb.

From Japan. Letter from fingerstylist Tim Spark's trip to the Acoustic Fan Fair in Japan. By Tim Sparks.

Loop Dreams. Create new sounds with digital loopers. The history, features, and practical uses of digital looping devices. By Gary Joyner.

Review. Review of two dreadnoughts for less than $500: Blueridge BR-40 and Hohner HW90. By Teja Gerken.

New Gear
Avalon Jacques Stotzem Signature Model. Lowden Guitar Co.'s Avalon debuts the Jacques Stotzem signature model. 
Hill Classic Crossover. Kenny Hill's nylon-string hybrid guitar. 
Korg DT-10 Tuner Pedal. Korg's first digital tuner pedal. 
Profile. Larrivee Guitars. Profile of Jean, Wendy, and Mattew Larrivee of Toronto-based Larrivee Guitars. By Teja Gerken.

Manuel Contreras Guitars. Short profile of luthier Manuel Gonzalez Contreras who built guitars for Ramirez before opening his own shop in Madrid, Spain. By Charles Vega.
Heat Damage. Advice on protecting your guitar in a car trunk in the heat. By Teja Gerken.
Licks vs. Riffs. An explanation of the differences and similarities between licks and riffs, and the confusion over their precise meanings. By Andrew DuBrock.

Left-Hand Muting. The musical uses of and techniques for muting your strings with your left hand. By David Hamburger.
Fingerstyle Techniques. Freeing the fingers from assigned strings in fingerstyle guitar playing. By Teja Gerken.

1967 Epiphone Excellente. By George Gruhn.

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