July 2003 (Issue No. 127)

AG 127 July 2003

Issue Highlights

Group review of fourteen small-bodied flattops under $3,000. Stephen Fearing on collaboration and classic song craft. The deep Delta blues of Son House. Profile of the Be Good Tanyas and Thomas Fraser. What you need to know the first time you use a PA. Pay-to-play music download sites. A visit to Eichelbaum Guitars. James Alan Shelton's traditional crosspicking. And more!

Featured Songs

Black Silk Gown - Stephen Fearing

My Black Mama - Son House

Train Stop Blues - Pete Madsen

Sailor's Hornpipe - Traditional, arr. by Chris Proctor

Fisher's Hornpipe - Traditional, arr. by Chris Proctor

Traditional, arr. by James Alan Shelton

In This Issue

FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPS
Fourteen great small-bodied flattops under $3,000. By Teja Gerken.

TIN PAN ALLEY CAT
Stephen Fearing energizes his music with collaboration and classic song craft. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

POSSESSED BY THE SONG
The deep Delta blues of Son House. By Jas Obrecht.

LETTERS
Mail. Reader letters.

JUMP STREET
The Folksmen Cometh. Christopher Guest's new film A Mighty Wind parodies the folk music revival. By Michael John Simmons.
Vintage Modern. Profile of new female folk trio The Be Good Tanyas. By Kerry Dexter.

Fisherman's Blues. Long Gone Lonesome Blues -- the reissued recordings of Scottish folk musician Thomas Fraser. By James Keough.

Happenings
Events. 
News. 
Contests. 
In Memory. 
New Releases.

REVIEWS
Classical Masterpieces. A celebration of the Spanish guitar tradition. Recordings by Stefano Grondona and Luca Waldner, and Jose L. Romanillos Vega and Marian Harris Winspear's book The Vihuela de Mano and the Spanish Guitar. By Michael John Simmons.

Hit List
Brigette DeMeyer, Nothing Comes Free. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Masada Guitars. By Teja Gerken.
Steve Baughman and Robin Bullock, Celtic Guitar Summit. By Danny Carnahan.
The Angelo Debarre Quartet, Impromptu. By David McCarty.
Tom Russell, Modern Art. By Celine Keating.

Tommy Edwards, Good Company. By Sue Thompson.
Kenny Werner, Free Play. By Gary Joyner.
M. Ward, Transfiguration of Vincent. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Manfred Dierkes Trio, Caldera. By Ron Forbes-Roberts.
Pat Kirtley, Brazilian Guitar. By Teja Gerken.
Various artists, Classic Blues from Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. By Ian Zack.

HERE'S HOW
Testing, Testing. What you need to know the first time you use a PA. How to set up microphones and PA for live performances. By Teja Gerken.

AG LETTER
From Auckland, New Zealand. Letter by guitarist Adam Levy on tour with Norah Jones in New Zealand. By Adam Levy.

ON THE WEB
After Napster. Pay-to-play music download sites. By Dylan Schorer.

GEARBOX
Profile. Eichelbaum Guitars. Profile of Santa Barbara luthier David Eichelbaum. By Julie Bergman.
Review. Sterner Eccentric Capo.

New Gear
Epiphone PR-6E. Gibson Epiphone PR-6E acoustic-electric guitar. 
RainSong Projection Series. RainSong Projection Series entry-level graphite guitar. 
SC Laboratories GFP Transducer. SC Laboratories GFP Transducer undersaddle pickup. 
Takamine EAC11C. Takamine EAC11C cutaway dreadnought in the Santa Fe line.

Q&A
Cuckoo for Cocobolo. Description and history of cocobolo wood. By Charles Vega.
Electric or Acoustic Amps?. Using electric guitar and amps for acoustic guitars. By Teja Gerken.
Sixth of One. The difference between intervals and scale degrees. By Andrew DuBrock.

PRIVATE LESSONS
Blues Fingerpicking. Basic blues fingerpicking styles. By Pete Madsen.
Fingerstyle Technique. Playing fingerstyle melodies on 12-string guitar. By Chris Proctor.

OFF THE RECORD
It Is Better Farther On. Traditional, arranged by James Alan Shelton. Music to "It Is Better Farther On". By Sue Thompson.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
Jeff Traugott Night Sky. California luthier Jeff Traugott's Night Sky guitar with star map inlay on the back. By Teja Gerken.

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