December 2003 (Issue No. 132)

AG 132 December 2003

Issue Highlights

Alex de Grassi talks about his album Now and Then. A new blend of jazz harmony and improvisation with pop songcraft. Rob Ickes explores the potential of the Dobro in and beyond bluegrass. Seven songs to play, including "St. James Infirmary." Report from the Healdsburg Guitar Festival. Profile on Guster. Remembering Warren Zevon. AG Letter from Bangalore, India. Profile of pop singer-songwriter Peter Yorn. Instrument options for left-handed guitarists. Q&A on fingertip blisters, identifying Guild and Recording King lap steel guitars, and clear pickguards.

Featured Songs

House of the Rising Sun - Traditional, arr. by Thomas Beardslee

The Old Rugged Cross - Traditional, arr. by Rob Ickes

St. James Infirmary - Traditional, arr. by Alex de Grassi

Pass Me By - Pete Yorn

Schedryk - Mykola Dmytrovich Leontovych, arr. by Dylan Schorer

High Heel Shoe - Traditional, arr. by Bryan Sutton

The Sweet Magnolia Tree - Doug Wamble

In This Issue

FRACTURED FOLK TALES
Fingerstyle guitar icon Alex de Grassi deconstructs traditional American folk songs on Now and Then. By Ron Forbes-Roberts.

NEW YORK STORIES
A new blend of jazz harmony and improvisation with pop songcraft. By Dan Ouellette.

RAISING THE BAR
Rob Ickes explores the potential of the Dobro in and beyond bluegrass. By Steve Romanoski.

LETTERS
Mail.

JUMP STREET
Guitars on Parade. Report from the 2003 Healdsburg Guitar Festival. By Teja Gerken.
A Mighty Gust. Profile of the pop band Guster upon the release of CD Keep It Together. By Drew Pearce.
Warren Zevon 1947-2003. Obituary of singer-songwriter Warren Zevon and news of his final CD,The Wind. By Derk Richardson. 

Happenings
News. News about Kris Kristofferson, a special page on the Collings Guitars website, and ownership rights to rare Hank Williams recordings. 
New Releases. Marc Ribot's new book of Frantz Casseus music, two classic Peter Lang CDs reissued, J'ai Ete au Bal and Chulas Fronteras released on DVD, and a new book about Grit Laskin's inlay art, 'A Guitarmaker's Canvas'. 
Contests. Deadlines for LadySixString Lyric Writing Contest and Nashville Song Search.

REVIEWS
Mr. Guitar at Home. Review of Chet Atkins, 'Solo Sessions' CD of music he recorded at home. By Ron Forbes-Roberts.

Hit List
Alexis Harte, Sunlight Loping. By Derk Richardson.
Dylan Fowler, Ffynnon Ofor. By Teja Gerken.
Kris Delmhorst, Songs for a Hurricane. By Mike Thomas.
Shooglenifty, The Arms Dealer's Daughter. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Soig Siberil, Gitar. By Danny Carnahan.
The Double String Trio, Music of the Renaissance/Music of Today. By Ron Forbes-Roberts.
Buddy Guy, Blues Singer. By Ian Zack.
Mad Agnes, Magic Hour. By Celine Keating.
Richard Walz, Doug Back, Andrew Zohn, The Big Trio Reprise. By Michael John Simmons.
Scott Miller and the Commonwealth, Upside Down. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Dix Bruce and Jim Nunally, Brothers at Heart. By Sue Thompson.
Fred Sokolow, Swing Guitar. By David McCarty.
Ricardo Cobo, Guitar Lullaby. By Ron Forbes-Roberts.

AG LETTER
From Bangalore, India. By Rzhude David.

SONG CRAFT
In Between Days. Profile of pop singer-songwriter Pete Yorn with music to "Pass Me By" from his CD, Day I Forgot. By Drew Pearce.

STAGE AND STUDIO
Classical Performance. Tips from three renowned guitarists. Tips on choosing a program, relieving preconcert jitters, warming up, and staying focused in performance. By Mark Small.

GEARBOX
Profile. Profile of luthier Roy Noble. By Ben Elder.
Review. Review of Tascam CD-GT-1 portable CD player. By Teja Gerken.

New Gear
Alvarez MSDI. Alvarez MSDI travel guitar. 
Dunlop Fretboard 65 Ultimate Lemon Oil. Dunlop Fretboard 65 Ultimate Lemon Oil for cleaning and conditioning guitar fingerboards. 
Hohner HFM-100VSB. Hohner HFM-100VSB F-style mandolin. 
Johnson JM-991-S. Johnson's new resonator guitar with nickle-plated, bell-brass body.

SHOPTALK
Southpaw Strummers. Instrument options for left-handed guitarists. Shopping for and retrofitting guitars for lefties. By Richard Johnston.

Q&A
Blistering Licks. What to do when you develop blisters on your fingertips. By Karen Hogg.
The Mystery Guild. Identifying Guild and Recording King lap steel guitars. By Hans Moust.
Provisional Pickguards. Protecting your guitar top with clear plastic static-cling temporary pickguards. By Frank Ford.

PRIVATE LESSONS
Accompanying a Singer/Guitarist. Advice on providing guitar backup for a singer/guitarist. By Thomas Beardslee.
Fingerstyle Repertoire. An arrangement of the holiday tune "Shchedryk," the original basis for "Carol of the Bells". By Dylan Schorer.

OFF THE RECORD
High Heel Shoe. Traditional, arranged by Bryan Sutton. Music to 'High Heel Shoe'. By David McCarty.
Equipment Picks: Bryan Sutton's guitars and gear.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
Clarence White's 1967 Roy Noble Dreadnought. The story of the building and ownership of Clarence White's 1967 Roy Noble Dreadnought. By Ben Elder.