May 2004 (Issue No. 137)

Issue Highlights

The rise of Taylor guitars. Interviews with Corey Harris, Jonatha Brooke, Sarah McLachlan, Joscho Stephan, and Pat Killbride. Lessons on slack-key in G and slide guitar in C G C F C D. EKO Ranger XII 12-string.

Featured Songs

Special Rider Blues - Skip James, arranged by Corey Harris

Kahuku Slack-Key - Patrick Landeza

A Blacksmith Courted Me - Traditional, arranged by Martin Simpson

I Can't Keep from Crying Sometimes - Traditional, arranged by Martin Simpson

Back in the Circus - Jonatha Brooke

In This Issue

AMERICAN DREAMERS
Bob Taylor, Kurt Listug, and the Rise of Taylor Guitars. By Michael John Simmons.

JOURNEY TO THE SOURCE
Corey Harris tracks down the roots of the blues, from Mississippi to Mali. By Ian Zack.

WITHOUT A NET
Songwriter Jonatha Brooke flies high on Back in the Circus. By Dan Ouellette.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Joscho Stephan. The young German guitarist lays claim to Django Reinhardt's throne. By Bill Milkowski.

Sarah McLachlan. Profile of singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

Pat Kilbride. Profile of Irish guitarist Pat Kilbride. By Danny Carnahan.

HAPPENINGS
Albums by U. Utah Phillips and David Rovics; Doc Watson receives a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2004 Grammy Awards; Bill Dixon's Guitar Collecting: How I built a $65,000 collection of guitars from a $1,000 investment in four years and how you can too!The Best of John Fahey, Vol. 2, 1964-1983; Wilco and Uncle Tupelo's Jeff Tweedy releases a book of poetry, Adult Head.

REVIEWS
Reviews of albums by Bart Davenport, Kate Rusby, Lucy Kaplansky, and Josh Ritter.

GEARBOX
The Epiphone L-00 and Dean 00-R small-body guitars reviewed. By Teja Gerken.

New Gear. Monty Montgomery signature Alvarez Yairi MMY1 guitar; D'Addario strings: EXP23 Baritone, EJ37 12-string set, and EJ38H for high-strung Nashville-tuned guitars; Mackie SRM350; National Reso-Phonic ResoRocket. Zoom PS-04. 

Q&A
Short history of Weissenborn Spanish-style guitars; an explanation about why G strings sometimes break when played in open-E tunings; what distinguishes Piedmont blues from other styles from the South, especially the Mississippi Delta and Texas; how to use a capo to gradually extend your reach for long-stretch chord forms.

PRIVATE LESSONS
Slack-key in Open G. A lesson in playing Hawaiian slack-key guitar in open-G tuning. By Patrick Landeza.

Alternate Tunings. Lesson in playing slide guitar in C G C F C D tuning. By Martin Simpson.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
EKO Ranger XII 12-String. By Michael John Simmons.