June 2005 (Issue No. 150)

AG 150 June 2005 Cover

Issue Hightlights

Aimee Mann interview. Paramount Records blues legends. New guitars and gear. How to run a grassroots concert series. Lessons on movable open-string chords and soloing with nonchord tones. Profiles of Jay Farrar and Little Axe. The choro revival. Babicz jumbo and Korg microtuner reviewed. All about hand finishes.

Featured Songs

Rabbit Foot Blues - Blind Lemon Jefferson

I Can't Get My Head Around It - Aimee Mann

Pea Vine Blues - Charley Patton

Old Folks at Home - Stephen Foster

Diddie Wah Diddie - Blind Blake

In This Issue

GOING THE DISTANCE
Twenty years into her career, pop singer-songwriter Aimee Mann is still fighting the good fight. By Drew Pearce.

NEW GEAR SENSATIONS
Tasty new guitars and gear. By Teja Gerken.

BLUES LEGENDS
Blind Lemon Jefferson, Blind Blake, Charley Patton, and the legendary blues of Paramount Records, with three classic blues songs. By Steve James.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Jay Farrar. The former Uncle Tupelo frontman talks about his musical progression and the Son Volt album scheduled for release this summer. By Derk Richardson.
Little Axe. Hip-hop veteran Skip McDonald brings dub to the Delta. By Bill Milkowski.
The Choro Revival. New recordings broaden the scope and extend the global reach of the venerable Brazilian style. By Ron Forbes-Roberts.

HERE'S HOW
Music for the People. How to set up regular concerts for you and your guitar-playing friends at a local gathering place. By Teja Gerken.

REVIEWS
Bright Eyes, I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning. By Derk Richardson.
Jimmy LaFave, Blue Nightfall. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Vis A Vis, Acoustic Colours. By Ron Forbes-Roberts.
Gibson Bros., Long Way Back Home. By Sue Thompson.
Rory Block, From the Dust. By Ian Zack.
Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion, Exploration. By Mike Thomas.
Amos Lee. By Drew Pearce.
Mesut Ozgen, Troubadour. By Julia Crowe.
Michel Haumont, Ma Guitare. By Teja Gerken.
Vic Chesnutt, Ghetto Bells. By Judith Edelman.
Frigg. By Sue Thompson.
Various Artists, Sweetheart. By Derk Richardson.
John King, Famous Solos and Duets for the Ukulele; The Classical Ukulele. By Michael John Simmons.
Rob Ickes, Essential Techniques for Dobro; Cindy Cashdollar, Dobro Variations: Explorations in Minor, Swing, and Rockabilly Styles. By Andy Volk.

GEARBOX
Babicz Identity Jumbo. Jeff Babicz's radical new "lateral-compression soundboard" and adjustable neck joint. By Teja Gerken.
Korg AW-1 Micro Tuner. We take Korg's cute, futuristic little tuner for a test drive. By Teja Gerken.

SHOPTALK
Hands On. Joshia de Jonge, Bruce Sexauer and others chime in on the new trend toward French polishing and other manual finishing techniques. By Rick Turner.

Q&A
Double-Duty Amplification. How to get the most out of your amps. By Shawn Hammond.
Punchy Nylon Strings. Nylon strings that have more steel-string-like brightness and sustain. By Patrick Francis.
Soundport Authority. Information on the uncommon feature. By Kenny Hill.

PRIVATE LESSONS
Movable Open-String Chords. How to turn simple chord patterns integrating open strings into magic bullets you can fire from across the fretboard. By Andrew DuBrock.
Soloing with Nonchord Tones. How to paint leads in exuberant new colors by venturing outside expected chord notes. By Karen Hogg.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
1930s Kay Kraft Jumbo Style A. By Teja Gerken.

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