July 2005 (Issue No. 151)

AG 151 July 2005 Cover

15th Anniversary Special

Excerpt from Michael Dregni's Django Reinhardt biography. Inside Michael Hedges's "Aerial Boundaries." Duck Baker talks to Martin Carthy. Alison Krauss's guitarists. Guitar maker roundtable. In the studio with String Cheese Incident. Profiles of Alice Gerrard, World Guitar Ensemble, and Hem. All about Adirondack spruce. Washburn dreadnought and Genz Benz amp reviewed.

Featured Songs

Blackbird - The Beatles

Can't Find My Way Home - Blind Faith

Swing de Paris - Django Reinhardt

Bensusan - Michael Hedges

Bye Bye Baby Blues - Little Hat Jones, arranged by Steve James

Lonesome Old River - Traditional, arranged by Scott Nygaard

In This Issue

A MORE PERFECT UNION
Ron Block, Dan Tyminski, and Jerry Douglas: the three guitar stars at the core of Alison Krauss' band. By Craig Havighurst.

TAP QUEST
Inside Michael Hedges' Aerial Boundaries. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

WAR CLOUDS
Django Reinhardt's life in Paris during World War II. By Michael Dregni.

ACOUSTIC GUITAR ROUNDTABLE
Top guitar makers talk about their passion and drive for perfection. By Rick Turner.

TRAD DAD
English folk guitar pioneer Martin Carthy's still going strong. By Duck Baker.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Hem. The New York City band revives the "countrypolitan" sound. By Anand Nayak.
Alice Gerrard. The traditional singer/guitarist talks about her latest release, Calling Me Home. By Carol Mallett Rifkin.
World Guitar Ensemble. Crossing borders and genres with a new all-star guitar orchestra. By Celine Keating.
Readers' Poll. The acoustic guitarists, songs, and CDs  favored by Acoustic Guitar's readers.

OPEN MIC
The Aura of Adirondack. The mysteries of eastern spruce and why it sounds better than it looks. By Dana Bourgeois.

REVIEWS
Ana Moura, Guarda-Me a Vida Na Mao. By Kenny Berkowitz.
John Doe, Forever Hasn't Happened Yet. By Mike Thomas.
Sir Richard Bishop, Improvika. By Derk Richardson.
Emiliana Torrini, Fisherman's Woman. By Derk Richardson.
Luiz Bonfa, Solo in Rio 1959. By Ron Forbes-Roberts.
IIIrd Tyme Out, Best Durn Ride. By Sue Thompson.
Tom Russell, Hotwalker. By Judith Edelman.

GEARBOX
Washburn D52SW dreadnought. Moderately priced dreadnought defies conventional wisdom with warm, vintage-like tones By Shawn Hammond.
Genz Benz Shenandoah Stereo 60. We put a tough, full-featured little combo through its paces. By Teja Gerken.

STAGE AND STUDIO
String Theory. In the studio with the String Cheese Incident and Malcolm Burn. By Steven Stone.

Q&A
12-fret Slothead Tone. By Teja Gerken.
Priorities: Rhythm or Lead. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
Lacquer 411. By Frank Ford.

SONGBOOK
Blackbird. Words and music by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
Can't Find My Way Home. Words and music by Steve Winwood.
Bye Bye Baby Blues. Words and music by Little Hat Jones, arranged by Steve James.
Lonesome Old River. Traditional, arranged by Scott Nygaard. 

GREAT ACOUSTICS
Michael Hedges' 1978 Ken duBourg. By Buck Curran.

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