March 1994 (Issue No. 23)

AG 023 March/April 1994 Cover
 

Issue Highlights

The history of the archtop guitar. Bruce Cockburn on songwriting and fingerstyle. Ali Farka Toure on ancient music music forms. John Renbourn on bringing steel-string guitar into the classroom. Steve James reports on how the South is rediscovering its blues heritage. Stacy Phillips bends slide guitar rules. Tonewood selection. Your first lead.

Featured Songs

Southland of the Heart - Bruce Cockburn

Cinquante Six - Ali Farka Toure

Arc et Senans - John Renbourn

Panhandle Rag - An improvisation by Stacy Phillips on music by Leon McAuliffe

New River Train - Traditional, arr. by Dix Bruce

Living in the Country - Pete Seeger

In This Issue

ARCHTOP ARTISTRY
The birth and rebirth of a Jazz Age jewel. By Richard Johnston.

A BURNING LIGHT
A close-up look at the passionate songs and intricate guitar craft of Bruce Cockburn. By James Jensen.
SPIRIT VOICES
The magical music of Ali Farka Toure. By Elijah Wald.

FINGERSTYLE 101
John Renbourn, master of the folk baroque, brings steel-string studies into the classroom. By Doc Rossi.

LETTERS
Reader letters. 

JUMP STREET
Gibson at 100. Gibson's 100th anniversary. By Richard Johnston.
Sweet Dissonance. Profile of The Story. By Simone Solondz.

Happenings
Recent Events. 
Hit List. Douglas, Barenberg, and Meyer; Skip, Hop, and Wobble. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
Hit List. Derek Bailey, Solo Guitar, Vols. 1 & 2. By Paul Hostetter.
Hit List. Reverend Gary Davis, Blues and Ragtime. By Steve James.

Hit List. Uncle Tupelo, Anodyne. By Simone Solondz.
Hit List. Tony Rice, Tony Rice Plays and Sings Bluegrass. By David McCarty.
Hit List. John Prine, Great Days. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
Hit List. Various Artists, Contemporary Instrumental Music from Brazil. By Riley Tharp.
Hit List. Steve Kaufman, To the Lady. By David McCarty.

AG LETTER
From the Road. From the South. By Steve James.

MASTER CLASS
Q & A with Sharon Isbin. Footrests / Warming up Before a Performance / Cedar vs. Spruce Tops. Footrests / Warming up / Cedar vs. spruce tops. By Sharon Isbin.

WOOD CHOPS
Daring Dobro. Stacy Phillips bends the slide rules. Stacy Phillips profile. By John McGann.

SHOPTALK
Tapping Tonewoods. How the selection of species helps define the sound of your guitar. By Dana Bourgeois.

REVIEWS
Clarence White Reissues. By David McCarty.

Slide Lessons on Video. By Dale Miller.

FOR BEGINNERS
Your First Lead. By Dix Bruce.

GEARBOX
Equipment picks from Bruce Cockburn. By James Jensen.
Equipment picks from Stacy Phillips. By John McGann.
Equipment picks from Ali Farka Toure. By Elijah Wald.
Equipment picks from John Renbourn. By Doc Rossi.
Equipment picks from Pete Seeger. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

SOLO
Country Livin'. Pete Seeger's 'Living in the Country'. By Pete Seeger.

DEAR AG
Buying a Classical. By Michael Wright.
Gerhard Transcriptions. By Simone Solondz.
Home Studio Acoustics. By Rick Turner.
Tip Sheet. Leslie speakers for acoustic guitar. 

GREAT ACOUSTICS
Washburn Bell. By Rick Turner.