February 2014 (Issue No. 254)

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ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS

The Milk Carton Kids make a big splash by keeping it small; seven songwriters salute the Fab Four; insurgent-country star Robbie Fulks sheds the sarcasm, 50 must-attend acoustic events; start a jug band in five easy steps; create lush open-string chords; flatpick with fingerstyle patterns; C.F. Martin IV on running the family business; Dana Bourgeois explains the impact of a guitar’s finish; reviews of the Guild Orpheum, Epiphone Texan, Taylor 322e, and Mi-Si Magpie pickup; plus news, reviews, lessons, and more. Includes 45 minutes of video lessons, demonstrations, and reviews.

Featured Songs

Cluck Old Hen - Traditional

In This Issue

FEATURES
The Power of Two
The Milk Carton Kids make a big splash by keeping it small
By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers 

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!
50 years after the Beatles exploded on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show,’ the band’s music continues to resonate with today’s songwriters
By Adam Levy

Plain as Fulks
Insurgent country star Robbie Fulks sheds the sarcasm on ‘That’s Where I’m From’ and produces the best album of his career
By Kenny Berkowitz

Roadside Americana
The St. Louis Cigar Box Guitar Festival and 49 other must-attend events
By Greg Cahill, Scott Nygaard, Amber von Nagel, Megan Westberg

DEPARTMENTS
From the Home Office 
Opening Act 
Events 
Great Acoustics 

The Beat
Jamestown Revival travels from ‘California’ to ‘Utah’; Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones team up; and more

News Spotlight
New book revisits Woody Guthrie’s final years 
David Lowery takes on free lyric websites 

Acoustic Classic
Start a jug band in 5 easy steps 

The Basics
Learn the quickest way to create lush open-string chords 

Take It Easy
Play something you love now—practice later 

Weekly Workout
Flat-pick with fingerstyle patterns 

Shop Talk
New York’s premiere custom-guitar show proved an inspiration 

Movers & Shakers
C.M. Martin IV on running the family business 

Guitar Guru
Dana Bourgeois explains the impact of a guitar’s finish 

REVIEWS
Guild Orpheum
12-fret mahogany dreadnought merges a myriad of vintage and modern designs 

Epiphone Texan
Great playability, classic design, and value define this reissue 

Taylor 322e
Mahogany-top guitar offers comfort, affordability, and sweet tone 

Mi-Si Magpie
Innovative pickup with a small footprint and quick-charging technology 

In the Stores
An Avril Lavigne signature guitar; and more 

MIXED MEDIA
Playlist
Eric Bibb invites listeners to book passage on the freedom train; and other recordings 

Books
Bob Dylan stole from him, the Coen Bros. drank from his cup; and more 

Caught in the Act
CSN&Y carry on at inspired reunion shows
Global music pours from the Ellnora Guitar Festival  

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