April 2014 (Issue No. 256)

AG 256 Cover
 

ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS

Suzanne Vega releases first solo album in seven years, blues master John Hammond captures a monster live solo performance for posterity, guitar slinger Mark Knopfler heeds the pirate's call on 'Privateering,' 50 must-see acoustic places, learn how to play in a jam session, check out the 2014 Summer Events Directory, remembering Pete Seeger, the Beatles and Sonic Youth on 'Dark Arc,' play guitar with your daughter to help her build confidence and skills, how to smooth out chord changes, Jason Kostal trades corporate life for a luthier's dream. Plus news, reviews, lessons, and more.

Featured Songs

Nature's Way - Spirit

Bourrée in E Minor - J.S. Bach

In This Issue

BACK IN BLACK
Suzanne Vega releases first solo album in seven years
By David Knowles 

LIVE & KICKING
Blues master John Hammond captures a monster live solo performance for posterity
By David Knowles

AT THE WATER'S EDGE
On the new album ‘Privateering,’ guitar slinger Mark Knopfler heeds the pirate’s call
By Kenny Berkowitz

ROADSIDE AMERICANA II: 50 MUST-SEE PLACES
Follow the signposts on the road to the acoustic nation
By Greg Cahill, Mark Segal Kemp, and David Knowles

SPECIAL FOCUS: SUMMER STUDY DIRECTORY

PLAY WELL WITH OTHERS
Headed for a festival or music camp? Jam sessions offer great fun and collective creativity . . . if you know how to approach them 
By Stevie Coyle 

DEPARTMENTS

From the Home Office
Opening Act 
Events 
Marketplace 
Ad Index 
Great Acoustics 

The Beat
Remembering American music icon Pete Seeger; Saintseneca merges Appalachia, the Beatles, & Sonic Youth on ‘Dark Arc’; and more

News Spotlight
Dead again: Mountain Girl recounts finding long lost 1970 tapes that lead to the live acoustic ‘Family Dog’ album 

Here’s How
Play the guitar with your daughter to help her build confidence and skills 

Songcraft
David Wax marries American roots rock with Mexican folk 

Acoustic Classic
‘Nature’s Way’ captured the spirit of the nascent ecology movement; tackling J.S. Bach’s Bourrée in E minor 

The Basics
How to smooth out chord changes by switching up your fingerings 

Weekly Workout
Learn the different minor scales for rock, jazz, ethnic styles, and more 

AG Trade
Athens luthier spiffs up vintage Harmony and Kay guitars; Ernie Ball introduces a new alloy acoustic string; and more 

Makers & Shakers
Arizona-based Jason Kostal traded corporate life for a luthier’s dreams 

Guitar Guru
Dana Bourgeois on how to get rid of that annoying buzz 

Review: Larrivee OM-40R
Don’t let this modestly priced guitar fool you—it’s one well-crafted machine 

Review:Traveler AG-105
New mini-guitar offers a full-scale neck and bright acoustic sounds 

Review:AER Compact 60/3 Acoustic Amp
Popular small, but powerful, AER acoustic amp is better than ever 

Mixed Media: Playlist
Rosanne Cash reaches back to her Southern roots to create a great American song cycle; and other CDs