May 2014 (Issue No. 257)

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SPECIAL FOCUS: 30 Under 30

Porchfest goes from local New York oddity to national craze, Kacey Musgraves reflects on her whirlwind ascent, a John Fahey primer, a roundup of the world's best acoustic artists under the age of 30, remembering legendary flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia, Della Mae's flatpicking guitarist Courtney Hartman is no shrinking violet, three simple steps to building a strong rhythm hand, enhance your Carter-style strum patterns, Dana Bourgeois on how to determine the value of a high-end guitar, plus news, reviews, lessons, songs, and more.

Featured Songs

Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out - Jimmy Cox

Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You - Anne Bredon

Bottom of the Punchbowl - Traditional

In This Issue

Home Style
Porchfest goes from local New York oddity to national craze to your town 
By Kenny Berkowitz 

Her Year of Living Famously
Kacey Musgraves—a two-time Grammy winner—reflects on her whirlwind ascent 
By David Knowles 

A John Fahey Primer
The triumph & tragedy of Blind Joe Death 
By Derk Richardson 

Special Focus: 30 Under 30

Talking ’Bout Their Generation
A roundup of 30 of the world’s best acoustic artists under the age of 30 
By Mark Kemp, David Knowles & Amber von Nagel 

The Beat
On his forthcoming album, bluegrass-guitar phenom Bryon Sutton takes the mic; guitarist Muriel Anderson’s newconcept album, Nightlight Daylight; & more 

News Spotlight
Della Mae’s flatpicking guitarist Courtney Hartman is no shrinking violet 

Songcraft
Natalia Zukerman grew up in a family of classical musicians. Then she saw Susanne Vega and her life was saved by folk ’n’ roll 

Acoustic Classic
Eric Clapton’s “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out”; Led Zeppelin’s famous intro riff to their classic “Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You”; the Celtic raditional tune “Bottom of the Punchbowl”

Take It Easy
Be bold: bring your guitar! 

Here’s How
3 simple steps to building a strong rhythm hand 

The Basics
Enhance your Carter-style strum patterns to add authenticity to your sound 

Weekly Workout
Use extended and modified chording to add color to your acoustic-rock sound 

AG Trade
Fender’s hippest brand rolls out the latest models in its Roots Collection; capo man Milton Kyser dead at 80; & more 

Guitar Guru
Dana Bourgeois on how to determine the value of a high-end guitar 

Kitbag
Using a different set of strings can be an enlightening exercise for guitarists of all styles 

Review: Hot Rod Old Skool 12
Hot Rod recreates classic resonators with love, care, attention to detail—and ridiculously low price tags 

Review: Epiphone Hummingbird Pro
Epiphone plugs in the classic Gibson beauty at a fraction of the cost 

Review:Ernie Ball Aluminum Bronze strings
New acoustic-guitar strings are a robust alternative to phosphor bronze and 80/20s 

Mixed Media: Playlist
Virtuoso Steve Dawson offers guitar analog to eccentric Van Dyke Parks-style Americana; & other CDs 

Mixed Media: Books
Book traces Martin from its earliest years to its status today as America’s iconic instrument 

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