August 2014 (Issue No. 260)

Cover
 

Player's Choice Awards!

The finest guitars, sound systems, accessories, and more in our 2014 readers poll...

Featured Songs

Loser - Beck

Blue Moon - Beck

Suite: Judy Blue Eyes - Crosby, Stills & Nash

Whiskey Before Breakfast - Norman Blake

In This Issue

This Bird Has Flown

Former Old Crow Medicine Show guitarist Willie Watson finds peace of mind on solo debut

Nickel hits a quarter

Alt-country trio Nickel Creek celebrates 25th anniversary with new album and tour

SPECIAL FOCUS

Player’s Choice Awards!

The finest guitars, sound systems, accessories and more in our 2014 readers poll

The Beat

Tom Freund brings soul to So-Cal on Two Moons

News Spotlight

Singer-songwriter Jason Mraz unplugs on Yes!

Songcraft

Learn to identify the structural elements of pop songs

Here’s How

Stretches to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome

The Basics

Liven up your playing with sus chords 

Weekly Workout

Challenge yourself with Bach’s ‘Invention No. 4’

Playlist

What’s old is new again in John Fullbright’s Songs, plus the latest from Keb’ Mo,’ Carlene Carter, Bradford Lee Folk, and Conor Oberst

Shop Talk

Go wireless with the PanaMag pickup from Shadow Electronics

Makers & Shakers

Martin Keith’s guitars are infused with skilled craftsmanship, a keen eye for design, and the legend of Woodstock

Guitar Guru

What gives a guitar its ‘voice’?

Review: Cordoba Acero D10

The mild-mannered guitar with the ferocious sound

Review:ScoreCloud Express

New app helps you capture your music, note for note