September 1995 (Issue No. 33)

AG 033 September 1995 Cover
 

Red Hot Blues

The signature riffs of early blues legends Tampa Red, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and Blind Blake. The music of Memphis Minnie. The flatpicking genius of David Grier. Lessons on beginning jazz chord melodies and strumming the blues. Interview with John Prine. Dyer Harp guitar.

Featured Songs

Let's Go to Town - Memphis Minnie and Kansas Joe

Smith Chapel - David Grier

He Forgot That It Was Sunday - John Prine

Avalon - Vincent Rose, Al Jolson, and B.G. DeSylva

In This Issue

EARLY MORNING BLUES
How early hitmakers forged the guitar styles of country blues. By Steve James.

GUITAR QUEEN
The groundbreaking blues of Memphis Minnie, from Delta styles to the Chicago sound. By Del Rey.

TAKING THE LEAD
Why David Grier is a rising star of bluegrass guitar. By David McCarty.

DEPARTMENTS

JUMP STREET
Robert Johnson, superstar; reviews of albums by John Williams, the Quintet of the Hot Club of San Francisco, Harvey Reid, and Norman and Nancy Blake.

AG LETTER
Letter from Backstage. Experiences of a non-quite-professional musician. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

SONG CRAFT
Prine Time. In his follow-up to The Missing Years, John Prine once again nails the offbeat. By Joe F. Compton.

SHOPTALK
Home Studio Basics. How to set up a DAT studio for guitar recordings. By Jim Kaufman.

WOOD CHOPS
Beginning Chord Melody. A solo jazz guitar workshop. By Dix Bruce.

REVIEWS
Singer-songwriters who can pick--Pierre Bensusan, Julie Hoest, Woody Mann, Kevin Moore, and Chris Smither; The Martin Book

BEGINNERS
Strumming the blues. By Mike Christiansen.

DEAR AG
The Portuguese guitarra; reshaping a neck; building a steel guitar; Leo Kottke transcriptions; why guitars get better with age.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
Dyer Harp Guitar. By Rick Turner.