May 1996 (Issue No. 41)

AG 041 May 1996 Cover
 

Issue Highlights

Emmylou Harris interview. Blues/jazz pioneer Lonnie Johnson. A look back at the Gibson J-200. Remembering Mel Bay. Austin Lounge Lizards profile. Kenny Hill teaches classical guitar building in prison. Repairing and restoring vintage guitars. Robert Earl Keen interview. Improvising on a melody. Transcribing solos. Fingerstyle sheet music reviewed.

Featured Songs

Prayer in Open D - Emmylou Harris

She's Makin' Whoopee in Hell Tonight - Lonnie Johnson

Gringo Honeymoon - Robert Earl Keen

Foggy Mountain Special - Flatt and Scruggs

In This Issue

NASHVILLE SKYLINE
In her soulful collaboration with Daniel Lanois, Emmylou Harris builds a new vision of country without borders. By Tommy Goldsmith.

MR. JOHNSON'S BLUES
The life and music of American guitar original Lonnie Johnson. By Steve James.

STETSONS AND STAGE LIGHTS
The story of the flamboyant, trendsetting Gibson J-200. By Richard Johnston.

JUMP STREET
Leapin' Lizards. Profile of the Austin Lounge Lizards. By John Herndon.
Legacy. Profile of Mel Bay. By Steve James.

REVIEWS
Fingerpicking Folios. Fingerpicking folios from Muriel Anderson, Rick Foster, Phil Keaggy, and Winfield Winners. By Dale Miller.
Appalachian Collection.  By Richard Johnston.

HIT LIST
The Music Never Stopped: Roots of the Grateful Dead. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
Brother Boys, Presley's Grocery. By Steve James.
Cristina Azuma, Contatos. By Scott Cmiel.
Doug Smith, Best of and Deep Heart. By James Jensen.
The Carter Family, The Carter Family on Border Radio. By Michael John Simmons.
Dave MacIsaac, Nimble Fingers. By Dylan Schorer.
Lynn Morris, Mama's Hand. By David McCarty.
The Songs of Elmer Hawkes. By Dan Ouellette.

AG LETTER
Letter from Prison. By Kenny Hill.

SHOPTALK
Vintage Preservation. Repairing and restoring irreplaceable vintage guitars. By Dan Erlewine.

SONG CRAFT
Keen Insight. Robert Earl Keen lives to tell the tale. By Simone Solondz.

GEARBOX
Equipment picks from the Austin Lounge Lizards, Emmylou Harris, Lonnie Johnson, and Robert Earl Keen.

BEGINNERS
Improvising Around the Melody. By Mike Christiansen.

WOOD CHOPS
Transcribing Solos. By Dix Bruce.

DEAR AG
Dobro necks. By Richard Johnston.
Tired of exercising. By Dylan Schorer.
Lutherie schools. By Rick Turner.
Tip Sheet. Best saddle material to use with a pickup. By Benjamin Hoff, Tigard, Oregon.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
Martin 5-21T. By Rick Turner.