August 1997 (Issue No. 56)

AG 056 August 1997 Cover
 

Issue Highlights

Five makers' approaches to building a customer's dream guitar. A photo preview of handcrafted guitars from the Healdsburg Guitar Festival. Interview with Ani DiFranco and Utah Phillips. Badi Assad profile. Winners of Acoustic Guitar's first songwriting contest. Bach for flatpickers.

Featured Songs

Farewell - Badi Assad

Minuet from the Notebook of Anna Magdalena Bach - Music by J.S. Bach, arranged by Dix Bruce

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot - Traditional, arr. by Duck Baker

In This Issue

CUSTOM GUITARS
Five makers' approaches to building a customer's dream guitar.  

GALLERY OF GUITARS
A preview of handcrafted beauties from the Healdsburg Guitar Festival. By Bronwen Morgan.

RADICAL FOLK
In this 1997 conversation, kindred spirits and collaborators Ani DiFranco and Utah Phillips discuss their album The Past Didn’t Go AnywhereBy Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

THE WITCH'S CAULDRON
With voice, percussion, and guitar, Brazilian phenomenon Badi Assad revolutionizes the art of solo performance. By Scott Nygaard.

LETTERS
Reader letters. 

JUMP STREET
Uppity Blues Woman. Profile of Ann Rabson of Saffire. By George Hansen.
When Bad Is Good. Profile of the Bad Livers. By John Herndon.

Happenings
New Releases. 
News.
Songs from the Corn Belt. Profile of Lou and Peter Berryman. By Ben Elder.
In Memory. Obituary of James "Yank" Rachell. 
Meet A.G..

REVIEWS

Hit List
Jacques Stotzem and Thierry Crommen, Different Ways. By Jim Ohlschmidt.
John Gorka, Between Five and Seven. By Steve Givens.By Roger Deitz.By David McCarty.
Ranger Doug, Songs of the Sage. By Riley Tharp.
The Burns Sisters, In This World. By Roger Deitz.
The Gerard Edery Ensemble, Linda Amiga: Love Songs of the Sephardim and Renaissance Spain. By Russell Letson.
Modern Luthier. Modern Luthier video, Froggy Bottom, James Olson, Breedlove Guitars, and Steve Klein. By Phil Campbell.
Phil Heywood, Local Joe. By Jim Ohlschmidt.
Steve Kaufman, The Art of Guitar Cross-Picking. By David McCarty.
Acoustic Elvis Costello. Elvis Costello, Costello and Nieve. By Simone Solondz.
Cutting-Edge Guitar Folios. By Stephen Dick.

AG LETTER
Letter From Totnes. Letter from Totnes School of Guitar Making. By Chris Mosey.

SONG CRAFT
Six Strings Attached. The winners of our first-ever songwriting contest. By Simone Solondz.

GEARBOX
Equipment Picks from Ann Rabson. By George Hansen.
Equipment picks from the Bad Livers. By John Herndon.

New Gear
Boss Acoustic Instrument Processor. 
Frye Acoustic-Electric Scully.
Martin Studio/Performance Strings. 
Equipment Picks from Badi Assad. By Scott Nygaard.
Equipment Picks from Ani DiFranco. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
Equipment Picks from Utah Phillips. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

BEGINNERS
Bach for Flatpickers. Bach for flatpickers. By Dix Bruce.

WOOD CHOPS
Getting Ready to Perform. By Kristina Olsen.

SOLO
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot. By Duck Baker.

DEAR AG
Koa Guitars. Gibson koa J-200s. By Richard Johnston.
Neil Young's Pickup. Neil Young's pickup. By Larry Cragg.
Sears Supertones. By George Gruhn.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
1830 F. Roudhloff. By Francois Charle.