March 1998 (Issue No. 63)

AG 063 March 1998 Cover
 

Ricky Skaggs. The life and legend of Mississippi John Hurt. The guitar music of Madagascar. Michael Hedges remembered. Lessons on playing subtle backup guitar and using "extra" bass notes. Rare Dopyera resonators.

Featured Songs

Amanda Jewell - Ricky Skaggs

Sangisangy - Dama

Andriry - D'Gary

Louis Collins - Mississippi John Hurt

I Still Want To - Catie Curtis

Will the Circle Be Unbroken - Traditional, arranged by Larry Sandberg

In This Issue

BLUEGRASS BREAKTHROUGH
Free at last from record-biz restraints, Ricky Skaggs gets back to the heart of the country. By Ben Elder.

AVALON ON MY MIND
The life and legend of Mississippi John Hurt. By Steve James.

GUITAR MASTERS OF MADAGASCAR
A player's guide to an amazing world of music. By Danny Carnahan.

DEPARTMENTS

JUMP STREET
Michael Hedges, 1953-1997; profile of Jeff White; salvaged-wood guitars; Stephane Grappelli obituary; Nina Gerber profile.

REVIEWS
Reviews of albums by Doc Watson and David Grisman, Edgar Cruz, Maura O'Connell, Utah Phillips and Mark Ross, Väsen, and more.

AG LETTER
Letter From Austin, Texas. Battling stage fright. By John Herndon.

SONG CRAFT
Her Own Drummer. The grooving music of Catie Curtis. By Scott Nygaard.

SHOPTALK
New, Used, or Vintage? Clearing the first hurdle in your search for the perfect guitar. By Marshall Newman.

NEW GEAR
Boss DB-12 Metronome; Breedlove 12-strings; Musician's PocketMemo; AKG C411 MicroMic. 

BEGINNERS
"Extra" bass notes. By Larry Sandberg.

WOOD CHOPS
Subtle Backup. By Dylan Schorer.

DEAR AG
Weissenborn specs; identification of an Epiphone guitar; strap buttons. 

GREAT ACOUSTICS
Rare Dopyera Resonators. By Teja Gerken.

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