September 1999 (Issue No. 81)

AG 081 September 1999
 

Issue Highlights

Nancy Wilson interview. Bossa Nova guitarists. Composite materials in guitar building. Townes Van Zandt remembered. Profile of Artie Tram. Christoper Parkening's tribute to Segovia. How to tame feedback. Schoenberg Guitars. Larrivee VC-09QM reviewed. The history of Harmony Guitars. Lessons in bluegrass cross-picking and building chords. Music from Don Ross. Blues singer Del Rey on the road. Bookstore gigs.

Featured Songs

These Dreams - Heart

One-Note Samba - Antonio Carlos Jobim

Farewell Blues - Eric Thompson

Klimbim - Don Ross

In This Issue

GUITAR QUEEN OF HEART
Nancy Wilson's driving guitar work helped define the sound of a classic rock 'n' roll band.  By Julie Bergman.

BOSSES OF BOSSA NOVA
Who they were, and how they created one of the century's most seductive styles.  By David Simons.

BEYOND ROSEWOOD AND SPRUCE
How guitar makers are using space-age composite materials to create new designs and new sounds.  By Teja Gerken.

JUMP STREET
Voice from Beyond. Profile of singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt and his posthumous success with A Far Cry from Dead. By Melanie Haiken.
Fingerstyle Festival. Profile of the International Guitar Night traveling festival of fingerstyle guitarists. By Ron Forbes-Roberts.
Parkening Remembers Segovia. Profile of Christopher Parkening and his tribute to Andrés Segovia. By Mark Small.
Remarkable Meetings. Profile of Artie Traum and his new release: Meetings with Remarkable Friends. By Julie Bergman.

AG LETTER
From the Road. Letter from Del Rey about life on tour in Australia, Mexico, and America. By Del Rey.

REVIEWS
HIT LIST
Cassandra Wilson, Traveling Miles. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
Eddi Reader, Angels and Electricity. By Scott Nygaard.
Jeff White, The Broken Road. By Sue Thompson.
Kim and Reggie Harris and Magpie, Guide My Feet. By Steve Givens.
Lydia Mendoza, Vida Mía. By Danny Carnahan.
Richard Savino, Danzas y Differencias: Santiago de Murcia. By Stephen Dick.
The Pizzarellis: Bucky and John, Contrasts. By David McCarty.
Madcat and Kane, Up Against the Wall. By Dale Miller.
Richard M. Sudhalter, Lost Chords: White Musicians and Their Contribution to Jazz, 1914-1945. By Michael John Simmons.
Steve Baughman, Celtic Fingerstyle Guitar Solos. By Danny Carnahan.

Sam McGee's Blues. Document reissues the complete early recordings of pioneer country guitarist Sam McGee. By Duck Baker.
No Kidding. Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer sing kids' songs a grown-up could love. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
Diverging Country Roads. Alison Krauss and Lynn Morris take different approaches on Forget About It and You'll Never Be the Sun. By Paul Kotapish.

STAGE AND STUDIO
Feedback 101. A guide to howl-free amplification of acoustic instruments. By Bob Wolstein.
Playin' by the Book. The ins and outs of the bookstore gig. By Teja Gerken.

GEARBOX
Profile. Schoenberg Guitars. Eric Schoenberg and his quest to build the ideal fingerstyle instrument. By Karl Baldrate.
Review. Larrivée VC-09QM steel-string guitar. By Teja Gerken.

SHOPTALK
Sweet Harmony. History of the Harmony Co., manufacturer of inexpensive and mail-order guitars. By Michael Wright.

PRIVATE LESSONS
Building Chords. Basics. Learning to build simple triads and four-note chords from basic scales. By Scott Nygaard.
Traditional Bluegrass Cross-Picking. Learning to cross-pick bluegrass guitar in the style of Doc Watson, Clarence White, and others. By Eric Thompson.

DEAR AG
Guitar Sales in America. Industry census data on guitar sales and popularity in 1998. By Paul Kotapish.
Pinky Splints. Silver Ring Splint Co. product helps support weak fingers. By Kristina Olsen.
Selmer-Style Tailpieces. Sources of new tailpieces for Selmer- and Maccaferri-style steel-string guitars. By Michael John Simmons.
Tip Sheet. Nail care advice for fingerstyle guitarists. 

OFF THE RECORD
Klimbim. Music to "Klimbim" by fingerstyle guitarist Don Ross. By Ron Forbes-Roberts.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
Washburn White Rose. Circa 1900 custom-ordered Washburn parlor guitar. By Bianca Soros.