December 2000 (Issue No. 96)

AG 096 December 2000 Cover
 

Issue Highlights

Jon Hiatt records an all-acoustic album. Twelve outstanding custom instruments built to celebrate Acoustic Guitar magazine's tenth anniversary. The history of protest music in American folk song. Finding the right words for melodies. The Rolling Stones step out of the limelight to record "Wild Horses." Assembling custom string sets to accommodate altered tunings and create special effects.

Featured Songs

What Do We Do Now - John Hiatt

A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall - Bob Dylan

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen - Traditional, arr. by Happy Traum

She Moved Through the Faire - Traditional, arr. by Al Petteway

Deep Gap - Alison Brown

In This Issue

STOLEN MOMENTS
Nashville songwriter John Hiatt takes time out to record a solid, all-acoustic album. By Simone Solondz.

THE COLLECTION
Twelve outstanding custom instruments built to celebrate Acoustic Guitar's tenth anniversary. By Teja Gerken.

ALL WE ARE SAYING
The history of protest music in American folk song. By David Simons.

BROADSIDE REVISITED
By Michael John Simmons.

LETTERS
Reader letters. 

JUMP STREET
Guitar Art. The Dangerous Curves: Art of the Guitar exhibit at Boston's Museum of Fine Art. By Michael Wright.
Phoenix Rising. Profile of alt-country band the Jayhawks. By Mike Thomas.

Happenings
Events. 
News.
Our Back Pages. Excerpts from articles in Acoustic Guitar No. 3, November/December 1990.
Contests. Winfield winners at the 2000 Walnut Valley Festival. 
Cyber Notes. 

REVIEWS
Harmonic Convergence. Chris Whitley explores his jazz and blues roots on a new collection of cover tunes. By Andrew DuBrock.
Backing Tracks. Three new books reveal the secrets of Celtic accompaniment. Review of music books: Frank Kilkelly, Accompanying Irish Music on Guitar; Gavin Ralston, Irish Traditional Guitar Accompaniment; Chris Smith, Celtic Back-Up for All Instrumentalists. By Art Edelstein.

Hit List
AL Di Meola, Winter Nights. By Gary Joyner.
June Tabor, A Quiet Eye. By Danny Carnahan.
Les Primitifs du Futur, World Musette. By Michael John Simmons.
Miguel Angelo Cortes, Patriarca. By Stephen Dick.
Patty Larkin, Regrooving the Dream. By Karen Iris Tucker.
New Releases.
Robert Shafer with Randy Howard, Swingin' Appalachian Style. By David McCarty.
Sources. Record company addresses. 
Tom Taylor, The Crossing. By Bill Milkowski.
Various artists, Gram Parsons Notebook: The Last Whipporwill. By Kenny Berkowitz.

SONG CRAFT
Lyric Lessons. One songwriter's step-by-step approach to finding the right words for the melodies. Sam Shaber gives an overview of her lyric-writing process. By Sam Shaber.

STAGE AND STUDIO
Homegrown CD Awards. Roy Curry, Flat Top Specialist. Profile of Roy Curry, Homegrown CD Award Winner No. 7. By Andrew DuBrock.
Classic Sessions. The Rolling Stones step out of the limelight to record "Wild Horses". By David Simons.

GEARBOX
Profile. Lakewood Guitars. Profile of Martin Seeliger and Lakewood Guitars in Frankfurt, Germany. By Teja Gerken.
Review. Three New Blender/Preamps: L.R. Baggs' MixPro, EMF's Entity, and Raven Labs' Master Blender. By Teja Gerken.

New Gear
DR Sunbeam Strings. 
Kaces Rack Porter. 
Schatten Black Box. 

SHOPTALK
Mingling Strings. Assembling custom string sets to accomplish altered tunings and create special effects. By Rick Turner.

DEAR AG
Copyrights. Where to find copyright information. By Joan Murray.
Rickenbacker-Style. Restringing a 12-string acoustic for greater bass response. By Teja Gerken.
Removing Bridge Pins. Tip Sheet. Reader tip on removing bridge pins easily and safely. 

PRIVATE LESSONS
Fingerstyle Christmas. Basics. Playing "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" fingerstyle. By Happy Traum.
Open Tunings. The Magic of D A D G A D. By Al Petteway.

OFF THE RECORD
Deep Gap. Music by Alison Brown. By David McCarty.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
Apollo Lyre Guitar. By Michael Wright.

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