Acoustic Guitar has reached into the ranks of America’s top arts and entertainment journalists to name two new Senior Editors, announced Greg Cahill, Editorial Director at Stringletter and Interim Editor of Acoustic Guitar, while also elevating long-time Contributing Editor Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers to the new post of Editor-at-Large.

SL_2014_01_KnowlesDavid Knowles, whose special focus as Senior Editor at Acoustic Guitar includes news and features, joins Stringletter from The New York Daily News, where he served as the paper’s West Coast Correspondent.  He is a long-time journalist, novelist, and guitarist whose prior staff experience includes stints with The Hollywood Reporter, The Daily, and AOL News; his work has also appeared in The New York Times T Magazine, Wall Street Journal Magazine, and Men’s Vogue, among others.


Mark Kemp

Mark Kemp also joins Acoustic Guitar as Senior Editor, with a focus on music and the music industry.  A former Senior Music Editor at Rolling Stone and long-time Executive Editor of Option, the ground-breaking music review, Kemp most recently served as Editor-in-Chief of Creative Loafing, the Charlotte, NC, alt-weekly.  He has also held positions at MTV Networks and the Charlotte Observer, and is the author of Dixie Lullaby: A Story of Music, Race, and New Beginnings in a New South (Simon & Shuster).


Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers

Editor-at-Large Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers was the Founding Editor of Acoustic Guitar (1990 to 2000).  Rodgers is familiar to NPR listeners as a reporter on the acoustic music and singer/songwriter scenes, and is himself a grand prize winner in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.  Author of The Complete Singer-Songwriter (Backbeat Books) and Rock Troubadours (Stringletter), Rodgers has also released two instructional videos on the music of The Grateful Dead (Homespun).

“David, Mark, and Jeff all bring incredible experience in both print and digital journalism and a passion and appreciation for all kinds of music to Acoustic Guitar,” said Cahill, “They are eager to share the stories that inspire all musicians, report the news that connects all musicians, and build upon the tradition of service to musicians that has made Acoustic Guitar such a trusted media brand.”


Greg Olwell

Cahill also announced that Greg Olwell, Senior Editor for the company’s Strings and Ukulele titles, has been named a Contributing Editor to Acoustic Guitar.  Olwell is an active Bay Area performer who joined Stringletter in 2011after holding editorial positions with Bass Player.

Acoustic Guitar’s current Editor, Scott Nygaard, transitions to a new role as a freelance Contributing Editor, where he will continue to lend his experience and expertise to Acoustic Guitar’s music and instructional coverage.