**This issue will receive bonus distribution at GFA and Sweetwater GearFest**

Special Focus: Mississippi John Hurt

AG contributor and roots and blues historian Steve James explores the legacy of Mississippi John Hurt and his influence on the Greenwich Village folk scene, as seen and experienced by John Sebastian and Happy Traum. Plus: A lesson on Hurt’s distinctive guitar style and a transcription of his classic “Coffee Blues”


Features and Departments

  • Guitar Talk: Steve Tibbetts discusses his instruments of choice, including those used on his new Asian-inspired ECM release, “Life Of”
  • Willie Nelson: Country may be Nelson’s milieu but jazz is his M.O. In this feature lesson, Adam Levy shows and tells how Nelson channels Django Reinhardt’s Gypsy spirit on guitar.
  • Guitar on Record: A look at how the early days of recording led to the massive popularity of the guitar
  • Woodshed: Learn the concepts at work in “Made to Shine,” an acoustic piece from Bill Frisell’s latest solo album.
  • Weekly Workout: Learn how to understand and work with sus chords to embellish and add color to your guitar parts
  • The Basics: In this first in a new series of theory lessons from guitarist Gretchen Menn, readers will learn to identify notes, where they fall on the fretboard, and how to identify the relationships between pitches
  • Makers & Shakers: Matt Eich of Mule Resophonic Guitars on his handcrafted steel resonator guitars
  • Songs: Full-song transcriptions of Willie Nelson’s “Whiskey River,” Mississippi John Hurt’s “Coffee Blues,” and Bill Frisell’s “Made to Shine”
  • New Gear: Pre-War Guitars Model-HD, Fishman Loudbox Mini Charge, and Yamaha’s new CSF3 parlor and FG-TA TransAcoustic reviewed


Key Dates

  • Advertising reservations due by April 13, 2018
  • Advertising materials due by April 20, 2018
  • Issue on sale June 5, 2018

*subject to change