Special Focus: Letters from Pete Seeger

Celebrate the legendary guitarist, songwriter, arranger, song leader, author, teacher, and activist’s lasting legacy by taking a peek into his offstage life through a close-up look at his personal correspondences encouraging other musicians to make music and get involved in their communities.

Features and Departments

  • Keb’ Mo’: The modern blues-folk legend talks guitars, recording, and his latest release, Oklahoma.
  • Gypsy Jazz: the Founders, the Future: From Django to the present day, Hot Club of San Francisco guitarist Paul Mehling provides a history of this vibrant style, with an emphasis on the brightest young players taking Gypsy jazz to new places
  • Acoustic-Electric Guitar Guide: Berklee professor Jane Miller provides a comprehensive guide for shopping for acoustic-electric guitars
  • D-I-Y Folk: Six enterprising artists weigh in on what it takes to survive and thrive as a folk musician in the streaming era
  • Woodshed: Guitarist and Gypsy jazz scholar Greg Ruby takes you deep inside Oscar Aleman’s swing jazz version of “You Made Me Love You”
  • The Basics: Fred Sokolow shows how to use blues turnarounds in a variety of keys
  • Makers & Shakers: Luthier Eric Schoenberg discusses his business, namesake instruments, ragtime, and the state of the vintage guitar market
  • Songs
    • Dire Straits’ classic “Sultans of Swing”
    • Pete Seeger’s “Quite Early Morning”
    • Oscar Aleman’s hot take on the standard “You Made Me Love You”
    • Bryan Sutton’s flatpicking approach to “The Little Drummer Boy”
    • A campfire-worthy version of “Deck the Halls”
    • Sean McGowan’s jazzy rendition of “Oh Come, All Ye Faithful”
    • “Waltz” – A fingerstyle gem in open G from Mary Flower
  • New Gear: Eastman DT30D Double Top, Lowden Ed Sheeran Model S02, Cort Gold Mini, Blue Ember XLR microphone
  • Reviews: We check out new releases from Molly Tuttle, Mary Flower, Abigail Dowd, Adam Palma, David Pritchard, and more

Key Dates

  • Advertising reservations due by August 9, 2019
  • Advertising materials due by August 16, 2019
  • Issue on sale October 1, 2019

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