On the Cover/Special Focus: Women Who Helped Shape the Blues

Guitarist, educator, and author Valerie Turner surveys pioneers like Etta Baker, Geeshie Wiley, Flora Molton, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Precious Bryant, and other blues artists that don’t always receive the recognition they deserve. 

Features, Lessons & Departments

  • Guitar Talk: A conversation with the UK fingerstylist Tristan Seume
  • Manuel Barrueco: Feature on the classical great’s work as a performer and educator
  • Eddie Van Halen: Lesson on the late rock legend’s brightest acoustic moments
  • Robbie Basho: Glenn Jones and Richard Osborn discuss the enigmatic guitarist-composer’s exploratory style
  • Pickin’: An open-G arrangement of the traditional song “Sally Ann”
  • Woodshed: Manuel Barrueco’s arrangement of Manuel Ponce’s “Estrellita”
  • Weekly Workout: Ron Jackson offers some specialized fretboard exercises
  • Here’s How: Building a repertoire
  • The Basics: Ongoing chord-melody series by jazz guitarist Greg Ruby
  • Makers & Shakers: Mark Stutman of Canada’s Folkway Music
  • Mixed Media: Reviews of albums by Pierre Bensusan and others


  • “Great Depression Blues”– From a new Robbie Basho box set
  • “Ragtime Cowboy Joe”– A campfire arrangement of the traditional favorite
  • “Fils de la Rose”– A new selection by fingerstyle great Pierre Bensusan
  • “Mr. Bojangles”– An arrangement of this great tune by the late Jerry Jeff Walker

Gear Reviews

  • Cole Clark Angel acoustic-electric
  • Fishman PowerTap Earth and Infinity pickups
  • Boss Acoustic Singer Live LT combo amp
  • Yamaha Red Label FGX3 acoustic-electric
And More!

Key Dates

  • Advertising reservations due by December 11, 2020
  • Advertising materials due by December 18, 2020
  • Issue on sale February 9, 2021

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