*Leo Kottke pictured above, Amy Kerwin Photo*

On the Cover: Leo Kottke

Writer E.E. Bradman catches up with the fingerstyle legend, whose latest album, Noon, is part of an ongoing collaboration with Phish bassist Mike Gordon. 

Features, Lessons & Departments

  • Kaki King: A conversation with the bold modern fingerstylist 
  • Early Jazz Guitarists: Writer and guitarist Nick Rossi on John Trueheart, Bernard “Bunky” Addison, Morris “Fruit” White, and other undersung early jazz players 
  • Pat Metheny: The jazz guitarist enlists classical guitar masters Jason Vieaux and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet to play bold new works 
  • Pickin’: An arrangement of the traditional song “Leather Britches” 
  • Woodshed: Nick Millevoi’s arrangement of “Yiddishe Hora” serves as a great introduction to klezmer 
  • Weekly Workout: Al Petteway offers blues exercises in DADGAD tuning 
  • Here’s How: Tips for shopping for guitars at Craigslist, estate sales, etc. 
  • The Basics: Ongoing chord-melody series by jazz guitarist Greg Ruby 
  • Mixed Media: Reviews of new release from Mark O’Connor, Gwenifer Raymond; Robin Bullock, John Smith, Adam Traum, and more. 


  • It Had to Be You”– Campfire arrangement of the great American song 
  • Wish You Were Here”– Pink Floyd classic 
  • Leather Britches”– Traditional 
  • Yiddishe Hora”– Traditional

Gear Reviews

  • Epiphone Inspired by Gibson Hummingbird and J-200 
  • L.R. Baggs Voiceprint DI 
  • Fender Acoustic Preverb and Smolder Overdrive pedals 
  • Bose L1 Pro PA system 
And More!

Key Dates

  • Advertising reservations due by April 2, 2021
  • Advertising materials due by April 9, 2021
  • Issue on sale June 1, 2021

*subject to change