On the Cover: Lucinda Williams

Acoustic Guitar editor at large Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers chats with the Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and gives an in-depth lesson on her approach to the acoustic guitar. 

Features, Lessons & Departments

  • Tommy Emmanuel: Guitar Talk with the Certified Guitar Player 
  • Nashville Now: A report on the current scene in Music City, from the pickers and singer-songwriters to the guitar dealers and historians 
  • José González: Profile of the Swedish singer-songwriter and his nylon-string stylings 
  • Pickin’: Playing up the neck with the traditional tune “Salt Creek” 
  • Woodshed: Marc Ribot teaches “Dance of the Hounsies,” by the Haitian classical composer Frantz Casseus 
  • Weekly Workout: Exercises for building hand independence and dexterity 
  • 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 releases by Sunny War, Eli West, Bob Minner, Boubabcar “Badian” Diabaté, and more.


  • “What’ll I do” – Campfire arrangement of the Irving Berlin classic  
  • “Passionate Kisses” – One of Lucinda Williams’ most popular songs  
  • “VanWart” – A new DADGAD instrumental by flatpicking great Bob Minner 
  • “Salt Creek” – Learn a traditional bluegrass standard 
  • “Dance of the Hounsies” – Marc Ribot’s solo guitar interpretation of a composition by the “father” of Haitian classical guitar 

Gear Reviews  

  • Collings CJ-45 T 
  • Cort Gold-Edge 
  • Orange Acoustic pedal 
  • D’Addario XT strings 
And More! 

Key Dates

  • Advertising reservations due by June 4, 2021
  • Advertising materials due by June 11, 2021
  • Issue on sale August 3, 2021

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