Billy Strings, Emily Butler Photo

On the Cover: Billy Strings 

Writer E.E. Bradman profiles the Grammy-winning modern guitarist whose deep bluegrass roots serve as a launchpad for expressive acoustic explorations on his latest release, Renewal, and beyond.

Features, Lessons & Departments  

  • Guitar Talk: A conversation with Southern singer-songwriter Amythyst Kiah 
  • Norman Blake: In-depth lesson feature on the folk and flatpicking luminary 
  • Guitar Body Sizes and Shapes: A comprehensive overview of the sizes and styles pioneered by Martin, Gibson, and other influential makers 
  • Woodshed: Learn Celtic arranging through Steve Baughman’s take on Turlough O’Carolan’s “Squire Wood’s Lamentation” 
  • Makers & Shakers: The Hauser family of luthiers’ Kathrin Hauser 
  • Weekly Workout: Exercises for developing better rhythm skills 
  • Here’s How: Tips on learning music from recordings 
  • The Basics: Fingerstyle blues fundamentals by Mary Flower 
  • Mixed Media: Reviews of new box sets featuring the guitar work of Bola Sete and Doc Watson, Nathan Salsburg’s Psalms, and more 


  • “Manhattan”– Learn a campfire arrangement of the great American standard 
  • “Prelude”– Eddie Lang’s seminal reading of Rachmaninoff’s “Prelude in C# Minor” 
  • “Just Tell Them That You Saw Me” – A song from Norman Blake’s latest album 
  • “Squire Wood’s Lamentation” —A harp tune by Turlough O’Carolan adapted for steel-string 

Gear Reviews  

  • Gibson Generation Collection acoustics 
  • Guild A-20 Marley acoustic 
  • Sessionwire online collaboration application 
  • Hazelrigg Industries VDI single-channel DI 

And More!

Key Dates:

  • Advertising reservations due by December 3, 2021
  • Advertising materials due by December 10, 2021
  • Issue on sale February 1, 2022

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