**Dana Bourgeois shot, courtesy of Bourgeois Guitars

On the Cover: Luthiers in Their Fifth Decade

Dana Bourgeois, Bob Taylor, and other guitar makers reflect on the state of their art and how it has evolved since the 1970s 

Features, Lessons & Departments  

  • Guitar Talk: A conversation with guitarist and composer Gyan Riley 
  • Joan Armatrading: Learn how to play like the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter 
  • Ana Vidović: A profile of the Croatian-born classical guitarist 
  • Woodshed: Folk icon Bruce Molsky teaches fingerstyle technique via an arrangement of “Iasiatera,” a traditional song from Madagascar 
  • Weekly Workout: Exercises based on the rich flatpicking contributions of Mother Maybelle Carter 
  • Ask the Expert: Diagnosing the source of string rattles; understanding string tension on prewar guitars 
  • Here’s How: Jam session dos and don’ts 
  • The Basics: Fingerstyle blues essentials with Mary Flower 
  • Mixed Media: Reviews of new releases from Jamestown Revival, Woody Harris, Eliza Gilkyson, Trevor Gordon Hall, David Jameson, and Grant Dermody & Frank Fotusky; plus, a preview of the new book Woody Guthrie: Songs and Art/Words and Wisdom 


  • “I’m Sitting on Top of the World” – Campfire arrangement of the popular old song 
  • “Prodigal Daughter” – World premiere of a new song by Aoife O’Donovan 
  • “Etude No. 17, Opus 35” – A Sor study, arranged for flatpicking guitar 
  • “Love and Affection” ­– A Joan Armatrading classic 
  • “Iasiatera” – A traditional song from Madagascar  

Gear Reviews  

  • Preston Thompson D-SMA sinker mahogany dreadnought 
  • Luna Vineyard Folkacoustic-electric 
  • VHT True Acoustic 60 combo amp 

And More! 

Key Dates:

  • Advertising reservations due by February 4, 2022
  • Advertising materials due by February 11, 2022
  • Issue on sale April 5, 2022

*subject to change