**pictured above: James Taylor promo shot from Columbia

On the Cover: James Taylor

AG editor at large Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers breaks down the legendary singer-songwriter’s signature guitar style, with examples based on songs like “Copperline,” “Oh, Susannah,” “The Frozen Man,” and other JT classics.

Special Focus: Flatpicking A–Z

An in-depth look at the artists, technique, and gear behind this essential style—which is so much more than simply playing with a pick. Includes examples to play based on pickers from Doc Watson to Molly Tuttle.

Features, Lessons & Departments 

  • Guitar Talk: Bob Minner on his Norman and Nancy Blake tribute album, and his favorite vintage and new guitars
  • João Luiz: Mark Small profiles the Brazilian-born classical guitarist and educator 
  • Woodshed: Cameron Knowler teaches the finer points of Americana arranging through the traditional song “Cindy, Cindy”
  • Weekly Workout: Make your own blues by borrowing ideas from the greats
  • Ask the Expert: Dealing with excessive humidity 
  • Here’s How: Realize your capo’s full potential
  • The Basics: Fingerstyle blues essentials with Mary Flower 


  • “Sweet Baby James” – James Taylor’s classic tune
  • “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” – A strum-along version of the old song made popular by Elvis Presley
  • “Cindy, Cindy”– Learn a satisfying solo arrangement of a traditional American song
  • More

Gear Reviews

  • Martin D-45 and 012-28 Modern Deluxe guitars
  • Revival RG-26M Mahogany 00 “Thin Body” guitar
  • Roundup: Boutique pick offerings from Charmed Life, Wegen, Apollo, and Honey Picks

Album Reviews

We check out recent releases by Joan ShelleyMolly TuttleJamestown RevivalDavid JamesonGrant Dermody & Frank Fotusky

And More!

Key Dates:

  • Advertising reservations due by April 8, 2022
  • Advertising materials due by April 15, 2022
  • Issue on sale June 7, 2022

**Dana Bourgeois shot, courtesy of Bourgeois Guitars