Special Focus: The Blues Revival

Steve James, Rory Block, and others reflect on their formative years through the 1960s blues revival

On the Cover: Reverend Gary Davis

Blues guitarist and educator Ernie Hawkins gives a comprehensive overview of the stylings of Reverend Gary Davis

Features, Lessons & Departments

  • Personal Inlays: From no-frills artist names and decorations to more intricate designs, learn the stories behind customized fretboard artwork
  • Guitar Talk: Railroad Earth guitarist-vocalist-songwriter Todd Sheaffer
  • Self-Care: Tips and techniques for the aging guitarist
  • Woodshed: Gwenifer Raymond brings light to John Fahey’s “Uncloudy Day”
  • Weekly Workout: Learn three ways to play a 12-bar blues in the key of C major
  • Here’s How: Dealing with resistances to practicing
  • Makers & Shakers: A visit with Audrey Bartlett, lead builder at Waterloo Guitars
  • Songs:
    • “Cocaine Blues” by Rev. Gary Davis
    • “The Girl from Ipanema” – Charlie Byrd’s take on the Jobim classic
    • “Guitar Peace” – a new instrumental from Billy Strings
    • “Wabash Blues” -a Delmore Brothers classic
    • “Red River Valley” – a folk and cowboy standard, arranged for strum-along play
    • “Dancing with Shadows” – a new tune from Peppino D’Agostino
  • Gear Reviews:
    • Preston Thompson 000-14SBA
    • Lowden WL-35J
    • Schertler Roy amplifier
    • Schubb Capo Royale
    • SonoTone Symphonic strings

And more!

Key Dates

  • Advertising reservations due by February 14, 2020
  • Advertising materials due by February 21, 2020
  • Issue on sale April 7, 2020