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In honor of Lou Reed’s birthday (March 2), we’re delighted to share our Acoustic Guitar Sessions with Joseph Arthur. Last year, Arthur put out a strong collection of Lou Reed covers that was met with much acclaim, and rightly so, since he truly captures the spirit of the late iconoclast. Arthur delivers stirring covers of a pair of tunes from the album, “Coney Island Baby” and “Sword of Damocles,” in addition to a couple of top-notch originals. (He is accompanied by singer Reni Lane on a few of these songs.)

We also chat with Arthur about a range of topics, including his tenure working at a guitar store and his first real live performance, which had Mr. Reed in attendance. Be sure to check out his Godin Acousticaster, too, an electro-acoustic hybrid guitar with a chambered body.