Blair Jackson

Blair Jackson

Blair Jackson is the author of the definitive biography Garcia: An American Life and was senior editor at Acoustic Guitar before retiring in 2023.
Folk Alliance International

Folk Alliance International Stages Its 30th conference

Richard Thompson and Mary Chapin Carpenter will be among the guest speakers at the 30th Folk Alliance International conference being held at the Westin Crown Center in Kansas City, Missouri, February 14–18. According to FAI’s executive director, Aengus Finnan, “Folk…


'American Epic' 5-CD Box Set

Album Review: ‘American Epic’ 5-CD Box Set

The word “epic” has been degraded through overuse in recent years, but here’s a new box set that truly merits that adjective. This is more than just the soundtrack for the brilliant three-part PBS documentary series American Epic—about the rise…

Sarah McQuaid poses with her guitar

Sarah McQuaid Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

The superb British DADGAD guitarist Sarah McQuaid (profiled in the October 2015 issue of AG) was presented with a lifetime achievement award at this year’s popular Ards International Guitar Festival in Northern Ireland (near Belfast), now in its twentieth year.…



2017 Blues Hall of Fame Guitarists Honored

On May 10, legendary guitarists Magic Slim, Johnny Copeland, and Willie Johnson were posthumously inducted  into the Blues Hall of Fame, in a ceremony taking place in Memphis, Tennessee. They joined three other performers honored this year at the 38th…


The Gallery of Iconic Guitars Opens in Nashville

By Blair Jackson Next time you’re passing through Music City (CMA Music Festival? Summer NAMM? On your way to Bonnaroo?), you might want to carve out some time to check out the newly opened Gallery of Iconic Guitars (aka “The…

12-String Blues from Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix didn’t play a ton of acoustic guitar, so this clip of him playing his blues song “Hear My Train A Comin’” on a Zemaitis 12-string is real treat. So, put some headphones on and listen to a master…

Watch Adam Rafferty Shine on ‘Summertime’

New Yorker Adam Rafferty is well known as a jazz and funky fingerstyle guitarist; perhaps you’ve heard his acclaimed solo guitar album of Michael Jackson songs, I Remember Michael. Very cool. Well, this performance is sultry and hot. Eighty years…



Michael Franti Acoustic Guitar Session

Acoustic Guitar Sessions Presents Michael Franti

Michael Franti occupies a unique position in the current music scene. He was a founding member of late-'80s experimental funk band the Beatnigs -- which combined noisy, industrial punk and hip-hop with hard-hitting political songs, eventually evolving into the marginally more accessible Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy.