Issue No. 33, June 2011

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It’s been a crazy roller-coaster ride this year at the home offices of Modern Acoustic.

The early months of the year were all about music and the magazine. We spent endless hours going to shows, reviewing a bunch of new albums and redesigning our new website (see below). It was three months of solidly being absorbed in music.

And then we hit the breaks.

With a daughter graduating high school and turning 18, applying and touring colleges and all the hoopla that goes with this personally very exciting and emotional time, music took a back seat.

It wasn’t that we weren’t still listening, and we did occasionally got ourselves out to a club to see a band. But the writing stopped. There was very little time to stop and analyze or put down in words what we felt about a song or album or idea.

But now summer is upon us and she is well on her way to independence, so we are ready to jump back in. We have festival dates and club shows lined up and we’re ready to refocus on music.

There is really no better way to get back into it than a new album from Gillian Welch. It’s been eight years since her last album (we think we were gone a long time!), but all is forgiven. “The Harrow & the Harvest” is everything we hoped for.

There are a bunch of other albums – albums that have an old-time feel, whether they be filled with dusty country tunes or ’60s or ’70s era-rock – that we’re excited to share, including Eilen Jewell’s “Queen of the Minor Key,” a great follow-up to our favorite album of 2009, “Sea of Tears.” Other stellar releases include Jeff Foucault’s “Horse Latitudes,” Zoe Muth’s “Starlight Hotel,” and newcomer Amy Black’s “One Time.”

Finally, a word about the new website.

In the past, our blog was on one site, the magazine was on another. People who read the blog didn’t know about the magazine and vice versa.

At the new, everything is in one place, easily accessible.

So check it out. Yes it may have been slightly neglected the last couple months but we promise that’s about to change.

Happy summer.
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