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New Books: 'Music of the Stanley Brothers,' 'On Highway 61: Music, Race and the Evolution of Cultural Freedom,' 'John Prine: In Spite of Himself '


Recently reviewed: Acoustic Guitar looks at 3 new books that deserve space on your bookshelf or music stand.


News. Bluegrass. Blues. Folk.

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Jerry's Way: A Look at the Grateful Dead Guitarist’s Acoustic Style


This lesson examines the trademarks of Jerry Garcia’s acoustic approach.


News. Bluegrass. Blues. Rock. Technique and Theory.

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Tea Time with Jerry Garcia: The Grateful Dead Guitarist on his Country Roots


Sharing a cup of tea with Jerry Garcia yielded reflections on friendship and his country roots.


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Ed Helms to Host Bonnaroo’s Bluegrass Situation Stage


Ed Helms is serious about bluegrass.


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Greensky Bluegrass Joined by Phil Lesh at Terrapin


The hot Michigan-based ensemble welcomes Grateful Dead bassist to the stage.


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Southeast Regional Folk Alliance Hosting Spring Conference


One of the biggest annual East Coast conferences aimed at folk music professionals will take place at the scenic Montreat Conference Center, 20 minutes northeast of Asheville, North Carolina, May 15-17. The four-day affair, put on by the Southeast Regional Folk Alliance (SERFA), offers performances, informative panels, instructional workshops, and keynote speakers in an attempt to, in the words of SERFA president Kim Richardson, “bring together this community of music-minded folks and provide the space and time to connect and re-energize together—to ask questions, share lessons learned, and inspire one another—not to mention, to play a ton of music in this stunning setting.”


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D'Angelico Unveils New Line of Acoustics


For most of the past 50 or so years, the esteemed D'Angelico brand was largely dormant, but since being purchased by a trio of entrepreneurs in 2013, D'Angelico has become rejuvenated. Inspired by John D'Angelico's original designs, the company's recent output of archtops, mostly manufactured in South Korea, may never approach the tonal and cosmetic excellence of their predecessors, but they have still won a growing number of new fans. As the D'Angelico resurgence continues, the company has added a range of new models to the catalog, including eight acoustic guitars introduced at the recent NAMM show in Anaheim.


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Martin Guitar Unveils New Models and Vintage Tone System at NAMM 2015


Martin Guitar reveals new models to suit a wide range of budgets.


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WinterWonderGrass Expands to California


For the past two years, the WinterWonderGrass festival has delighted bluegrass fans in Colorado with its eclectic lineups and picture-perfect location in the Vail Valley. For 2015, WWG has announced an inaugural California event to be held at Squaw Valley in the Lake Tahoe area.


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Ed Sheeran, Ani DiFranco, Seth Avett Top the 10 Most-Watched 'Acoustic Guitar Sessions' of 2014


Take another look at the year's most popular AG video interviews and performances.


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A Sense of Purpose: Trampled by Turtles guitarist Dave Simonett reflects on his migration from rock ‘n’ roll to string-band music


When a group of young musicians got together in the early 2000s up in Duluth, Minnesota, to form a side project called Trampled By Turtles, they were unlikely candidates for an acoustic string band. 


News. Bluegrass. Flatpicking. Folk. Rock.

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2015 Grammy Nominations Unveiled


The 2015 Grammy nominations have been announced, and there are a number of Acoustic Guitar favorites on the list. Here are the nominations in the American Roots Music categories:


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Guitar Workshop Plus Announces U.S. Sessions


Guitar Workshop Plus, recipient of a 2014 Acoustic Guitar Player's Choice Award for Instruction, has announced its first-ever U.S.-based workshop for 2015. GWP has chosen San Diego as its newest location, and the inaugural San Diego workshop will be held on June 21-26, 2015 at the campus of California State University, San Marcos.


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Listen to the January Issue of 'Acoustic Guitar'


This week we offer some of the musical highlights from the January issue of Acoustic Guitar magazine.


Video. Sessions. Bluegrass. Blues. Country. Fingerstyle. Folk. Jazz. Rock. Songwriting.

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Over 45 Great Guitars for Under $600


It wasn’t that long ago that budget guitars had the worst reputation: inferior instruments made from laminated woods, with poor playability and even worse tone. But things have changed.


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EXCLUSIVE: Jim White vs. the Packway Handle Band Premiere New Song, "Sorrow's Shine"


Listen to a brand new song from Jim White vs. the Packway Handle Band's upcoming album Take it Like a Man.


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Emmylou Harris All-Star Tribute Set for January


A who’s who of folk and country artists will be on hand January 10 in Washington D.C. to toast the career and legacy of Emmylou Harris.


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ALBUM REVIEW: Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick, Laurie & Kathy Sing the Songs of Vern & Ray


On Laurie Lewis and Kathy Kallick’s first new set of duets since 1991’s Together, the California newgrass masters pay tribute to a pioneering duo. It’s no accident that both Together and this collection draw on the legacy of Arkansas-bred Vern Williams and Ray Park. The original Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Vern & Ray’s full-blooded, crystal-sharp approach to standards and hill country originals exerted a seismic shift on a generation of 1970s West Coast players, Lewis and Kallick included.


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Guitar Auction to Benefit Tony Rice


Here’s an auction that’s twice as exciting for Tony Rice fans—not only will they be able to bid on a fantastic Tony Rice-style guitar, but they’ll be helping their musical hero at the same time.


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NYC’s Third Annual Guitar Mash Set for November 16


Acoustic-guitar luminaries from across the musical spectrum will be performing at the third annual Guitar Mash benefit show, to be held at New York’s City Winery on November 16. David Bromberg, Punch Brothers’ Chris Eldridge, Valerie June, and Chilean folk-rock wizard Nano Stern are among the top-notch musicians scheduled to appear.


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Free Spirits: Hot Rize reunion results in a tour and first studio album in 24 years


Back in 1989, Hot Rize took the stage at a festival in North Carolina. The quartet, founded in Colorado just over ten years earlier, was one of the top bands on the bluegrass circuit, winning over traditionalists and newgrass fans alike with a fresh mix of old tunes and originals, sweet circle-around-the-mic vocal harmonies, and tight instrumental interplay. The guys did comedy too: for a portion of their festival set, Hot Rize transformed into the tackily dressed, wisecracking country-western group Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers. 


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O Sister: Alynda Lee Segarra reimagines roots music in Hurray for the Riff Raff


Alynda Lee Segarra was a high schooler in New York City when she first heard Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Emmylou Harris, and Alison Krauss in the 2000 blockbuster, O Brother, Where Art Thou? At that point, Segarra, like so many others her age, became part of the O Brother generation—one of the young musicians whose exposure to American roots music through the film would help to energize the latest folk revival.


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Tony Rice Tribute Guitar to be Auctioned by Bourgeois


Tony Rice’s 1935 Martin D-28 herringbone (serial number: 58957) is, quite simply, one of the most famous guitars in the world. Once belonging to Clarence White, one of Rice’s heroes, the modified dreadnought has achieved mythic status for its clarity and projection.


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Berlin Wall (of Guitars)


If you happen to find yourself in Berlin this November and consider yourself a guitar enthusiast, you ought to make your way over to the Holy Grail Guitar Show. The inaugural event will be held on November 15 and 16 at the Estrel Hotel and Convention Center, and it will feature more than 100 of the world’s top guitar makers.


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Stan Jay of Mandolin Brothers Ailing


The Mandolin Café website is reporting that Stan Jay, owner of Mandolin Brothers instrument shop in Staten Island, New York, has been diagnosed with lymphoma. For more than 40 years, Jay’s beloved shop has been an institution, one of the world’s foremost purveyors of vintage instruments.


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