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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.


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High End, Low Budget: Even with $600 (or less) to spend, guitarists can still find a great instrument


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. CNC (computer numeric control) machinery now allows guitar components to be accurately and efficiently cut into shape with astonishing speed, making high-quality guitars cheaper to produce. And thanks to technological advances, onboard electronics have become both more natural sounding and less expensive.


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ALBUM REVIEW: Yusuf, Tell 'Em I'm Gone


Singer-songwriter Yusuf releases the best album Cat Stevens could never make.


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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.


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

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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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Late Cream Bassist Jack Bruce Also Played Acoustic Guitar; Eric Clapton Pens Song In Bruce's Memory


Jack Bruce, the legendary bass player who died Saturday at 71, was much more than just the guy who played and sang on classic Cream songs such as "White Room" and "Sunshine of Your Love."


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VIDEO: Johnny Winter Plays Son House


Johnny Winter’s final studio recording took place on February 4, 2013: a reading of Son House’s “Death Letter,” done in a single take on resonator guitar. The above video, directed, produced, and shot by Greg Olliver, offers a stunning look at Winter in full glory.


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ALBUM REVIEW: Luke Winslow-King, Everlasting Arms


Don’t let Luke Winslow-King’s clean-cut looks fool you. Hidden inside his preppy, Clark Kent exterior is the soul of a New Orleans bluesman.


News. Blues. Folk. Jazz. Songwriting.

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Rory Block Releases Latest in Her Mentor Series


In 1996, accomplished blueswoman Rory Block released a fine tribute to Robert Johnson, The Lady and Mr. Johnson, and the success of that release spawned her Mentor Series, a collection of tribute albums celebrating her most significant influences. The latest in that series, Hard Luck Child: A Tribute to Skip James, was released today on Stony Plain Records.


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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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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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Santa Cruz Guitar Co., and the Birth of the Boutique


In late May, the acoustic-blues and folk singer Otis Taylor was hanging out at Immersive Studios in Boulder, Colorado, working on some new songs, when he ran into Bill Nershi, the guitarist for String Cheese Incident. The two got to talking about their instruments.


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Hurray for the Riff Raff Launches Anti-Violence Indiegogo Campaign


Hurray For the Riff Raff is hoping to light a spark for “The Body Electric,” a new song at the center of a fundraising drive to raise awareness for organizations dedicated to curbing violent crime and advocating for marginalized communities.


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AG Contributors Release New Albums, Kickstarter Campaign


It’s been an embarrassment of musical riches for Acoustic Guitar recently, as three different AG contributors have recorded three very different acoustic-based album projects.


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A Tribute to Late Dobro Great Mike Auldridge


Smooth is a word often attached to Mike Auldridge’s style. Not only to his Dobro playing, but to the neatly cropped sideburns, impeccably creased blue jeans, and spit-shined cowboy boots that were an indelible part of his image.


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LISTEN: Acoustic Guitar's October Issue Playlist


A selection of music from the artists written about in Acoustic Guitar's October issue. 


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Hardly Strictly Unveils 2014 Lineup


Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival organizers have been hardly strictly forthcoming about the lineup for the October 3 to 5 event in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. But as acts have slowly been teased on the festival website—via a name-that-tune guessing game—the lineup is starting to solidify.


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New Clapton DVD Captures Life on the Road for 'Slowhand'


It’s no secret Eric Clapton logs a lot of frequent flyer miles—the guitar legend in June even hinted that the burdens of travel could bring an end to his touring days.


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Newport Folk Festival Concludes with All Star Pete Seeger Tribute


On the last day of a sold-out event dominated by young bands playing to an equally young audience, the Newport Folk Festival wrapped up with a bow to its venerable history with a performance by Mavis Staples—who sang here with the Staples Singers 50 years ago. 


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Newport Folk Festival: Nickel Creek, Willie Watson, Milk Carton Kids, and Jack White All Shine


Day two at this year's Newport Folk Festival was jam packed with talent. From the Milk Carton Kids to Nickel Creek, the stage saw no shortage of acoustic stars.


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Newport Folk Festival Takes Big Tent Approach in 2014


Forty-nine years after Bob Dylan rankled folkies by plugging in a Fender Stratocaster, crunchy electric guitars are standard equipment at the Newport Folk Festival, alongside the flattop guitars, banjos, and fiddles.


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Day Two of Summer NAMM 2014 Featured More Gear, More Excitement



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