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FLASH SALE: Blues Slide Guitar Lesson for just $2!


Learn the slide blues guitar techniques of Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, and Bukka White in this three-part lesson, including the importance of vibrato, harmonics, and pitch control.


Lessons. Blues. Technique and Theory.

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Ben and Ellen Harper Keep it in the Family with 'Childhood Home'


Not many things are as magical as the voices of blood relatives singing together in close, lockstep harmony. You’ve heard it countless times over the decades: the Carters, the Louvins, the Everlys, the Staples. When the singers are a mother and her son, the bond is deeper still.


News. Bluegrass. Blues. Country. Fingerstyle. Folk. Rock.

Bonnaroo Kicks Out the Jams


The Avett Brothers will be playing it to the Bonn this weekend—and by that we mean the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, the annual four-day genre-come-all jam session at Great Stage Park in Manchester, Tennessee.


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Review: Gibson's New J-29 is an Acoustic-Rock Workhorse


So much classic music has been made on a Gibson J-45. Bob Dylan, Buddy Holly, and John Lennon are just a few of the greats who have relied on this workhorse of a guitar, with its taut bass and overall warmth, not to mention its receptiveness to both forceful strumming and delicate fingerpicking. Gibson recently introduced a pair of curious variations on the J-45—the J-15 and J-29—swapping out walnut and rosewood bodies, respectively, for the traditional mahogany. 


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John Hiatt to Tour in Support of New Album


Folk singer John Hiatt will be raising the white flag July 15 with the release of his latest album, Terms of My Surrender.


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Lowden Announces Youth Guitar Contest


Are you under 25, interested in free stuff, and able to shred on the guitar? If so, the Lowden Young Guitarist of the Year Competition might just be for you.


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Play like the Allman Brothers and Neil Young with Flatted III, VI, and VII Chords


In this example we'll look at a song that uses the I, IV, and V, but we'll try substituting the bVII for the V to give the progression a different feel.


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EXCLUSIVE: The Sam Chase Debuts Video for “Hero To Myself”


The Sam Chase, a San Francisco band that blends soul-searching poetry and boisterous revelry with a rugged, rootsy sound, debuts their video for “Hero To Myself.”


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VIDEO: Ricky Skaggs Awe-Struck at Merlefest


“Holy Ghost moment.” Those words came from the mouth of venerable mandolin player Ricky Skaggs as he walked off the Doc & Merle Watson Theatre stage at Merlefest Friday night, eyes closed and in a near trance, having just played a smoking set with the legendary Dr. Ralph Stanley.


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Ovation Guitars to Cease Domestic Production


The curtain is closing on Ovation’s made-in-the-USA line of acoustic guitars, as parent company Fender Musical Instruments today announced the closing of the brand’s longtime domestic manufacturing facility in New Hartford, Connecticut.


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Ben Harper and Mom Keep It in the Family on New Album


Ben Harper is bringing it all back home this week, in anticipation of the upcoming release of Childhood Home, a new album the three-time Grammy winner recorded with his mom Ellen.


Video. News. Blues. Fingerstyle. Folk. Rock.

Woody Guthrie Home Made into Guitars


This land is your land—and Woody Guthrie’s land is about to become someone’s guitar. At least that’s the plan, as guitar-manufacturing company Gibson is set to auction off eight custom-made guitars built with wood from Woody Guthrie’s childhood home in Oklahoma.


Video. News. Blues. Folk. Rock. Songwriting.

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REVIEW: Shook Twins Show New Side of Folk Music at Freight & Salvage


Fronted by songwriters Katelyn and Laurie Shook, Shook Twins wowed Berkeley's Freight & Salvage with original compositions that took folk music in a new and unexpected direction.


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Josh Davis Band sentenced in counterfeit-acoustic-guitar scam


In a better world, indie rock bands would never sell out. And in a perfect world, they would never sell phony brand-name guitars.


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Dave Van Ronk 'Live in Monterey' to be Released May 13


Call it “Inside Dave Van Ronk.” At least that’s how Omnivore Recordings is framing its release of a 1998 live performance from the late Greenwich Village folk singer who found posthumous fame earlier this year thanks to the Coen Brothers’ movie Inside Llewyn Davis, whose title character was based loosely on Van Ronk.


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Gregg Allman Tribute Concert to Come Out on CD, DVD


Gregg Allman fans will get the midnight-ride of their life next month, when Rounder Records releases a recently recorded live tribute album to the voice behind such Southern rock acoustic-tinged classics as “Melissa” and “Midnight Rider.”


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Everly Brothers, Linda Ronstadt, Buck Owens among Library of Congress Inductees


The Everly Brothers’ hit “Cathy’s Clown,” Linda Ronstadt’s album Heart Like a Wheel, and the Louvin Brothers’ debut “When I Stop Dreamin” are among the acoustic-guitar-heavy recordings to be inducted this year into the National Recording Registry, officials from the Library of Congress announced today.


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SOLD OUT: Inside Blues Guitar Book for $4


Take a master class on the blues with Acoustic Guitar contributor, Steve James. His book, Inside Blues Guitar, is on sale today (3/28) for just $4 while supplies last!


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EXCLUSIVE: Nathan Bell Premieres Powerful New Video for "Names"


Nathan Bell premieres his new video for "Names" today, exclusively at Acoustic Guitar. The song is from the singer-songwriter’s latest album Blood Like A River, reviewed in AG's March issue.


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SXSW Saturday: Willie Nelson is Still King, While The Defibulators Host Cactus Blossoms, Robbie Fulks and The Deslondes


While Willie Nelson still rules Austin, Texas, a host of newcomers is waiting in the wings for their chance in the spotlight.


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SXSW Friday: Parker Millsap, Luke Winslow-King, and Hurray for the Riff Raff Wow the Crowds


Friday at South by Southwest was full of memorable acoustic performances delivered by a younger generation of players.


News. Blues. Country. Fingerstyle. Flatpicking. Folk.

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Rounder Records Moves to Nashville


Rounder Records completes its move from Boston to Nashville, acquires children's music imprint Music For Little People.


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The Howlin' Brothers to Release New Album April 29


The Howlin' Brothers gear up to release Trouble, the follow-up to 2013's Howl.


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Art of Guitar in Santa Cruz Includes Dali-like Playfulness


Fred Carlson’s “humanitar”--a highlight of the Santa Cruz County Art of Guitar Exhibit and Festival--is a Dali-style amalgamation of harp, guitar, and dancer.


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Happy Birthday, Johnny Cash (1932–2003)


Remembering Johnny Cash on what would have been his 82nd birthday.


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