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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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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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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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Neil Young, Kinks, Morricone Among Record Store Day Vinyl Highlights


Those Thanksgiving leftovers are going to be served with a heaping helping of vinyl reissues this year, as acoustic-tinged releases by the likes of Neil Young, the Kinks, and the Dave Matthews Band have been tapped to hit the shelves for next month’s Black Friday Record Store Day.


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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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Paul Craft, Humorous Nashville Songwriter, Dies at 76


Paul Craft, the Nashville songwriter behind such hits as “Dropkick Me, Jesus (Through the Goalposts of Life),” died Oct. 18. He was 76 years old.


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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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The Original Outlaw: Billy Joe Shaver Isn't Running From His Turbulent Past


It’s not enough that Billy Joe Shaver sawed off parts of three fingers, broke his back, underwent a quadruple bypass, and had a steel plate put into his neck. It’s not enough that he buried his wife, son, and mother in the span of a single year, or that he finished a performance after having a heart attack onstage, or that he shot a man in the face outside a bar in Waco. Now 75, he’s never stopped writing songs, and he says he never will.


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Old 97's Reissue Debut Album 'Hitchhike to Rhome'


Think of it as the original rec’ of the Old 97’s. That’s what Hitchhike to Rhome amounted to back in 1994 when the Texas foursome burst upon the scene with their pioneering alt-country debut album.


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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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Bryan Sutton Wins Guitar Player of the Year at IBMA Awards


A slow, light rain crept across downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, early in the evening of October 3, the fourth day of the International Bluegrass Music Association's annual World of Bluegrass event.


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Johnny Cash, Carter Family Focus of MIM Exhibits


Johnny Cash and the Carter family are receiving a guitar-hero’s welcome this month by the Musical Instrument Museum, as the Phoenix-based art-and-history center has unveiled a pair of exhibits saluting these familial legends of country music.


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Jeff Bridges Releases Live Album


Jeff Bridges and the Abiders are biding their time no more—and today released their new album, Live, a 14-track compilation of the finest moments from their recent concert run at the Red Rock Casino in Las Vegas.


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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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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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Glen Campbell Film to Open in New York Oct. 24


A new documentary about the life and influence of “Rhinestone Cowboy” singer Glen Campbell is galloping to the Big Screen in October.


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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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Country Stars Salute Buddy Holly on New Album


Country music fans hoping Buddy Holly’s memory will “not fade away” are in for a treat, as a new CD and DVD salute to the late singer-songwriter is set to hit the shelves in September.


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Shelby Lynne Signs with Rounder; Readies New Album


Shelby Lynne recently put a wrap on her latest album—and, for an encore, the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter has wrapped up a new record deal with Rounder Records.


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