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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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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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EXCLUSIVE SONG PREMIERE: Cahalen Morrison & Country Hammer Debut 'The Delta Divine'


Cahalen Morrison & Country Hammer debut their song "The Delta Divine" off their forthcoming album The Flower of Muscle Shoals


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Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Visitor Center Opens in Arkansas


The childhood home of the late country legend Johnny Cash officially opened as part of a museum and visitor’s center in Dyess, Arkansas, this week, following a five-year restoration project that returned the home to its look and feel from when the Cash family lived there as part of the Dyess Colony from 1935 to 1954.


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From the Home Office: Vintage Guitars, a Punk Icon, and a New Editor


When punk icon John Doe, a pioneer of what’s known today as alt-country and indie-folk, came into Acoustic Guitar's studio for a taping of our video series AG Sessions, we hit him with a little surprise.


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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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Randy Travis to Release Second Album of Classic Covers


Randy Travis is under the influence—the influence, that is, of some of country music’s greatest legends.


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



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Guitars Descend on Nashville for Summer NAMM Show


NASHVILLE, TENN.—Walk down Lower Broadway in this storied southern city on pretty much any afternoon and you’ll hear acoustic guitars and pedal-steel spilling out of Tootsies and other famous clubs along the city’s legendary strip. But if you’re in town for the Summer NAMM Show, the cacophony of new guitars and gear blasting from the massive new Music City Center nearby almost drowns out the twang.


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Everly Brothers to Be Honored at Tribute Concert


First it was “Bye Bye Love,” now it’s hello Rock and Roll Hall of Fame—as the Everly Brothers will be honored with an HoF tribute concert this autumn in Cleveland.


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EXCLUSIVE: Haas Kowert Tice Premiere 'Down the Hatch'


Bluegrass supergroup Haas Kowert Tice premiere the single "Down the Hatch" from their forthcoming album, You Got This


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Louvin Guitar to Make Devilish Debut at Summer NAMM


When it comes to building great guitars, the devil is in the details—and these days C.F. Martin & Co. is taking that to heart in more ways than one.


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X Announces 'West Coast Acoustic Tour'


The band X has something of a “wild gift” for acoustic guitar fans—the venerable Los Angeles punk rockers just announced their first-ever acoustic tour of the West Coast.


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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.


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