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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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Keith Urban Strings Up New Product Line of Guitars

“You’ll think of me,” crooned Keith Urban in his Grammy-winning hit of the same name. Now he wants you to think of him when shopping for a new acoustic guitar.

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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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Peter Rowan Gets the 'Dharma Blues' This Summer

Peter Rowan says he’s embarking on a “spiritual journey”—and fans of the bluegrass legend can join him en route July 8, with the release of his latest album, Dharma Blues.

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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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Billy Joe Shaver is 'Long in the Tooth,' But Not Short on Words

Bill Joe Shaver is one aging outlaw who’s not staying in hiding—the septuagenarian singer-songwriter has a new album on the way, and a lot on his mind.

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EXCLUSIVE: Rod Picott Premieres Video for "You're Not Missing Anything"

Americana songwriter Rod Picott premieres the video for "You're Not Missing Anything" at Acoustic Guitar. 

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Nickel Creek Rocks Oakland's Fox Theater

After a six-year hiatus, Nickel Creek is back on the road supporting their new album, A Dotted Line, and on Monday night at Oakland's Fox Theater, the band showed it it hasn't lost a beat. 

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Cash, Isbell and Ellis Lead Americana Nominations

Here’s a twist for the Americana Music Association—a former married couple going toe-to-toe for the organization’s coveted Artist of the Year honor.

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LESSON: Open String Carter-Style Hammer-Ons

Amp up Carter-style guitar with hammer-on embellishments.

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Shovels & Rope Album Set for Release August 26

Shovels & Rope are tying up the loose ends on their latest album—a 13-song effort titled Swimmin’ Time, set for release August 26.

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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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Old Crow Medicine Show Sets Tour, Release Date for 'Remedy'

Old Crow Medicine Show has a cure for what’s ailing fans—its new album Remedy.

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Willie Nelson Turns 81, Receives Fifth-Degree Black Belt

Nevermind Shotgun Willie—these days it’s black-belt Willie, as country music icon Willie Nelson just earned his fifth degree in the highest-ranking level of the Korean martial art GongKwon Yusul.

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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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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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EXCLUSIVE: Bradford Lee Folk Debuts 'Never Looking Back'

Bluegrass guitarist and singer Bradford Lee Folk is debuting "Never Looking Back," a single from his forthcoming album, at Acoustic Guitar. 

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Dolly Parton Offers Vinyl 7-inch for Record Store Day

Dolly Parton wants to leave record lovers blue this week—with a blue-vinyl edition of her new song “Blue Smoke,” that is.

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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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Guernsey Guitar Auction Hits a Bum Note

What if they held a million-dollar acoustic-guitar auction and nobody came?

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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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Million-Dollar Martin, and more, on Auction in NYC

File under: guitars that had better stay in tune. And that’s the least the winning bidder of the 1930 Martin OM-45 Deluxe being auctioned in New York April 3 should expect—especially since that rare Depression-era model is expected to go for as much as $2 million.

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