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


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


Sessions. Blues. Fingerstyle. Folk. Recording. Rock. Songwriting.

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Wayfaring Stranger No More: In less than five years, pop singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has become a household name


When the lights go down and a lone silhouette appears onstage under four towering LED screens inside the gargantuan SAP Center in San Jose, California, the place erupts into deafening screams. Ed Sheeran, who walked away from the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles the week before with a Moon Man statue for Best Male Video, launches into the sweet sorrow of “I’m a Mess,” from his new album, X, and nearly every one of the 8,000 mostly young, mostly female fans mouths the words, as if they, too, have suffered the relationship turmoil the song describes.


News. Fingerstyle. Folk. Rock. Songwriting.

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25% Off Our Christmas Song Guides


Season’s Greetings!  Take 25% off our Christmas song guides: Christmas Songs for Beginning Guitar and Holiday Songs for Fingerstyle Guitar. You can get both for just $29.98 (usually $39.98). 


Songs. Fingerstyle.

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Dark Star: Forty years after his death, the songs of Nick Drake—flush with melancholy and mystique—continue to inspire guitarists


Nick Drake died in the dark. Not just in the literal shadow of nighttime—although he did apparently pass away before dawn on November 25, 1974 from an overdose of antidepressants—but also at a moment when the reclusive British singer-songwriter could have no way of gleaning the influence he would exert on generations of guitarists and songwriters.


News. Fingerstyle. Folk. Rock. Songwriting.

Guitar Auction to Benefit Tony Rice


Here’s an auction that’s twice as exciting for Tony Rice fans—not only will they be able to bid on a fantastic Tony Rice-style guitar, but they’ll be helping their musical hero at the same time.


Video. News. Bluegrass. Fingerstyle.

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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.


News. Bluegrass. Blues. Country. Fingerstyle. Flatpicking. Folk. Jazz. Songwriting. Technique and Theory.

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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.


News. Blues. Fingerstyle. Folk. Recording.

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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.


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

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ALBUM REVIEW: Damien Rice, My Favourite Faded Fantasy


In the eight years since Damien Rice released his second album, 9, a cottage industry of sensitive, Starbucks-approved indie singer-songwriters emerged and then exploded into the teen-pop mainstream with the arrival of Rice-acolyte Ed Sheeran, who graces this issue’s cover. You can almost imagine Rice hovering in the wings with a furrowed brow, sullenly wringing his hands, thinking, “Please, please, relieve me of this writer’s block.”


News. Fingerstyle. Folk. Rock. Songwriting.

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FLASH SALE: $15 for Explore Alternate Tunings


Get Explore Alternate Tunings, the expert guide for the world beyond standard guitar tuning, for just $15. And to top it off we’re offering you free domestic shipping! Offer valid today only (10/17/14).


Advice. Fingerstyle.

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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.


News. Bluegrass. Blues. Classical. Fingerstyle. Flatpicking. Folk. Guitar Care. Jazz. Rock.

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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.


News. Bluegrass. Country. Fingerstyle. Flatpicking. Folk. Guitar Care.

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Blueridge’s New BR-65KCE Offers Vintage Details


Whether playing a handful of fancy chords or a few single-note runs, Blueridge’s new BR-65KCE feels uncommonly responsive for an imported, mid-priced guitar, and the balance among the bass, middle, and treble regions is impressive. Perhaps owing to its koa build, the guitar has a warm and lovely voice, the notes ringing true and clear up and down the fretboard.


News. Bluegrass. Fingerstyle. Flatpicking. Folk. Songwriting.

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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.


News. Bluegrass. Country. Fingerstyle. Flatpicking. Folk.

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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.


News. Bluegrass. Blues. Fingerstyle. Flatpicking. Folk. Guitar Care. Rock. Songwriting.

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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.


News. Bluegrass. Blues. Fingerstyle. Folk. Jazz. Recording. Rock. Songwriting.

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FLASH SALE: Acoustic Rock Guitar Basics Book for Just $15


Today only, $15 gets you one of our most popular books, Acoustic Rock Guitar Basics. And to top it off we’re offering free domestic shipping!


Lessons. Fingerstyle. Flatpicking. Rock. Technique and Theory.

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Access Hundreds of Guitar Lessons for $18


With this special offer on Acoustic Guitar Unlimited, $18 gets you instant access to tons of songs to play and guitar techniques to study and master.


Lessons. Bluegrass. Blues. Country. Fingerstyle. Flatpicking. Technique and Theory.

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.


Video. News. Bluegrass. Blues. Country. Fingerstyle. Flatpicking. Folk. Jazz. Rock.

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


Video. News. Country. Fingerstyle. Folk.

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FLASH SALE: $9.95 for Acoustic Guitar Magazine's Best Private Lessons Book


Take guitar lessons from Mark Hanson, Steve James, Dix Bruce and more, for less than $10! VALID WHILE SUPPLIES LAST | Sale ends 8/15/14 at midnight (PST)


Lessons. Fingerstyle. Technique and Theory.

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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.


News. Country. Fingerstyle. Folk. Rock. Songwriting.

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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.


Sessions. Bluegrass. Blues. Country. Fingerstyle. Flatpicking. Folk.

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FLASH SALE: Acoustic Guitar Back Issues for $2


Acoustic Guitar July back issues are one sale for $2. Limited supplies available, offer expires 7/25 (midnight PST).


Sessions. Fingerstyle. Guitar Care. Songwriting. Technique and Theory.

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



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