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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Video. News. Country. Fingerstyle. Folk.

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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: 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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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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Muriel Anderson Headlines July 17 'All Star Guitar Night'

The guitar stars will be shining on Nashville this week, when some of the brightest orbs in the acoustic world will strum up great music—and funds for a great cause—at Muriel Anderson’s All Star Guitar Night, one of the signature events at the National Association of Music Merchants’ summer conference.

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Play Slack Key in Open G with Homespun’s Mike Dowling

Learn to play “Big Island,” Mike Dowling's slack key style tune in open G.

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Robbie Basho Documentary Fundraiser Planned

Think of it as: a bash for Basho. At least that’s one way to describe the planned fundraising concert being held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, next month to raise money for the completion of a documentary on the life of the late acoustic-guitar innovator Robbie Basho.

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Learn Guitar with Pat Donohue, Mary Flower and More at 'Blues in the Gorge'

Menucha Presents: Blues in the Gorge. Immerse yourself in music for a long weekend with some of the best blues and fingerstyle guitarists around.

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Andy McKee Sets Autumn Tour Dates

Andy McKee may not yet be an acoustic-guitar “legend,” but his fall Mythmaker tour looks like an epic in the making.

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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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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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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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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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ArtistWorks Instructor Martin Taylor Expands on his Foundation for Fingerstyle Magic

Build mini chord progressions all over the neck with root/10th transition points.

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Slack-key Legend Dennis Kamakahi, 1953 - 2014

Dennis Kamakahi, the renowned slack-key guitarist who helped put that distinctive open-tuning Hawaiian style on the map, died from lung cancer April 28. He was 61.

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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.

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