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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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'Basement Tapes Complete' Shall Be Released This November


You might say Bob Dylan is clearing out his basement. At least that’s one way to look at the November release of The Basement Tapes Complete, featuring 138 tracks from Dylan and the Band’s legendary sessions that took place in upstate New York in 1967 while the singer was recovering from a motorcycle accident.


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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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Actor Michael Cera Releases Low-Key Acoustic Album


If any Hollywood actor was going to release a minimalist folk album that could be described as quirky, awkward, and strangely likable, it’d be Michael Cera. Which is why the positive press thus far for the Superbad star’s True That is both surprising, and not-so surprising.


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Neil Young Launches Crowdfunding Campaign for PonoMusic Investors


Anybody wanna go into business with Neil Young?


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Bob Weir Cancels RatDog Shows Through 2014


Bob Weir has canceled all upcoming tour dates for his band RatDog, citing unspecific “circumstances” for the sudden move in an announcement made Sunday on the band’s Facebook page.


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Johnny Depp Sits in on 'Basement Tapes' Session


Johnny Depp famously channeled Keith Richards in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies—but can he also do Bob Dylan?


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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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Vaselines Debut Acoustic Version of 'One Lost Year'


In anticipation of their upcoming new album, the Vaselines this week released an acoustic performance of the first single from V for Vaselines the Scotland-based band’s third studio LP, and its second release since reforming five years ago.


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Prison Guitar Ban Lifted by British Officials


Clang, clang go the Jail Guitar Doors once again—as British penal authorities are reversing an earlier decision to ban steel-string acoustic guitars in prison cells.


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Manny Roth, Founder of Folk Music Venue Cafe Wha?, Dead at 95


Manny Roth, the longtime owner of a New York City cafe that helped launch the careers of some of the biggest names in folk music, died earlier this week. He was 95.


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Big Star Albums to be Reissued


Big Star, the early-‘70s Memphis-based folk-pop group nearly as renowned for never achieving fame as for its now-celebrated music, will have another stab at the limelight—as Stax Records plans to reissue the band's first two albums, #1 Record and Radio City.


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Neil Young Backs Drive to Equip Trees With Cell Phones


If a tree falls in the rainforest and there’s no one around to hear it—can it make a phone call?


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Newport: Rodrigo Y Gabriela

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: Willie Watson

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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Newport: Devil Makes Three

Newport Folk Festival Takes Big Tent Approach in 2014


Forty-nine years after Bob Dylan rankled folkies by plugging in a Fender Stratocaster, crunchy electric guitars are standard equipment at the Newport Folk Festival, alongside the flattop guitars, banjos, and fiddles.


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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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Martin Unveils Summer Limited-Edition Guitars


Summer days seem to disappear so quickly—and so do summer limited-edition Martin guitars, if you don’t hurry.


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FLASH SALE: Get Fiddle Tunes and Folk Songs for Just $12


Get the complete Acoustic Guitar Guide, Fiddle Tunes and Folk Songs for just $12 (normally $29.99). Offer valid 7/18/14. You'll learn to flatpick the melodies to ten traditional fiddle tunes and songs, with simple melodic variations and performance tips.


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Woody Guthrie Audio Book Spotlights New York Years


You’ve heard the Dust Bowl Ballads… now try the 43rd Street ballads. That’s where Woody Guthrie wrote his signature song, “This Land Is Your Land,” and is one of several locations that are the focus of My Name Is New York, a new audio book paying homage to Guthrie’s nearly three decades in the Big Apple.


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CD Review: Conor Oberst Takes a Leap on 'Upside Down Mountain'


“Life’s a rollercoaster—keep your arms inside,” Conor Oberst sings in “You Are Your Mother’s Child,” on Upside Down Mountain, his first collection of new music in three years, and you’d better heed his warning.


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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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EXCLUSIVE: Richard Thompson Premieres New Recording of 'From Galway to Graceland'


On Richard Thompson's forthcoming album, Acoustic Classics, the legendary songwriter and guitarist strips down 14 of his classic tunes to acoustic guitar and vocals, including "From Galway to Graceland," which he is premiering at AcousticGuitar.com. 


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