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One of the biggest annual East Coast conferences aimed at folk music professionals will take place at the scenic Montreat Conference Center, 20 minutes northeast of Asheville, North Carolina, May 15-17. The four-day affair, put on by the Southeast Regional Folk Alliance (SERFA), offers performances, informative panels, instructional workshops, and keynote speakers in an attempt to, in the words of SERFA president Kim Richardson, “bring together this community of music-minded folks and provide the space and time to connect and re-energize together—to ask questions, share lessons learned, and inspire one another—not to mention, to play a ton of music in this stunning setting.”
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World Circuit Records is set to release Buena Vista Social Club’s Lost and Found on March 24, distributed in North America by Nonesuch Records. The album features unreleased tracks by Cuban guitar master Eliades Ochoa.
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For most of the past 50 or so years, the esteemed D'Angelico brand was largely dormant, but since being purchased by a trio of entrepreneurs in 2013, D'Angelico has become rejuvenated. Inspired by John D'Angelico's original designs, the company's recent output of archtops, mostly manufactured in South Korea, may never approach the tonal and cosmetic excellence of their predecessors, but they have still won a growing number of new fans. As the D'Angelico resurgence continues, the company has added a range of new models to the catalog, including eight acoustic guitars introduced at the recent NAMM show in Anaheim.
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It’s been more than five decades since folk music icon Tom Paxton first burst out of Greenwich Village coffee houses and clubs and established himself as one of the most original songwriters in that exciting and important musical scene. His diverse songs ranged from astute and sometimes moving socially conscious anthems to poignant love songs, humorous ditties, and quietly profound philosophical musings. It wasn’t long before singers were lining up to record his tunes; indeed, Paxton’s songs have been covered by such notables as Bob Dylan, Peter, Paul & Mary, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Harry Belafonte, Doc Watson, John Denver, Willie Nelson, and many others. It’s no wonder he was given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.
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Less than a month after the passing of original Grateful Dead manager Rock Scully, comes word that another heavyweight of the San Francisco music scene, former Jefferson Airplane, Starship and Hot Tuna manager Bill Thompson, died January 12 of a heart attack in Mill Valley, Calif., where he lived, at the age of 70.
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"Small Axe: Acoustic Performance Series" hits Washington D.C. and New York from February 13-25.
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Martin Guitar reveals new models to suit a wide range of budgets.
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Singer-songwriter Joshua Radin appeared on Ellen earlier this week and performed the acoustic ballad “Today,” a song he sang at the host’s 2008 wedding.
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With the dawning of the new year, Midge Ure, best known in the U.S. as the charismatic frontman for the popular UK electropop group Ultravox during the first half of the 1980s, has embarked on a solo acoustic tour of North America from January through the first week of March.
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For the past two years, the WinterWonderGrass festival has delighted bluegrass fans in Colorado with its eclectic lineups and picture-perfect location in the Vail Valley. For 2015, WWG has announced an inaugural California event to be held at Squaw Valley in the Lake Tahoe area.
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Take another look at the year's most popular AG video interviews and performances.
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Electronic hipster unveils his inner country-folkie
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Ed Sheeran's guitar tech Trevor Dawkins explains the magic behind the pop star's big, glorious sound, both onstage and off.
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When a group of young musicians got together in the early 2000s up in Duluth, Minnesota, to form a side project called Trampled By Turtles, they were unlikely candidates for an acoustic string band.
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The 2015 Grammy nominations have been announced, and there are a number of Acoustic Guitar favorites on the list. Here are the nominations in the American Roots Music categories:
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Guitar Workshop Plus, recipient of a 2014 Acoustic Guitar Player's Choice Award for Instruction, has announced its first-ever U.S.-based workshop for 2015. GWP has chosen San Diego as its newest location, and the inaugural San Diego workshop will be held on June 21-26, 2015 at the campus of California State University, San Marcos.
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This week we offer some of the musical highlights from the January issue of Acoustic Guitar magazine.
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It wasn’t that long ago that budget guitars had the worst reputation: inferior instruments made from laminated woods, with poor playability and even worse tone. But things have changed.
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Singer-songwriter Yusuf releases the best album Cat Stevens could never make.
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Listen to a brand new song from Jim White vs. the Packway Handle Band's upcoming album Take it Like a Man.
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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.
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A who’s who of folk and country artists will be on hand January 10 in Washington D.C. to toast the career and legacy of Emmylou Harris.
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On Laurie Lewis and Kathy Kallick’s first new set of duets since 1991’s Together, the California newgrass masters pay tribute to a pioneering duo. It’s no accident that both Together and this collection draw on the legacy of Arkansas-bred Vern Williams and Ray Park. The original Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Vern & Ray’s full-blooded, crystal-sharp approach to standards and hill country originals exerted a seismic shift on a generation of 1970s West Coast players, Lewis and Kallick included.
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The New Basement Tapes are reaching the ground floor a little sooner than expected, as several music videos from the all-star project were released this week in anticipation of the upcoming album Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes, slated to hit the shelves November 10.
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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.
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