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Throwback Thursday: John Fahey Plays ‘Poor Boy Long Ways from Home’

In a 1978 concert in Germany, John Fahey plays a traditional blues

Video. Sessions. Blues. Fingerstyle. Folk.

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Throwback Thursday: Bert Jansch’s “Black Waterside”

Bert Jansch performs a solo guitar version of the traditional British folk tune "Black Waterside"

Video. Sessions. Fingerstyle. Folk.

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Throwback Thursday: Joni Mitchell in 'The Last Waltz'

Joni Mitchell performs "Coyote" with the Band at the Last Waltz, November 1976

Video. Sessions. Folk. Jazz.

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Throwback Thursday: Hot Tuna Plays “Water Song”

Jorma and Jack roll through a classic instrumental from the Burgers album

Video. Sessions. Fingerstyle. Folk.

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Yo La Tengo Revisit Their Acoustic Side

With their new album, Stuff Like That There, the group returns to the eclectic, covers-heavy, acoustic template of their 1990 alt-rock classic Fakebook 

News. Folk. Rock.

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The DADGAD Way: Pierre Bensusan, Sarah McQuaid, and Daithi Sproule Talk Tuning

Three masters of the Celtic tuning demonstrate its versatility while personalizing its sound 

News. Folk.

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Throwback Thursday: Grateful Dead Unplugged in 1980

Grateful Dead perform "Bird Song" acoustic, Halloween 1980

Video. Sessions. Folk. Rock.

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Michael Hedges Was Always Crossing Boundaries

For Throwback Thursday, it’s time to revisit a track by the late, great acoustic guitar genius Michael Hedges.

Video. Sessions. Fingerstyle. Folk.

Judy Collins Releases New CD of Duets

Folk legend Judy Collins on living a life in song

Sessions. Folk.

Dylan 6-CD set

Prime Dylan for the Curious and Completists

The next installment in The Bootleg Series focuses on three of his most-loved 1960s albums

Video. Sessions. Folk. Rock.

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JD Souther's New American Songbook

The LA singer-songwriter revamps his acoustic jazz on an album of originals called 'Tenderness'

News. Folk. Jazz. Recording. Songwriting.

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Indigo Girls: Tried & True

Emily Saliers—one half of the Indigo Girls—always returns to the guitar for songwriting

News. Folk. Rock. Songwriting.

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New Books: 'Music of the Stanley Brothers,' 'On Highway 61: Music, Race and the Evolution of Cultural Freedom,' 'John Prine: In Spite of Himself '

Recently reviewed: Acoustic Guitar looks at 3 new books that deserve space on your bookshelf or music stand.

News. Bluegrass. Blues. Folk.


Guitar + Harmonica: How to "Tongue Block"

This excerpt from A Basic Harmonica Lesson for Guitarists teaches you a vital technique called "tongue blocking." It also covers the chord progression used by Neil Young on his popular guitar-and-harp song, “Heart of Gold.”

Advice. Blues. Folk. Rock. Technique and Theory. Beginner. Early Intermediate.

Tom Brosseau

Album Review: Tom Brosseau's 'Perfect Abandon'

Tom Brosseau’s strange and evocative new album finds depth in its simplicity.

News. Folk. Recording.

Steve Earle

Steve Earle—A Class Act

Earle’s camp at the Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, New York, is billed as “four days and nights of singing and songwriting—hard core."

News. Blues. Folk. Songwriting.

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Woody Guthrie on the Left Coast

A new album and book explore Woody Guthrie’s formative years in L.A. 

News. Folk.

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VIDEO: Exclusive Premiere of New Sam Lewis Song

Check out an exclusive video of Sam Lewis' "Never Again."

Video. News. Country. Folk. Recording. Songwriting.


Greensky Bluegrass Joined by Phil Lesh at Terrapin

The hot Michigan-based ensemble welcomes Grateful Dead bassist to the stage.

News. Bluegrass. Country. Flatpicking. Folk.

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Southeast Regional Folk Alliance Hosting Spring Conference

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.”

News. Bluegrass. Fingerstyle. Flatpicking. Folk.

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World Circuit Records Releases Buena Vista Social Club's 'Lost & Found' on March 24

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.

News. Fingerstyle. Folk. Jazz. Recording.

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D'Angelico Unveils New Line of Acoustics

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.

News. Bluegrass. Blues. Country. Folk. Jazz.

Tom Paxton

Listen to an Exclusive Track from Folk Legend Tom Paxton

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.

Video. News. Folk.


Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna Manager Bill Thompson Dies

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.

News. Folk. Rock.


Lauryn Hill Announces Intimate, Acoustic Tour

"Small Axe: Acoustic Performance Series" hits Washington D.C. and New York from February 13-25.

News. Blues. Folk. Songwriting.

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