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The Original Outlaw: Billy Joe Shaver Isn't Running From His Turbulent Past


It’s not enough that Billy Joe Shaver sawed off parts of three fingers, broke his back, underwent a quadruple bypass, and had a steel plate put into his neck. It’s not enough that he buried his wife, son, and mother in the span of a single year, or that he finished a performance after having a heart attack onstage, or that he shot a man in the face outside a bar in Waco. Now 75, he’s never stopped writing songs, and he says he never will.


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Neil Young Latest 'Storytone' Set for Release November 4


What do a 62-piece orchestra, a 30-member choir, and Neil Young have in common? They’re all part of Young’s latest studio album, Storytone, set for release November 4.


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Old 97's Reissue Debut Album 'Hitchhike to Rhome'


Think of it as the original rec’ of the Old 97’s. That’s what Hitchhike to Rhome amounted to back in 1994 when the Texas foursome burst upon the scene with their pioneering alt-country debut album.


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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.


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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.


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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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LIVE REVIEW: After an eight-year absence, singer-songwriter Damien Rice returns to the spotlight inside a gigantic San Francisco synagogue


A majestic synagogue in San Francisco exploded into prolonged applause just before 8:30 p.m. Tuesday when Damien Rice, hair all shorn off again, trusty Lowden acoustic slung over his shoulder, stepped to the alter and began strumming the chords to “Eskimo Friends”—with no amplification whatsoever.


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Bob Dylan at Center of Swedish Academics' Competition


What do Bob Dylan, Swedish academia, and intestinal gas have in common? A lot more than you’d think, thanks to a handful of acoustic-guitar lovin’ brainiacs from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.


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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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Album Review: Ani DiFranco, 'Allergic to Water'


After a potentially career-crippling controversy earlier this year, Ani DiFranco has bounced back with an album of wistful, groove-based songs that suggest significant personal and artistic changes in her life. Allergic to Water is a quiet meditation that flirts playfully and soulfully with New Orleans-style blues and jazz, and stands as one of the singer-songwriter’s strongest and most introspective releases to date.


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Album Review: Pieta Brown, 'Paradise Outlaw'


The hushed music on singer-songwriter Pieta Brown’s sixth album, Paradise Outlaw, couldn’t be more different from her previous release, 2011’s Mercury, which she banged out live in a Nashville studio in just three days. That record pit Brown’s gossamer voice and poetic lyrics against a gritty backdrop of standup bass, drums played with brushes, crisp acoustic guitars, and the kind of shimmering tremolo that spawned a hundred Sun hits.


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Hurray for the Riff Raff Launches Anti-Violence Indiegogo Campaign


Hurray For the Riff Raff is hoping to light a spark for “The Body Electric,” a new song at the center of a fundraising drive to raise awareness for organizations dedicated to curbing violent crime and advocating for marginalized communities.


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Neil Young Records Three Versions of Latest Song


Neil Young is no stranger to releasing multiple versions of the same song.


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Kinks Talk Reunion Tour


The Kinks might be on the “komeback.”


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LIVE REVIEW: Suzanne Vega performs an expansive but intimate set in Ithaca, New York


At its core, Vega’s style is intimate, and the small theater atmosphere in Ithaca was ideal for it.


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Thompson Clan Comes Together for 'Family'


When it comes to keeping it in the family, Teddy Thompson’s hard to beat.


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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.


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John Denver Box Set Due Out in November


John Denver fans are in for the rocky mountain high of their lifetime—at least they will be when a new 90-song, 4-CD tribute box set hits the shelves this fall.


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Michigan Kids to Read About Acoustic Clucker


From a young age, Michigan children are taught a deep appreciation for the acoustic guitar—and the barnyard animals who play them.


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Robbie Basho's 'Art of the Acoustic' Album Set for Long-Awaited Reissue


Robbie Basho is primed for a long-awaited comeback, as the late acoustic guitarist’s album, Art of the Acoustic Steel String Guitar 6 & 12, is slated for a reissue, 35 years after its release.


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Album Review: 'Prospect Hill' by Dom Flemons


In the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Dom Flemons served as dynamic on-stage storyteller and chief ethnomusicologist for the old-time black string band he cofounded in 2005. When Flemons announced he’d be leaving the group last year, his decision somehow made sense.


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Joan Baez to Receive ASCAP Centennial Award


Folk music icon Joan Baez will be among the select few honored with an ASCAP Centennial Award this fall, when the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers pays tribute to the “incomparable accomplishments” of five artists who cross a broad spectrum of music genres.


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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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