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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.


News. Bluegrass. Country. Fingerstyle. Flatpicking. Folk.

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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.


Sessions. Folk. Rock. Songwriting.

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. 


Video. News. Bluegrass. Blues. Country. Folk.

'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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