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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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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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Guild Deal Finalized, Say Fender Officials


Fender Musical Instruments Corporation announced today that it has finalized the sale of Guild guitars to Cordoba Music Group.


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Andy McKee Sets Autumn Tour Dates


Andy McKee may not yet be an acoustic-guitar “legend,” but his fall Mythmaker tour looks like an epic in the making.


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Luthier Gary Zimnicki Makes Guitars and Ukuleles Out of Detroit's Abandoned Homes


Using the floorboards and wood trim from abandoned homes in Detroit, Michigan, Luthier Gary Zimnicki is producing quality guitars and ukuleles. 


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Bob Dylan Still

Bob Dylan's Handwritten Original Lyrics for 'Like a Rolling Stone' Sold for $2 Million


At Sotheby's auction house in New York on Tuesday, Bob Dylan's original handwritten copy of the lyrics to his classic song "Like a Rolling Stone" were sold to an anonymous buyer for just over $2 million. 


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Ben and Ellen Harper Keep it in the Family with 'Childhood Home'


Not many things are as magical as the voices of blood relatives singing together in close, lockstep harmony. You’ve heard it countless times over the decades: the Carters, the Louvins, the Everlys, the Staples. When the singers are a mother and her son, the bond is deeper still.


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Woody Guthrie's L.A. Years Leads to Album Project


Call it: Woody Guthrie, the lost years. That’s the focus of a new album project by Americana musician and folk-music scholar Darryl Holter, who is examining the influence of Los Angeles on the music and legacy of Woody Guthrie.


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Bonnaroo Kicks Out the Jams


The Avett Brothers will be playing it to the Bonn this weekend—and by that we mean the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, the annual four-day genre-come-all jam session at Great Stage Park in Manchester, Tennessee.


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Los Lobos, Joan Baez to Headline Kate Wolf Fest


“How will the wolf survive?” the members of Los Lobos famously asked in their hit album of the same name. Well, if it’s the Kate Wolf Music Festival they’re talking about, it’s not only surviving—it’s thriving thanks to a lineup that includes Los Lobos, Joan Baez, the Indigo Girls, Rodney Crowell, and more.


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Review: Gibson's New J-29 is an Acoustic-Rock Workhorse


So much classic music has been made on a Gibson J-45. Bob Dylan, Buddy Holly, and John Lennon are just a few of the greats who have relied on this workhorse of a guitar, with its taut bass and overall warmth, not to mention its receptiveness to both forceful strumming and delicate fingerpicking. Gibson recently introduced a pair of curious variations on the J-45—the J-15 and J-29—swapping out walnut and rosewood bodies, respectively, for the traditional mahogany. 


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