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Paul Craft, Humorous Nashville Songwriter, Dies at 76


Paul Craft, the Nashville songwriter behind such hits as “Dropkick Me, Jesus (Through the Goalposts of Life),” died Oct. 18. He was 76 years old.


News. Country. Rock. Songwriting.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Damien Rice, My Favourite Faded Fantasy


In the eight years since Damien Rice released his second album, 9, a cottage industry of sensitive, Starbucks-approved indie singer-songwriters emerged and then exploded into the teen-pop mainstream with the arrival of Rice-acolyte Ed Sheeran, who graces this issue’s cover. You can almost imagine Rice hovering in the wings with a furrowed brow, sullenly wringing his hands, thinking, “Please, please, relieve me of this writer’s block.”


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Berlin Wall (of Guitars)


If you happen to find yourself in Berlin this November and consider yourself a guitar enthusiast, you ought to make your way over to the Holy Grail Guitar Show. The inaugural event will be held on November 15 and 16 at the Estrel Hotel and Convention Center, and it will feature more than 100 of the world’s top guitar makers.


News. Bluegrass. Blues. Classical. Fingerstyle. Flatpicking. Folk. Guitar Care. Jazz. Rock.

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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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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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.


Video. News. Blues. Country. Folk. Rock. Songwriting.

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Acoustic Groove Tips from Tom Strahle and ELIXIR® Strings


Los Angeles session guitarist, songwriter and teacher, Tom Strahle, talks about the most important thing to know for acoustic guitar players. This is a tip you can really use!


Video. Advice. Rock. Technique and Theory. Beginner. Early Intermediate.

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.

Rolling Stones Featured in Two New 'From the Vault' Concerts


Not only did the Rolling Stones claim to be the “greatest rock ‘n’ roll band in the world”—they could’ve also boasted to be the greatest acoustic guitar band in the world. With such classics as “Angie,” “Wild Horses,” “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” and “Let It Bleed” in their songbook, who could argue?


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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.


News. Bluegrass. Blues. Fingerstyle. Folk. Jazz. Recording. Rock. Songwriting.

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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A Tribute to Late Dobro Great Mike Auldridge


Smooth is a word often attached to Mike Auldridge’s style. Not only to his Dobro playing, but to the neatly cropped sideburns, impeccably creased blue jeans, and spit-shined cowboy boots that were an indelible part of his image.


Video. News. Blues. Country. Rock.

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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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FLASH SALE: Acoustic Rock Guitar Basics Book for Just $15


Today only, $15 gets you one of our most popular books, Acoustic Rock Guitar Basics. And to top it off we’re offering free domestic shipping!


Lessons. Fingerstyle. Flatpicking. Rock. Technique and Theory.

Beatles' Mono Catalog Released on Vinyl


Ask Steve Berkowitz what led him to uproot his life for two months to supervise the remastering of the Beatles' mono LPs, and the brash New Yorker responds without hesitation: “What would you say if someone asked, ‘Hey, do you want to go to Abbey Road Studio in London for 60 days and work on the Beatles tapes?’


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R.E.M. ‘Unplugged’ Sets Available Individually on Vinyl


Alt-rock pioneers R.E.M. were among the rare acts to appear twice on MTV Unplugged—the music network’s live showcase that made going acoustic one of the hottest trends of the ‘90s. Earlier this year, audio from both their 1991 and 2001 shows was released for the first time as a four-LP vinyl set on Record Store Day 2014—a limited edition package that, according to its distributor Rhino Records, “sold out instantly.”


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Martin Guitars Inspires Snowboard Design


Olympic snowboarder Danny Davis never hits the slopes without his Martin guitar—literally.


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Glen Campbell Film to Open in New York Oct. 24


A new documentary about the life and influence of “Rhinestone Cowboy” singer Glen Campbell is galloping to the Big Screen in October.


Video. News. Country. Rock.

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Album Review: 'The Man Upstairs' by Robyn Hitchcock


On The Man Upstairs, Robyn Hitchcock draws on his legacy as a psych-folk troubadour, magical realist poet, and intuitive guitarist to craft an acoustic-based set of originals mixed with covers of songs he could have written himself—including the Psychedelic Furs’ 1984 hit “The Ghost in You” and the Doors’ ’60s chestnut “The Crystal Ship.”


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