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Robert Earl Keen to Pay Tribute to 'No. 2 Live Dinner'

Texas singer-songwriter readies live streaming concert.

News. Bluegrass. Country. Songwriting.

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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.


How to Make the Most of an Open Mic

Open mics are a great way to get exposure for you and your tunes, but it’s important to be prepared. This except from Make the Most of an Open Mic will get you started on the path to becoming an open mic hero.

Advice. Songwriting. Technique and Theory. Beginner.

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Tea Time with Jerry Garcia: The Grateful Dead Guitarist on his Country Roots

Sharing a cup of tea with Jerry Garcia yielded reflections on friendship and his country roots.

News. Bluegrass. Rock. Songwriting.

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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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VIDEO: Exclusive Premiere of New Sam Lewis Song

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

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


Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals Haven't Skipped a Beat

The calendar says it’s been seven years since Ben Harper played with his Innocent Criminals, but you wouldn’t have known it if you were at the Fillmore Auditorium last night. In fact, it sounded as if Harper and his longtime cohorts haven’t skipped a beat.

News. Rock. Songwriting.

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Pickin’ & Singin’: Trey Hensley

Country music is all about storytelling. When the voice doing the telling is steeped in the sound of the Southern mountains, you can tell you’re hearing the real thing. Trey Hensley is the real thing.

News. Country. Songwriting.

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Mining Tradition: A Songwriting Tip from Pete Seeger (via Woody Guthrie)

Read a tip from 21 Songwriting Tips from the Masters, a guide in our Songwriting Basics for Guitarists series.

Advice. Songwriting.


Tom Brosseau: Walk a Mile in His Shoes

Tom Brosseau on his latest CD, Perfect Abandon.

Video. News. Songwriting.


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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Stripped Down: Ultravox’s Midge Ure Tours Solo Acoustic

With the dawning of the new year, Midge Ure, best known in the U.S. as the charismatic frontman for the popular UK electropop group Ultravox during the first half of the 1980s, has embarked on a solo acoustic tour of North America from January through the first week of March.

News. Folk. Rock. Songwriting.


Opry Legend Little Jimmy Dickens Dies at 94

Little Jimmy Dickens, the last surviving member of the Grand Ole Opry’s golden era, passed away Friday at a Nashville area hospital. He was 94.

News. Country. Songwriting.

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2015 Grammy Nominations Unveiled

The 2015 Grammy nominations have been announced, and there are a number of Acoustic Guitar favorites on the list. Here are the nominations in the American Roots Music categories:

News. Bluegrass. Blues. Country. Fingerstyle. Flatpicking. Folk. Songwriting.

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Guitar Workshop Plus Announces U.S. Sessions

Guitar Workshop Plus, recipient of a 2014 Acoustic Guitar Player's Choice Award for Instruction, has announced its first-ever U.S.-based workshop for 2015. GWP has chosen San Diego as its newest location, and the inaugural San Diego workshop will be held on June 21-26, 2015 at the campus of California State University, San Marcos.

News. Bluegrass. Blues. Country. Fingerstyle. Flatpicking. Folk. Guitar Care. Jazz. Rock. Songwriting. Technique and Theory. Advanced. Beginner. Early Intermediate. Intermediate.

Listen to the January Issue of 'Acoustic Guitar'

This week we offer some of the musical highlights from the January issue of Acoustic Guitar magazine.

Video. Sessions. Bluegrass. Blues. Country. Fingerstyle. Folk. Jazz. Rock. Songwriting.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Yusuf, Tell 'Em I'm Gone

Singer-songwriter Yusuf releases the best album Cat Stevens could never make.

Sessions. Blues. Fingerstyle. Folk. Recording. Rock. Songwriting.

EXCLUSIVE: Jim White vs. the Packway Handle Band Premiere New Song, "Sorrow's Shine"

Listen to a brand new song from Jim White vs. the Packway Handle Band's upcoming album Take it Like a Man.

Video. Sessions. Bluegrass. Blues. Country. Folk. Rock. Songwriting.

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Wayfaring Stranger No More: In less than five years, pop singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has become a household name

When the lights go down and a lone silhouette appears onstage under four towering LED screens inside the gargantuan SAP Center in San Jose, California, the place erupts into deafening screams. Ed Sheeran, who walked away from the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles the week before with a Moon Man statue for Best Male Video, launches into the sweet sorrow of “I’m a Mess,” from his new album, X, and nearly every one of the 8,000 mostly young, mostly female fans mouths the words, as if they, too, have suffered the relationship turmoil the song describes.

News. Fingerstyle. Folk. Rock. Songwriting.

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Dark Star: Forty years after his death, the songs of Nick Drake—flush with melancholy and mystique—continue to inspire guitarists

Nick Drake died in the dark. Not just in the literal shadow of nighttime—although he did apparently pass away before dawn on November 25, 1974 from an overdose of antidepressants—but also at a moment when the reclusive British singer-songwriter could have no way of gleaning the influence he would exert on generations of guitarists and songwriters.

News. Fingerstyle. Folk. Rock. Songwriting.

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NYC’s Third Annual Guitar Mash Set for November 16

Acoustic-guitar luminaries from across the musical spectrum will be performing at the third annual Guitar Mash benefit show, to be held at New York’s City Winery on November 16. David Bromberg, Punch Brothers’ Chris Eldridge, Valerie June, and Chilean folk-rock wizard Nano Stern are among the top-notch musicians scheduled to appear.

News. Bluegrass. Blues. Country. Fingerstyle. Flatpicking. Folk. Jazz. Songwriting. Technique and Theory.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Luke Winslow-King, Everlasting Arms

Don’t let Luke Winslow-King’s clean-cut looks fool you. Hidden inside his preppy, Clark Kent exterior is the soul of a New Orleans bluesman.

News. Blues. Folk. Jazz. Songwriting.

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O Sister: Alynda Lee Segarra reimagines roots music in Hurray for the Riff Raff

Alynda Lee Segarra was a high schooler in New York City when she first heard Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Emmylou Harris, and Alison Krauss in the 2000 blockbuster, O Brother, Where Art Thou? At that point, Segarra, like so many others her age, became part of the O Brother generation—one of the young musicians whose exposure to American roots music through the film would help to energize the latest folk revival.

News. Bluegrass. Blues. Country. Fingerstyle. Folk. Rock. Songwriting.

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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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