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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. Blues. Country. Folk. 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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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.”


News. Fingerstyle. Folk. Rock. Songwriting.

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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.


News. Country. Folk. Songwriting.

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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.


News. Bluegrass. Fingerstyle. Flatpicking. Folk. Songwriting.

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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.


News. Folk. Rock. Songwriting.

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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.


News. Bluegrass. Blues. Fingerstyle. Flatpicking. Folk. Guitar Care. Rock. Songwriting.

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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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.

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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.

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$2 Acoustic Guitar Magazine Back Issues


Acoustic Guitar August back issues are one sale for $2. Limited supplies available, offer expires 8/9 (midnight PST).


Lessons. Songwriting. Technique and Theory.

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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.


News. Country. Fingerstyle. Folk. Rock. Songwriting.

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FLASH SALE: Acoustic Guitar Back Issues for $2


Acoustic Guitar July back issues are one sale for $2. Limited supplies available, offer expires 7/25 (midnight PST).


Sessions. Fingerstyle. Guitar Care. Songwriting. Technique and Theory.

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. 


Video. News. Folk. Rock. Songwriting.

Billy Joe Shaver is 'Long in the Tooth,' But Not Short on Words


Bill Joe Shaver is one aging outlaw who’s not staying in hiding—the septuagenarian singer-songwriter has a new album on the way, and a lot on his mind.


Video. News. Country. Folk. Songwriting.

EXCLUSIVE: Rod Picott Premieres Video for "You're Not Missing Anything"


Americana songwriter Rod Picott premieres the video for "You're Not Missing Anything" at Acoustic Guitar. 


Video. News. Country. Rock. Songwriting.

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Play like the Allman Brothers and Neil Young with Flatted III, VI, and VII Chords


In this example we'll look at a song that uses the I, IV, and V, but we'll try substituting the bVII for the V to give the progression a different feel.


Video. Lessons. Blues. Rock. Songwriting.

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Songwriting Tip: Write First, Think Later


Acoustic Guitar Editor at Large Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers says don't filter yourself when beginning to write a song.


Advice. Songwriting. Beginner.

Slack-key Legend Dennis Kamakahi, 1953 - 2014


Dennis Kamakahi, the renowned slack-key guitarist who helped put that distinctive open-tuning Hawaiian style on the map, died from lung cancer April 28. He was 61.


Video. News. Fingerstyle. Songwriting.

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Ray LaMontagne Says Elvis Costello Helped Inspire 'Supernova'


If not for Elvis Costello's words of wisdom, Ray LaMontagne says he might never have found the inspiration to make Supernova


News. Folk. Rock. Songwriting.

John Fogerty to speak at USC music school graduation


John Fogerty has a “fortunate son” of a different stripe these days—in this case it’s Shane Fogerty, who’ll see his rock ‘n’ roll dad deliver the commencement speech next month  at his own college graduation ceremony.


Video. News. Folk. Rock. Songwriting.

Woody Guthrie Home Made into Guitars


This land is your land—and Woody Guthrie’s land is about to become someone’s guitar. At least that’s the plan, as guitar-manufacturing company Gibson is set to auction off eight custom-made guitars built with wood from Woody Guthrie’s childhood home in Oklahoma.


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

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REVIEW: Shook Twins Show New Side of Folk Music at Freight & Salvage


Fronted by songwriters Katelyn and Laurie Shook, Shook Twins wowed Berkeley's Freight & Salvage with original compositions that took folk music in a new and unexpected direction.


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

Neil Young is rockin' in the Kickstarter world


It’s “after the gold rush” once again for Neil Young—only this time the gold rush is more than $5 million in Kickstarter-raised funds for the 68-year-old singer-songwriter’s new online digital music company.


Video. News. Folk. Rock. Songwriting.

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