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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.

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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.

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Tom Brosseau: Walk a Mile in His Shoes


Tom Brosseau on his latest CD, Perfect Abandon.


Video. News. Songwriting.

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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.

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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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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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