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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.


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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.


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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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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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Robbie Basho's 'Art of the Acoustic' Album Set for Long-Awaited Reissue


Robbie Basho is primed for a long-awaited comeback, as the late acoustic guitarist’s album, Art of the Acoustic Steel String Guitar 6 & 12, is slated for a reissue, 35 years after its release.


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Album Review: 'Prospect Hill' by Dom Flemons


In the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Dom Flemons served as dynamic on-stage storyteller and chief ethnomusicologist for the old-time black string band he cofounded in 2005. When Flemons announced he’d be leaving the group last year, his decision somehow made sense.


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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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Joan Baez to Receive ASCAP Centennial Award


Folk music icon Joan Baez will be among the select few honored with an ASCAP Centennial Award this fall, when the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers pays tribute to the “incomparable accomplishments” of five artists who cross a broad spectrum of music genres.


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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.


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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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LISTEN: Acoustic Guitar's October Issue Playlist


A selection of music from the artists written about in Acoustic Guitar's October issue. 


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'Basement Tapes Complete' Shall Be Released This November


You might say Bob Dylan is clearing out his basement. At least that’s one way to look at the November release of The Basement Tapes Complete, featuring 138 tracks from Dylan and the Band’s legendary sessions that took place in upstate New York in 1967 while the singer was recovering from a motorcycle accident.


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Greatest Guitar Riff: 'Whole Lotta Love,' say BBC fans


“Whole Lotta Love” got just that from voters in a British best-ever guitar riffs contest. It got us wondering: What's the best acoustic-guitar riff?


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Country Stars Salute Buddy Holly on New Album


Country music fans hoping Buddy Holly’s memory will “not fade away” are in for a treat, as a new CD and DVD salute to the late singer-songwriter is set to hit the shelves in September.


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Shelby Lynne Signs with Rounder; Readies New Album


Shelby Lynne recently put a wrap on her latest album—and, for an encore, the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter has wrapped up a new record deal with Rounder Records.


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Hardly Strictly Unveils 2014 Lineup


Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival organizers have been hardly strictly forthcoming about the lineup for the October 3 to 5 event in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. But as acts have slowly been teased on the festival website—via a name-that-tune guessing game—the lineup is starting to solidify.


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EXCLUSIVE SONG PREMIERE: Cahalen Morrison & Country Hammer Debut 'The Delta Divine'


Cahalen Morrison & Country Hammer debut their song "The Delta Divine" off their forthcoming album The Flower of Muscle Shoals


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Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Visitor Center Opens in Arkansas


The childhood home of the late country legend Johnny Cash officially opened as part of a museum and visitor’s center in Dyess, Arkansas, this week, following a five-year restoration project that returned the home to its look and feel from when the Cash family lived there as part of the Dyess Colony from 1935 to 1954.


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DVD Review: 'The Guitar Artistry of Doc Watson'


“To me, music was something wonderful and magical, ever since I can remember,” Doc Watson says on the filmed, Dolby-quality studio interview that intersperses this collection of live concert recordings.


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Actor Michael Cera Releases Low-Key Acoustic Album


If any Hollywood actor was going to release a minimalist folk album that could be described as quirky, awkward, and strangely likable, it’d be Michael Cera. Which is why the positive press thus far for the Superbad star’s True That is both surprising, and not-so surprising.


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Neil Young Launches Crowdfunding Campaign for PonoMusic Investors


Anybody wanna go into business with Neil Young?


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Bob Weir Cancels RatDog Shows Through 2014


Bob Weir has canceled all upcoming tour dates for his band RatDog, citing unspecific “circumstances” for the sudden move in an announcement made Sunday on the band’s Facebook page.


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CD Review: Squeeze Frontman Glenn Tilbrook Softens His Grip for 'Happy Ending'


Fans of the veteran British pop band Squeeze know that cofounder Glenn Tilbrook isn’t just notable for his sharp songwriting and instantly recognizable, McCartney-esque singing voice.


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