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Acoustic Guitar Sessions NAMM 2015: Steve James


Steve James plays the blues and sings the praises of the Collings Waterloo at Winter NAMM 2015.


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One-of-a-Kind Vintage Gibson Sold


In August of 2012, Mark Stutman, owner of Folkway Music in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, was contacted about an old guitar that was found under a bed somewhere in Iowa. Intrigued by the description he was given on the phone, he asked for a few photographs. Though the pictures he received were what one might call "low-res," Stutman saw enough to know that he had a true rarity on his hands: a 1941 Gibson J-35, in mint condition. Soon after, he flew to Iowa, bought the instrument, and held on to it for a couple of years.


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D'Angelico Unveils New Line of Acoustics


For most of the past 50 or so years, the esteemed D'Angelico brand was largely dormant, but since being purchased by a trio of entrepreneurs in 2013, D'Angelico has become rejuvenated. Inspired by John D'Angelico's original designs, the company's recent output of archtops, mostly manufactured in South Korea, may never approach the tonal and cosmetic excellence of their predecessors, but they have still won a growing number of new fans. As the D'Angelico resurgence continues, the company has added a range of new models to the catalog, including eight acoustic guitars introduced at the recent NAMM show in Anaheim.


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Listen to an Exclusive Track from Folk Legend Tom Paxton


It’s been more than five decades since folk music icon Tom Paxton first burst out of Greenwich Village coffee houses and clubs and established himself as one of the most original songwriters in that exciting and important musical scene. His diverse songs ranged from astute and sometimes moving socially conscious anthems to poignant love songs, humorous ditties, and quietly profound philosophical musings. It wasn’t long before singers were lining up to record his tunes; indeed, Paxton’s songs have been covered by such notables as Bob Dylan, Peter, Paul & Mary, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Harry Belafonte, Doc Watson, John Denver, Willie Nelson, and many others. It’s no wonder he was given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.


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Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna Manager Bill Thompson Dies


Less than a month after the passing of original Grateful Dead manager Rock Scully, comes word that another heavyweight of the San Francisco music scene, former Jefferson Airplane, Starship and Hot Tuna manager Bill Thompson, died January 12 of a heart attack in Mill Valley, Calif., where he lived, at the age of 70.


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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.


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Martin Guitar Unveils New Models and Vintage Tone System at NAMM 2015


Martin Guitar reveals new models to suit a wide range of budgets.


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Joshua Radin Performs Wedding Song for Ellen


Singer-songwriter Joshua Radin appeared on Ellen earlier this week and performed the acoustic ballad “Today,” a song he sang at the host’s 2008 wedding.


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Ovation Brand Sold to Drum Workshop


Yesterday, Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) announced that KMC Music, its wholly owned subsidiary, has sold the Ovation guitar brand to Drum Workshop, Inc.


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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.


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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.


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WinterWonderGrass Expands to California


For the past two years, the WinterWonderGrass festival has delighted bluegrass fans in Colorado with its eclectic lineups and picture-perfect location in the Vail Valley. For 2015, WWG has announced an inaugural California event to be held at Squaw Valley in the Lake Tahoe area.


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Ed Sheeran, Ani DiFranco, Seth Avett Top the 10 Most-Watched 'Acoustic Guitar Sessions' of 2014


Take another look at the year's most popular AG video interviews and performances.


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Vegas Disco-Pop Singer Shamir Turns in Acoustic Cover of Miranda Lambert Song


Electronic hipster unveils his inner country-folkie


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Grateful Dead Manager Rock Scully Dies


Rock Scully, colorful manager of the Grateful Dead from early 1966 through most of the following two decades, died of lung cancer December 16 at the age of 74, in Monterey, California, where he was a longtime resident. 


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A Sense of Purpose: Trampled by Turtles guitarist Dave Simonett reflects on his migration from rock ‘n’ roll to string-band music


When a group of young musicians got together in the early 2000s up in Duluth, Minnesota, to form a side project called Trampled By Turtles, they were unlikely candidates for an acoustic string band. 


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VIDEO: Melissa Etheridge Shows Off Her Guitars to PBS


If you happened to catch the PBS NewsHour on December 9, you may have noticed Gwen Ifill's recent interview with Melissa Etheridge. Ifill went backstage to check out the rocker's traveling guitar collection. "I know nothing about guitars," Ifill told Etheridge, but that didn't stop Etheridge from showing off some of her favorite instruments.


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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:


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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.


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High End, Low Budget: Even with $600 (or less) to spend, guitarists can still find a great instrument


It wasn’t that long ago that budget guitars had the worst reputation: inferior instruments made from laminated woods, with poor playability and even worse tone. But things have changed.


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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.


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Emmylou Harris All-Star Tribute Set for January


A who’s who of folk and country artists will be on hand January 10 in Washington D.C. to toast the career and legacy of Emmylou Harris.


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ALBUM REVIEW: Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick, Laurie & Kathy Sing the Songs of Vern & Ray


On Laurie Lewis and Kathy Kallick’s first new set of duets since 1991’s Together, the California newgrass masters pay tribute to a pioneering duo. It’s no accident that both Together and this collection draw on the legacy of Arkansas-bred Vern Williams and Ray Park. The original Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Vern & Ray’s full-blooded, crystal-sharp approach to standards and hill country originals exerted a seismic shift on a generation of 1970s West Coast players, Lewis and Kallick included.


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Flamenco guitar great Manitas de Plata dies at 93


Manitas de Plata, one of the world's most popular flamenco guitarists, died Thursday at 93 in Montpellier, France.


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