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CD Review: Passenger's dark, alluring 'Whispers'


“All I need is a whisper in a world that only shouts,” Mike Rosenberg’s gravelly voice intones on the title track of Whispers, the singer-songwriter’s new album under the name Passenger. It almost sounds as though Rosenberg is gulping for air amid an onrush of unexpected popularity.


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Randy Travis to Release Second Album of Classic Covers


Randy Travis is under the influence—the influence, that is, of some of country music’s greatest legends.


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Flatt and Scruggs Tribute Album to Hit Shelves September 16


It’s blue skies ahead for the Foggy Mountain Boys—as a new tribute album honoring the music of bluegrass pioneers Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs is due out September 16 from Rounder Records.


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Guitars Descend on Nashville for Summer NAMM Show


NASHVILLE, TENN.—Walk down Lower Broadway in this storied southern city on pretty much any afternoon and you’ll hear acoustic guitars and pedal-steel spilling out of Tootsies and other famous clubs along the city’s legendary strip. But if you’re in town for the Summer NAMM Show, the cacophony of new guitars and gear blasting from the massive new Music City Center nearby almost drowns out the twang.


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Martin Unveils Summer Limited-Edition Guitars


Summer days seem to disappear so quickly—and so do summer limited-edition Martin guitars, if you don’t hurry.


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Johnny Winter, 1944 - 2014


Johnny Winter, whose blistering blues licks earned him a place among the pantheon of great rock guitarists, died yesterday in a hotel near Zurich, Switzerland. He was 70.


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Everly Brothers to Be Honored at Tribute Concert


First it was “Bye Bye Love,” now it’s hello Rock and Roll Hall of Fame—as the Everly Brothers will be honored with an HoF tribute concert this autumn in Cleveland.


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Muriel Anderson Headlines July 17 'All Star Guitar Night'


The guitar stars will be shining on Nashville this week, when some of the brightest orbs in the acoustic world will strum up great music—and funds for a great cause—at Muriel Anderson’s All Star Guitar Night, one of the signature events at the National Association of Music Merchants’ summer conference.


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Neil Young Israel Show Canceled


Neil Young and Crazy Horse have canceled their scheduled July 17 concert in Tel Aviv due to the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict, the band announced in a statement Sunday.


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EXCLUSIVE: Haas Kowert Tice Premiere 'Down the Hatch'


Bluegrass supergroup Haas Kowert Tice premiere the single "Down the Hatch" from their forthcoming album, You Got This


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Woody Guthrie Audio Book Spotlights New York Years


You’ve heard the Dust Bowl Ballads… now try the 43rd Street ballads. That’s where Woody Guthrie wrote his signature song, “This Land Is Your Land,” and is one of several locations that are the focus of My Name Is New York, a new audio book paying homage to Guthrie’s nearly three decades in the Big Apple.


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CD Review: Conor Oberst Takes a Leap on 'Upside Down Mountain'


“Life’s a rollercoaster—keep your arms inside,” Conor Oberst sings in “You Are Your Mother’s Child,” on Upside Down Mountain, his first collection of new music in three years, and you’d better heed his warning.


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Louvin Guitar to Make Devilish Debut at Summer NAMM


When it comes to building great guitars, the devil is in the details—and these days C.F. Martin & Co. is taking that to heart in more ways than one.


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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. 


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Guild Deal Finalized, Say Fender Officials


Fender Musical Instruments Corporation announced today that it has finalized the sale of Guild guitars to Cordoba Music Group.


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Keb' Mo' 'America the Beautiful' Free on July 4


Keb’ Mo’s latest will be available from sea to shining sea this Fourth of July, as the blues guitarist is offering a free download of his newly recorded take on “America the Beautiful.”


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Acoustic Soul Singer Michael Kiwanuka's Indie Label Partners with Fat Possum


Movement Records will soon be on the move in the U.S., as the British indie label recently signed a distribution deal with Mississippi-based label Fat Possum and Sony Entertainment’s RED.


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Acoustic Songs Highlight New Patriotic Comedy Album '2776'


As the Founding Fathers no doubt envisioned, patriotism, comedy, and acoustic guitars have finally formed a more perfect union—at least that’s the case with a newly released satirical album featuring some of the biggest names in music and comedy.


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Bob Dylan Rarities Found in NY Apartment


First there were the “basement tapes.” Now there are the “closet recordings.”


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X Announces 'West Coast Acoustic Tour'


The band X has something of a “wild gift” for acoustic guitar fans—the venerable Los Angeles punk rockers just announced their first-ever acoustic tour of the West Coast.


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Neil Young Sideman Talbot Suffers Stroke; to Sit Out Tour


Longtime Neil Young and Crazy Horse bassist-guitarist Billy Talbot has suffered a mild stroke that will force him to miss the band’s upcoming European tour.


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Eric Clapton Considering Retiring from the Road?


Eric Clapton was once hailed as “god” by a London graffiti artist—but apparently even god has his limits.


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Andy McKee Sets Autumn Tour Dates


Andy McKee may not yet be an acoustic-guitar “legend,” but his fall Mythmaker tour looks like an epic in the making.


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Luthier Gary Zimnicki Makes Guitars and Ukuleles Out of Detroit's Abandoned Homes


Using the floorboards and wood trim from abandoned homes in Detroit, Michigan, Luthier Gary Zimnicki is producing quality guitars and ukuleles. 


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Bob Dylan's Handwritten Original Lyrics for 'Like a Rolling Stone' Sold for $2 Million


At Sotheby's auction house in New York on Tuesday, Bob Dylan's original handwritten copy of the lyrics to his classic song "Like a Rolling Stone" were sold to an anonymous buyer for just over $2 million. 


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