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Steve James plays the blues and sings the praises of the Collings Waterloo at Winter NAMM 2015.
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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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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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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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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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"Small Axe: Acoustic Performance Series" hits Washington D.C. and New York from February 13-25.
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Martin Guitar reveals new models to suit a wide range of budgets.
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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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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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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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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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Take another look at the year's most popular AG video interviews and performances.
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Electronic hipster unveils his inner country-folkie
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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.
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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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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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, 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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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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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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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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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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Manitas de Plata, one of the world's most popular flamenco guitarists, died Thursday at 93 in Montpellier, France.
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