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Tony Rice Tribute Guitar to be Auctioned by Bourgeois


Tony Rice’s 1935 Martin D-28 herringbone (serial number: 58957) is, quite simply, one of the most famous guitars in the world. Once belonging to Clarence White, one of Rice’s heroes, the modified dreadnought has achieved mythic status for its clarity and projection.


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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.”


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Berlin Wall (of Guitars)


If you happen to find yourself in Berlin this November and consider yourself a guitar enthusiast, you ought to make your way over to the Holy Grail Guitar Show. The inaugural event will be held on November 15 and 16 at the Estrel Hotel and Convention Center, and it will feature more than 100 of the world’s top guitar makers.


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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.


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Neil Young Latest 'Storytone' Set for Release November 4


What do a 62-piece orchestra, a 30-member choir, and Neil Young have in common? They’re all part of Young’s latest studio album, Storytone, set for release November 4.


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'AG' EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Hear Eliot Bronson’s New Album!


Eliot Bronson’s self-titled new release hits the shelves October 21, but for those fans of the Atlanta-based singer-songwriter who can’t wait—AG’s got it for you, right here, right now.


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Old 97's Reissue Debut Album 'Hitchhike to Rhome'


Think of it as the original rec’ of the Old 97’s. That’s what Hitchhike to Rhome amounted to back in 1994 when the Texas foursome burst upon the scene with their pioneering alt-country debut album.


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Stan Jay of Mandolin Brothers Ailing


The Mandolin Café website is reporting that Stan Jay, owner of Mandolin Brothers instrument shop in Staten Island, New York, has been diagnosed with lymphoma. For more than 40 years, Jay’s beloved shop has been an institution, one of the world’s foremost purveyors of vintage instruments.


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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.


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Bryan Sutton Wins Guitar Player of the Year at IBMA Awards


A slow, light rain crept across downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, early in the evening of October 3, the fourth day of the International Bluegrass Music Association's annual World of Bluegrass event.


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LIVE REVIEW: After an eight-year absence, singer-songwriter Damien Rice returns to the spotlight inside a gigantic San Francisco synagogue


A majestic synagogue in San Francisco exploded into prolonged applause just before 8:30 p.m. Tuesday when Damien Rice, hair all shorn off again, trusty Lowden acoustic slung over his shoulder, stepped to the alter and began strumming the chords to “Eskimo Friends”—with no amplification whatsoever.


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Johnny Cash, Carter Family Focus of MIM Exhibits


Johnny Cash and the Carter family are receiving a guitar-hero’s welcome this month by the Musical Instrument Museum, as the Phoenix-based art-and-history center has unveiled a pair of exhibits saluting these familial legends of country music.


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Bob Dylan at Center of Swedish Academics' Competition


What do Bob Dylan, Swedish academia, and intestinal gas have in common? A lot more than you’d think, thanks to a handful of acoustic-guitar lovin’ brainiacs from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.


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Ernie Ball Announces "Acoustic Prodigy" Video Contest


Show off your guitar chops and you could win a recording session with Andy McKee, a brand new Taylor guitar, and an Ernie Ball String Endorsement!


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Santa Cruz Guitar Co., and the Birth of the Boutique


In late May, the acoustic-blues and folk singer Otis Taylor was hanging out at Immersive Studios in Boulder, Colorado, working on some new songs, when he ran into Bill Nershi, the guitarist for String Cheese Incident. The two got to talking about their instruments.


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Album Review: Ani DiFranco, 'Allergic to Water'


After a potentially career-crippling controversy earlier this year, Ani DiFranco has bounced back with an album of wistful, groove-based songs that suggest significant personal and artistic changes in her life. Allergic to Water is a quiet meditation that flirts playfully and soulfully with New Orleans-style blues and jazz, and stands as one of the singer-songwriter’s strongest and most introspective releases to date.


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Album Review: Pieta Brown, 'Paradise Outlaw'


The hushed music on singer-songwriter Pieta Brown’s sixth album, Paradise Outlaw, couldn’t be more different from her previous release, 2011’s Mercury, which she banged out live in a Nashville studio in just three days. That record pit Brown’s gossamer voice and poetic lyrics against a gritty backdrop of standup bass, drums played with brushes, crisp acoustic guitars, and the kind of shimmering tremolo that spawned a hundred Sun hits.


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Jeff Bridges Releases Live Album


Jeff Bridges and the Abiders are biding their time no more—and today released their new album, Live, a 14-track compilation of the finest moments from their recent concert run at the Red Rock Casino in Las Vegas.


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Hurray for the Riff Raff Launches Anti-Violence Indiegogo Campaign


Hurray For the Riff Raff is hoping to light a spark for “The Body Electric,” a new song at the center of a fundraising drive to raise awareness for organizations dedicated to curbing violent crime and advocating for marginalized communities.


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Neil Young Records Three Versions of Latest Song


Neil Young is no stranger to releasing multiple versions of the same song.


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Get Acoustic Guitar and Give Back While You’re At It


To celebrate our 25th anniversary, Acoustic Guitar is giving back. When you order a one-year subscription for just $25, 20% of the proceeds will be donated to one of five music organizations.


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Baranov, Lin at Carnegie Hall


The next installment of the D’Addario Performance Series features two internationally acclaimed classical guitarists—one a seasoned veteran of the States, the other making his U.S. debut.


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Kinks Talk Reunion Tour


The Kinks might be on the “komeback.”


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Rolling Stones Featured in Two New 'From the Vault' Concerts


Not only did the Rolling Stones claim to be the “greatest rock ‘n’ roll band in the world”—they could’ve also boasted to be the greatest acoustic guitar band in the world. With such classics as “Angie,” “Wild Horses,” “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” and “Let It Bleed” in their songbook, who could argue?


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Thompson Clan Comes Together for 'Family'


When it comes to keeping it in the family, Teddy Thompson’s hard to beat.


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