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Slack-key Legend Dennis Kamakahi, 1953 - 2014


Dennis Kamakahi, the renowned slack-key guitarist who helped put that distinctive open-tuning Hawaiian style on the map, died from lung cancer April 28. He was 61.


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VIDEO: Ricky Skaggs Awe-Struck at Merlefest


“Holy Ghost moment.” Those words came from the mouth of venerable mandolin player Ricky Skaggs as he walked off the Doc & Merle Watson Theatre stage at Merlefest Friday night, eyes closed and in a near trance, having just played a smoking set with the legendary Dr. Ralph Stanley.


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Fender Taps Bob Roback for Company President


There’s a new “lead guitarist” at center stage of Fender Musical Instruments, as Bob Roback has been named President of the guitar-making company renowned for such signature instruments as the Stratocaster, Telecaster and Precision bass.


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Old Crow Medicine Show Sets Tour, Release Date for 'Remedy'


Old Crow Medicine Show has a cure for what’s ailing fans—its new album Remedy.


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Ray LaMontagne Says Elvis Costello Helped Inspire 'Supernova'


If not for Elvis Costello's words of wisdom, Ray LaMontagne says he might never have found the inspiration to make Supernova


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Willie Nelson Turns 81, Receives Fifth-Degree Black Belt


Nevermind Shotgun Willie—these days it’s black-belt Willie, as country music icon Willie Nelson just earned his fifth degree in the highest-ranking level of the Korean martial art GongKwon Yusul.


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John Fogerty to speak at USC music school graduation


John Fogerty has a “fortunate son” of a different stripe these days—in this case it’s Shane Fogerty, who’ll see his rock ‘n’ roll dad deliver the commencement speech next month  at his own college graduation ceremony.


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Ovation Guitars to Cease Domestic Production


The curtain is closing on Ovation’s made-in-the-USA line of acoustic guitars, as parent company Fender Musical Instruments today announced the closing of the brand’s longtime domestic manufacturing facility in New Hartford, Connecticut.


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Ben Harper and Mom Keep It in the Family on New Album


Ben Harper is bringing it all back home this week, in anticipation of the upcoming release of Childhood Home, a new album the three-time Grammy winner recorded with his mom Ellen.


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Woody Guthrie Home Made into Guitars


This land is your land—and Woody Guthrie’s land is about to become someone’s guitar. At least that’s the plan, as guitar-manufacturing company Gibson is set to auction off eight custom-made guitars built with wood from Woody Guthrie’s childhood home in Oklahoma.


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REVIEW: Shook Twins Show New Side of Folk Music at Freight & Salvage


Fronted by songwriters Katelyn and Laurie Shook, Shook Twins wowed Berkeley's Freight & Salvage with original compositions that took folk music in a new and unexpected direction.


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Neil Young to celebrate Record Store Day with vinyl, T-shirts ...


Neil Young … fashion icon? That’s right! The folk-rock guitar legend wants fans to do more than simply listen to his classic albums—he wants them to wear them.


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EXCLUSIVE: Bradford Lee Folk Debuts 'Never Looking Back'


Bluegrass guitarist and singer Bradford Lee Folk is debuting "Never Looking Back," a single from his forthcoming album, at Acoustic Guitar. 


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Dolly Parton Offers Vinyl 7-inch for Record Store Day


Dolly Parton wants to leave record lovers blue this week—with a blue-vinyl edition of her new song “Blue Smoke,” that is.


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EXCLUSIVE: 5J Barrow Debut 'Wildwood'


The New York group 5J Barrow are debuting their new single, "Wildwood," at Acoustic Guitar. 


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Josh Davis Band sentenced in counterfeit-acoustic-guitar scam


In a better world, indie rock bands would never sell out. And in a perfect world, they would never sell phony brand-name guitars.


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Neil Young is rockin' in the Kickstarter world


It’s “after the gold rush” once again for Neil Young—only this time the gold rush is more than $5 million in Kickstarter-raised funds for the 68-year-old singer-songwriter’s new online digital music company.


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Dave Van Ronk 'Live in Monterey' to be Released May 13


Call it “Inside Dave Van Ronk.” At least that’s how Omnivore Recordings is framing its release of a 1998 live performance from the late Greenwich Village folk singer who found posthumous fame earlier this year thanks to the Coen Brothers’ movie Inside Llewyn Davis, whose title character was based loosely on Van Ronk.


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Paul McCartney Announces U.S. Dates for 'Out There' tour


Paul McCartney fans won’t have to “long for yesterday” when dreaming of live shows by their favorite former Beatle—as the 70-year-old lad from Liverpool has announced a slate of upcoming North American dates this summer as part of his world-trotting “Out There” tour.


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Guernsey Guitar Auction Hits a Bum Note


What if they held a million-dollar acoustic-guitar auction and nobody came?


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Bluegrass Guitarist George Shuffler, 1925 - 2014


George Shuffler, the pioneering bluegrass guitarist whose cross-picking style helped define the genre, died April 7, according to the website Bluegrass Today. He was 88.


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R.E.M.'s 'Unplugged' Performances to be Released on Audio


R.E.M. may have broken up, but fans won’t be missing those jangly guitars for too long—as the godfathers of alternative rock are releasing their MTV Unplugged performances for the first time on audio.


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Gregg Allman Tribute Concert to Come Out on CD, DVD


Gregg Allman fans will get the midnight-ride of their life next month, when Rounder Records releases a recently recorded live tribute album to the voice behind such Southern rock acoustic-tinged classics as “Melissa” and “Midnight Rider.”


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Everly Brothers, Linda Ronstadt, Buck Owens among Library of Congress Inductees


The Everly Brothers’ hit “Cathy’s Clown,” Linda Ronstadt’s album Heart Like a Wheel, and the Louvin Brothers’ debut “When I Stop Dreamin” are among the acoustic-guitar-heavy recordings to be inducted this year into the National Recording Registry, officials from the Library of Congress announced today.


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Million-Dollar Martin, and more, on Auction in NYC


File under: guitars that had better stay in tune. And that’s the least the winning bidder of the 1930 Martin OM-45 Deluxe being auctioned in New York April 3 should expect—especially since that rare Depression-era model is expected to go for as much as $2 million.


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