Acoustic guitarist Tommy Emmanuel is often asked why he tours so much. His response? “I’m trying to get good at this. This is what you do. You work at it! How else are you gonna get any good?” While Emmanuel’s mastery of the acoustic guitar can certainly be attributed to his years of touring, it’s also clear that he has a natural ability for the instrument like few others possess.
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Here’s some rare footage of two guitar legends at work. It’s Chet Atkins joined by Mark Knopfler in a 1987 performance. The duo plays the standard “I’ll See You in My Dreams” followed by a rendition of John Lennon’s “Imagine.” The former track appears on Atkins' and Knopfler’s 1990 collaborative album, Neck and Neck.
Yep Roc Records has announced the new album from psychedelic folk troubadour Robyn Hitchcock. The Man Upstairs will be available on August 26. The album sees Hitchcock uniting with legendary producer Joe Boyd (Nick Drake, Fairport Convention) for one of the most unique recordings of his already quite idiosyncratic career.
Baltimore, MD's Diamond Youth have released a digital-only acoustic EP titled UK OK via Bandcamp. The EP features three previously-released songs, reworked acoustic and one new acoustic track. UK OK will help raise money to cover costs for the band's upcoming UK tour with Citizen and Headroom.
Great Hudson River Revival (Clearwater Festival) on June 21 and 22 in beautiful Croton Point Park, Croton-On-Hudson, NY marks the first event since the passing of its founders, musician and activist Pete Seeger and his wife Toshi Seeger. Clearwater 2014 promises to be a special celebration of the Seeger’s and their legacy – hosting many Clearwater friends old and new, many of who will perform special musical tributes during the event.
On our recent trip to El Cajon, CA, we had the great opportunity to tour the Taylor Guitars factory and chat with co-founder Bob Taylor and master builder Andy Powers. Taylor HQ is an impressive facility, and a reflection of why Taylor is a leader and innovator in today’s acoustic guitar market. See for yourself in our exclusive photo tour here.
David Gray has announced a North American Summer Tour in conjunction with the release of his tenth studio album, Mutineers. The album releases out June 17. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 6 for the 23-city outing that kicks off in Boston, MA on August 1 at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion.
LP has announced that she will hit the road for a summer tour with Phillip Phillips and O.A.R. beginning June 12. The LA-based singer and songwriter is touring in support of her debut album, Forever For Now, to be released by Warner Bros. Records on June 3.
Americana icon Peter Rowan has had a storied career. Whether singing and playing guitar for Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys, opening for the Doors as part of Earth Opera (with David Grisman), having Sir George Martin produce his work while a member of Seatrain, or performing with Jerry Garcia in Old and in the Way, Rowan has been recording and entertaining for nearly 50 years — with no sign of stopping.
Check out this energy-packed video of Pantera's classic "Cowboys From Hell" performed as a violin and cello duet. The title track of Pantera's fifth album, "Cowboys From Hell" was the band's first single. Here violinist Rachel Barton Pine and cellist Mike Block play Rachel's arrangement of "Cowboys From Hell" for a faculty concert at Mark O'Connor's Strings Conference in San Diego.
Here, Paul Riario demonstrates the new Newporter Pro Custom Bolt-On acoustic guitar from Fender. Reminiscent of Fender’s original ’60s Newporter acoustic, this modernized version has a specially designed bolt-on neck system with a ’68 Stratocaster headstock. The Newporter’s neck has the smooth, fast feel of an electric, with easy access to the upper reaches of the 20-fret rosewood fingerboard.