Acoustic Nation en Greensky Bluegrass Announce New Album ‘If Sorrows Swim’ <!--paging_filter--><p>Since their founding at the turn of the millenium, the five members of Greensky Bluegrass have fashioned a dynamic sound rooted in classic stringband Americana while branching outward to encompass an array of styles and techniques. </p> <p>Their fifth studio album, <em>If Sorrows Swim</em>, is to be released on September 9, 2014 and distributed nationally by Thirty Tigers. </p> <p>Featuring twelve new original compositions, <em>If Sorrows Swim</em> is a compelling snapshot of the evocative songwriting and fluid instrumental interplay that has made Greensky Bluegrass a word-of-mouth underground sensation. </p> <p>“There’s this great duality to what we do,” explains Greensky mandolinist, vocalist, and songwriter Paul Hoffman. “We’re existing in a few different places at once: we’re a bluegrass band and a rock band, we’re song-driven and interested in extended improvisation.” </p> <p>Watch the band play their song “Demons” live:<br /> <iframe width="620" height="349" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Based in Kalamazoo, Michigan (home of the original Gibson Guitar-Mandolin factory), Greensky – which also includes dobro player Anders Beck, banjoist Michael Arlen Bont, guitarist and songwriter David Bruzza, and bassist Michael Devol – came to acoustic music after a thorough immersion in improv-fueled rock, giving them a uniquely open-ended perspective on the genre.</p> <p>“While some may see potential limitations because of our instrumentation,” Beck reflects, “a really big part of what is Greensky Bluegrass is about is to essentially ignore those limitations.” <em>If Sorrows Swim</em> finds the band exploring the full range of their potential, from classically hard-driving bluegrass to more expansive, exploratory passages. </p> <p>At the heart of it all are a set of poetic, yearning pop songs – several of which have already been introduced to the groups growing legion of diehard followers in concert. </p> <p>An extensive, coast-to-coast tour to support the release of <em>If Sorrows Swim</em> will be announced in the weeks ahead. </p> <p>Find out more at <a href=""></a>.</p> Acoustic Nation Greensky Bluegrass News Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Acoustic Nation Video: Discover the Taylor Expression System 2 <!--paging_filter--><p>Taylor pickup designer David Hosler had been studying under-saddle piezo transducers and how they capture a guitar’s energy as it is transferred from the strings through the saddle and soundboard. </p> <p>The industry’s prevailing understanding had been that the top and string vibration cause the saddle to “bounce” up and down. </p> <p>This has long been the basis for the placement of a piezo-electric transducer under the saddle. But Hosler found that the vertical movement is heavily restricted because the string tension’s downward pressure essentially locks the saddle down. </p> <p>That’s why a traditional under-saddle pickup with piezo-electric crystals often responds with a sound often characterized as thin, brittle or synthetic. In reality, the saddle’s natural range of movement is back and forth like a pendulum. </p> <p>That revelation led Hosler to relocate the piezo crystals from under the saddle to behind it, just barely making contact with it. </p> <p>The new positioning enables the crystals to respond more naturally to the guitar’s energy as it was transferred through the saddle.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Find out more at <a href=""></a></p> Acoustic Nation Taylor Guitars Gear Blogs sponsor Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:00:48 +0000 Acoustic Nation Exclusive Song Premiere: Edward David Anderson “Lost & Found” <!--paging_filter--><p>Today we’re happy to present the premiere of Edward David Anderson’s new track, “Lost &amp; Found.”</p> <p>The song is featured on his upcoming debut solo LP, <em>Lies &amp; Wishes</em>, slated for release on April 29.</p> <p>Anderson, who previously fronted Midwest rock band Backyard Tire Fire, collaborated with Steve Berlin of Los Lobos for the recording.</p> <p>While his previous work was electric driven, his solo venture is centered around the acoustic guitar. <em>Lies &amp; Wishes</em> was written in a time of great upheaval, as Anderson was processing the dissolution of Backyard Tire Fire and his mother passing away. </p> <p>"A lot of the subject matter on this record came from reflecting on these painful experiences," says Anderson. "After losing my mom, I decided I’ve got to make a record and dedicate it to her and make a statement here on my own." </p> <p>By implementing a drum loop (per Berlin's suggestion), Anderson takes a different route with “Lost &amp; Found.” “Steve decided early on to mute the old nylon string guitar I was playing, and did so with a folded up paper towel under the bridge. That really seemed to help lock the guitar in with the rhythm track,” he says. </p> <p>“I love what this tune turned in to. A true collaboration – and probably my favorite song on the record!" </p> <p>Listen to the premiere of “Lost &amp; Found” below:<br /> <iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src=";auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;visual=true"></iframe></p> <p>Find out more from Edward David Anderson at <a href=""></a>.</p> Acoustic Nation edward david anderson Blogs Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:00:00 +0000 Acoustic Nation Video Finds: Page & Plant Perform “Stairway to Heaven” Acoustic <!--paging_filter--><p>Check out this rare video of Page and Plant performing “Stairway to Heaven” during a visit to Japan in 1994. </p> <p>Following the demise of Led Zeppelin, the duo reunited in the early ‘90s for an MTV Unplugged taping and subsequent live album, <em>No Quarter: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant Unledded</em>.</p> <p>After releasing <em>Unledded</em> to wide praise, the duo then teamed up with engineer Steve Albini for 1998’s <em>Walking into Clarksdale</em>, an album composed of entirely new material.</p> <p>Page and Plant went their separate ways again at the end of 1998. While they briefly reunited again in 2001, another collaborative album is yet to be seen.</p> <p>“Stairway to Heaven” originally appeared on <em>Led Zeppelin IV</em>. Although it was never officially released as a single in the US, it was allegedly the most requested song on FM radio stations during the ‘70s.</p> <p>Watch below and enjoy!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/jimmy-page">Jimmy Page</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/robert-plant">Robert Plant</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Acoustic Nation Jimmy Page Led Zeppelin Robert Plant Blogs Videos Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:44:49 +0000 Acoustic Nation Exclusive Interview: Jonatha Brooke Talks About "My Mother Has Four Noses" and so Much More <!--paging_filter--><p>I’ve been a fan of Jonatha Brooke’s for quite some time. </p> <p>This singer songwriter seems to have a unique perspective and musical sensibility that I find so appealing.</p> <p>So when she announced she would be doing her one-woman show, “My Mother Has Four Noses,” at NYC’s Duke Theatre, I was stoked. </p> <p>Alas, living on the West Coast, I’ve had timing challenges. But I did get to chat with her recently about the show and so much more.</p> <p>So check out our on camera interview below. And you’ve still got a few more days to catch “My Mother Has Four Noses” in NYC. <a href="">Go here for tickets.</a></p> <p>Plus, the soundtrack is just wonderful as well. You’ll want it!!</p> <p>An interview with Jonatha Brooke, Part 1: “My Mother Has Four Noses”<br /> <iframe width="620" height="349" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Gear and writing.<br /> <iframe width="620" height="349" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>We look back at her brilliant album <em>The Works</em><br /> <iframe width="620" height="349" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Find out more: <a href=""></a></p> Acoustic Nation Jonatha Brooke Interviews Blogs Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:57:58 +0000 Laura B. Whitmore Omnivore Recordings Readies ‘Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction’ Soundtrack <!--paging_filter--><p>No doubt, you’ve seen Harry Dean Stanton in at least one of his 250 films. </p> <p>But have you heard him sing?</p> <p>The many facets of Harry Dean Stanton are explored in <em>Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction</em>, a documentary directed by Sophie Huber that has been screened at more than 50 festivals, both internationally and in the US.</p> <p>It documents the iconic actor in his intimate moments and features film clips, as well as Stanton performing his own heartbreaking renditions of country and folk songs. </p> <p>The film explores Stanton’s enigmatic outlook on his life, his unexploited talents as a musician, and includes scenes with David Lynch, Wim Wenders, Sam Shepard, Deborah Harry, Kris Kristofferson, and others.</p> <p>On June 3, Omnivore Recordings will release this intimate soundtrack recording (recorded in Harry Dean’s living room) on CD, digital and LP (first pressing on limited-edition orange vinyl) to bring Stanton’s musical talents to light. Stanton is accompanied by Jamie James on all tracks, and Don Was on select tracks.</p> <p>Watch a trailer for the film’s soundtrack below:<br /> <iframe width="620" height="465" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>The release contains both tracks from Omnivore’s Record Store Day 7” picture disc: a cover of the 1983 George Jones hit “Tennessee Whiskey” and a new version of “Canción Mixteca,” the Mexican folk song Stanton originally recorded with Ry Cooder for Wim Wenders’ <em>Paris, Texas</em> (winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival). </p> <p>Other classic covers in the set are “Blue Bayou,” “Danny Boy,” and “Help Me Make It Through the Night,” written by Stanton friend (and contributor to the film) Kris Kristofferson.</p> <p><em>Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction</em> will appeal to fans of Stanton, as well as fans of American film and music. It’s a representative portrait of one of the great character actors, a familiar face and a distinctive voice.</p> <p>According to director Huber, “Harry Dean Stanton and I met in the ’90s and we have been friends ever since. Years before I came up with the idea to make this portrait, I started recording songs with Harry Dean. There were hardly any recordings ever made with him, even though he had been invited by renowned musicians to record in their studios. I went up to his house with a microphone and a laptop and started recording songs with him there, where he felt most comfortable.”</p> <p>The film, released theatrically late last year, will be released on iTunes in the U.S. in early May and on DVD (simultaneously with the soundtrack) on June 3.</p> <p>Learn more <a href="">here</a>.</p> Acoustic Nation Harry Dean Stanton News Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:10:12 +0000 Acoustic Nation San Francisco’s Outside Lands Announces 2014 Single-Day Lineup <!--paging_filter--><p>Outside Lands has announced the 2014 single-day lineup. </p> <p>Single-day tickets will go on sale this Thursday at 10am PST via <a href=""></a>. </p> <p>This announcement comes on the heels of the festival's three-day general admission tickets selling out in a record 24 hours. </p> <p>After three consecutive sold-out years will once again take place in San Francisco's historic Golden Gate Park, August 8 - 10, 2014.</p> <p>View the single-day Outside Lands 2014 lineup below.</p> <p>Watch Paul McCartney perform an acoustic rendition of “Yesterday” from last year’s festival, along with the Kronos Quartet:<br /> <iframe width="620" height="349" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>FRIDAY</strong></p> <p>Kanye West<br /> Arctic Monkeys<br /> Disclosure<br /> Tegan &amp; Sara<br /> Tedeschi Trucks Band<br /> Chromeo<br /> Kacey Musgraves<br /> Grouplove<br /> Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers<br /> Phosphorescent<br /> Run the Jewels (El-P &amp; Killer Mike)<br /> Holy Ghost!<br /> Warpaint<br /> Typhoon<br /> Greensky Bluegrass<br /> Bleachers<br /> The Soul Rebels<br /> Bear Hands<br /> Mikal Cronin<br /> Nahko and Medicine for the People<br /> Aer<br /> Night Terrors of 1927<br /> RayLand Baxter</p> <p><strong>SATURDAY</strong></p> <p>Tom Petty &amp; The Heartbreakers<br /> Macklemore &amp; Ryan Lewis<br /> Death Cab For Cutie<br /> Atmosphere<br /> Duck Sauce<br /> Haim<br /> Capital Cities<br /> Local Natives<br /> John Butler Trio<br /> Tycho<br /> The Kooks<br /> SBTRKT<br /> Deer Tick<br /> Dum Dum Girls<br /> Christopher Owens<br /> Big Freedia<br /> Jagwar Ma<br /> Woods<br /> Valerie June<br /> Finish Ticket<br /> The Districts<br /> Trails and Ways<br /> Nocona</p> <p><strong>SUNDAY</strong></p> <p>The Killers<br /> Tiësto<br /> The Flaming Lips<br /> Ray LaMontagne<br /> Spoon<br /> Cut Copy<br /> Ben Howard<br /> Lykke Li<br /> Chvrches<br /> Paolo Nutini<br /> Boys Noize<br /> Jenny Lewis<br /> Flume<br /> Lucius<br /> Gold Panda<br /> Vance Joy<br /> Gardens &amp; Villa<br /> Watsky<br /> Givers<br /> Imelda May<br /> The Brothers Comatose<br /> Courtney Barnett<br /> Jonathan Wilson<br /> Tumbleweed Wanderers</p> <p>Learn more at <a href=""></a>. </p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/paul-mccartney">Paul McCartney</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Acoustic Nation News Outside Lands Paul McCartney Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:13:00 +0000 Acoustic Nation Video Finds: Sleepy Man Banjo Boys - Bluegrass Mastery Under the Age of 16 <!--paging_filter--><p>With no member older than 16 years old, the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys might be the world's youngest bluegrass virtuosos. </p> <p>Below, watch the Mizzone brothers – fiddle player Robbie, guitarist Tommy and banjo player Jonny – perform a blazing three song set during a TED Talk from February 2013. </p> <p>Sleepy Man Banjo Boys hail from Lebanon Township, New Jersey – a part of the country Tommy jokingly calls “the bluegrass capital of the world.”</p> <p>The band has recorded a pair of albums - <em>America’s Music</em> and <em>The Farthest Horizon</em> – which charted at #8 and #3 on the Billboard Bluegrass Album chart respectively. According to the band’s bio, they’re already hard at work on their third release. “We’re excited to expand our style of music on the next album, and maybe our audience, too,” says Robbie.</p> <p>Watch closely as Jonny uses his banjo’s tuning pegs to alter a string’s pitch mid-song – a trick he gracefully pulls off. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Find out more about the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys <a href="">here</a>.</p> Acoustic Nation Sleepy Man Banjo Boys Blogs Videos Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:16:56 +0000 Acoustic Nation Stage Smarts: Please Don't Yell at the Soundman! <!--paging_filter--><p>We’ve all experienced it. Bad soundmen. </p> <p>You know, the guy who just doesn’t seem to know what he’s doing and can’t quite get that ringing frequency out of the FOH (Font of House) as you’re microphone checking one-two-one-two. </p> <p>If you’ve been performing long enough, it’s certainly happened to you. I know it’s happened to me. </p> <p>Have you ever been in the audience at a show and noticed that the sound was completely horrible and had the artist on stage threatening the soundman, ”Turn me up, check check, turn me up soundman or I’m gonna come see you!” </p> <p>This most likely happened at a hip-hop concert, but nevertheless one of the most annoying things to happen during a show is to have the sound all jacked up. I mean, music is sound, right? And we’re on stage for people to see an incredible performance, but most importantly to actually hear the performance. Sux when the guy on the board doesn’t seem to get that right, right? </p> <p>But there’s nothing like a guy or girl who does get it right!</p> <p>The truth is, despite the fact that most of us are the most amazing artists on the planet, and everyone in the world should be familiar with our music, the soundperson probably doesn’t know our music at all. </p> <p>He or she probably does know the board pretty well and has probably mixed countless bands that don’t sound anything alike on that same system. </p> <p>While it could help if the soundman was a little familiar with your music and how it was supposed to sound, the reality is, that prolly won’t happen. Being a soundman is a thankless job, so take a moment and let the ones who rock know they rock. Let the not-so-good-ones down easy. Besides, when you’re on stage acting like an ass in front of everybody, yelling at the soundman, the audience is facing you, not him.</p> <p>Matter of fact, thank the great sound-guys. Thank the shitty sound-guys, too, that way nobody will ever make you out to be the bad guy. Besides, that same sound person may end up becoming huge, and he’ll never forget how you treated him on his way up.</p> <p>Keep it professional. Everybody will remember that.</p> <p><em>Divinity Roxx has wielded her bass guitar as a weapon in front of 50,000 screaming Beyoncé fans. She’s toured and appeared on recordings with Grammy Award Winning bass virtuoso Victor Wooten. She’s shared the stage with such artists as Kanye West, Jay-Z, George Michael, and Destiny’s Child. But it is in her solo performances where Divinity Roxx shines brightest. Find out more about her and her music at <a href=""></a></em></p> Acoustic Nation Divinity Roxx live performance Blogs Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:07:32 +0000 Divinity Roxx Preview Yesway’s Debut Album <!--paging_filter--><p>Yesway is the creation of best friends Emily Ritz and Kacey Johansing. </p> <p>Johansing, in addition to a budding solo career following the release of her <em>Grand Ghosts</em> LP last year, has lent her talents to projects such as Geographer, while Ritz is an active member of the band DRMS. </p> <p>Four years ago, the two began playing music together in the experimental folk ensemble Honeycomb, which initiated their path toward growing and weaving their creative songwriting and soulful expression into a power duo. </p> <p><em>Yesway</em>, their debut full length album, has an updated release date of June 3. </p> <p>Below, listen to the single "Howlin' Face," which the duo describe as "somewhere in the resonance of the vibes, those low flying synth clouds, river running guitar acoustics, and heart beat emulating electronica — all these conjure images and essence of the Northern California fog that inhabits and occupies the West Coast's sleepy shorelines."</p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src=";color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true"></iframe></p> <p>They first crossed paths in the San Francisco music scene in 2006, becoming close friends and admirers of each others music from the start. After years of pursuing separate projects they decided to go on tour together in Europe representing both of their bands, co-headlining and backing each other up. </p> <p>Watch the video for <em>Yesway</em> track, “Whaocean”:<br /> <iframe src="//" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> </p><p><a href="">Yesway - "Woahcean"</a> from <a href="">Dominic Santos</a> on <a href="">Vimeo</a>.</p> <p>Their shows and experiences in Norway, especially, ignited the creative flame in both of them along with a feeling that this was something they had to further pursue together. In fact, the name "Yesway" is itself a variation on the very country that really sparked their collaboration.</p> <p>In a live setting, their voices literally melt together and their performances are intimate yet expansive. They are often backed by Vibraphone player Andrew Maguire, who also plays with Will Sprott and Thao and Mirah. </p> <p>Although their instrumentation is centered around vocal harmonies and two guitars, "folk" seems like a inaccurate description as many of their songs are in odd time signatures and do not follow a traditional song form. The results are songs that are truly celestial, shapeshifting across different moods that match their creative styles.</p> <p>Listen to more Yesway <a href="">here</a>.</p> Acoustic Nation News Yesway Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:27:04 +0000 Acoustic Nation New Kris Orlowski Album ‘Believer’ Out Now <!--paging_filter--><p>Seattle-based band Kris Orlowski has released its first full length album, <em>Believer</em>.</p> <p>The album was produced by Martin Feveyear (Queens Of The Stone Age, The Lumineers, Death Cab For Cutie) of Jupiter Studios in Seattle.</p> <p><em>Believer</em> is made up of songs woven together along the West Coast: from the salty shores of Seaside, OR, and Orcas Island’s Doe Bay, to the corners of Orlowski’s Seattle apartment – as well as the practice spaces in between. </p> <p>Shedding the lush sounds of a 17-piece orchestra for more traditional rock and pop arrangements, the cinematic record is more punchy and experimental than their earlier folk-infused traditions. </p> <p>“I think the album will inspire some hope, but I also think it will go beyond that and give people a reason to act,” vocalist/guitarist Orlowski says. </p> <p>Watch the music video for the album’s first single and title track, “Believer”:<br /> <iframe width="620" height="349" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Listen to <em>Believer</em> track “Stone by Strone”:<br /> <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src=";color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true"></iframe></p> <p>To buy and album and find out more, visit <a href=""></a>. </p> Acoustic Nation Kris Orlowski News Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:36:36 +0000 Acoustic Nation Exclusive Song Premiere: Big Little Lions "The Way Home" <!--paging_filter--><p>Here’s a treat! It’s a new track from Big Little Lions called, “The Way Home,” from their upcoming EP, <em>Paper Cage</em>, slated for release May 6.</p> <p>Chock full of folky goodness, “The Way Home,” surprises with a driving, clap-along beat and some pretty sweet whistling. </p> <p>Big Lions’ Helen Austin and Paul Otten impress with solid songwriting and perfect vocal harmonies. Not to mention extremely able fingerpicking!</p> <p>“The Way Home” is one of those songs that you’ll think you’ve heard before the first time you hear it. It’s just so infectious that it sinks into your consciousness from the first listen.</p> <p>"I started writing writing ‘The Way Home’ a couple of years ago,” shares Otten. “But it didn't come to life until I handed it to Helen. She really helped add the much needed joy and overall colorful character to the song. The Way Home was originally called ‘Passing Through’. About a guy who can never settle down and commit to a woman. I’d say it's a much better vibe now."</p> <p>We agree!</p> <p>Here “The Way Home” here!<br /> Embed Code: <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src=";color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true"></iframe></p> <p>Both successful singer/songwriters in their own right, Austin and Otten have hundreds of TV, movie, and ad placements between them. They met while both on a conference songwriting member success panel and started the band a couple years later from afar, with Helen based on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada and Paul in Cincinnati, OH. Working together as Big Little Lions, Helen is the heart and soul while Paul is the blood and bones. </p> <p>Even before releasing any music, Big Little Lions has been featured in various TV placements. Their song "This Road With You" has appeared in MTV's <em>Catfish</em> and ABC's <em>The Vineyard</em>, as well as three Ikea commercials.</p> <p>On the upcoming release, Otten tells us, "This EP is a perfect example of the power of music. The songs are a collaboration between two people that barely know each other, but share a kindred musical heartbeat. The result is a collection of songs that radiate joy and sound like they were written by two people that were destined to make music together. I can't wait for people to hear what Helen and I have created." Austin adds, "I hope that the music will put a smile on everyone's face. I want the songs to make fans feel positive about life.”</p> <p>Find out more at <a href=""></a></p> Acoustic Nation Big Little Lions Blogs Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:44:03 +0000 Acoustic Nation Banjo Boom: Beautiful or Bold, These Banjos Rule <!--paging_filter--><p>Recently I took a little road trip to visit the Museaum of Making Music, or MOMM in Carlsbad, CA. </p> <p>It was chock full of cool historic gear and some fun interactive surprises.</p> <p>But what really caught my eye was the special banjo exhibit: <em>The Banjo: A New Day for An Old Instrument.</em></p> <p>The idea that banjo is coming into its own has been simmering in the back of my brain, and this just confirms it.</p> <p>Ranging from simple but cool instruments to intricate masterpieces, the collection gives a great overview that covers early banjo history to the instrument's role in today’s music. </p> <p>Here I present a gallery of some favorites. Are they banjos or works of art? You decide.</p> <p>And if you’re in southern California, got check out the Museum of Making Music. The banjo exhibit is there through October 31, 2014.</p> <p>Find out more at &lt; a href+< of mating music</a></></p> Acoustic Nation banjo Gear Blogs Wed, 16 Apr 2014 06:35:40 +0000 Laura B. Whitmore Dolly Parton Celebrates Record Store Day 2014 <!--paging_filter--><p>Sony Masterworks and Dolly Parton celebrate Record Store Day on Saturday, April 19, with the release of a limited 7-inch vinyl. </p> <p>The blue vinyl features two tracks from Parton’s upcoming album <em>Blue Smoke</em> - “Blue Smoke” and “Home.”</p> <p><em>Blue Smoke</em> will be released by Sony Masterworks and Dolly Records on May 13, 2014. It is available for pre-order now. </p> <p>The album includes 12 bluegrass and country songs including covers of Bob Dylan and Bon Jovi classics, and duets with Willie Nelson and Kenny Rogers. <em>Blue Smoke</em> marks the first release of new music from Parton since 2011.</p> <p>Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1000 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally. </p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/dprsd.jpg" width="367" height="219" alt="dprsd.jpg" /></p> <p>This is a day for the people who make up the world of the record store - the staff, the customers, and the artists - to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities. </p> <p>Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists in the United States and in various countries across the globe make special appearances and performances.</p> <p>For more on Dolly Parton, please visit <a href=“”></a>.</p> Acoustic Nation Dolly Parton News Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:48:36 +0000 Acoustic Nation Clean Water Charities Benefit from Limited Edition GS Mini Acoustic Guitar <!--paging_filter--><p>Trees rescued in mine remediation efforts in Washington are being given new life as limited edition acoustic guitars. </p> <p>A percentage of proceeds from Holden Village Taylor GS Mini sales will benefit clean water projects in Central America under the direction of two water organizations; Living Waters for the World and El Porvenir. </p> <p>In order to clean up the water supply near an old mine in Washington, century-old Engelmann spruce – which happens to be a prized tonewood for guitar-makers –  were slated for destruction. </p> <p>Instead, trees harvested as part of this remediation project are being used to create limited edition Taylor GS Mini acoustic guitars, and in turn, improving the water supply for thousands of rural families in Central America. </p> <p>In addition to the Engelmann top, the body is a figured maple veneer from the Pacific Northwest, donated by Pacific Rim Tonewoods. The neck is carved from African sapele and topped with an ebony fretboard. The guitars also feature a specially designed Holden Village fretboard inlay and a custom Holden Village GS Mini guitar label.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/gsminiinlay.jpg" width="314" height="380" alt="gsminiinlay.jpg" /><br /> <em>A closeup of the specially designed Holden Village fretboard inlay.</em></p> <p>Over one-third of the world’s population – some 2.5 billion people – do not have access to sanitation. Living Waters for the World and El Porvenir were founded to aid in this crisis by providing sustainable clean water to much needed regions of Central America. </p> <p>Water-borne diseases are a major cause of illness and mortality in these areas, most of which are in the developing world. Last year El Porvenir involved 11,000 Nicaraguans in building their own wells, latrines and stoves as well as reforesting watersheds.</p> <p>Learn more about the process <a href="">here</a>, or purchase your own Holden Village GS Mini <a href="">here</a>.</p> Acoustic Nation News Taylor Guitars Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:34:09 +0000 Acoustic Nation