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The Command Sisters at the Bowery Electric – Show Review

Every once in a while you see a group of musicians that somehow just gets it. Sure they’re tight. They’re in tune. They’re excellent musicians. What I’m talking about here is the special sauce. That something extra that you just can’t put your finger on. And that’s what made the Command Sisters show at the Bowery Electric so killer.

Sweet Acoustic Gear for Your Valentine

I know! It’s so hard to find just the perfect gift for that someone special. That’s why we’re here to help. This year, if your honey is into acoustic guitar, we’ve got some great ideas for a Valentine’s surprise.

Picking and Strumming Tuneup with Lily Maase — Lesson

Yes, it’s true. We all need some help making technique adjustments. Here I sit down with master instructor Lily Maase as we talk about pick technique and then dig into a little picking and strumming pattern.

International Guitar Night's Fiery Acoustic Extravaganza — Show Review

The show, put together by guitarist and master performer Brian Gore, was delightful and surprising and fun. The performance is built around four acoustic guitarists — Gore, classical innovator Andrew York, Brazilian jazz icon Diego Figuierido, and contemporary Iranian-Canadian steel string wizard Maneli Jamal. It was love at first note.

NAMM 2015: Acoustic Nation's Top Picks from the NAMM Show

A celebration of everything gear-related, NAMM is a large convention in Anaheim, CA, where 100,000 industry folks gather to check out new gear and connect. The week is spent checking out one cool piece of gear after another. Check out this gallery for some of my favorite gear picks, events and more!

Iron & Wine’s ‘Archive Series Volume No. 1’ — First Listen

Iron & Wine’s upcoming release, Archive Series Volume No. 1 opens with an eerie ambiance with the whispery, immediately grabbing “Slow Black River.” What follows is an anthology of thoughtful sketches, each a peek into the psyche of the talented Sam Beam, aka Iron & Wine.

NAMM 2015: NewBay Media Congratulates Best of Show Award Winners

NewBay Media took to the show floor at the 2015 NAMM show with a team of reviewers with one aim: check out and identify the best gear on the show floor from a flurry of submissions. Yes, the Best of Show award judging was underway.

Bonnie Raitt Lays Down an Acoustic Blues — Video Finds

I admit it. I just love Bonnie Raitt. Is there a more bad-ass female musician out there? I would argue she’s the queen of blues guitar. Raitt, now 65-years-old, is still as hot (and cool) as ever. She released her first album, Bonnie Raitt in 1971 and has been dishing it out ever since.

Deleasa Shares a Pair of Live Acoustic Videos — Exclusive

We are very excited to share a pair of superb acoustic performances from Deleasa. So nice to these stripped down to the soul of the song arrangements. And Michael Deleasa agrees. "I was taught the key to a great songs is if it can stand alone with a acoustic guitar and vocal,” he shares.

Jacky Bastek Performs "No Exit" — Video

I love when folks turn me on to amazing talent. Especially when they are super talented themselves. That’s why when the amazing Jon Gomm shared this link from young guitarist Jacky Bastek, I sat up and took notice.