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Video Interview: Ukulele Master Jake Shimabukuro

I’ve always fantasized about playing the ukulele. I’m not sure why. Perhaps because it’s such a small and delightful instrument. Perhaps because when I watch someone like Jake Shimabukuro play one, it’s just so stunningly musical and inspiring. See what he has to say about ukulele and more!

Exclusive Preview: Stream Julian Fleisher’s New Album, ‘Finally’

We’re delighted to preview Julian Fleisher’s new album, Finally, releasing May 13 on Modern Records. Fleisher will be celebrating with an album release show at Joe's Pub on May 14, 2014. This sweet collection of whimsical songs has a theatrical bent, perhaps if only because the story telling is so well-crafted. Hear it now!

Video Exclusive: Ukulele Master Jake Shimabukuro Performs Live

You might think that ukulele is just a simple instrument perfect for strumming little ditties. I did. But Jake Shimabukuro proved me wrong! Perhaps best known for his renditions of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” on ukulele, Shimabukuro can be described as no less than a master musician.

Exclusive Video Premiere: Sinner Sinners’ “Darkess Forever”

It’s always a pleasure to combine two loves into one project. For Sinner Sinners’ that goes double. French married couple Steve and Sam Thill write and perform together, and in this video they incorporate their love of skateboarding, with a musical bent.

Exclusive Video Interview: Bob Taylor and Taylor Guitars' 40th Anniversary

It's been 40 years since Taylor started making guitars. That's quite a milestone. From a small shop in Southern California to a large factory hand creating some of the most beautiful looking and sounding guitars out there, Taylor has not only survived, but thrived.

Free Download: Ian Moore's "Agitator" from his Acoustic EP 'Aerie'

Life is busy. And Ian Moore has seen plenty of activity lately. But he also knows how to slow things down and deliver some acoustic magic. From the melancholy "Battle Lines" to the undeniably folky "Peregrine Blue" and the plaintive "Agitator," Moore covers the acoustic bases in a captivating way with his EP Aerie.

Taylor Guitars 40th Anniversary Factory Tour

I don’t know about you, but I am always intrigued to discover how things are made. And when we’re talking about guitars, well, let’s just say I’m into it times a thousand. It’s not just the steps it takes to create each gorgeous guitar. It’s the people who work on them. The skilled craftsmen and women who touch each and every neck and body and inlay and fret and …well you get the idea. My recent trip to the Taylor Guitars factory in El Cajon, CA is a case in point.

Interview: John Rzeznik and the Goo Goo Dolls Go Acoustic

Last year multi-platinum band the Goo Goo Dolls released Magnetic, their 10th studio album. The collection of masterfully written songs debuted in the top ten, charting strongly with singles like the red-hot “Come to Me.” This year the band decided to mix things up with an acoustic tour titled The Otis Midnight Sessions. Instead of pairing things down, this tour found them on stage with a wide range of fabulous acoustic musicians.

Exclusive Performance: Jonatha Brooke Live in the Acoustic Nation Studio

While she was in our studio, singer/songwriter and playwright Jonatha Brooke delighted us with a couple of live acoustic performances. Here she performs "The Wind" and "Scars" both from her play and album My Mother Has Four Noses.

Exclusive Interview: Jonatha Brooke Talks About "My Mother Has Four Noses" and so Much More

I’ve been a fan of Jonatha Brooke’s for quite some time. This singer songwriter seems to have a unique perspective and musical sensibility that I find so appealing. 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. Check out our on camera interview. And you’ve still got a few more days to catch “My Mother Has Four Noses” in NYC. Go here for tickets.