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Banjo Boom: Beautiful or Bold, These Banjos Rule

The special banjo exhibit at the Museum of Making Musicp called: The Banjo: A New Day for An Old Instrument has some truly gorgeous instruments. From historic to brand new, the collections has a lovely variety of these desirable instruments.

Exclusive Interview: G. Love Talks 'Sugar' with Special Sauce

Now celebrating its 20 year anniversary, G. Love & Special Sauce has reunited after eight years and is poised to put out Sugar on April 22, an album of songs that has got its groove on.

Exclusive Premiere: The Lovebirds’ Achingly Beautiful “Boat Train”

Here’s a song that will make you shush your co-workers so you can really listen. It’s The Lovebirds’ “Boat Train” from their upcoming album, Breakup Shmakeup, due out May 2, 2014. The dissonance and resolution interwoven into what I would call the perfect rainy day song gave me goosebumps. For real.

Songwriter Spotlight: An Interview with Wendy Beckerman

In March singer/songwriter Wendy Beckerman won best song of the month at the West Coast Songwriters Contra Costa Chapter competition. Her winning song, “Things the Times Haven't Changed,” is a beguiling recitation of timeless delights. It sounds like home in a most wonderful way. Hear it here!

Interview: David & Olivia Find Their Place 'On The Sea'

Think beautiful harmonies, well written lyrics, easy breezy feeling arrangements, and you’ve got David & Olivia pegged. David Rosales and Olivia May met up with each other by chance in 2011 and their musical chemistry has been sparking every since. With a lovely blend of melancholy blues and country sweetness, their debut EP, On the Sea fits perfectly with a summer night, a glass of wine in hand. You get the picture.

Interview: Charlie Worsham Delivers with His Debut Album, 'Rubberband'

If you love great songwriting and top-notch musicianship, you owe it to yourself to check out Charlie Worsham’s debut album, Rubberband. I was turned on to Worsham by hit songwriter, Marty Dodson, who co-wrote the songs “Could It Be” and “Trouble Is” on the album. Dodson, who writes with hundreds of other writers and performers, chose this album as his favorite release of 2013. Who am I to argue with that kind of cred?

Interview: Hawthorne Heights’ JT Woodruff Gives Us a Dose of ‘Field Medicine’

If you’re a fan of Hawthorne Heights, I’ll bet you’ll meander on over to check out frontman JT Woodruff’s latest solo release, Field Medicine. But if you’re not an HH fan, well that’s where the real fun begins. This collection of haunting, stark meanderings is so fabulously bleak and somewhat twisted, with touches of pure beauty.

Video Premiere: The Last Year's Acoustic "Sugar"

Check out this new acoustic video from The Last Year. “Sugar” is a haunting little number that showcases some great songwriting. With a nice open arrangement of piano and acoustic guitar, complemented by Nikki Barr’s expressive vocal, the song soars in acoustic form.

Guitar World/The Deli's SXSW Stompbox Exhibit Made for a Stompin' Good Time in Austin

The concept was simple: Provide many, many loaded pedal boards, packed with effects by a host of manufacturers. Make sure there are plenty of Washburn guitars available. Let the testing begin!

Video Finds: Brushy One-String Plays "Chicken in the Corn" on a One-String Guitar

Ever try playing a guitar with just one string on it? Me neither! But for Brushy One-String, it's an every day occurrence. Why one string? Apparently it came to him in a dream, in which he was told to play a one-string guitar. He took it to heart and the rest, as they say, is history.