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Video Exclusive: 15-Year-Old Guitarist Sarah Command Performs Andy McKee and Joe Satriani

I recently came across the talented Command Sisters, and these young ladies kind of blew my mind. Yes, they sing in lovely harmonies. Yes, they are talented songwriters and performers. But what really caught my eye were the undeniable guitar chops of young Sarah Command. This 15-year-old young lady takes on not only original music, but tackles pieces by the masters like Andy McKee and Joe Satriani!

Video Lesson: Play It Now! John Butler Teaches Us to Play “Spring To Come”

I had the privilege of sitting down with John Butler recently as he went through the fingering and technique for his new song “Spring to Come” off the upcoming album Flesh and Blood. Check it out and Play It Now!

Acoustic Guitar a Star on ‘American Idol’

Can there be anything more torturous than auditioning a capella? For years the team at American Idol seemed to think that watching contestants squirm without accompaniment was the way to go. Until now.

Songwriter Spotlight: Robyn Collins and Jordan Reynolds

As the winners of the SongTown USA songwriting contest with their song, “Love is Like Rain," Robyn Collins and Jordan Reynolds prove their undeniable writing chemistry. Competing against hundreds of entries, Robyn and Jordan struck a chord with the team of judges, lead by hit Nashville songwriters Marty Dodson and Clay Mills. The reward of the contest? A co-writing session with these two master writers!

Here we talk to this songwriting team about their winning song, their journey and what's next.

Exclusive Interview: John Butler Talks New Album, Gear, Songwriting and More.

On the verge of releasing his latest album, Flesh and Blood, John Butler took a few minutes to sit down with us in the Acoustic Nation studio. We laughed, we played, we talked about new music and songwriting and a whole lot more.

Co-Writing Tips, Or How I Learned to Let Go and Enjoy the Write

In 2013 I went out on a limb. I applied to be part of a songwriting class that focused on co-writing. Up until then I had only co-written a small part of one song (I wrote the bridge), and that was it. But I wanted to do more, improve, and find new ways to be creative.

Editor's Picks: Laura B. Whitmore's Favorite Acoustic Albums of 2013

There’s no denying, this is the decade that acoustic comes into its own. From the rootsiest traditional down-home country, to bluegrass, soul, rock, funk and pop and beyond, acoustic instruments have been taking center stage in all genres, and I say, good for us!

Interview: Chris Henderson on the ‘3 Doors Down – Acoustic Songs From the Basement’ Tour

What’s next on the bucket list when you’ve sold 16 million albums and garnered three Grammy nominations, two American Music Awards, and five BMI Pop Awards for songwriting, including BMI’s coveted "Songwriter of the Year" award? How about going back to the basement…?!

Guitar Stories: A Chance Encounter With The Yamaha LLX26C

When Alex Skolnick asks me to care for his acoustic guitar, who am I to say no?

Songwriter Spotlight: Maureen Blumenthal

I’m delighted to share our first songwriter spotlight! This month we are featuring Maureen “Mo” Blumenthal, whose song “For Crying Out Loud,” won best song of the month at the West Coast Songwriter’s Contra Costa chapter in December 2013.