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Show Review: John Butler Trio at The Independent

Want to see some really sick guitar playing? So did I. That’s why I hauled it over to The Independent in San Francisco last night to see the killer performance of the John Butler Trio. With selections ranging from trippy reggae-tinged sing-alongs to lovely harmony-laden ballads and straight out rock tunes, the set was not only varied, it was enthralling.

Interview: Tony McGuinness on ‘Above & Beyond Acoustic’

Above & Beyond, one of the UK's biggest dance acts, has gone unplugged with their wonderfully creative Above & Beyond Acoustic album. A somewhat unique entry in the world of acts going acoustic, this masterfully performed and recorded collection of the trio’s best-loved songs is really worth a listen. This collection is not something I’d necessarily classify as “dance music,” I’d just say it’s incredibly good music.

Interview: Suzanne Vega on the Release of ‘Tales From the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles’

With the release of her latest studio album on February 18,Tales From the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles, Suzanne Vega opens the door to an eclectic mix of carefully crafted works that give us a peek into her mastery. This, her eighth studio album, comes after a hiatus of seven years. A stretch of time in which she was not idle, but perhaps re-focused.

Gear Review: Snapz Bridge Pin Pullers

Snapz Bridge Pin Pullers logically address a pesky problem that none of us like to face. Getting those bridge pins out when you want to change strings is now made easy!

Ten Easy Acoustic Guitar Love Songs

It's that time of year when some of us might start dotting our I's with little hearts and thinking of ways to impress. And for that I am here to help! Here are ten wonderful love songs that you can work out with ease. In fact, most of them only have three or four chords. These may be simpler versions than the original, but trust me, the object of your affection will not care.

First Listen: Robby Hecht Premieres Video for “New York City” and Announces New Album

A classic singer/songwriter in the vein of James Taylor or Joni Mitchell, Robby Hecht has just previewed an upcoming self-titled album that simply grabbed me right away. Slated for release on March 25, Robby Hecht is a melancholy combination of lovely acoustic accompaniments and masterful but accessible lyrics. Hecht’s collection of songs fits like your favorite shoes. Even on first listen these songs feel like they’ve been lurking in the back your brain just waiting for a chance to make themselves known. Sigh.

Lesson: James Taylor Teaches Us How to Play "Fire and Rain"

I grew up listening to James Taylor, and I admit I know pretty much every word of every song he’s ever performed. But when it comes to the guitar parts, that’s something I’ve still gotta work on. Luckily the legendary Mr. Taylor has taken steps to remedy that. He’s posted a series of free lessons on his site that not only run through some of his most beloved songs, they also incorporate new portable camera technology so that you can see his right hand technique from the inside.

Video: Sara Bareilles Plays The Loar on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

The lovely and talented Sara Bareillies took the stage last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live to perform her single, " I Choose You" from her latest album, The Blessed Unrest. Her instrument of choice for the live performance was The Loar LO-16 small body acoustic. I don't know about you, but I've been seeing smaller body guitars popping up all over the place, and this one is sure worthy of a sit down. I'm told it has that front porch blues-box sound, which seems like a good place to start!

Video Finds: Tommy Emmanuel's Jaw-Dropping Acoustic 12-Bar Blues

If there's anyone who can shred on acoustic guitar with jaw-dropping effect, it's Tommy Emmanuel. Here he runs through "Guitar Boogie" and "Stevie's Blues," a song he wrote for the late, great Stevie Ray Vaughan. You might be flabbergasted when you finish watching. You might be shaking your head. Me, I have a big ear-to-ear grin and am gonna hit replay.

Acoustic NAMM Spotlight: Taylor Guitars 800 Series

One of my favorite half hours at NAMM 2014 was spent with Andy Powers, master luthier for Taylor Guitars. Andy proudly shared the new Taylor 800 series with me, and boy was it worth my time. While those of you who have tried to check out gear at NAMM know that It’s incredibly hard to hear anything, this series of guitars sure felt fabulous and the rich resonance was unmistakable.