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July 24, 2019
On its riveting Rule of 3, Väsen brings seamless virtuosity and emotional depth to its original take on Swedish folk traditions.
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April 29, 2019
Youth may be wasted on the young, but age becomes the English acoustic guitar icon.
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March 06, 2019
Tyler Grant and Robin Kessinger infuse their acoustic guitar flatpicking duets with unbridled joy.
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November 12, 2018
Welsh-born Gwenifer Raymond: a new force in fingerstyle guitar
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October 29, 2018
Another Bill Monroe Tune from the famed Road to Columbus.
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September 17, 2018
Bill Monroe wrote this tune as a twin-fiddle homage to the sound of Highland bagpipes
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September 11, 2018
On his new album, guitarist Pete Madsen yields the lead vocals to Celeste Kopel as they travel the blues highway from Mississippi to Chicago.
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August 07, 2018
Discover Canadian singer-songwriter Noah Zacharin, who's within six degrees of Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Ralph Carney, and me.
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July 23, 2018
Eight years in coming, the new album by 12-string guitarist Steve Tibbetts is a beautiful rumination on what it means to be human.
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July 16, 2018
One of the many tunes Bill Monroe wrote in his later years.
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July 06, 2018
Practical tips on how to find the motivation to keep practicing when life, schedules, and distractions pull at you.
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May 15, 2018
Classically trained guitarist Gyan Riley blurs the lines between genres on his tightly focused new solo album "Sprig"
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April 24, 2018
A spate of new releases by Duck Baker puts the fingerstyle guitarist's eclectic career in perspective.
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March 19, 2018
On his new CD, Coming Home, the Bay Area-based cellist turns the mythical hero's quest into a sweeping musical voyage.
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February 26, 2018
The toilet paper song.
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January 08, 2018
A tune of rebirth, named by the man who repaired Bill Monroe’s iconic mandolin.
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December 20, 2017
Holiday guitar instrumentals for stringing your lights and trimming your tree.
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November 13, 2017
Loudon Wainwright III leads his audience into the promised land of aging.
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October 19, 2017
The least popular tune of the batch.
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October 12, 2017
Anouar Brahem, the Tunisian master, crafts a cross-cultural jazz masterpiece.
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September 16, 2017
May I introduce you to SF String Trio’s Lonely Hearts Club Band?
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August 28, 2017
John Reischman and the Jaybirds soar through gospel, old-time, bluegrass, and Beatles songs on their latest recording.
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August 09, 2017
The brilliant fingerstyle guitarist and cryptic songwriter bridges his English roots and Chicago's progressive indie scene.
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August 07, 2017
A jam standard on a non-standard instrument.
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July 17, 2017
Paternalistic Picking from the Father of Bluegrass
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July 03, 2017
A twisting tale of a Bill Monroe original he never personally recorded.
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June 19, 2017
An unusual fiddle tune from the bluegrass master.
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June 12, 2017
Scroggins & Rose bring New Acoustic Music full circle and then take it beyond.
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May 12, 2017
Bluegrass and honky-tonk star Marty Stuart takes a Left Coast turn and goes on a vision quest Way Out West.
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April 19, 2017
Famously eccentric banjo player Danny Barnes releases an earnest and stunning acoustic bluegrass album.
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March 17, 2017
Eric, Suzy, and Allegra Thompson's family band plays joyful “weird and obscure old-time American music.”
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February 26, 2017
Two new compilations offer different and revealing perspectives on the tragic folk-rock figure’s complex songs.
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February 09, 2017
Now in his late sixties, “free raga” fingerstylist Richard Osborn ascends into the pantheon of American primitive guitar players.
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January 17, 2017
Here's a simple guide to the notation and tablature you'll find at Peghead Nation.
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January 09, 2017
On the joys of spending a musical week in the mountains at the Targhee Music Camp.
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January 03, 2017
Guitarist Buck Curran’s enthralling solo debut is best heard on LP
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December 19, 2016
Richard Thompson walks a high wire in his requests-only shows.
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November 30, 2016
Is Joe Rut the new king of indie country-rock?
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October 14, 2016
At 70, the Scottish Hurdy Gurdy Man bolsters his legacy on tour.
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September 21, 2016
Joe Henry and Billy Bragg ride the rails and make them sing.
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September 01, 2016
Jonathan Wilson's Deja Vu-doo
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August 08, 2016
Improvising guitarist Henry Kaiser is as prolific as his music is untethered and insubordinate.
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July 20, 2016
A new tribute album underscores why guitarist Robbie Basho still matters.
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July 13, 2016
Peghead Nation banjo instructor Bill Evans talks about the influence of one of the titans of bluegrass music.
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July 06, 2016
Forty-five years after their release and disappearance, singer-songwriter Bob Brown’s first two albums deserve your attention.
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June 24, 2016
Carrie Rodriguez turns her complex cultural identity into musical magic.
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June 12, 2016
Naxos builds an epic library of global sounds.
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May 20, 2016
Nell Robinson and Jim Nunally blaze new trails to indie success.
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May 18, 2016
On an oddly damp drive around San Francisco, Guy Clark shared a few thoughts about building guitars, filming “Heartworn Highways,” and his dislike of festivals.
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May 05, 2016
The San Francisco String Trio Is Fixing a Hole
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April 22, 2016
How social media tipped me to the passing of Steve Young.
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April 13, 2016
Browsing the Bins: A Boomer's Story
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January 17, 2016
How to enhance your online video lesson experience by developing new habits and incorporating helpful tools.
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October 25, 2015
The musical genius and generosity of the bluegrass banjo legend.
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August 19, 2015
How to make sure your Internet connection is as fast as it can be.
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July 27, 2015
When a routine becomes a rut, we all need ways to rediscover the joys of playing music.
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July 13, 2015
You can find nearly anything you want to learn about music online, in a music book, or on a DVD (remember those?), but don't discount the value of learning by ear.
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June 24, 2015
The fingerstyle guitarists' campaign to help us think about music, the guitar, and learning in fresh ways.
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June 15, 2015
The fingerstyle guitarists' campaign to help us think about music, the guitar, and learning in fresh ways.
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June 11, 2015
The fingerstyle guitarists' campaign to help us think about music, the guitar, and learning in fresh ways.
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June 05, 2015
The fingerstyle guitarist launches a month-long campaign to make us think about guitar in many different ways.
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May 19, 2015
The embodiment of blues music took audiences on a soulful ride with his lyrical guitar style and one-of-a-kind voice.
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April 08, 2015
Danny Barnes
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March 29, 2015
The former Pentangle guitarist's eclectic "folk baroque" style influenced generations of fingerstyle guitarists.
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January 06, 2015
Scott Nygaard on Earning a Living as a Musician, Bursts of Learning, and Cycling.
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August 21, 2014
I would never have imagined that an album consisting of old-time and bluegrass versions of Bob Dylan songs would end up being part of a Brazilian-country-disco hit.
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Nov 14, 2019
An extended jam on the Americana band’s tune, live at the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival.




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