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Going Going Gyan

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Classically trained guitarist Gyan Riley blurs the lines between genres on his tightly focused new solo album "Sprig" https://pegheadnation.com/commentary/derks-discoveries/going-going-gyan/

Duck! It's Baker Time.

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A spate of new releases by Duck Baker puts the fingerstyle guitarist's eclectic career in perspective. https://pegheadnation.com/commentary/derks-discoveries/duck-its-baker-time/

Josh McClain's Amazing Journey

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On his new CD, Coming Home, the Bay Area-based cellist turns the mythical hero's quest into a sweeping musical voyage. https://pegheadnation.com/commentary/derks-discoveries/josh-mcclains-journey/

Lighting up the Strings for Christmas

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Holiday guitar instrumentals for stringing your lights and trimming your tree. https://pegheadnation.com/commentary/derks-discoveries/lighting-strings-christmas/

Monroe Mondays: “The Lloyd Loar”

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A tune of rebirth, named by the man who repaired Bill Monroes iconic mandolin. https://pegheadnation.com/commentary/take-stand/monroe-mondays-lloyd-loar/

All in the Family

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Loudon Wainwright III leads his audience into the promised land of aging. https://pegheadnation.com/commentary/derks-discoveries/all-family/

Monroe Mondays: “Call of the Shepherd”

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The least popular tune of the batch. https://pegheadnation.com/commentary/take-stand/monroe-mondays-call-shepherd/

Oud Do You Love

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Anouar Brahem, the Tunisian master, crafts a cross-cultural jazz masterpiece. https://pegheadnation.com/commentary/derks-discoveries/oud-do-you-love/

Monroe Mondays: “Northern White Clouds”

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The toilet paper song. https://pegheadnation.com/commentary/take-stand/monroe-mondays-northern-white-clouds/

Getting Better All the Time

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May I introduce you to SF String Trios Lonely Hearts Club Band? https://pegheadnation.com/commentary/derks-discoveries/getting-better-all-time/

Flying Home

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John Reischman and the Jaybirds soar through gospel, old-time, bluegrass, and Beatles songs on their latest recording. https://pegheadnation.com/commentary/derks-discoveries/flying-home/

James Elkington's 21st-Century Chamber Folk

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The brilliant fingerstyle guitarist and cryptic songwriter bridges his English roots and Chicago's progressive indie scene. https://pegheadnation.com/commentary/derks-discoveries/james-elkingtons-21st-century-chamber-folk/

Monroe Mondays: “Monroe’s Hornpipe”

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A jam standard on a non-standard instrument. https://pegheadnation.com/commentary/take-stand/monroe-mondays-monroes-hornpipe/

Monroe Mondays: “My Father’s Footsteps”

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Paternalistic Picking from the Father of Bluegrass https://pegheadnation.com/commentary/take-stand/monroe-mondays-my-fathers-footsteps/

Monroe Mondays: “The Tanyards”

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A twisting tale of a Bill Monroe original he never personally recorded. https://pegheadnation.com/commentary/take-stand/monroe-mondays-tanyards/

Monroe Mondays: “Blue Goose”

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An unusual fiddle tune from the bluegrass master. https://pegheadnation.com/commentary/take-stand/monroe-mondays-blue-goose/

The Duo 2.0

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Scroggins & Rose bring New Acoustic Music full circle and then take it beyond. https://pegheadnation.com/commentary/derks-discoveries/duo-20/

The New Cosmic Cowboy

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Bluegrass and honky-tonk star Marty Stuart takes a Left Coast turn and goes on a vision quest Way Out West. https://pegheadnation.com/commentary/derks-discoveries/new-cosmic-cowboy1/

Playing It Straight for Stover

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Famously eccentric banjo player Danny Barnes releases an earnest and stunning acoustic bluegrass album. https://pegheadnation.com/commentary/derks-discoveries/banjo-man1/

Thompsonia: Good for What Ails You

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Eric, Suzy, and Allegra Thompson's family band plays joyful weird and obscure old-time American music. https://pegheadnation.com/commentary/derks-discoveries/eric-suzy-thompsons-family-affair/

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