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Billy Strings & Don Julin Making a Quite a Buzz

Billy Strings & Don JulinBilly Strings & Don Julin play traditional American string band music with energy levels usually associated with extreme sports. A typical set includes haunting Appalachian songs, righteous gospel standards, and blazing bluegrass instrumentals. Honoring the bluegrass musical traditions of Doc Watson, Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, and Jimmy Martin, these boys will take you back to that high lonesome sound of yesterday’s bluegrass. No super-slick Nash-pop here. This is your grandaddy’s bluegrass delivered with a pedal to the metal intensity of a moonshine runner.

Gruhn Guitars Moving to New Location After 42 Years

Gruhn GuitarsNashville, Tenn. — Gruhn Guitars is pleased to announce its upcoming move to 2120 8th Avenue South in the up-and-coming Eighth Avenue South corridor. The company will begin renovations on the new space in early 2013 and plans to open in late spring. The store will remain open at 400 Broadway until moving to the new location.

Foggy Mountain Breakdown Banjo Tab Released from Layne Publications

Layne PublicationsLayne Publications, the leader in banjo, mandolin and bluegrass guitar instruction, is pleased to announce the release of their latest bluegrass music lesson, Foggy Mountain Breakdown Banjo Tab. Layne Publications has hundreds of songs available with premium MP3 backing tracks recorded with an entire bluegrass band to make learning an instrument as easy as possible without one on one lessons.

Breedlove Guitars Introduces New Oregon Series Guitars

Oregon Series GuitarsBend, OR – January 1, 2013 – The new Oregon Series from Breedlove Guitars takes full advantage of the abundance of natural resources in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. Built for the guitarist who appreciates tone, beauty and American craftsmanship, the Oregon Series is the latest addition from the longtime Central Oregon guitar manufacturer.

Layne Publications Announces Release of Mountain Dew Banjo tab and Jam Track

Layne PublicationsSimpsonville, SC -- Layne Publications, the leader in banjo tabs, mandolin tabs and bluegrass instruction, has recently announced the release of their newest tab and jam track for banjo, mandolin and guitar. The Mountain Dew banjo tab is professionally written and recorded by Jordan Layne Bourland, founder and president of Layne Publications.

Christies to Auction Instruments Including Doc Watson’s ‘Ol’ Hoss’ Guitar

Cristies1112.jpgNew York, NY -- Christie's is pleased to announce the sale of Fine Musical Instruments on November 27. The extensive sale will offer over 215 instruments ranging from a violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, to a D-28 guitar by C.F. Martin and Company, and to more contemporary guitars, including ten guitars from the Dopyera Collection. Of interest to our readers will be the late bluegrass music artist Doc Watson's Gallagher G-50 ‘Ol’ Hoss’ guitar.

Eric Lambert on the Move After The Henhouse Prowlers

Eric LambertSince leaving the bluegrass music band The Henhouse Prowlers in January, guitar-master, singer/songwriter, and music educator, Eric Lambert, has been on the move. From Chicago, IL, Eric Lambert has built a distinguished career writing, performing, recording, and teaching music, spanning 15 countries and with talented artists such as George Strait, Virgil Kane, Valerie Smith, and Rock n' Roll Hall of Famer Tom Constanten.

Nashville Pros Rate the Top Country Guitarists of All Time

Hank Garland/CMA/ Nashville, TN -- By Tim Ghianni
Back in 1966, John Sebastian noted in his song “Nashville Cats,” that “there’s thirteen hundred and fifty-two guitar pickers in Nashville,” each of whom “played clean as country water.” Years later, he recalled, with a laugh, someone “with too much time on their hands” went through the local AFM book from 1966 and found out “I was only 30 off.”

Martin Guitar Travels Back In Time With Forward-Thinking New Retro Series

OM 28e RetroNAZARETH, Pa., July 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- C. F. Martin & Co. is inviting musicians to take a trip back in time with the introduction today of a groundbreaking guitar technology available in the new four-piece Retro Series: D-18E Retro, D-45E Retro, HD-28E Retro, and OM-28E Retro. Paying homage stylistically and sonically to the iconic classic Martin guitars of the 1930's and 40's, this new series features traditional non-cutaway Martin guitars incorporating significant advancements in plugged-in sound reproduction. The series exquisitely captures a sought-after sound, melding traditional models with state-of-the-art technology, and will appeal to musicians and guitar aficionados alike.

Recording King Introduces All solid Dreadnought at NAMM

Recording King RD-310 GuitarHayward, CA -- Recording King introduces the all-solid RD-310 with Adirondack Spruce top for players who want the increased volume and projection of an Adirondack top with an affordable price tag. Adirondack Spruce (or Red Spruce) has become a serious buzzword over the past year.

Recording King Introduces Updates Slope Shoulder Guitars

RAJ GuitarHayward, CA -- Recording King has updated their Slope Shoulder guitars with an extended scale length and vintage styling. They have taken everything great about their slope shoulder guitars and added a bunch of new features that will please both modern players and vintage enthusiasts.

Wood Workers, Luthiers Launch Mountainsong Instruments Custom Guitars and Mandolins

Mountainsong InstrumentsBlue Ridge Mountains, VA -- Bill Lunstrum and Larry Cochran announced the launch of Mountainsong Instruments. Nestled around the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, the Company draws from the unique talents and perspectives of master woodworkers and luthiers Bill Lunstrum and Larry Cochran, focusing on unique and custom handcrafted guitars and mandolins. Both love bluegrass music known for quality acoustic instruments.

Recording King's New 13-Fret, Extra Deep Body and Tons of Vintage Vibe

Greenwich Village RNJHayward, CA -- Recording King's new 13-Fret Greenwich Village guitar has a 4/12" deep body for extra tone and projection in a small-body instrument with vintage styling. In the spirit of one of the most famous "lost" guitars in history, the Greenwich Village has loads of vintage vibe and tone. With an extra-deep body, 13-fret neck joint and classic Recording King headstock, this guitar honors both Golden Age film troubadours like Nick Lucas and historic folk singers from the 1960's. The 4-1/2" deep body gives it extra projection, the 13-fret neck and bridge placement makes for perfect resonance across all registers, and the 25.4" dreadnought scale length gives it added punch and volume.

Recording King Launches New Vintage-Style Slope Shoulders Guitar at NAMM

RNJ GuitarHayward, CA -- Recording King updates our Century Jubilee Series Slope Shoulder guitars with an extended scale length and vintage styling. Recording King says, "We've taken everything great about our slope shoulder guitars and added a bunch of new features that will please both modern players and vintage enthusiasts. Following the early mid-century 'Jumbo' to 'advanced Jumbo' change, we've extended ours to the full dreadnought scale of 25.4" for a little more punch and projection."

Macon Guitar Legend Joey Stuckey Receives Prestigious Award

Joey StuckeyMacon, GA -- Truly one of the hardest working people in the music industry, 2011 has been a landmark year for blind recording artist, engineer, producer and inspirational speaker Joey Stuckey. With the release of his latest acclaimed CD 'The Shadow Sound' in February of this year, Stuckey has been hitting the road performing and speaking all over the country – October alone saw Stuckey in Hawaii, Los Angeles and Nashville. However, October was a landmark month because Joey was honored by a non-profit organization in his hometown of Macon, Georgia where he serves as the official music ambassador. The organization "New Town Macon", a non-profit tasked with revitalizing the downtown area of Macon, presented Joey with a special recognition award for his contribution to his community. Joey has been instrumental in shaping Macon's musical landscape. Stuckey was also recognized for his active role in preparing for Macon's future

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