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Bill Callahan Goes Lunar In New Video

Bill Callahan becomes the moon in his cosmic new video for “Javelin Unlanding.” Volcanoes explode, mountains become faces, and tornadoes rampage the earth, all set to a dreamy combo of bongos and flute.  The animated video was directed by Hanly Banks and Chris Rusch with Visual Consultants Travis Benn, Derek Gildersleeve. The single comes from his critically acclaimed 2013 album Dream River.  This past January, Callahan rele ...
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Tanglewood Expands Java Guitar Range with Pair of Dreadnoughts

MONTREAL, QC, June 1, 2014 – Tanglewood Guitar Company UK, the United Kingdom’s best-selling acoustic guitar brand, will introduce the TWJD and TWJD-CE, the two newest members of its popular Java Series. The new dreadnoughts – one acoustic model and one electro-acoustic with cutaway and Fishman Sonitone pickup – feature solid cedar tops, but it’s the spectacular exotic timber combination used on the backs and sides that truly makes them stan ...
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Americanafest NYC Adds Educational Symposium

New York City’s Americanafest has added an educational symposium to its line-up of events. The symposium, held at Lincoln Center, will discuss the legacy of American music and the convergence of older generations of performers and modern artists. Films featured in the symposium include Heroes of Americana: From the Historic Films Archives and Talkin’ Blues: Music Maker Relief Foundation’s Beverly “Guitar” Watkins, Ironing Board Sam, Dom Flemons, and Tim Duffy. In addition,B ...
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American Icons: Mort Shuman

Mort Shuman is most famous as the co-writer, with Doc Pomus, of classic rock and roll standards such as “Little Sister,” “A Mess Of Blues,” “Save The Last Dance For Me,” “This Magic Moment,” “Viva Las Vegas,” “(Marie’s The Name) His Latest Flame” and more. He’s also was the creator of Jacques Brel is Alive And Well and Living in Paris, and a champion for Brel. Born in Brooklyn in 1936, he met Doc Pomus in 1942 when Mort was 16 and Doc was ...
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This Week On Acoustic Cafe: LP

This week on Acoustic Cafe we get to meet a great songwriter and extraordinary singer as LP joins as the in-studio guest. Starting her career in 2001, she has spent the last 10 years writing songs for pop artists including Rhianna, Cher, Backstreet Boys and many more. However, a 2012 EP led to a new album this year called Forever For Now. LP tells an interesting tale, and along with guitarist Tim Fagan, plays some great versions of the new songs and a killer cover! S ...
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Daily Discovery: Brittney Bouchard, “I Will Be Yours”

Brittney Bouchard is an acoustic pop artist whose emotion-laced songs are transfixing. Her 2012 EP Addicted to Heartbreak set a high bar for her successive music. “I Will Be Yours,” Brittney’s new single, is available on iTunes. ARTIST: Brittney Bouchard SONG: I Will Be Yours  BIRTHDATE: January 12th HOMETOWN: Apopka, FL CURRENT LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA AMBITIONS: To write a million more songs, perfect my craft, inspire others, start ...
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Shooter Jennings: His Own Man

For the uninitiated, Melrose Billiards is what some might call a dive. Tucked away in a nondescript basement, the Nashville pool hall has all the usual accoutrements: neon signs, a crotchety bartender, and smoke so thick it’s a little hard to see. Tonight there’s a group of older men singing “The Star Spangled Banner” and taking bets on the World Cup, laughing over pitchers of beer while ...
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Song Premiere: Dark Horse Flyer, “Evil Woman”

The Artist: Dark Horse Flyer, a six piece blues-rock group with a three-guitar frontline from Florida  The Song: “Evil Woman”, from their debut album Breakaway, out September 30th on Florida Street Records Fun Fact: The band is a spin-off of Breeze, formed by old friends Don Mularz and Scott Lane’s in the 1970′s who reunited four decades later  Songwriter Says:  “(This song was) written with my Split Decision partner, Olie Olsen. Never recorded or p ...
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Maddie & Tae Reverse Gender Roles In New “Girl In A Country Song” Video

The catchy new track “Girl In A Country Song” from teenage songwriting duo Maddie & Tae has been making waves  for calling out the men of country music by using their own lyrics against them. In their new video, the pair illustrate the ridiculousness of popular “bro-country” songs and music videos by turning the tables on their male counterparts. The clip starts with a group of guys ogling some bikini-clad models, until Maddie & Tae hit ...
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Birthplace of Country Music Museum Opens in Bristol This Weekend

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum opens this Friday in Bristol. The $10.5 million dollar museum was built in conjunction with Washington, D.C.’s Smithsonian Institution and is a project years in the making for the small town, which straddles the border between Tennessee and Virginia. The grand opening weekend will feature a number of special events, including a ribbon cutting ceremony and several free concerts from country and bluegrass acts like Carlene Carter, Jim ...
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