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  • Molly Tuttle plays Whiskey Before Breakfast

    Molly Tuttle plays Whiskey Before Breakfast

    Here’s a fiddle tune called Whiskey Before Breakfast performed  by Molly Tuttle- written by Canadian fiddler and composer Andy de Jarlis and made popular on the guitar by Norman Blake. Although Whiskey Before Breakfast is a fairly strait ahead standard tune, Molly Tuttle performs this song with some interesting melodic lines and floaters. Floaters… what’s that you may ask? Well, it’s that sound of the strings ringing all together- and a technique that was started on the bluegrass acoustic guitar […]

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  • Bryan Sutton & Michael Daves- John Hardy

    Bryan Sutton & Michael Daves- John Hardy

    One Microphone… two guitars.. no pickups, no compression, no reverb, no effects whatsoever. That’s what I think separates bluegrass music these days from other forms of music in that it’s a “what you see and hear is what you get kind of music” rather than a “processed performance” which is happening even with acoustic guitarist and other forms of so called Pure music forms” these days.   This particular video is a live show featuring Bryan Sutton and Michael Daves […]

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  • Lionel with Lock ‘n Load: Sitdown Comedy, Spoken Words and Hee Haw on Acid

    Lionel with Lock ‘n Load: Sitdown Comedy, Spoken Words and Hee Haw on Acid

    What the hell is “Sitdown” comedy, Spoken Words or Hee Haw on Acid? Lionel with Lock ‘n Load. Saturday May 10 at 8 PM. The Cutting Room New York City – 44 East 32nd Street (Between Madison and Park). Tickets available online at http://tickets.thecuttingroomnycSitdown.com/event/527933-lionel-new-york/ You’ve seen him on TV You heard him on Radio But did you know… Back in the 90′s, Lionel and his Lock ‘n Load Band we’re one of the hottest Bluegrass/Comedy acts in the New York Metropolitan Tri-State […]

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  • Della Mae – The Road to Columbus

    Della Mae – The Road to Columbus

    Della Mae – The Road to Columbus If you are current a fan of Bluegrass music, I’m sure you’ve heard of the band Della Mae. I got the chance to see them perform on the workshop stage just after my guitar workshop at Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival a few years ago.  Also appearing with me on the master stage was guitarists Josh Williams and Tony Watt.. but I got to wonder why the folks at Grey Fox didn’t include guitarist […]

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  • Cody Kilby- Take A Break- or Two

    Cody Kilby- Take A Break- or Two

    Leftwich, House, Kilby – Melee on the Backstretch Here’s one for my brothers and sisters in bluegrass that I know you will appreciate.  Gonna give Steve Dobson from our facebook.com/acousticguitarvideos credit for sharing this. If you’ve been hiding under a bluegrass rock, Andy Leftwich and Cody Kilby are the great sidemen in the Ricky Scaggs band- but great is really an understatement, as these two powerhouse players make up so much of the distinctive sound that Ricky’s band “Kentucky Thunder” is […]

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  • David Grier: Capos Up The Blackberry Blossom

    David Grier: Capos Up The Blackberry Blossom

    Here’s a video that was filmed at David Grier’s solo concert at the IBMA 2008 in Nashville. If you are familiar with this song Blackberry Blossom, you know it’s in the key of G and not played in A like David is doing it here. So why would he do such a thing? Well to be honest, I can’t really think of a very good reason, other than just perhaps it might be a little easier to play? Another likely reason […]

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  • Timothy Baker: Blackberry Blossom ala Tony

    Timothy Baker: Blackberry Blossom ala Tony

    Here’s young guitarist Timothy Baker (who is also a fine singer, or I should say he’s a fine singer that also plays really good guitar) with the bluegrass standard Blackberry Blossom. Timothy is obviously a fan (and student) of Tony Rice, but with this rendition, hey doesn’t copy note per note Tony’s exact version. One thing that I’ve seen Tony do on the E- B progression is play the notes up the neck which is a lot easier to do […]

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  • Tony Rice: Melody In Focus

    Tony Rice: Melody In Focus

    Here’s a video by Tony Rice featuring a breakdown of how he plays the Red Haired Boy, a traditional song that anyone who has flatpicked usually knows how to play. What’s cool about this vid is getting the chance to watch very closely what Tony is doing both left and right hand. Now flatpicking has evolved … even in the last 15 years. There’s so many younger talented guitarists that have taken what Tony has done and expounded on it. […]

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  • Doc Watson & Jack Lawrence- Black Mountain Rag

    Doc Watson & Jack Lawrence- Black Mountain Rag

    The Youtube description says the following: “Doc Watson – 1991 – Black Mountain Rag. I’ve included Doc’s introduction and explanation of his background with this particular tune. I’ve always loved the interesting anecdote that Doc developed his now legendary flatpicking style while playing a Les Paul (electric solid body guitar) while he was playing in a Rockabilly band in the 1950′s. Additionally, I’ve heard that he actually didn’t even own an acoustic guitar at that time.  It’s interesting that this […]

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  • Tommy Emmanuel: Flatpicks Bluegrass

    Tommy Emmanuel: Flatpicks Bluegrass

    Mark Noad over at our facebook page recommended this video to me… It’s Tommy so, you know it’s better than good! I can’t really for certain tell that indeed Tommy Emmanuel is using a flatpick, but the technique and style is definitely what I’d call flatpicking, even though it has sort of an Australian sound to it!! (Hey, in this case, it’s a beautiful thing). Tommy mentioned that this original song was inspired by fiddle great Byron Berline .. someone […]

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  • Jake Workman: Texas Flatpicking Champion

    Jake Workman: Texas Flatpicking Champion

    We’ve featured Jake Workman here before at Acoustic Guitar Videos with some powerhouse flatpicking. I did say that I would post some more stuff from him so here goes… This vid features Jake with two songs from the 2010 Texas State Flatpicking Contest.. Round Two: Songs- Dixie Hoedown & Wheel Hoss. Jake here is a one hot lick machine- one after another… with moves that even a guy like Mark O’Connor would have to be impressed with. You kind of know after […]

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  • Ricky Scaggs: Mixing Classical With Bluegrass

    Ricky Scaggs: Mixing Classical With Bluegrass

    This song “Road to Spencer” is not what I’d call a typical bluegrass song (more Celtic style) but the bluegrass and Celtic are close cousins for sure. Now I have no idea where this was filmed, who the conductor is, nor the orchestra as there is no description available. But it is Ricky Scaggs and Kentucky Thunder… so if you know any further details about this concert, please comment below. And this video is brand new so, just 123 views. One thing […]

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  • Clay Hess/Sierra Hull & Hwy 111: ‘Smashville’

    Clay Hess/Sierra Hull & Hwy 111: ‘Smashville’

    Here’s a live video from the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival 2009 featuring Sierra Hull and her band Highway 111 with Clay Hess on guitar. Yes, there’s a lot of talking so if you just want to pass that up, go to about 2:50 in the dial for the music. “Smashville’” which was written by fiddle Jim VanCleve of Mountain Heart, falls under the category of a modern day bluegrass instrumental. So if you are expecting to hear a 3 or 4 […]

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  • Vassar Clements, Tony Rice – Kissimmee Kid

    Vassar Clements, Tony Rice – Kissimmee Kid

    Here’s the all star lineup of musicians on this video: Vassar Clements – fiddle Tony Rice – guitar Mark O’Connor – mandolin Jerry Douglas – dobro John Hartford – banjo Glenn Worf – bass Kissimmee Kid…. the author of this piece is Vassar Clements and Kissimmee is where Vassar grew up in Florida. I think by now everybody knows the town cause of Walt Disney and all the theme parks. This video looks like it was filmed a little before […]

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  • Adam Hager: Little Rock Getaway

    Adam Hager: Little Rock Getaway

    2010 Robin Kessinger Festival / West Virginia State Guitar Champion Competition: Hey … Want to hear something real good? Well, Adam Hager is just tearing it up here in this contest on the Little Rock Getaway, a song that is not so easy for most to play… But Adam eats it up without any problem! What I like about Adam’s playing is, he’s not the typical newograss kid that’s been heavily influenced by the Tony Rice school of flatpicking, It […]

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  • Clay Hess: Gold Rush

    Clay Hess: Gold Rush

    Adam Steffey & Clay Hess “Gold Rush” – Modern Music Workshop Here’s some great flatpickin’ by guitarist Clay Hess, who is joined by Adam Steffey on a song entitled Gold Rush. This vid was shot at “The Gathering” in St. Petersburg Fl back in January of 2009 and sponsored by the Modern Music Workshop.   Clay has all the elements of the modern day flatpicker with a deep knowledge of The Clarence/Rice style, and then some. His tone is about […]

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  • George Shuffler- Sweep Pickin’ Bluegrass

    George Shuffler- Sweep Pickin’ Bluegrass

    George Shuffler… if you are into bluegrass music, you should know this name. George was the lead guitar player with the Stanley Brothers and one of the first flatpicking guitarist to really use the crosspicking. But what I didn’t know is how George was picking it. I just assumed he was using down up down strokes… NO!!!!! George is actually doing a similar technique used by sweep guitarists like  Frank Gambale, or  jazz guitarists Chuck Wayne and Tal Farlow in the 1940s. The technique is only […]

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  • Mark O’Connor- Dixie Breakdown 1975

    Mark O’Connor- Dixie Breakdown 1975

    1975 Winfield National Flatpicking Championship. Mark O’Connor… a 14 year old kid gets on stage. Proceeds to flatpick the Dixie Breakdown…. no one has heard flatpicking like this before (unless you knew of Mark back then). Be prepared to get blown away. That’s the good news. The bad part of this video is…. it’s not a video. But then again .. lucky to at least have this recorded. This was a mind altering performance for anyone that played bluegrass at […]

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  • Tony Rice & Friends: White House Blues

    Tony Rice & Friends: White House Blues

    Here’s Tony Rice, along with Sam Bush, Mark O’Connor, Jerry Douglas, Bela Fleck & Mark Schatz, performing “White House Blues.” In the YouTube description, they referred to Tony as “country guitar giant”… what? Way back when in the 40′s.. yes… bluegrass was considered country music, as they lumped it into all one category. But today, it’s bluegrass… period. This particular video shows off some great playing of course by all members of the band. I mean, who would be charged […]

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  • Robert Bowlin: Crosspickin’ it Clean

    Robert Bowlin: Crosspickin’ it Clean

      Robert Bowlin performs “Maybelle By John Hill: About the artist: Robert Bowlin (born September 22, 1956 in Pocahontas, Arkansas) is an award-winning American bluegrass and country musician. In 1978, Bowlin won second place in the National Guitar Flat Pick Championship at the Walnut Valley Festival, in Winfield, Kansas. In 1979, he won first place in the festival’s Finger Style Guitar Championship. His professional career has included stints with artists such as Maura O’ Connell, Kathy Mattea, Tom T. Hall, […]

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  • Cody Kilby: Get Down On The BG Breakdown

    Cody Kilby: Get Down On The BG Breakdown

      Bluegrass Breakdown by Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder My friend Phil Wells (Country Music Historian) who recently moved back home to western Massachusetts told me a long time ago of his first experience with bluegrass music. He was out plowing the fields on a tractor when the Bluegrass Breakdown by Bill Monroe came on the radio. “Well,  I nearly had an accident,” he said with a big smile on his face. “No one had ever heard anything like that […]

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  • Ever heard a “Resonator Bass Guitar?”

    Ever heard a “Resonator Bass Guitar?”

      By John Hill: “I Know You Rider”  From their performance at the Doc Watson Music Fest in Sugar Grove, NC. About the artists: Jens Kruger–banjo, Uwe Kruger–guitar, Joel Landsberg-resophonic bass. Born and raised in Switzerland, Jens and Uwe Kruger have been performing professionally since 1973. After playing for twenty years throughout Europe in various styles and venues, the brothers invited bassist Joel Landsberg (NYC, NY) to join them, and the three musicians formed the acoustic trio audiences around the […]

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  • Beppe Gambetta- The Big Easy

    Beppe Gambetta- The Big Easy

    BEPPE GAMBETTA – DIXIE BREAKDOWN I recently did a recording project with guitarist extraordinaire Beppe Gambetta and haven’t been the same since. Would you look at that right hand of his! Talk about economy of motion… I’m just going to refer to him now as “The Big Easy” Even the Django Gypsy Jazz players don’t incorporate as much economy as Beppe does, as it appears so effortless while he is gliding though all of the strings. What you ask is […]

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  • Jake Workman – Fastest Flatpick In The West

    Jake Workman – Fastest Flatpick In The West

    Jake Workman – Big Mon When I turned on this video and first heard the click (which I’m guessing is about 180) I thought- wow, this guy is gonna blow a vein in his head. Well, Jake Workman may have set the “Big Mon” world speed record with this video and, we all know how important that is (Guinness Book of World Records should have a category for this)…. I know a lot of you are gonna think and even […]

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  • Glen Campbell & Carl Jackson: Dueling Banjos

    Here’s Glen Campbell and banjoist Carl Jackson, in what is described as the “Earliest known video of Glen and Carl performing Dueling Banjos- April 1973″ Of course the song itself was the hit from the movie Deliverance which helped the banjo and bluegrass music gain popularity in the mainstream. Although it was a help, lots of bluegrass people and pickers looked down on the song, as it wasn’t exactly  real Bluegrass Music. Nonetheless, it’s movies like Deliverance, Bonnie and Clyde […]

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  • David Grier: Flatpicking Encyclopedia

    David Grier at the Fretboard Journal – “Beaumont Rag” Here’s the write-up at YouTube about this video featuring flatpicking guitarist David Grier: “In early 2013, the always entertaining David Grier stopped by the Fretboard Journal offices to perform a few tunes. Along with some jokes, most of which we couldn’t air, he played this great rendition of “Beaumont Rag.” Grier has played a variety of guitars over the years. In this clip, he’s playing a dreadnought built by Dake Traphagen […]

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  • Sierra Hull: Guitar is her “Second Instrument”

    Sierra Hull: Guitar is her “Second Instrument”

    In this living room video, Sierra Hull is joined by mandolinist Carl Berggren and I believe Sierra’s father on bass, on the bluegrass standard Roanoke. Now if you are not familiar with Sierra, she is very famous in bluegrass for her mandolin playing…. after you are done watching this video, do check this out… She is outrageous. So, this is Sierra on guitar… call it her “second instrument” I’ll tell you this… if you flatpick, just try getting out that first […]

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  • Doc Watson Flatpicks With All Star Lineup

    Doc Watson Flatpicks With All Star Lineup: Big Sandy River, Salt Creek Here’s the list of players on this stage… Ricky Skaggs – Fiddle Bela Fleck – Banjo Tony Trischka – Banjo Sam Bush – Mandolin Pat Flynn – Guitar Doc Watson – Guitar Edgar Meyer – Bass Need I say anything more? Well, I suppose I have to… I’ve come to realize that certain songs are just played by certain players better than others. Take for example the second […]

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  • Betsy Rome, Dan Carlucci, Korey Brodsky: Whiskey Before Breakfast

    Betsy Rome, Dan Carlucci, Korey Brodsky: Whiskey Before Breakfast Here’s a famous bluegrass song written by Norman Blake and performed at a show called “Fabulous Guitar Night” that happened a couple of years ago up in Connecticut featuring the above players. I hope Dan and Korey don’t mind but I’m gonna focus on guitarist Betsy Rome here. Betsy currently plays in a band called “Too Blue” that has really made some waves in this last year or two. Besides playing a […]

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  • Glenda Faye: Orange Blossom Special

    Glenda Faye: Orange Blossom Special I remember my former boss fiddle legend Vassar Clements telling me about Glenda Faye. He said she was a fine flatpicking guitarist that he did some sessions with back in the 80′s. This video which I don’t really consider a video, was definitely worth posting for two reasons… One I got to hear her play of course and two, got to finally hear what Vassar did on this recording. If you haven’t noticed, there’s not […]

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