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  • Bryan Sutton: Live “Log Jam”

    Bryan Sutton: Live “Log Jam”

    The popularity of Bluegrass Music has been on the rise the last several years. You would think that for this small but loyal community of pickers/musicians/ purists this would be a good thing? Well for many Bluegrassers, this type of music that is gained popularity is not even Bluegrass.. Bryan Sutton’s “Log Jam” is a perfect example of a newer type of bluegrass that is crossover and not an art form that a lot of purist want to acknowledge as […]

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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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  • Sierra Hull Joins Ricky Scaggs

    Sierra Hull Joins Ricky Scaggs

    This was taken from a live show that took place in  Nashville Tennessee on July 1, 2010 featuring the song Rawhide. Yea, I know this mostly features  Sierra Hull with the Ricky Scaggs band Kentucky Thunder, but check out Cody Kilby’s guitar break (right after Sierra’s mando break). Great  (from everyone in the band of course) but let’s talk a little about the guitar break. I still think that the band could quiet down a little for Cody. I wonder […]

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  • Bela Fleck: Yea, It’s A Banjo

    Bela Fleck: Yea, It’s A Banjo

    The Artist: “Béla Anton Leoš Fleck (born July 10, 1958) is an American banjo player. Widely acknowledged as one of the world’s most innovative and technically proficient banjo players. he is best known for his work with the bands New Grass Revival and Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. Fleck was born in New York City, and is named after Hungarian composer Béla Bartók, Austrian composer Anton Webern and Czech composer Leoš Janáček. He was drawn to the banjo when he […]

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  • Allison Krauss and Union Station: Bluegrass At It’s Best

    Allison Krauss and Union Station: Bluegrass At It’s Best

    Over the years, we’ve all come to appreciate the talents of Allison Krauss and Union Station as one of the premiere bluegrass acts in the business. In this vid, The “Cluck Ole Hen” perhaps never sounded as good, with one stellar break from these all star players after another. Talk about a first rate performance. Some bands would just play through an old song like this but, not Allison. This is first rate- bluegrass at it’s finest! Okay….. Okay…. Okay….. […]

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  • Hayseed Dixie: Bluegrass Band Performs Bohemian Rhapsody

    Hayseed Dixie: Bluegrass Band Performs Bohemian Rhapsody

     The Bohemian Rhapsody (by Queen) is definitely one of the most popular rock pop songs that is considered an Anthem of sorts. Now here’s a rendition of the song done Bluegrass style that my pal Fed Robbins found and turned me on to. Besides all of the comedic value, the performance here is very good as well… Apparantly a lot of people thought so too- over a million views on YouTube. “Formed in 2001 with the release of their first […]

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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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  • Jerry Douglas, Russ Barenberg, Aly Bain,Tod Parks: St Anne’s Reel

    Jerry Douglas, Russ Barenberg, Aly Bain,Tod Parks: St Anne’s Reel

    By Jim Weaver: This video, which appears to be from the early to mid-1990′s is a cross-over bluegrass/celtic song.  A young Jerry Douglas shines, but so does Aly Bain, Tod Parks and Russ Barenberg. “Russ Barenberg began playing guitar at age 13, taking lessons from Alan Miller, whose brother John Miller Barenberg would later play with. His style was heavily influenced by the flatpickingtechnique of Clarence White. He attended Cornell University and met Pete Wernick there in 1968. Together they joined to form Country Cooking, who released […]

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  • Taylor & Jessie Baker: Soldier’s Joy

    Taylor & Jessie Baker: Soldier’s Joy

    A lot has happened since 2008 to these brothers, (the Baker Brothers) who are from Martinsville, Indiana. In this video, Taylor and Jessie Baker, age 15 and 17, playing Soldier’s Joy on mandolins. “Jessie ( known for banjo) and Taylor (mandolin) Baker. Jessie was born in 1991, Taylor in 1993. Began performing in 2002. Mom and dad, Anna and David, perform with the boys on bass and guitar. Have won several band competitions and perform regularly at festivals like Bean Blossom and Ralph […]

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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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  • Sierra Hull and Ryan Holladay – Salt Creek

    Sierra Hull and Ryan Holladay – Salt Creek

    If you’ve been keeping up with Acoustic Guitar Videos you will notice that we just featured more Mark O’Connor recently and posted his Winfield Kansas National Flatpicking Championship performance (hey, mind blowing stuff… suggest you listen if you haven’t heard this yet). One of the things that the video did say was, Mark O’Connor was bluegrass music’s first child prodigy. Well, I don’t know if I agree with that. After all, fiddler Vassar Clements performed on the Grand Ole Opry […]

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  • Jerry & Daughter with Kukuruza

    Jerry & Daughter with Kukuruza

    Im hoping by now most of you know who Jerry Douglas is… right? Well, if not, he’s considered the “Big Gun” in the dobro world with abilities and chops far beyond most.. And in the video is Jerry’s daughter Olivia. Wonder is she’s gonna take up an instrument (or maybe she already has!). But who is Kukuruza? “The group Kukuruza of “Crossing Borders” fame were an early Russian Bluegrass group from Moscow. They came to tour America in the early […]

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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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  • 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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  • Arthur Smith & Don Reno: Give These Pickers the Credit

    Arthur Smith & Don Reno: Give These Pickers the Credit

      Don Reno & Arthur Smith – Feudin Banjos (Dueling Banjos) (1955) Thanks go to Terry Schafer over at our facebook page for shared this video of banjoist Don Reno (3 finger style) and Arthur Smith (tenor banjo). Now you go back to 1955 and you think, how hot were the players back then? Well, just as hot as anyone now. Every generation has their list of hot players, and Don Reno and Arthur Smith definitely qualify amoungst their generation. This as […]

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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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  • 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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  • Glen Campbell and Jerry Reed: Dangerous Duo

    Rocky Top and Banjo Signal What happens when Glen Campbell and Jerry Reed get together? Well, sparks are gonna fly off them guitars. Then add some Larry McNeeley on the banjo, and your in for  a real treat. This video was from Glen Campbell’s “Goodtime Hour,” a show that I used to watch and marvel at when I was a kid. Now part of the reason I think a guy like Glen Campbell didn’t get as much credit on the […]

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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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  • Tony Rice & Ricky Skaggs: Less is More

    Tony Rice & Ricky Skaggs: Less is More

    I thought this was a fitting song to show this Easter Morning, It’s the duo of Ricky Scaggs and Tony Rice with the song “The Soul of Man Never Dies.” In case you don’t know and want to get into this “soulful” style of music a little more, these two bluegrass icons made an album of just duet brother style songs back in 1980 which featured only guitar and mandolin as backup. An example of a brother style duet would […]

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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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  • Steep Canyon Rangers: Natural Disaster

    Steep Canyon Rangers: Natural Disaster

    By Jim Weaver: “Acoustic music is not dead. Here is a video of the Steep Canyon Rangers, who in the words of Jonathan Byrd, a good flat-picking singer-songwriter in his own right, who co-wrote this song – these guys “Worked so hard for their [recent] Grammy” Performed at the Orange Peel in Asheville, NC. ” Nobody Knows You is the Steep Canyon Rangers’ first record for Rounder, though it’s their second if you count their co-billed, 2012 Grammy-nominated Rare Bird […]

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  • Lonesome River Band: Timing, Timing and More Timing

    Back in 1989, I was traveling around and somehow ended up at a party down in southern Virginia. It was at Doobie Shea Studios with Tim Austin, Sammy Shelor and company. I can’t remember if the rest of the band was there. Doobie Shea was their personal studio where they recorded some outrageously great albums. I remember Sammy Shelor taking me into the control room and playing me some individual tracks from some of the songs. He said- “these we’re all […]

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  • Earl Scruggs: Fingerpicks Jimmy Brown the Newsboy

    Everybody knows Earl Scruggs for his banjo, but here’s a song called Jimmy Brown the Newsboy where Earl shows off his super clean fingerpicking guitar style. The Youtube description says that Earl learned a lot about guitar from his friend and neighbor Maybelle Carter. Well, no doubt, but Earl definitely took it to another level. This particular video was a part of a series that Flatt & Scruggs did on the Grand Ole Opry that was sponsored by the flour […]

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  • Tony Rice Jams At A Party

    I don’t know where this takes place or whose house this is. But it’s obviously a party and there’s jamming all over the house. And guess who’s at the party with his guitar? Yea, Tony Rice! I suppose really that Tony would have preferred to not have the camera on while he was just trying to have some fum. Listen to what he says at the end of the video….  

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  • Sleepy Man Banjo Boys on the David Letterman Show

    Who’s your favorite late night host? Well the easy answer for me is David Letterman and I’ll tell you why.. He really appreciates good music and has featured bluegrass on his show…. Tony Trischka, Steve Martin, Bela Fleck and now The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys. These kids are from Lebanon Township, New Jersey, (right in my back yard). They are the Mizzone brothers: Jonny (age 10, banjo), Robbie (13, fiddle) and Tommy (15, guitar). And they’ve already done more than most – besides […]

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  • Alison Krauss (feat. Tony Rice) – Shadows

    We’ve posted a video of “Sawin’ On The Strings” from this same session here at AGV. It got a great response! Here’s another one from this Alison Krauss session called Shadows featuring Tony Rice and an all star cast of players. The music, production, recording, filming, the whole thing is just so well done. I certainly thought you would enjoy this one too. Share with your friends, like this page, and don’t forget to sign up to the Acoustic Guitar […]

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  • Tony Rice: Feedback and Stage Volume

    The flatpicking guitar is by far the most difficult of all the bluegrass instrument to play on stage. The fact is, the banjo, mandolin, fiddle and a dobro are inherently much louder instruments and don’t required nearly the amount of force to project. If you are playing one of these instruments than you need to read this whole article. Besides the volume issue, the guitar’s frequency response is mostly in the lower mids, which is also easily drown out by […]

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