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  • Dan Hicks And His Hot Licks: A Laughing Matter?

    Remember Dan Hicks and his Hot Lick Band? Here’s a video from 1972 that features two songs ”By Hook or by Crook” and “Shorty Falls in Love.” I didn’t read below the view screen and started to hear laughing. I was trying to figure out what was so funny. I thought, that fiddle player may be making the audience laugh with some comedy double stops or, the women’s dance steps tickled the audience. I thought… maybe Dan himself was making the […]

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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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  • Ed Littman: “I Should Care”

    Here’s guitarist Ed Littman with a jazz standard called “I Should Care.” Ed has been a professional guitarist for many years and has taught many students along the way. He’s made a bunch of YouTube videos and even has his own channel.  At first I didn’t recognize Ed but, after I read his bio I was convinced that I did indeed meet him somewhere in the past,  perhaps at a concert or a club venue. Biography: “Ed Littman was born in […]

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  • Kelly Valleau Fingerpicks Lithium By Nirvana

    Here’s a new song by fingerstyle guitarist Kelley Valleau that was posted on YouTube just a couple of weeks ago. It’s the song “Lithium” originally released  by Nirvana back in 1991… you know, the band with Kurt Cobain out of Seattle.  Kurt actually wrote this song. I first heard of  Kelly Valleau from watching his CandyRat Records video . Nice to see a new vid by this great guitarist! The setting is most likely Kelly’s studio. He’s getting a great sound out […]

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  • João Luiz and Douglas Lora – Brasil Guitar Duo

    Here’s a video of a very talented Brasil Guitar Duo-  João Luiz and  Douglas Lora. It’s a full length concert and features Joao Luis’s arrangement from the writings of Johann Sebastian Bach. Now I haven’t had time to watch this whole thing, but from the little I have seen, this is just a wonderful performance that I’m going to set aside and watch with my wife along with a bottle of wine. Now this concert is not totally classical, it’s got […]

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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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  • Dave Grissman and Friends Bring Django Reinhardt Back To Life

    The YouTube description says that this recording session took place  in someone’s living room. Sounds awesome, doesn’t it? Well, this is proof that you don’t need to have a great room to make a great recording as the musicians which include Dave Grissman, Robin Nolan, Frank Vignola and  Michael Papillo make all the magic happen. Now it certainly helps to have a guy like David Grisman along, as he’s one of the greats that knows how to record. I’ve personally learned a lot from […]

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  • Earl Scruggs: Gang Of Banjos

    First, this is not an acoustic guitar video (obvious). So why am I posting this? Well, this is perhaps one of the most “interesting” group displays of banjo that I have ever witnessed on stage, packed with an all star cast of players. It took place at The Camp Springs Bluegrass Festival in 1971. So, I’m not going to say much and just keep it all to myself…. You can however, say whatever you want of course… Can you name […]

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  • Chet Atkins & Mark Knopfler: A Great Match

    This from YouTube: “Mark Knopfler and Chet Atkins play “I’ll see you in my dreams” and “Imagine” live at Secret Policeman’s Third Ball 1987.”  link This is an enjoyable video in that Mark Knopfler and Chet Atkins both have that easy going feel to their playing. Yea, hot licks and stuff, but they’re playing music and not trying to blow the other one away. In Mark’s case, a lot of it has to do with the respect he obviously has […]

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  • Tony Rice & Norman Blake- Playin, and Singin’

    Here’s one for all you flatpicking fans Norman Blake and Tony Rice with the “New River Train” This video was uploaded in 2008 but rest assured, this is a lot earlier than that. I’m guessing early 80, maybe even the late 70′s? (help me out here folks). Well, it’s been some time since Tony sang… and even though he’s done so many shows with various artists just on guitar, this video really brings back all the good memories of just […]

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  • Justo Fernández: Flamenco on Full Blast

    Here’s some pretty fantastic flamenco guitar by Justo Fernández, also known as “El Tuto” on “Full Blast” with the clapping and dancing and all the energy.  This is a fun video to watch for sure! Unfortunately the YouTube description gives absolutely no information on Justo Fernandez… Found this short bio at http://www.tablaocordobes.com/artistas/articulo/en/1/81 “El Tuto is part of a artistic family; his father, Justo Fernández, is also a guitar player and his uncle is Juanele. Even beeing as young as he is, he´s already worked  with important […]

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  • Vince Serrioz- “Kiva Dance” From His CD “Years With No Tears”

    Fingerstyle guitarist Vince Serrioz wrote into our facebook site and posted this video of a song entitled “Kiva Dance” which is also featured on his latest CD entitled “Years With No Tears.” Vince doesn’t play in the new style that has all the fancy harmonics, tapping and percussion on the guitar. This is just strait ahead fingerpicking and done very well. And you know what? It’s refreshing! Now I’ve been talking to a few of my friends who agree that […]

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  • Jonathan Lane: A Moments Notice

    Guitarist Jonathan Lane just released this new video and also did a very cool thing.. He started a percussive guitar site that features all sorts of great guitarists in the style. You can check it out at https://www.facebook.com/PercussiveAcousticGuitar Thanks Jonathan for the great music – A Moments Notice is a cool song! Here’s Jonathan’s bio in case you missed it here on earlier posts. Jonathan Lane started banging on his first instrument in Western Mass, U.S.,when he got his first […]

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  • Corky Siegel and Jim Schwall: Never before released

    Remember the Siegel Schwall band? For those of you that don’t know, here’s a write up about them: “Corky Siegel and Jim Schwall met each other when both were music students atRoosevelt University. Siegel, originally a saxophonist, was interested in blues, while Schwall’s background was mostly in country music. They combined these two genres, producing a lighter sounding blues as compared to Butterfield Blues Band or John Mayall. The Siegel–Schwall Band included Shelly Plotkin on drums and Rollo Radford on bass. Radford had previously played with Martha […]

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  • Smokin’ Joe Robinson – Tommy Emmanual’s Protegee’

    If you close your eyes and listen to Smokin’ Joe Robinson, you might think that it’s Tommy Emmanuel. Well, it’s not, it’s his protegee’ Smokin’ Joe Robinson. We’ve featured Smokin’ Joe and Tommy here together at Acoustic Guitar Videos, and the response was extraordinary. This particular song is called Midnight In Nashville which is an original composition of his. Check out some of his harmonic work on this song- he’s so smooth and his timing is just so solid. “Smokin’ […]

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  • Evan Graham – Stratospheric

    Here’s Evan Graham with a video of one of his latest compositions entitled ‘Stratospheric.” He says that he had “no outside help for the audio/video this time.” Well, I think Evan did a marvelous job on both ends of the recording- but what’s really impressive is his performance…. first rate. And the arrangement- “Stratospheric” is an excellent memorable composition. I did some digging around and found out that Evan (who originally hails from Dundee, Scotland) has been writing and arraigning for acoustic guitar […]

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  • Tommy Emmanuel- Playin’ the Blues

    If you go on YouTube and check out Tommy Emmanuel, you will see that there’s probably hundreds of videos on him, all with a lot of views. You may ask why and the answer is simple- He is perhaps the best all around guitarist on the planet today. Now I know that statement is arguable, and I know many of you reading here are gonna say that there’s other people that you prefer. But I did say “all around” and […]

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  • David Gilmour: Wish You Were Here Acoustic

    David Gilmour: Wish You Were Here Acoustic

    Here’s David Gilmore with “Wish You Were Here- Acoustic… The video describes this as being live and unplugged. But if you have seen some of the videos here at Acoustic Guitar Videos, you probably have read that I have a little bit of an issue with the term “unplugged,” if the acoustics are indeed plugged in. Unplugged would be playing without plugging in (obvious) or through a microphone. Nonetheless, this is an enjoyable video for you Pink Floyd fans that […]

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  • Bill Monroe & Doc Watson Duet – Rare Video

    This is a video that was shot at the Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival , Salem County Fairgrounds, NJ back in 1990 when Doc Watson and Bill Monroe were still alive and kickin’ here on this earth. (and who said that New Jersey wasn’t hillbilly country!). This combination of Doc and Bill is rare like the title says- I certainly have never seen both Bill and Doc together on the same stage let alone a duet. You might ask the reason why […]

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  • Tommy Emmanuel/Joe Robinson: Lethal Combination

    Australia’s Got Talent… No not the TV show, Tommy Emmanuel and Joe Robinson! Tommy Emmanuel, whose has more guitar videos posted of him on YouTube than just about anyone, seems the popular vote as the world’s undisputed heavyweight champion of the acoustic guitar. In this video and keeping right up on the Classical Gas is Tommy’s protege Joe Robinson, who Wiki say’s “At the age of 11, Joe began touring with different Australian artists, including Tommy Emmanuel whom Joe considers his mentor.” […]

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  • Doc Watson, Dan Crary, Tony Rice, Steve Kaufman and Jack Lawrence

    Here’s Doc Watson, Dan Crary, Tony Rice, Steve Kaufman and Jack Lawrence with the”Ragtime Annie” and “Blue Ridge Mountain Blues.” From the DVD “Doc’s Guitar Jam.” More info at http://www.guitarvideos.com/products/vestapol-dvds/docs-guitar-jam

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  • Parker Millsap – Star In The Making?

    Here’s Parker Millsap performing an original entitled “Palisade” at Breathing Rhythm Studio. Now I guess you got to be wondering… How do I find videos like this? Well, read the following from Sam Berry, who posted this personal note to me over at facebook.com/acousticguitarvideos. “I think you may like this kid. His names Parker Milsap . He’s from around Oklahoma City area. I met him at a festival last year when he was get this 15 . So yep he’s […]

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  • Wim Den Herder – Working Himself To Death

    Special thanks go to Jim Weaver, who was able to locate this live video by Dutch guitarist extraordinaire Wim Den Herder. This song is titled Karoshi, which in Japanese means “working yourself to death due to overwork.” Appropriate title as I would have to work myself to death trying to learn a piece like Karoshi. I translated the following from his site: “Wim den Herder has two strengths. He is a talented guitarist and a driven entrepreneur. Already at the age of […]

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  • John James – 12th Street Rag

    by Jim Weaver “My late father was a Spike Jones fan. Here is one of Spike Jones’s hits played on an acoustic guitar through a single mic. According to John James, known as JJ, he transcribed this directly from the old timey sheet music.” “JJ playing a Fylde Oberon Custom. 12 St.Rag was a big hit for jazz bands such as Pee Wee Hunt & Spike Jones ! but this version is from the original piano sheet music. JJ first recorded […]

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  • Gareth Pearson – Moon-walking On The Guitar

    Here’s guitarist Gareth Pearson performing Michael Jackson’s hit “Billie Jean.” (remember Jackson’s moonwalk? Gareth is so fluid, it’s like he’s moon-walking on the guitar!) Now it’s obvious that Gareth is one awesome guitarist… but it’s his sense of style and attention to detail that make this a truly special performance. Okay, I could keep going on and on as to how great this is but, I’m going to go off on a tangent here and talk about Gareth’s record label… I […]

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  • Estas Tonne – “Tonne” And Good Looks Go A Long Way

    Estas Tonne – “Tonne” And Good Looks Go A Long Way

    Estas Tonne has the sound, the technique, the style, the “tonne” and the looks and a large street audience totally locked in to what he’s doing. After watching this video I couldn’t help but think- what if this guy were a fat, balding old guy. … would he be able to captivate this street audience this well if that were the case? We’ve featured a lot of “street guitar” videos here and I have to say, this perhaps has the most […]

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  • Jean Bosco Mwenda – Masanga

    Jean Bosco Mwenda – Masanga

    By Jim Weaver “Jean Bosco Mwenda, also known as Mwenda wa Bayake was born in 1930 in the Congo and died in an auto accident in Zambia in 1990. The song Masanga was written around 1952. There are three YouTube videos of Jean Bosco, one of which shows him playing another of his compositions. I believe this track is from a 1994 record issued in South Africa. My first knowledge of this song was in 1963 when I ran across the […]

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  • Erik Mongrain: Lap Tap Insanity

    We’ve featured Erik Mongrain here before. The reason is obvious… This guy is SMOKIN! This new style of lap tap guitar that uses no picks and no single string picking to me is more reminiscent of playing a piano than a guitar. I will say that after watching this video, it’s debatable as to anyone doing it better than Erik. Here’s some info that you may enjoy: “In 2007, Mongrain went on a tour around the world, particularly in Europe, […]

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