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Gearing Up: Taylor Guitars, Builder’s Edition 324ce

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Southern California’s songwriter’s companion, Taylor Guitars, is at it again in 2020 with four new models in their popular Builder’s Edition series....

Gearing Up: Fender American Ultra Series Guitars

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Fender has been making guitars that adapt to the evolving player since they opened shop in the ’50s. The continuting innovations that...

Yamaha FGX5 Acoustic Guitar Review

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The original Yamaha FG Red Label series of acoustic guitars were built in the 1960s and revered for their high-end Japanese craftsmanship...

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RG Lowe Premieres Historically Inspired Track, “Sendai, Unknown”

After spending over a decade speaking solely through music alone as part of the instrumental outfit Balmorhea, lyrics provide somewhat of a challenge to RG Lowe. It’s not that he isn’t familiar with them. After all, he...

The Silver State Drops ‘YRUYMI’ After NYC Hiatus

On their new album YRUYMI (pronounced “Why Are You, Why Am I”), The Silver State picks up where they left off with their 2014 album, Outside. Only this time, the three founding members of the band aren’t traveling all...

Positive Grid Invites Musicians to Download Full Version of BIAS FX Mobile for Free

Musicians at home and anyone who wants to create can download  BIAS FX Mobile – and try all of the expansion packs, amps, effects, and features – at no charge for 90 days. Now extended to April...

In Memory of Paul K, “The Greatest Unknown Songwriter of his Generation”

The Singer-Songwriter-Guitarist died March 16 in Kentucky. “I walked into JR’s in Cincinnati one night back in 1986,” wrote Greg Dulli of the Afghan Whigs, “and watched a...

Jo James Wants You to Drop What You’re Doing And “Love Right Now”

Get yourself a man like Jo James.  After the Austin, TX singer-songwriter and guitarist’s wife, Chelsea, suffered from a flare-up of Ulcerative Colitis–a chronic disease that causes painful intestinal inflammation–back in September, he wrote...

Cynthia Brando’s Top Five Songs That Matter

Cynthia Brando might already be familiar to American Songwriter readers, as she's received honorable mentions in our 2017 Lyric Contest, and also in the 2019 Bob Dylan cover song contest. If you're in Los Angeles, you might...

Jenna Andrews Talks Co-Writing, A&R Changes During Covid-19

When Jenna Andrews and BENEE co-wrote “Supalonely” last year with Gus Dapperton and Josh Fountain, they had no idea it would become a bonafide social distancing banger with its own TikTok dance. But that’s exactly what’s happened...

Fender Offers 3 Months of Guitar Lessons Free on Fender Play App!

Stuck inside against your will these days? Staring at that guitar and thinking ‘hey, now I have the time to really learn how to play it?’ Well our friends at Fender are offering new users a free 3 month subscription...

Lesley Barth Releases First Single, “Woman Looking Back at Me” from ‘Big Time Baby’

Hailing from Philadelphia, New York-based indie-folk artist, Lesley Barth, released the introductory single “Woman Looking Back at Me” for her sophomore album, Big Time Baby. The soul-stirring second record will release on May 15. 

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Down On The Beach, the Sandman Sleeps: Sweet Dreams, John Prine

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John Prine stepped over the monitor at the Carefree Theater on Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach, looked down, winked, said, “Hi, Holly!” and...