Kacy & Clayton Merlefest Wood View

Merlefest 2016: Watch Kacy & Clayton Perform ‘Wood View’

One of the highlights of the ‘Acoustic Guitar Stage’ at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, recently was the Canadian duo Kacy & Clayton, whose electric folk-rock is reminiscent of 1960s British folk bands such as the Fairport Convention. I caught up with the duo at Merlefest, where they played…


Chris Austin songwriting contestants Merlefest 2016

Merlefest 2016: Jim Lauderdale Talks About the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest

Some of Americana’s greatest contemporary songwriters, including Gillian Welch and Tift Merritt, began their careers by winning the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest held each year at Merlefest. Acoustic Guitar is a sponsor of the contest, and I sat down with the contest’s chairperson, Grammy-winning songwriter Jim Lauderdale, on Friday behind the Doc…

Steep Canyon Rangers at Merlefest

Merlefest 2016: Watch Steep Canyon Rangers Perform “Come Dance”

AG caught up with Woody Platt, guitarist and frontman of the Grammy-winning North Carolina bluegrass band the Steep Canyon Rangers on the band’s tour bus at Merlefest 2016. Watch Platt play and talk with me about his beloved Collings guitar and then perform “Come Dance” during the Rangers’ well-attended evening set…

Peter Rowan

Merlefest 2016: DAY ONE

Sunshine, good friends, and bluegrass music. It doesn’t any better than this. Acoustic Guitar senior editor Mark Kemp is at MerleFest 2016 on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. The acts today include John Prine, Peter Rowan, the Steep Canyon Rangers, Alison Brown, and Jim Lauderdale,…


Robbie Fulks on the Acoustic Guitar stage at SXSW

WATCH: Robbie Fulks Performs “Long I Ride” at SXSW

Continuing ‘Robbie Fulks Week’ at Acoustic Guitar, here’s another video performance from the master guitarist and songwriter captured live on the Acoustic Guitar Stage at the Brooklyn Country Cantina this past Saturday, March 19, during SXSW. Here, Fulks and fiddler Shad Cobb perform “Long I Ride,” from Fulks’ 2013 Bloodshot Records album Gone Away Backward. We’re celebrating Fulks…

Acoustic Guitar at SXSW

Acoustic Guitar had a blast at the South By Southwest Music Conference and Festival in Austin, Texas, last week, but we only caught a tiny sliver of the great music that was going on all around town.


Robbie Fulks and Tawny Newsome

WATCH: Tawny Newsome Joins Robbie Fulks on ‘AG’ Stage at SXSW

You may know Tawny Newsome for her comedy work with Second City, or you may know Newsome for her music work with the Mekons’ Jon Langford. This afternoon, at around 2 p.m. Central Time, ace songwriter and guitar wizard Robbie Fulks bought the singer and funnywoman onto Acoustic Guitar‘s stage at…


Folk Alliance: Judy Collins Disses Dylan, Sings ‘Amazing Grace’

By Mark Kemp At the 28th Annual Folk Alliance International on February 17-20, Acoustic Guitar captured the legendary folksinger Judy Collins‘ keynote address on video. Caveat: The picture quality isn’t great–and Collins isn’t playing her signature Martin 12-string–but these excerpts are well worth watching for her wonderful, sometimes hilarious stories about Bob Dylan (whose early performances…