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The Mabes: Branson’s Brothers in Song

Nearly 60 years ago, Bob Mabe and his brothers—Jim, Lyle, and Bill—gathered up a guitar, a Dobro, a washtub bass, and the jawbone of a mule and headed for nearby Branson, then a small town in the lush lake country of the southern Missouri Ozarks. Their first gig was playing…

'American Epic' 5-CD Box Set

Album Review: ‘American Epic’ 5-CD Box Set

The word “epic” has been degraded through overuse in recent years, but here’s a new box set that truly merits that adjective. This is more than just the soundtrack for the brilliant three-part PBS documentary series American Epic—about the rise and spread of American vernacular (or what we now lump…

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Sarah McQuaid Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

The superb British DADGAD guitarist Sarah McQuaid (profiled in the October 2015 issue of AG) was presented with a lifetime achievement award at this year’s popular Ards International Guitar Festival in Northern Ireland (near Belfast), now in its twentieth year. McQuaid is the first female guitarist to win the award,…

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Album Review: Allison Pierce’s ‘Year of the Rabbit’

On her debut solo album after many years of performing and recording with her sister Catherine in the Pierces, Allison Pierce veers sharply from the atmospheric alt-pop of the duo’s 2014 Creation album in favor of a more natural, acoustic guitar–based country sound that, at its best, is somewhat reminiscent…

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Circa74 amplifier from Taylor Guitars photographed with a modern blue-green background
2-in-1 acoustic and vocal amp.
Rich, warm sound. Intuitive controls.
Simply stylish.