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Randy Woods Guitars Announces Larrivee Guitar Giveaway

Larrivee Guitar GiveawayBloomington, Ga. (August 12, 2016) -- Randy Woods Guitars is proud to announce they are giving away a brand new Larrivee Model D-02 Guitar valued at $1500. To enter the contest, please visit randywoodmusic.com to fill out an entry form and catch the next live streaming concert from Randy’s Pickin’ Parlor on August 12 with at 8:00 pm Eastern with ClayBank. Other upcoming live concerts include: August 27 - Alan Bibey & Grasstowne; September 9 - Tim & Myles Thompson; and September 16 - Roy Book Binder. Entries will be accepted until midnight October 7. The drawing will take place during Trinity River Band’s concert on October 8, 2016 when the winner will be announced.

Jeff Autry Becomes Newest “Cotten-Picker”

Gary Cotten and Jeff AutryGary Cotten, self-taught, Master Luthier from Grayson, Kentucky has handcrafted hundreds of beautiful, full, rich sounding guitars since his start many years ago. He carefully selects the musicians that he would like to own and play one of his instruments before handing over a guitar. Jeff Autry is one of the chosen few.

Martin Guitar Expands its Popular Junior Series

The DreadnoughtNazareth, PA -- C.F. Martin & Co. ® debuts a new Junior Series model, the D Jr. 2 Sapele, crafted with sapele top, back and sides, at the upcoming 2016 Summer NAMM Trade Show. First introduced at 2015 Winter NAMM, the D Jr. E (also available without electronics) https://www.martinguitar.com/guitars/junior/ has quickly become a favorite amongst guitar enthusiasts and popular singer/songwriters. The new D Jr. 2 Sapele will be available without electronics and the D Jr. 2E Sapele will come equipped with Fishman Sonitone electronics.

Josh Williams' "Modern Day Man" Due March 25th

Modern Day ManFor his first album in more than 6 years, singer and three-time IBMA Guitarist of the Year Josh Williams has returned with a powerful story to tell. Recorded at Nashville’s famed Hilltop Studios with the bluegrass Dream Team of producer J.D. Crowe and engineer Steve Chandler, Modern Day Man is partly a tribute to his idols Keith Whitley and Tony Rice, and the groundbreaking 1970s editions of Crowe’s New South that launched both men.

Martin Guitar's Premiere Ambassador Program Expands with Artists

Martin Ambassadors Class of 2016Nazareth, PA -- C.F. Martin & Co.® is continuing to add to their official Martin Guitar Ambassador program with today's hottest artists including Grammy nominee Elle King, Sam Hunt, Anderson East, Father John Misty, Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, Flo Morrissey, Brett Dennen, and Megan Rapinoe. These musicians join the family of Martin Ambassadors who comprise a venerable group of career artists that love and proudly represent the Martin Guitar brand known worldwide for 183 years of premiere craftsmanship and guitar innovation.

Martin Guitar Proudly Presents The Dreadnought Junior

Martin Dreadnought JuniorNazareth, PA/ -- Martin Guitar's Dreadnought Junior, which first debuted at the 2015 Winter NAMM Trade Show, is the perfect model to add to the Martin Guitar family of acoustic guitars. The Dreadnought Junior is a solid wood guitar, ideal for any guitar enthusiast looking for Martin Guitar's unparalleled artistry and undeniable acoustic tone at an affordable price.

Eastman Guitars Endorses Singer-Songwriter Dave Adkins

Dave Adkins and Eastman GuitarsPomona, CA -- Eastman Handcrafted Guitars and Mandolins is proud to announce their endorsement of Singer-Songwriter Dave Adkins. “We are thrilled to welcome Dave Adkins into the Eastman family,” said Artist Relations Manager Tim Finch. “We couldn’t be happier to have him on board and are very excited about his upcoming album release and tour.”

Martin Guitars Celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the Iconic Martin Dreadnought

100th Anniversary of the Iconic Martin DreadnoughtNazareth, PA -- Martin Guitar (www.martinguitar.com) will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of their iconic Dreadnought model (1916-2016), known worldwide as the most copied body size in the world. To launch the year-long celebration, Martin Guitar will unveil two distinctive limited edition models during the 2016 Winter NAMM Trade show in Anaheim, CA: the D-222 Anniversary Edition and D-28 John Lennon 75th Anniversary Edition. The two limited edition models pay homage to the highly influential instrument which shaped the sound of American music.

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder Welcome Newest Member Jake Workman

Jake WorkmanRicky Skaggs is proud to introduce Jake Workman, the newest member of his band, Kentucky Thunder. Jake is replacing guitar virtuoso Cody Kilby, who was with Kentucky Thunder since 2001, picking up many awards and accolades during his tenure with the band as lead guitarist.

The Travelin' McCourys Acquire Guitarist Cody Kilby

Cody KilbyAcclaimed band, The Travelin’ McCourys have started a new chapter in their book with the announcement that their guitar chair will be permanently filled by long-time friend and fan favorite, Cody Kilby. It’s a fitting call, given that Kilby — a veteran of the national bluegrass scene since appearing on the IBMA Awards Show in 1993 as a member of the Bluegrass Youth All-Stars with fellow teenagers like Chris Thile — was the guitarist on the Travelin’ McCourys debut appearance at the Wintergrass festival. Since then, a distinguished and varied group of guests have toured with the McCourys— the list ranges from bluegrass stalwarts like Jeff White and Ronnie Bowman to edgier pals like Keller Williams, The Infamous Stringdusters' Andy Falco, and String Cheese Incident’s Billy Nershi — with Kilby enjoying the role of most frequent. Prior to today’s announcement, Kilby spent 14 years as a member of Ricky Skaggs’ award-winning Kentucky Thunder and as a sought-after studio player, most recently on Beck’s Grammy winner, Morning Phase.

Martin Guitar Introduces Two New D-35 Models at 2015 Summer NAMM

Martin HD-35 CFM IV 60tNazareth, PA -- NAMM, Booth 902 -- C. F. Martin & Co. continues to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the iconic Martin D-35 model with two commemorative limited-edition D-35 models at the 2015 Summer NAMM show in Nashville July 9th through July 11th. The limited edition D12-35 50th Anniversary model and the HD-35 FM IV 60th will be among six other models showcased.

The Ellnora Guitar Festival Unveils 2015 Artist Lineup

Punch BrothersUrbana, IL -- On September 10, 11, and 12, 2015, a stunning display of the world’s most remarkable and significant guitarists will gather for the sixth installment of ELLNORA - The Guitar Festival, presented by Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Situated in a vibrant micro-urban setting, the internationally recognized, biennial event features, “a prodigious array of the world’s most distinctive and influential guitarists” (Premier Guitar) from around the globe, including for 2015 artists rooted in Mali, Australia, China, Spain, Palestine, India, Mexico, and from throughout the United States. 2015 performing artists include Punch Brothers, Bela and Abigail Fleck, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage and outstanding artists from almost all genres. This is the festival of the guitar.

Tim Stafford Wins SPBGMA Award - Blue Highway to Perform National Anthem

Tim StaffordNashville, TN -- Blue Highway's Tim Stafford was named Guitar Player of the Year at the 41st Annual SPBGMA Awards held at the Sheraton Music City Hotel on Sunday night in Nashville. The award marks two Guitar Player of the Year honors for Stafford and a total of six cumulative SPBGMA honors for Blue Highway. The honor comes on the heels of Stafford earning the 2014 IBMA Songwriter of the Year Award last October in Raleigh.

Martin To Unveil Limited Edition D-35 Brazilian 50th Anniversary Guitar

Martin Limited Edition D-35 Brazilian 50th Anniversary GuitarNazareth, PA -- C. F. Martin & Co. (www.martinguitar.com) is celebrating 50 years of their legendary D-35 Dreadnought with a very special model to debut at the 2015 Winter NAMM Trade Show – D-35 Brazilian 50thAnniversary Limited Edition. The innovative D-35 was first created by C.F. Martin & Co. in 1965 and has gone on to be one of the most popular and replicated models of our time. With no more than 100 created, the D-35 Brazilian 50th Anniversary Limited Edition model is constructed with Madagascar rosewood sides and back wings, a Brazilian rosewood back center wedge and headplate, FSC certified European spruce top, ¼" non- scalloped X bracing, and ivoroid bindings.

Bluegrass Guitarist James Alan Shelton, 53, has Passed Away

James Alan SheltonOne of bluegrass music's favorite guitar legends, James Alan Shelton, has passed away. Best known for his work with Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, Shelton's melodic guitar style was instantly identifiable and unique. He died while at Holston Valley Hospital in Kingsport, Tennessee where he was fighting the cancer within him.

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