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Dan Miller's Blog – May 2008 Archive (16)

Kessinger, Shafer, and Cosgrove Show

Last night Robin Kessinger, Robert Shafer, and Mark Cosgrove performed at the Peaceful Bend Americana Music Festival. The concert was filmed for an upcoming Flatpicking Guitar Magazine and FGM Records concert DVD release. The audience was treated to two shows of fabulous flatpicking music. Click Here to see photos from all performances at Peaceful Bend.

Robin, Robert and Mark are all Winfield National Flatpicking Guitar… Continue

Added by Dan Miller on May 16, 2008 at 9:00am — No Comments

Peaceful Bend Americana Music Festival

I'm on the road headed toward Missouri and the Peaceful Bend Americana Music Festival! I've started a new group on the network for this festival and I'll be posting news and photos all weekend. Robert Shafer, David Grier, Robin Kessinger, and Mark Cosgrove are already there and warming up for a great weekend of flatpicking. Other flatpickers who will be performing include Wyatt Rice, Robert Bowlin, Russ… Continue

Added by Dan Miller on May 14, 2008 at 8:08am — No Comments

Robert Bowlin's "Six String Soliloquy" now Available on iTunes

Robert Bowlin's phenomenal solo guitar CD,

Six String Soliloquy, is now available for download on iTunes. Simply go to iTunes and search on Robert's name to find the CD.

Flatpicking Guitar Magazine reviewed a pre-release copy of this CD in Volume 11, Number 4. Since then Robert has gone back in the studio to re-record… Continue

Added by Dan Miller on May 10, 2008 at 12:23am — 1 Comment

Primal Twang hosted by Dan Crary

In September 2006 San Diego hosted the world premiere of

Primal Twang: The Legacy of the Guitar — the first definitive theatrical journey through the guitar’s colorful and surprisingly controversial 3500-year history. The story of the “instrument of the gods” was told through a combination of onstage narration, video projections of rare historical footage and electrifying live performances by world music legend,

Dan… Continue

Added by Dan Miller on May 9, 2008 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

New DVD: Get To Know Your Acoustic Guitar with Marty Lanham

AcuTab Publications has released

Get To Know Your Acoustic Guitar by noted guitar builder and repair specialist Marty Lanham of The Nashville Guitar Company. In this DVD Marty gives an inside look at the flattop, steel string guitar. Learn how the guitar creates its sound, and what each component contributes to the tone - plus what you need to know about common repair and maintenance of your guitar. 2 hour DVD.… Continue

Added by Dan Miller on May 9, 2008 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

Tim May Teaching at Summer Camps

Flatpicker, and multi-instrumentalist, Tim May will be teaching a several summer camps this year. Those who would like to study flatpicking guitar with Tim can take classes from him at the Colorado Roots Music Camp in 1-7 June, at Camp Bluegrass, and at South Plains College in Levelland, TX, 20-28 July. Tim will also be teaching mandolin at the… Continue

Added by Dan Miller on May 9, 2008 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Composite Acoustic to release Tim Stafford Model

Composite Acoustic Guitars gave Tim Stafford a prototype for a new signature guitar they're planning to release at Summer NAMM in Nashville. Tim said, "CA, as the Company is known, has revolutionized the carbon fiber composite guitar, building instruments that are comparable to new top-end wood guitars." The Tim Stafford model has an enlarged soundhole and new bracing pattern and will have a few extra goodies when it hits the market in June. (…


Added by Dan Miller on May 7, 2008 at 9:23pm — No Comments

New Performance & Teaching Venue near Nashville

Flatpicker Tim May and his fiddle-playing wife Gretchen Priest-May have recently opened a very nice instruction and performance venue in Pegram, Tennessee called the Fiddle & Pick. This venue, at 456 Highway 70 in Pegram, is located in a 100+ year-old newly-restored building, and is also the home of the Musical Heritage Center of Middle Tennessee . Founded by music educator and Pegram resident Gretchen Priest-May, it is a place where people old… Continue

Added by Dan Miller on May 7, 2008 at 11:39am — No Comments

Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, May/June 2008

The May/June 2008 issue of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine (

Volume 12, Number 4) is now available. This issue features Dudley Murphy on the cover and also includes articles about Florida native Mickey Abraham and Steve Alexander of Vancouver, Canada. Our regular cast of columnists also all contribute their always informative articles. As always,… Continue

Added by Dan Miller on May 6, 2008 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Win a Gallagher Guitar!

The Gallagher Guitar Company is hosting the Watrace Music Fest on the 30th and 31st of May, which also includes a guitar contest. The contest will be held in the Walking Horse Hotel Music Hall in Wartrace. The music hall seats 150 people. The competition is limited to 30 contestants. Pre-registration begins March 1, 2008.… Continue

Added by Dan Miller on May 6, 2008 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Orrin Star in California and Nevada

Flatpicking Guitar Magazine columnist Orrin Star will be touring California in May, conducting both mandolin and guitar workshops (both lead and rhythm workshops) and performing. He starts in Sacrmento on the 15th of May and ends the run in Corte Madera on the 24th, hitting Reno, Burlingame, Berkeley, and Palo Alto in-between. To check out all of the dates, visit Orrin's schedule page on Orrin's website.

Added by Dan Miller on May 6, 2008 at 12:33pm — No Comments

Russ Barenberg Workshops

Russ Barenberg will be teaching workshops at several places throughout the summer. He will be a featured instructor at Steve Kaufman's Acoustic Kamp in Maryville, TN in June. He will be teaching in Nashville in early July as part of the National Guitar Workshop. He will be teaching at the Rocky Grass Academy in Lyons, CO, later in July. And he will be… Continue

Added by Dan Miller on May 6, 2008 at 12:23pm — 1 Comment

New Cody Kilby CD

Cody Kilby, lead guitar player for Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, has just released a new solo CD titled "

Many Roads Traveled". "Many Roads Traveled" is an incredible musical journey featuring many Grammy-winning artists and musicians such as Bruce Hornsby, Ricky Skaggs, Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas, Darin Vincent & Jamie Daily, Andy Leftwhich, Barry Bales, Stuart Duncan, Adam Steffey, Rhonda Vincent, Sally Jones, Sharon White… Continue

Added by Dan Miller on May 5, 2008 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Merlefest 2008 Flatpicking Contest

Congratulations to the 2008 Merlefest Contest winners. This year's guitar contest was won by Seth Taylor. Seth, from Bryson City, North Carolina, is one of those youngsters who has been burning up the contest circuit with both the guitar and banjo during the past few years (for more information about Seth, visit www.sethtaylor.net).

In this year's contest Tyler Grant came in second place, and Buddy Dunlap placed third.…


Added by Dan Miller on May 4, 2008 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Jim Nunally Releases New Rhythm DVD

Our good friend Jim Nunally, is one of the finest bluegrass guitar players in the business (currently performing with John Reischman and the Jaybirds, the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, and Due West). Jim has just released a new rhythm guitar instructional DVD titled Jim Nunally: The Art of Rhythm Guitar Strums.

Added by Dan Miller on May 4, 2008 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Merlefest 2008

Flatpicking Guitar Magazine had the vendor booth set up at the 2008 Merlefest event in Wilkesboro, North Carolina during the 24th through the 27th of April. Check out the photos taken by Flatpicking Guitar Magazine editor Dan Miller. Thanks to everyone who stopped by the booth to say "hello"!

Added by Dan Miller on May 3, 2008 at 10:21pm — No Comments

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