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Joe Robinson Embarks On Australian Tour


Australian fingerpicking virtuoso Joe Robinson begins a tour of his native country this week in support of his latest album, Let Me Introduce You.

Initially released in Australia, Robinson’s offering will be available in Europe and the U.S. soon.

For now, you can download the first single, “Out Alive,” via iTunes here.

Robinson is first playing the Woodford Folk Festival from Dec. 27 – Jan. 1, then will end this Australian jaunt Jan. 13-15 at the Thredbo Blues Festival.

For a full list of dates, check Robinson’s official website.

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New Acoustic Video From Portugal. The Man


Since releasing their Atlantic Records debut In the Mountain In the Cloud, Portland-by-way-of-Alaska indie rockers Portugal. The Man have been making waves.

Earlier this month, the band released a live and stripped-down performance of “All Your Light” on their official YouTube channel.

View the video below:

Currently, Portugal. The Man is prepping for a world tour that begins in January.  For a full list of dates and more information, visit the band’s website.

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Nick 13 Drops Debut Music Video


Nick 13 unveiled the first music video off his eponymous debut solo album this week.

Released on Sugar Hill Records, Nick 13 is a solid Americana effort with tales of roadtrips and heartbreak.

In “All Alone,” Nick 13 sings from a vintage TV in a house full of knick-knacks, adding to that Americana spirit.

Watch the video below:

Nick 13 – All Alone from Sugar Hill Records on Vimeo.

For more information and to pick up your copy of Nick 13, visit his official website.

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Premier Guitar Looks At Chet Atkins Exhibit


The latest issue of Premier Guitar takes a look inside the Chet Atkins exhibit that is currently open at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville.

While the Grammy Awards, photos and instruments are all impressive, the magazine calls Atkins’ legendary workbench a highlight.

“It’s full of vacuum tubes, pickups, homemade effects boxes, snapshots, and a soldering iron,” writes Craig Havighurst.  ”It looks like the inveterate tinkerer just stepped out of the room. It’s a microlevel look at an outsized legacy.”

The piece also delves into the collection of Atkins’ guitars on display, including his Gretsch Streamliner 6120 Prototype.

Notes Havighurst:

“This prototype had a carved top and back, in the traditional style. Fred W. Gretsch, current president of the company and great grandson of its founder, says the model quickly took an interesting turn toward a more rigid top and back to offer a more stable mounting for the pickups. ‘Plywood tops and backs with electric guitars made a lot more sense,’ Gretsch says. ‘And we were doing plywood drums and had been doing them since the late ’20s and we had done a lot of refinements in the early ’50s. So we tried out some plywood tops and backs with Chet and he dug the tone. So we migrated to plywood on this model.’

“Introducing the model just as Chet first hit as a recording artist with ‘Mr. Sandman,’ Gretsch couldn’t have timed it better. This guitar inaugurated a 25-year relationship between artist and company.”

Meanwhile, Havighurst recently contributed another piece about Atkins to NPR.

In it, he quotes Country star Steve Wariner, a longtime Atkins friend and protege. Count Wariner among those wowed by the Atkins exhibit, especially the workbench.

“I had goose bumps,” Wariner says. “It’s exactly the way it looked at his house when you walked into his control room.”

Read the full Premier Guitar article here, while NPR’s coverage of the hallowed finger-style guitarist can be found here.

For more information about the Chet Atkins exhibit, which is open until June of 2012, visit the Country Music Hall of Fame’s official website.

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Death Cab For Cutie Soars On Jimmy Kimmel Live!


Death Cab for Cutie has been busy this year touring in support of the band’s latest album, Codes and Keys.

And to close out 2012, DCFC recently stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! to perform two songs from the May release.

Below, Ben Gibbard, Chris Walla and the guys offer live takes of “You Are a Tourist” and “Underneath The Sycamore.”

For more information and a list of 2012 tour dates, check Death Cab for Cutie’s official website.

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