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Here at Acoustic Guitar, the editors have been ramping up for the February 2010 issue, which happens to mark our 20th year as a publication (where has the time gone?). As part of our planning for this milestone, one thought crossed our minds—just think about all the great acoustic music that has been released since our very first issue! That thought has led to some very lively discussions, and it has also reminded us of just how vibrant the acoustic music scene has remained over the past two decades. This music inspired us to pick up a six-string to jam with friends, play gigs, and even record our own albums, and we’re betting that it had a similar effect on you. Where were you when you first heard Alison Krauss and Union Station’s Now That I Found You or Michael Hedges’ Taproot? What about Johnny Cash’s American Recordings series or Steve Earle’s run of outstanding albums? We’ll be writing about the 200 essential recordings from the past 20 years, but first we’d like to hear from you: what music inspired you during that period? I’m all ears.

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Comment by Tim Jardine on October 7, 2009 at 6:33pm
Jack Williams, simply amazing. Watching him on stage it is like his guitar is just a natural part of his being. Pick any of his cds you want.
Comment by Sylvain on October 2, 2009 at 9:38am
David,

I don't know if you heard it but Antoine Dufour just release a new album called Still String. http://www.candyrat.com/artists/AntoineDuFour/StillStrings/

I saw him four time this summer and all his show were amazing. One especially, was an intimate concert (250 people) in a small chruch converted into a music hall.
Comment by David Shade on September 30, 2009 at 4:40pm
Sylvain,

Absolutely Elliot Smith and Antoine Durfour!

David
Comment by Sylvain on September 24, 2009 at 10:22pm
Albums:
Antoine Dufour-Existence - A new legend in the making. This album opened my view on an unknown world of music
Bob Dylan - The Times They Are A-Changin/Another Side of Bob Dylan
Tom Gabel - Heart Burns - it`s a fairly new album but the content and the energy of this album is incredible
Elliot Smith - Elliot Smith great artist who left this world to young
Rev. Gary Davis - the complete early recordings
Comment by David Shade on September 15, 2009 at 5:42pm
Albums: Nebraska - Bruce Springsteen, Skip, Hop and Wobble - Russ Barenberg, Jerry Douglas & Edgar Myer, Naked Pop - Pete Huttlinger, LJ - Laurence Juber, Doc & Dawg - Doc Watson and David Grisman, Newdance - David Starobin.

Songs: Man of Constant Sorrows - John Standefer, Pass the Buck - Laurence Juber, Dune - Bob Evans, I've Got Rhythm & Superstition - Pete Huttlinger, Mombasa - Tommy Emmanuel, Tribes - Preston Reed, Whiter Shade of Pale - Martin Tallstrom

I keep thinking about older stuff. I know I'm forgetting lots of great stuff from the last 20 years - Come on everybody, remind me!

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