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Spring has hit Northern California in full force, which makes for perfect acoustic-music listening (and playing, of course). I’ve had the good fortune of finding a host of new records to upload to my iPod, so I’ve been trying to get outside as much as possible for some good hiking and listening. Top of my list has been Paleface’s The Show Is on the Road, a gritty and at times raucous anti-folk record by an artist whom Beck once cited as a big influence . . . and the Great Lake Swimmers have returned with Lost Channels, a dreamy offering with touches of pedal steel and mandolin. Perfect for that quiet Sunday morning . . . Gurf Morlix has resurfaced with Last Exit to Happyland, a moving and expertly written set of songs from Lucinda Williams’s former guitar player. Look for a review in the June issue of Acoustic Guitar . . . and finally, I have quite a few albums that I haven’t had a chance to check out, but you can bet that Steve Earle’s new record of Townes Van Zandt covers, as well as Todd Snider’s The Excitement Plan will be in heavy rotation—as will a pair of George Jones classics, A Picture of Me and Nothing Ever Hurt Me (Half As Bad As Losing You), which have been re-released on one disc by American Beat Records. Look for reviews of many of these new releases in the pages of Acoustic Guitar or in our monthly newsletter, Acoustic Guitar Notes: Reviews and Players Edition. Happy listening!

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