Nora Jane Struthers Live: Presented by Martin Guitar


English-teacher-turned-songwriter Nora Jane Struthers stopped by the American Songwriter office to play her tune “The South,” a dreamy, folky reflection on the meaning of “home”, with her 1961 Martin 000-18.  Struthers’ album Wake dropped earlier this week, which we described as an “immediately comforting” Kathleen Edwards-esque suite of tracks “full of lovely surprises and knockout […]

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Enter the March/April 2015 On My Deathbed Contest


The 000-15M model continues the Martin tradition with a 000-14 fret body size, solid mahogany construction and a rich satin finish.  Satisfy your desire with an affordable solid wood guitar that is visually distinctive and innovative. Want to own one? Simply click the button below and tell us the “ten BLUES albums you’d take to the […]

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Our November/December 2014 Deathbed Winner Explains His Picks


November/December 2014 winner Dan Conway talks about his winning choices for last issue’s Deathbed Contest. Be sure to enter the January/February 2015 contest for your chance to win a Martin D-35 50th Anniversary Guitar and SP Lifespan Acoustic Guitar Strings. Pet Sounds, Beach Boys I was in my 20s and had still never heard Pet Sounds, so I decided to buy […]

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Enter the January/February 2015 On My Deathbed Contest


Rich in its visual beauty as well as its warm and powerful tone, Martin’s D-35 Dreadnought first appeared in 1965 with its distinctive three-piece back, featuring matching outside “wings” and a constrasting center wedge. One of the most replicated body sizes in the world, Martin’s D-35 is prized for its uniquely deep and powerful bass […]

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First Aid Kit Live: Presented by Martin Guitar


Swedish sister act First Aid Kit has made quite a splash in the States. The group is already inspiring other sisterly duos – Lily and Madeleine, for one – to pursue musical careers, and just last month, they headlined Nashville’s famed Ryman auditorium, a show which saw many girls in the audience even dressing like […]

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Enter the November/December 2014 On My Deathbed Contest


The GPC Aura GT comes equipped with Fishman F1 Aura Plus electronics and consists of an East Indian rosewood body with a satin finish and a polished gloss Sitka spruce top featuring a two ring pearl rosette. Added features include a certified African blackwood bridge and fingerboard, with hexagon pearl inlays. The nickel ratio tuners […]

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Enter the September/October 2014 On My Deathbed Contest


A new addition to Martin’s Retro series this year, the 000-18E Retro is the first short-scale (24.9 inches from nut to saddle) guitar in the line. It’s also a sweet-sounding guitar even when not using the revolutionary Fishman technology that makes the Retro series one of the great guitar innovations of this century so far. (Click […]

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Accouncing the Top 5 Finalists for the Secret Road Pub Deal


Presented by Martin Guitar, the 2nd Annual Pub Deal will give away a $20,000 publishing deal with Secret Road Music Publishing.   Judges from Songspace, American Songwriter, Secret Road and Martin Ambassador Amanda Shires all narrowed the Top 25 Finalists down to the Top 5 artists below.  From here, each finalist will participate in an audition process with the Secret Road staff.  Click on the LISTEN button to […]

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Meet the Top 25 Finalist for the Secret Road Pub Deal


For the 2nd Annual Pub Deal, Secret Road Music Publishing, Martin Guitar and Songspace have teamed up to give away a $20,000 publishing deal to one deserving artist. Over the past 75 days we’ve received entries from south Louisiana to Sweden. Our favorite part of the Pub Deal is discovering so many great artists from […]

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Enter the July/August 2014 On My Deathbed Contest

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With electronic imaging contributed from a 1967 vintage D-35 “donor” guitar, the resulting acoustic as well as amplified tone is projective, balanced and resonant. Classic and enhanced D-35 appointments include a three-piece back, black pickguard, and ivoroid bindings and a certified European spruce soundboard with a thin 1/4″ bracing. (Click here to read our review). […]

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Adam Faucett Live: Presented by Martin Guitar


Singer-songwriter Adam Faucett hails from Benton, Arkansas, the same town where Billy Bob Thornton shot the movie Sling Blade in the mid-90s. And much like Thornton’s film, Faucett’s music is very much in the Southern Gothic vein, flowing with tunes about prophets, day drinking and the occasional opossum. Here, Faucett performs the song “Edgar Cayce” on a Martin […]

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