Tony’s Top 20 Fingerpicking & Flatpicking Albums

I’ve made a list of my top 20 favorite acoustic guitar albums. Click the link below to download the PDF with links to all of the albums!

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I remember back when my Dad got back into guitar and when I originally got inspired to pick up the guitar, it was all because the two of us got into a series of deep discussions about music.

He brought me into the basement where his record collection was (and his old guitar that he hadn’t touch in years!)

The rest is history.

Looking back it made me realize that most inspiration to play comes from sharing music with each other and going deep into black holes of new music.

Will you please leave a comment below with your top acoustic albums?

Comments

  1. Greg

    Three jumped out as soon as I saw the list (typed this before even reading your list), they used to play at a bowling alley and a lounge out by the interstate, and still see JD out at the Bluegrass Festival at the Horse Park here in central KY. They were a great “local” bluegrass group, before they took off, wow, those were the days!
    Here’s all three jd, Tony, and Tony,
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Py9ZPX-8CUE

    took me a few years, but now, finely got an old guitar, nothing better to help you forget work, maybe I’ll get good one day, till then it sure is fun!

    1. Mike Milward

      So many great choices…Thanks! Maxwell Hughes, recently of the Lumineers, is a finger picking monster! Check him out.

  2. Bob Brock

    Many great names on the original list plus all the fantastic additions, many of whom I would enthusiastically second. Obviously there could easily be a top 100 or even 200. And with so many styles and genres it’s really hard to hone a list down when it’s so subjective. Thanks for starting this thread.

    My initial thought for a missing artist is a personal fav I’ve seen several times while living in CA. He’s from Maine. His name is Harvey Reid. Website http://www.woodpecker.com/ and I’m listening right now to the 2-disc set “In Person”. A National Fingerpicking champion from 1981, multi-instrumentalist.

    Beyond Harvey, here are ten other personal favs, some of which excel in some very different ways on acoustic guitar:
    Mississippi John Hurt – The Complete Studio Recordings – Today!
    Rev. Gary Davis – the master so, everything…
    Koerner, Ray and Glover – only had 3 albums but all are packed with gems
    Dave Van Ronk – taught Dylan a thing or two – Down In Washington Square – The Smithsonian Folkways Collection
    Charlie Parr – 1922
    Lighting Hopkins – pretty much anything…
    Michael Jerome Brown – Michael Jerome Brown
    Stephan Grossman – How To Play Blues Guitar
    Uncle Tupelo – March 16-20, 1992
    Al Petteway – The Waters and the Wild

  3. Ron Cooper

    Glad to see Gordon Lightfoot is on people’s lists — great musician. I also found a good CD by Pedro Godinho while I was in Lisbon in 2009 — I was walking around Lisbon castle and this guy was playing in the courtyard. His music filled the whole place; I bought the CD before I left. I see Tommy Emmanuel has been mentioned a couple of times. Checkout his acoustic rendition of Sultans of Swing on Youtube with Pedro Javier Gonzalez, and Jorge Jorgensen. Also another Australia guitarist Michael Fix and his album “Lines and Spaces” has some great tracks, the best of which I think is a rendition of Ravel’s Bolero. See him play Bolero on Youtube, and also see the Bach Toccato played on a 12-string. By the way both Tommy Emmanuel and Michael Fix play Australian made Maton guitars, and I had the opportunity to try one while I was in Australia recently. Tried an EM100C Messiah — wonderful piece of kit. You should try one Tony. Thanks for the list.

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    Gary T

    I am going to create a Pandora station for these artists and see how it goes…

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      Gary,

      Excellent idea!!! I bet some more discoveries will be made!!!

      Cheers,
      Tony

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    David S

    I feel as though I have been living in a cave. There are many suggestions listed I have never heard of. I am inspired to print this whole thread and begin my listening quest. Thanks Tony and to everyone who has posted their favorites.

    I really need to stop listening to the radio!

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      David,

      I am really glad you are digging this list. Have fun exploring some of the artists that are new to you πŸ™‚

      Cheers,
      Tony

  6. Heidi H

    Anyone remember or ever heard of The Romeros, (often billed as “The royal family of the Spanish guitar”) I got to hear them LIVE in 1979 from the front row! A father and sons making beautiful music on the most beautiful guitars I’d ever imagined! πŸ˜€ Am delighted that one of those sons is a world-class luthier as well! πŸ˜€
    Only album I have is on vinyl, imported from Europe on the mercury label, and while “nice”, would have been far greater if it ONLY contained those four guitars instead of adding other instruments. πŸ˜€
    I love James Taylor, Gordon Lightfoot, and all those other great acoustic guitar musicians of the era as much as ever, but always room to add more flavors of music, including some of the amazing stuff being written and performed today! πŸ˜€

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      Heidi,

      Great addition and mention of the Romeros. They are now on my list of musicians to check out… it is a long list now πŸ™‚

      Cheers,
      Tony

  7. Jim Martz

    Glad to see Doc mentioned a couple of times – but haven’t seen Merle Travis – or Merle Watson for that matter!
    And just throw out another amazing female – Michelle Shocked…..

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      Jim,

      Great additions!!! I feel as though I may need to revisit this list and extend it to 100 πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing!!!

      Cheers,
      Tony

  8. Chris N

    And I just looked at your list and what did I find , Pizza Tapes !! Great list Tony !!

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      Chris,

      I am glad to hear you found the pizza tapes on there πŸ™‚ I totally agree the noodling and improv are pure gold… what a trio of fellas just hanging around and picking… that album is kind of like being a fly on the wall πŸ™‚ Great album for sure!!!

      Cheers,
      Tony

  9. Chris N

    So I just thumbed throught the comments and I was ever so sad that I did not see any comments on jerry Garcia’s solo acoustic stuff . ( admittedly I have not read your list yet ) but I wanted to see some love for Jerry . My favorite would be Pizza Tapes with David Grisman . The improv and noodling around alone are worth it !

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      Mark,

      I have to check this one out πŸ™‚ Great share!!!

      Cheers,
      Tony

  10. Maurice Condie

    Acoustic Guitar Albums
    Some of these may be unfamiliar to you, but they are worth checking out, honest.
    Martin Simpson, Smoke and Mirrors
    Martin Simpson, Prodigal Son
    Tony McMannus, Makers Mark
    Bert Jansch, Bert Jansch 1965
    Richard Thompson, Acoustic Classics
    Another Penny, Another Penny
    Pentangle, Basket of Light
    Simon & Garfunkel, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme
    Isaac Guillory, Live (1988)
    Clive Gregson and Christine Collister, Home and away
    Karine Polwart, Faultlines
    Karine Polwart, Scribbled in Chalk
    Pierre Bensusan, Musiques
    Jackson Browne, Solo Acoustic
    Elliot Smith, XO
    Jon Strong, Follow Me
    Chris Wood, Trespasser
    Joni Mitchell, Blue
    Jon Boden, Songs From the Floodplain
    James Taylor, Sweet Baby James

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      Maurice,

      What a great list!!! Thank you for sharing all of these with us!!! I definitely have some folks to check out πŸ™‚

      Cheers,
      Tony

    2. Rob O'Connor

      How great! Someone else who’s familiar with Isaac Guillory! Damn, I need to find more of his stuff!

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        Rob,

        And I need to now go listen to some of his stuff πŸ™‚

        Cheers,
        Tony

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    Charles B

    Joe Bonnamassa – – an acoustic evening at the Vienna opera house. It’s been in my truck for months I switch between cd1&2 like his version of the Ballad of John Henry.

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      Charles,

      This album has been mentioned quite a bit here… Now I must check it out!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

      Cheers,
      Tony

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        Charles B

        I’ve been listening to Chris Stapleton lately he has played with the Steel drivers.

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          Charles,

          His solo album is awesome!!! I could listen to that album all day!!!

          Cheers,
          Tony

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        Charles B

        Sarah Jarosz has some good songs/albums pick one.
        Also Raising Appalachia check’m out.
        Big head Tod and the monsters.

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          Charles,

          Great additions here, Sarah Jarosz is an incredibly talented young player…she plays everything… and extremely well πŸ™‚

          Cheers,
          Tony

  12. Douglas

    Hey Tony – check out “acoustic classics” by Richard Thompson
    Also very much recommend
    Kristin Hersh “Hips and Makers” and Sunny Border Blue
    All great!
    Also Seth Lakeman “tales from the barrel house”
    Also – of course Eric Claptons “unplugged”
    All excellent!

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      Douglas,

      Gave me some great stuff to check out!!! Thanks for adding to the list!!!

      Cheers,
      Tony

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      Mel,

      Great share!!! I love the tone that Jackson Browne gets on those old guitars!!!

      Cheers,
      Tony

  13. Mark Seelye

    Certainly a lot of incredible guitar players listed here, but one of the very best is overlooked as usual. Phil Keaggy .

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      Mark,

      A necessary addition, thank you for mentioning Phil!!!

      Cheers,
      Tony

  14. tom

    Ed Gerhard all albums
    Bill Mize”Coastin”
    Billy McLaughlin “Fingerdance”
    Who hasn’t played something off the Eagles greatest Hits??/
    Duane Allman Little Martha”

  15. tom

    McLaughlin “Fingerdance”
    Ed Gerhard “Live Album” and Christmas album
    Bill Mize “Coastin”
    Lawrence Juber multiple albums

    Who hasn’t played with something off the Eagles Greatest Hits ???
    Or Duane Allman’s Little Martha

    It’s a great time to be a guitar player …so much really good stuff out there.

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      Tom,

      Great stuff!!! Thank you for sharing!!! Glad you mentioned Ed Gerhard!!!

      Cheers,
      Tony

  16. Marcus

    My favourite album is by Tommy Emmanuel – It’s Never Too Late
    Another excellent solo album by the genius himself!

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      Marcus,

      Genius indeed!!! Great addition to the list!!!

      Cheers,
      Tony

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    Bruce B

    Joe Bonnamassa Acoustic Night at the Vienna Orchestra Hall (something like that!)
    Joni Mitchell
    James Taylor…you name it, but maybe Mudslide Slim

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      Bruce,

      All great additions!!! Thank you for sharing these… and I must give two thumbs up to mudslide slim… great album!!!

      Cheers,
      Tony

  18. Mike

    Neil Young live at Massey Hall Nick Drake Pink Moon amazing!! So are his other two records The rain song live acoustic version Jimmy Paige and Robert Plant I’ve been playing it nonstop for weeks : ) Original version off Houses of the Holy

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      Mike,

      Love seeing the album Pink Moon as well as the Live at Massey Hall album, all great additions!!! Thank you for sharing!!!

      Cheers,
      Tony

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    Sam L

    I’m so happy to see Gillian on this list! She is truly my personal song writing inspiration, and Dave Rawlings is in a category of his own. I would add their album “Revival” and put Milk Carton Kids ‘Ash and Clay’ on my list. They are truly amazing and flawless players, and watching them play at the Paradise in Boston inspired me to pursue learning how to flatpick! Mind blowing intricacy, smart melodies, sick vocals.

    Also, Nick Drake “Pink Moon”
    Donovan ” a gift from a flower to a garden”
    Robyn Hitchcock “I Often Dream of Trains”
    Peter Bruntnell “Played Out” ( out of print, unfortunately, but any albums that feature the guitar magic wizardry of James Walbourne deserves a listen)

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      Sam,

      The addition of the Milk Carton Kids is a necessary one!!! In that same vane I would like to mention the Honey Dewdrops and Pete and Anne Sibley. Your additions are great!!! Thank you for sharing!!!

      Cheers,
      Tony

  20. Kenneth Wolman

    Leo Kottke, 6 and 12 string guitar
    The Best of John Fahey
    Macyn Taylor–I wish she’d sing less and play a lot more.

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      Kenneth,

      Thank you for adding to the list!!!

      Cheers,
      Tony

  21. Tom Butler

    Led Zepplin III is mostly acoustic. Killer album. Trampled By Turtles “Songs From A Ghost Town”, The Steel Drivers”Steel Drivers Country”.

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      Tom,

      Great additions!!! Love the Steel Driver’s!!! Chris’ voice is incredible!!!

      Cheers,
      Tony

  22. John

    If you are looking to shop for music on line, I recommend: cduniverse.com I have been a customer for over 10 years and have been completely satisfied with their service. If it can be found, this is one of the best places to search for it. Established in 1996, CD Universe is a leading Internet retailer specializing in the sale of domestic and imported music CDs/DVDs etc. They also have movies and video games.

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      John,

      Awesome!!! Thank you for the tip, some of the albums mentioned in this ever growing list may be hard to find, cool resource!!! Thank you for mentioning them!!!

      Cheers,
      Tony

  23. Mark Dinterman

    I am really surprised there are no mentions of America. Homecoming is a classic with Ventura Highway, Don’t Cross the River, To Each His Own. Then you have America the album with Riverside, I Need You. They were (are) a great band.

    Best acoustic album for me, though, is Pete Huttlinger’s MacGuires’s Landing

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      Mark,

      MacGuire’s landing is awesome!!! Great addition to the list as is America!!! Thank you for sharing!!!

      Cheers,
      Tony

  24. JJ

    The one that got me loving accoustic guitar is dave matthews and tim renalds, live at luther college. great album

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      JJ,

      Great album indeed, may it be added to the Acoustic Army that is forming here πŸ™‚

      Cheers,
      Tony

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      Elaine,

      On my list of artists to check out πŸ™‚

      Cheers,
      Tony

  25. Mike Shirley

    Doc Watson on Stage. Best album of guitar music ever.

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    Ellen W

    I’m late commenting here so many of my favorite acoustic albums have already been mentioned (Tony Rice Unit’s Manzanita is one of them). And it looks like I’ve got a lot of listening to do!

    Some favorites of the moment include:

    Jorma Kaukonen “Quah” I can’t deal with the Tom Hobson vocals, (Sweet Hawaiian Sunrise makes me lunge for the skip button every time). But Genesis will make me cry if I haven’t heard it for a while. Amazing finger style playing throughout.

    Rainer Ptacek “Worried Spirits.” Unlike anything else. Can music be earthy and etherial at the same time? If so, Rainer pulls it off here. I had the good fortune to see him live many times in my Tucson days. An important record by an influential player and songwriter who died way too young. A man who wore his soul (it goes beyond the heart in this case) on his sleeve.

    Kathleen Edwards “Failer.” Not enough women on this list. This isn’t strictly acoustic, but it has The Lone Wolf on it, which feels like the very song I would want to have written myself.

    Bruce Cockburn “Charity of Night”. All that darkness. If you don’t get Pacing the Cage yet, you will.

    I could go on and on, but I won’t.

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      Ellen,

      So glad to get your list on here!!! And to see Rainer Ptacek what a treat!!! I am so glad you brought his name into the fold here, what a great addition… what great additions!!! Thank you!!!

      Cheers,
      Tony

  27. Loren Whitaker

    Russ Barenberg — “Cowboy Calypso”

    Joni Mitchell — “Clouds”

    Tony Rice — “Mar West” (talk about tone!)

    Mark O’Connor — “Markology”

    David Grisman Quintet w/ Stephan Grappelli — “Live”

    Guy Van Duser — “Stride Guitar”

    Dave Evans — “Sad Pig Dance” & “Irish Reels, Jigs, Hornpipes, and Airs”

    1. Mike McCarthy

      John Renbourn The Black Balloon

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        Peter Greens Fleetwood Mac Boston Blues

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          Mike,

          Another awesome addition, great choice!!!

          Cheers,
          Tony

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          Loren,

          Great addition and now that album is on my radar, thank you for sharing!!!

          Cheers,
          Tony

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        Mike,

        Great stuff, thanks for the add!!!

        Cheers,
        Tony

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      Loren,

      Great additions to the team!!! Great to see Russ Barenberg up there πŸ™‚

      Cheers,
      Tony

  28. Lainer

    Joni Mitchell
    Muriel Anderson
    Nancy Wilson
    Rory Block
    Elizabeth Cotten
    Bonnie Raitt
    Vicki Genfan
    Ani DiFranco
    Janis Ian
    Sharon Isbin
    The Indigo Girls
    Laurence Juber
    Michael Hedges
    David Gilmour
    Paul Simon
    Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
    Nick Drake
    Cat Stevens
    Gordon Lightfoot and his lead guitarist Terry Clements

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      Lainer,

      Hell yes!!! Great to see Laurence Juber, Rory Block… hell this whole list is awesome!!! Great share!!!

      Cheers,
      Tony

  29. Keith

    I would also add Steve Earle’s “Train a Coming”, Dave Alvin “King of California” Grateful Dead “Workingman’s Dead”, Bap Kennedy “Domestic Blues” Mike Auldridge “Blues and Bluegrass”, Jerry Douglas “Slide Rule”, and a lot others have already mentioned. I could keep going, but I won’t.

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      Keith,

      Great additions!!! I just picked up the Auldridge album on vinyl yesterday, these are wonderful amendments to the list!!!

      Cheers,
      Tony

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        Tony,

        I bought that ALBUM when I was in high school in 1974. It’s been a steady part of my diet and early influence for years.

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          Keith,

          Yes!!! Love the album!!! I have been on a tear at the record stores lately πŸ™‚

          Cheers,
          Tony

  30. Gene Holdway

    Comments have made my day. Great, great albums and songs listed. My additions would be:
    – any of Nina Gerber’s work for Kate Wolfe
    – the rhythm guitar work of Del McCourey
    – Jammed If I Do – Dan Crary
    – any guitar by Doc or Earl Scruggs

    Tony, thAnks for what you do!

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      Gene,

      Thank you for bringing Del into the fold πŸ™‚

      Cheers,
      Tony

  31. Bernie Lenhoff

    I’m more of a “song” than album fan. Off the top of my head, here are a few I’d include:

    Solomon’s Seal – Pentangle
    Now and Then – Trapezoid
    Old and In The Way – Grisman, Garcia, Rowan, Clements, Kahn +
    Too Late to Cry – Alison Krauss (or just pick one)

    And hands down, the best acoustic oom-pah grove ever recorded has got to be Bruce Cockburn’s “Mary Had A Baby” from his Christmas album.

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        Bernie,

        Thank you for sharing this links as well!!!

        Cheers,
        Tony

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      Bernie,

      Great tunes to add to the collection!!!

      Cheers,
      Tony

  32. Glyn

    Tony

    As a Brit reading a US guitar blog out of curiosity I’m interested to note the proportion of Bristish acoustic artists in the lists put forward by your US contributors – seems like there’s a strong two-way exchange of influences across the Atlantic.

    For me the most formative influences encouraging me to take up guitar were one US guitarist and one UK player. First up Steffan Grossman’s massive double acoustic album ‘The Ragtime Cowboy Jew’ (issued over here on Transatlatic Records TRA(E)223) really hooked me into acoustic guitar in the 70s. The other formative influences were any of the John Renbourn albums (either in his solo capacity or as key member of the classic 1970s band Pentangle).

    A couple of Renbourn’s tracks appear on a Transatlantic records acoustic guitar sample album called ‘The Contemporary Guitar Sampler’ (TRASAM14) which also includes tracks bby Ralph McTell, Bert Jansch, Gordpon giltrap, John Pearse and John Fahey. This is a great listen if you can find it online.

    Stefan Grossman’s work seems to cover American ragtime and blues styles, including some pieces done at terrific pace and with lots of energy. John Renbourn combines his interest in US and British folk music with a passion for European medieval music – also mixes in jazz and blues! So there’s a wild mix of musical influences in his recordings but they really work. He also developed his style quite a bit over his long life (he died earlier this year and will be sadly missed by many acoustic fans on this side of the Atlantic).

    Keep up the interesting work Tony…

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      Glyn,

      Thank you for mentioning Stefan Grossman, He is a fine picker and very much a necessity on this list!!! And I absolutely agree, definitely a string influence in both directions across the Atlantic πŸ™‚ Great additions for sure, thank you for contributing!!!

      Cheers,
      Tony

  33. jc

    Great to see so many of my favorite music/artist listed. I must add Hoyt Axton earlier work zuch as Angel Cake and Wine . Also Willie Jean(written/gifted by. David Crosby)

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      Jc,

      Thanks for contributing to this growing list!!!

      Cheers,
      Tony

  34. Steve S

    I am pleased to see that there are allot of suggestions here in which the acoustic guitar is in service of the song and not only acoustic guitar showpieces.

    Here some portions of albums instead of full albums…..
    Pete Townshend’s solo acoustic version of Pinball Wizard off of The Secret Policeman’s Ball is brilliant. I’ve also always liked Big Star’s acoustic songs on #1 Record.

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      Steve,

      I totally agree with that statement πŸ™‚ Also thanks for bringing in Pete Townshend to the mix πŸ™‚

      Cheers,
      Tony

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    Tom M

    So many great albums already listed that i would have named.
    There’s Earl Scruggs Revue Live at Kansas State, Chris Hillman & Herb Pederson, The Beatles Rubber Soul, just to name a few.

  36. Peter

    This is a very cool topic, thanks for starting it. This will provide me with some additional music and artists to check out. I only own a couple of strictly acoustic CDs both by the same artist, Trace Bundy: Adapt, Missle Bell. I wish I would have started playing guitar sooner.

    Regards
    Peter

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      Peter,

      This list will be the cause of many a dollars spent at record stores for me πŸ™‚ I am glad you dig this list and also glad you are playing!!!

      Cheers,
      Tony

  37. Timothy Hansen

    Jeez…..

    Joni Mitchell’s “Cactus Tree” “Green” “A case of you”

    Leo Kottke’s “My Feet are Smiling” Whole Album

    Bob Dylan “HWY 61 revisited”

    “The Paul Simon Songbook” and one lyric, If I may, from Graceland:

    “She comes back to tell me she’s gone,
    as if I din’t know that, as if I didn’t know my own bed,
    as if I’d never noticed they way she brushed her hair from her forehead.

    And I could say losing love is like a window in your heart
    Everybody sees you’re blown apart, every body feels the wind blow
    Woa oh oh, in Graceland Graceland Graceland……

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      Timothy,

      Great members to add to this acoustic army developing!!! Thank you for sharing!!!

      Cheers,
      Tony

  38. David MacGregor

    Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin and Paco de LucΓ­a-Friday Night in San Francisco
    Trace Bundy-Adapt
    Tanaka Akihiro-Knot
    Brazilian Guitar Quartet-Bach: Four Suites for Orchestra
    California Guitar Trio-Masterworks
    Kaori Muraji-La Estella

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      David,

      Great folks to add to the Acoustic Team!!! Nice work!!!

      Cheers,
      Tony

  39. Charlie

    GREAT Topic! But surprised no mention of Jorma Kaukonen, especially the live first self-titled Hot Tuna record or his acoustic collaboration Quah with Tom Hobson. Also loved the Neck & Neck collaboration album with Chet Atkins & Mark Knopfler.

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      Charlie,

      Great stuff here!!! I am glad you mentioned Jorma!!! Thanks for adding!!!

      Cheers,
      Tony

  40. Rob O'Connor

    If you can ever find a copy of an album by Isaac Guillory that came out on Atlantic back in the early-mid ’70s, it’s an amazing acoustic record. Ugly album cover, but the cover of Jefferson Airplane’s “Ice Cream Phoenix” is the just the beginning. Shades of James Taylor on “Staying Awhile,” “The Carbondale Strut,” “St. Peter”….all great stuff. I’ve seen the LP in .99cent bins.

    Nick Drake — Time of New Reply, which is filled with early demos and the final four songs or so that he wrote.
    John Martyn
    Jackson C. Frank
    Loudon Wainwright III (especially a live album like ‘Career Moves’)
    Richard Thompson’s Small Town Romance,
    Townes Van Zandt’s Live at the Old Quarter, Rain On a Conga Drum
    Damien Jurado’s Where Shall You Take Me? (great songwriting and primitive guitar-picking that proves rules are meant to be broken)
    Mark Eitzel — Songs of Love Live
    Paul Simon — The Paul Simon Songbook, early solo Simon
    Robert Johnson
    Mark Kozelek (Red House Painters, Sun Kil Moon) — Admiral Fell Promises is classical guitar acoustic, while April is a tour de force of acoustic/electric playing and songwriting
    Vic Chesnutt — Is the Actor Happy, West of Rome (a quadriplegic with just enough movement in his hands and arms to play guitar in his own beautiful stop/start way) RIP.
    Leonard Cohen’s first three albums, Songs of Leonard Cohen, Songs from a Room, Songs of Love and Hate
    Donovan — Like It Is, Was, And Evermore Shall Be (compilation of early acoustic work)
    Duke Garwood — Heavy Love
    Brendan Gamble — Heartless Moon (an album about his then -fresh divorce from former Poster Children member) Came out on Mud Records and Parasol in Illinois in 2002. Obscure but worth finding
    Momus — Circus Maximus
    Robyn Hitchcock — I Often Dream of Trains, Eye
    Neil Young — On the Beach, side one of Rust Never Sleeps
    Patrick Sky (Vanguard Records)
    Eric Andersen — Stages: The Lost Album, Ghosts Upon the Road
    Tim Hardin — 1, 2
    Tim Buckley — Dream Letter, Happy/Sad, Blue Afternoon, Lorca, Starsailor, Live at the Troubadour
    John Sebastian — John B. Sebastian
    Scott Fagan — South Atlantic Blues
    Lori Carson — House in the Weeds (4-track demos, gorgeous)
    Sylvie Simmons — Sylvie (with Howe Gelb of Giant Sand)
    Dan Matz — Carry Me Over
    David Berkeley — After the Wrecking Ships, Some Kind of Cure, Cardboard Boat
    FranΓ§oise Hardy — L’Question (orchestrated in a Nick Drake way)
    Leo Kottke — Greenhouse
    Jeremy Enigk — Return of the Frog Queen

    I could go on, but I should stop somewhere…

    1. Rob O'Connor

      Can’t believe I forgot Stephen Fearing!

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        Rob,

        Another I now need to check out πŸ™‚

        Cheers,
        Tony

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      Rob,

      Love this!!! My list of albums to listen to is growing at a rapid rate!!! Thank you sharing this!!!

      Cheers,
      Tony

      1. Rob O'Connor

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlOImqlObSY

        Latter-day Issac Guillory performing A Whiter Shade of Pale.

        If you use dropbox, I can send you a few tracks from his difficult to find self-titled LP on Atlantic from 74. Just send me an email address to link a folder to and I shall. I assume my email addy is available to you.

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          Rob,

          Phenomenal share!!! Wow, this is a treat, been diving into the youtube black hole, checking out tons of his stuff!!!

          Thank you for this share!!!

          Cheers,
          Tony

  41. Mark

    Bruce Cockburn’s Sunwheel Dance and Small Source of Comfort are a couple of my favourites.

    Dart to the Heart isn’t an acoustic album, but Train in the Rain is a fantastic acoustic song by Bruce as well.

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      Mark,

      Great to see Bruce on this list as well!!! Nice addition!!!

      Cheers,
      Tony

  42. Viktor

    Uhh Tony, gave me a great list for the weekend. And here’s more.
    Let’s dig in the past:

    The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Will the circle be unbroken, an bluegrass masterpiece from seventies.
    David Bromberg band – Midnight on the water (but there is a lot more out there)
    Mississipi John Hurt – anything
    John Fahey
    The Incredible String Band first four/five albums – in spite of often silly lyrics (Robin Williamson is the master)
    Ry Cooder Jazz
    Donovan – A Gift From a Flower to a Garden (forget the lyrics too)
    The Pentangle (Jansch/Renbourn/Thompson)
    Dick Anegarn – Sacre Geranium (a French wizzard)
    Richard Thompson-Acoustic Classics
    Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge
    Marc Ribot – Saints, Silent Movies

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      Viktor,

      Great list, I am so glad to see David Bromberg on your list!!! Excellent stuff!!!

      Cheers,
      Tony

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    Greg C. W

    Hi Tony:

    I have two. Jim Croce’s – Life and Times and I Got a Name. I grew up to these albums and they have inspired my guitar playing.

    Best,

    GW

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      Greg,

      I love Jim Croce, a great addition here!!! That is plus two for Mr. Croce πŸ™‚

      Cheers,
      Tony

  44. Larry

    By far and away Blood On The Tracks by Bob Dylan

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      Larry,

      Great addition, a must own album!!!

      Cheers,
      Tony

  45. Jim Harn

    Jackson Browne – Solo Acoustic albums 1&2

    Raw and soulful versions of his songs…

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      Jim,

      An amazing song writer!!! Great picks!!!

      Cheers,
      Tony

  46. Timothy Daniels

    As an older guy, it’s nice to see Bob Dylan’s very first album on your excellent list. I recall playing In My Time of Dying over and over again. Also nice to see Kelly Joe Phelps right at the top. He’s a true original.
    Always enjoy your reviews although I do feel a bit guilty; the Canadian dollar is worth about 75 cents US so buying an instrument through you would be a tad expensive. Still, I recommend your reviews to every guitar player I know. You’re such an impeccable musician that your advice and comments are pure gold.
    Cheers, Tony
    Tim
    Toronto

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      Tim,

      Thank you so much for your kind words, and I am really glad you like the reviews and the album list πŸ™‚ it was really fun to put this together πŸ™‚ Thanks for watching!!!

      Cheers,
      Tony

  47. Rick Park

    I’m much more the electric player, so my acoustic faves are more mainstream I guess, but I do love the artistry.

    Jim Croce- Photographs and Memories ( the greatest hits), always loved the counter lines he and his fellow picker used.
    Phil Keaggy- Master and the Musician, Acoustic Sketches, probably my biggest acoustic influence, an all around monster player
    Monte Montgomery- Mirror, my first exposure to Monte, surely not the common acoustic guy
    David Gilmour- Anything… the guy makes soundscapes, not songs.
    I also enjoyed mainstream guys like James Taylor and John Denver. They play acoustic in a way that becomes a part of the lyric. Craftsmanship.

    Not 20… but a few from the solidbody side of the tracks.

    1. Lance Boudreaux

      My biggest influence for acoustic guitar was Jim Croce. Photographs & Memories Album. James Taylor, Tony Rice and Ricky Skaggs all had their imprints on me since then.

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        Lance,

        Ricky Skaggs!!! Great add, as well as the others you mentioned!!!

        Cheers,
        Tony

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      Rick,

      Jim Croce, a must listen!!! I love your list, thank you for adding!!!

      Cheers,
      Tony

  48. graham james

    suggest any of Martin Simpson’s albums (particularly “sad or what?) and/or
    any of John Martyn’s tracks

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      Graham,

      Love Martin Simpson!!! Great addition to the list!!!

      Cheers,
      Tony

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    T

    This topic is going to have me listening to albums for weeks. And that’s not a bad thing! Thanks everyone for broadening my horizons!

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      Robyn

      Mark,
      I’m right there with you. I’m so stoked Tony started this thread I’m discovering AMAZING musicians that I had never heard of. Thanks to everyone who shared… adding albums to my library as we speak!!

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    ken k

    OK, I rarely contribute because I’m a newbie to guitar playing, I’m here to learn and listen to everyone, but this one I can finally contribute to – lol
    First I agree with everyone, excellent choices, but we need to include –
    Darrell Scott, any one of his albums or live performances – this guy is why I’m learning guitar, magic on a acoustic.

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      Ken,

      Great addition and I am super glad you contributed to this community list!!! Darrell Scott is an incredible player!!! I was very lucky to have the opportunity to jam with him at a friends house, and he is equally a good player as well as a kind and humble human being. His guitar playing is out of this world and his voice is awesome as well. A very necessary addition to this list!!!

      Cheers,
      Tony

  51. Robyn

    Far more than 20, I can spend days on this subject….LOL Here are a few of my faves (in no particular order)

    John Fahey – America, The Transfiguration of Blind Joe Death … well anything Fahey really..
    Peter Lang- The thing at the nursery room window
    John Fahey, Peter Lang & Leo Kottke (self titled)
    Jack Rose- Kensington Blues
    Sean Smith- Sacred Crag Dancer Corpse Whisperer, Eternal & His self titled Sean Smith
    John Renbourn- The Essential: The best of John Reborn
    Michael Chapman- Naked Ladies & Electric Ragtime (fully Qualified Survivor, an amazing album)
    Michael Chapman- Solid Air (it’s an acoustic-ish) album and one of my absolute faves

    Cheers!!

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      Robyn,

      I too can get lost for days on this subject, in fact I have since I have been reading all of the members recommendations πŸ™‚ These are wonderful additions to the list, and I just picked up the trifecta, John Fahey, Peter Lang & Leo Kottke (self titled), on vinyl yesterday when I was traveling through Boise… what a great find, what a great album!!! Thanks again for sharing!!!

      Cheers,
      Tony

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    Bradley A

    2 albums with heavy rotation in the car (my own Tone Taxi):

    Bruce Cockburn – Speechless (all instrumental, from 1971 to 2005). Favorite track – Sunrise on the Mississippi.

    Kelly Joe Phelps – Roll Away the Stone

    2 albums with heavy rotation on the computer: Tony Polecastro – Driftwood and Hog’s Back

    2 albums with a variety of artists playing Taylor guitars:
    Sounds of Wood & Steel, and Sounds of Wood & Steel 2 (from Windham Hill)

    Doyle Dykes – Songs of Faith and Freedom
    I saw Doyle live at a Taylor event. His daughter Haley sang and played mandolin. He played a bunch of different Taylors and did a really inspiring Q & A. I got some free strings at that event!

    Daniel Ho – Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar
    I saw Daniel live with Herb Ohta Junior. They played a good variety of guitar and ukulele. Daniel is a great guy, and very entertaining. The album isn’t melt-your-face-mind-blowing, but a very relaxing and enjoyable listen.

    Other mentions:

    James Taylor – Sweet Baby James
    Eric Clapton – Unplugged
    Nancy Griffith – Other Voices, Other Rooms
    Dave Cleveland – Guitars in Worship
    Gypsy Kings – Love & LibertΓ©
    John Williams – Echoes of Spain

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      Bradley,

      Thank you for this list!!! I am so pumped you referred to your car as your own Tone Taxi πŸ™‚ Really wonderful list that you have here. I had a chance to work with Haley Dykes when I worked at Weber Mandolins, she is a class act and a fine player to boot, as is her father. So great to know that such wonderful players have such big hearts. Thanks for sharing your Tone Taxi rotation with all of us πŸ™‚

      Cheers,
      Tony

  53. Ron

    Pretty much anything by Al Petteway. Magical stuff.

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      Ron,

      Another one I will be checking out πŸ™‚

      Cheers,
      Tony

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    Bob R

    I didn’t see one mention of Pete Huttlinger, so this is it. Pete is a fabulous finger picker from Nashville and a winner of the national competition, but what’s even more impressive is the adversity he’s overcome after suffering a paralyzing stroke and then a serious heart condition, and in his 40’s and maybe 50’s, and playing venues with a battery pack to run his heart pump.
    Bob Roth

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      Bob,

      A great addition, and you absolutely nailed it!!! Pete is a super human picker with super human resilience, and a great motivating message!!! In fact a little bird told me that my interview with Pete will be posted in the upcoming months. We had him in the studio about a month ago, we got to play a bit and talk about… well… pretty much everything!!! Great addition for sure!!!

      Cheers,
      Tony

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        Bob R

        Tony,
        That’s so exciting what that little bird told you. I can’t wait. I first saw Pete at Carnegie Hall when his folks were in the audience. The place is a little intimidating, for sure. We met in the lobby and talked about Leo, Clarence and Chet (my favorites, and now Tommy E). I then saw and got to talk with him in a tiny venue in the middle of CT. last Spring. Thanks for the reply, and BTW, I’m the Bob from NY who just purchased your two fantastic CD’s, so thanks for that note too.

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          Bob,

          Nice!!! Thanks for grabbing those albums πŸ™‚ I am so excited to show everyone this interview with Pete, he is just one fine player, and a really wonderful human being.

          Cheers,
          Tony

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    Andy A

    Doesn’t seem to be that strict with the all acoustic setup, so I’ll continue bending…

    Neil Young – Harvest, After the Gold Rush
    M. Ward – Transfiguration of Vincent
    Bill Callahan – Sometimes I Wish We Were and Eagle

    All fantastic albums, although not entirely acoustic. Then I would also like to mention a couple of great songs (a bit off topic, sorry ’bout that):

    Caetano Veloso – Cucurrucucu Paloma
    Paco De Lucia, Al Di Meola & John McLaughlin – Mediterranean Sundance
    Chet Atkins – The Entertainer
    John Fahey – Brendas Blues (glad to see it on the monthly song list!)

    That’ll do.
    Great topic!

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      Andy,

      Yes!!! Great additions and good to see Chet on there!!! Thanks for sharing, very cool!!!

      Cheers,
      Tony

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    John White - Canada

    Don’t forget our Guitar Sensei fellow Ginja’s…….

    Tony Palecastro – Hog’s Back
    Tony Palecastro – Driftwood

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      John,

      Thank you for the kind album plugs πŸ™‚ I appreciate it and hope you enjoy those πŸ™‚ Maybe the next album should be titled ginja πŸ™‚

      Cheers,
      Tony

  57. John White

    The Best of John Fahey 1959-1977
    Macyn Taylor – Macyn Taylor
    Motorhead (Ace of Spades & I Ain’t no nice guy – Acoustic)

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      John,

      Awesome additions, I have to hear Ace of Spades on acoustic now, it’s on my to listen to list πŸ™‚

      Cheers,
      Tony

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      Maggie,

      I am glad you like this!!! Plenty more to come!!!

      Cheers,
      Tony

  58. Ray W

    Wow, some great stuff on Tony’s list and throughout the comments. Trying not to add duplicates I’ll throw out:

    Ricky Skaggs – History of the Future. “Road to Spencer” is one of my very favorite tunes.
    Billy McLaughlin (not John) – Out of Hand. Incredible stuff.
    Eric Clapton – Unplugged.
    Robert Bowlin – Six String Soliloquy. Under the radar player who is amazing. Plays a guitar made by a luthier local to me (Whipple Creek Guitars).\
    Brad Paisley – Play. “Cluster Pluck” by itself is worth the price of admission.

    And to add another Tommy Emmanuel that’s a killer, Tommy and Chet Atkins – The Day Finger Pickers Took Over the World.

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    Adolf Martin W

    Adding another flavor of acoustic guitar and singing:

    Being a romantic old outdoor and camp freak, one of my favorite singers is Texas cowboy balladeer Don Edwards. His “Best of” gives a good overview, which I like. His book and CDs with old time “Saddle Songs” is a great reference to the old days, but not necessarily the best for listening.

  60. Scott

    There are some interesting albums on here. I would add Ben Bullington, any of his 5 albums. I think often we are thinking of the lyrics rather than the guitar playing. I was going to add a name that should not be excluded, Mississippi John Hurt. He really gets his guitar to talk sweetly. But then I see that his name was already added. Dueling Banjo’s has a nice guitar part, as does Classical Gas by Mason Williams.
    Just too many to consider, when local and regional artists are included.

    1. Bob Wall

      Two thumbs’ up! Ben’s albums are awesome. I particularly enjoy _Lazy Moon_ and _White Sulphur Springs_.

      John Lowell – _Going to the West_
      Tony Rice Unit – _Manzanita_ and _Unit of Measure_
      John Hartford – _Aereo-Plain_

      Artists like Jim Hurst, Chris Proctor, Doc Watson, Clarence White, Robert Johnson, Charlie Parr, John Reischman & the Jaybirds (guitarist Jim Nunally) … and the list goes on and on!

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        Bob,

        Great additions thank you for these!!! Ben’s albums are really amazing as well as John’s solo album!!! Thank you for mentioning these it is a songwriting/bluegrass tour de force πŸ™‚

        Cheers,
        Tony

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    Ken G

    There are so Manny great albums and artists out there. Haven’t listen to everything Eric Bibb has Done het but I haven’t heard anything bad yet. great guitar player and a great Singer as well.

    Cheers all
    Ken

    1. Ray W

      Diamond Days is one of my favorite albums. Great stuff!

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    Francis E

    Here a some of my favorite acoustic instrumental albums:
    Stefan Grossman – Love, Devils and the Blues ( favorite song – The Vamp of Oblivion)
    Gabby Pahinui – Pure Gabby
    Leonard Kwan – (3 albums) Slack Key ; The Old Way ; Ke’ala’s Mele

    Recent discoveries that I like a lot :
    Ozzie Kotani – Kani Ki Ho’alu
    Simon Fox – Night Fishing
    Will McNicol – The Wake Up
    Al Petteway – (2 albums) It’s Only the Blues ; Mountain Guitar

    It sort of obivious that I am influenced from my Hawaiian heritage as well as studying from Stefan Grossman cassette tape lessons in the 80’s. I became aware of DADGAD from the Shady Grove lesson on TAC, so I’ve started seeking out more music in that tuning.

  63. HarleyJ

    Tony,
    Sorry I don’t have time to dig out specific albums but with the names I’ll throw out anything with the named artists on it is well worth the listen.
    The Bluegrass Album Band put out one instrumental album, labeled #6.
    Tony Rice- Manzita album for one
    Norman Blake
    Doc Watson
    Dan Tyminski
    Ron Block
    Cody Kilby
    Clarence White
    Josh Williams
    Alan Sibey ( or Sibley)
    Kenny Smith- Studebaker album comes to mind
    The Chapmans- John Chapman guitar picker
    Chris Jones
    TIm May
    Molly Tuttle
    Martin Tallstrom-his guitar version of Foggy Mountain Breakdown will blow you away. It’s on YouTube.

    The above have many albums to choose from and they’re all great flatpickers..

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    Lee K

    Love this segment! Thanks.
    And have to agree with Neil Young “Harvest” and Bruce Cockburn…maybe it’s just cuz I’m Canadian though πŸ™‚

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    Charles R

    Great list, in addition to all the ones folks have talked about I would suggest checking our a guy named Chris Ross, up in Maine. His album “Halfway to Wonderland” is something special. I would also suggest Jason Isbell’s recent work, including “Southeastern” and “Something More than Free.” I would probably have to throw a lot of stuff by Nanci Griffith and Towns Van Zandt into the hopper as well. That of course leads me down to Copperhead road with Steve Earle and from their you could circle back to Johnny Cash and his American Recordings. Seems the closer the artist gets to heartbreak and misery the more beautiful the lyrics seem in juxtaposition with the starkness of an acoustic guitar in the silence. Guess I’ve got too many words rattling around – better get back to work!

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    Stephen S

    Kingston Trio
    Peter, Paul, and Mary
    John Denver

    I know, I’m showing my age!

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        Maggie,

        Very worthy additions to the TAC Hall of Acoustic Greats!!!

        Cheers,
        Tony

        1. Jeff M

          Pete Huttlinger was lead guitarist for John Denver before John died…JD was inspiration for many, including me, and had some incredible guitar playing/songwriting talent. Simple at times, but beautiful.
          Gordon Lightfoot has some of the most interesting chord changes ever…And his first lead guitarist, Red Shea, was amazing. Hardly ever looked at the neck as he played. Try to find an old video of him playing with Gordon. Amazing!
          Jim Croce, too.
          And, James Taylor is the king of hammer on and pull off in my opinion.

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            Jeff,

            Great additions here and am so glad to see Gordon Lightfoot pop up!!! Thank you for sharing!!!

            Cheers,
            Tony

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    TomD

    Wait a minute! I just received an iTunes gift certificate, but it’s only for $25. Toooooo many choices!! But great topic. Thanks!

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    james b

    here are my favs – Martin Simpson he was my Teacher for a while when he lived in Santa Cruz -Leo Kottke 6 and 12 string -Michael Hedges Breakfast in the Field signed copy -met him in 86 in Arcata calif saw him with about 5 other people blew my mind ! Dave Van Ronk Folksinger – Mississippi John Hurt 1928 sessions . SON HOUSE Father of folk blues .Blues & Ragtime. Rev. Gary Davis . Jorma Kaukonen QUAH!!.Bert Jansch Lucky Thirteen -WIZARD OIL by Dr. Horsehair’s Old-Time Minstrels .Big Bill Broonzy , Robert Johnson – Any Doc Watson – Taj Mahal inspired me to play clawhammer Banjo -John Fahey – June Tabor Silly Sisters I could go on and on

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    Joel

    Lately (and Tony can attest to this) I have been listening to nothing except for Father John Misty’s two albums:

    Fear Fun
    I Love You, Honeybear

    And I am not ashamed.

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      One of the great things about this thread is it gives me different things to listen to. The sound on these albums is amazing. I just signed up for a free trial of Apple Music, so am listening this and lots of stuff.

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        Mark,

        It has given me some stuff to listen to as well πŸ™‚ Now I am going to start my trial of Apple Music πŸ™‚

        Cheers,
        Tony

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    Dom T

    Sweet Baby James, it has to be my all time favorite.
    AKUS live
    Vince Gill – pick an album
    Brad Paisley – his 1st two albums

  71. Ave Topel

    Joni Mitchell – Songs To A Seagull, Chelsea Morning, Blue
    Richie Havens – Freedom
    Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits 1967
    CSN
    CSNY
    David Crosby – If I Could Only Remember My Name
    Neil Young – Harvest, After The Goldrush
    Beatles – Rubber Soul

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      Ave,

      Yes!!! Joni Mitchell!!! See I knew that 20 was too short of a list πŸ™‚ Thanks for adding!!!

      Cheers,
      Tony

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    Jeff K

    I love this! Here’s my top-of-my-head list:

    Van Morrison – Astral Weeks
    Grateful Dead – American Beauty
    Bob Dylan – Blood on the Tracks (and Freewheelin’ … and a few others)
    Neil Young – Harvest
    Cat Stevens – Tea for the Tillerman
    Elliott Smith – Either/Or

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      Jeff,

      I think as a TAC community we are growing quite the compilation of awesome acoustic albums here, thank you for adding to the list!!!

      Cheers,
      Tony

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    Vic G

    Top acoustic (-ish) albums for me are:
    Springsteen’s Nebraska
    Essential Chet Atkins (Columbia Years)
    Tommy Emmanuel’s Little By Little
    James Taylor’s Greatest Hits, Vol 1

    I also enjoy acoustic selections from Don Ross, Doug Young, Sean Hopper, John Mayer, Martin Taylor, Jane Miller, and John Pizzarelli just to name a few.

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      Vic,

      Great additions to the list!!! I was so happy to see Don Ross on your other acoustic selections list.

      Cheers,
      Tony

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    T

    Nice vocal harmony on the intro song for Tone Taxi. Who are the artists?

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      Mark,

      Glad you dug the jingle, those artists are none other than Joel, Levi, and myself πŸ™‚

      Cheers,
      Tony

  75. Dave Higdon

    Michael Hedges.. He was the reason I bought an acoustic guitar. I can not say enough nice things about him. Thirty years ago he was at a record shop in Knoxville l, TN and I was lucky enough to spend more than an hour talking to him. I told him I was having difficulty learning “Aerial Boundaries” and he asked if I had figured out the alternate tuning. I said no. He then handed me his guitar and and asked me to play. After I played it a bit, he retuned it to his alternate tuning and gave me a quick lesson. He was such a great guitarist and a great guy! Gone way too soon!

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      Dave,

      I love this story!!! To hear that a great guitarist sat down and showed you things as well as spoke with you for some time is awesome!!! What a cool experience, and I am so glad you shared it!!! I agree gone way to soon!!!

      Cheers,
      Tony

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    Scott D

    This is soooo great!! I LOVE IT!! This may be lame, but back in the 60’s, Burl Ives did a boxed set on the history of American folk music. As a kid I would listen to those albums for hours on end. Then came Chet Atkins, Roy Clark, Flatt and Scruggs, Doc Watson…ahhh, the memories! James Taylor, John Denver, Jim Croce, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band…how can I possibly narrow these albums/artists down?

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      Scott,

      I had the same problem… I really wanted this list to be a lot longer, but Joel and Levi had to tame my ambition πŸ™‚ I am glad you like the segment πŸ™‚

      Cheers,
      Tony

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    Steve H

    Great idea guys! Love the jingle- such harmony! πŸ™‚

    By coincidence I was listening to Nirvana’s Unplugged album when this arrived in my inbox, so that one’s definitely in my list, along with Springsteen’s Nebraska and Tony’s Hogsback (not sucking up, just love it!).

    Looking forward to checking out the suggestions on your list and from everyone here.

    Tip: If you have Amazon Prime download the Prime Music app for your phone. Some of the artists are on there to listen/ download for free.

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      Steve,

      Thanks for commenting!!! And thank you for your additions (and the hog’s back plug πŸ™‚ ). Happy listening!!!

      Cheers,
      Tony

  78. Gerry Stoll

    My favorite would be Joe Bonamassa “An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House”

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      Gerry,

      I have to check that one out still, thanks for sharing!!!

      Cheers,
      Tony

  79. Evan

    It’s an eclectic mix, but my favorite acoustic albums include:
    – Only by Tommy Emmanuel
    – An Accoustic Evening by Joe Bonamassa
    – Nebraska by Bruce Springsteen

    The other thing I’d recommend checking out is the song Sunspots by Bob Mould (off of Workbook). Saw him play it live 20 years ago and it’s still one of my favorite concert moments!

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      Evan,

      Great list and eclectic stuff is absolutely welcome always!!! Thank you for sharing!!!

      Cheers,
      Tony

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    Marcus Nye

    Right this minute absolutely hooked to Tommy Emmanuals latest album. Bit of a curveball though but one of my all time favs was Patience by Guns and Roses.

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      Marcus,

      Curveballs are welcomed always!!! Thanks for adding to the list and Tommy’s new album is on my list to go get this weekend πŸ™‚

      Cheers,
      Tony

  81. Dru

    Excellent idea. A few I know and lots to explore. Thanks, especially, for including my absolute favorite, Jeffrey Foucault.

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      Dru,

      Really happy to hear you like Jeffrey’s stuff, he is one of my all time favs!!!

      Cheers,
      Tony

      1. Keith

        I get to see Jeffery next month at a tiny club, and am so looking forward to it. Haven’t had the pleasure yet.

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          Keith,

          Get ready for one of the best shows you will ever see πŸ™‚ Seeing him at a small club is perfect, have a blast and make sure to report back on how it was πŸ™‚

          Cheers,
          Tony

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    T

    One of my favorite albums of all time is CSNY : Four way Street
    also Beatles : White Album

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      Mark,

      Some more wonderful additions!!!

      Cheers,
      Tony

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    DeeDee L

    Tone Taxi Lol!! Watching you drive and talk a song verse by The Doors Roadhouse Blues was going through my brain

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      T

      Yeah, I was thinking — Tony, watch the road! We don’t want to lose you guys! But this IS Montana where a traffic jam is 3 cars at the same intersection. Yep, I’m exaggerating just a tad. πŸ™‚

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        Mark,

        LOL Joel helps me pick some of the quieter roads πŸ™‚ He is a great co pilot!!!

        Cheers,
        Tony

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      Darleen,

      I am glad you like this segment πŸ™‚ ( there are more coming πŸ™‚ ). It is hard to talk and drive at the same time!!! Luckily we were on a pretty mellow road. Your albums make great additions to the list!!! Nick Drake, Pink Moon is a lovely album!!! In fact Joel just turned me on to a fellow by the name of Kurt Vile who isn’t exactly Nick Drake, but definitely similar to him. Also, thank you for the Driftwood plug πŸ™‚

      Cheers,
      Tony

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        DeeDee L

        Tony,
        Thanks for dropping Kurt Vile’s name. I will definitely check out his music.
        With Smiles,
        Darleen

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      T

      Darlene: We learned a version of Pink Moon in my latest group guitar class. I’ll play it before long, and will be happy to show the way I learned to play it, if you’d like. There are some tricky things about it, but the core (like a lot of iconic songs) is pretty simple.

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      Stephan,

      GREAT ALBUM!!! After looking at some comments I know want to extend the list to 50 πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing!!!

      Cheers,
      Tony

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    Nick A

    Adrian Legg – Guitars and other Cathedrals.

    John Williams – Potrait of John Williams

    John McLaughlin,Β Al Di Meola,Paco de LucΓ­a – Passion, Grace & Fire / Friday Night in San Francisco

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      Nick,

      Great additions to the list for sure!!! Thank you for sharing these, Friday Night in SF is an incredible album!!!

      Cheers,
      Tony

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        Nick A

        I’ve spent a wonderful afternoon listening to some of the albums on Spotify whilst working. Thanks Tony.
        And everyone else’s suggestions will mean they’ll be many more musicians and music to discover. πŸ™‚

        Aerial Boundaries is an amazing record. Up until last year I thought the track Ben’s Usan

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          Nick A

          Autocorrect grrrr.
          Bensusan was about a lady called Bensusan and not an homage to the guitarist.

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    Kevin

    Hi Tony, I just saw Jerry Douglas(Dobro savant) with the Earl’s Lester, OMG the Big Black train is a killer tune, i love the leader singer’s Hank William style vocals!, Chris Thile with the Punch Brothers, they are beyond tight. They go were no grass has go before!

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      Kevin,

      Jerry is the king for sure, I am so glad you got a chance to see the Earls!!! That band has the sound for sure, and the punch brothers…. talented individuals in their own right and together they pretty much blast off into the stratosphere!!!

      Cheers,
      Tony

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    T

    What a fun idea; Tone Taxi. No Eagle Rare while doing these! I have the 1st 2 albums you talked about. Tony Rice had such an amazing voice in those days.

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      T

      And thanks for doing this. I think it will really help us have some grounding for our playing. And great music to listen to and discuss with each other!

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        Mark,

        You are absolutely welcome, my hopes were to generate discussion, and offer some interesting things to check out musically πŸ™‚

        Cheers,
        Tony

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      Mark,

      Definitely no Eagle Rare before or during πŸ™‚ I am glad you dig this segment, we are having a ton of fun putting it together, in fact I was going to tell you all about it at the hangout and I totally spaced. Tony did have such an amazing voice back in those days.

      Cheers,
      Tony

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