National Guitars

Dave Arcari - "Dave plays like he got his skin turned inside out and pretty soon my skin was inside out too listening and it was all good. That boy bleeds for you - he's a real down deep player and a soul man..." Seasick Steve
Hailing from Austin, Texas, Atomic Duo is Bad Livers co-founder Mark Rubin on guitar and fiery mandolin player Silas Lowe. Travellers in the truest sense of the word, Rubin and Lowe have been keeping their eyes and ears open as they make their way through the back roads and forgotten corners of the United States. They've been talking to folks left out of the national conversation, exploring places where the American Dream is a broken promise, and gathering stories neglected by the newspapers and moneyed TV pundits. Their songs present a bold, witty and clear-eyed commentary, inspired by foreclosure evictions, harsh immigration laws and the failed assumptions of trickle down economics.
Barry Brenner - "...His music oozes out of the weird American night. Fine, mellow and yet exciting and invigorating, like the most distinct of distilled spirits..."Fellow musicians refer to him as; "Mr. Blues, Rags & Stomps!", that's because Barry Big B Brenner plays the Real Country Folk Blues which originated in the Mississippi Delta, Texas Plains, Piney Woods, Piedmont Seaboard, Louisiana Bayou and of course...Chicago's South Side. Barry has performed all over the USA; from Alaska to the back woods of the Arkansas Ozarks, out to the California Foothills and many points in-between.

A performance by Eric Bibb is an enriching experience – both musically and spiritually. Purveying a beautifully realised and deftly accomplished, soulful and gospel infused, folk- blues, Eric has no problem melding a traditional rootsy American style with a subtle contemporary sensibility. As one critic wrote “ Eric’s singing and versatile guitar playing fuses a variety of genres to become a New World Blues”.

"Eric is one of the new, young singers that has appeared on the scene that, much to my delight, has a great voice, is an excellent performer and has a great knowledge about the roots of this music"
Taj Mahal

Bob Brozman - Redefining musical diversity worldwide, Bob Brozman is a remarkably prolific artist whose wit, energy and musical technique combines to create a powerful and unforgettable live performance. A master of slide, fingerstyle, and percussive guitar, Bob's exhilarating show spans the global and musical spectrum, and keeps audiences enthralled, begging for more of his endearing, infectious energy.
Pieta Brown is a striking poet-songwriter with a haunting voice and an unmistakable style. Her unique blend of alt-country, folk, blues and indie-rock speaks to music fans around the world and has garnered rave reviews from the likes of the BBCand Boston Globe, as well as a variety of hip music blogs and indie radio stations. Even her own musical hero Iris DeMent is a fan, saying she is “the best poet I’ve heard in a long damn time.” An artist with cross-genre appeal, Pieta has toured with such diverse artists as John Prine, Ani Difranco, Calexico, J.J. Cale and Mason Jennings.http.://www.pietabrowncom
Alex Burns - Alex performs a broad repertoire of American styles, from blues and early jazz to Hawaiian steel and originals. Hailing from Glasgow, Scotland-known for its hard living and great blues vocalists-Alex has a road well travelled, playing solo or with his trio and Hawaiian troupe Adventures in Paradise. Alex plays a Style N German silver in regular tuning, and a polychrome tri-cone for open tunings
Cindy Cashdollar - Austin-based Dobro and steel guitarist Cindy Cashdollar's career has taken some surprising twists and turns that have led her to work with many of the leading artists in contemporary music including Rod Stewart, Van Morrison, Ryan Adams, Bob Dylan, Asleep at the Wheel, Garrision Keillor, Marcia Ball, Jorma Kaukonen, Leon Redbone, BeauSoliel, Daniel Lanois, and Redd Volkaert.
Austin "Walkin' Cane" Charanghat - "Damn Fine Blues!" Original & classic delta blues featuring slide guitar and baritone vocals. A blues gumbo repertoire that blends in jazz, folk, soul & rock 'n' roll

Catfish Keith - Blues singer, songwriter and bottleneck slide guitarist Catfish Keith has established himself as one of the most exciting country blues performers of our time. Catfish's innovative style of foot-stomping, deep delta blues and American roots music has spellbound audiences the world over.

Lewis Cohen - 'Melding the soulful guitar styles of the country blues greats as a foundation for his powerhouse vocals, Lewis Cohen is a truly compelling performer. His debut album "Ain't Like Me" received critical acclaim in the UK blues press, and his live shows and festival appearances leave audiences in do doubt that they've seen a performer give them everything he's got.
Steve Dawson - Steve Dawson is a highly accomplished guitarist and multi-instrumentalist from Vancouver, BC. Specializing in slide and fingerstyle guitar, pedal steel, lap steel, banjo and other stringed instruments, he is in-demand as a live performer, session musician, and producer.
Mike Dowling - Mike digs deep into the musical bag of American roots guitar, favoring the melodic Piedmont style of acoustic blues masters like Mississippi John Hurt and slide great Tampa Red. But Mikecan't be pigeonholed as a blues player, or even as a fingerstylist. He's far too versatile for that. From bottleneck blues to vintage jazz and much more in between, Mike's musicality, depth, and mastery ofthe instrument translates fluently to flattop, archtop, and resonator guitars alike.
Garry Eister is a classical composer whose music has been played at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and at numerous classical guitar festivals and other concert venues around the world. His music, a blend of classical and world music traditions, is available on Sony Classical, Archer Records, and on his own Eister Music label.His recordings are heard regularly on  NPR stations around the country and on the national radios of Europe. Garry LOVES the sound of National Reso-Phonic guitars, and he has made it one of his goals to bring this great sound into the world of classical music.
Ken Emerson - One of Hawaii's most versatile and eclectic musicians, plays Hawaiian slack key guitar, sliding vintage style Hawaiian blues, Delta slide, vintage jazz, electric blues, and rockin' slide guitar.

John Fairhurst - John has spent the last 6 years constantly travelling and playing in the UK, Europe, Canada, Australasia, the USA and South East Asia. Out of this experience, alongside influences ranging from Hendrix, Son House and Django Reinhardt to Rachmaninov, John Fahey and Indian Sarod master, K Sridhar, came Joys of Spring.

“This is music born in delta swamps and wailing sub-continental mountains. Joys of Spring is part blues and part raga, as far removed from the English North West as you could get, and yet oddly perfect for a region that thrives on its multiculturalism. John Fairhurst is worth every bit of praise he’s already garnered. Capable of creating genuine jaw-dropping moments live, he’s possibly the finest guitarist you’ll ever see – and even better than that, he’s able to couple those skills with brilliant songwriting and a gravel-swilled belter of a voice. Search him out and prepare to be stunned." (Chris Long, BBC Manchester)

Rick Franklin - Since 1981, Rick Franklin has been playing and singing the Blues at local festivals and community events, as well as various clubs and cafes, both in and around the Washington, DC area
Steve Gardner - Steve is a rambling bluesman, born in Mississippi and based out of Tokyo, Japan. He plays acoustic country blues on resonator guitars, blues harp, banjo, washboard and one string diddlie bows- soloand with the Bottleneck Blues Band- all over Japan and across the big water back home in Mississippi. Come on in the house y'all for more information, music and tall tales, after all ,"Everybody gets the blues sometime....
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Donna Herula - Chicago blues singer and slide guitarist Donna Herula plays at festivals and clubs across the U.S. In her solo acoustic act, Donna performs old-time Delta and country blues songs, as well as classic blues from the early blues women, with a percussive guitar style and soulful voice.

David Holt - For over three decades, David's passion for traditional music and culture has fueled a successful performing and recording career. He has earned four Grammy Awards and performed and recorded with many of his mentors including Doc Watson, Grandpa Jones, Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs, Roy Acuff and Chet Atkins. Today he tours the country perfoming solo, with Doc Watson and with his band The Lightning Bolts.
Dakota Dave Hull - Hailed by everyone from Dave Van Ronk to Doc Watson, from the Washington Post to downbeat, Dakota Dave Hull's guitar style spans a wide musical geography to create an infectious, uniquely personal blend of jazz, ragtime, folk, blues, Western swing, and vintage pop.
Fruteland Jackson - Fruteland specializes in performing acoustic blues, from contemporary to traditional, from the blues of early field-holler songs and work songs to Delta and Piedmont Blues, as well as his own original works. Fruteland is one of a select group of Americans dedicated to gathering, preserving and performing Acoustic Blues, in all their various forms. As an Acoustic Blues Artist, he has taken his art to hundreds of venues in America, and has performed in Spain, France Britain and Italy, all to great reviews
Steve James - A well known name among devotees of contemporary acoustic folk and blues; this notoriety based on numerous critically acclaimed recordings, a tireless international tour schedule and a sheaf of published work including articles, instruction books and videos. His instrumental versatility (on guitar, slide guitar, mandolin, guitar-banjo) also makes him a favorite at music camps and workshop programs.
Colin John - Colin John is a world travelling musician based on The Big Island of Hawaii who performs an original blend of blues and Hawaiian music utilizing his National Reso phonic Baritone Tricone, Style 97, Resolectric Jr. and Delphi guitars. Colin has been playing professionally since 1987 and has recorded and played with musicians as diverse as B.B. King, Gary Brooker, Michael Hill and Al Green. In addition to performing both as a solo acoustic performer and electric blues guitarist and singer with The Colin John Band, he works with children through the Maui-based Arts Education for Children Group.
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Jerry Kosak - Guitarist/composer performing original music for solo guitar. Drawing from a great diversity of musical experiences, his music and playing blend contrasting idioms to create a fresh image of traditional music. Blues, classical, rock, and jazz styles have all been influential in producing a "great reflection of many different styles,"-Kevin Barnes KBEM radio.

Dave Mackenzie - A two-time recipient of the Music City Blues Society's Acoustic Blues Act of the Year award, Dave regularly participates in their Blues in the Schools program and conducts demonstrations/lectures at the Country Music Hall of Fame on the history of metal-bodied dobros and early roots recordings.
Doug MacLeod - Doug MacLeod is one of the last remaining bluesmen who learned from the old masters, lived the music, survived the life and carries forward that valuable tradition. Within the blues world, MacLeod is known for his superb songwriting, guitar wizardry, warm soulful vocals, wit and unforgettable live performances. At the heart of this is his knack for storytelling, bringing characters-from the faceless to the legendary-to strikingly real life.
Dorian Michael - Dorian Michael started playing guitar as a seven-year old in Los Angeles just as folk music was about to have a renaissance of sorts and earthy acoustic music was his first guitar experience. He has been a working guitarist for four decades and in that time has played plenty of blues and folk, jazz and rock and roll.
Keb'Mo' - Singer Songwriter and guitarist Keb'Mo's music is a living link to the seminal Delta Blues that traveled up the Mississippi river and across the expanse of America-informing all of its musical roots--before evolving into a universally celebrated art form.
Gary Morse - One of the most in-demand steel guitarists working in Nashville today. He has recorded and toured with some of country music's most respected artists including: Suzy Bogguss, Highway 101, McBride and The Ride, Ricky Skaggs, Pam Tillis, Dwight Yoakam, Dierks Bentley, and most recently, Brooks & Dunn. Gary Morse was recently inducted into the Michigan Steel Guitar Hall Of Fame.
John-Alex Mason - John-Alex Mason attributes his love of music to two central people from his childhood in Colorado. First, his older brother, Stephen, who rocked out to music of the 60's and 70's - Led Zeppelin, the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix and the Allman Brothers Band. And second, his godmother, Viola Marigna, who introduced him to Baptist moans and gospel through her own voice, mass choir concerts and church performances. "I remember the exact moment Stephen played Led Zeppelin II for me and how powerful the smell of heavy perfume and anticipation was at Viola's church," says Mason. It was not long before Mason discovered blues music and the bridge between praising and rocking.
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Charlie Parr - It must be a crazy world when "authentic" is a term used to separate an artist from the pack. Charlie Parr is a folk and country blues musician who is routinely labeled "authentic" and "the real deal" by fans and critics alike. Charlie shows up with a lived-in rasp of a voice, National resonator and 12-string acoustic guitars, a banjo and a batch of his own songs and well-traveled numbers by Mississippi John Hurt, Charley Patton and other cohorts from another time.
Scott Perry - Scott Perry performs and creates acoustic blues that are relevant in today's fast paced, high-tech world. With his National steel-bodied guitar and repertoire of traditional and original acoustic blues, Scott turns any performance into an intimate celebration of this powerful music.
Joe & Vicki Price - Right from jump street, the electrifying sound of Joe Price hits you in all the places you live: The insistent, driving rhythm chops, the taproot boot-stomps, the splintering, thrilling slide runs up the fret board, and that voice-a keening, haunting miracle seemingly channeled from the ghosts of past masters - all add up to a one-man blues tornado who can pack, command and wring-out a dance-floor with the authority of an eight-piece show band.
Paul & Anne Rishell - Touring internationally at festivals, clubs, and concert halls, and teaching workshops and seminars, Paul Rishell & Annie Raines have earned loyal fans around the globe. Paul and Annie are featured in the new jug band music documentary, Chasin' Gus' Ghost, which debuted at the San Francisco Film Festival in August 2007. They have performed on diverse radio and TV shows including A Prairie Home Companion, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and PBS's Arthur. They have performed and recorded with Susan Tedeschi, John Sebastian, Pinetop Perkins, and Rory Block. Susan Tedeschi recorded an "unplugged" version of Paul's Blues on a Holiday with Paul and Annie for her 2003 release, Wait For Me. Recently, Annie began writing a 'blog of tales from their road tours for their website,, garnering a new following in the online community.

The Sleepwalkers - Brian Harrison, John Edwards, and Mike Lockwood play a wide range of music adapted for string band, including country blues, vintage popular songs, Hawaiian tunes, jazz, and western swing. As well as vintage National guitars, they feature National RM-1 mandolin.

Mojo Stu - Mojo Stu has shared the stage with Blues and Music luminaries; Robert Cray, Dr. John, Leon Russell, Johny Winter, Kenny Neal, Maria Muldaur, John Hammond, Big Bill Morganfield (son of Muddy Water), Kelly Joe Phelps, Otis Taylor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Johny Neal (Allman Bros), and othersReal House Blues
The Northside Southpaws - featuring John Hasbrouck on resonator mandolin and Matt Gandurski on resonator guitar - are an entirely unique, all-left-handed duo based in Chicago. They perform obsolete ragtime, sentimental waltzes, proto-grass, tangos, polkas, marches, and other archaic string band music on lefty National Reso-Phonic instruments.
Red Skunk Jipzee Swing Band - This group of young local central coast musicians put together a surprisingly mature sound that draws from Django Reinhardt, '30s European jazz, and American roots traditions. Molly Reeves, founder and leader of the group based out of San Louis Obispo, Plays a single cone, "O" style National guitar. She has sat in with traditional jazz groups such as Titan hot seven, The Mighty Aphrodite, the Reynolds Brothers, and various others. (photo by

Ian Siegal - Born in the deep south (of England!) in 1971, Ian's earliest musical memories are of Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis and Chuck Berry, but it was on hearing the great Little Richard that he really caught the music bug and became nothing short of obsessive about it. This lead him into a life-long passion for the Blues and all of its various branches, and most of all, the man he calls "The Blues God" - the inimitable Muddy Waters.

Side Street Reny - Reny and Bell (together for 14 years) blend bluesy/funky finger-style and slide on National Resonator guitar, original poignant songwriting and solid straight forward grooves. Drawing mostly from pre-war blues, roots and folk music with a little old school rap, calypso and dancehall reggae, SSR manage to forge their own sound and push musical boundaries in an era when many other musicians strive to sound the same.
Hans Theessink - Like others of his generation, in the early 1960's a love of the Blues took hold of the man whom Bo Diddley described as "one helluva guitar player", and it has not let go since. Above all, the country blues with its earthy and heartfelt sound impressed Hans Theessink and played a major role in his development as a musician. His roots are unmistakenly in the blues, but has also been influenced by countless other aspects of roots music. This musical variety has become a trademark of Hans Theessink, who as a songwriter has succeeded in building bridges to the present in addressing issues which reflect the reality of the here and now.
Brooks Williams - With bluesy finger-picking, soaring bottleneck slide, and swinging flat-picking, Brooks Williams' music is rooted in the blues and is as fresh and original as any music you are likely to hear. His unique combination of traditional and original music inspired Dirty Linen magazine to call Brooks Williams one of "America's musical treasures." His guitar skills won him a place on the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists list, in company with the likes of Michael Hedges, Chet Atkins, Leo Kottke, Doc Watson, and David Bromberg, to name a few.
Toby Walker -"Flat out... you have to hear this great musician... I'm blown away"- Jorma Kaukonen - Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Toby Walker is a unique, accomplished fingerstyle guitar virtuoso adept at blues, rags and hot country picking, coaxing more out of a guitar than anyone can imagine, but the originality doesn't end there.He is also a skilled singer and songwriter who draws inspiration from traditional and contemporary music. Toby's passion for the blues and other traditonal Amercian music sent him into the deep south where he tracked down old time musicians of an earier era, learning directly at the feet of Etta Baker, Jack Owens and many others. Toby takes this foundation and creates something uniquely his own and has been eagerly received in concert halls, festivals, schools and coffeehouses throughout the U.S., England and Europe.