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CLUE #2: The brothers walked a moonlight mile like a rolling stone on fire; so heavy a road should never be.

Make your guesses at our Facebook event page. Here's the link:

2014 Hillside Album Hour Guess-A-Thon!

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Yes, it's true. The Waybacks are returning to MerleFest for our 7th consecutive Hillside Album Hour! Either we must be doing something right or someone's not paying attention.

If you've been around for all of these, or heard it through the grapevine, we began with Led Zeppelin II and rocked on with Sticky Fingers, Abbey Road, Eat A Peach, Are You Experienced, and Before The Flood. Along the way, we've been aided by a dazzling array of talented partners-in-crime, including Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello, John Cowan, Joan Osborne, Susan Tedeschi, Sarah Dugas, Mike Farris, Della Mae, The Wailin' Jennys, Jim Lauderdale, Sam Bush, Jens Kruger, Jerry Douglas, John R. Burr, Kym Warner, Rob Ickes, and the list goes on.

In keeping with tradition, we'll be posting a series of oblique, obscure, and otherwise impossible-to-solve clues for you all to attempt to decipher. So unless you're incredibly gifted at breaking cryptic codes, you might just have to wait for the downbeat at the Hillside Stage to find out what we have in store.

But that shouldn't stop you from trying. Fabulous prizes beyond thought await the winner. Or something. Make your guesses in the spaces below. Guess early and often. But don't offer the same guess more than once. There are no bonus points for that.

Make your guesses at our Facebook event page. Here's the link:

2014 Hillside Album Hour Guess-A-Thon!

And now, for your guessing pleasure, is our first clue for 2014. Good luck and let the guessing begin!

CLUE #1

Imagine a murder of crows, a number of them too high to fly, unable to fit into the overhead compartment, yet not high enough to appease the demands of the Yellow Bird, nay the Blackbird.

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It took awhile, but we're finally able to offer you the chance to check out last year's Hillside Album Hour in the privacy of your own home, car, headphones, or wherever you like to groove on tunes. It took two discs to fit all the music but we captured every last note and packaged them up for your listening pleasure. So, click on the link below to head on over to the company store and get your dose of the good stuff.

Hendrix on the Hillside

We'll have digital downloads available in the not-too-distant future, but for now it's old school, just like Jimi did it.

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CLUE #4: I was familiar with one road, and the other just disappeared into the distance.

Make your guesses at our Facebook event page. Here's the link: 2013 Hillside Album Hour Guess-A-Thon!

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CLUE #3: Check out our post in the Earth Sciences forum.

Make your guesses at our Facebook event page. Here's the link: 2013 Hillside Album Hour Guess-A-Thon!

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CLUE #2: Two lost orphans find their way home.

Make your guesses at our Facebook event page. Here's the link: 2013 Hillside Album Hour Guess-A-Thon!

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Well, they said it couldn't be done, but The Waybacks are returning to MerleFest for our 6th Hillside Album Hour! This is starting to become an addictive habit.

Our run of past transgressions, in order of appearance, began with Led Zeppelin II and rocked on with Sticky Fingers, Abbey Road, Eat A Peach, and Are You Experienced. Along the way, we've been aided by a dazzling array of talented partners-in-crime, from Emmylou Harris to Elvis Costello, John Cowan to Joan Osborne, Susan Tedeschi to Sarah Dugas, Sam Bush to Jens Kruger to Jerry Douglas to Jim Lauderdale, and many, many, more.

For this year's model, we're digging into the vaults for something we think is pretty special. We hope you will, too.

In keeping with tradition, we'll be posting a series of oblique, obscure, and otherwise impossible-to-solve clues for you all to attempt to decipher. So unless you're incredibly gifted at breaking cryptic codes, you might just have to wait for the downbeat at the Hillside Stage to find out what we have in store.

But that shouldn't stop you from trying. Fabulous prizes beyond thought await the winner. Make your guesses in the spaces below. Guess early and often, but donít offer the same guess more than once Ė there are no bonus points for that.

Make your guesses at our Facebook event page. Here's the link: 2013 Hillside Album Hour Guess-A-Thon!

Your first clue follows. Good luck to all. Let the guessing begin!

CLUE #1: This fabled recording studio is no stranger to the Album Hour.

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Resident Waybacks guitarist extraordinaire James Nash has just released an instructional guitar video, aptly titled "Making the Acoustic Guitar Rock!" The two-hour DVD covers a wide range of topics, from basics like alternate picking and how to make bar chords and string bends easier, to more advanced strategies for moving around the fingerboard and playing over chord changes. James shows how he works influences like Keith Richards and Neil Young into his flatpicking, and shares ideas for improvising over bluegrass standards like "Cherokee Shuffle" and "Blackberry Blossom," as well as songs like "Hide Your Love Away," "Cocaine," and his own "Bright Place."

There's a lot here for players of all levels, as well as some exciting off-the-cuff studio jams. So, if you want to get a glimpse at how James does what he does on the acoustic and bring some new ideas and techniques to your own playing, head on over to our Mercantile & Boutique at the link below for more info.

Making The Acoustic Guitar Rock!

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This past April we celebrated our fourth consecutive Hillside Album Hour by playing the Allman Brothers' classic recording, Eat A Peach, in its entirety, along with a version of Whipping Post for good measure. Joining us were good pals Joan Osborne on lead vocals, John R. Burr on keyboards and Hammond B-3, Larry Atamanuik on drums, and the Wailin' Jennys on backing vocals.

We're happy to announce that we captured every note and are now able to share them with you via the modern miracle of CD or Digital Download, as you choose. To check out what took place on that sun-drenched afternoon under a fine Carolina blue sky, click the yellow peach colored link below, head on over to our Mercantile & Boutique, and get a healthy dose of those timeless tunes.

Eat A Peach

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We're very pleased to confirm that our pal, Joan Osborne, will bring her serious vocal chops to bear as our lead vocalist for this year's Hillside Album Hour at MerleFest on April 30. We'll be holding our annual contest to guess the album on Facebook this year. Stay tuned for the first clue and details on how to enter your best guess.

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