This one is a toe-tapper from Tilly and the Wall. Jamie Pressnall transforms her feet into percussive instruments, and writes her parts by tapping them over and over until they're muscle-memorized.
By chance, Steve Johnson's bagpipes carried "Amazing Grace" about a mile over a lake one night to HN contributor Clay Lomneth's ears. Here is the story he found.
Don't let the beer-soaked songs about beer fool you: Bolzen Beer Band's Dave Socha is a scholar. Here, he teaches us about his Hohner Compadre and the art of the accordion.
Heather Berney says this guitar is her most important possession, and it's no wonder. Every song she's written for The Betties can be traced back to its strings.
Kris Lager says he plays music to make people feel alive. With four strings and a little ingenuity, he gives life to a cigar box, too.
The Mezcal Brothers' Gerardo Meza chooses an acoustic guitar from the '50s to feature in this photo essay and video.
An old broken Wurlitzer bought off eBay from a man in Boston, taken to D.C. for repair and then brought to Omaha: This is the Mynabirds' Laura Burhenn and her instrument.