In today’s episode, I go through a basic phrase I’m calling “4 Measure Mix Up.” I’ve constructed this pattern to make something simple seem a little more complex without it actually being too difficult. By giving the Em and Cmaj7 chords in the second measure one beat each, it throws off the balance a little, but makes for a cool deviation.
Here’s a treat! It’s The Dustbowl Revival’s video for their new single “Never Had To Go,” featuring the man himself, Dick Van Dyke and his wife Arlene dancing up a storm. The song is from their new album, With A Lampshade On, set to release on July 21 on Signature Sounds Recordings.
Today we’re happy to bring you the exclusive premiere of LA-based folk-punk troubadour Bryan McPherson’s “Days of Rage.” The song is partially inspired by his involvement in the Occupy Oakland protests of 2011. Melding Americana, folk, alternative, and punk into one incendiary, incisive sound, “Days of Rage” is a perfect example of McPherson’s songwriting style.
On the heels of releasing his new self-titled LP, Tony Lucca dropped by the Acoustic Nation studio to chat with editor Laura B. Whitmore. You may know him as a contestant on The Voice, but Lucca’s been honing his craft long before he appeared on the show. In fact, this is his eighth full-length album. Tony Lucca is his first self-titled release, and his first entirely self-produced effort.
The Women’s International Music Network (WiMN) hosted the 2015 She Rocks ASCAP Expo Showcase at the Tinhorn Flats Salon and Grill during the ASCAP “I Create Music” Expo in Hollywood, Calif., and it was nothing short of awesome. Check out live videos of four amazing performers here!
Here’s one of my favorite and certainly the most powerful live video we’ve ever recorded in the Acoustic Nation studio. It’s Greg Holden along with Alex Foote performing the amazing song “Boys in the Street.” The song appears on Holden’s new album Chase The Sun.
Jennifer Batten (guitarist for Jeff Beck, Michael Jackson and more) is launching a new touring 3 1/2 hour course this summer titled, "Jennifer Batten's Self-Empowerment for the Modern Musician Experience." Here she explores a great practicing tool that she finds indispensable.
For the second year in a row, Metallica’s James Hetfield enjoyed a headlining slot at Acoustic-4-a-Cure, a pediatric cancer benefit concert. This year, Hetfield performed a tune with his oldest daughter, 16-year-old Cali.