Here's a video of singer songwriter Justin Townes Earle performing at San Francisco's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in late 2013. Earle, son of the famed alt country artist Steve Earle and a Bloodshot Records recording artist, plays a Recording King RAJ-126 acoustic guitar here.
I learned early in life from watching my mother that the key to life is not how much money you have, how much talent you have or what kind of situation you find yourself in. The key is having the HEART to drag yourself out of the mud and make something of whatever you have. I'm not talking about making lemonade when life hands you lemons. I'm talking about making lemonade when you don't have ANY of the ingredients.
Here’s Tosin Abasi from Animals As Leaders doing his thing on an eight-string acoustic guitar built and designed by Julien Bergeron. Tosin says, “I am blown away by the tone, volume and playability of this thing!”
Fahey’s stunning 1959 debut album, Blind Joe Death is an instrumental album of steel-string acoustic blues that may not seem all that unusual in today’s musical framework. But in 1959 it was simply unheard of. Without funding from any major label, Fahey created Tacoma Records to press one hundred copies of Blind Joe Death.
Here's a really cool lesson from acoustic master Mike Dawes. In it he teaches a technique for fretting and plucking a harmonic note all with the right hand. As he says, this leaves your left hand free to do other things. What those are is up to you!
We’re teaming up with the folks at Cort to bring you the MR600F acoustic/electric guitar giveaway. This contest ends February 28th, 2014. For over 50 years, Cort has built some of the finest guitars and basses in the industry, and the MR600F acoustic guitar is no different. We’re thrilled to put this fine instrument in the hands of one lucky winner.
Mike Dawes first came across our stream of consciousness when we find his amazing video of "The Impossible" on YouTube. The song, from his album What Just Happened?, showcases his innate melodic instinct and incredible guitar prowess. We caught up with Dawes when he was in sunny Cali to get the scoop on his amazing technique and more. Check it out!
With the release of his new, four-song EP, In The Inbetween, on February 25, singer/songwriter Seiichi Daimo invites us into an intimate world of off-kilter but compelling songs. The somewhat stark mix makes you sit up and pay attention, in a pleasant and satisfying way. The title track, “In The Inbetween,” kicks it off with a rollicking lilt and a singalong chorus. With a solid beat and some badass banjo, it’s my favorite of the bunch. The entire collection is well written and just different enough to get its grip on you and hold on tight.
Want to see some really sick guitar playing? So did I. That’s why I hauled it over to The Independent in San Francisco last night to see the killer performance of the John Butler Trio. With selections ranging from trippy reggae-tinged sing-alongs to lovely harmony-laden ballads and straight out rock tunes, the set was not only varied, it was enthralling.
People often ask me why I write songs. The quick easy answer is "Because I need to." Writing songs has been my way of processing life since I was 11 years old. I think men often have trouble talking about our feelings. We tend to keep them to ourselves a lot of the time.