I had the pleasure of connecting with the talented Rorie Kelly last year when she submitted to perform at the She Rocks Showcase at the NAMM Show in Nashville. Since then I’ve been an avid believer in this NYC-based singer/songwriter. Kelly has faced her demons and is striking out to fulfill her dream with the creation of her new album Rising Rising Rising. She’s got a crowd-funding campaign underway on RocketHub to fund the project. Check out her uplifting message and gorgeous vocals here>>
Vance Joy has released a cover of Taylor Swift’s “I Know Places” from her album 1989. Joy will join Swift as main support on The 1989 World Tour, which kicks off May 20 (dates below). Taylor Swift previously covered Vance Joy’s 2x Platinum “Riptide” on BBC Radio 1’s Live Room in October, and you can watch that clip below.
Here’s not something you see everyday. It’s Candy Rat Records artist Luca Stricagnoli’s take on "Promentory” from the The Last Of The Mohicans soundtrack. In it, Stricagnoli’s sits a 7-string acoustic on his lap, and two other guitars (a baritone and standard) on nearby stands.
Chunky guitars paired with a breathy, sensuous vocal open Alanna Clarke’s acoustic video for “Heartstrings.” Spilling into the immediately catchy chorus, Clarke serves up some sweet melodic turns accented by her spot on vocal delivery. Like, like, like!
Today we’re thrilled to share with you the premiere of Sarah Blacker’s ukulele-based “It Shows.” The track is included on Blacker’s upcoming release, In Waves, out May 19. “This song is about when you know you're in love but neither person is admitting to it yet for fear that the magic will be lost, or that the other person may not love you back,” she shares.
LA’s Mercies were gracious enough to film an acoustic version of their song “Zalea” for us, which you can check out below! The track is featured on the band’s sophomore LP, Blue Against Green, which they released March 31. Originally from Connecticut, Mercies moved to Los Angeles, CA in 2013, and signed to Randm Records soon after.
Love Mumford and Sons? Joni Mitchell? Led Zeppelin? Patti Griffin? Have you tried to play their songs but just couldn’t make them sound quite right? Welcome to the world of alternate tunings. Not all songs are written for, or played in, the standard E-A-D-G-B-E tuning. Alternate tunings open up a whole new world for guitarists willing to look beyond the standard tuning, offering the possibility of creating combinations of notes not previously available, or only available to those with enormous hands.
Here Alex Lifeson tells the story of the inception of the acoustic introduction to this classic hit. “All of our early albums were written on acoustic guitar. When Geddy [Lee, bass and vocals] and I would write the music, we’d sit down with a cassette recorder and two acoustic guitars, in spite of the fact that we were a hard rock band...