We were lucky enough to have singer, songwriter, guitarist and social activist Jason Mraz drop by the Acoustic Nation studio for this exclusive interview. Below, AN’s Jimmy Brown sits down with Mraz to discuss his brand new album YES! which just released July 15, plus gear, his charitable work through the Jason Mraz Foundation, and much more.
We first came across Mike Dawes a few months back and had a blast with him in the Acoustic Nation studio. His amazing percussive technique and adventurous guitar explorations are amazing to experience. Who knew he could take it even further?! But he's gone one or 80 steps beyond with this fun video of him performing in sync all over the world. Dawes shares, "This past year I took a GoPro camera and an iPhone all over the world to capture my 'What Just Happened?' world tour."
A song containing a few as one or two chords can be just as well-crafted as a far more intricate composition. Of course, the world is full of guitarists who play a D-to-G strum pattern ad infinitum, rhyme “fire” with “desire” and declare that they’ve written a song. You goal as a songwriter is to not be that person.
I'm thrilled to premiere this exclusive video from Lily and the Parlor Tricks created for Acoustic Nation! It's their song "Requiem" performed acoustically and fabulously with just a guitar, an Omnichord and RZA's iPhone drum app called iDrum. The result is truly something special.
When I turned 40 I felt as if there was a virus I was exposed to that somehow made me question my place in life. I was confused and foggy… obviously I was sick. What else could it be? I saw many of my friends going through the same thing. I looked at the symptoms. I’ve been a goal oriented person my whole life, but right now I was realizing the fact that I’d accomplished many of my original goals, so what now? Was it all downhill from here, or was this just as good as it gets?
Be the worst person in the room if you’re the songwriter. It’s one rule I’ve tried to follow and succeeded with to some degree. In the case of recording, if I’m the worst person in the room, then my recording is going to be all the better for it.
Here’s the world premiere of “Stuck” from South African folk-pop duo Connecting Stars. The track kicks off with a catchy glockenspiel melody that's bound to stick in your head all day, while the the acoustic guitar sparkles at the center of the song, carrying the listener through. While “Stuck” sounds happy, a deeper listen to the lyrics reveals more – “Am I waiting for lightning to strike me again / Am I willing to trade love for the next best thing,” the duo sings.
I had the pleasure of chatting with David Rosales with his musical partner, Olivia, at SXSW earlier this year. That’s why I jumped on the chance to premiere his new live video for his solo song, “Slice of Heaven.” Here Rosales lays out this laid back version of his sweetly optimistic, fun-loving song.
I have a degree in Psychology and I love to observe people. It’s fun to try to figure out what makes people tick. It’s also interesting to me to study successes and failures to better understand what causes one or the other. Here are my observations about successful songwriters.
If you’re a Metallica fan, you'll want to pick up the August 2014 issue of Guitar World. The issue delves deep inside of the band’s second album – the electrifying Ride The Lightning – with Kirk Hammett as your guide. as the album’s lone ballad – and Metallica’s very first – “Fade To Black” has become one of the band’s most legendary songs.