Here’s a rare clip of two denim-clad musical legends performing together with acoustic guitars. It’s George Harrison and Bob Dylan rehearsing “If Not For You” before The Concert for Bangladesh in 1971. “If Not For You” was originally penned by Bob Dylan and appears on his 1970 album, New Morning. Soon after George Harrison released a version of the song on his post-Beatles masterwork, All Things Must Pass.
Today we're excited to premiere a Dylan-tinged tale by Ryan Culwell called “Never Gonna Cry.” On March 3rd, Culwell will release a new album called Flatlands on Lightning Rod Records (Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires, Billy Joe Shaver, Joe Pug). And here’s a little taste for what’s to come.
Today we’re thrilled to present you with the premiere of Ethan Jano’s “Wildfire.” The rollicking track is off Jano’s forthcoming debut album, I'll Be Fine, out February 10. Jano’s raw vocals and steady acoustic playing drive throughout the song like a freight train. It’s the sort of classic storytelling that brings to mind greats like Johnny Cash. “It’s probably the oldest song on the record,” says Jano. “I was writing a lot at the time but I don't think the songs then really shaped up to be anything, except ‘Wildfire.’”
That whooshing sound you hear is millions of guitar players exhaling in one, collective sigh of relief. On December 30, 2014, the US Department of Transportation finally issued a final rule to implement section 403 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 regarding the carriage of musical instruments as carry-on baggage or checked baggage on commercial passenger flights operated by air carriers.
Today we bring you another totally not-new video. However, it wound up in our inbox over the holidays, and we thought we'd share it. It's a clip of a guitarist named Jan Laurenz performing a piece he identifies merely as an "old folk song." The catch, I suppose, is that he's playing it on a BearTrax tap guitar.
Singing while playing guitar can be a daunting challenge for a beginner. A good sense of timing and rhythm and the ability to synthesize two different actions is necessary to pull it off. But like everything else you've learned to do on the guitar, it can be mastered.
I don't know about you, but I've got friends on Facebook posting things like "Good riddance 2014!" and "I made this resolution last year but 2015 is my year..." As for me, I'm actually guilty of a few "humble brags," because I doubled my musical income in 2014. I'm pretty confident I can do it again in 2015, too. Want me to share my secrets? Okay. :)
These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the February 2015 issue of Guitar World. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the Guitar World Online Store.
From a beef farm in Canada to co-writing with Taylor Swift in Nashville, Ryan Laird wasn't sure who he was musically until he took to the road. Pop hooks adorn this country lovin' farm boy with a story.