Fills, those brief instrumental runs that occupy the spaces between vocal lines, no doubt have their origin in the call-and-response vocal tradition associated with country blues, gospel, work songs and field hollers. On records, guitar fills can be overdubbed, but you can enhance both your rhythm playing and soloing by learning to alternate seamlessly between steady chord patterns and well-placed melodic phrases.
I’m listening to Eliot Bronson’s “Comin’ For Ya North Georgia Blues” late at night in my dimly lit living room. Perhaps not the best setting for this rollicking eye opener. Bronson knows how to deliver some fantastically fun music with solid arrangements and clever lyrics. But he can also produce that magic that pulls all of these elements into a brilliant barn burner of a track.
There have been a ton of articles and posts published lately about the dire straits of the music industry. And most of them have several good points. But is it all woefully bad? Should we just throw in the towel? If you think so, then just move along and let someone else read this article.
Due out on September 9, 2x4 is a collection of four lush and gorgeous songs featuring simple rhythms, finger snaps, and clear and ringing acoustic guitar instrumentation. But the star of the show is Crowder’s smoky tone and silky delivery.
Check out this live video of guitarist Erik Mongrain. His lap-tapping guitar wizardry is showcased here in a spectacular way. Mongrain was born in April 1980 in Montreal, Québec, Canada and began to teach himself how to play guitar from age 14.
Today we are happy to share a little sway and swagger from Johnny Lewis with the exclusive premiere of the song “Little” from his upcoming self-titled, debut album releasing September 23. Steeped in Americana with a country backbone, this song takes an unexpected folky turn when the vocal enters. Its sing-songy vibe is a bit off-kilter, but not in a bad way.
Today we’re thrilled to share a live video from Cloud Cult featuring their song “Responsible.” The band is touring in support of their recently released acoustic album, Unplug on Earthology Records.This performance was filmed at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis, MN. “Responsible” originally appeared on the band’s Light Chaser album from 2010.
Today I’m excited to share the track “Don’t Hesitate,” the title track from Raul Midón’s new album, slated for release September 30. With fun and funky rhythmic elements and a kickin’ organ, the song delivers a message of unity. “When it comes to needing love we’re all the same.”