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.
Now is the time when you look back at all the fabulous and horrific moments of the previous year. But it can also be a time to look forward at new possibilities. This year, I propose a set of guitar resolutions that are sure to energize my guitar interactions for the year to come and beyond.
I grew up listening to James Taylor, and I admit I know pretty much every word of every song he’s ever performed. But when it comes to the guitar parts, that’s something I’ve still gotta work on. Luckily the legendary Mr. Taylor has taken steps to remedy that. He’s posted a series of free lessons on his site that not only run through some of his most beloved songs, they also incorporate new portable camera technology so that you can see his right hand technique from the inside.
Here’s a cool video from guitarist Richard Keelin from Ashland, KY. Utilizing a thumb pick and finger style combo, Keelin digs in to a wide variety of covers with material ranging from Chet Atkins to The Beatles, Nirvana and Pharrell Williams.
They’re incredible. These kids have found a true talent, some of them at a very young age. Here we take a look at ten talented youngsters who have followed their passions to become top performers while they are still merely children. Inspiring, to say the least.
With 2015 around the corner, here’s a great way to revisit some of the biggest songs of 2014. Dutch guitarist Eddie van der Meer guides us through with this stellar fingerstyle medley. The performance features snippets of of Magic!’s “Rude,” Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me,” Avicii’s “Hey Brother,” Passenger’s “Let her Go” and much more.
If you are a country music fan, more specifically the greats such as George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith or Vince Gill, chances are one of your favorite songs was written, or co-written, by a man named Dean Dillon. Unless you're a serious music buff - this may be an unfamiliar name - until now.
I was driving down Broadway in Nashville when I saw 3 guys with drumsticks bashing out a beat while the 4th guy was stringing his electric guitar. Confused and curious, I pulled over and found the secret to touring for a struggling artist in 2014! Meet The Vonnugets from Detroit!