Today I’m excited to share a new track from music veteran Peter Rowan. Opening with a gospel-infused power chorus leading into an infectious groove, “River of Time” gets its boogie on. It’s a toe-tapping, guitar riffin,’ singalong good time.
I bought my guitar on a whim in a small shop on the outskirts of Buffalo about seven years ago. It was on sale for 350 dollars. The guy threw in a gigbag, too. My previous guitar was a beautiful Taylor that cost me more than I pay in rent even today.
On almost every Springsteen compilation, “Atlantic City” is the black sheep, standing alone in a catalog filled with horn-filled rave-ups of rebellion and romance, and simple, stout rockers detailing the darker sides of the American dreeam. Nebraska as a whole is an extreme outlier in his discography. Recorded by Springsteen alone with a four-track recorder, the album is made up entirely of Springsteen’s vocals and acoustic playing.
Here’s something super cool from Dead Fingers. It's a free download of their song "Twisted" from their brand new album Big Black Dog. This upbeat little romp truly is twisted. Ironically enticing. But luckily it's also fun and clever and a very good harbinger of other good things from this husband and wife duo from Birmingham.
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.