There’s nothing quite like a really fine instrument. You touch it and it responds almost with a magnetism that draws you in. You play it and it’s as if everything you know and love about guitar comes into sharp focus. Here, to add to your yearning, are ten beautifully made guitars. Each worthy of your next daydream.
Here is a lovely acoustic version of the pop song “Chandelier,” originally performed by Sia. This sumptuous version by Fatai gives new meaning to the song, infusing it with heartfelt longing supported by some sweet fingerstyle guitar.
Here’s a bonus acoustic version of Right The Stars’ title track to their upcoming release, “The Only Thing.” The album is set to drop on October 14, 2014. This heartfelt version is delivered with whispery vocals and delicate fingerpicked accompaniment. Almost like the listener is eavesdropping on a fragile and precious secret.
We all have to start somewhere. From that first secondhand guitar to superstar…it doesn’t happen overnight. Here some great players share the stories of their humble beginnings and their musical influences.
Here’s a clip of the Stones playing one of their best acoustic numbers, “Wild Horses.” The video was shot live (in appropriately moody black and white) at Toshiba/EMI Studios in Tokyo back in 1995. “Wild Horses” originally appeared on the Stones’ 1971 album Sticky Fingers, and was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. This version appears on the album Stripped, which is a collection of live recordings from smaller venues and studio recordings.
Here’s a little slice of honky-tonk heaven for your listening pleasure. It’s our exclusive premiere of Loudon Wainwright III performing Chris Smither’s “Place in Line.” Wainwright’s laid-back execution of this Dylan-tinged tune is extremely appealing. Cool piano and some great lyrics bring it on home.
There is a standard joke in Nashville that goes "What do you call a songwriter without a wife or girlfriend?" The punchline is "homeless." There is almost always some truth in a joke. The truth in this one is that most of us - me included - need some support, both emotional and financial, early in our careers if we hope to succeed.
Happy birthday to us! That’s right, today we’re celebrating the one year anniversary of the launch of AcousticNation.com, Guitar World’s channel for the contemporary acoustic music world. And what better way to celebrate than to take a look back at some of my favorite highlights of that year.
If your day is missing some gorgeous guitar work, with lovely tone and virtuosic dexterity, you’ve come to the right place. Today we’re premiering “Stone Cross” by Julian Lage and Chris Edridge from their new album Avalon, release October 7.