Check out this clip of Tosin Abasi covering Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android” from 2010. In it, the Animals as Leaders guitarist swaps his 8-string electric for a classical guitar. Along with upright bassist Matthew Hemerlein, Abasi fingerpicks his way through a dreamy rendition of this OK Computer anthem.
Behind their sassy, wisecracking exterior, NYC’s Wise Girl hide a enchanting acoustic-y heart. And it’s this side of the coin that we see with their latest EP, Sing Me to Sleep. Consisting of a trio of smartly written songs with sad but hopeful lyrics and velvety vocals, Abby Weitz leads the band to delicately delightful places.
Today we’re proud to present the exclusive stream of The Dream of You and Me, the debut album from Denver’s Ark Life. In early 2013, These United States frontman Jessee Elliott was stopping over for a month in Denver on his way to a new life in New York. But as the members of Ark Life met and started playing music together, it became clear he’d have to stick around a little longer.
We recently had acoustic guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel stop by the Acoustic Nation studio. Luckily for you, we didn’t let him leave without passing on some valuable picking tips! Emmanuel has an uncanny ability for thumb and fingerstyle picking, and it’s our guess that hanging around Chet Atkins certainly helped too.
Today we’re happy to share the premiere of an acoustic video from Ohio-based trio, Plaid Brixx. Hot off the release of their new EP, Chemistry, lead singer, Chris Duggan, took some time to lay down this raw, straight to the heart of it, acoustic video of their title track, “Chemistry.”
Genre-shifting songwriter/guitarist Sean Sullivan recently dropped by our studio for an exclusive interview. He also performed two original songs and gave a lesson on rhythm jazz guitar playing, which we will be posting shortly. With a background that includes blues, jazz, folk, funk, reggae and more, Sullivan offers a unique sound inspired by his own distinctive melting pot of styles.
Let's talk about shapes! Also, let's take a look at my tiny hands. If you watch this video, you'll see that my hands are small. Like, really small. Smaller than they should be for someone my height, and definitely smaller than those of the average guitarist. This is ok!
Introducing The Jason Spooner Band from the complete opposite end of our country. JSB hail from the picturesque coast of Maine – a perfect backdrop for a lifestyle that is pure, uncomplicated and honest, the perfect combo for an introspective singer-songwriter such as Jason Spooner. The newest album (their 4th!), Chemical, is set for release on September 16. Chemical’s first single, “Fireflies”, overflows with youthful memories and descriptive imagery that transports the listener to simpler and desirable times.
Acoustic Nation's inaugural Songwriter Sessions: Live! event recently kicked off at Summer NAMM in Nashville, TN. Perfectly at home in the songwriter-haven that is Nashville, the event invited writers to submit their best tunes which were then voted on by AN readers. The top six songwriters – Kendra Bragg, Eric Coomer, Sam Hatmaker, Jenna Paone, Dani Poppitt and Chris Rogers – were selected to perform their submitted songs at Summer NAMM, and have them critiqued by hit songwriter Clay Mills and Acoustic Nation editor Laura Whitmore.
This month we’re excited to give away two tickets to the SongTown 9 Spot Coffee Shop webcast. I’ve personally attended these webcasts and they are chock full of useful, practical information for songwriters of every level. Plus you can ask your questions live. This month’s webcast brings in hit producer Jody Stevens and takes place on August 28, 2014 at 7:00pm Central Time. With your ticket you’ll get easy login information about how to join the event online.