What do you get when you combine two of today’s hottest songs, strip away some of the sugary production and add a bit of acoustic guitar? Mikey Wax’s “All About That SHAKE.” Here Wax combines Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” with Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” to create a humorous video along with bandmates Joe Striff (guitar/background vocals) and Ricky Tomlinson (drums/background vocals).
Here’s a stunner from Anna Vogelzang called “Mercy” from her new EP release Driftless due out November 11. Her lovely poignant lyrics delivered with her distinctive vocal style draw the listener into her whistful musings. Her driving strum pushes the song along…it has somewhere to go!
In today’s episode, I go over how to swing eighth notes. Swung (as opposed to straight) eighth note pairs contain one long and one short eighth note. This literally translates to the first and third hits of an eighth note triplet figure. The strumming pattern I play in the examples can be applied to different types of music and can create different distinct feels depending on how you approach it.
Americana is alive and well in Boston, MA. Case in point, the unexpected pleasure of a live show from Mark Erelli at Cambridge’s Club Passim. On this pass, Erelli was performing songs written by New England legend Bill Morrissey. Erelli not only created a fitting tribute to this talent with his album Milltowns, he also made these gems his own.
Nathanson has partnered with Starkey Hearing Foundation to raise awareness and funds for the hearing impaired. 100% of proceeds from a video of Nathanson and his experience with the Foundation are being donated to the Foundation by Matt and his label, Vanguard Records. The more the VEVO/YouTube link is posted and shared, the more funds they will receive.
Ok, so you may be asking yourself, “Why is a metal bass player being featured on Acoustic Nation?” Wait for it. By now we’re all convinced that Robert Trujillo is a monster bass player. The job of providing the low end in Metallica – a band known for their lineage of fantastic bassists – is no easy task. But Trujillo delivers. What you’ll discover today, however, is that Trujillo’s musicality stretches beyond the bass. That’s right, we’re talking classical guitar maestro over here.
Today we’re thrilled to bring you a preview of Ben Ottewell’s new album Rattlebag in its entirety. As a singer and lead guitarist in rock band Gomez, Ottewell is well known for his unmistakable voice and talent for blistering and inspired guitar solos. Rattlebag releases on October 27 on The End Records / ADA.
We recently caught up with Andy McKee during his tour stop in Nashville, TN. Mr. McKee was gracious enough to take us backstage at Nashville’s Belcourt Theatre for some one-on-one acoustic awesomeness. We’ve got two live videos to share, and first up is the title track from McKee’s Mythmaker EP, which he released earlier this year. “Mythmaker” is a brainy, incredibly melodic composition that McKee performs here with amazing fluidity. His tone is as magic as his touch on the instrument, and it’s always fun to see that baritone Greenfield guitar up close and in action.
Here’s a treat. It’s a hand-selected playlist from the band Greylag. Each song has a special meaning for them, and they wanted to share that with you! Greylag's self-titled debut album was released on October 14th on Dead Oceans.