For the second year in a row, Metallica’s James Hetfield enjoyed a headlining slot at Acoustic-4-a-Cure, a pediatric cancer benefit concert. This year, Hetfield performed a tune with his oldest daughter, 16-year-old Cali.
We’re excited to share this announcement about a new album from the irrepressible John McLaughlin. It’s called Black Light and it’s due out in October 2015. In the video, McLaughlin shares an excerpt from the buoyant song, “El Hombre Que Sabía,” a heartfelt homage to his departed colleague, collaborator, and friend Paco De Lucia — with whom McLaughlin had intended to compose an album’s worth of new material just before De Lucia’s untimely passing.
When I first started to pursue a career in music, I set out on a path to try to become the best at everything. Then I realized that day that I needed to figure out what I was best at and to try to become one of THE best at THAT.
Comedian-actor Adam Sandler dropped by the Late Show with David Letterman to perform an acoustic tribute for the soon-to-be-retiring host. The tribute was equal parts hilarious and touching, as Sandler sang, “He’s leaving after thirty years/And you know he will be missed/If you like gap-tooth men in double-breasted suits/He’s number one on your top-ten list.”
Here's a relatively recent video by guitarist Fabio Lima. In the clip, which you can check out below, Lima creates a medley of Super Mario Bros. theme music as a unique fingerstyle/classical-guitar piece.
We recently spent some quality time with the super-talented Tony Lucca. Good music. Cool guy. Excellent tattoos. It was all good. Here Lucca shares his single “Delilah” acoustically live. Driving and soulful the song spills out in a supremely satisfying way in this stripped down version.
Woo hoo! If there's one thing I like it's a good solid song. And Greg Holden sure knows how to deliver those! I had the pleasure of chatting with Holden at the Acoustic Nation Studio about his new album Chase The Sun, his experience penning the massive hit "Home" for Phillip Phillips and a whole lot more.
Here we have the latest clever offering from YouTube sensation Rob Scallon, a banjo-riffic cover of Metallica’s “Battery.” It’s part of what Scallon is calling Maytallica, a month long celebration that we’re happy to endorse. Below, enjoy a country-fried version of this ‘Master of Puppets’ thrasher.
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.