SHEL recently invited us to a studio in Nashville to capture them performing one of their infectious folk tunes. Below, the band plays “Like Minded Fool,” showcasing their hypnotic vocal arrangements and serious songwriting talent. Comprised of four sisters, SHEL is an acronym for their names; Sarah on violin, Hannah on keyboards, Eva on mandolin, and Liza on drums, djembe and beatboxing. Hailing from Fort Collins, CO, the sisters are classically trained musicians known for their impressive harmonized vocals, infections rhythms and captivating shows.
One of the most exciting guitarists in Nashville (and beyond) is Jim Oblon. His latest release Sunset features his own songs as well as re-envisioned classics like "Lucille." Forging old with new seamlessly is a craft he describes in this interview!
Here’s something hot off the presses from artist Mike Errico. It’s a cool, artsy video for his song, “Count to Ten,” from the Wander Away album. The dreamy, home-movie stylings here perfectly compliment the lilting, lovely vocal and acoustic-y accompaniment. The imagery throughout pulls you into this sweetly sentimental story. You’ll wanna go there, we promise.
It’s that time of year. Trimming the tree, sipping on egg nog, and of course, strumming a few tunes with family and friends. Many of the songs we love to sing and play this time of year of simply arranged. And you can dig right in and play ‘em to your heart’s content. Here are some of our faves that are easy to play at the drop of a hat (a Santa hat that is!).
Today we’re sharing an exclusive acoustic video from The Vespers. It’s a cover of Coldplay’s “Another’s Arms” done up just fine. Their interpretation of this sad but lovely song features some lacy mandolin and acoustic guitar strums and gentle harmonies.
Here’s an unreleased acoustic version of the song “Hope” by We Came As Romans. This angst-filled plea adapts very nicely to this simplified arrangement. Strings and strums underlay the growly vocal delivery. There are some nice, subtle turns here.
Lucinda Williams' songs are like horses that fly over the usual songwriting hurdles because they don't try to be anything more than what they are: simple truths, easy to sing (and remember) melodies, both set to smoldering grooves.
Here’s a super cool acoustic version of Requiem performing their new song “Sticks and Stones and Her Lovely Bones.” I love it! Strip away the ten ton blast and this cool vibe still remains. As a matter of fact, it almost has an Elvis Costello-esque vibe.