New York City-based guitarist/songwriter Sean Sullivan has an extremely mixed background in music. His style blends folk, rock, Latin, blues and more to create a distinctive musical melting pot. But of all of Sullivan's influences, it’s jazz that runs the deepest. Here, he takes a second to explain the role of a guitar player in a jazz band.
We recently had acoustic guitarist Tommy Emmanuel drop by the Acoustic Nation studio. In addition to an exclusive interview and lesson, he also treated us to a personal performance of his track, “Hope Street.” Inspired by the unlikely combination of George Harrison and Keb’ Mo’, the tune implements Emmanuel’s trademark picking style along with some genius melodic work.
Cifras, a Brazil-based guitar-centric website, posted this brief video to its Facebook page earlier this month. It shows a 10-year-old blind boy, Felix St. Hilare of Quebec, Canada, performing a bit of Robert Johnson-style Delta blues on acoustic guitar, which he plays flat on his lap, much like the late Jeff Healey.
So you’ve reached that point in the song; you’ve written two verses and a chorus, and that little voice in your head says “I need to write a bridge.” But do you really??? When do you know if a song truly needs a bridge?
I know what you’re thinking. Slipknot and “acoustic” just don’t go together. But the band, Listopad, disagrees. And you will be glad you do when you check out their acoustic video of Slipknot’s “Before I Forget.” This super cool unplugged take is loaded with energy and angst.
Although all of these classic songs may not have been originally recorded on acoustic, they all are perfect for an acoustic jam. These aren’t ranked in any order, just ten great songs that are super easy to play. Even if you can’t master the iconic riffs that are part of most of these, they’re all great to add to your fun strumming repertoire.
LR Baggs recently unveiled this video featuring country songwriter Sturgill Simpson. The clip showcases Simpson performing his track “Life of Sin” live at legendary RCA Studio A in Nashville, TN. According to the video’s description, Sturgill’s guitar was recorded direct with the LR Baggs Lyric Classical internal microphone.
Here’s latest video from Los Angeles-based songwriter Tom Freund, premiering today exclusively on Acoustic Nation. Led by his ukulele, “Next Time Around” instantly takes you away to a beachy paradise, or in this case, Freund's virtual backyard of Venice, California. The touch of strings and mermaid-evoking background vocals only add to the island vibe of the track. A multi-instrumentalist in his own right, Freund also performs the upright bass, guitar and keyboards in addition to the ukulele.
Before anything else, I am a songwriter, performer and guitarist. But it's my role as a producer that this three-headed hydra is fed in a way the artist's path could never. The role of producer removes me from the soft cocoon of the self-absorbed singer songwriter. This is simply because, for lack of a better word, I'm dealing with other people’s shit.