You get the sense right away that Ryan Adams’ Heartbreaker isn’t your typical country album, or your typical any sort of ordinary album for that matter. Released in 2000, Heartbreaker was the first solo album from Ryan Adams, a distinct voice in the small alt-country genre that sprung up in the mid-90’s.
With his new record, The Straight and Narrow Way, NYC-native Riley Etheridge Jr. is proclaiming a new sound. Here we have a chat with Etheridge in our interview. Check it out, and enjoy an exclusive stream of album-standout “The Maze,” featuring Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek.
Here I'd like to share a new song on a very classic guitar. "That’s Enough For Me" comes with a driving Travis picking guitar part which is central to the song. The song is in swing time with a few cheeky little bends and pattern shifts that make it a bit of a right hand tangle.
As some of you out there might know by now, we enjoy sharing YouTube videos of guitarists who claim to be the "world's fastest guitarist." Mind you, we don't have a hand in declaring anyone the fastest, or the slowest/kindest/worst dressed, etc. We just get a kick out of watching these guys play — and we hope you feel the same way.
Singer-songwriter LP is certainly no stranger to live performance. Her only release, 2012’s live EP titled Live and EastWest Studios, is proof of that. But what I discovered a few nights ago at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall, is that to really “get” LP is to see her show
We've had a bit of fun with incredible guitarist Mike Dawes over the last few weeks. Here, we couldn't resist mounting a GoPro camera on the headstock of Dawes' guitar as he played his incredible, original composition, "The Impossible."
If you’ve got a hankering to witness the perfect classical guitar trifecta, then your best bet is to check out Stanley Jordan, Sharon Isbin and Romero Lubambo perform during Guitar Passions, a tour inspired by Isbin’s 2011 release Sharon Isbin & Friends: Guitar Passions.
Guitarist and singer/songwriter Jonatha Brooke recently opened her new musical play, "My Mother Has Four Noses" at the Duke Theater in New York city. The play, which explores her experience caring for her aging mother as she sinks deep into the effects of dementia, is at times both witty and poignant. Her album of the same name, featuring songs from the show, was recently released as well.
Here's a video of singer songwriter Justin Townes Earle performing at San Francisco's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in late 2013. Earle, son of the famed alt country artist Steve Earle and a Bloodshot Records recording artist, plays a Recording King RAJ-126 acoustic guitar here.
I learned early in life from watching my mother that the key to life is not how much money you have, how much talent you have or what kind of situation you find yourself in. The key is having the HEART to drag yourself out of the mud and make something of whatever you have. I'm not talking about making lemonade when life hands you lemons. I'm talking about making lemonade when you don't have ANY of the ingredients.