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.
Today we’re premiering a track from Minneapolis-based musician John Mark Nelson. The song, “Shorebird,” is a beautifully executed piece of folk-pop songwriting. Nelson’s whispered vocals glide across the lush instrumentation of acoustic guitar, sparse percussion, pedal steel and cello. Simple in its approach and production, “Shorebird” still possesses all the charm to totally captivate the listener.
In the first half of my life, fear was the enemy. It limited what I did and who I was. As time has gone by, I have come to understand that fear can be a friend that brings about positive change and enriches my experience on this planet.
Today we’re thrilled to share a video of blues-folk icon Chris Smither playing his live acoustic performance of his classic song, “Devil Got Your Man.” This song holds a special place in Smither’s catalog, as it’s the first song he ever wrote! It and many other classics are part of Smither's Still on the Levee, a retrospective two-CD set due out July 22.
We’ve heard plenty of covers of Metallica songs over the years. But this might be a first. Below, listen to “Nothing Else Matters,” performed by a group called The Boys of County Nashville. The band pulls out all the stops in this Celtic tribute, with flute, fiddle, acoustic guitars and more.
Today we’re honored to premiere the song “She Makes It Easy Now” by Southern singer-songwriter Jesse Winchester. Recorded before he passed away on April 11, 2014, this song, and the album A Reasonable Amount of Trouble are slated for release September 10.
We’re excited to present you with the premiere of the latest video from LA-based band The Gromble. Below, the band sets up in a tunnel to perform their single, “Don’t Stand a Chance.”Opening with a hooky acoustic guitar riff that’s equal parts Weezer and Real Estate, “Don’t Stand a Chance,” is irresistible from the start.
We recently had NYC musician Sean Sullivan stop by the Acoustic Nation studio for an exclusive interview and lesson. Sullivan also delivered two great performances of his songs “Ready” and “American Jones.” Almost completely different stylistically, the songs paint a good picture of Sullivan’s all-encompassing musicality.
Check out this clip of Tosin Abasi covering Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android” from 2010. In it, the Animals as Leaders guitarist swaps his 8-string electric for a classical guitar. Along with upright bassist Matthew Hemerlein, Abasi fingerpicks his way through a dreamy rendition of this OK Computer anthem.
Behind their sassy, wisecracking exterior, NYC’s Wise Girl hide a enchanting acoustic-y heart. And it’s this side of the coin that we see with their latest EP, Sing Me to Sleep. Consisting of a trio of smartly written songs with sad but hopeful lyrics and velvety vocals, Abby Weitz leads the band to delicately delightful places.