Oftentimes we hear,“You’re good for a girl.” “Oh, you play the [fill in the blank]?” “Man that’s hot, I love watching girls play.” Get over it. It won’t go away. It’s just something we have to deal with as female musicians. So for those of us who enjoy our womaness, it’s kinda cool to watch the naysayers and doubters change their tune. Even still, as women we have a tendency to skip out on the technological side of things, the nuts and bolts of how and why things work.
While Rich Robinson might be known primarily for his work with The Black Crowes, his solo work is gaining much attention these days – and for good reason. With two solo records under his belt already, his upcoming release The Ceaseless Sight represents the full maturation of Robinson as a songwriter, a vocalist, and a solo artist. The album is slated for release June 3 via The End Records.
This song is a journey which takes you through the beautiful English landscape to a final resolution and revelation. A favourite from my repertoire, this is a song that I never get bored of performing.
I don’t know about you, but I am always intrigued to discover how things are made. And when we’re talking about guitars, well, let’s just say I’m into it times a thousand. It’s not just the steps it takes to create each gorgeous guitar. It’s the people who work on them. The skilled craftsmen and women who touch each and every neck and body and inlay and fret and …well you get the idea. My recent trip to the Taylor Guitars factory in El Cajon, CA is a case in point.
Last year multi-platinum band the Goo Goo Dolls released Magnetic, their 10th studio album. The collection of masterfully written songs debuted in the top ten, charting strongly with singles like the red-hot “Come to Me.” This year the band decided to mix things up with an acoustic tour titled The Otis Midnight Sessions. Instead of pairing things down, this tour found them on stage with a wide range of fabulous acoustic musicians.
With springtime coming just around the corner (for some of you anyway), what better instrument than the ukulele for strumming on the porch on a balmy day? Luckily, the folks at Fender agree, and have partnered with us to offer one of their brand new ukes – the Ukulele Hau’oli to be exact – for one lucky winner.
This is it! You’re inspired to write a song! In a frenzy of creativity, you work out a fabulous verse and an equally fabulous chorus! And then it happens….nothing. You run completely out of steam and don’t know why. You start telling yourself, “Maybe a song that’s only 1 minute and 23 seconds is long enough? It’s “minimalistic” music, right?” Welcome to SECOND VERSE HELL!
I think a lot about why I write. Is it all a big vanity project? Am I capable of having a new, independent thought? Is anyone? Does anyone really care about this? Will what I write make a dent in the social consciousness? Will I actually be able to touch someone’s life? Would my efforts be better spent rolling up my sleeves and serving lunch at a soup kitchen? I think a lot about that one.
Rodrigo y Gabriela's new record 9 Dead Alive is now streaming in its entirety. Take a listen here.9 Dead Alive (ATO) will be released on April 29, and it is the band's first record of new material in five years. It is available for pre-order now.