I had the privilege of sitting down with John Butler recently as he went through the fingering and technique for his new song “Spring to Come” off the upcoming album Flesh and Blood. Check it out and Play It Now!
NBC’s The Voice brought a fresh approach to the singing competitions on TV. And now in season 7 they have brought a fresh voice in Luke Wade. While most of America has learned of Luke from his time on the Voice, you should keep getting to know him through his sophomore album The River.
In the new episode of “Dave Doll’s Pro Tips,” Dave talks with Martin’s Director of Museum and Archives, Dick Boak. Select items from the Martin archives like the oldest sales journal, a 1936 in-store display, and original Martin strings from the 1930’s.
Here’s a kick ass performance by the acoustic guitar masters of Guitar Republic, “Funky Sexy Republic.” I can’t stop watching! Employing every technique you can think of—tapping, plucking, bowing, strumming, and more — this trio of Sergio Altamura, Stefano Barone and Pino Forastiere give it their all!
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.