My first date with a guitar was on my 11th birthday. I opened a beautiful, electric, brand you never heard of guitar. There was an instant attraction. I played until my fingers bled. Sometimes I would take my cheap little amp out on our front porch and blast the neighborhood with my “music. One day, I asked my mother to take me to a music store. That’s where I fell in love. I picked up an Ovation 12 string guitar and strummed it...
We love Matt Nathanson’s latest offering Last of the Great Pretenders for a number of reasons. Solid songwriting, good lyrics, and of course, the many references to San Francisco. Acoustic Nation editor Laura B Whitmore had the opportunity to sit down with Nathanson and chat about how the record was made, as well as his influences, favorite gear, loves, hates and much more. Turns out, not only is Matt Nathanson a gifted songwriter, he’s also hilarious!
In this video, reviewer Justin Horenstein demos the Roland AC-40. This is a compact acoustic amp that’s super lightweight at less than 12 lbs. It has dual 6.5 inch speakers for stereo and a tilt stand to angle the amp upwards. The amp has two channels, each with their own independent EQ, reverb, and chorus controls. Channel 1 has a dedicated GUITAR input, and Channel 2 has a MIC/LINE input for another acoustic guitar or mic for vocals.
I recently stopped in at the Fillmore to check out the fabulous lads in Noah and The Whale. While I was drawn in by the charisma and talent of the entire band, it was violinist Tom Hobden that really caught my eye. Hobden often took the role as the lead player, playing memorable riffs with dramatic flare.
The Folk Alliance is an international organization, founded in 1989 which exists to foster and promote traditional, contemporary, and multicultural folk music and dance and related performing arts. Now 3100 members strong, the Folk Alliance community has grown to include record companies, publishers, presenters, agents, managers, music support services, manufacturers and artists that work in the folk world.
Grey Reverend, otherwise known as Brooklyn-based artist L.D. Brown, came to playing the guitar almost by accident. Check out his story and view the new video of his first single, "Everlasting," from the new full length release A Hero’s Lie.
One of the great parts about touring is meeting other artists and forging new relationships that might not otherwise come to pass. I met Isaac Johnson briefly when we shared the bill at a show in Hollywood. We kept in touch and quickly got the feeling that we might like to write together. That lead to a collaboration with a very satisfying result.
Why is it that we never get sick of the Oasis classic, “Wonderwall?” I personally have performed it at campfires and shows across the country! Is it the easy chords? The catchy chorus? The strange but somehow relatable lyrics? What is a wonderwall anyway? The world may never know…Here’s a collection of covers of this iconic cut. Each unique. Each with its own quirky spin. So grab a pint of Ben and Jerry’s and OD on “Wonderwall.” Got a great “Wonderwall” cover you’ve done yourself? Share a link in our comments below.
Have you written a song or two or three, but only play them to your mirror? Would you like to perform publicly and get inspired? It’s time to try an open mic! Chances are there are quite a few open mics in your area. Every one I’ve been to is generally supportive. When I went to my first open mic, I didn’t know how to plug in or even properly adjust a mic. Here are some tips to start you off!