You have to be in a certain mindset to digest singer/songwriter Mark Kozelek’s sixth album as Sun Kil Moon, Benji. Benji is a record that deals with topics like unexpected death, and how its ripple is felt across the framework of people who may have barely known the person in question. It is also a record that anticipates death, and exposes in full detail the bare framework of family and friendship.
It's that time of year when some of us might start dotting our I's with little hearts and thinking of ways to impress. And for that I am here to help! Here are ten wonderful love songs that you can work out with ease. In fact, most of them only have three or four chords. These may be simpler versions than the original, but trust me, the object of your affection will not care.
Of the four Beatles, George Harrison brought to the group an assortment of electric and acoustic guitar approaches, flavors influenced by everyone from Chet Atkins and Carl Perkins to the Byrds and Bob Dylan.
Here's a doozy. Ten minutes of Stevie Ray Vaughan dishing out some stupendous blues magic on acoustic as part of an MTV Unplugged episode from 1990. Vaughan doesn't waste any time getting busy, and starts out with "Rude Mood," followed by a rousing acoustic "Pride and Joy."
A Los Angeles resident with Southern Louisiana roots, Rod Melancon has a pure and honest songwriting style that reflects an admiration for greats like Cash and Springsteen, with the classic swagger of Elvis. For his upcoming full length Parish Lines, Melancon teamed with Dwight Yoakam guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Brian Whelan to create a collection of Americana-rooted rock ‘n’ roll.
If you’re terrified every time you have to fly, because some airlines let you carry on your guitar, some don’t, and you’re never sure which will, which won’t, and when. WELL, WONDER AND WORRY NO MORE!! In 2012,President Obama signed into law the ‘‘FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012,’’ which, along with provisions for enhancing runway safety and easing restrictions on transporting lithium batteries, contains the following text...
While roaming booths at the 2014 NAMM Show, we were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of acoustic powerhouse and Austin, TX native Monte Montgomery rock the Peavey stage. Montgomery’s hybrid slide-picking approach is definitely impressive, and after he kicks in some gain, it’s easy to forget that you’re listening to an acoustic guitarist rather than a guy shredding a Strat. Here he’s plugged into a Budda Twinmaster.
I can remember the first time I heard Andy McKee’s music. I was in college, and walked into a friend’s room to find him and a bunch of kids (all guitar players) huddled around a computer. “Check this out,” one of them said. There on the screen was this guy with an acoustic guitar, slapping and tapping the side of it like it was a drum, while simultaneously playing this amazing melody. We all looked at the computer, eyes fixated. This was our introduction to Andy McKee, and the tune was “Drifting.”
I did not intend to buy this guitar. I was killing time in the guitar store adjacent to my podiatrist waiting for an appointment. I picked up the Teton just because it looked so stunning. I played it for a bit, and it sounded stunning, too.
There is a growing perception that music (and writers) have no intrinsic value. I have people all the time encouraging me to give a song away or to come play a show for free. I have actually had people get offended when I told them I wouldn’t come play somewhere for nothing. They tell me that I will be getting great “exposure” for my music. Meanwhile, they are packing the house and making lots of money on drinks, food and cover charges.