One of our Songtown citizens asked the question "How do you decide which artist to give your song to?" So, I thought I would answer that one to the best of my ability. Sadly, in my experience, it doesn't happen too often that multiple artists are fighting over the same song. I wish that happened more. But, most often, you have one artist wanting to cut your song.
I remember reading a quote somewhere about taking vinyl home and having to live with it. What struck me about the quote was the concept of "living" with what was just basically a vehicle for recorded music. What a strong sentiment. You never hear anyone talk about living with their mp3's, CDs, or whatever. It's a romantic notion for sure and it makes sense when you really start to break down what a vinyl record means.
Summer is finally here! And with that, the schedule of album releases slows a bit, letting everyone digest the musical offerings of spring. Although the year is still somewhat young, there have been some incredible releases already. Acoustically speaking, it has already been a year rife with innovation.
Today we’re happy to present the premiere of Kelley Mickwee’s “Take Me Home,” a track from her upcoming full length, You Used to Live Here. With a laid-back rhythm section and soaring pedal steel playing, the track highlights Mickwee’s pure, affecting vocal performance. An Austin, TX-based singer/songwriter, Mickwee co-wrote the "Take Me Home" with Phoebe Hunt.
When it comes to talent, age doesn’t matter. If you’ve got it, you’ve got it. And there is no doubt that 16-year-old guitarist Andreas Varady has got it in spades. And now we’re totally stoked to share his acoustic-based song, “Swing 42,” with you.
Led Zeppelin and the ukulele might be an unlikely combination, but this rendition of “Kashmir” is on point! The cover is performed by Bartt Warburton and James Hill, two ukulele players hailing from Australia and Canada, respectively. Warburton and Hill not only do an excellent job of keeping the song’s groove in tact, but they nail Robert Plant’s vocal line too.
NAMM opens its doors to musicians, songwriters, and sound and staging professionals on Music Industry Day, Saturday, July 19 from 10AM-4PM at Nashville’s Music City Center. Two of country music’s hottest new artists will perform on NAMM’s Acoustic Nation stage presented in partnership with Guitar World’s Acoustic Nation!
I can’t even begin to tell you how much I dig the first song from Goodnight, Texas’ new album, titled “A Bank Robber’s Nursery Rhyme.” An Americana romp that’s brimming with clever lyrics and a catchy banjo-based twang, “A Bank Robber’s Nursery Rhyme” appears on their sophomore release, Uncle John Farquhar, due out August 5, 2014.
Announcing Songwriter Sessions: Live! Enter for your chance at not only performing your song on the Acoustic Nation stage, but also having it critiqued and discussed by #1 hit songwriter and Songtown USA founder, Clay Mills and Acoustic Nation editor, Laura B. Whitmore.
We had the privilege of hanging with the supremely talented LP backstage at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco recently. And of course, we jumped at the chance to catch a live performance of her new, fabulous song, “Night Like This” live. The first single from her new album Forever For Now, this song exemplifies the core of LP’s creative genius – equally superb as a solo ukulele performance or with full production.