The prospect of talking about his guitar playing has Colin Meloy, frontman of the Decemberists, palpably excited. “No one ever asks me stuff like this,” he says from his home in Portland, Oregon. “It’s a refreshing change.” Here's our exclusive interview with Meloy where we talk about guitar, songwriting, and more. Check it out!
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!
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.
She recorded it in 2000, but Patty Griffin’s Silver Bell has just officially seen the light of day this week. Intended to be the follow-up to her hard-rocking 1998 sophomore release, Flaming Red, the album was not released by A&M Records, a victim of the label's turn-of-the-century ownership change, and until now, it has remained a missing piece from Griffin's acclaimed catalog. Newly mixed by legendary producer Glyn Johns, Silver Bell features 14 original songs, some which have been made hits by other artists in the interim. Here we sit down with Griffin to get the story behind the delay!
Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighers discover the delights of going unplugged on their 2005 double album, In Your Honor. While he is primarily an electric guitarist, Grohl explains that an acoustic guitar has always been his main writing tool. “Most of our songs, from ‘Everlong’ to ‘Monkey Wrench,’ “ he says, “were written on acoustic. I would bring the demos into the rehearsal space and then we’d plug in and dirty them up.”