Beginning July 4, the eighth season of Live from the Artists Den premieres nationwide on public television (check local listings) with a rousing performance from country superstar Tim McGraw at a Neoclassical former bank building in Houston, TX. The long-running concert series creatively connects fans with an eclectic roster of icons and emerging stars performing in unique and historic venues across the United States.
The day is drawing near! Pickathon 2014, happening August 1 through August 3 on Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, OR (a mere 15 minute drive from downtown Portland), is under six weeks away, and we're excited to share the schedule with fans and soon-to-be fans alike.
We recently caught up with Chicago’s Moonrise Nation for an exclusive interview. Comprised of seventeen-year-old Arden Bee (vocals/piano), her older sister Eva (cello/bass), and Emma McCall (guitar/percussion), the trio blends keen musicianship and delicate harmonies into their own brand of folk-pop.
Nashville modern folk band NEULORE – led by the songwriting duo of Adam Agin and William T. Cook – continue their US tour through July and into August opening for Ingrid Michaelson. Earlier this year, the duo signed with Los Angeles indie Chop Shop Records (distributed by Island Records) and will release their full length debut Animal Evolve in the fall.
Los Angeles-based band Buddy is excited to announce the release of Last Call For The Quiet Life out August 19. Buddy is currently on tour supporting Ben Ottewell of Gomez. The tour will make stops in major markets such as Philadelphia, Boston, Washington DC, Atlanta and more. Check out the tour dates below.
Singer songwriter Trevor Hall surprised his fans with the sudden release of his new 12-track album Chapter of the Forest. The album, which debuted at #3 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart and #17 on the iTunes Overall Albums chart, is available today via iTunes and the Vanguard Records store.
A new cover of Iron Maiden's "The Trooper" is getting a lot of attention lately, and you can check it out below. The classic Maiden tune is given the hillbilly treatment by a Finnish band called Steve'n'Seagulls, complete with acoustic guitar, banjo and mandolin. What's even cooler is that these guys do an incredible job.
Composite Acoustics, Peavey’s line of premium carbon fiber acoustic guitars, recently partnered with members of the clean water organization Raincatchers to bring guitar instruction and enjoyment to the people of Haiti. While on a Raincatchers trip to Haiti to teach members of local communities how to collect rainwater and provide clean water on a daily basis, team member Chad Dohring learned just how much experiencing guitar meant to the townspeople when he brought out his acoustic guitar.
If you want to see or hear Stevie Ray Vaughan playing acoustic guitar, you have limited options. There's his 1990 MTV Unplugged appearance, his posthumously released recording of "Life by the Drop," "Oreo Cookie Blues" (a 1985 Lonnie Mack recording) — and, well, maybe a few other dribs and draps.
At only 25 years of age, Melbourne's Ben Wright Smith has an impressive number of musical accomplishments under his belt. After a string of acoustic folk / rock releases which sparked the imagination of the international folk fraternity, Wright Smith found himself traveling the world and writing and performing everywhere from Melbourne to Los Angeles, Havana to Mumbai. In 2012 Wright Smith wound up in Nashville where he shared stages at the Americana Music Festival with an enviable list of musical compatriots that includes Kasey Chambers and Justin Townes Earle.