From Binghamton, NY comes Driftwood, a young string band with a rock n’ roll soul and a folk art mind. Carving out a name for themselves with electrifying live performances, they bring unvarnished energy to the Americana music scene. Incorporating upright bass, banjo, acoustic guitar and violin, they channel the ghost of traditional American folk music but the melodies, the harmonies and the lyrics are something else entirely.
Enter Now! This month we're giving away a Roland AC-40 Acoustic Chorus Guitar Amplifier! This compact acoustic amp is super lightweight at less than 12 lbs. and has dual 6.5 inch speakers for stereo and a tilt stand to angle the amp upwards. Plus in your guitar, and even your mic and go! Great for singer/songwriters and more.
Deadlines are coming up fast for the 26th annual Folk Alliance Conference. Artists must apply by November 12 through SonicBids or by mail to be considered for an official Performance Alley showcase. The early bird registration deadline for the conference is 11:59 p.m. CST November 12.
I purchased my 2000 Ovation Collectors Edition in the same year it was built. It’s a medium depth acoustic/electric guitar. Coming from a primarily electric background, I wanted an acoustic that would make my hands feel right at home.
Poor Old Shine is a roots band with a grassroots ethos. The Connecticut quintet prizes the human element that underpins their music, from songwriting to recording to album design and even choice of record label. Poor Old Shine has just released its self-titled debut studio LP, recorded with Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter, Joy Kills Sorrow), this week on Signature Sounds.
If you’ve had trouble dealing with the pins that hold your strings into the bridge, then you might want to check out Power Pins. Power Pins aim to take the pin out of the equation all together, making stringing quicker and easier. They sit in the holes in your guitar bridge and screw into place from the inside. Then you just slide your string in and set the ball end into the grooved back. They do not require any modifications to the instrument, and they can protect the bridge plate from string and ball end contact damage.
Years ago I heard folk guitarist David Wilcox say that certain guitars had more songs in them than others. I think this is true, and I've tried to surround myself with guitars that have lots of songs to give. My first quality acoustic was a late ‘80s Taylor K-22C, and over the years I've been inspired by both modern and vintage guitars. My current "go-to" list includes...