Wisconsin's PHOX have released a new song titled “Slow Motion,” plus a slew of US headlining tour dates. “Slow Motion” will be featured on the band’s upcoming self-titled release, available June 24. The album was produced by Brian Joseph at Justin Vernon's (Bon Iver) April Base Studio in Wisconsin and mixed by Michael Brauer at Electric Lady in New York City.
Over the course of his career, Tom Freund has created a wide variety of albums. His first was a collaboration with Ben Harper and his last was a double disc live album. In between, he’s made full lengths, EPs, a children’s CD and a Christmas album — but he’s never made an album like 2 Moons. This self-produced disc, due out June 17 on Surf Road Records, finds the Los Angeles-based Freund in a contemplative yet confident mood, where swirls of nostalgia blend with sharp-eyed views of life today.
NEEDTOBREATHE is gearing up for the release of their new album Rivers In the Wasteland, out next Tuesday April 15th on Atlantic Records. In support, the band will bring their captivating live show to The Ellen DeGeneres Show on April 18th and will return to the Late Show with David Letterman on April 23rd to perform new single "The Heart."
Willie Watson's forthcoming debut album, Folk Singer Vol. 1, is available now for pre-order through iTunes, Amazon, and Willie's own website. The album will be released May 6 through Acony Records. Right now, you can listen to Willie's stirring live rendition of "Mexican Cowboy" on A Prairie Home Companion, where Garrison Keillor complimented him by saying, "You sing as if the microphone had never been invented."
Goo Goo Dolls are releasing a live EP - Warner Sound Sessions - available digitally today via Warner Bros Records. Recorded last April at East West Studios in Los Angeles, the EP features 4 tracks from the band's new album Magnetic, as well as the classic hit "Slide." The band has just kicked off a 3-week acoustic tour called The Otis Midnight Sessions.
Check out this beautifully shot clip of British fingerstyle guitarist Chris Woods performing his composition, “Edinburgh.” Woods utilizes some impressive percussion techniques, and the track isn’t lacking in the melody department either. It’s no surprise that Woods’ technique turns heads – to say “he wrote the book” on percussive style acoustic guitar wouldn’t be too far a stretch.
Known for numerous releases as one half of Everything But the Girl, U.K.-based songwriter-DJ-author-label owner Ben Watt is set to release Hendra, his first solo album in more than 30 years. Below, watch a live, acoustic video for “The Levels,” a song featuring Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour on steel guitar.
Edward David Anderson will release his debut solo album, Lies & Wishes, April 29 through The Royal Potato Family. Best known for his work with the revered Midwestern rock band Backyard Tire Fire, Anderson teamed with producer Steve Berlin of Los Lobos for his new recording. The resulting effort finds Anderson creating his own mythology with a collection of ten songs that embrace vulnerability, while remaining grounded in his working class roots.
With springtime coming just around the corner (for some of you anyway), what better instrument than the ukulele for strumming on the porch on a balmy day? Luckily, the folks at Fender agree, and have partnered with us to offer one of their brand new ukes – the Ukulele Hau’oli to be exact – for one lucky winner.