Every day I get to write, and to play music, is a great day, for which I am very grateful. I am a recovering lawyer, and while that was a great gig for me for a while (and while I cast no aspersions whatsoever on the noble profession), as a songwriter I am able to connect with my feelings of joy and gratitude more directly. Here's a story of how stepping away from my usual songwriting routine lead to a flash of inspiration.
Amy Ray has released the first single, "Oyster and Pearl," from her upcoming album, Goodnight Tender. As half of Grammy-winning songwriting folk-rock duo the Indigo Girls, Ray has always been a a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll. But her upcoming solo release, on Ray's own Decatur-based imprint, Daemon Records on January 28, 2014, will be a career first for her -- a pure country music album.
Dave Van Ronk, hailed as “The Mayor of MacDougal Street,” was a prominent figure in the thriving ’60s folk scene in the Greenwich Village. He influenced many young hopefuls in the scene, including the likes of Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell, and continues to rouse inspiration, most recently as the muse behind the central character in the Coen Brothers’ new film, Inside Llewyn Davis.
In this article I’d like to acquaint you with some great slide licks I like to play in open A tuning. These riffs and runs are super versatile – you can use them to hop up your own blues pieces, employ them as solos in a classic blues song or even just entertain yourself with them on a back porch in the middle of a scorching heat wave.
The Lumineers' cover of Talking Heads' "This Must Be The Place (Naïve Melody)" at VH-1's You Oughta Know In Concert is currently available for viewing . The song is available on a recently released deluxe version of the band's platinum-certified self-titled debut album.
von Grey is made up of four real life sisters. The band recently premiered it's new video for the song, "Come On." The clip was directed by Mary Caroline Mann and Bobby Russell. "Come On" is the first single from von Grey’s forthcoming EP, Awakening, which will be released on January 21, 2014. The song, which just went to radio, is available now at all digital retailers, including iTunes.
Starting off as a small gathering of friends paying tribute to their favorite artists at a tiny bar in New York City’s Lower East Side, ten years later, The Best Fests––which encompass Dylan Fest, Petty Fest and Stones Fest––have grown to become a coast-to-coast rock and roll tradition.