Check out this solo acoustic performance from Wolverhampton, England’s Pete Kent. The composition is featured on Kent’s latest album, The Sands Of Time, which is available now. Prior to embarking on a solo career, Kent was a sought after session guitarist in the UK, so it's no surprise that his playing style is so fluid and well-rehearsed.
Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Emily King has released the video for her latest single, “Distance.” The video, directed by Paul Jung, is King’s first music video since the release of her debut album in 2007. Featuring contrasting colors and an eye-catching split screen look, the video delivers the perfect visuals for this soulful, throwback track.
The company, which is based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is ceasing U.S. production of Ovation as part of its consolidation of U.S. musical instrument manufacturing. Work at the New Hartford plant will end by June. Fender will now make Ovation guitars in China, South Korea and Indonesia.
Old Crow Medicine Show has announced their upcoming new album Remedy, due out July 1 via ATO Records. Ten years after the massive success of folk anthem “Wagon Wheel,” which started as a track on a Bob Dylan work tape later finished by fiddler/band leader Ketch Secor, Remedy features a new Dylan/Old Crow penned collaboration on the new track “Sweet Amarillo.” The album also features the return of producer Ted Hutt (Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphys, Gaslight Anthem), who produced 2012’s Carry Me Back.
Takamine invites players to experience the Hardest Working Guitar with the Takamine Test Drive retail promotion. Those who visit a participating authorized Takamine dealer between May 1 and June 30, 2014 and “test drive” any Takamine acoustic/electric guitar can register to receive a free Takamine-branded leather guitar strap as a gift for trying out a Takamine instrument.
Below, check out a recently posted demo video of a new product called the Hammer Jammer. Six-string players can install the device on electric or acoustic guitars (We've even included an "installation and tweaking" video below) to produce a different-sounding attack — something in the ballpark of a hammer dulcimer. Be sure to check out the video and let us know what you think.
Newly formed Liaison Music is giving the eponymous debut from the Butch Vig's Emperors of Wyoming its first U.S. release, and in a fresh and improved form. The 10 songs from the original European release all appear, but the band has added three new songs for the American release and re-mixed other tracks. Engineer-mixer Alex Smolinski and singer-guitarist Kim Henry are now part of the working group.
Alison May is a folk singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist who has been performing, writing and recording out of Oakland, CA since relocating from Texas in 2012. Her change of scenery seemed to awaken a more layered and experimental side, which is carefully captured in her sophomore release, Loved/Dark. The album is set for a July 15 release on Misery Loves Co., and the first window into the album is captured in the first single "Raft.”
NEEDTOBREATHE’s new album Rivers In the Wasteland has debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 and #1 on the Rock Albums Chart. Released last week, Rivers went straight to #1 on the iTunes chart and stayed in the Top 10 all week. The band's North American headlining that kicks off May 1st has been extended for another two months.