The popularity of the banjo reached an all-time high in 2013, a trend that shows no signs of slowing through 2014. As much as banjos have become a part of popular culture, many banjos look similar; with guitars it's always been easy to choose a model to reflect your personal style, but banjo players have never been offered the same opportunity for individuality...until now.
Can there be anything more torturous than auditioning a capella? For years the team at American Idol seemed to think that watching contestants squirm without accompaniment was the way to go. Until now.
Last week we had the pleasure of showing up early to Andy McKee’s sold-out show at Yoshi’s in San Francisco for a little one-on-one with the man himself. In anticipation of his upcoming EP, Mythmaker, which releases January 28th, McKee performs an original tune called “The Reason,” which also happens to be the first video captured of him playing this song. The track has everything you’d expect from an epic Andy McKee composition: keen melody, effortless dynamics and gorgeous tone.
New models will include third in Custom Shop collaborative series with Martin signature artist Eric Clapton. "We are very fortunate to be unveiling the next signature edition in our ongoing collaboration with longtime Martin player Eric Clapton," said Chris Martin, Chairman and CEO, C.F. Martin & Co. "Martin Guitar GM Fred Greene and the Custom Shop team are proud of its excellent history creating some of the most exceptional guitars in the market, and partnering with some of the most illustrious players in the world."
Today Ages and Ages share their new video for Divisionary (Do The Right Thing), which was directed by Rodrigo Melgarejo. The song benefits from this visual treatment, where themes of morality are tackled, as we see neighborhood kids plotting their revenge on a group of bullies. Says bandleader Tim Perry, "The song is about keeping yourself right even amidst darkness and negativity. We chose to portray that struggle through the story of a bunch of young kids who set out to make things right, but lose a part of themselves along the way. They may have started off on the same path, but their struggle reveals varying agendas and leads them in very different directions."
ATO Records is excited to announce the April 29 release of acoustic rock maestros Rodrigo y Gabriela's new studio album. Titled 9 Dead Alive, it is the band's first record of new material in five years. It was recorded and produced by Rod and Gab at their studio in Ixtapa, Mexico. Mixing was handled by Andrew Scheps (Black Sabbath, Adele, Metallica, Lana Del Rey) in Los Angeles.
Creatures of Habit by the Damn Choir comes out on February 7th and they will celebrate in the traditional fashion: by touring. The kick off show in Chicago takes place at the Hideout that evening before they hit the road. The first video for the title track is out and features some pretty terrific footage of the band rocking in a really beautiful ruined church.
Here's a very cool acoustic version of "Kingmaker" performed live acoustically by Dave Mustaine, Chris Broderick and the gang in celebration of the release their 2013 Super Collider album. Check out the all-acoustic performance with Dave Ellefson on an acoustic bass and Shawn Drover on the cajon. Dig it!