At only 25 years of age, Melbourne's Ben Wright Smith has an impressive number of musical accomplishments under his belt. After a string of acoustic folk / rock releases which sparked the imagination of the international folk fraternity, Wright Smith found himself traveling the world and writing and performing everywhere from Melbourne to Los Angeles, Havana to Mumbai. In 2012 Wright Smith wound up in Nashville where he shared stages at the Americana Music Festival with an enviable list of musical compatriots that includes Kasey Chambers and Justin Townes Earle.
Dressed in cut-off jean shorts and a black crop top with auburn hair, flawless, porcelain skin and bright red lips, Meg Meyers arrived for her Fender Studio Session at Capitol Records looking barely out of her teens. But the 27-year-old soft-spoken songstress, who was born in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, packs quite a punch with her confessional lyrics and hard-edged indie rock, reminiscent of Tori Amos or Fiona Apple.
Heaven Can Wait, the third solo album from acclaimed guitarist and singer-songwriter Jim Keller, is out now. The record is the follow-up to 2011’s Soul Candy. This album marks Keller’s third collaboration with producer Hector Castillo (Beck, David Bowie, Brazilian Girls), who shared co-producing duties with Byron Isaacs (Levon Helm) this time around.
Blues-folk icon Chris Smither has long been revered for both his guitar prowess and his way with a lyric, inspiring artists from Bonnie Raitt and John Mayall to Emmylou Harris and Diana Krall. He toured as one of the original monsters of folk with Dave Alvin, Tom Russell and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott in 1998, and continues to live up to the title with releases such as 2012’s Hundred Dollar Valentine.
Nashville-based indie rock band Jonathan Jackson + Enation are excited to announce the release of their highly anticipated new single “Everything Is Possible.” The band is also slated to perform on the Acoustic Nation stage at the upcoming Summer NAMM Show in Nashville. The single is available now, and you can hear a preview of it below.
NAMM opens its doors to musicians, songwriters, and sound and staging professionals on Music Industry Day, Saturday, July 19 from 10AM-4PM at Nashville’s Music City Center. Two of country music’s hottest new artists will perform on NAMM’s Acoustic Nation stage presented in partnership with Guitar World’s Acoustic Nation!
Fireworks has released an exclusive acoustic EP. The three-track EP includes a new song, one song from their previous album Gospel, and one from their recently released album, Oh, Common Life. All proceeds from purchases of the EP will go to Alternatives For Girls, a Detroit organization that aims to help homeless and high-risk girls and young women avoid violence, teen pregnancy and exploitation.
In life and in art, Lorrie Morgan is enjoying a renewed resurgence of popularity. Morgan continues to make new music, tour North America, and this weekend will celebrate her 30th Anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry. On June 9, 1984, Morgan was inducted as a member into the invitation only institution.
Announcing Songwriter Sessions: Live! Enter for your chance at not only performing your song on the Acoustic Nation stage, but also having it critiqued and discussed by #1 hit songwriter and Songtown USA founder, Clay Mills and Acoustic Nation editor, Laura B. Whitmore.
Robert Francis returns with his fourth album Heaven, which was released June 3 on Aeronaut Records. Recorded with his new backing band The Night Tide, the album’s 13 songs were produced by Francis, mixed by Mark Rains (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club) and mastered by Howie Weinberg (Jeff Buckley, Nirvana). In support of the album, Francis and band are heading out on a 29-date US tour.