For those not familiar with Alex Turner’s style, his ballads may be slightly surprising. But I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say they’re actually what he’s best at. To that end, I can’t talk about Turner’s softer side without discussing his EP Submarine. His only solo release to date, Submarine is a collection of five acoustic tracks (six if you count the brief intro that is reprised later in the EP in the form of a full song) he wrote for the British coming of age film of the same name.
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The John Butler Trio, whose new album Flesh & Blood is released today, are currently on their North American tour which kicked off last night with a sold out crowd at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City – one of two sold out shows in New York. The band performs at the Music Hall in Williamsburg tonight! Additional sold out shows include Chicago, Toronto, Vancouver and San Francisco.
Acclaimed acoustic trio Nickel Creek have announced that they will be releasing their first album in nine years. The group—Chris Thile (mandolin), Sara Watkins (fiddle) and Sean Watkins (guitar)—have also confirmed a number of tour dates, including stops at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, New York City’s Beacon Theatre and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival.
A classic singer/songwriter in the vein of James Taylor or Joni Mitchell, Robby Hecht has just previewed an upcoming self-titled album that simply grabbed me right away. Slated for release on March 25, Robby Hecht is a melancholy combination of lovely acoustic accompaniments and masterful but accessible lyrics. Hecht’s collection of songs fits like your favorite shoes. Even on first listen these songs feel like they’ve been lurking in the back your brain just waiting for a chance to make themselves known. Sigh.
Universal Music Group's Verve Records is proud to announce the signing of acclaimed Australian duo The Falls, consisting of Melinda Kirwin and Simon Rudston. The one time couple that recently made the move to the states will release their debut EP Into The Fire on February 18th.
I grew up listening to James Taylor, and I admit I know pretty much every word of every song he’s ever performed. But when it comes to the guitar parts, that’s something I’ve still gotta work on. Luckily the legendary Mr. Taylor has taken steps to remedy that. He’s posted a series of free lessons on his site that not only run through some of his most beloved songs, they also incorporate new portable camera technology so that you can see his right hand technique from the inside.
The lovely and talented Sara Bareillies took the stage last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live to perform her single, " I Choose You" from her latest album, The Blessed Unrest. Her instrument of choice for the live performance was The Loar LO-16 small body acoustic. I don't know about you, but I've been seeing smaller body guitars popping up all over the place, and this one is sure worthy of a sit down. I'm told it has that front porch blues-box sound, which seems like a good place to start!
Austin City Limits/em> (ACL) presents Americana music originals, Sarah Jarosz and The Milk Carton Kids in a brand new episode premiering February 1. Both artists showcase their bona fides in an all acoustic hour with roots/folk singer-songwriter Jarosz making a return appearance on the ACL stage and newcomers The Milk Carton Kids in their ACL debut. The episode showcases the young folk acts who were both nominated for Best Folk Album at this year's Grammy Awards.