Check out the latest Playing For Change music video of “What’s Going On” featuring Sara Bareilles and musicians from around the world. The video is one of many included in the upcoming Playing For Change 3 Songs Around The World CD /DVD set available June 17, 2014. Those who pre-order the album on iTunes, will be able to immediately download the videos of “Words of Wonder/Get Up Stand Up” and “What’s Going On.”
There is no double kick or even distortion, but this is still about as metal as it gets. With his new single “Condemnation,” could guitarist Ewan Dobson be helping to usher in a new genre of acoustic metal? Recorded in complete isolation in the backwoods of Canada just after completing his tour of Europe, CandyRat Records artist Ewan Dobson’s upcoming album Acoustic Metal II features multi-tracked acoustic guitar played with a flat-pick.
Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene released his critically acclaimed sophomore solo album entitled Darlings earlier this year, and today he debuts a brand new music video for “You In Your Were.” The video features comedian (or, in this case, music video expert and choreographer extraordinaire) Zach Galifianakis.
Yesway, the debut full length album from San Francisco artists Emily Ritz and Kacey Johansing, sees its release this week on vinyl, cd, and digital. While their brand of electrified, pastoral folk has seen comparisons to the likes of Paw Tracks records and Coco Rosie, their juxtaposition of subtle electronics with focused acoustic guitars have painted a unique picture that is entirely their own.
Below, watch a performance of “Hurricane Heart,” the new single from Marc Broussard’s upcoming album A Life Worth Living. A Life Worth Living, Broussard’s sixth studio album will be released on July 29, but beginning today, fans can pre-order the album at iTunes and VanguardRecords.com. The album is Marc Broussard’s most personal release to date, celebrating what home means to him from his family, community and relationships.
Below, Paul Riario checks out the Cort MR600F dreadnaught cutaway acoustic guitar. The MR Series combines the advanced Fishman Presys EQ and Sonicore electronics with Cort’s tradition of quality craftsmanship. The instrument’s unique single cutaway body design gives the player full access to the higher frets, while the Fishman electronics only enhance the MR600F’s big, warm sound.
On our recent trip to El Cajon, CA, we had the great opportunity to tour the Taylor Guitars factory and chat with co-founder Bob Taylor and master builder Andy Powers. Taylor HQ is an impressive facility, and a reflection of why Taylor is a leader and innovator in today’s acoustic guitar market. See for yourself in our exclusive photo tour here.
Check out this energy-packed video of Pantera's classic "Cowboys From Hell" performed as a violin and cello duet. The title track of Pantera's fifth album, "Cowboys From Hell" was the band's first single. Here violinist Rachel Barton Pine and cellist Mike Block play Rachel's arrangement of "Cowboys From Hell" for a faculty concert at Mark O'Connor's Strings Conference in San Diego.
Here, Paul Riario demonstrates the new Newporter Pro Custom Bolt-On acoustic guitar from Fender. Reminiscent of Fender’s original ’60s Newporter acoustic, this modernized version has a specially designed bolt-on neck system with a ’68 Stratocaster headstock. The Newporter’s neck has the smooth, fast feel of an electric, with easy access to the upper reaches of the 20-fret rosewood fingerboard.
There are countless videos on YouTube featuring talented fingerstyle guitarists making very good use of harmonics. However, this new video from Alan Gogoll might be some of the more innovative use of harmonics we’ve seen in a some time. In this performance of “Pepperleaf Pipes,” Gogoll incorporates a harmonics technique that he calls “bell harmonics.”