Known for numerous releases as one half of Everything But the Girl, U.K.-based songwriter-DJ-author-label owner Ben Watt is set to release Hendra, his first solo album in more than 30 years. Below, watch a live, acoustic video for “The Levels,” a song featuring Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour on steel guitar.
Andy McKee is back with his latest offering, Mythmaker, and we're happy to present you an exclusive stream. As his latest release since 2010’s Joyland, Mythmaker finds McKee covering some brand new territory. "I really wanted to break things up a bit with this EP, so I decided to include a solo piano piece and a multi-instrument tune that features some electric guitar,” McKee shares.
Ok, so you may be asking yourself, “Why is a metal bass player being featured on Acoustic Nation?” Wait for it. By now we’re all convinced that Robert Trujillo is a monster bass player. The job of providing the low end in Metallica – a band known for their lineage of fantastic bassists – is no easy task. But Trujillo delivers. What you’ll discover today, however, is that Trujillo’s musicality stretches beyond the bass. That’s right, we’re talking classical guitar maestro over here.
"Same Old Roots" is a lush song influenced by the late '60s early '70s British folk era. As a band piece it can often sound huge, so I was after a guitar that sounded like an orchestra to deliver this interpretation. This 1943 Martin D-18 guitar is one of the stars in the collection, mahogany back and sides, spruce top with an ebony board and bridge.
Check out this clip of Paul McCartney (accompanied by then-current wife, Linda McCartney) strumming through a few classic numbers from his expansive catalog. McCartney performs “Blackbird,” from the Beatles’ White Album; “Blackbird,” from Wings' Band on the Run; “Michelle,” a Beatles cut from Rubber Soul; and “Heart of the Country,” from McCartney’s 1971 Ram album.
Rising singer-songwriter-guitarist Arielle has announced the release of her debut music video "California." The video features Arielle visiting some of the 31st state's most beautiful scenery (including the light-laced City of Angels) while singing that she "can't find the sunshine in California." "I didn’t fit in," says Arielle of the feeling she had growing up and later, trying to find her footing in music.
This video is perhaps the most famous example of the acoustic mastery of one José González. An absolutely gorgeous acoustic interpretation of the equally amazing electro-pop song by fellow Swedes The Knife, “Heartbeats” is simply a masterpiece. You can see in the video how effortless González’s playing is.
Dark and driven, The Wytches consist of vocalist/guitarist Kristian Bell, bassist Dan Rumsey, and drummer Gianni Honey. Their unique sound full of echo and heavy riffs is a narcotic haze with influences ranging from Leonard Cohen to Black Sabbath. Below, watch the band in rare form; a stripped acoustic performance held in an Austin, TX backyard.
Each week we’re bringing you a new, easy acoustic guitar strum pattern to learn. It’s a perfect activity for a lazy Sunday, or for any time you have a minute to try something new. In this week’s episode, I focus on creating a country/western or rockabilly vibe.