An Americana track with a tinge of British landscape, "Take Me Away" tackles the longing to be on the road and the wish to return home. It’s a simple strummed track with a few melodies embedded in the chords. It requires a big sounding guitar so my eye went straight to this 1950 Gibson Super Jumbo 200 Natural.
James Durbin was first launched into the national music scene as a contender on season 10 of American Idol. He was known for his rock edge on Idol, but after being eliminated from the show, Durbin explored this territory deeper with the harder sounds found on his debut album, Memories of a Beautiful Disaster. Recorded with heavy-hitter producer Howard Benson, the record is chock-full of gained-out guitars and pounding drums – there’s even a song featuring Mötley Crüe guitar god Mick Mars.
Candyrat Records, home to some to today’s most skilled fingerstyle acoustic guitarists, recently uploaded a video of musician Daniel Voth. Performing a new song called “Brazil,” Voth incorporates tapping techniques that, by this time, we’re well acquainted with. What’s different here, however, is the pace at which Voth propels his way through the arrangement, creating an ambient and enveloping experience through the use of delay.
Ever try playing a guitar with just one string on it? Me neither! But for Brushy One-String, it's an every day occurrence. Why one string? Apparently it came to him in a dream, in which he was told to play a one-string guitar. He took it to heart and the rest, as they say, is history.
Are you seeing double? So am I! It's Tommy Emmanuel and...Tommy Emmanuel in a duet with HIMSELF! If you think this might be gimmicky, well think again. Emmanuel knows how to deliver on beautifully executed acoustic performance and this one has double the goodness.
Here I'd like to share a new song on a very classic guitar. "That’s Enough For Me" comes with a driving Travis picking guitar part which is central to the song. The song is in swing time with a few cheeky little bends and pattern shifts that make it a bit of a right hand tangle.
We've had a bit of fun with incredible guitarist Mike Dawes over the last few weeks. Here, we couldn't resist mounting a GoPro camera on the headstock of Dawes' guitar as he played his incredible, original composition, "The Impossible."
Here's a video of singer songwriter Justin Townes Earle performing at San Francisco's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in late 2013. Earle, son of the famed alt country artist Steve Earle and a Bloodshot Records recording artist, plays a Recording King RAJ-126 acoustic guitar here.