While she was in our studio, singer/songwriter and playwright Jonatha Brooke delighted us with a couple of live acoustic performances. Here she performs "The Wind" and "Scars" both from her play and album My Mother Has Four Noses.
Here's a video demo along with a song performance that includes a run through of product features of this cool, fun instrument. Acoustic Nation editor Laura B. Whitmore talks features and then performs an original song on this ukulele that we're giving away during the month of April 2014!
Check out this rare video of Page and Plant performing “Stairway to Heaven” during a visit to Japan in 1994. Following the demise of Led Zeppelin, the duo reunited in the early ‘90s for an MTV Unplugged taping and subsequent live album, No Quarter: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant Unledded. After releasing Unledded to wide praise, the duo then teamed up with engineer Steve Albini for 1998’s Walking into Clarksdale, an album composed of entirely new material.
With no member older than 16 years old, the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys might be the world's youngest bluegrass virtuosos. Below, watch the Mizzone brothers – fiddle player Robbie, guitarist Tommy and banjo player Jonny – perform a blazing three song set during a TED Talk from February 2013. Sleepy Man Banjo Boys hail from Lebanon Township, New Jersey – a part of the country Tommy jokingly calls “the bluegrass capital of the world.”
Columbia Records recording artist T. Mills has just released a new acoustic video performance of his single “All I Wanna Do.” The rising rapper/singer can be seen on the road now through April 24 when his 47-city tour wraps up the musician’s home base of Los Angeles, California at the El Rey Theatre. T. Mills recently released his All I Wanna Do EP featuring the single of the same name. The EP features collaborations with producers including Boi1Da, Malay and Cook Classics.
Today we’re happy to give you the premiere of Peter Mulvey’s video for “What Else Was It.” Featuring actress Flora Coker, the track comes from Mulvey’s latest album, Silver Ladder. The video is simple, but the message is clear. “Visually, this video says what I want the song to say to people: that life is a fleeting, aching, luminous mystery,” Mulvey shares.
William Fitzsimmons has premiered the video for his new track "Lions.” This is the second track off his recently released fifth studio album, Lions. This simplistic, dreamy video features only Fitzsimmons and his guitar in a sun-soaked workshop. Fitzsimmons commented on its simplicity: "The older I get, the more of a sucker I am for strong, simple flavors," he says. "There's something cool (about) seeing if you can make something fly without too much makeup."
Vancouver’s No Sinner have released two acoustic videos; their cover of Nina Simone’s “Work Song,” plus an original titled “Love is a Madness.” The band has also announced a North American tour, aptly titled “Save Your Soul.” Described as a cross between Sharon Jones, Detroit Cobras and Alabama Shakes, No Sinner will kick off their new US dates on April 18 in Austin.
Check out this beautifully shot clip of British fingerstyle guitarist Chris Woods performing his composition, “Edinburgh.” Woods utilizes some impressive percussion techniques, and the track isn’t lacking in the melody department either. It’s no surprise that Woods’ technique turns heads – to say “he wrote the book” on percussive style acoustic guitar wouldn’t be too far a stretch.
With the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death, we thought it only fitting to post a selection from Nirvana’s now-legendary MTV Unplugged concert. Below, watch the band’s acoustic take on Nevermind's, “Something in the Way.” The song was originally intended to be a full-band recording, but after initial attempts proved difficult, producer Butch Vig encouraged the band to take a different approach.