Genre-shifting songwriter/guitarist Sean Sullivan recently dropped by our studio for an exclusive interview. He also performed two original songs and gave a lesson on rhythm jazz guitar playing, which we will be posting shortly. With a background that includes blues, jazz, folk, funk, reggae and more, Sullivan offers a unique sound inspired by his own distinctive melting pot of styles.
Let's talk about shapes! Also, let's take a look at my tiny hands. If you watch this video, you'll see that my hands are small. Like, really small. Smaller than they should be for someone my height, and definitely smaller than those of the average guitarist. This is ok!
Luke Winslow-King is releasing a new album Everlasting Arms on September 30 via Bloodshot Records. Winslow-King is a guitarist/singer/songwriter from New Orleans, LA by way of Cadillac, MI. Following his critically acclaimed Bloodshot Records debut The Coming Tide in 2013, LWK (for brevity’s sake) has been as hardworking a musician as they come.
Acoustic Nation's inaugural Songwriter Sessions: Live! event recently kicked off at Summer NAMM in Nashville, TN. Perfectly at home in the songwriter-haven that is Nashville, the event invited writers to submit their best tunes which were then voted on by AN readers. The top six songwriters – Kendra Bragg, Eric Coomer, Sam Hatmaker, Jenna Paone, Dani Poppitt and Chris Rogers – were selected to perform their submitted songs at Summer NAMM, and have them critiqued by hit songwriter Clay Mills and Acoustic Nation editor Laura Whitmore.
Check out this new video from acoustic guitar phenomenon Thomas Leeb. “Trickster” was released June 30 and features some extremely innovative fingerstyle technique from this gifted guitarist. Some of the track’s unique sound could be contributed to it’s odd CGEbGGD tuning.
In this exclusive lesson, Rodrigo y Gabriela sit down with Jimmy Brown to dissect a segment of their song, “The Soundmaker.” Fusing flamenco guitar styles with the intensity of rock and metal, “The Soundmaker” opens up the duo’s latest album, 9 Dead Alive. The record celebrates individuals who have passed away, but who still resonate in the 21st century through their deeds and words.
Having been teased for days at http://heartisadrum.tumblr.com and during Beck's performance on The Colbert Report, the video for "Heart Is A Drum" can now be viewed in its entirety below. Beck also performed "Heaven's Ladder" on The Colbert Report, from the Beck Song Reader compilation album released today by Warby Parker/Capitol Records.
We’ve teamed up with LA rock quartet Kiven to premiere the band’s stripped down video for “I Can Take It.” The song was filmed right after their soundcheck before the band’s show at The Observatory in Orange County, CA. With delicate guitar playing and harmonies, the laid-back performance captures the group's hypnotic sound while preserving its enigmatic intensity.
Acoustic guitarist Tommy Emmanuel is often asked why he tours so much. His response? “I’m trying to get good at this. This is what you do. You work at it! How else are you gonna get any good?” While Emmanuel’s mastery of the acoustic guitar can certainly be attributed to his years of touring, it’s also clear that he has a natural ability for the instrument like few others possess.