It’s always fun to hear fresh acoustic interpretations of songs. But there’s something about covering Iron Maiden acoustically that just seems to work. Take this classical guitar version of “Fear of the Dark” from Thomas Zwijsen. Best known for his arrangements of famous rock, metal and pop songs for classical solo guitar, his interpretation of this Iron Maiden standard is surely a standout. Even as the sole performer on stage, his fluid chops take the song to new heights. (And the video is pretty hilarious too!)
I was lucky enough to get my hands on the Boss VE-2 Vocal Harmonist pedal (or my feet?). And once I tried it, I really didn’t want to part with it. Aside from adding cool vocal harmonies, reverb and delay to my voice, well, it’s just fun. I can sound like a whole chorus now if I want to!
Today we’re proud to give you “River Runs Dry,” a song that showcases the softer side of Bronson’s writing. Featured on his Dave Cobb-produced self-titled LP, listening to the lyrics and soft strumming of “River Runs Dry” makes it easy to drift off in reflective thought. Eliot Bronson is something of a homecoming for the songwriter, who was raised in a Pentecostal home by a family for which music was prayer and life was expressed and enjoyed in song.
In the video below, Mark Knopfler shares some insight into his flatpicking and fingerstyle techniques. Knopfler takes the time to go through his motions step by step and make suggestions for players who might want to follow in his footsteps (or finger-plucks?).
Here's a fabulous song and live video from singer/songwriter Jenna Paone. It's the title track from her new album Hammers & Strings. Hailing from Boston, Paone has pulled through with some very strong songwriting on this release, as well as stellar vocal and piano chops.
Here's a surprise in the best possible way! Jinx's new single "Alive" expertly combines hip hop, pop, and acoustic guitar for this ebulliently triumphant song. Clappin', slappin', rappin' and acoustic guitar. And some excellently positive lyrics. I simply love everything about it.
Is that Blackmore's Night? Well, no. It's actually a Belarusian band called Stary Olsa performing a live medieval folk-style cover of Metallica's "One." Check out the video below and tell us what you think in the comments or on Facebook!