Lucinda Williams' songs are like horses that fly over the usual songwriting hurdles because they don't try to be anything more than what they are: simple truths, easy to sing (and remember) melodies, both set to smoldering grooves.
Here’s a super cool acoustic version of Requiem performing their new song “Sticks and Stones and Her Lovely Bones.” I love it! Strip away the ten ton blast and this cool vibe still remains. As a matter of fact, it almost has an Elvis Costello-esque vibe.
It’s Thanksgiving eve. I’ve eaten turkey, pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce. But wait, could something be missing? Yes, it’s this beautiful song by Emarosa. Its gorgeous and moving sentiment personifies everything you wished someone would say to you.
Check out this sick acoustic guitar assault by Kelly Zullo. It’s the song “When We Get There” from the upcoming January 2015 release. Here Zullo uses some speedy finger work and hard hitting right hand technique while she sings at the same time. It’s kinda like tapping you head and rubbing your belly on fast forward.
Fans of acoustic pop worldwide can check out the premiere of singer/songwriter/guitarist Michael Sackler-Berner's beautiful new video "Shimmer And Shine." The intimate, stripped-down gem is the a-side of the second release in the series of digital 45s (with both a- and b-sides), which culminate in Michael Sackler-Berner's double EP release due out February 11th, 2015.
This week, I go over an all-downstroke 16th note strumming pattern. By adding a measure of 2/4 at the end, I create a little hiccup or stutter. That, in conjunction with adding a fair amount of rests, gives the pattern a punctuated feel. This is a simple way to break up your strumming and explore a simple time signature change without getting overly complicated.
Here’s a cool acoustic piece by Brian Gore called “Stone Haulers.” The song and performance are fabulously nuanced, just like a fine wine! In fact, it’s the final piece featured in the Wine Country Tales CD, DVD & Booklet blending guitar songs by Brian Gore and animated video stories by Bill Russell.
Check out this new video of Zakk Wylde, the ultimate guitar teacher! When Zakk's guitar student, "Father Phil," just can't get the hang of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven," Zakk clocks him. Who can blame him? It's frustrating!
Utopia's Kasim Sulton recently stopped by the Guitar World studio in New York City to play a few songs from his new album, 3, and a few from his Utopia days. Below, check out exclusive videos of Sulton performing his new single, "Clocks All Stopped" (top video), plus Utopia favorites "Libertine" (middle video) and "Lysistrata."
I went to see a band play the other day. I had no expectations…just a fun night out. But hoo-yeah, this band kicked ass around the corner and back. It was the sister-lead Larkin Poe, a band that combines rock, blues, Americana, folk and a few other elements for a rollicking set of originals. Sad, sassy, sweet. Their stories were fun and full of life.