There is a standard joke in Nashville that goes "What do you call a songwriter without a wife or girlfriend?" The punchline is "homeless." There is almost always some truth in a joke. The truth in this one is that most of us - me included - need some support, both emotional and financial, early in our careers if we hope to succeed.
Happy birthday to us! That’s right, today we’re celebrating the one year anniversary of the launch of AcousticNation.com, Guitar World’s channel for the contemporary acoustic music world. And what better way to celebrate than to take a look back at some of my favorite highlights of that year.
If your day is missing some gorgeous guitar work, with lovely tone and virtuosic dexterity, you’ve come to the right place. Today we’re premiering “Stone Cross” by Julian Lage and Chris Edridge from their new album Avalon, release October 7.
Harp and metal? Why not? Especially when it’s performed by the Harp Twins, Camille and Kennerly Kitt. Here they tackle Iron Maiden’s “Fear of the Dark,” for a performance they have said was one of their most difficult.
Ages and Ages is more than a band. It’s a collective of like-minded souls that believe in the power of music to change the world and elevate the spirit. Their music is bright and uplifting, with lyrics, penned by bandleader Tim Perry, that deliver serious introspective messages full of insight and consideration for others. The band recently announced Fall tour dates that you can check out below.
Today we’re honored to premiere the song “She Makes It Easy Now” by Southern singer-songwriter Jesse Winchester. Recorded before he passed away on April 11, 2014, this song, and the album A Reasonable Amount of Trouble are slated for release September 10.
Brandi Carlile’s concerts are always intimate affairs – even when she’s headlining venues like the Beacon Theatre, Red Rocks Amphitheatre and the Chicago Theatre – but this fall she’s upping the intimacy quotient even further with the “Pin Drop Tour.” Carlile will be playing completely unplugged – no amps, no microphones – at small theatres that are uniquely suited to such performances. She will be joined onstage by The Twins (band mates/co-writers Tim and Phil Hanseroth) and cellist Josh Neumann.
We’re excited to present you with the premiere of the latest video from LA-based band The Gromble. Below, the band sets up in a tunnel to perform their single, “Don’t Stand a Chance.”Opening with a hooky acoustic guitar riff that’s equal parts Weezer and Real Estate, “Don’t Stand a Chance,” is irresistible from the start.
We recently had NYC musician Sean Sullivan stop by the Acoustic Nation studio for an exclusive interview and lesson. Sullivan also delivered two great performances of his songs “Ready” and “American Jones.” Almost completely different stylistically, the songs paint a good picture of Sullivan’s all-encompassing musicality.
Check out this clip of Tosin Abasi covering Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android” from 2010. In it, the Animals as Leaders guitarist swaps his 8-string electric for a classical guitar. Along with upright bassist Matthew Hemerlein, Abasi fingerpicks his way through a dreamy rendition of this OK Computer anthem.
Behind their sassy, wisecracking exterior, NYC’s Wise Girl hide a enchanting acoustic-y heart. And it’s this side of the coin that we see with their latest EP, Sing Me to Sleep. Consisting of a trio of smartly written songs with sad but hopeful lyrics and velvety vocals, Abby Weitz leads the band to delicately delightful places.