Alright, you’re about to get schooled by Eric Johnson (again). While it’s typical to see Johnson deliver his signature smooth and soaring electric lead playing, here we see him with an acoustic in hand. And, no surprise, his delivery in “Tribute to Jerry Reed” is drool-worthy. Plus he’s got amazing hair!
Noooo! It can't be! Summer is just about over. But here's something to help ease you into autumn. Here we present ten great live acoustic tours that will be sure to warm your musical heart as the leaves change color. Are you looking for a raucous good time, or a meaningful musical moment? There's something here for everyone, I assure you!
New York City-based guitarist/songwriter Sean Sullivan has an extremely mixed background in music. His style blends folk, rock, Latin, blues and more to create a distinctive musical melting pot. But of all of Sullivan's influences, it’s jazz that runs the deepest. Here, he takes a second to explain the role of a guitar player in a jazz band.
We recently had acoustic guitarist Tommy Emmanuel drop by the Acoustic Nation studio. In addition to an exclusive interview and lesson, he also treated us to a personal performance of his track, “Hope Street.” Inspired by the unlikely combination of George Harrison and Keb’ Mo’, the tune implements Emmanuel’s trademark picking style along with some genius melodic work.
When I turned 40 I felt as if there was a virus I was exposed to that somehow made me question my place in life. I was confused and foggy… obviously I was sick. What else could it be? I saw many of my friends going through the same thing. I looked at the symptoms. I’ve been a goal oriented person my whole life, but right now I was realizing the fact that I’d accomplished many of my original goals, so what now? Was it all downhill from here, or was this just as good as it gets?
Be the worst person in the room if you’re the songwriter. It’s one rule I’ve tried to follow and succeeded with to some degree. In the case of recording, if I’m the worst person in the room, then my recording is going to be all the better for it.
Here’s the world premiere of “Stuck” from South African folk-pop duo Connecting Stars. The track kicks off with a catchy glockenspiel melody that's bound to stick in your head all day, while the the acoustic guitar sparkles at the center of the song, carrying the listener through. While “Stuck” sounds happy, a deeper listen to the lyrics reveals more – “Am I waiting for lightning to strike me again / Am I willing to trade love for the next best thing,” the duo sings.
The Women’s International Music Network (the WiMN), an organization connecting women working in all facets of the music industry – and producers of the annual Show She Rocks Awards at the Winter NAMM show – announces a new event at the Summer NAMM show in Nashville, TN: the She Rocks Showcase in the Round. Taking place at the Music City Center in Nashville, TN on Saturday, July 19 at 11AM, the She Rocks Showcase in the Round will consist of three select female writers performing their music in the round.
Of all the dozens of albums released by Johnny Cash during his nearly half-century career, 1964's Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian was among the closest to the artist's heart. A concept album focusing on the mistreatment and marginalization of the Native American people throughout the history of the United States, its eight songs – among them "The Ballad of Ira Hayes," a #3 hit single for Cash on the Billboard country chart – spoke in frank and poetic language of the hardships and intolerance they endured.
I had the pleasure of chatting with David Rosales with his musical partner, Olivia, at SXSW earlier this year. That’s why I jumped on the chance to premiere his new live video for his solo song, “Slice of Heaven.” Here Rosales lays out this laid back version of his sweetly optimistic, fun-loving song.
Not sure how many bouzouki players we have out there, but this video is worth your attention no matter what stringed instrument you play. Meet the “Bouzoukitara.” Where did it come from? Yossi Sassi – who plays the acoustic bouzouki (think Greek mandolin) and electric guitar – was looking for an efficient way to switch between both instruments.
“The idea was inspired by the chance meeting in 1957 that would change Paul, John, George, and Ringo's lives forever,” explains L.A. director Vincent Haycock. The proposal Haycock wrote for “Early Days” simply begins, “This film is a poetic homage to the legendary beginnings of Paul McCartney and John Lennon’s relationship.”