When I first began writing, I wrote from an innocent and raw place. I was 11 years old when i wrote my first song. As I recall, it was about Lee. She lived up the street from me and we had been classmates at school since first grade. So I wrote my first song about my first crush. I had something to say. It came from a place of passion. I wanted so badly to be able to say to Lee what I was writing down on paper.
I am so psyched to share the song that has been in my head for minutes and seconds and hours and...well, when you listen you'll get the idea. It's "28 Days" from Nashville-based Suzie Brown's upcoming album, Almost There, due to hit on May 6, 2014.
You get the sense right away that Ryan Adams’ Heartbreaker isn’t your typical country album, or your typical any sort of ordinary album for that matter. Released in 2000, Heartbreaker was the first solo album from Ryan Adams, a distinct voice in the small alt-country genre that sprung up in the mid-90’s.
With his new record, The Straight and Narrow Way, NYC-native Riley Etheridge Jr. is proclaiming a new sound. Here we have a chat with Etheridge in our interview. Check it out, and enjoy an exclusive stream of album-standout “The Maze,” featuring Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek.
Here I'd like to share a new song on a very classic guitar. "That’s Enough For Me" comes with a driving Travis picking guitar part which is central to the song. The song is in swing time with a few cheeky little bends and pattern shifts that make it a bit of a right hand tangle.
Above & Beyond, one of the UK's biggest dance acts, today release their critically acclaimed Above & Beyond Acoustic album, the studio album behind one of the most unique and interesting projects to emerge from the dance music space in recent memory.
Tanglewood Guitar Company UK, the United Kingdom’s best-selling acoustic guitar brand, introduced its Java range of guitars to North America at the NAMM Show. The instruments feature solid cedar tops, but it's the spectacular exotic timber combination used on the backs and sides that truly makes them stand out from the mid-priced guitar crowd.
Here's one more video filmed live in the Acoustic Nation studio. It features John Butler performing "How You Sleep At Night," from his upcoming album Flesh & Blood. Before he started he told us this was the first time he's played this song solo live on acoustic. I'd say this performance was not too shabby!!
This year at NAMM I had the opportunity to check out and try some of the new guitars from legendary guitar maker, C.F. Martin. And legendary is a good word to start with, as they have issued several guitars that are recreations of legacy models, each with their own personality and tonal characteristics.
Goo Goo Dolls have announced that they will hit the road in April for a spring acoustic tour, called The Otis Midnight Sessions. The shows will be performed in a "Story Tellers" format that enables the multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated band to dig deep into an extensive song catalog spanning their nearly 30-year history. It also offers a rare opportunity for fans to see them perform in more intimate settings than the Goos normally visit on their many live treks.
I must admit, I might be dragging from some late night fun, but I tried to cover a lot of ground and check out a larger variety of acoustic gear be it guitars, ukes, accessories or other odds and ends.