In today’s episode, I go through a basic phrase I’m calling “4 Measure Mix Up.” I’ve constructed this pattern to make something simple seem a little more complex without it actually being too difficult. By giving the Em and Cmaj7 chords in the second measure one beat each, it throws off the balance a little, but makes for a cool deviation.
Here’s a treat! It’s The Dustbowl Revival’s video for their new single “Never Had To Go,” featuring the man himself, Dick Van Dyke and his wife Arlene dancing up a storm. The song is from their new album, With A Lampshade On, set to release on July 21 on Signature Sounds Recordings.
Today we’re happy to bring you the exclusive premiere of LA-based folk-punk troubadour Bryan McPherson’s “Days of Rage.” The song is partially inspired by his involvement in the Occupy Oakland protests of 2011. Melding Americana, folk, alternative, and punk into one incendiary, incisive sound, “Days of Rage” is a perfect example of McPherson’s songwriting style.
On the heels of releasing his new self-titled LP, Tony Lucca dropped by the Acoustic Nation studio to chat with editor Laura B. Whitmore. You may know him as a contestant on The Voice, but Lucca’s been honing his craft long before he appeared on the show. In fact, this is his eighth full-length album. Tony Lucca is his first self-titled release, and his first entirely self-produced effort.
The Women’s International Music Network (WiMN) hosted the 2015 She Rocks ASCAP Expo Showcase at the Tinhorn Flats Salon and Grill during the ASCAP “I Create Music” Expo in Hollywood, Calif., and it was nothing short of awesome. Check out live videos of four amazing performers here!
Check out this clip of guitarist Lenny Hatch demoing his creation, The Guitar Drum. The device gives players an elevated pad for bass sounds or can serve as a scratch plate. The Guitar Drum can also serve as a snare mechanism, for more consistent snare sounds.
Louisa Wendorff has been singing since she was seven years old. In June of 2014 she released Arrow, which climbed to #2 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart, and #1 on Billboard’s HeatSeekers chart. However, you probably most recognize her for her YouTube mashup of Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space/Style.” Here the folks at Bedell caught up with Louisa and share their conversation.
Longtime friends Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses and Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam take great pride in announcing the completion of their first ever collaborative album, Sing Into My Mouth. Scheduled for a joint release this summer (exact date TBD) on Beam's Black Cricket and Bridwell’s Brown Records via Caroline, Sing Into My Mouth is a loving homage to 12 songs that have had indelible influence on both of its creators.
For a minute, forget about the “Blurred Lines” verdict, the lyrics and whether or not you love Marvin Gaye. The New York Times just ran a profile on Richard S. Busch, the lawyer who won the $7.4 million case for the Gaye estate. In explaining how he did it, Busch says something I hope all artists caught: “By being on the outside,” he said, “everyone who hires me knows that they get 100 percent of my loyalty.”
The Women’s International Music Network (WiMN) announces acclaimed singer/songwriter Dia Frampton as the headlining act for the official 2015 She Rocks Showcase during the ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO on Fri., May 1, 2015, at the Tinhorn Flats Saloon & Grill in Hollywood, Calif.
Christina Perri will hit the road this fall as the special guest on the second leg of Ed Sheeran’s North American headline tour. The singer/songwriter will join her label mate Sheeran, kicking off September 3 at Houston, Texas’ BBVA Compass Stadium.
Wanna make a few dollars by sharing a banner or a link? NYC Guitar School has announced the launch of its affiliate program — an online referral-based platform that allows individuals with a website to earn unlimited income based on the amount of students who enroll to NYC Guitar School’s successful online beginner courses using referral codes.
Ed Sheeran has announced a second leg to his North American tour, kicking off at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, TX, on September 3. The month-long trek includes some of the GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter’s biggest headlining shows in North America to date. Pre-sale tickets will be available for select dates starting on April 6, followed by general public on-sale tickets starting on April 10. For more ticket information and tour updates, please visit www.edsheeran.com.
Sarah Command of The Command Sisters stopped by the Acoustic Nation studio. Lucky for us she consented to share some tips on percussive acoustic guitar. She’ll run you through some of the slapping and tapping techniques used in Andy McKee’s “Drifting.”