We were lucky enough to get a visit from world class acoustic duo, Rodrigo y Gabriela. Fresh on the heels of the release of their latest album, 9 Dead Alive, Rod y Gab discuss their inspiration for the record, as well as their songwriting process, guitars and much more. As the band's first record of new material in five years, 9 Dead Alive was recorded and produced by the duo at their studio in Ixtapa, Mexico.
Today we’re proud to give you the premiere of Jay Brown’s new track, “Get Your Fill of Feelin' Hungry.” The song is featured on his new album, Beginner Mind. An ode to the happiness found in solitude, Brown establishes the song's contemplative melody with a lazily picked guitar line, and his weathered, restrained vocals.
Need a ukulele pick-me-up? This video’s for you. Watch as Hawaiian ukulele goddess Taimane Gardner takes the instrument to a new level with this impressive medley. Performing the Latin classic “Tico Tico” along with pieces of the Mission Impossible and James Bond themes, Gardner leaps and dances around the room gazing at the audience – almost without ever looking down.
Singer songwriter Trevor Hall surprised his fans with the sudden release of his new 12-track album Chapter of the Forest on June 17. And now the wonderfully good surprises continue! This one is a live acoustic video filmed at DeathStar Studios in Los Angeles. In it, Hall shares the story behind the song and then performs a live solo acoustic version.
Today I’m excited to share a new track from music veteran Peter Rowan. Opening with a gospel-infused power chorus leading into an infectious groove, “River of Time” gets its boogie on. It’s a toe-tapping, guitar riffin,’ singalong good time.
Check out the latest Playing For Change music video of “What’s Going On” featuring Sara Bareilles and musicians from around the world. The video is one of many included in the upcoming Playing For Change 3 Songs Around The World CD /DVD set available June 17, 2014. Those who pre-order the album on iTunes, will be able to immediately download the videos of “Words of Wonder/Get Up Stand Up” and “What’s Going On.”
There is no double kick or even distortion, but this is still about as metal as it gets. With his new single “Condemnation,” could guitarist Ewan Dobson be helping to usher in a new genre of acoustic metal? Recorded in complete isolation in the backwoods of Canada just after completing his tour of Europe, CandyRat Records artist Ewan Dobson’s upcoming album Acoustic Metal II features multi-tracked acoustic guitar played with a flat-pick.
We posted about Steve Earle’s Camp Copperhead songwriting intensive some time ago – and it has since completely sold out! We’ve just gotten word that the event organizer has released 10 more tickets for songwriters to attend this one-of-a-kind event. Capacity for this event is capped at an intimate 100 people! Find out more about Steve Earle’s Camp Copperhead below, and visit camp-copperhead.com to snatch your ticket!
Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene released his critically acclaimed sophomore solo album entitled Darlings earlier this year, and today he debuts a brand new music video for “You In Your Were.” The video features comedian (or, in this case, music video expert and choreographer extraordinaire) Zach Galifianakis.
Recording like song writing is usually a slow process for me. I start by cutting some very rough demos of songs on my own. I usually just hit record on my computer and start to play. I see what I can lay down and build it up from there.
Here’s a wonderful new song from NYC based group Wise Girl. It’s a sneak peek from their upcoming Sing Me To Sleep EP titled, appropriately, “Sing Me To Sleep.” It’s a lovely acoustic ballad that features the velvety voice of Abby Weitz and some solid strumming and a few added embellishments.
Yesway, the debut full length album from San Francisco artists Emily Ritz and Kacey Johansing, sees its release this week on vinyl, cd, and digital. While their brand of electrified, pastoral folk has seen comparisons to the likes of Paw Tracks records and Coco Rosie, their juxtaposition of subtle electronics with focused acoustic guitars have painted a unique picture that is entirely their own.
Below, watch a performance of “Hurricane Heart,” the new single from Marc Broussard’s upcoming album A Life Worth Living. A Life Worth Living, Broussard’s sixth studio album will be released on July 29, but beginning today, fans can pre-order the album at iTunes and VanguardRecords.com. The album is Marc Broussard’s most personal release to date, celebrating what home means to him from his family, community and relationships.
Below, Paul Riario checks out the Cort MR600F dreadnaught cutaway acoustic guitar. The MR Series combines the advanced Fishman Presys EQ and Sonicore electronics with Cort’s tradition of quality craftsmanship. The instrument’s unique single cutaway body design gives the player full access to the higher frets, while the Fishman electronics only enhance the MR600F’s big, warm sound.
Yep Roc Records has announced the new album from psychedelic folk troubadour Robyn Hitchcock. The Man Upstairs will be available on August 26. The album sees Hitchcock uniting with legendary producer Joe Boyd (Nick Drake, Fairport Convention) for one of the most unique recordings of his already quite idiosyncratic career.