The life of a musician can be tough, and as an artist, I'm always looking for new ways to keep the juices flowing. Here are my favorite sources of support and inspiration for your journey as a singer-songwriter.
Today we’re happy to premiere a brand new track from Queens, New York’s Kings of the Brushwood Thicket. The project is the brain child of Bruce Erik Brauer, former guitarist of the NYC outfit Dog Society. It was the recent and sudden loss of both Brauer’s father and uncle that provided the spark for the acoustic work that soon flew under the Kings of the Brushwood Thicket banner.
You've got the bug—you’ve decided to buy an acoustic guitar—and nothing will stop you, not even the haunted, hungry look in your children’s eyes. So you empty your bank account, raid your kids’ college fund and head down to a local house of ill repute: a music store. You’re gonna get that acoustic, practicality and your wife’s entreaties be damned.
Scott Stevens seems to have everything it takes to make a sizable splash in the wide world of music. Command of the stage, strong vocals, authoritative guitar playing and a drive to make it all happen. But as much as that is, is it enough?
From the depths of YouTube, here’s another Video Find for you! Today we have five fingerstyle acoustic guitarists delivering an impromptu cover of Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud.” The guitarists — Gareth Evans, Andrew Foy, Eddie van der Meer, Andre van Berlo and Peter Gergely — you may know from their many fingerstyle performance videos posted on YouTube.
Sending your dry guitar signal to a sound man is a bit like that team-building exercise where a blindfolded individual is instructed to fall backwards into a group of people who might (or might not) catch him or her. GMF's Ai1 offers guitarists more control over their DI tone, with a preamp and headphone amp to boot.
Today just might be a good day to learn a new easy acoustic guitar song! Here’s our first in a series of song tutorials from Ian of Learnguitarfasttips.com This song is “Say Something,” is by A Great Big World. A poignant, lovely and easy tune
Starting Friday, February 20, 2015 (check local listings), beloved Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice's Live from the Artists Den episode broadcasts nationwide on public television with a captivating performance at the Greenpoint Loft in Brooklyn, NY. The long-running, critically acclaimed concert series creatively connects fans with a stunning roster of icons and emerging stars performing in unique and historic venues across the United States. The new season also includes episodes from Zac Brown Band, Alabama Shakes, and Cage the Elephant.
Nashville band Judah & the Lion are thrilled to make their National TV Debut tonight on The Late Show with David Letterman! Fans can catch the performance at 11:35/10:35c on CBS - Judah & the Lion will be playing fan-favorite "Kickin' Da Leaves," the punchy opening track from their debut album Kids These Days, which was released last fall.
Americana Music Association Artist of the Year, Song of the Year and Album of the Year winner Jason Isbell, and his acclaimed singer/songwriter wife Amanda Shires, have released the two-song Sea Songs set on February 10.
Music legend Brian Wilson's new album, No Pier Pressure, is now available for preorder across all of its physical and digital configurations. The album will be released April 7 in standard 13-track and deluxe 16-track editions, each in CD and digital formats, as well as a 16-track 2LP edition on 180-gram vinyl.
On Friday, my first publisher, Kim Williams, called me to congratulate me for getting to play the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday. We talked about the early days when Kim, Ron Harbin and I each wrote 2-3 songs per day. We were putting out an insane amount of music.
Classic Albums is a DVD series telling the stories behind some of rock’s most historic records. Below, watch an excerpt from their feature on Black Sabbath’s Paranoid LP. As the second studio album from Sabbath, the album contains some of the band’s most beloved tracks, including “Iron Man,” “War Pigs,” and “Paranoid.”
Ryley Walker’s upcoming release, Primrose Green, is a collection of down-home, folk-rock fingerpicking, wispy Chicago jazz, and just a shot of Americana that will make you feel like you are embarking on an adventure down the winding Ol’ Rock River on which Ryley grew up.
Twenty-five years ago Mike Rogers was in high school in Myrtle Beach, SC, playing drums in a band called Perfect Tommy. Now as a regular on the Grand Ole Opry stage playing with Craig Morgan he still remembers the first time he played there on April 15, 2002. Mike is an accomplished songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.