Today we are stoked to share a new song from Walter Salas-Humara. It’s “Satellite,” a laid back, clap along track with a cool groove, that has us searching for communication from above! Salas-Humara, a visual artist and singer/songwriter, is co-founder of the seminal Americana band The Silos. He’ll release this third solo album (and first in 18 years), Curve and Shake, on August 12 via The Orchard.
Perhaps their most explosive and thrilling release to date, Rodrigo y Gabriela's 9 Dead Alive captures the duo bursting with melodic and rhythmic invention. Opening track “The Soundmaker” is evidence of this raw energy. Watch an exclusive performance of the song right here!
I started writing songs before I could play the guitar. I've been trying to catch up to what I hear ever since. The process, since day one, has been like waiting for the arrival of friend. Never a literal attempt at creating. It has been going on at a steady clip for a long time now. I find writing the song the easy part. The hard part is making sure I should write the song.
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.
Check out this energy-packed video of Pantera's classic "Cowboys From Hell" performed as a violin and cello duet. The title track of Pantera's fifth album, "Cowboys From Hell" was the band's first single. Here violinist Rachel Barton Pine and cellist Mike Block play Rachel's arrangement of "Cowboys From Hell" for a faculty concert at Mark O'Connor's Strings Conference in San Diego.
Here, Paul Riario demonstrates the new Newporter Pro Custom Bolt-On acoustic guitar from Fender. Reminiscent of Fender’s original ’60s Newporter acoustic, this modernized version has a specially designed bolt-on neck system with a ’68 Stratocaster headstock. The Newporter’s neck has the smooth, fast feel of an electric, with easy access to the upper reaches of the 20-fret rosewood fingerboard.
There are countless videos on YouTube featuring talented fingerstyle guitarists making very good use of harmonics. However, this new video from Alan Gogoll might be some of the more innovative use of harmonics we’ve seen in a some time. In this performance of “Pepperleaf Pipes,” Gogoll incorporates a harmonics technique that he calls “bell harmonics.”
In this episode of Sunday Strum, I take you through an all-quarter note strum pattern using downstrokes. I’m making each hit staccato – which means short. In addition, I’m palm muting to create a certain detached, rhythmic feel.
The Littlest Prisoner, the latest from singer, violinist, composer and arranger Jenny Scheinman, was released May 6 on Sony Masterworks. Her eighth studio album, the album follows Scheinman’s 2012 release Mischief & Mayhem. Mixed by Grammy-nominated producer, Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, Neko Case, My Morning Jacket and Sufjan Stevens), the album was recorded in just three days of studio tracking in Martine’s Flora Studio in Portland, Oregon.
In honor of his 50th birthday, here’s a clip of Tom Morello performing “Save The Hammer For The Man” along with Ben Harper on dobro and supporting vocals. Released under Morello’s The Nightwatchmen alias, the track appears on his World Wide Rebel Songs album. Harper also appears as a guest vocalist on the studio version.
While this statement applies beautifully to any and all court proceedings, when it comes to songwriting, things get a little more complicated. This week’s blog is philosophical as well as task driven. As you rewrite and refine your songs, it’s important to consider the different ways in which you can tell your story. And that sometimes means going a bit deep to find what is the “truth” for you for that particular song.
In this video series, Acoustic Natino editor Laura B. Whitmore discusses the new Expression System 2 pickup design with Taylor Guitars' David Hosler. As the successor to Taylor’s Expression System 1 which was introduced in 2003, the ES2 is a brand new innovation that faithfully conveys the voice of Taylor instruments. For decades, piezo-electric transducers have been positioned under the saddle of a guitar, based on the long-held belief that the string and top vibration cause the saddle to “bounce” up and down.
After playing live together since 2008, Sasha Dobson, Norah Jones and Catherine Popper have at last taken their collaboration into the studio. No Fools, No Fun – their debut album – will be released on July 15 by Blue Note Records.
For anyone unfamiliar with the late Michael Hedges and his groundbreaking, innovative guitar techniques, "Aerial Boundaries" was considered to be one of the most skilled six string acoustic guitar performances of all time. Now imagine this performed with a beautifully handcrafted Lowden twelve string that releases graceful tones and harmonies from the likes of which you've never heard, and then, maybe then, you'll get a glimmer of the rare precision and potent originality that is Jason Kessler.