If you are a country music fan, more specifically the greats such as George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith or Vince Gill, chances are one of your favorite songs was written, or co-written, by a man named Dean Dillon. Unless you're a serious music buff - this may be an unfamiliar name - until now.
I was driving down Broadway in Nashville when I saw 3 guys with drumsticks bashing out a beat while the 4th guy was stringing his electric guitar. Confused and curious, I pulled over and found the secret to touring for a struggling artist in 2014! Meet The Vonnugets from Detroit!
Here young South Korean guitarist Sungha Jung digs into a fingerstyle rendition of Michael Jackson's “Billy Jean.” Jung started playing at age 9, and as you can see, he’s progressed to prodigy level. His YouTube covers collectively have hundreds of millions of views.
Angel Olsen is wrapping up a very strong 2014 with a tour throughout the Southeast, plus a run of band and solo shows in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. On November 18th, between those two tours, Angel will release the deluxe edition of her excellent album, Burn Your Fire for No Witness, released in its original form this past February via Jagjaguwar.
Over time, O'Connell's songwriting has grown in confidence and intensity, while maintaining its signature restraint. Where in Our Woods, the 12th Elephant Micah album and the first for Western Vinyl, is the fruit of this long-term creative progress. It will see release on January 20th, 2015.
We recently caught up with Atlanta singer-songwriter Eliot Bronson in Nashville, TN. Scheduled to perform later that evening at The Basement, Bronson had some time to spare and was gracious enough to venture into a park across the street from the venue for this special performance. Here, Bronson plays us “Just Came Back To Tell You I’m Leaving,” a fiery track from his recently unveiled self titled album.
Buskers. Street performers. Ever come across one that just blew your mind? We have. In fact, there seem to be loads of supremely talented folk all over the globe with a penchant for sitting on the street corner and playing to apathetic passerby’s.
Today we’re premiering “Don’t Let’s Go To The Dogs Tonight,” by Jessie Kilguss. This track from her upcoming album Desvastate Me is a sweet spoken reminiscence of a more simple childhood. Kilguss artfully pulls us into her wistful nostalgia with a bit of twang and a strummy, well arranged instrumental accompaniment.
Clay and I do a lot of mentoring sessions through Songtown.com. One of the big discoveries we have made in those sessions is that people have all kinds of different goals for their music. And we have discovered that almost every answer to every question people ask us depends on THEIR answer to the question, "What are you shooting for?"
Here’s a video that’s recently caused an uproar around the internet, especially among musicians. Watch as NYC musician Andrew Kalleen is arrested for busking in the NYC Subway. According to section 1050.6(c) of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s rules of conduct, “artistic performances, including the acceptance of donations” are permitted. Although the officer reads this section aloud, he informs Kalleen that he needs to leave “by force, or you’re gonna go out on your own.”
Acclaimed for her extraordinary lyricism, technique and versatility, multiple GRAMMY Award winner Sharon Isbin has been hailed as “the pre-eminent guitarist of our time.” Here we talk about her new documentary, upcoming projects and much more.