Here’s a little slice of honky-tonk heaven for your listening pleasure. It’s our exclusive premiere of Loudon Wainright III performing Chris Smither’s “Place in Line.” Wainright’s laid-back execution of this Dylan-tinged tune is extremely appealing. Cool piano and some great lyrics bring it on home.
There is a standard joke in Nashville that goes "What do you call a songwriter without a wife or girlfriend?" The punchline is "homeless." There is almost always some truth in a joke. The truth in this one is that most of us - me included - need some support, both emotional and financial, early in our careers if we hope to succeed.
Happy birthday to us! That’s right, today we’re celebrating the one year anniversary of the launch of AcousticNation.com, Guitar World’s channel for the contemporary acoustic music world. And what better way to celebrate than to take a look back at some of my favorite highlights of that year.
If your day is missing some gorgeous guitar work, with lovely tone and virtuosic dexterity, you’ve come to the right place. Today we’re premiering “Stone Cross” by Julian Lage and Chris Edridge from their new album Avalon, release October 7.
Let's talk about shapes! Also, let's take a look at my tiny hands. If you watch this video, you'll see that my hands are small. Like, really small. Smaller than they should be for someone my height, and definitely smaller than those of the average guitarist. This is ok!
Introducing The Jason Spooner Band from the complete opposite end of our country. JSB hail from the picturesque coast of Maine – a perfect backdrop for a lifestyle that is pure, uncomplicated and honest, the perfect combo for an introspective singer-songwriter such as Jason Spooner. The newest album (their 4th!), Chemical, is set for release on September 16. Chemical’s first single, “Fireflies”, overflows with youthful memories and descriptive imagery that transports the listener to simpler and desirable times.
Singer songwriter Trevor Hall will be heading back on the road this fall on a North American headline tour beginning on September 10 at Slim’s in San Francisco, CA. The “Small is Beautiful” tour will include stops in Vancouver, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Boston and New York City. See the full list of dates below
Luke Winslow-King is releasing a new album Everlasting Arms on September 30 via Bloodshot Records. Winslow-King is a guitarist/singer/songwriter from New Orleans, LA by way of Cadillac, MI. Following his critically acclaimed Bloodshot Records debut The Coming Tide in 2013, LWK (for brevity’s sake) has been as hardworking a musician as they come.
Acoustic Nation's inaugural Songwriter Sessions: Live! event recently kicked off at Summer NAMM in Nashville, TN. Perfectly at home in the songwriter-haven that is Nashville, the event invited writers to submit their best tunes which were then voted on by AN readers. The top six songwriters – Kendra Bragg, Eric Coomer, Sam Hatmaker, Jenna Paone, Dani Poppitt and Chris Rogers – were selected to perform their submitted songs at Summer NAMM, and have them critiqued by hit songwriter Clay Mills and Acoustic Nation editor Laura Whitmore.
This month we’re excited to give away two tickets to the SongTown 9 Spot Coffee Shop webcast. I’ve personally attended these webcasts and they are chock full of useful, practical information for songwriters of every level. Plus you can ask your questions live. This month’s webcast brings in hit producer Jody Stevens and takes place on August 28, 2014 at 7:00pm Central Time. With your ticket you’ll get easy login information about how to join the event online.
So you've finished your latest greatest song and it's time to do a demo. Should you do a full band demo or a simple guitar/vocal? The next decision you make can be the difference in an artist recording your song or not! I'd like to step you through the thought process my co-writers and I used on the way to landing our song "Gotta Love It" on the latest Joe Nichols record.
Led by the irresistibly catchy, danceable track “Stolen Dance” – which has already hit #1 in 15 countries and amassed over 50 million views on YouTube – German duo Milky Chance are now poised for greatness in the states as well. Made up of guitarist/vocalist Clemens Rehbein and DJ Philipp Dausch, the duo weaves elegant electronic production with acoustic guitars, along with lilting, lush vocals. It’s a unique sound that is unequivocally their own.
Seven Handle Circus, a six-piece folk rock band from Atlanta, announces the release of their debut album Shadows On The Wall out October 20, 2014. The lead single “And We Danced” features an upbeat rhythm and nostalgic melody that reflects the danceable nature of the music. The single is currently available on iTunes.
Check out this new video from acoustic guitar phenomenon Thomas Leeb. “Trickster” was released June 30 and features some extremely innovative fingerstyle technique from this gifted guitarist. Some of the track’s unique sound could be contributed to it’s odd CGEbGGD tuning.