Alright, you’re about to get schooled by Eric Johnson (again). While it’s typical to see Johnson deliver his signature smooth and soaring electric lead playing, here we see him with an acoustic in hand. And, no surprise, his delivery in “Tribute to Jerry Reed” is drool-worthy. Plus he’s got amazing hair!
Noooo! It can't be! Summer is just about over. But here's something to help ease you into autumn. Here we present ten great live acoustic tours that will be sure to warm your musical heart as the leaves change color. Are you looking for a raucous good time, or a meaningful musical moment? There's something here for everyone, I assure you!
New York City-based guitarist/songwriter Sean Sullivan has an extremely mixed background in music. His style blends folk, rock, Latin, blues and more to create a distinctive musical melting pot. But of all of Sullivan's influences, it’s jazz that runs the deepest. Here, he takes a second to explain the role of a guitar player in a jazz band.
We recently had acoustic guitarist Tommy Emmanuel drop by the Acoustic Nation studio. In addition to an exclusive interview and lesson, he also treated us to a personal performance of his track, “Hope Street.” Inspired by the unlikely combination of George Harrison and Keb’ Mo’, the tune implements Emmanuel’s trademark picking style along with some genius melodic work.
Shovels & Rope, the husband and wife duo of Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent, has announced a tour in support of their sophomore album Swimmin’ Time (out August 26 via Dualtone Music). The tour will kick off on August 20 in Raleigh, NC with stops scheduled in Atlanta, Nashville, Boston, Detroit, Chicago, New York and many more.
Rock band O.A.R. is having quite a month. On June 3, they were the house band for the entire hour on the Today Show with Kathie Lee & Hoda, which included a performance of their single “Peace” accompanied by the Mt. Carmel-Holy Rosary School of East Harlem. Later that week, the band visited with the famed Staten Island elementary school chorus at PS 22 in a rendition of “Peace.”
The question, "Why do you play as a one man band?" gets asked to me a lot. The funny thing is, it was never a conscious choice to go this route. It was born out of necessity. I wanted to create something bigger than a singer songwriter project, something that was full of passion, something that would punch people in the chest with meaning, but also something I could take out to the dive bars in town and catch people's ear.
Joshua Scott Jones’ raw, honest and powerful solo debut album, The Healing, is available now. The album takes fans on a musical journey which exposes Jones' past, including the break-up of his former duo Steel Magnolia, as well as his personal struggle with addiction and recovery in rehab.
Norwegian solo performer Bernhoft has released his newest album, Islander. The 11-song LP was inspired by Swedish pop, the trailblazing soul of Stevie Wonder and Sly Stone, and the intricate folk-rock of Carole King.
Today we’re proud to give you the world premiere of Portland songwriter Adam Zwig’s new video, “Sunshine Waves.” The track will appear on his forthcoming EP, Stones, Bones, and Skin, which you can pick up August 18.
We've watched ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro deliver some amazing performances live in the Acoustic Nation studio. We've had a wonderful chat with him about his latest album, his gear, touring, recording and so much more. Now things get hands on. Here Shimabukuro sits down with Acoustic Nation editor Laura B. Whitmore and shares some ukulele basics that are sure to get you strumming.
To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Soundgarden’s rock masterpiece Superunknown, here’s frontman Chris Cornell and bassist Ben Shepherd performing one of the record’s standout tracks, “Fell on Black Days.”
It was a glorious day in Union Square Park on June 21. Just the right kind of weather for hundreds of guitarists to gather and jam for Mass Appeal: Guitars, an annual event that’s part of the Make Music Festival. This year, Acoustic Nation co-hosted the event with the New York City Guitar School and I have to say, it was truly epic.