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.
I know what you’re thinking. You’ve heard this song a million times. But I can guarantee you’ve not heard this dark and intense version from French metal band, Klone. Easing in with guitar and horns, the song is slightly bent and a bit disturbing. This is not your mother’s “Summertime,” that’s for sure!
I am sitting in my kitchen in St John’s, Newfoundland watching through the windows as what only could be called a snownami covers the city. My backyard has been made invisible, likewise my street and neighbors’ houses as a thick, salty veil of snow blows in from the Atlantic. Quite fitting that this wintery day affords a moment to look back on Leg 1 of the So Let's Go Tour, the most Canadian of all tours.
The debut release in Iron & Wine’s new Archive Series will be out next week via Sam Beam’s own label, Black Cricket Recording Co. This first installment taps into a set of songs created before Sam was Iron & Wine, when he was making music only to be heard by his family. While some of this material has been widely bootlegged, it has never received a widespread or proper release.
C.F. Martin & Co. and multi-platinum singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran are teaming up for the second time to create another Signature Artist Edition guitar from the Martin Custom Shop, the Ed Sheeran X Signature Edition.
Remember when "Your mother wears army boots" used to be an insult? Not any more! Now Jimmy Vivino and many more musicians and celebrities are putting on a pair of combat boots in support of active duty military.
Every once in a while you see a group of musicians that somehow just gets it. Sure they’re tight. They’re in tune. They’re excellent musicians. What I’m talking about here is the special sauce. That something extra that you just can’t put your finger on. And that’s what made the Command Sisters show at the Bowery Electric so killer.
Acoustic guitarist Alan Gogoll appeared on our radar last year with an innovative way to incorporate harmonics. Now the Australia-native is back with another video, displaying more of his original “bell harmonics” technique.
Pieta Brown has released a new video for "Flowers of Love" from her recent Red House release, Paradise Outlaw. The track was recorded at Justin Vernon's April Base studio and features Vernon on backing vocals. The video is by artist Mei-Ling Shaw Williams. Pieta will be touring through 2015, including US and Australian dates with Iris Dement (scroll down for tour details).
Here’s a rockin’ tune from City Lights from their upcoming Acoustic Ep 2, due out February 17, 2015 on InVogue Records. Here the pop-punk band takes a selection of tunes and delivers acoustic versions of their faves.
In this week’s example, I demonstrate a pattern aimed at creating space. Sometimes less is more, and by creating a gap between chord changes, a more dramatic effect can be achieved. Feel free to experiment with this simple idea to really change up what may otherwise be too straight ahead.