So you’ve reached that point in the song; you’ve written two verses and a chorus, and that little voice in your head says “I need to write a bridge.” But do you really??? When do you know if a song truly needs a bridge?
I know what you’re thinking. Slipknot and “acoustic” just don’t go together. But the band, Listopad, disagrees. And you will be glad you do when you check out their acoustic video of Slipknot’s “Before I Forget.” This super cool unplugged take is loaded with energy and angst.
Although all of these classic songs may not have been originally recorded on acoustic, they all are perfect for an acoustic jam. These aren’t ranked in any order, just ten great songs that are super easy to play. Even if you can’t master the iconic riffs that are part of most of these, they’re all great to add to your fun strumming repertoire.
LR Baggs recently unveiled this video featuring country songwriter Sturgill Simpson. The clip showcases Simpson performing his track “Life of Sin” live at legendary RCA Studio A in Nashville, TN. According to the video’s description, Sturgill’s guitar was recorded direct with the LR Baggs Lyric Classical internal microphone.
Here’s latest video from Los Angeles-based songwriter Tom Freund, premiering today exclusively on Acoustic Nation. Led by his ukulele, “Next Time Around” instantly takes you away to a beachy paradise, or in this case, Freund's virtual backyard of Venice, California. The touch of strings and mermaid-evoking background vocals only add to the island vibe of the track. A multi-instrumentalist in his own right, Freund also performs the upright bass, guitar and keyboards in addition to the ukulele.
One of our Songtown citizens asked the question "How do you decide which artist to give your song to?" So, I thought I would answer that one to the best of my ability. Sadly, in my experience, it doesn't happen too often that multiple artists are fighting over the same song. I wish that happened more. But, most often, you have one artist wanting to cut your song.
At only 25 years of age, Melbourne's Ben Wright Smith has an impressive number of musical accomplishments under his belt. After a string of acoustic folk / rock releases which sparked the imagination of the international folk fraternity, Wright Smith found himself traveling the world and writing and performing everywhere from Melbourne to Los Angeles, Havana to Mumbai. In 2012 Wright Smith wound up in Nashville where he shared stages at the Americana Music Festival with an enviable list of musical compatriots that includes Kasey Chambers and Justin Townes Earle.
Dressed in cut-off jean shorts and a black crop top with auburn hair, flawless, porcelain skin and bright red lips, Meg Meyers arrived for her Fender Studio Session at Capitol Records looking barely out of her teens. But the 27-year-old soft-spoken songstress, who was born in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, packs quite a punch with her confessional lyrics and hard-edged indie rock, reminiscent of Tori Amos or Fiona Apple.
I remember reading a quote somewhere about taking vinyl home and having to live with it. What struck me about the quote was the concept of "living" with what was just basically a vehicle for recorded music. What a strong sentiment. You never hear anyone talk about living with their mp3's, CDs, or whatever. It's a romantic notion for sure and it makes sense when you really start to break down what a vinyl record means.
Heaven Can Wait, the third solo album from acclaimed guitarist and singer-songwriter Jim Keller, is out now. The record is the follow-up to 2011’s Soul Candy. This album marks Keller’s third collaboration with producer Hector Castillo (Beck, David Bowie, Brazilian Girls), who shared co-producing duties with Byron Isaacs (Levon Helm) this time around.
Summer is finally here! And with that, the schedule of album releases slows a bit, letting everyone digest the musical offerings of spring. Although the year is still somewhat young, there have been some incredible releases already. Acoustically speaking, it has already been a year rife with innovation.
Today we’re happy to present the premiere of Kelley Mickwee’s “Take Me Home,” a track from her upcoming full length, You Used to Live Here. With a laid-back rhythm section and soaring pedal steel playing, the track highlights Mickwee’s pure, affecting vocal performance. An Austin, TX-based singer/songwriter, Mickwee co-wrote the "Take Me Home" with Phoebe Hunt.
When it comes to talent, age doesn’t matter. If you’ve got it, you’ve got it. And there is no doubt that 16-year-old guitarist Andreas Varady has got it in spades. And now we’re totally stoked to share his acoustic-based song, “Swing 42,” with you.
Led Zeppelin and the ukulele might be an unlikely combination, but this rendition of “Kashmir” is on point! The cover is performed by Bartt Warburton and James Hill, two ukulele players hailing from Australia and Canada, respectively. Warburton and Hill not only do an excellent job of keeping the song’s groove in tact, but they nail Robert Plant’s vocal line too.
LP's new album Forever For Now is one of my favorites of 2014. That's why I was thrilled to have the chance to sit down with this amazing songwriter, guitarists, ukulele player and vocalist to try a lesson on how to play her new single "Night Like This" on ukulele.