I think a lot about why I write. Is it all a big vanity project? Am I capable of having a new, independent thought? Is anyone? Does anyone really care about this? Will what I write make a dent in the social consciousness? Will I actually be able to touch someone’s life? Would my efforts be better spent rolling up my sleeves and serving lunch at a soup kitchen? I think a lot about that one.
Rodrigo y Gabriela's new record 9 Dead Alive is now streaming in its entirety. Take a listen here.9 Dead Alive (ATO) will be released on April 29, and it is the band's first record of new material in five years. It is available for pre-order now.
Warning, you might feel a chill! Here singer/songwriter So Brown invites us into an intimate setting with her video for the track "Riversong." Shot all in one take during a Day of the Dead dinner, the video for "Riversong" wonderfully enhances the song's haunting and melancholy croon.
Here’s a Video Find like none we’ve ever posted. It’s German piano quartet Salut Salon delivering a highly entertaining live performance of "Wettstreit Zu Viert.” The Salut Salon quartet – made up of Angelika Bachmann (violin), Iris Siegfried (violin and vocals), Anne-Monika von Twardowski (piano) and Sonja Lena Schmid (cello) – combine virtuosic chops with a comedy and charm to create a completely unconventional chamber music experience.
As some of you out there might know by now, we enjoy sharing YouTube videos of guitarists who claim to be the "world's fastest guitarist." Mind you, we don't have a hand in declaring anyone the fastest, or the slowest/kindest/worst dressed, etc. We just get a kick out of watching these guys play — and we hope you feel the same way.
Here’s a cool, easy lesson brought to you by Alfred Music. It’s a tutorial of how to play John Lennon’s “Jealous Guy.” The lesson gives you a bit of background and then breaks down what you need to know to strum the verse and chorus, with plenty of explanation of any fingering variations and anomalies.
It's getting to be that time of year. You know what we're talking about...Festival Season! Here's one with a nice mix of really great acoustic, hip-hop, rock acts, and more. Something for everyone you might say! The Forecastle Festival returns this summer led by hip hop royalty, Outkast; 21st-century rocker Jack White and alt-rock renaissance man, Beck.
Acony Records is proud to announce Willie Watson's debut solo album Folk Singer Vol. 1 to be released on May 6, 2014. The album was produced by the legendary David Rawlings, longtime friend and producer of Watson's previous band, Old Crow Medicine Show.
Singer-songwriter LP is certainly no stranger to live performance. Her only release, 2012’s live EP titled Live and EastWest Studios, is proof of that. But what I discovered a few nights ago at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall, is that to really “get” LP is to see her show
We've had a bit of fun with incredible guitarist Mike Dawes over the last few weeks. Here, we couldn't resist mounting a GoPro camera on the headstock of Dawes' guitar as he played his incredible, original composition, "The Impossible."
If you’ve got a hankering to witness the perfect classical guitar trifecta, then your best bet is to check out Stanley Jordan, Sharon Isbin and Romero Lubambo perform during Guitar Passions, a tour inspired by Isbin’s 2011 release Sharon Isbin & Friends: Guitar Passions.