I interviewed Maia Davies of Ladies Of The Canyon, an all- female band that are no strangers to hard livin', long drives and a life in music. Maia and I bonded on lessons learned on the road to success and more importantly perhaps, happiness.
This month we’re sharing something really fun. It’s a kickin’ contest that brings you both an instrument and some musical inspiration. We’re giving away this wonderful, brand new D’Angelico acoustic guitar, the Lexington SD300 in Cherry Sunburst. Plus some killer music by award-winning artist Will Dailey performed on a D’Angelico acoustic as well!!
Here AN editor Laura B. Whitmore sits down with New York City-based songwriter, Emilyn Brodsky. A ukulele player who writes “simple songs about complicated feelings,” Brodsky’s latest LP, Emilyn Brodsky Eats Her Feelings, is out now. Below she describes the meaning behind the album, its recording process, her experience of performing on HBO’s Girls and much more.
Lily Maase recently dropped by the Acoustic Nation studio to help us brush up on our picking and strumming skills. And of course, we couldn’t let the Brooklyn-based guitarist leave without performing a song of her own. Below, Maase plays us her original tune, “Reduction Sketch.”
Lucky us! Indie folk songstress Lucette has done the honor of recording a sweet acoustic version of her song “Bobby Reid” just for us. The song seems somehow familiar from the get go, an old-style lament sung with a sweet sadness.
NBC’s The Voice brought a fresh approach to the singing competitions on TV. And now in season 7 they have brought a fresh voice in Luke Wade. While most of America has learned of Luke from his time on the Voice, you should keep getting to know him through his sophomore album The River.
The Martin Tuner is a free app from Martin Guitar for iPad, iPhone, and Android devices. The app is an interactive tool perfect for guitar players of every skill. It includes a fully chromatic tuner and ear trainer to help you dial in your guitar whether you are a beginner or a pro.
Here’s a kick ass performance by the acoustic guitar masters of Guitar Republic, “Funky Sexy Republic.” I can’t stop watching! Employing every technique you can think of—tapping, plucking, bowing, strumming, and more — this trio of Sergio Altamura, Stefano Barone and Pino Forastiere give it their all!
SHEL recently invited us to a studio in Nashville to capture them performing one of their infectious folk tunes. Below, the band plays “Like Minded Fool,” showcasing their hypnotic vocal arrangements and serious songwriting talent. Comprised of four sisters, SHEL is an acronym for their names; Sarah on violin, Hannah on keyboards, Eva on mandolin, and Liza on drums, djembe and beatboxing. Hailing from Fort Collins, CO, the sisters are classically trained musicians known for their impressive harmonized vocals, infections rhythms and captivating shows.
One of the most exciting guitarists in Nashville (and beyond) is Jim Oblon. His latest release Sunset features his own songs as well as re-envisioned classics like "Lucille." Forging old with new seamlessly is a craft he describes in this interview!
Singer-songwriter Taylor Berrett will be releasing his debut album, Great Falls, on March 10, 2015, via Warner Bros. Records. The album embodies songwriting at its finest, with great artists like Paul Simon and Billy Joel as inspiration and Taylor's uniquely fun, uplifting, and poignant style at the heart.
Here’s a great lesson on how to play the classic holiday song “Silent Night” on acoustic guitar. Starting with very simple cowboy chords, instructor Jimmy Brown walks you through adding more complex elements.
Richie Sambora is spreading the peaceful spirit of the holiday season with a moving rendition of the John Lennon classic “Happy Xmas/War Is Over.” Richie delivers blues-y vocals and trades guitar lines with Australian guitar powerhouse Orianthi, all backed by the sweet sound of the School of Rock LA children’s choir.
They say that there is no going back. They say that you can’t go home again. Butthe Jayhawks are sure as hell going to try. The Americana pioneers will take to the road just after the holidays on a six-date journey down the Pacific Coast. The tour starts January 6 at Seattle’s Neptune, and concludes on July 12 in San Juan Capistrano, with stops in Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego County.