If your day is missing some gorgeous guitar work, with lovely tone and virtuosic dexterity, you’ve come to the right place. Today we’re premiering “Stone Cross” by Julian Lage and Chris Edridge from their new album Avalog, release October 7.
Harp and metal? Why not? Especially when it’s performed by the Harp Twins, Camille and Kennerly Kitt. Here they tackle Iron Maiden’s “Fear of the Dark,” for a performance they have said was one of their most difficult.
One simple technique that is often used to spice up many chords – and in the process make a lot of garden-variety chord progressions sound more interesting – is the manner-on. To play a hammer-on, pick a string and then, while the note is still ringing, sound a higher note on that same string by firmly tapping, or “hammering,” it onto the fretboard with one of your fretting fingers without picking it again.
Here’s a great Video Find for you Foo Fighters fans. It’s Dave Grohl and Co. performing “Everlong” acoustically back in 1999. The clip opens up with Grohl picking The Beatles’ “Blackbird,” as he attempts to get drummer Taylor Hawkins to sing Paul McCartney’s vocals. The band then kicks in to an emotional performance of “Everlong,” a track that appears of the second Foo Fighters LP, 1997’s The Colour and the Shape.
Dirty Heads just released a new studio album, Sound of Change. The album made its debut at #1 on the Independent Albums chart, #1 on the Alternative Albums chart, and #2 on the Rock Albums chart. Led by the sunny single “My Sweet Summer,” now a Top 10 hit at alternative radio, the band recently released the official video online
Today I’m excited to share a new track from music veteran Peter Rowan. Opening with a gospel-infused power chorus leading into an infectious groove, “River of Time” gets its boogie on. It’s a toe-tapping, guitar riffin,’ singalong good time.
I bought my guitar on a whim in a small shop on the outskirts of Buffalo about seven years ago. It was on sale for 350 dollars. The guy threw in a gigbag, too. My previous guitar was a beautiful Taylor that cost me more than I pay in rent even today.
Here’s a treat. Field Report has just shared the song “Wings” from their forthcoming album Marigolden, due out October 7. The song delivers its melancholy message with the support of a locomotive rhythm poised for takeoff. The tension build is palpable and the song, showcasing Chris Porterfield’s fabulous vocal, urgently pushes forward.
On almost every Springsteen compilation, “Atlantic City” is the black sheep, standing alone in a catalog filled with horn-filled rave-ups of rebellion and romance, and simple, stout rockers detailing the darker sides of the American dreeam. Nebraska as a whole is an extreme outlier in his discography. Recorded by Springsteen alone with a four-track recorder, the album is made up entirely of Springsteen’s vocals and acoustic playing.
Here’s something super cool from Dead Fingers. It's a free download of their song "Twisted" from their brand new album Big Black Dog. This upbeat little romp truly is twisted. Ironically enticing. But luckily it's also fun and clever and a very good harbinger of other good things from this husband and wife duo from Birmingham.
We were lucky enough to have singer, songwriter, guitarist and social activist Jason Mraz drop by the Acoustic Nation studio for this exclusive interview. Below, AN’s Jimmy Brown sits down with Mraz to discuss his brand new album YES! which just released July 15, plus gear, his charitable work through the Jason Mraz Foundation, and much more.
Based on extensive research and experimentation, Recording King introduces the Torrefied Series of torrefied top guitars. Using designs born from our collaboration with renowned historian/luthier Eric Schoenberg, Recording King makes the benefits of a torrefied top available to every player. Torrefaction is a specialized heating process used on our Adirondack spruce tops in which the wood is heated at a low temperature in an oxygen-free environment.