Julian Lage is much more than just a jazz musician. While his musical foundation is rooted firmly in the world of bebop and swing, his playing encapsulates the full breadth of 20th-century American music. The ghosts of Eddie Lang, Skip James, Doc Watson and Elizabeth Cotton haunt his vintage Martin 000-18, with which he creates a sound that is distinctly modern yet deeply indebted to the American folk music tradition.
Clay and I continually running into people throughout SongTown territories that have "write-up-itis." We can spot the affliction immediately, because we have both battled this dreadful and potentially fatal disease in the past.
Bill Lloyd doesn't play music, he IS music. And good music at that! From founding The Long Players, the uber popular band in Nashville who play classic albums from beginning to end with famous guest singers to in Nashville to writing his own classic albums under his name and previously Foster & Lloyd (RCA). Bill understands songs inside and out both technically and emotionally.
Here’s a fun song from folk legend Tom Paxton. “The Battle of the Sexes” is from this artist’s Redemption Road album, out March 10. Chock full of clever lyrics and a rollicking fiddle-laden arrangement, “I’m A Sinner” celebrates with a tongue-in-cheek ride through historic male/female conflict. Fun, fun, fun!
Featuring performances by multi-platinum artist Colbie Caillat, rock icons The Bangles, Grammy nominated saxophonist Mindi Abair, guitarists Orianthi and Richie Sambora, the event celebrated women in music.
Since 2009, Brandon Decker has written, produced and released a trove of mesmerizing music, an expansive palette of folk, gospel, rock and psychedelia recorded under the nom de plume decker. While hard to pigeonhole, there’s a purposeful duality to decker.’s work: it’s sparse, yet full. Also: intense, romantic, cryptic, hypnotic and raw. decker. will release Patsy on February 17, 2015.
As Into It. Over It.'s Evan Weiss prepares to close out the year on the road with Lemuria this November and December, he's also looking ahead to 2015. This coming February Into It. Over It. will embark upon an intimate acoustic tour with friends Kevin Devine and Laura Stevenson. Tickets for all dates (listed below) are on sale now via intoitoverit.com/tours.
I was lucky enough to get my hands on the Boss VE-2 Vocal Harmonist pedal (or my feet?). And once I tried it, I really didn’t want to part with it. Aside from adding cool vocal harmonies, reverb and delay to my voice, well, it’s just fun. I can sound like a whole chorus now if I want to!
Today we’re proud to give you “River Runs Dry,” a song that showcases the softer side of Bronson’s writing. Featured on his Dave Cobb-produced self-titled LP, listening to the lyrics and soft strumming of “River Runs Dry” makes it easy to drift off in reflective thought. Eliot Bronson is something of a homecoming for the songwriter, who was raised in a Pentecostal home by a family for which music was prayer and life was expressed and enjoyed in song.
The Women’s International Music Network (the WiMN) is thrilled to announce Americana band SHEL as the opening act for the 2015 She Rocks Awards. Recognizing women who stand out as role models in the music industry, the live awards event takes place on January 23, 2015 at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel during the NAMM Show.
Here’s a driving tale from singer/songwriter Cris Jacobs called “The Devil or Jesse James.” Jacobs’ gravelly voice and chimey acoustic accompaniment intertwined with some sweet riffs fill out this song nicely. "Devil or Jesse James" is from the Cris Jacobs Acoustic Sessions from October 2014, a six track sampler that Jacobs is giving away to fans as a thank you for their support on the road all year.
I heard about this film "The 78 Project" and saw the poster with an old record player so I just HAD to see it! Drove up from Nashville to Memphis to catch it at The Memphis Indie Film Fest and met up with the creators after. I felt this film's subtle message was "don't get in the way of yourself."
Fender is proud to introduce two new instruments, the Brown Derby Resonator and Top Hat Resonator. Fender’s Brown Derby Resonator gives a jaunty tip of the hat to phenomenal round-neck reso-phonic sound and style. Pure resonator tone rings from the mahogany body and maple top, which features dual Fender “F” soundholes and a special Eastern European “Continental” cone of hand-spun aluminum.
Fender is proud to announce the release of the FA-300CE Acoustic/Electric Pack with Fender SLIDE interface. The FA-300CE Acoustic-Electric Pack gives players everything they need to start playing right now. With the included Fender SLIDE instrument interface, players have everything they need to connect the guitar to their mobile device or computer for digital recording, playback and editing. The dreadnought guitar delivers great tone, with a spruce top, mahogany back and sides, convenient cutaway and Fishman® Isys III pickup/preamp system with built-in tuner.