People often ask me to define the biggest mistake I see songwriters making as they chase that first cut. If I had to pick one BIG one, I would say that it is using out-dated language. Anyone who is over 30 years old has to continually be aware of the "slang" that they are using in their song. Using the wrong words can INSTANTLY get your song thrown out and get you labeled as an out-dated and out of touch writer.
Here’s a great quality clip of SRV performing “Pride and Joy” in January of 1990 during his MTV Unplugged taping. Vaughan uses a 12-string Guild, which gives the song a completely different vibe than the original, full band recording. “Pride and Joy” originally appeared on his 1983 Epic Records debut, Texas Flood.
This is one of the easiest homemade guitars I have ever built, and it only took me one hour to make. This lap steel was made from an extra 2x4 I had in my shed and just a few saw cuts to the wood. I even used a pre-wired acoustic soundhole pickup so there was no wiring needed. Anybody can build this lap steel!
Vermont-based news channel WPTZ (where my late-Nineties girlfriend used to work!) recently published a feature on the Alpaca carbon fiber travel guitar, a "special guitar made to withstand the elements."
Here’s something hot off the presses from artist Mike Errico. It’s a cool, artsy video for his song, “Count to Ten,” from the Wander Away album. The dreamy, home-movie stylings here perfectly compliment the lilting, lovely vocal and acoustic-y accompaniment. The imagery throughout pulls you into this sweetly sentimental story. You’ll wanna go there, we promise.
John Vesely, better known as Secondhand Serenade, has partnered up with Vevo to exclusively premiere his video for hit single "Shake If Off.” Although the song was recorded in 2012 and released on iTunes in early 2013, it appears on Secondhand Serenade's recently release album, Undefeated. Filmed in Nashville by Jon King, this is Secondhand Serenade's first official video since "Something More" in 2010. "For the 'Shake It Off' video I just wanted to have some fun and get it on film. We had a basic concept, got a bunch of friends together and let it happen." Vesely tells us.
Amen Dunes' Love, released this past May on Sacred Bones, took close to a year and a half, 16 musicians, and 5 different studios to complete. In that process, much of the sound that might have made it onto the album was lost. There was just too much to say for one record. The Cowboy Worship EP is an attempt to give life to some of the music that didn't make it past the scalpel
It’s that time of year. Trimming the tree, sipping on egg nog, and of course, strumming a few tunes with family and friends. Many of the songs we love to sing and play this time of year of simply arranged. And you can dig right in and play ‘em to your heart’s content. Here are some of our faves that are easy to play at the drop of a hat (a Santa hat that is!).
Today we’re sharing an exclusive acoustic video from The Vespers. It’s a cover of Coldplay’s “Another’s Arms” done up just fine. Their interpretation of this sad but lovely song features some lacy mandolin and acoustic guitar strums and gentle harmonies.
Maryland-based songstress, Hannah Gill, is thrilled to announce her upcoming EP, titled I Feel Awake, which is set to be released January 20th, 2015. At only 17 years-old, Hannah's voice brings to mind soulful performers such as Florence & The Machine, Lana Del Rey, and Kate Nash.
Wisconsin-bred, Georgia-based John McCutcheon has emerged as one of our most respected and loved folksingers. He truly is folk music's Renaissance man — master instrumentalist, powerful singer-songwriter, storyteller, activist, and author. As an instrumentalist, he is a master of a dozen different traditional instruments, most notably the rare and beautiful hammer dulcimer. His songwriting has been hailed by critics and singers around the globe.
Guitar virtuoso Julian Lage makes his solo debut with World’s Fair on February 3, 2015. Co-produced by Matt Munisteri and engineered by Armand Hirsh, World’s Fair was inspired by the orchestral approach to the guitar of the great Andres Segovia and by the music of the early 20th Century, of “jazz before be-bop." “I always had a fantasy about doing a solo guitar project,“ says Lage, known for his musical collaborations most recently on Avalon (10/2014) with Punch Brothers’ Chris “Critter” Eldridge and Room (11/2014) with Nels Cline.