Is life really like a three minute pop song? Leann Womack has something to say about that, as well as social media. And in case you were afraid to ask what "Americana" music is, I asked Geoff Himes, music critique from The Washington Post, and boy does he know his stuff!
Here young South Korean guitarist Sungha Jung digs into a finger style rendition of “Billy Jean” by Michael Jackson. Jung started playing at age 9, and as you can see, he’s progressed to prodigy level. His YouTube covers collectively have hundreds of millions of views.
Here’s a lovely video from SHEL to help you get in the holiday mood. This Nashville via Fort Collins band of four sisters have created a stunning, homemade silhouette video of the classic holiday song "Sleigh Ride."
Classical guitarist Angel Romero and the Aeolus Quartet brought more than just classical music during their stop in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Dec. 12 — they brought an unforgettable evening of world-class talent accompanied with an unexpected dose of humor.
What do you like? Something rockin’? Sweet or introspective? Masterful or mournful? Whatever your preference 2014 delivered. We’ve listened to a huge amount of music throughout the year, and picking favorites is hard. But we owe it to you to steer you toward some that stuck with us
Here’s a bonus acoustic version of Right The Stars’ title track to their upcoming release, “The Only Thing.” The album is set to drop on October 14, 2014. This heartfelt version is delivered with whispery vocals and delicate fingerpicked accompaniment. Almost like the listener is eavesdropping on a fragile and precious secret.
We all have to start somewhere. From that first secondhand guitar to superstar…it doesn’t happen overnight. Here some great players share the stories of their humble beginnings and their musical influences.
Sevendust has announced the third and final leg of their acoustic U.S. tour in support of their critically acclaimed acoustic album, Time Travelers & Bonfires. The tour kicks off November 4 in Knoxville, TN at The International. It’s the first time the band will play these cities this year, including the band’s hometown of Atlanta. Tickets go on sale Saturday, October 4 at 10:00am EST. They’ll be joined by the Alabama rock band A.Z., who’ll also be performing acoustic.
Here’s a clip of the Stones playing one of their best acoustic numbers, “Wild Horses.” The video was shot live (in appropriately moody black and white) at Toshiba/EMI Studios in Tokyo back in 1995. “Wild Horses” originally appeared on the Stones’ 1971 album Sticky Fingers, and was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. This version appears on the album Stripped, which is a collection of live recordings from smaller venues and studio recordings.
Florida-based band Roadkill Ghost Choir have a new music video for their song "Slow Knife." Lead singer Andrew Shepard commented on the filming process and final product: "I sat in a bathtub full of black liquid for 5 hours so you can enjoy this 4 minute video. I do these things because I care about you."
Here’s a little slice of honky-tonk heaven for your listening pleasure. It’s our exclusive premiere of Loudon Wainwright III performing Chris Smither’s “Place in Line.” Wainwright’s laid-back execution of this Dylan-tinged tune is extremely appealing. Cool piano and some great lyrics bring it on home.
Fender is proud to announce the release of the Piha’ea Soprano Ukulele. Piha’ea is Hawaiian for playful, and that’s exactly what this soprano-style uke is, and it’ll have players smiling as soon as they strum their first chord on it.
Happy birthday to us! That’s right, today we’re celebrating the one year anniversary of the launch of AcousticNation.com, Guitar World’s channel for the contemporary acoustic music world. And what better way to celebrate than to take a look back at some of my favorite highlights of that year.