The Milk Carton Kids' Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan are studied craftsmen of the folk tradition. Over the course of their five years together as a band, they have mastered the delicate vocal harmonies, sophisticated songwriting and subtle musical interplay set forth by seminal folk duos such as Simon and Garfunkel or Welch and Rawlins.
What do you get when you attach drum machine pads to your acoustic guitar? German guitarist Pensen Paletti answers this question in the video below! Uploaded to YouTube May 19, the short clip has been viewed almost half a million times and counting.
In today’s episode, I go through a basic phrase I’m calling “4 Measure Mix Up.” I’ve constructed this pattern to make something simple seem a little more complex without it actually being too difficult. By giving the Em and Cmaj7 chords in the second measure one beat each, it throws off the balance a little, but makes for a cool deviation.
Recently we met with songwriter Ryan Culwell at his friend’s graphic design studio in the wooded hills of White’s Creek, TN, just north of Nashville. While only a few minutes north of downtown, White’s Creek feels worlds apart from the tourist-filled honky tonks of Nashville’s lower Broadway. It turned out to be the perfect setting to hear the Texas-born, Nashville-based songwriter.
Mumford & Sons are pleased to announce the details of their forthcoming third album, Wilder Mind. Wilder Mind will be released in North America through Glassnote Records on May 4. It is produced by James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, HAIM, Florence & The Machine). It features twelve new tracks, written collaboratively by the band in London, Brooklyn, and Texas.
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.
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.”
This spring ON AN ON will embark upon tour dates with Big Data following multiple performances at SXSW. The Minneapolis trio have a big year ahead of them in 2015 as they prepare for the forthcoming release of their sophomore album later this summer. The first preview into ON AN ON's second coming is the hauntingly suspenseful "Drifting". Album release date and other details TBA in the coming months.
Singer-songwriter Trevor Hall has announced the release of a new EP Unpack Your Memories, due out on Vanguard Records on March 27th. This five song collection includes some of Hall’s most personal tracks recorded solely by him, on his laptop. Check out the title track "Unpack Your Memories" now.
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.
Here’s a bouncy, get-your-butt-outta-of-bed testimonial to the power of optimism. The song is from Aussie-based Darren Hanlon's upcoming release Where Did You Come From?, due out March 24 on Yep Roc Records. With a fun beat, subtle, driving music and some Aussie-tinged vocals, “When You Go” is a fun listen and a super cool video!
Here’s a sweet song with an arpeggiated finger-picked accompaniment. It’s “Still Here” from Pete RG. Full, resonant vocals delivery a dreamy landscape of straightforward heartfelt sentiment. The band version of the song originally appears on his new release, Lightning Strikes, which came out February 10.