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.
Acclaimed for her extraordinary lyricism, technique and versatility, multiple GRAMMY Award winner Sharon Isbin has been hailed as “the pre-eminent guitarist of our time.” Here we talk about her new documentary, upcoming projects and much more.
Mute is excited to announce the release of José González 's new record, Vestiges & Claws. The album, his first in seven years, is out on February 17 and was produced by González in his home as well as Svenska Grammofonstudion, both in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Ever have those go-to songs that perfectly echo your mood? That inspire? That console? So do the guys from Ultimate Painting. In fact, they masters at making mixes. And here, today, is their ultimate mix of mixes for your listening pleasure.
Stan M. Jay, owner of the Mandolin Brothers musical instrument store on Staten Island, died last week from Mantle cell lymphoma. He was 71. The shop, which has been a pilgrimage destination for recording stars, collectors and other connoisseurs of the guitar, mandolin, banjo and ukulele, has been in business for more than 40 years.
Atlanta’s Manchester Orchestra released their hard hitting and well-received fourth studio album COPE earlier this year. While the sounds heard on COPE are unapologetically heavy, the band discovered that the material seemed to work just as well (or even better) when stripped to their essence. "We were noticing that all the beautiful, slow stuff was working with all the really loud and fast stuff," said lead vocalist, Andy Hull. "The seed was planted to go back and create a full circle of an album."
Our first video blog features Sam Wilson of the band Sons Of Bill. I found the band by chance loading their gear into a truck while I was driving by. This is what this blog series (and upcoming movie) is all about: finding out the stories and the people behind the guitars and the songs.
The New Basement Tapes - Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Jim James (My Morning Jacket) and Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons) - today released "Liberty Street," a track from their forthcoming album, Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes.
What do you get when you combine two of today’s hottest songs, strip away some of the sugary production and add a bit of acoustic guitar? Mikey Wax’s “All About That SHAKE.” Here Wax combines Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” with Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” to create a humorous video along with bandmates Joe Striff (guitar/background vocals) and Ricky Tomlinson (drums/background vocals).
Compass Records and Appalachian Voices are pleased to announce that Dear Jean – Artists Celebrate Jean Ritchie has been listed as the #1 most played album on the FolkDJ Radio Charts for the second month in a row. This 37 track, two CD love letter to the iconic Kentucky musician features many of folk music’s most respected performers and has received praises from a variety of sources.
Here’s a stunner from Anna Vogelzang called “Mercy” from her new EP release Driftless due out November 11. Her lovely poignant lyrics delivered with her distinctive vocal style draw the listener into her whistful musings. Her driving strum pushes the song along…it has somewhere to go!