These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the March 2015 issue of Guitar World. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the Guitar World Online Store.
Iron & Wine’s upcoming release, Archive Series Volume No. 1 opens with an eerie ambiance with the whispery, immediately grabbing “Slow Black River.” What follows is an anthology of thoughtful sketches, each a peek into the psyche of the talented Sam Beam, aka Iron & Wine.
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.
Clay and I do a lot of mentoring sessions through Songtown.com. One of the big discoveries we have made in those sessions is that people have all kinds of different goals for their music. And we have discovered that almost every answer to every question people ask us depends on THEIR answer to the question, "What are you shooting for?"
Here’s a video that’s recently caused an uproar around the internet, especially among musicians. Watch as NYC musician Andrew Kalleen is arrested for busking in the NYC Subway. According to section 1050.6(c) of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s rules of conduct, “artistic performances, including the acceptance of donations” are permitted. Although the officer reads this section aloud, he informs Kalleen that he needs to leave “by force, or you’re gonna go out on your own.”
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).