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.
Here’s a treat! It’s The Dustbowl Revival’s video for their new single “Never Had To Go,” featuring the man himself, Dick Van Dyke and his wife Arlene dancing up a storm. The song is from their new album, With A Lampshade On, set to release on July 21 on Signature Sounds Recordings.
Today we’re happy to bring you the exclusive premiere of LA-based folk-punk troubadour Bryan McPherson’s “Days of Rage.” The song is partially inspired by his involvement in the Occupy Oakland protests of 2011. Melding Americana, folk, alternative, and punk into one incendiary, incisive sound, “Days of Rage” is a perfect example of McPherson’s songwriting style.
On the heels of releasing his new self-titled LP, Tony Lucca dropped by the Acoustic Nation studio to chat with editor Laura B. Whitmore. You may know him as a contestant on The Voice, but Lucca’s been honing his craft long before he appeared on the show. In fact, this is his eighth full-length album. Tony Lucca is his first self-titled release, and his first entirely self-produced effort.
The Women’s International Music Network (WiMN) hosted the 2015 She Rocks ASCAP Expo Showcase at the Tinhorn Flats Salon and Grill during the ASCAP “I Create Music” Expo in Hollywood, Calif., and it was nothing short of awesome. Check out live videos of four amazing performers here!
Starting Friday, February 20, 2015 (check local listings), beloved Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice's Live from the Artists Den episode broadcasts nationwide on public television with a captivating performance at the Greenpoint Loft in Brooklyn, NY. The long-running, critically acclaimed concert series creatively connects fans with a stunning roster of icons and emerging stars performing in unique and historic venues across the United States. The new season also includes episodes from Zac Brown Band, Alabama Shakes, and Cage the Elephant.
Nashville band Judah & the Lion are thrilled to make their National TV Debut tonight on The Late Show with David Letterman! Fans can catch the performance at 11:35/10:35c on CBS - Judah & the Lion will be playing fan-favorite "Kickin' Da Leaves," the punchy opening track from their debut album Kids These Days, which was released last fall.
Americana Music Association Artist of the Year, Song of the Year and Album of the Year winner Jason Isbell, and his acclaimed singer/songwriter wife Amanda Shires, have released the two-song Sea Songs set on February 10.
Music legend Brian Wilson's new album, No Pier Pressure, is now available for preorder across all of its physical and digital configurations. The album will be released April 7 in standard 13-track and deluxe 16-track editions, each in CD and digital formats, as well as a 16-track 2LP edition on 180-gram vinyl.
On Friday, my first publisher, Kim Williams, called me to congratulate me for getting to play the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday. We talked about the early days when Kim, Ron Harbin and I each wrote 2-3 songs per day. We were putting out an insane amount of music.
Classic Albums is a DVD series telling the stories behind some of rock’s most historic records. Below, watch an excerpt from their feature on Black Sabbath’s Paranoid LP. As the second studio album from Sabbath, the album contains some of the band’s most beloved tracks, including “Iron Man,” “War Pigs,” and “Paranoid.”
Ryley Walker’s upcoming release, Primrose Green, is a collection of down-home, folk-rock fingerpicking, wispy Chicago jazz, and just a shot of Americana that will make you feel like you are embarking on an adventure down the winding Ol’ Rock River on which Ryley grew up.
Twenty-five years ago Mike Rogers was in high school in Myrtle Beach, SC, playing drums in a band called Perfect Tommy. Now as a regular on the Grand Ole Opry stage playing with Craig Morgan he still remembers the first time he played there on April 15, 2002. Mike is an accomplished songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.
While walking the floor of the 2015 NAMM Show, we dropped by the Taylor Guitars booth to check out the manufacturer’s latest offerings. In the clip below, Taylor’s Corey Witt demos the 600 Series, 400 Series and a Big Baby Taylor.