If being surrounded by talented songwriters of all genres sounds good to you, you might want to check out the ASCAP "I Create Music" Expo. Aimed at arming songwriters with tools for success, the Expo takes place in Hollywood from April 30 to May 2. A highlight of the event is the She Rocks Showcase, a free performance event taking place on Friday, May 1, from 9pm to 12am. It's open to the public with no Expo badge required.
Stephen Stills’ status as a rock legend stems just as much from his singing and songwriting contributions in Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills & Nash (and Young) and his own solo work as it does from his innovative acoustic and electric guitar offerings.
While Don McLean was recording “American Pie,” the eight-minute-plus song that brought him stardom in late 1971, his label, Media Arts Records, went under. Understandably, the situation put a damper on any great expectations McLean had for the song. “I wasn’t thinking of releasing or editing it,” he says today. “My expectations were that I would be looking for a record company.”
Guitarist The Commander-in-Chief, who stars in one of Guitar World's top 10 viral videos of 2014, recently sent over a new clip of her performing "Dee," a Randy Rhoads composition from Ozzy Osbourne's Blizzard of Ozz album.
C. F. Martin & Co. will unveil their newly revamped Martin Strings line at the 2015 Winter NAMM Trade Show in Anaheim, Jan. 22-25, 2015. The improvements to Martin’s string products will boast new stay-fresh packaging and eye-catching design for all 8 major acoustic string product lines.
John Statz recorded his new album with an all-star band in the middle of a Vermont ice storm. “We had to keep the stove burning the whole day, and then the electricity went out for ten minutes,” concedes Statz. “Luckily, we were just rehearsing.” John Statz will release Tulsa on March 10, 2015.
I admit it. I just love Bonnie Raitt. Is there a more bad-ass female musician out there? I would argue she’s the queen of blues guitar. Raitt, now 65-years-old, is still as hot (and cool) as ever. She released her first album, Bonnie Raitt in 1971 and has been dishing it out ever since.
We all get ‘em. Those moments when inspiration doesn’t seem to come around. What do you do? Pound your head agains the wall? Maybe. How about a better strategy? Here hit songwriter Clay Mills shares his tips for bumping yourself out of that rut. Check ‘em out!
We recently posted a live video of fingerstyle master Andy McKee performing his track “Mythmaker.” Today we’re excited to share another video; McKee’s “Art of Motion,” a composition from his 2009 release, Dreamcatcher. The clip was filmed backstage in Nashville, TN, before his show at the Belcourt Theatre. “Art of Motion” kicks off with some intense rhythmic playing, before descending into dynamic and brilliant melodic passages.