Acoustic guitarist Tommy Emmanuel is often asked why he tours so much. His response? “I’m trying to get good at this. This is what you do. You work at it! How else are you gonna get any good?” While Emmanuel’s mastery of the acoustic guitar can certainly be attributed to his years of touring, it’s also clear that he has a natural ability for the instrument like few others possess.
We are excited to give you not just one, but TWO chances to win a small body The Loar LO-16 acoustic guitar. Have you noticed that many players prefer a small body? Great tone and portability make it the perfect touring companion (and great for pretty much anywhere of course!)
Here’s some rare footage of two guitar legends at work. It’s Chet Atkins joined by Mark Knopfler in a 1987 performance. The duo plays the standard “I’ll See You in My Dreams” followed by a rendition of John Lennon’s “Imagine.” The former track appears on Atkins' and Knopfler’s 1990 collaborative album, Neck and Neck.
Last year multi-platinum band the Goo Goo Dolls released Magnetic, their 10th studio album. The collection of masterfully written songs debuted in the top ten, charting strongly with singles like the red-hot “Come to Me.” This year the band decided to mix things up with an acoustic tour titled The Otis Midnight Sessions. Instead of pairing things down, this tour found them on stage with a wide range of fabulous acoustic musicians.
In this episode of Sunday Strum, we are going to focus on the complex meter 5/4. It’s a meter that can’t be broken down by 2 or 3. Time signatures such as this can be tricky if you aren’t used to playing them. Today, I am going to introduce a simple way to count and play 5/4.
With springtime coming just around the corner (for some of you anyway), what better instrument than the ukulele for strumming on the porch on a balmy day? Luckily, the folks at Fender agree, and have partnered with us to offer one of their brand new ukes – the Ukulele Hau’oli to be exact – for one lucky winner.
This is it! You’re inspired to write a song! In a frenzy of creativity, you work out a fabulous verse and an equally fabulous chorus! And then it happens….nothing. You run completely out of steam and don’t know why. You start telling yourself, “Maybe a song that’s only 1 minute and 23 seconds is long enough? It’s “minimalistic” music, right?” Welcome to SECOND VERSE HELL!
With a lot of talent and a little bit of luck, a new generation of acoustic guitar fingerstylists are blazing a new style of percussive, alternate-tuned shred. In the Eighties, radical fingerstylists like Michael Hedges and Preston Reed pioneered an acoustic guitar style based on an alternate-tuned, percussion-heavy, new age–tinged sound.
The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will pay tribute to Kenny Rogers with the cameo exhibition “Kenny Rogers: Through the Years,” which open on August 15, 2014, and runs through June 14, 2015. “Kenny Rogers redefined and elevated country music superstardom in every sense,” said Museum Director Kyle Young. “He blurred traditional genre lines and substantially expanded the core demographics of country music’s audience, all by being true to his unique artistic vision. His versatility is astounding. We could not be more thrilled to share this detailed presentation of his story.”
Legendary groups Foreigner and Styx will release The Soundtrack of Summer on May 6 to coincide with their tour of the same name. The tour also features very special guest Don Felder, former guitarist of The Eagles. The album, which features 16 classics by both bands, will be available exclusively at Walmart. The Soundtrack of Summer package includes Foreigner hits “Cold As Ice,” “Juke Box Hero” and “I Want To Know What Love Is,” and Styx hits “The Grand Illusion,” “Blue Collar Man” and “Renegade.”
PHOX are delighted to share their new video for "Slow Motion.” Directed by PHOX's very own Zach Johnston (guitar / banjo), the video was shot in Nashville across from The Stone Fox, a popular venue & restaurant co-owned by William Tyler (Silver Jews, Lambchop). The video is five minutes of pure, unadulterated, technicolor joy: Whimsical patterns, dance routines, bubbles, confetti, and mind boggling slow-mo/fast-mo camera tricks.
I think a lot about why I write. Is it all a big vanity project? Am I capable of having a new, independent thought? Is anyone? Does anyone really care about this? Will what I write make a dent in the social consciousness? Will I actually be able to touch someone’s life? Would my efforts be better spent rolling up my sleeves and serving lunch at a soup kitchen? I think a lot about that one.
Moon Taxi has released their most recent video for single “Morocco.” Directed by music and fashion photographer Matthew Wignall (Cold War Kids, Delta Spirit, Black Keys), the video was shot at dusk in the desert, capturing the band taking a train to Morocco during the Roaring Twenties era. Moon Taxi’s guitarist and producer Spencer Thomson expressed, "I wrote the verses very quickly on one rainy Sunday in Nashville.”