Here’s the premiere of a video for the song “Home At Last” by John Statz featuring the lovely Kelsey Sprague. The song appears on his brand new album Tulsa This strummer situated by the side of a chilly lake made me want to wrap up with a blanket and a glass of sippin’ whiskey.
Edmonton, Canada’s The Command Sisters were gracious enough to swing by our studio for this exclusive interview. Here AN editor Laura B. Whitmore discusses a variety topics with Sarah and Charlotte, including their songwriting style, guitar playing and much more. Their stellar harmonies have landed them some pretty special gigs, including a trip all the way across the Pacific to China – an unforgettable experience they discuss here as well.
Here’s a great clip of Pink Floyd guitarist/vocalist David Gilmour performing “Breathe” acoustically. As the second track on Floyd’s epic LP Dark Side of the Moon (the album opens up with the “Speak to Me” sound collage), this acoustic rendition is a great way to watch Gilmour’s chord progression and hear the lyrics clearly.
This month we’re sharing something really fun. It’s a kickin’ contest that brings you both an instrument and some musical inspiration. We’re giving away this wonderful, brand new D’Angelico acoustic guitar, the Lexington SD300 in Cherry Sunburst. Plus some killer music by award-winning artist Will Dailey performed on a D’Angelico acoustic as well!!
Ah, the 12-string acoustic guitar. There’s nothing like sitting down with a 12-stringed beauty and letting some big, open chords ring out. A staple for guitarists like Jimmy Page, John Denver, and Lead Belly (SRV and Hendrix were known to strum a 12-er too), these grandiose instruments help to fill out the sound for solo performers and rhythm players alike. Here we’ve compiled a handful of some of the best 12-string acoustics on the market.
It’s that time of year. Trimming the tree, sipping on egg nog, and of course, strumming a few tunes with family and friends. Many of the songs we love to sing and play this time of year of simply arranged. And you can dig right in and play ‘em to your heart’s content. Here are some of our faves that are easy to play at the drop of a hat (a Santa hat that is!).
Today we’re sharing an exclusive acoustic video from The Vespers. It’s a cover of Coldplay’s “Another’s Arms” done up just fine. Their interpretation of this sad but lovely song features some lacy mandolin and acoustic guitar strums and gentle harmonies.
Maryland-based songstress, Hannah Gill, is thrilled to announce her upcoming EP, titled I Feel Awake, which is set to be released January 20th, 2015. At only 17 years-old, Hannah's voice brings to mind soulful performers such as Florence & The Machine, Lana Del Rey, and Kate Nash.
Wisconsin-bred, Georgia-based John McCutcheon has emerged as one of our most respected and loved folksingers. He truly is folk music's Renaissance man — master instrumentalist, powerful singer-songwriter, storyteller, activist, and author. As an instrumentalist, he is a master of a dozen different traditional instruments, most notably the rare and beautiful hammer dulcimer. His songwriting has been hailed by critics and singers around the globe.
Guitar virtuoso Julian Lage makes his solo debut with World’s Fair on February 3, 2015. Co-produced by Matt Munisteri and engineered by Armand Hirsh, World’s Fair was inspired by the orchestral approach to the guitar of the great Andres Segovia and by the music of the early 20th Century, of “jazz before be-bop." “I always had a fantasy about doing a solo guitar project,“ says Lage, known for his musical collaborations most recently on Avalon (10/2014) with Punch Brothers’ Chris “Critter” Eldridge and Room (11/2014) with Nels Cline.
Here’s an unreleased acoustic version of the song “Hope” by We Came As Romans. This angst-filled plea adapts very nicely to this simplified arrangement. Strings and strums underlay the growly vocal delivery. There are some nice, subtle turns here.
Lucinda Williams' songs are like horses that fly over the usual songwriting hurdles because they don't try to be anything more than what they are: simple truths, easy to sing (and remember) melodies, both set to smoldering grooves.
Here’s a super cool acoustic version of Requiem performing their new song “Sticks and Stones and Her Lovely Bones.” I love it! Strip away the ten ton blast and this cool vibe still remains. As a matter of fact, it almost has an Elvis Costello-esque vibe.