Here’s a great track and video from South Africa’s Jeremy Loops. It’s “Sinner” from his upcoming album Trading Change, due out January 1, 2015. It’s a sad song of loss with a hopeful ending (I won’t spoil it for you).
We’ve teamed up with Venice Beach, CA-based songwriter Joe Con to premiere his track “Said and Done.” Centered around Con’s laid-back, poetic croon, the track manages to seamlessly blend folk, pop and hip hop. While hooky and melodic, the track has a dreamy, lullaby-like quality that seeps in more with each listen. "This song was written in Burlington, Vermont the fall before I moved to LA,” says Con.
Check out this candid jam featuring Tommy Emmanuel and Igor Presnyakov performing “Hit the Road Jack.” The video was posted just a week ago on Presnyakov’s YouTube channel. Emmanuel and Presnyakov come from two separate schools stylistically, but it’s great fun to watch the pair trade licks back and forth. Presnyakov leans on the classical side of things, but his playing blends perfectly against Emmanuel’s picking chops.
Today we’re excited to premiere The Jason Spooner Band’s video for “Fireflies.” If you’re having a hard time letting go of summer, then this video’s for you. The “Fireflies” video is built on a creative idea that allowed fans to be included in the video-making process. Fans were encouraged to visit www.fireflies2014.com, download “Fireflies” for free, and upload a summery photo or video that would be considered for inclusion in the song’s official video.
Even if one were to limit himself to an examination of pop songwriting over the last 40 years, a true instructional “guide” would take up many volumes, as it would involve a serious study of musical theory. Our aim here is to prove a sampling of common chord progressions that you can use with your own songs, and to examine some of the things a guitarist can do to add a little zip to his or her songs.
Robert Francis returns with his fourth album Heaven, which was released June 3 on Aeronaut Records. Recorded with his new backing band The Night Tide, the album’s 13 songs were produced by Francis, mixed by Mark Rains (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club) and mastered by Howie Weinberg (Jeff Buckley, Nirvana). In support of the album, Francis and band are heading out on a 29-date US tour.
I write very quickly. Not by design. It just generally happens that way. When I first began trying to write professionally, I realized that I wrote slowly and methodically. In fact, sometimes I was so slow that I would have to book another day with a writer to finish the song. It took a while to realize that this frustrated some of my co-writers and cost me some co-writing relationships.
Guitar World’s Acoustic Nation is excited to announce the performance acts for this year’s Make Music NY Mass Appeal: Guitars event. Taking place on June 21, 2014 in Union Square Park from 4pm to 7pm, this FREE event is also co-hosted by the NYC Guitar School and sponsored by Martin Guitars.
For any working band, getting the offer to tour overseas is huge. But when money stands in the way of you actually getting there.. well, that sucks. This is the current situation Diamond Youth are faced with. But rather than just give up or flat out ask for money from their fans, the Baltimore-based band have chosen a different route.
Check out the latest Playing For Change music video of “What’s Going On” featuring Sara Bareilles and musicians from around the world. The video is one of many included in the upcoming Playing For Change 3 Songs Around The World CD /DVD set available June 17, 2014. Those who pre-order the album on iTunes, will be able to immediately download the videos of “Words of Wonder/Get Up Stand Up” and “What’s Going On.”
There is no double kick or even distortion, but this is still about as metal as it gets. With his new single “Condemnation,” could guitarist Ewan Dobson be helping to usher in a new genre of acoustic metal? Recorded in complete isolation in the backwoods of Canada just after completing his tour of Europe, CandyRat Records artist Ewan Dobson’s upcoming album Acoustic Metal II features multi-tracked acoustic guitar played with a flat-pick.
We posted about Steve Earle’s Camp Copperhead songwriting intensive some time ago – and it has since completely sold out! We’ve just gotten word that the event organizer has released 10 more tickets for songwriters to attend this one-of-a-kind event. Capacity for this event is capped at an intimate 100 people! Find out more about Steve Earle’s Camp Copperhead below, and visit camp-copperhead.com to snatch your ticket!
Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene released his critically acclaimed sophomore solo album entitled Darlings earlier this year, and today he debuts a brand new music video for “You In Your Were.” The video features comedian (or, in this case, music video expert and choreographer extraordinaire) Zach Galifianakis.
Recording like song writing is usually a slow process for me. I start by cutting some very rough demos of songs on my own. I usually just hit record on my computer and start to play. I see what I can lay down and build it up from there.
Here’s a wonderful new song from NYC based group Wise Girl. It’s a sneak peek from their upcoming Sing Me To Sleep EP titled, appropriately, “Sing Me To Sleep.” It’s a lovely acoustic ballad that features the velvety voice of Abby Weitz and some solid strumming and a few added embellishments.