We’ve teamed up with LA rock quartet Kiven to premiere the band’s stripped down video for “I Can Take It.” The song was filmed right after their soundcheck before the band’s show at The Observatory in Orange County, CA. With delicate guitar playing and harmonies, the laid-back performance captures the group's hypnotic sound while preserving its enigmatic intensity.
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!)
Seattle-based band Kris Orlowski has released its first full length album, Believer. The album was produced by Martin Feveyear (Queens Of The Stone Age, The Lumineers, Death Cab For Cutie) of Jupiter Studios in Seattle. Believer is made up of songs woven together along the West Coast: from the salty shores of Seaside, OR, and Orcas Island’s Doe Bay, to the corners of Orlowski’s Seattle apartment – as well as the practice spaces in between.
Here’s a treat! It’s a new track from Big Little Lions called, “The Way Home,” from their upcoming EP, Paper Cage, slated for release May 6. Chock full of twangy goodness, “The Way Home,” surprises with a driving, clap-along beat and some pretty sweet whistling. Big Lions’ Helen Austin and Paul Otten impress with some fabulous songwriting and perfect vocal harmonies. Not to mention extremely able fingerpicking!
The special banjo exhibit at the Museum of Making Musicp called: The Banjo: A New Day for An Old Instrument has some truly gorgeous instruments. From historic to brand new, the collections has a lovely variety of these desirable instruments.
Sony Masterworks and Dolly Parton celebrate Record Store Day on Saturday, April 19, with the release of a limited 7-inch vinyl. The blue vinyl features two tracks from Parton’s upcoming album Blue Smoke - “Blue Smoke” and “Home." Blue Smoke will be released by Sony Masterworks and Dolly Records on May 13, 2014. It is available for pre-order now.
Trees rescued in mine remediation efforts in Washington are being given new life as limited edition acoustic guitars. A percentage of proceeds from Holden Village Taylor GS Mini sales will benefit clean water projects in Central America under the direction of two water organizations; Living Waters for the World and El Porvenir. In order to clean up the water supply near an old mine in Washington, century-old Engelmann spruce – which happens to be a prized tonewood for guitar-makers – were slated for destruction.
Columbia Records recording artist T. Mills has just released a new acoustic video performance of his single “All I Wanna Do.” The rising rapper/singer can be seen on the road now through April 24 when his 47-city tour wraps up the musician’s home base of Los Angeles, California at the El Rey Theatre. T. Mills recently released his All I Wanna Do EP featuring the single of the same name. The EP features collaborations with producers including Boi1Da, Malay and Cook Classics.
We’re thrilled to present you with the world premiere of Sevendust’s new album, Time Travelers & Bonfires. Well known for their signature hybrid metal sound, Sevendust have abandoned the high gain on Time Travelers & Bonfires, leaving lush acoustic guitars in its place. This all-acoustic release is collection of brand new songs, along with re-recorded versions of Sevendust classics including “Black,” “Gone,” “Denial,” “Karma,” “Trust,” and “Crucified.”
Today we’re happy to give you the premiere of Peter Mulvey’s video for “What Else Was It.” Featuring actress Flora Coker, the track comes from Mulvey’s latest album, Silver Ladder. The video is simple, but the message is clear. “Visually, this video says what I want the song to say to people: that life is a fleeting, aching, luminous mystery,” Mulvey shares.
In Episode 4 of Sunday Strum, I focus on strumming power chords four different ways. Utilizing these four variations while keeping the rhythm the same will yield different vibes each time. While the changes are simple, they may get you out of a creative rut or even help you to learn a song more accurately. The rhythm I chose to demonstrate this is just a measure of eighth notes in 4/4 time.