When I first began writing, I wrote from an innocent and raw place. I was 11 years old when i wrote my first song. As I recall, it was about Lee. She lived up the street from me and we had been classmates at school since first grade. So I wrote my first song about my first crush. I had something to say. It came from a place of passion. I wanted so badly to be able to say to Lee what I was writing down on paper.
I am so psyched to share the song that has been in my head for minutes and seconds and hours and...well, when you listen you'll get the idea. It's "28 Days" from Nashville-based Suzie Brown's upcoming album, Almost There, due to hit on May 6, 2014.
You get the sense right away that Ryan Adams’ Heartbreaker isn’t your typical country album, or your typical any sort of ordinary album for that matter. Released in 2000, Heartbreaker was the first solo album from Ryan Adams, a distinct voice in the small alt-country genre that sprung up in the mid-90’s.
With his new record, The Straight and Narrow Way, NYC-native Riley Etheridge Jr. is proclaiming a new sound. Here we have a chat with Etheridge in our interview. Check it out, and enjoy an exclusive stream of album-standout “The Maze,” featuring Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek.
Here I'd like to share a new song on a very classic guitar. "That’s Enough For Me" comes with a driving Travis picking guitar part which is central to the song. The song is in swing time with a few cheeky little bends and pattern shifts that make it a bit of a right hand tangle.
Normally we don't get head over heels excited about the loads of news releases that hit our mailbox every day. But today is the exception! We had never heard of Lake Street Dive before, but WOWZA, we definitely are gonna keep tabs on what this band is up to.
On October 15th, Chris Cornell began his second North American “Songbook” acoustic tour in San Diego. The tour will continue throughout the month of November, and due to overwhelming demand, four additional December dates have been added to the run.
Our friends over at SongTownUSA have just announced a new songwriting contest with some pretty unique prizes. You can't just set foot in Nashville and write with a hit songwriter any day of the week, after all!
The Tapo by Editors Keys takes two common accessories — a capo and a clip-on tuner — and puts them together in one handy piece. The capo end of the Tapo is indeed a sturdy metal capo. It has appropriate rubber padding so it doesn't scratch your instrument. There's a visible spring that keeps tension in order.
Certain memorable themes, like those of Bill Wither’s “Lean on Me” and Gustavo Santaolalla’s "Brokeback Mountain," to name just two, artfully derive melodies and chordal accompaniment from an extraordinarily useful system called scale harmony.
In 2013, YouTube is one of the many platforms giving artists the audience and tools to catapult into stardom, and the brothers of Boyce Avenue–Alejandro, Daniel and Fabian Manzano–are one of the best examples of this trend. With tens-of-millions of plays on any given video, the band is nothing short of a phenomenon, and their hard work online has clearly paid off in the physical world, too
Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs' It's Her Fault continunes their traditionof twisted roots music from the rural south by way of the UK and Texas. Golightly has made over 20 albums and appeared on countless more, but she never had a recording experience like the one she had making the new Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs release All Her Fault, coming March 4, 2014 on Transdreamer Records.
Heart have often been described as the “female Led Zeppelin,” as much for their arena-ready hard rock riffs as for singer Ann Wilson’s powerful, Robert Plant-like vocal histrionics. But the thing about the Seattle five-piece that most closely resembles the mighty Zep is their ability to shirt effortlessly between bombastic rock and roll and the most delicate folk-based music. Both sides of Heart are displayed in full glory on “Crazy on You,” the enduring hit single from the band’s 1976 debut album, Dreamboat Annie.
I didn’t buy a guitar right away. In fact I borrowed my brother’s nylon Argentinian guitar. The neck was really fat and made learning a stretch. I knew I wanted a nylon string guitar to start with that I could plug in. And it had to sound amazing and meaningful. Check out the story of how I chose my guitars and why!
The prospect of talking about his guitar playing has Colin Meloy, frontman of the Decemberists, palpably excited. “No one ever asks me stuff like this,” he says from his home in Portland, Oregon. “It’s a refreshing change.” Here's our exclusive interview with Meloy where we talk about guitar, songwriting, and more. Check it out!