Peter Mulvey fans may hardly have noticed the gap because the 20-year road veteran has maintained a relentless live show touring schedule, but the Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based singer/songwriter is releasing his first full-length album in five years.
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.
A new set of strings on an old guitar. Usually this is the sort of experience that rejuvenates and breathes new life into a dull and waning sound. On this particular day I found that my package of Martin light gauge bronze strings was an incomplete set. Imagine my delight upon finding only five of six were present (ha!). Of course it had to be after I had already pruned the decrepit old strings. What to do? Improvise....
The do-it-yourself movement is the inevitable and fortunate offspring of the Internet age. Now we can develop formerly elusive skills with the help of forums, how-to guides (like this one), and YouTube tutorials. In last week’s post, DIY Demos (Part One), I wrote about some of the equipment you need to successfully record demos at home. In this post, I want to explain how the process energized my own songwriting and arranging as well as touch on the practical uses of homemade demos.
Are you a Dylan fan? Then this is your dream come true...Yep, it's Dylan Fest! With two locations, New York and San Francisco, Dylan Fest piles on the Dylan with some classic and new names, for a Dylan overdose!!! Plus, 100% of the ticket sale proceeds will benefit Sweet Relieve and the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund. Do a good deed, hear some good music. Yeah! Here are the details...
Here Alex Lifeson tells the story of the inception of the acoustic introduction to this classic hit. “All of our early albums were written on acoustic guitar. When Geddy [Lee, bass and vocals] and I would write the music, we’d sit down with a cassette recorder and two acoustic guitars, in spite of the fact that we were a hard rock band...
MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course. I’m an artist that is constantly is in learning mode. But I never wanted to study online, because I have too many distractions in my ADD life. My interest was peaked when a homebound artist friend of mine decided to embark on a college degree from home. Online learning and degrees all of sudden seemed legit to me. So when I heard about Coursera.org, I immediately looked into it. What did I find? Classes on songwriting, production, engineering, rock history, and some instrument learning. These classes are FREE!
To celebrate the launch of the new Acoustic Nation, we're giving away a brand new Peavey DW-3 Acoustic Guitar. The DW-3 includes active electronics, a built-in tuner, a built-in mic with blend control, and features a rosewood back and sides, a solid spruce top, and a laser etched custom rosette.
Richie Sambora will perform today October 23rd to close out 24 Hours of Reality: The Cost of Carbon, a live-stream, multimedia event exploring how carbon pollution is costing individuals, communities and governments all over the world. Sambora, best known for his co-writes ("Living On A Prayer," "You Give Love A Bad Name," "Every Road Leads Home To You"), once again lends his vocals to fight a serious threat. Tune in to www.24hoursofreality.org at 2pm ET/11am PT to catch Richie’s live acoustic performance.
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.
Dawes is excited to announce the release of their special, upcoming live album titled Dawes: Stripped Down at Grimey's. Being released as a limited edition 12" on orange vinyl for Record Store Day's Black Friday on November 29, Dawes: Stripped Down at Grimey's will feature six live audio tracks taken from the band's in-store performance at the legendary record store in Nashville, TN, on March 20, 2013.