Taylor Guitars pickup developer David Hosler explains the inherent challenges of amplifying an acoustic guitar, the design ideas that shaped the creation of Taylor's Expression System® 2 pickup, and how the pickup produces a more natural amplified acoustic sound.
Today we’re happy to present the premiere of Edward David Anderson’s new track, “Lost & Found.” The song is featured on his upcoming debut solo LP, Lies & Wishes, slated for release on April 29. Anderson, who previously fronted Midwest rock band Backyard Tire Fire, collaborated with Steve Berlin of Los Lobos for the recording.
Check out this rare video of Page and Plant performing “Stairway to Heaven” during a visit to Japan in 1994. Following the demise of Led Zeppelin, the duo reunited in the early ‘90s for an MTV Unplugged taping and subsequent live album, No Quarter: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant Unledded. After releasing Unledded to wide praise, the duo then teamed up with engineer Steve Albini for 1998’s Walking into Clarksdale, an album composed of entirely new material.
I’ve been a fan of Jonatha Brooke’s for quite some time. This singer songwriter seems to have a unique perspective and musical sensibility that I find so appealing. So when she announced she would be doing her one-woman show, “My Mother Has Four Noses,” at NYC’s Duke Theatre, I was stoked. Check out our on camera interview. And you’ve still got a few more days to catch “My Mother Has Four Noses” in NYC. Go here for tickets.
With no member older than 16 years old, the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys might be the world's youngest bluegrass virtuosos. Below, watch the Mizzone brothers – fiddle player Robbie, guitarist Tommy and banjo player Jonny – perform a blazing three song set during a TED Talk from February 2013. Sleepy Man Banjo Boys hail from Lebanon Township, New Jersey – a part of the country Tommy jokingly calls “the bluegrass capital of the world.”
Are you looking to spend a week on intensive songwriting instruction by a master craftsman in one of the most beautiful mountain resorts in the world? Read on! Legendary artist and songwriter Steve Earle will be presenting a weeklong workshop called Camp Copperhead at Full Moon Resort from July 7 to 11, 2014. The resort, nestled in the Catskill mountains in Big Indian, NY, offers a serene and lovely setting for what I'm sure will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience
I don't know how many times I have heard someone say, "I'm trying to find myself." It amazes me how many of our thought processes put life firmly OUT of our own control. If it's possible to "find myself,” that means that the REAL me is out there somewhere waiting on the imitation me to find him.
Calling all songwriters! Help support the mission of The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus and enter your original music into Session II, 2013 of The John Lennon Songwriting Contest! Make sure to not miss the deadline for submissions, which is this Sunday December 15th at midnight. The contest offers cash awards and prizes worth over $300,000!
Eastman Guitars will celebrate their 10th anniversary in 2014, kicking off this January at the 2014 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA. Headquartered in Pomona, CA the renowned violin and cello maker, and once fledgling guitar upstart, officially debuted their inaugural production line of acclaimed archtop guitars in 2004, before a rapid expansion over the past decade that has the company now manufacturing instruments that include their “Thinline” hollow-body electrics, golden era inspired flattop acoustics, and handcrafted traditional mandolins.
New West Records is excited to share the first song from the soon-to-be-released Robert Ellis album, The Lights From The Chemical Plant. Titled "Only Lies," the quiet, dusky yet heartbreaking song got its premieres today.
Lake Street Dive are excited to announce their upcoming winter tour, beginning on February 06 at The Mug at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY, one night before their performance at Carnegie Hall in New York.. The tour runs down the East Coast before heading west, where the band will play a show at Los Angeles' famous Troubadour Theater on March 15. The tour is capped off by a return to New York with two nights at Bowery Ballroom on March 31 and April 01. The band is also playing a handful of dates to close out 2013.
2013 was jammed packed with music for me. I hope it was for you, too. I thought as the year draws to a close, I would share some of my favorite new bands and performers, most of whom are creating wonderful original material that has yet to break out into the national consciousness.