If being surrounded by talented songwriters of all genres sounds good to you, you might want to check out the ASCAP "I Create Music" Expo. Aimed at arming songwriters with tools for success, the Expo takes place in Hollywood from April 30 to May 2. A highlight of the event is the She Rocks Showcase, a free performance event taking place on Friday, May 1, from 9pm to 12am. It's open to the public with no Expo badge required.
Stephen Stills’ status as a rock legend stems just as much from his singing and songwriting contributions in Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills & Nash (and Young) and his own solo work as it does from his innovative acoustic and electric guitar offerings.
While Don McLean was recording “American Pie,” the eight-minute-plus song that brought him stardom in late 1971, his label, Media Arts Records, went under. Understandably, the situation put a damper on any great expectations McLean had for the song. “I wasn’t thinking of releasing or editing it,” he says today. “My expectations were that I would be looking for a record company.”
Here's a rhythm guitar lesson to mix things up a bit. This week I expand upon rhythmic displacement. In this lesson and video I use a pattern that lasts 3 beats and then is repeated on different parts of the measure.
Sleeping With Sirens, fronted by Kellin Quinn, released their new record Madness last month via Epitaph Records and dominated the Billboard Top 200, as well as the iTunes Charts with the #1 Top Rock Album, 5 different songs in the Top 10 Rock Songs chart, and a Top 10 Album slot in all genres. Now, during the sold-out European leg of their massive World Tour with Pierce The Veil, Sleeping With Sirens have announced the “We Like It Quiet” Tour, an acoustic run of shows this Summer with support from The Summer Set and Nick Santino.
Today we have our own Paul Riario checking out the new Lâg Tramontane Snake Wood Acoustic Guitar. Unlike any other acoustic guitar in its class, the Lâg Tramontane features exotic, highly figured Mexican Snake Wood back and sides and a solid AA Sitka Spruce top which produces an ideal, bright sound and a wide dynamic range. Even the rosette is exquisite.
Nashville trio Judah & the Lion is thrilled to announce that they will be joining Mat Kearney as direct support on a second leg of Kearney’s “Just Kids” Tour. The trio spent last month playing sold out venues across the country including San Francisco’s Warfield Theatre, New York’s Best Buy Theatre, The Wiltern in Los Angeles, Nashville’s Ryman Theatre, and many more.
Haunting and immediately memorable, Goffin’s luxurious vocal delivery is set in an equally luxurious location for “I’m Not Rich But I’m Not Poor.” The song, co-written with her dad, Gerry Goffin, appears on her recent EP release Appleonfire, a collection of songs inspired by his passing.
I was trying to think of a single word to describe Will Dailey. Turns out it can’t be done. His music is soulful, sweet, funny, inventive, rockin’, insightful, and supremely entertaining. I had the pleasure of seeing it all in person at his show at Club Passim in Cambridge, MA.