Here’s a great track and video from South Africa’s Jeremy Loops. It’s “Sinner” from his upcoming album Trading Change, due out January 1, 2015. It’s a sad song of loss with a hopeful ending (I won’t spoil it for you).
We’ve teamed up with Venice Beach, CA-based songwriter Joe Con to premiere his track “Said and Done.” Centered around Con’s laid-back, poetic croon, the track manages to seamlessly blend folk, pop and hip hop. While hooky and melodic, the track has a dreamy, lullaby-like quality that seeps in more with each listen. "This song was written in Burlington, Vermont the fall before I moved to LA,” says Con.
Check out this candid jam featuring Tommy Emmanuel and Igor Presnyakov performing “Hit the Road Jack.” The video was posted just a week ago on Presnyakov’s YouTube channel. Emmanuel and Presnyakov come from two separate schools stylistically, but it’s great fun to watch the pair trade licks back and forth. Presnyakov leans on the classical side of things, but his playing blends perfectly against Emmanuel’s picking chops.
Today we’re excited to premiere The Jason Spooner Band’s video for “Fireflies.” If you’re having a hard time letting go of summer, then this video’s for you. The “Fireflies” video is built on a creative idea that allowed fans to be included in the video-making process. Fans were encouraged to visit www.fireflies2014.com, download “Fireflies” for free, and upload a summery photo or video that would be considered for inclusion in the song’s official video.
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.
Old Crow Medicine Show has announced their upcoming new album Remedy, due out July 1 via ATO Records. Ten years after the massive success of folk anthem “Wagon Wheel,” which started as a track on a Bob Dylan work tape later finished by fiddler/band leader Ketch Secor, Remedy features a new Dylan/Old Crow penned collaboration on the new track “Sweet Amarillo.” The album also features the return of producer Ted Hutt (Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphys, Gaslight Anthem), who produced 2012’s Carry Me Back.
Takamine invites players to experience the Hardest Working Guitar with the Takamine Test Drive retail promotion. Those who visit a participating authorized Takamine dealer between May 1 and June 30, 2014 and “test drive” any Takamine acoustic/electric guitar can register to receive a free Takamine-branded leather guitar strap as a gift for trying out a Takamine instrument.
Below, check out a recently posted demo video of a new product called the Hammer Jammer. Six-string players can install the device on electric or acoustic guitars (We've even included an "installation and tweaking" video below) to produce a different-sounding attack — something in the ballpark of a hammer dulcimer. Be sure to check out the video and let us know what you think.
Oftentimes we hear,“You’re good for a girl.” “Oh, you play the [fill in the blank]?” “Man that’s hot, I love watching girls play.” Get over it. It won’t go away. It’s just something we have to deal with as female musicians. So for those of us who enjoy our womaness, it’s kinda cool to watch the naysayers and doubters change their tune. Even still, as women we have a tendency to skip out on the technological side of things, the nuts and bolts of how and why things work.
Newly formed Liaison Music is giving the eponymous debut from the Butch Vig's Emperors of Wyoming its first U.S. release, and in a fresh and improved form. The 10 songs from the original European release all appear, but the band has added three new songs for the American release and re-mixed other tracks. Engineer-mixer Alex Smolinski and singer-guitarist Kim Henry are now part of the working group.
While Rich Robinson might be known primarily for his work with The Black Crowes, his solo work is gaining much attention these days – and for good reason. With two solo records under his belt already, his upcoming release The Ceaseless Sight represents the full maturation of Robinson as a songwriter, a vocalist, and a solo artist. The album is slated for release June 3 via The End Records.
Percussive acoustic playing has been around forever, and it’s easy to see why. The guitar is essentially a drum with strings stretched over it. (Its cousin, the banjo, uses a drumhead to cover the body.)
This song is a journey which takes you through the beautiful English landscape to a final resolution and revelation. A favourite from my repertoire, this is a song that I never get bored of performing.
I don’t know about you, but I am always intrigued to discover how things are made. And when we’re talking about guitars, well, let’s just say I’m into it times a thousand. It’s not just the steps it takes to create each gorgeous guitar. It’s the people who work on them. The skilled craftsmen and women who touch each and every neck and body and inlay and fret and …well you get the idea. My recent trip to the Taylor Guitars factory in El Cajon, CA is a case in point.