There is a standard joke in Nashville that goes "What do you call a songwriter without a wife or girlfriend?" The punchline is "homeless." There is almost always some truth in a joke. The truth in this one is that most of us - me included - need some support, both emotional and financial, early in our careers if we hope to succeed.
Happy birthday to us! That’s right, today we’re celebrating the one year anniversary of the launch of AcousticNation.com, Guitar World’s channel for the contemporary acoustic music world. And what better way to celebrate than to take a look back at some of my favorite highlights of that year.
If your day is missing some gorgeous guitar work, with lovely tone and virtuosic dexterity, you’ve come to the right place. Today we’re premiering “Stone Cross” by Julian Lage and Chris Edridge from their new album Avalon, release October 7.
Harp and metal? Why not? Especially when it’s performed by the Harp Twins, Camille and Kennerly Kitt. Here they tackle Iron Maiden’s “Fear of the Dark,” for a performance they have said was one of their most difficult.
The company, which is based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is ceasing U.S. production of Ovation as part of its consolidation of U.S. musical instrument manufacturing. Work at the New Hartford plant will end by June. Fender will now make Ovation guitars in China, South Korea and Indonesia.
Life is busy. And Ian Moore has seen plenty of activity lately. But he also knows how to slow things down and deliver some acoustic magic. From the melancholy "Battle Lines" to the undeniably folky "Peregrine Blue" and the plaintive "Agitator," Moore covers the acoustic bases in a captivating way with his EP Aerie.
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.)