Here young South Korean guitarist Sungha Jung digs into a fingerstyle rendition of Michael Jackson's “Billy Jean.” Jung started playing at age 9, and as you can see, he’s progressed to prodigy level. His YouTube covers collectively have hundreds of millions of views.
Another Friday, and another viral video is making the rounds in stringed-instrument land. This time, it's a fan-filmed clip of Taimane Gardner, a Hawaiian ukulele virtuoso, performing at the 2014 San Diego Ukulele Festival.
We're excited to share Shelly Waters' new video for “Drive,” the title track from her new release out now on Moonwatcher Music. Waters’ strong, deep Americana and Country sound and distinct voice are showcased here.
Is life really like a three minute pop song? Leann Womack has something to say about that, as well as social media. And in case you were afraid to ask what "Americana" music is, I asked Geoff Himes, music critique from The Washington Post, and boy does he know his stuff!
Here’s a lovely video from SHEL to help you get in the holiday mood. This Nashville via Fort Collins band of four sisters have created a stunning, homemade silhouette video of the classic holiday song "Sleigh Ride."
Here’s something super cool from Dead Fingers. It's a free download of their song "Twisted" from their brand new album Big Black Dog. This upbeat little romp truly is twisted. Ironically enticing. But luckily it's also fun and clever and a very good harbinger of other good things from this husband and wife duo from Birmingham.
We were lucky enough to have singer, songwriter, guitarist and social activist Jason Mraz drop by the Acoustic Nation studio for this exclusive interview. Below, AN’s Jimmy Brown sits down with Mraz to discuss his brand new album YES! which just released July 15, plus gear, his charitable work through the Jason Mraz Foundation, and much more.
Based on extensive research and experimentation, Recording King introduces the Torrefied Series of torrefied top guitars. Using designs born from our collaboration with renowned historian/luthier Eric Schoenberg, Recording King makes the benefits of a torrefied top available to every player. Torrefaction is a specialized heating process used on our Adirondack spruce tops in which the wood is heated at a low temperature in an oxygen-free environment.
In the first half of 2014, Nashville modern folk band NEULORE – led by the songwriting duo of Adam Agin and William T. Cook – inked a deal with Chop Shop/Island Records, embarked on the Communion Music Tour/headlined dates and released the single “Shadow of A Man.” They are not about to slow down as they ready the release of their full length debut Animal Evolve on September 23, 2014.
We first came across Mike Dawes a few months back and had a blast with him in the Acoustic Nation studio. His amazing percussive technique and adventurous guitar explorations are amazing to experience. Who knew he could take it even further?! But he's gone one or 80 steps beyond with this fun video of him performing in sync all over the world. Dawes shares, "This past year I took a GoPro camera and an iPhone all over the world to capture my 'What Just Happened?' world tour."
A song containing a few as one or two chords can be just as well-crafted as a far more intricate composition. Of course, the world is full of guitarists who play a D-to-G strum pattern ad infinitum, rhyme “fire” with “desire” and declare that they’ve written a song. You goal as a songwriter is to not be that person.
Three-time Grammy Award winner Lucinda Williams has announced the September 30 release of her first-ever double studio album, Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone. The new album will be released on Williams’ new independent label Highway 20 Records, via Thirty Tigers.
For the very first time, Eastman Guitars will debut two pairs of instruments designed to inspire the eclectic sounds of the Music City. During the Summer NAMM Show later this week in Nashville, Eastman Guitars will display the VB95 Eastman Pro Bass and VLF2 Eastman Fiddle Pro Outfit at booth #1016.
Grammy Award-nominated, multi-platinum singer/songwriter Aaron Lewis is joining Brantley Gilbert on the second leg of the Let It Ride Tour. Earlier this week, Brantley Gilbert and his sidekick Sylo revealed dates and opening acts for the second leg of his LET IT RIDE TOUR through a special video. The announcement also included footage from the first part of the tour, showing fired-up performances from the multiple sold-out shows last spring.
Kyle Cox recorded The Plan, The Mess with producer/drummer Mike Marsh (Avett Brothers, Dashboard Confessional) in Nashville, TN. Although this is his debut full length, he is no stranger to great songwriting.