Singing while playing guitar can be a daunting challenge for a beginner. A good sense of timing and rhythm and the ability to synthesize two different actions is necessary to pull it off. But like everything else you've learned to do on the guitar, it can be mastered.
We recently caught up with Atlanta singer-songwriter Eliot Bronson in Nashville, TN. Scheduled to perform later that evening at The Basement, Bronson had some time to spare and was gracious enough to venture into a park across the street from the venue for this special performance. Here, Bronson plays us “Just Came Back To Tell You I’m Leaving,” a fiery track from his recently unveiled self titled album.
Buskers. Street performers. Ever come across one that just blew your mind? We have. In fact, there seem to be loads of supremely talented folk all over the globe with a penchant for sitting on the street corner and playing to apathetic passerby’s.
Today we’re premiering “Don’t Let’s Go To The Dogs Tonight,” by Jessie Kilguss. This track from her upcoming album Desvastate Me is a sweet spoken reminiscence of a more simple childhood. Kilguss artfully pulls us into her wistful nostalgia with a bit of twang and a strummy, well arranged instrumental accompaniment.
When I began writing, I gave myself two years to make it happen. I was thinking to myself that if I couldn't succeed in two years, I needed to try something else. Two years came and went like lightning. And, no success. None. Not one independent cut, even. I don't think I even had one HOLD after having written for two years full time.
Here in episode 10 of Sunday Strum, I introduce rhythmic displacement. Rhythmic displacement is taking a rhythm or pattern and starting it on a different part of the measure. In the example, I begin the original rhythm on beat 1. Then, by placing the first hit after the first 1/8 note (the AND of 1), I am able to create a completely different feel.
South African alt-rocker Jesse Clegg recently hit the US for a 32-date trek. We caught up with him in Berkeley, CA, where he treated us to exclusive performances of his tracks “Clarity” and “Today.” A star in his home country and one of S.A.’s elite rock musicians, the 25 year old is distinguished as one of few to achieve Platinum success there. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because Clegg is the son of iconic Afro-pop musician Johnny Clegg, whom he spent the first six years of his life on tour with.
Taylor Guitars master builder Andy Powers is not only a revolutionary guitar designer, but a skilled player as well. Below, he demonstrate the unique sounds and textures six new 800 Series models are capable of. According to Taylor, "While all share fundamental tonal qualities, each body style features unique design nuances that accentuate the guitar's sonic strengths."
Sony Music/Essential Records recording artists PawnShop kings have premiered their new video for “Fall Apart.” The video was filmed in Memphis, Dallas and Southern California during the brothers' trip across the country tracing their musical roots. "Fall Apart" is from their current PSk EP. Brothers Scott and Joel Owen, native Californians with deep family roots in the south, formed PawnShop kings after years of playing music together.
John Butler Trio returns stateside on June 5 to kick off its U.S. summer tour with a sold out show in Boulder, CO at the Fox Theater followed by its third appearance at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, CO on June 6. Long known for its dynamic live shows and brilliant musicianship, the John Butler Trio will also appear at summer festivals such as Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands and Wakarusa. Additional cities include New York’s Central Park Summerstage and Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA. A full list of tour dates follow below.
Most bands rarely make it to five years, let alone 25. Formed in 1989, reunited progressive bluegrass trio Nickel Creek are celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2014 with a new album and tour. And lucky for me, I got to witness one of the band’s comeback shows. Nickel Creek are a double threat in that they possess Grammy-level songwriting ability, and they deliver with unearthly, A-list studio player chops. This is a deadly combo.
Our Wild America has released it’s self-titled debut album, and we’re happy to offer a free download of album cut, “You Don’t Love Me (The Way I Love You).” Having developed into a popular attraction on the NYC club scene, it’s clear that Our Wild America’s musical preoccupation with songs that revolve around death, suicide, war, betrayal, and “other uplifting concerns” –– as the band’s singer-songwriter Alec Gross puts it –– has not proven to be an obstacle in finding an audience. Listen and download now!
What do you do when you're the co-founder of an iconic guitar brand but you have no successor? Check out this interview in celebration of Taylor's 40th anniversary as we talk about what Bob Taylor did in that exact situation!