Americana is alive and well in Boston, MA. Case in point, the unexpected pleasure of a live show from Mark Erelli at Cambridge’s Club Passim. On this pass, Erelli was performing songs written by New England legend Bill Morrissey. Erelli not only created a fitting tribute to this talent with his album Milltowns, he also made these gems his own.
Nathanson has partnered with Starkey Hearing Foundation to raise awareness and funds for the hearing impaired. 100% of proceeds from a video of Nathanson and his experience with the Foundation are being donated to the Foundation by Matt and his label, Vanguard Records. The more the VEVO/YouTube link is posted and shared, the more funds they will receive.
Ok, so you may be asking yourself, “Why is a metal bass player being featured on Acoustic Nation?” Wait for it. By now we’re all convinced that Robert Trujillo is a monster bass player. The job of providing the low end in Metallica – a band known for their lineage of fantastic bassists – is no easy task. But Trujillo delivers. What you’ll discover today, however, is that Trujillo’s musicality stretches beyond the bass. That’s right, we’re talking classical guitar maestro over here.
Today we’re thrilled to bring you a preview of Ben Ottewell’s new album Rattlebag in its entirety. As a singer and lead guitarist in rock band Gomez, Ottewell is well known for his unmistakable voice and talent for blistering and inspired guitar solos. Rattlebag releases on October 27 on The End Records / ADA.
The redesigned lineup of Yamaha L Series handcrafted acoustic guitars is now shipping. The L Series, a line of handcrafted acoustic guitars, features several new innovations. All new models now include solid Engelmann spruce tops that are treated with A.R.E. (Acoustic Resonance Enhancement), an original wood reforming technology developed by Yamaha.
Recording King is giving away ten all-solid 10 Series guitars in 10 minutes on June 10 in their massive “Perfect 10” sweepstakes! Players can enter and win one of four different body shapes, the Dreadnought (RD-10), 0 (RP-10), 000 (RO-10) or 12-fret 000 (ROS-10). Ten winners will be announced, one per minute, beginning at 10 a.m. PST on June 10, 2014. No purchase is required.
Takamine today announced the addition of four new models to its acclaimed G Series line of guitars: the GN10, GN10CE, GN20CE and GD20CE. Upholding the Takamine G Series tradition of offering high quality and exceptional value, the new G Series GN10 and GN10CE models feature Takamine’s exclusive NEX body style and are crafted with spruce tops and mahogany backs and sides.
I’ve always fantasized about playing the ukulele. I’m not sure why. Perhaps because it’s such a small and delightful instrument. Perhaps because when I watch someone like Jake Shimabukuro play one, it’s just so stunningly musical and inspiring. See what he has to say about ukulele and more!
Jason Kertson does an amazing job of performing on acoustic guitar. But with a twist. He’s playing two guitars at once! In this video Kertson taps out the rhythmic and melodic parts for Andy McKee's song "Drifting" off of the album Art of Motion.
We’re delighted to preview Julian Fleisher’s new album, Finally, releasing May 13 on Modern Records. Fleisher will be celebrating with an album release show at Joe's Pub on May 14, 2014. This sweet collection of whimsical songs has a theatrical bent, perhaps if only because the story telling is so well-crafted. Hear it now!
In today’s episode of Sunday Strum, I show you a basic skill for making your right hand a little more fluid. Keeping your hand in constant motion throughout a strumming pattern will facilitate better rhythm and thus a better performance. Try it now!
You might think that ukulele is just a simple instrument perfect for strumming little ditties. I did. But Jake Shimabukuro proved me wrong! Perhaps best known for his renditions of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” on ukulele, Shimabukuro can be described as no less than a master musician.