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.
Clay and I do a lot of mentoring sessions through Songtown.com. One of the big discoveries we have made in those sessions is that people have all kinds of different goals for their music. And we have discovered that almost every answer to every question people ask us depends on THEIR answer to the question, "What are you shooting for?"
Jordan Lee's Mutual Benefit debuted a new video for "Let's Play / Statue of a Man" this morning. Directed by Stefan Grabrowski, the video was shot over the span of 6 months in and around Boston using mostly analog equipment and some experimental developing techniques. The resulting images have a frenetic, but also organic quality to them evoking the very personal and soul-searching nature of the song.
Calling all Pink Floyd fans: here's a video for you! Below, check out fingerstyle guitarist Thomas Leeb deliver a gorgeous fingerstyle rendition of the Floyd classic, “Comfortably Numb.” Leeb makes great use of a GoPro camera, with shots not only on the outside of his guitar, but inside as well. It’s no wonder Leeb has a commanding ability on the guitar. According to his bio, he studied West African traditional music for three years, which has clearly given him an advanced sense of timing and groove.
With summer just around the corner, it’s time to pull out the guitar and pull up around the campfire, backyard firepit or friend hang just about anywhere! When it comes time to lead the sing-along, you need some easy acoustic guitar songs that are known and loved by all.
In this episode, I focus on basic dynamics (or volume) of strumming. This is something most musicians can pick up naturally. However, by honing in on this one skill, you can dramatically improve your playing. Dynamics are so important, and should be practiced just like any other technique.
There are not many guarantees in life, but I'm willing to make this guarantee. The day you don't write is a day you WILL NOT write a hit. There have been countless days when I didn't feel like writing. I had too much going on, I was distracted, worried about the kids, going through a divorce, not feeling well, you get the idea. On most days I did it anyway.
Revered roots music troubadour Seth Walker recently took up residency in New Orleans. Upon relocating to the Big Easy, the North Carolina-native completed his rounds of the Holy Trinity of southern U.S. music cities. His journey began in Austin where he fast became a staple of the Texas blues scene. He’d later shuffle off to Nashville where he’d absorb the cosmopolitan twang of its storytelling tradition.
Human Potential is the solo project of Andrew Becker; formerly the drummer for Dischord Records’ band, Medications and nefarious Brooklyn outfit, Screens. After his latter group unceremoniously imploded in the summer of 2011, Becker consulted a high end, spiritual assassin who foretold a life just above the poverty line if he attempted to transpose the Bee Gees’ “1st” into an aural nightscape of loss, regret and heartache. Needless to say, Becker was intrigued.