Every day I get to write, and to play music, is a great day, for which I am very grateful. I am a recovering lawyer, and while that was a great gig for me for a while (and while I cast no aspersions whatsoever on the noble profession), as a songwriter I am able to connect with my feelings of joy and gratitude more directly. Here's a story of how stepping away from my usual songwriting routine lead to a flash of inspiration.
Check out this sick acoustic guitar assault by Kelly Zullo. It’s the song “When We Get There” from the upcoming January 2015 release. Here Zullo uses some speedy finger work and hard hitting right hand technique while she sings at the same time. It’s kinda like tapping you head and rubbing your belly on fast forward.
This November we’re giving you the chance to win the ultimate performer’s companion — the BOSS VE-2 Vocal Harmonist Pedal. Open to residents of North America only. Combining sophisticated sound with simple operation, the VE-2 delivers a complete effects solution for all singers, particularly those that perform with guitar. This portable, battery-powered stompbox has everything you need to create polished, studio-quality sounds everywhere you sing, from concert stages and street performances to practicing and having fun at home.
"Traveler" should be added to the usual "singer/songwriter" monicker when it comes to Jesse Terry. And maybe add "hard-worker" while we're at it. I caught up with Jesse on the road, backstage at Steel City in Phoenixville, Pa. Jesse shares lessons learned both musically and career-wise.
Jimmy Herman is the multi-instrumentalist for Carrie Underwood. He is also an avid hunter and outdoorsman. Throughout his career he has found fun and unique ways to combine both passions. In this interview, Weber Mandolins shares some insight into this versatile artist's career and plans.
Today we’re happy to present the premiere of Kelley Mickwee’s “Take Me Home,” a track from her upcoming full length, You Used to Live Here. With a laid-back rhythm section and soaring pedal steel playing, the track highlights Mickwee’s pure, affecting vocal performance. An Austin, TX-based singer/songwriter, Mickwee co-wrote the "Take Me Home" with Phoebe Hunt.
When it comes to talent, age doesn’t matter. If you’ve got it, you’ve got it. And there is no doubt that 16-year-old guitarist Andreas Varady has got it in spades. And now we’re totally stoked to share his acoustic-based song, “Swing 42,” with you.
Led Zeppelin and the ukulele might be an unlikely combination, but this rendition of “Kashmir” is on point! The cover is performed by Bartt Warburton and James Hill, two ukulele players hailing from Australia and Canada, respectively. Warburton and Hill not only do an excellent job of keeping the song’s groove in tact, but they nail Robert Plant’s vocal line too.
LP's new album Forever For Now is one of my favorites of 2014. That's why I was thrilled to have the chance to sit down with this amazing songwriter, guitarists, ukulele player and vocalist to try a lesson on how to play her new single "Night Like This" on ukulele.
Blues-folk icon Chris Smither has long been revered for both his guitar prowess and his way with a lyric, inspiring artists from Bonnie Raitt and John Mayall to Emmylou Harris and Diana Krall. He toured as one of the original monsters of folk with Dave Alvin, Tom Russell and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott in 1998, and continues to live up to the title with releases such as 2012’s Hundred Dollar Valentine.
Nashville-based indie rock band Jonathan Jackson + Enation are excited to announce the release of their highly anticipated new single “Everything Is Possible.” The band is also slated to perform on the Acoustic Nation stage at the upcoming Summer NAMM Show in Nashville. The single is available now, and you can hear a preview of it below.
NAMM opens its doors to musicians, songwriters, and sound and staging professionals on Music Industry Day, Saturday, July 19 from 10AM-4PM at Nashville’s Music City Center. Two of country music’s hottest new artists will perform on NAMM’s Acoustic Nation stage presented in partnership with Guitar World’s Acoustic Nation!
I can’t even begin to tell you how much I dig the first song from Goodnight, Texas’ new album, titled “A Bank Robber’s Nursery Rhyme.” An Americana romp that’s brimming with clever lyrics and a catchy banjo-based twang, “A Bank Robber’s Nursery Rhyme” appears on their sophomore release, Uncle John Farquhar, due out August 5, 2014.
Fireworks has released an exclusive acoustic EP. The three-track EP includes a new song, one song from their previous album Gospel, and one from their recently released album, Oh, Common Life. All proceeds from purchases of the EP will go to Alternatives For Girls, a Detroit organization that aims to help homeless and high-risk girls and young women avoid violence, teen pregnancy and exploitation.
In life and in art, Lorrie Morgan is enjoying a renewed resurgence of popularity. Morgan continues to make new music, tour North America, and this weekend will celebrate her 30th Anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry. On June 9, 1984, Morgan was inducted as a member into the invitation only institution.