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Alright, you’re about to get schooled by Eric Johnson (again). While it’s typical to see Johnson deliver his signature smooth and soaring electric lead playing, here we see him with an acoustic in hand. And, no surprise, his delivery in “Tribute to Jerry Reed” is drool-worthy. Plus he’s got amazing hair!
Noooo! It can't be! Summer is just about over. But here's something to help ease you into autumn. Here we present ten great live acoustic tours that will be sure to warm your musical heart as the leaves change color. Are you looking for a raucous good time, or a meaningful musical moment? There's something here for everyone, I assure you!
New York City-based guitarist/songwriter Sean Sullivan has an extremely mixed background in music. His style blends folk, rock, Latin, blues and more to create a distinctive musical melting pot. But of all of Sullivan's influences, it’s jazz that runs the deepest. Here, he takes a second to explain the role of a guitar player in a jazz band.
I read an interview with the lead singer for a band that just had their first big hit single. The person doing the interview (out of ignorance) said, “What’s it like to be an overnight success?” The lead singer’s response was priceless. He said, “That was one hell of a night.”
In celebration of the release of their fifth studio record Let It Go, The Infamous Stringdusters will embark on a two-month album release tour. The band will also make their first appearance at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Let It Go will be released April 1 on the quintet's own High Country Recordings.
UK-based experimental pop band Fanfarlo will return to the US this week for a month-long tour in support of their new album Let’s Go Extinct. Recorded by the band and David Wrench in a tucked-away recording studio in North Wales, Let’s Go Extinct is, in many ways, the true successor to the band’s debut, Reservoir. Having cast off the colder, more synthetic feel of their second record, Rooms Filled With Light, Let’s Go Extinct is the sound of the band cutting loose from all expectation, and just letting whatever’s going to come, come.
Lou is the title of an upcoming Lou Reed tribute album from Grammy-nominated songwriter Joseph Arthur. The album was performed, recorded and produced by Arthur in his home studio, and will be released on May 13, 2014. "The last thing I would want to do is turn his life into an opportunity, but at the same time, what better way to honor the man and his music than to celebrate it and sing it and record it," Arthur comments in the liner notes of Lou.
Known for their over-the-top live shows, Semi Precious Weapons pulls influences from a broad musical landscape, fusing their punk edge with high-octane dance and arena-ready pop. And as graduates of Berklee College of Music, these guys can play too. SPW has risen to fame over the last couple years thanks partially to Lady Gaga, who took the band out on the year-and-a-half long Monster Ball tour.
If you love great songwriting and top-notch musicianship, you owe it to yourself to check out Charlie Worsham’s debut album, Rubberband. I was turned on to Worsham by hit songwriter, Marty Dodson, who co-wrote the songs “Could It Be” and “Trouble Is” on the album. Dodson, who writes with hundreds of other writers and performers, chose this album as his favorite release of 2013. Who am I to argue with that kind of cred?
In the Coen brothers’ brilliant 2013 film, Inside Llewyn Davis, the acoustic guitar lugged all around New York City and Chicago by the protagonist who gives the film its name is almost a main character itself. The guitar is a key indicator of the fortunes of Llewyn Davis, a struggling New York folksinger in the early ‘60s.
On the heels of their 2013 tour, which was both the best attended and reviewed Monkees reunion to date, Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz, and Peter Tork will return to the concert stage this May for a historic fourteen-date tour of the United States.
Recording is nearly complete for Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes. The project features Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons) and producer T Bone Burnett. These musicians have gathered in Capitol Studios together to create music for two-dozen recently discovered lyrics written by Bob Dylan in 1967 during the period that generated the recording of the legendary Basement Tapes.
Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison's latest release, Our Year, out May 27, 2014, draws comparisons to classic duos like Johnny ’n’ June and George ’n’ Tammy. They two fell in love while harmonizing together, though it took them until 2013 to release their first officially billed joint effort (not counting four children): Cheater’s Game. Cheater’s Game was well received and Willis and Robison felt the wind at their backs. They were eager to return to the studio.