More and more, I realize that, at my best, I’m following the song, not leading the song. Once we land on an idea, the goal becomes getting out of the way and letting the song say what it wants to say. Sounds easy, but it’s not.
Here are a couple of cool acoustic videos from TEAM*, as they explore a more naked version of these two tunes. “Say My Name” and “I’m Just Like You (When You Turn Out The Lights)” both appear on the band’s new album, Good Morning Bad Day. Here are their exclusive acoustic takes on these songs.
Alison May is a folk singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist who has been performing, writing and recording out of Oakland, CA since relocating from Texas in 2012. Her change of scenery seemed to awaken a more layered and experimental side, which is carefully captured in her sophomore release, Loved/Dark. The album is set for a July 15 release on Misery Loves Co., and the first window into the album is captured in the first single "Raft.”
NEEDTOBREATHE’s new album Rivers In the Wasteland has debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 and #1 on the Rock Albums Chart. Released last week, Rivers went straight to #1 on the iTunes chart and stayed in the Top 10 all week. The band's North American headlining that kicks off May 1st has been extended for another two months.
Brett Newski found himself job-less, girl-less and band-less in 2011. So he bought a one-way ticket to Bangkok. He ended up spending two years in Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong and the Phillipines, supporting himself composing music for Vietnamese tampon ads.
Last year multi-platinum band the Goo Goo Dolls released Magnetic, their 10th studio album. The collection of masterfully written songs debuted in the top ten, charting strongly with singles like the red-hot “Come to Me.” This year the band decided to mix things up with an acoustic tour titled The Otis Midnight Sessions. Instead of pairing things down, this tour found them on stage with a wide range of fabulous acoustic musicians.
In this episode of Sunday Strum, we are going to focus on the complex meter 5/4. It’s a meter that can’t be broken down by 2 or 3. Time signatures such as this can be tricky if you aren’t used to playing them. Today, I am going to introduce a simple way to count and play 5/4.
With springtime coming just around the corner (for some of you anyway), what better instrument than the ukulele for strumming on the porch on a balmy day? Luckily, the folks at Fender agree, and have partnered with us to offer one of their brand new ukes – the Ukulele Hau’oli to be exact – for one lucky winner.
This is it! You’re inspired to write a song! In a frenzy of creativity, you work out a fabulous verse and an equally fabulous chorus! And then it happens….nothing. You run completely out of steam and don’t know why. You start telling yourself, “Maybe a song that’s only 1 minute and 23 seconds is long enough? It’s “minimalistic” music, right?” Welcome to SECOND VERSE HELL!
With a lot of talent and a little bit of luck, a new generation of acoustic guitar fingerstylists are blazing a new style of percussive, alternate-tuned shred. In the Eighties, radical fingerstylists like Michael Hedges and Preston Reed pioneered an acoustic guitar style based on an alternate-tuned, percussion-heavy, new age–tinged sound.
The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will pay tribute to Kenny Rogers with the cameo exhibition “Kenny Rogers: Through the Years,” which open on August 15, 2014, and runs through June 14, 2015. “Kenny Rogers redefined and elevated country music superstardom in every sense,” said Museum Director Kyle Young. “He blurred traditional genre lines and substantially expanded the core demographics of country music’s audience, all by being true to his unique artistic vision. His versatility is astounding. We could not be more thrilled to share this detailed presentation of his story.”
Legendary groups Foreigner and Styx will release The Soundtrack of Summer on May 6 to coincide with their tour of the same name. The tour also features very special guest Don Felder, former guitarist of The Eagles. The album, which features 16 classics by both bands, will be available exclusively at Walmart. The Soundtrack of Summer package includes Foreigner hits “Cold As Ice,” “Juke Box Hero” and “I Want To Know What Love Is,” and Styx hits “The Grand Illusion,” “Blue Collar Man” and “Renegade.”