In today’s episode, I go through a basic phrase I’m calling “4 Measure Mix Up.” I’ve constructed this pattern to make something simple seem a little more complex without it actually being too difficult. By giving the Em and Cmaj7 chords in the second measure one beat each, it throws off the balance a little, but makes for a cool deviation.
Here’s a treat! It’s The Dustbowl Revival’s video for their new single “Never Had To Go,” featuring the man himself, Dick Van Dyke and his wife Arlene dancing up a storm. The song is from their new album, With A Lampshade On, set to release on July 21 on Signature Sounds Recordings.
Today we’re happy to bring you the exclusive premiere of LA-based folk-punk troubadour Bryan McPherson’s “Days of Rage.” The song is partially inspired by his involvement in the Occupy Oakland protests of 2011. Melding Americana, folk, alternative, and punk into one incendiary, incisive sound, “Days of Rage” is a perfect example of McPherson’s songwriting style.
On the heels of releasing his new self-titled LP, Tony Lucca dropped by the Acoustic Nation studio to chat with editor Laura B. Whitmore. You may know him as a contestant on The Voice, but Lucca’s been honing his craft long before he appeared on the show. In fact, this is his eighth full-length album. Tony Lucca is his first self-titled release, and his first entirely self-produced effort.
The Women’s International Music Network (WiMN) hosted the 2015 She Rocks ASCAP Expo Showcase at the Tinhorn Flats Salon and Grill during the ASCAP “I Create Music” Expo in Hollywood, Calif., and it was nothing short of awesome. Check out live videos of four amazing performers here!
Here at Martin, we believe that the strings are the vocal cords of the guitar and should not be looked at as merely an accessory. We pour the same care and compassion into our strings as we do our fine acoustic instruments. Martin’s resident pro and manager of customer repair, Dave Doll, gives viewers insight on how Martin strings are made.
Today the Women’s International Music Network (The WiMN) announced that it will honor Grammy award-winning, multi-platinum artist Colbie Caillat with a Video of the Year award for her song “Try” at the 2015 She Rocks Awards. Recognizing women who stand out as role models in the music industry, the live awards event takes place on January 23, 2015 at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel during the NAMM Show.
Thanks for checking out Acoustic Nation Players’ Pick –– a new poll series designed to let YOU decide what gear is deserving of our award. This time we’re checking out one of our favorite accessories — the capo.
Among the great variety of instruments that Martin Guitar makes, it’s safe to say none has enjoyed more popularity than the Dreadnought or D-size guitar. Today the Dreadnought is ubiquitous and found in every style of acoustic music. To learn the Dreadnought Story, click here.
It’s always fun to hear fresh acoustic interpretations of songs. But there’s something about covering Iron Maiden acoustically that just seems to work. Take this classical guitar version of “Fear of the Dark” from Thomas Zwijsen. Best known for his arrangements of famous rock, metal and pop songs for classical solo guitar, his interpretation of this Iron Maiden standard is surely a standout. Even as the sole performer on stage, his fluid chops take the song to new heights. (And the video is pretty hilarious too!)
Since 2009, Brandon Decker has written, produced and released a trove of mesmerizing music, an expansive palette of folk, gospel, rock and psychedelia recorded under the nom de plume decker. While hard to pigeonhole, there’s a purposeful duality to decker.’s work: it’s sparse, yet full. Also: intense, romantic, cryptic, hypnotic and raw. decker. will release Patsy on February 17, 2015.
As Into It. Over It.'s Evan Weiss prepares to close out the year on the road with Lemuria this November and December, he's also looking ahead to 2015. This coming February Into It. Over It. will embark upon an intimate acoustic tour with friends Kevin Devine and Laura Stevenson. Tickets for all dates (listed below) are on sale now via intoitoverit.com/tours.
I was lucky enough to get my hands on the Boss VE-2 Vocal Harmonist pedal (or my feet?). And once I tried it, I really didn’t want to part with it. Aside from adding cool vocal harmonies, reverb and delay to my voice, well, it’s just fun. I can sound like a whole chorus now if I want to!
Today we’re proud to give you “River Runs Dry,” a song that showcases the softer side of Bronson’s writing. Featured on his Dave Cobb-produced self-titled LP, listening to the lyrics and soft strumming of “River Runs Dry” makes it easy to drift off in reflective thought. Eliot Bronson is something of a homecoming for the songwriter, who was raised in a Pentecostal home by a family for which music was prayer and life was expressed and enjoyed in song.