Guster released their new album Evermotion on January 13. The release is the band’s highest charting album on the Billboard 200 in their 23 year career. Guster is currently on a North American and European tour. As part of REVERB’s ongoing environmental efforts in partnership with the band, each tour stop will have a fan engagement Eco Village. Bedell Guitars is proud to be a sponsor and help raise awareness for the Lacey Act.
In the video below, Taiwanese musician Shara Lin plays the piano, violin and guzheng at the same time. Actually, she sort of takes turns with each instrument, although there are a few seconds where she's doubling on piano and guzheng.
Recently we met with songwriter Ryan Culwell at his friend’s graphic design studio in the wooded hills of White’s Creek, TN, just north of Nashville. While only a few minutes north of downtown, White’s Creek feels worlds apart from the tourist-filled honky tonks of Nashville’s lower Broadway. It turned out to be the perfect setting to hear the Texas-born, Nashville-based songwriter.
I interviewed Maia Davies of Ladies Of The Canyon, an all- female band that are no strangers to hard livin', long drives and a life in music. Maia and I bonded on lessons learned on the road to success and more importantly perhaps, happiness.
This month we’re sharing something really fun. It’s a kickin’ contest that brings you both an instrument and some musical inspiration. We’re giving away this wonderful, brand new D’Angelico acoustic guitar, the Lexington SD300 in Cherry Sunburst. Plus some killer music by award-winning artist Will Dailey performed on a D’Angelico acoustic as well!!
Shovels & Rope, the acclaimed award-winning husband and wife duo of Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent, release their new album, Swimmin' Time today. Currently on tour in support of this sophomore album, Shovels & Rope has rarely been off the road over the last two years plus.
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.
Critically acclaimed trio The Stray Birds will embark on a fall US tour beginning September 18. The band will be touring in support of their second full-length album, Best Medicine, out October 21 on Yep Roc Records. The itinerary includes a stop in Nashville at the Americana Music Festival and Conference, in addition to appearances in Philadelphia, Duluth, Boston, New York City, and more. Full list of dates below.
We recently had acoustic guitarist Tommy Emmanuel drop by the Acoustic Nation studio. In addition to an exclusive interview and lesson, he also treated us to a personal performance of his track, “Hope Street.” Inspired by the unlikely combination of George Harrison and Keb’ Mo’, the tune implements Emmanuel’s trademark picking style along with some genius melodic work.
Cifras, a Brazil-based guitar-centric website, posted this brief video to its Facebook page earlier this month. It shows a 10-year-old blind boy, Felix St. Hilare of Quebec, Canada, performing a bit of Robert Johnson-style Delta blues on acoustic guitar, which he plays flat on his lap, much like the late Jeff Healey.
In this episode I go over a basic strumming pattern stressing the downs in the first measure and the ups in the second measure of each chord. This can help to create a powerful feel without being abrupt. The key is to be fluid in the right hand. Experiment with this concept using various chord progressions.
So you’ve reached that point in the song; you’ve written two verses and a chorus, and that little voice in your head says “I need to write a bridge.” But do you really??? When do you know if a song truly needs a bridge?
These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the October 2014 issue of Guitar World. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the Guitar World Online Store.
I know what you’re thinking. Slipknot and “acoustic” just don’t go together. But the band, Listopad, disagrees. And you will be glad you do when you check out their acoustic video of Slipknot’s “Before I Forget.” This super cool unplugged take is loaded with energy and angst.