The life of a musician can be tough, and as an artist, I'm always looking for new ways to keep the juices flowing. Here are my favorite sources of support and inspiration for your journey as a singer-songwriter.
You've got the bug—you’ve decided to buy an acoustic guitar—and nothing will stop you, not even the haunted, hungry look in your children’s eyes. So you empty your bank account, raid your kids’ college fund and head down to a local house of ill repute: a music store. You’re gonna get that acoustic, practicality and your wife’s entreaties be damned.
Scott Stevens seems to have everything it takes to make a sizable splash in the wide world of music. Command of the stage, strong vocals, authoritative guitar playing and a drive to make it all happen. But as much as that is, is it enough?
From the depths of YouTube, here’s another Video Find for you! Today we have five fingerstyle acoustic guitarists delivering an impromptu cover of Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud.” The guitarists — Gareth Evans, Andrew Foy, Eddie van der Meer, Andre van Berlo and Peter Gergely — you may know from their many fingerstyle performance videos posted on YouTube.
I know what you’re thinking. You’ve heard this song a million times. But I can guarantee you’ve not heard this dark and intense version from French metal band, Klone. Easing in with guitar and horns, the song is slightly bent and a bit disturbing. This is not your mother’s “Summertime,” that’s for sure!
The Women’s International Music Network (The WiMN) is pleased to announce the 2015 She Rocks Awards honorees. Taking place on January 23, 2015 at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel from 6:00pm to 8:30pm during the NAMM Show, the third annual She Rocks Awards honors women who stand out as role models in the industry.
Today we’re pleased to share the track “Spin a Golden Thread” from Tucson-based band, Run Boy Run. Pulsating rhythmic strings are overlaid with a driving mandolin strum and tight vocal harmonies. The song subtly builds in intensity as it repeats into a skillful fiddle solo.
Hailing from El Paso, The Dirty River Boys are quintessentially Texas: A bit rough around the edges but full of heart. Today the band releases their gnarly self-titled album, which is produced by Grammy-nominated Chris "Frenchie" Smith. Inspired by 200,000 miles of cross-country touring and living between two culturally different worlds in the border town of El Paso, the album was recorded at Sonic Ranch, a spot that's appropriately bordered by the Rio Grande and Old Mexico.
What happens when a guitar player runs out of (patience for) drummers? He creates the Beat Buddy—the love child of a guitar pedal and a drum machine. Sleek, compact, easy to use right out of the box, the Beat Buddy is a MIDI-based pedal drum machine that enables musicians to easily control the beat hands-free.
Internationally renowned master acoustic guitarist Andy McKee has created “Andy McKee’s Musicarium.” As his first ever music camp, the event will take place August 3 - 7, 2015 at Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY in the Catskill Mountains. The 4-day experience will be an immersion in music, guitar playing and all things creative. Led by Andy with his handpicked guests and instructors including top players like Antoine Dufour, Stephen Bennett and Billy McLaughlin, plus a special appearance by master guitar builder Michael Greenfield, the ‘Musicarium’ will be filled with workshops, breakout sessions, jamming, open mics, concerts, and music in every way, shape or form.
When a song gets stripped down to its basic elements, you can tell its true genius. And that’s what comes to mind with this live acoustic version of “Sinners and Saints” by Chicago pop-folk-rock group, The Future Laureates.
The Women’s International Music Network (the WiMN) is thrilled to announce that it will honor platinum-selling pop band the Bangles as part of 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.
The video below, which features guitarist Alexis Hadefi performing a cover of Jon Gomm's "Passionflower," has been making the rounds via Facebook of late. An October 6 Facebook post featuring the video has been seen more than 5 million times, and the post itself has garnered more than 41,000 likes.
Today we’re pleased to bring you a western-tinged track from Michael Sackler-Berner. It’s “Midnight Crisis” the b-side of the first release in a series of digital 45s (with both a- and b-sides), which will culminate in Michael Sackler-Berner’s double EP release due out February 11th, 2015. This song perfectly expresses that feeling of desperate realization that things just are not gonna go as planned.