Americana is alive and well in Boston, MA. Case in point, the unexpected pleasure of a live show from Mark Erelli at Cambridge’s Club Passim. On this pass, Erelli was performing songs written by New England legend Bill Morrissey. Erelli not only created a fitting tribute to this talent with his album Milltowns, he also made these gems his own.
Nathanson has partnered with Starkey Hearing Foundation to raise awareness and funds for the hearing impaired. 100% of proceeds from a video of Nathanson and his experience with the Foundation are being donated to the Foundation by Matt and his label, Vanguard Records. The more the VEVO/YouTube link is posted and shared, the more funds they will receive.
Ok, so you may be asking yourself, “Why is a metal bass player being featured on Acoustic Nation?” Wait for it. By now we’re all convinced that Robert Trujillo is a monster bass player. The job of providing the low end in Metallica – a band known for their lineage of fantastic bassists – is no easy task. But Trujillo delivers. What you’ll discover today, however, is that Trujillo’s musicality stretches beyond the bass. That’s right, we’re talking classical guitar maestro over here.
Today we’re thrilled to bring you a preview of Ben Ottewell’s new album Rattlebag in its entirety. As a singer and lead guitarist in rock band Gomez, Ottewell is well known for his unmistakable voice and talent for blistering and inspired guitar solos. Rattlebag releases on October 27 on The End Records / ADA.
Here’s a bonus acoustic version of Right The Stars’ title track to their upcoming release, “The Only Thing.” The album is set to drop on October 14, 2014. This heartfelt version is delivered with whispery vocals and delicate fingerpicked accompaniment. Almost like the listener is eavesdropping on a fragile and precious secret.
We all have to start somewhere. From that first secondhand guitar to superstar…it doesn’t happen overnight. Here some great players share the stories of their humble beginnings and their musical influences.
Sevendust has announced the third and final leg of their acoustic U.S. tour in support of their critically acclaimed acoustic album, Time Travelers & Bonfires. The tour kicks off November 4 in Knoxville, TN at The International. It’s the first time the band will play these cities this year, including the band’s hometown of Atlanta. Tickets go on sale Saturday, October 4 at 10:00am EST. They’ll be joined by the Alabama rock band A.Z., who’ll also be performing acoustic.
Here’s a clip of the Stones playing one of their best acoustic numbers, “Wild Horses.” The video was shot live (in appropriately moody black and white) at Toshiba/EMI Studios in Tokyo back in 1995. “Wild Horses” originally appeared on the Stones’ 1971 album Sticky Fingers, and was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. This version appears on the album Stripped, which is a collection of live recordings from smaller venues and studio recordings.
Florida-based band Roadkill Ghost Choir have a new music video for their song "Slow Knife." Lead singer Andrew Shepard commented on the filming process and final product: "I sat in a bathtub full of black liquid for 5 hours so you can enjoy this 4 minute video. I do these things because I care about you."
Here’s a little slice of honky-tonk heaven for your listening pleasure. It’s our exclusive premiere of Loudon Wainwright III performing Chris Smither’s “Place in Line.” Wainwright’s laid-back execution of this Dylan-tinged tune is extremely appealing. Cool piano and some great lyrics bring it on home.
Fender is proud to announce the release of the Piha’ea Soprano Ukulele. Piha’ea is Hawaiian for playful, and that’s exactly what this soprano-style uke is, and it’ll have players smiling as soon as they strum their first chord on it.
Happy birthday to us! That’s right, today we’re celebrating the one year anniversary of the launch of AcousticNation.com, Guitar World’s channel for the contemporary acoustic music world. And what better way to celebrate than to take a look back at some of my favorite highlights of that year.