If being surrounded by talented songwriters of all genres sounds good to you, you might want to check out the ASCAP "I Create Music" Expo. Aimed at arming songwriters with tools for success, the Expo takes place in Hollywood from April 30 to May 2. A highlight of the event is the She Rocks Showcase, a free performance event taking place on Friday, May 1, from 9pm to 12am. It's open to the public with no Expo badge required.
Stephen Stills’ status as a rock legend stems just as much from his singing and songwriting contributions in Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills & Nash (and Young) and his own solo work as it does from his innovative acoustic and electric guitar offerings.
While Don McLean was recording “American Pie,” the eight-minute-plus song that brought him stardom in late 1971, his label, Media Arts Records, went under. Understandably, the situation put a damper on any great expectations McLean had for the song. “I wasn’t thinking of releasing or editing it,” he says today. “My expectations were that I would be looking for a record company.”
Mark your calendar for some fresh acoustic musical delights releasing October 21. I'm talking about The Stray Birds new release Best Medicine out on Yep Roc Records. Chock full of story-filled lyrics and smart harmonies, interwoven with wonderfully separated string lines and strums, this album offers some heartfelt creativity.
Here’s a fun slappin’, tappin’ acoustic performance by 15-year-old Sarah Command. Here she plays “Tight Trite Night” originally by Don Ross. Hailing from Alberta, Canada, Ms. Command is one half of the duo The Command Sisters. We were introduced to them earlier this year with some fancy finger work from Command on a Satriani and Andy McKee song. Now she tackles this finger-twister.
Here’s a brand new video from Charlottesville, VA roots-folk band The Currys. The track, “Wrecking Ball,” shines with the group’s tightly knit family harmonies, along with some slick guitar and mandolin playing. But apart from their playing and singing talents, these guys can write a song too –– “Wrecking Ball” is bound to stick in your head after one listen.
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.