Here’s some quirky fun from New York’s Emilyn Brodsky. It’s “Scaffolding” from her new album Emilyn Brodsky Eats Her Feelings, which releases tomorrow, September 23, 2014. This rhythmic tune showcases her introspective lyrics and starkly croonalicious vocals.
In this week’s episode of Sunday Strum, I demonstrate an example using eighth note triplets. This is a basic way of practicing them, but if you are more comfortable with the rhythm, feel free to switch it up and apply triplets any way you like. The eighth note triplet rhythm translates to three eighth notes in the space of two eighth notes.
Here’s a great track and video from South Africa’s Jeremy Loops. It’s “Sinner” from his upcoming album Trading Change, due out January 1, 2015. It’s a sad song of loss with a hopeful ending (I won’t spoil it for you).
We’ve teamed up with Venice Beach, CA-based songwriter Joe Con to premiere his track “Said and Done.” Centered around Con’s laid-back, poetic croon, the track manages to seamlessly blend folk, pop and hip hop. While hooky and melodic, the track has a dreamy, lullaby-like quality that seeps in more with each listen. "This song was written in Burlington, Vermont the fall before I moved to LA,” says Con.
Check out this candid jam featuring Tommy Emmanuel and Igor Presnyakov performing “Hit the Road Jack.” The video was posted just a week ago on Presnyakov’s YouTube channel. Emmanuel and Presnyakov come from two separate schools stylistically, but it’s great fun to watch the pair trade licks back and forth. Presnyakov leans on the classical side of things, but his playing blends perfectly against Emmanuel’s picking chops.
Detroit-based pop-punk band Fireworks are the subject of photographer Ryan Russell's latest "Nervous Energies" video session. The song, "Run, Brother, Run," is taken from the band's newest album Oh, Common Life, which was released March 25th. Composed of vocalist David Mackinder, lead guitarist Brett Jones, guitarist Chris Mojan, bassist Kyle O'Neil and keyboardist Adam Mercer, Fireworks is a band filled with electric personalities and endless influences.
Charlie Daniels, best known for his No. 1 country hit "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," is set to release a new album, Off The Grid - Doin’ It Dylan, on April 1, 2014. The new album, a tribute to Bob Dylan, is another example of the seemingly endless reservoirs of musical creativity that the now 77-year-young Daniels draws upon.
With his beat up ‘80s model Alvarez, Monte Montgomery has the ability to wail on his acoustic like any of today’s best electric guitar shredders. Hailing from Austin, TX, Montgomery has earned his place as one of the city’s best guitarists, winning seven consecutive Austin Music Awards. And while Monte’s acoustic playing is surely impressive, this talent is matched with an innate ability for songwriting, which is showcased on his latest LP, Tethered.
I read an interview with the lead singer for a band that just had their first big hit single. The person doing the interview (out of ignorance) said, “What’s it like to be an overnight success?” The lead singer’s response was priceless. He said, “That was one hell of a night.”
In celebration of the release of their fifth studio record Let It Go, The Infamous Stringdusters will embark on a two-month album release tour. The band will also make their first appearance at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Let It Go will be released April 1 on the quintet's own High Country Recordings.
UK-based experimental pop band Fanfarlo will return to the US this week for a month-long tour in support of their new album Let’s Go Extinct. Recorded by the band and David Wrench in a tucked-away recording studio in North Wales, Let’s Go Extinct is, in many ways, the true successor to the band’s debut, Reservoir. Having cast off the colder, more synthetic feel of their second record, Rooms Filled With Light, Let’s Go Extinct is the sound of the band cutting loose from all expectation, and just letting whatever’s going to come, come.
Lou is the title of an upcoming Lou Reed tribute album from Grammy-nominated songwriter Joseph Arthur. The album was performed, recorded and produced by Arthur in his home studio, and will be released on May 13, 2014. "The last thing I would want to do is turn his life into an opportunity, but at the same time, what better way to honor the man and his music than to celebrate it and sing it and record it," Arthur comments in the liner notes of Lou.
Known for their over-the-top live shows, Semi Precious Weapons pulls influences from a broad musical landscape, fusing their punk edge with high-octane dance and arena-ready pop. And as graduates of Berklee College of Music, these guys can play too. SPW has risen to fame over the last couple years thanks partially to Lady Gaga, who took the band out on the year-and-a-half long Monster Ball tour.
If you love great songwriting and top-notch musicianship, you owe it to yourself to check out Charlie Worsham’s debut album, Rubberband. I was turned on to Worsham by hit songwriter, Marty Dodson, who co-wrote the songs “Could It Be” and “Trouble Is” on the album. Dodson, who writes with hundreds of other writers and performers, chose this album as his favorite release of 2013. Who am I to argue with that kind of cred?