Here young South Korean guitarist Sungha Jung digs into a fingerstyle rendition of Michael Jackson's “Billy Jean.” Jung started playing at age 9, and as you can see, he’s progressed to prodigy level. His YouTube covers collectively have hundreds of millions of views.
Another Friday, and another viral video is making the rounds in stringed-instrument land. This time, it's a fan-filmed clip of Taimane Gardner, a Hawaiian ukulele virtuoso, performing at the 2014 San Diego Ukulele Festival.
We're excited to share Shelly Waters' new video for “Drive,” the title track from her new release out now on Moonwatcher Music. Waters’ strong, deep Americana and Country sound and distinct voice are showcased here.
Is life really like a three minute pop song? Leann Womack has something to say about that, as well as social media. And in case you were afraid to ask what "Americana" music is, I asked Geoff Himes, music critique from The Washington Post, and boy does he know his stuff!
Here’s a lovely video from SHEL to help you get in the holiday mood. This Nashville via Fort Collins band of four sisters have created a stunning, homemade silhouette video of the classic holiday song "Sleigh Ride."
Nashville-based indie rock band Jonathan Jackson + Enation are excited to announce the release of their highly anticipated new single “Everything Is Possible.” The band is also slated to perform on the Acoustic Nation stage at the upcoming Summer NAMM Show in Nashville. The single is available now, and you can hear a preview of it below.
NAMM opens its doors to musicians, songwriters, and sound and staging professionals on Music Industry Day, Saturday, July 19 from 10AM-4PM at Nashville’s Music City Center. Two of country music’s hottest new artists will perform on NAMM’s Acoustic Nation stage presented in partnership with Guitar World’s Acoustic Nation!
I can’t even begin to tell you how much I dig the first song from Goodnight, Texas’ new album, titled “A Bank Robber’s Nursery Rhyme.” An Americana romp that’s brimming with clever lyrics and a catchy banjo-based twang, “A Bank Robber’s Nursery Rhyme” appears on their sophomore release, Uncle John Farquhar, due out August 5, 2014.
Fireworks has released an exclusive acoustic EP. The three-track EP includes a new song, one song from their previous album Gospel, and one from their recently released album, Oh, Common Life. All proceeds from purchases of the EP will go to Alternatives For Girls, a Detroit organization that aims to help homeless and high-risk girls and young women avoid violence, teen pregnancy and exploitation.
In life and in art, Lorrie Morgan is enjoying a renewed resurgence of popularity. Morgan continues to make new music, tour North America, and this weekend will celebrate her 30th Anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry. On June 9, 1984, Morgan was inducted as a member into the invitation only institution.
Announcing Songwriter Sessions: Live! Enter for your chance at not only performing your song on the Acoustic Nation stage, but also having it critiqued and discussed by #1 hit songwriter and Songtown USA founder, Clay Mills and Acoustic Nation editor, Laura B. Whitmore.
We had the privilege of hanging with the supremely talented LP backstage at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco recently. And of course, we jumped at the chance to catch a live performance of her new, fabulous song, “Night Like This” live. The first single from her new album Forever For Now, this song exemplifies the core of LP’s creative genius – equally superb as a solo ukulele performance or with full production.
Robert Francis returns with his fourth album Heaven, which was released June 3 on Aeronaut Records. Recorded with his new backing band The Night Tide, the album’s 13 songs were produced by Francis, mixed by Mark Rains (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club) and mastered by Howie Weinberg (Jeff Buckley, Nirvana). In support of the album, Francis and band are heading out on a 29-date US tour.
I write very quickly. Not by design. It just generally happens that way. When I first began trying to write professionally, I realized that I wrote slowly and methodically. In fact, sometimes I was so slow that I would have to book another day with a writer to finish the song. It took a while to realize that this frustrated some of my co-writers and cost me some co-writing relationships.
Guitar World’s Acoustic Nation is excited to announce the performance acts for this year’s Make Music NY Mass Appeal: Guitars event. Taking place on June 21, 2014 in Union Square Park from 4pm to 7pm, this FREE event is also co-hosted by the NYC Guitar School and sponsored by Martin Guitars.