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.
Today we’re excited to premiere The Jason Spooner Band’s video for “Fireflies.” If you’re having a hard time letting go of summer, then this video’s for you. The “Fireflies” video is built on a creative idea that allowed fans to be included in the video-making process. Fans were encouraged to visit www.fireflies2014.com, download “Fireflies” for free, and upload a summery photo or video that would be considered for inclusion in the song’s official video.
Even if one were to limit himself to an examination of pop songwriting over the last 40 years, a true instructional “guide” would take up many volumes, as it would involve a serious study of musical theory. Our aim here is to prove a sampling of common chord progressions that you can use with your own songs, and to examine some of the things a guitarist can do to add a little zip to his or her songs.
With his new record, The Straight and Narrow Way, NYC-native Riley Etheridge Jr. is proclaiming a new sound. Here we have a chat with Etheridge in our interview. Check it out, and enjoy an exclusive stream of album-standout “The Maze,” featuring Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek.
The Howlin’ Brothers had a very good year in 2013, following the release of HOWL, their first nationally and internationally released album. HOWL, featuring Warren Haynes (on one track, “Big Time”), brought instant success to the band. The trio toured their brand of “old-time string country blues with an indie-rock edge” throughout the U.S. and into Canada. The majority of the 13 original songs that comprise Trouble, due out April 29, 2014, were influenced by the people they met and struggles they encountered on the road over the past year.
As some of you out there might know by now, we enjoy sharing YouTube videos of guitarists who claim to be the "world's fastest guitarist." Mind you, we don't have a hand in declaring anyone the fastest, or the slowest/kindest/worst dressed, etc. We just get a kick out of watching these guys play — and we hope you feel the same way.
It's getting to be that time of year. You know what we're talking about...Festival Season! Here's one with a nice mix of really great acoustic, hip-hop, rock acts, and more. Something for everyone you might say! The Forecastle Festival returns this summer led by hip hop royalty, Outkast; 21st-century rocker Jack White and alt-rock renaissance man, Beck.
Acony Records is proud to announce Willie Watson's debut solo album Folk Singer Vol. 1 to be released on May 6, 2014. The album was produced by the legendary David Rawlings, longtime friend and producer of Watson's previous band, Old Crow Medicine Show.
Singer-songwriter LP is certainly no stranger to live performance. Her only release, 2012’s live EP titled Live and EastWest Studios, is proof of that. But what I discovered a few nights ago at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall, is that to really “get” LP is to see her show
We've had a bit of fun with incredible guitarist Mike Dawes over the last few weeks. Here, we couldn't resist mounting a GoPro camera on the headstock of Dawes' guitar as he played his incredible, original composition, "The Impossible."
If you’ve got a hankering to witness the perfect classical guitar trifecta, then your best bet is to check out Stanley Jordan, Sharon Isbin and Romero Lubambo perform during Guitar Passions, a tour inspired by Isbin’s 2011 release Sharon Isbin & Friends: Guitar Passions.