We’ve teamed up with LA rock quartet Kiven to premiere the band’s stripped down video for “I Can Take It.” The song was filmed right after their soundcheck before the band’s show at The Observatory in Orange County, CA. With delicate guitar playing and harmonies, the laid-back performance captures the group's hypnotic sound while preserving its enigmatic intensity.
Acoustic guitarist Tommy Emmanuel is often asked why he tours so much. His response? “I’m trying to get good at this. This is what you do. You work at it! How else are you gonna get any good?” While Emmanuel’s mastery of the acoustic guitar can certainly be attributed to his years of touring, it’s also clear that he has a natural ability for the instrument like few others possess.
We are excited to give you not just one, but TWO chances to win a small body The Loar LO-16 acoustic guitar. Have you noticed that many players prefer a small body? Great tone and portability make it the perfect touring companion (and great for pretty much anywhere of course!)
ATO Records is excited to announce the April 29 release of acoustic rock maestros Rodrigo y Gabriela's new studio album. Titled 9 Dead Alive, it is the band's first record of new material in five years. It was recorded and produced by Rod and Gab at their studio in Ixtapa, Mexico. Mixing was handled by Andrew Scheps (Black Sabbath, Adele, Metallica, Lana Del Rey) in Los Angeles.
Creatures of Habit by the Damn Choir comes out on February 7th and they will celebrate in the traditional fashion: by touring. The kick off show in Chicago takes place at the Hideout that evening before they hit the road. The first video for the title track is out and features some pretty terrific footage of the band rocking in a really beautiful ruined church.
Here's a very cool acoustic version of "Kingmaker" performed live acoustically by Dave Mustaine, Chris Broderick and the gang in celebration of the release their 2013 Super Collider album. Check out the all-acoustic performance with Dave Ellefson on an acoustic bass and Shawn Drover on the cajon. Dig it!
Liam Betson is best known in rock circles nationwide for his two stints as a guitarist in New Jersey punk/indie rock band Titus Andronicus. In the interim between touring with them, he has made multiple full-length albums under the pseudonym Liam the Younger. Some, like 2007’s After the Graveyard, are coated in a beautiful, delicate layer of ambient noise, its lo-fi origins coming to the fore. Others, like 2010’s Revel Hidden Worlds, have a more punchy, but still organic production. The one constant, regardless of the production quality, is Betson’s smooth strumming and haunting, plaintive vocals and lyrics.
William Fitzsimmons has just released his single, "Fortune," from his upcoming release Lions, his follow-up LP to 2011's Gold In The Shadow. In November, Fitzsimmons released an acoustic video for "Centralia" off the album and gave listeners a sneak peek of what to expect. The album is slated to release February 18, 2014 on Nettwerk Records.
When I was studying music, one thing I remember my professors kept driving home was that you don't just stop when you see a "rest" in music notation. You play silence. Silence acts as a frame around the sounds you're producing and helps make those sounds feel more profound. Think about what a picture frame does for a photograph.
As the winners of the SongTown USA songwriting contest with their song, “Love is Like Rain," Robyn Collins and Jordan Reynolds prove their undeniable writing chemistry. Competing against hundreds of entries, Robyn and Jordan struck a chord with the team of judges, lead by hit Nashville songwriters Marty Dodson and Clay Mills. The reward of the contest? A co-writing session with these two master writers!
Here we talk to this songwriting team about their winning song, their journey and what's next.
One of Kansas’ first acoustic songs, the iconic and wistful “Dust in the Wind” peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 the week of April 22, 1978, making it Kansas' only top ten Billboard Hot 100 charting single. Here songwriter Kerry Livgren shares the inspiration behind the song.