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!)
The Cold of The Morning, the great lost classic by Memphis music catalyst Sid Selvidge, is coming on CD/LP/Digital from Omnivore Recordings. Produced by Jim Dickinson, featuring Mudboy & the Neutrons (on two tracks), and with photos by William Eggleston, the album portended greatness. Perhaps now it will find its audience.
Amos Lee will extend his U.S. headline tour into April. The new dates will take him and his band up the Eastern seaboard, beginning with four shows in Florida and concluding with performances at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ (April 17), the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa - Music Box in Atlantic City, NJ (April 18) and the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY (April 19).
Touted as the most successful independent artist in Australia, John Butler is poised to release his latest work, Flesh and Blood on February 3, 2014. Butler's previous work, April Uprising yielded a US #1 single with "Better Than." Now with Flesh and Blood The John Butler Trio has evolved with even more fabulous writing and virtuosic performance.
In 2013 I went out on a limb. I applied to be part of a songwriting class that focused on co-writing. Up until then I had only co-written a small part of one song (I wrote the bridge), and that was it. But I wanted to do more, improve, and find new ways to be creative.
It struck me today that there are basically two kinds of writers I work with. There are empowered writers and non-empowered writers. Empowered writers write confidently and take chances. They don't complain about the state of the music business or whine about someone not getting them cuts. They realize that THEY are in charge of the ship they are on. If they are rejected, they learn from it and move on. They see criticism as an opportunity to grow.
Here's some tasteful and incredibly skilled playing by young guitarist Ben Lapp. He picked up his first guitar at age 12, and began writing his own music, and recorded his first album, The New Color, at age 14.
Standing as probably the greatest American songwriter of all time, the musical catalog of Bob Dylan is nothing short of awe-inspiring. 35 studio albums, 11 live albums, and innumerable compilations contain countless brilliant moments from the always confounding Dylan. Of particular interest is his Bootleg Series of previously unreleased material.
As songwriters, we think of tempo as the most basic of basics. Tempo, or the speed at which we perform a song, is sort of the quiet engine, the driving force behind all our tunes; yet, because we consider it so "Songwriting 101," tempo can sometimes become songcraft’s sadly neglected middle child.
If you’re playing by yourself or with just a couple of friends who have their own amplification equipment, you should probably be checking out acoustic guitar amps. They are smaller, more convenient and generally cheaper than a PA, and are apt to be more useful. Some currently available models have a separate channel for a mike input, so you can even use them to amplify your singing as well.
There’s no denying, this is the decade that acoustic comes into its own. From the rootsiest traditional down-home country, to bluegrass, soul, rock, funk and pop and beyond, acoustic instruments have been taking center stage in all genres, and I say, good for us!