Acoustic guitarist Justin King—who is recognized as a pioneer for his percussive "tapping" playing style—dropped by the increasingly popular Guitar World studio in Manhattan to perform "Phunkdified." The song originally appeared on his 2009 album, Le Bleu.
From its introduction in 1942 through the Seventies, the J-45 was known as a “workhorse” guitar due to its affordable price and reliable performance, but as time progressed both vintage and new models, which are still produced today, became too expensive for the everyday working guitarist.
Rodrigo y Gabriela's new interpretation of the song is one of the highlights of Jaco: Original Soundtrack, the soundtrack album for Metalica bassist Robert Trujillo's new film, Jaco. The album will be released November 27 via Legacy; it boasts 11 crucial songs by Pastorius, along with three brand-new recordings.
The latest Backbeat Books release, The Taylor Guitar Book, tells the complete story of one of the most important guitar manufacturers in the history of the instrument. From its beginnings as one of the first modern small-shop steel-string guitar brands in North America to its position as an undisputed market leader, the Taylor company provides a unique tale of innovation and entrepreneurship.
Clay and I continually running into people throughout SongTown territories that have "write-up-itis." We can spot the affliction immediately, because we have both battled this dreadful and potentially fatal disease in the past.
Bill Lloyd doesn't play music, he IS music. And good music at that! From founding The Long Players, the uber popular band in Nashville who play classic albums from beginning to end with famous guest singers to in Nashville to writing his own classic albums under his name and previously Foster & Lloyd (RCA). Bill understands songs inside and out both technically and emotionally.
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.
Here’s a fun song from folk legend Tom Paxton. “The Battle of the Sexes” is from this artist’s Redemption Road album, out March 10. Chock full of clever lyrics and a rollicking fiddle-laden arrangement, “I’m A Sinner” celebrates with a tongue-in-cheek ride through historic male/female conflict. Fun, fun, fun!
Featuring performances by multi-platinum artist Colbie Caillat, rock icons The Bangles, Grammy nominated saxophonist Mindi Abair, guitarists Orianthi and Richie Sambora, the event celebrated women in music.
Today, José González premiered the video for his new single, "Leaf Off/The Cave." The clip was directed by Mikel Cee Karlsson (Junip) shot in Gothenburg, Sweden. It was inspired by the "Godless Church" of the Sunday Assembly movement, where people come to gather to sing, talk and build community based on "wonder and good."
New York-based singer and songwriter Greg Holden will release his debut album for Warner Bros. Records, titled Chase The Sun, on April 14, 2015. Produced by Greg Wells (Adele, OneRepublic), Chase The Sun is filled with Holden's passionate, purpose-driven rock songs, which brim with tough, vibrant energy and showcase his lean, literate songwriting.
Here’s “I’m A Sinner” from Austin-based foursome Starlings, TN’s Preachin’ to the Choir out today on Chicken Ranch Records. The record is comprised of covers of gospel songs that Stubblefield grew up with, along with a handful of like-minded originals written from his unique perspective.
Loud & Proud Records is proud to announce the release of Stripped Down, a new CD/DVD set from Grammy® Award winning artist Rick Springfield on February 24, 2015 (track listing below). For the last two years, Springfield has been treating fans to a special ongoing series of intimate solo performances of his vast repertoire, telling stories, explaining lyrics and generally connecting with his always-loyal fan base.
The plaintive and solitary introduction for this song from John Statz's upcoming album, Tulsa gives way to a laid back beat with an unsettled feel. Here Statz uses the spaces in between the lyrics to cast his haunting spell of longing and lost ways. Tulsa will release March 10.