I had the pleasure of connecting with the talented Rorie Kelly last year when she submitted to perform at the She Rocks Showcase at the NAMM Show in Nashville. Since then I’ve been an avid believer in this NYC-based singer/songwriter. Kelly has faced her demons and is striking out to fulfill her dream with the creation of her new album Rising Rising Rising. She’s got a crowd-funding campaign underway on RocketHub to fund the project. Check out her uplifting message and gorgeous vocals here>>
Vance Joy has released a cover of Taylor Swift’s “I Know Places” from her album 1989. Joy will join Swift as main support on The 1989 World Tour, which kicks off May 20 (dates below). Taylor Swift previously covered Vance Joy’s 2x Platinum “Riptide” on BBC Radio 1’s Live Room in October, and you can watch that clip below.
Here’s not something you see everyday. It’s Candy Rat Records artist Luca Stricagnoli’s take on "Promentory” from the The Last Of The Mohicans soundtrack. In it, Stricagnoli’s sits a 7-string acoustic on his lap, and two other guitars (a baritone and standard) on nearby stands.
Chunky guitars paired with a breathy, sensuous vocal open Alanna Clarke’s acoustic video for “Heartstrings.” Spilling into the immediately catchy chorus, Clarke serves up some sweet melodic turns accented by her spot on vocal delivery. Like, like, like!
Today we’re thrilled to share with you the premiere of Sarah Blacker’s ukulele-based “It Shows.” The track is included on Blacker’s upcoming release, In Waves, out May 19. “This song is about when you know you're in love but neither person is admitting to it yet for fear that the magic will be lost, or that the other person may not love you back,” she shares.
Here's a rhythm guitar lesson to mix things up a bit. This week I expand upon rhythmic displacement. In this lesson and video I use a pattern that lasts 3 beats and then is repeated on different parts of the measure.
Sleeping With Sirens, fronted by Kellin Quinn, released their new record Madness last month via Epitaph Records and dominated the Billboard Top 200, as well as the iTunes Charts with the #1 Top Rock Album, 5 different songs in the Top 10 Rock Songs chart, and a Top 10 Album slot in all genres. Now, during the sold-out European leg of their massive World Tour with Pierce The Veil, Sleeping With Sirens have announced the “We Like It Quiet” Tour, an acoustic run of shows this Summer with support from The Summer Set and Nick Santino.
Today we have our own Paul Riario checking out the new Lâg Tramontane Snake Wood Acoustic Guitar. Unlike any other acoustic guitar in its class, the Lâg Tramontane features exotic, highly figured Mexican Snake Wood back and sides and a solid AA Sitka Spruce top which produces an ideal, bright sound and a wide dynamic range. Even the rosette is exquisite.
Nashville trio Judah & the Lion is thrilled to announce that they will be joining Mat Kearney as direct support on a second leg of Kearney’s “Just Kids” Tour. The trio spent last month playing sold out venues across the country including San Francisco’s Warfield Theatre, New York’s Best Buy Theatre, The Wiltern in Los Angeles, Nashville’s Ryman Theatre, and many more.
Haunting and immediately memorable, Goffin’s luxurious vocal delivery is set in an equally luxurious location for “I’m Not Rich But I’m Not Poor.” The song, co-written with her dad, Gerry Goffin, appears on her recent EP release Appleonfire, a collection of songs inspired by his passing.
I was trying to think of a single word to describe Will Dailey. Turns out it can’t be done. His music is soulful, sweet, funny, inventive, rockin’, insightful, and supremely entertaining. I had the pleasure of seeing it all in person at his show at Club Passim in Cambridge, MA.
For your listening delight, here are Sarah and Charlotte of The Command Sisters performing the killer solo section from The Eagles’ “Hotel California.” Sarah, our solo-nailing guitarist on the left, is a mere 16-years-old.