Mark your calendar for some fresh acoustic musical delights releasing October 21. I'm talking about The Stray Birds new release Best Medicine out on Yep Roc Records. Chock full of story-filled lyrics and smart harmonies, interwoven with wonderfully separated string lines and strums, this album offers some heartfelt creativity.
Here’s a fun slappin’, tappin’ acoustic performance by 15-year-old Sarah Command. Here she plays “Tight Trite Night” originally by Don Ross. Hailing from Alberta, Canada, Ms. Command is one half of the duo The Command Sisters. We were introduced to them earlier this year with some fancy finger work from Command on a Satriani and Andy McKee song. Now she tackles this finger-twister.
Here’s a brand new video from Charlottesville, VA roots-folk band The Currys. The track, “Wrecking Ball,” shines with the group’s tightly knit family harmonies, along with some slick guitar and mandolin playing. But apart from their playing and singing talents, these guys can write a song too –– “Wrecking Ball” is bound to stick in your head after one listen.
Today we’re pleased to share the track “Spin a Golden Thread” from Tucson-based band, Run Boy Run. Pulsating rhythmic strings are overlaid with a driving mandolin strum and tight vocal harmonies. The song subtly builds in intensity as it repeats into a skillful fiddle solo.
Emerson Hart, lead singer for the multi-platinum selling group Tonic, debuts the video for “The Best That I Can Give.” The first single from his sophomore solo album Beauty In Disrepair, out 4/15 on BMG, “The Best That I Can Give,” premiered on USAToday.com in January and is currently climbing the Hot AC charts, jumping more than 50 spots in three weeks.
Joyful Noise Recordings is pleased to announce the release of violinist, singer and composer Kishi Bashi's sophomore album titled Lighght, which will be released worldwide on Tuesday, May 13. Taking its title from the one-word poem by minimalist poet Aram Saroyan, Lighght (pronounced "Light") continues and expands the sound of his critically acclaimed debut, 151a, which earned Kishi Bashi the title of "Best New Artist" for 2012 by NPR.
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."