As one of the most chameleonic and prolific figures in rock’s great history, few artists have as deep a treasure trove of unreleased recordings as Neil Young. As part of his wonderfully illuminating “Performance Archive” series, Young is releasing a solo performance from his six-night stand at Washington D.C venue the Cellar Door in late 1970 on December 10.
Ok, this is a first for us. Independent musician and virtuoso guitarist Jon Gomm is not only an amazing player, he retunes his strings as part of the performance...while he's playing! Gomm released his new album Secrets Nobody Keeps on November 25th of this year and it's well worth a listen.
If you ask any successful person if their career has gone exactly as they planned it and I doubt you would get one affirmative answer. Careers (and life in general) are really hard to plan out and structure to our liking. There are too many variables that are out of our control. My theory is that successful people succeed, in large part, because they are able to react and respond well when something unexpected happens. When something doesn't go according to plans, they don't give up. They evaluate their new options and then pick another road to take.
Oakland, CA-based jazz guitarist Jimmy Grant (who I happened to meet on a plane coming back from the NAMM Show) used quite a different process for his latest release, 5 in 5; write a song a day for five days. Record on the sixth day. Release it on the seventh.
Touring for me is a test of endurance. I keep myself fit, eat well, sleep, and rest my voice when possible. It's not very rock 'n roll, but touring when you're sick is pretty miserable, so I try to avoid that.
Boston-based singer Marissa Nadler has shared the first track, "Dead City Emily," off her forthcoming sixth full-length album, July, coming out on February 4th on Sacred Bones (US) and February 11th on Bella Union (ROW).
Don’t let the term diatonic harmonic interval scare you; it simply means two notes from the same scale played at the same time. Harmonic intervals are particularly useful on the acoustic guitar because they lend heft to single-note lines, especially up the neck, and they are staples of blues, country, R&B and traditional Spanish and Latino music. In a previous lesson we discussed one such interval (the third), and this time we’ll look at its cousin, the sixth.
I’ll rarely pass up an opportunity to catch a show at one of the greatest venues in the Bay Area–The Fox Theater–so when I saw Iron & Wine was on the calendar, I made plans to be there. I was (and still am) a huge fan of Iron & Wine’s 2004 release, Our Endless Numbered Days, so I jumped at the chance to see Sam Beam at The Fox, who is touring in support of his latest record, Ghost on Ghost. Admittedly, I haven’t kept up with Beam much these days, but I was excited to see where the last few years had taken him.
From Binghamton, NY comes Driftwood, a young string band with a rock n’ roll soul and a folk art mind. Carving out a name for themselves with electrifying live performances, they bring unvarnished energy to the Americana music scene. Incorporating upright bass, banjo, acoustic guitar and violin, they channel the ghost of traditional American folk music but the melodies, the harmonies and the lyrics are something else entirely.
Enter Now! This month we're giving away a Roland AC-40 Acoustic Chorus Guitar Amplifier! This compact acoustic amp is super lightweight at less than 12 lbs. and has dual 6.5 inch speakers for stereo and a tilt stand to angle the amp upwards. Plus in your guitar, and even your mic and go! Great for singer/songwriters and more.
Deadlines are coming up fast for the 26th annual Folk Alliance Conference. Artists must apply by November 12 through SonicBids or by mail to be considered for an official Performance Alley showcase. The early bird registration deadline for the conference is 11:59 p.m. CST November 12.
Under normal circumstances, an up-and-coming and super-energetic musical act like The Lone Bellow wouldn’t pass up a chance to play Music City. But for The Lone Bellow, it’s a no-brainer, as they have ties to Nashville, which makes a show there stand out for two reasons.
I purchased my 2000 Ovation Collectors Edition in the same year it was built. It’s a medium depth acoustic/electric guitar. Coming from a primarily electric background, I wanted an acoustic that would make my hands feel right at home.