Today we’re excited to premiere The Jason Spooner Band’s video for “Fireflies.” If you’re having a hard time letting go of summer, then this video’s for you. The “Fireflies” video is built on a creative idea that allowed fans to be included in the video-making process. Fans were encouraged to visit www.fireflies2014.com, download “Fireflies” for free, and upload a summery photo or video that would be considered for inclusion in the song’s official video.
Even if one were to limit himself to an examination of pop songwriting over the last 40 years, a true instructional “guide” would take up many volumes, as it would involve a serious study of musical theory. Our aim here is to prove a sampling of common chord progressions that you can use with your own songs, and to examine some of the things a guitarist can do to add a little zip to his or her songs.
Here’s a gorgeous cascading song from Matt Turk that appears on his upcoming album Cold Revival, due out October 7. “Cracked Egg” has stark lyrics and pounding rhythms that add to the angst conveyed by this talented artist. The song builds to frenzied realization of a shattered love.
I know what you’re thinking. Slipknot and “acoustic” just don’t go together. But the band, Listopad, disagrees. And you will be glad you do when you check out their acoustic video of Slipknot’s “Before I Forget.” This super cool unplugged take is loaded with energy and angst.
Although all of these classic songs may not have been originally recorded on acoustic, they all are perfect for an acoustic jam. These aren’t ranked in any order, just ten great songs that are super easy to play. Even if you can’t master the iconic riffs that are part of most of these, they’re all great to add to your fun strumming repertoire.
Certain memorable themes, like those of Bill Wither’s “Lean on Me” and Gustavo Santaolalla’s "Brokeback Mountain," to name just two, artfully derive melodies and chordal accompaniment from an extraordinarily useful system called scale harmony.
Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes, a collaborative album project from Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons) and producer T Bone Burnett, will be released November 11 on Electromagnetic Recordings/Harvest Records.
LR Baggs recently unveiled this video featuring country songwriter Sturgill Simpson. The clip showcases Simpson performing his track “Life of Sin” live at legendary RCA Studio A in Nashville, TN. According to the video’s description, Sturgill’s guitar was recorded direct with the LR Baggs Lyric Classical internal microphone.
"We created the Venue DI so you can travel light, set up fast and sound incredible anywhere you plug in. The Venue DI gives you complete control by combining a full-isolation DI output, 5-band EQ with adjustable low and hi-mid bands, variable clean boost and chromatic tuner all in one acoustic pedal."
Here’s latest video from Los Angeles-based songwriter Tom Freund, premiering today exclusively on Acoustic Nation. Led by his ukulele, “Next Time Around” instantly takes you away to a beachy paradise, or in this case, Freund's virtual backyard of Venice, California. The touch of strings and mermaid-evoking background vocals only add to the island vibe of the track. A multi-instrumentalist in his own right, Freund also performs the upright bass, guitar and keyboards in addition to the ukulele.
Ani DiFranco has never been afraid to take chances. DiFranco's new disc, Allergic To Water, is another bold accomplishment and its music is her most subtle. Set for an October 14 release on DiFranco's groundbreaking Righteous Babe Records label, Allergic To Water was recorded at her Victorian home in New Orleans and at a larger studio in an old church.
Before anything else, I am a songwriter, performer and guitarist. But it's my role as a producer that this three-headed hydra is fed in a way the artist's path could never. The role of producer removes me from the soft cocoon of the self-absorbed singer songwriter. This is simply because, for lack of a better word, I'm dealing with other people’s shit.
Today we’re premiering a track from Minneapolis-based musician John Mark Nelson. The song, “Shorebird,” is a beautifully executed piece of folk-pop songwriting. Nelson’s whispered vocals glide across the lush instrumentation of acoustic guitar, sparse percussion, pedal steel and cello. Simple in its approach and production, “Shorebird” still possesses all the charm to totally captivate the listener.