This month we’re sharing something really fun. It’s a kickin’ contest that brings you both an instrument and some musical inspiration. We’re giving away this wonderful, brand new D’Angelico acoustic guitar, the Lexington SD300 in Cherry Sunburst. Plus some killer music by award-winning artist Will Dailey performed on a D’Angelico acoustic as well!!
Here AN editor Laura B. Whitmore sits down with New York City-based songwriter, Emilyn Brodsky. A ukulele player who writes “simple songs about complicated feelings,” Brodsky’s latest LP, Emilyn Brodsky Eats Her Feelings, is out now. Below she describes the meaning behind the album, its recording process, her experience of performing on HBO’s Girls and much more.
Lily Maase recently dropped by the Acoustic Nation studio to help us brush up on our picking and strumming skills. And of course, we couldn’t let the Brooklyn-based guitarist leave without performing a song of her own. Below, Maase plays us her original tune, “Reduction Sketch.”
Lucky us! Indie folk songstress Lucette has done the honor of recording a sweet acoustic version of her song “Bobby Reid” just for us. The song seems somehow familiar from the get go, an old-style lament sung with a sweet sadness.
Here’s a bouncy, get-your-butt-outta-of-bed testimonial to the power of optimism. The song is from Aussie-based Darren Hanlon's upcoming release Where Did You Come From?, due out March 24 on Yep Roc Records. With a fun beat, subtle, driving music and some Aussie-tinged vocals, “When You Go” is a fun listen and a super cool video!
In this episode, I focus on basic dynamics (or volume) of strumming. This is something most musicians can pick up naturally. However, by honing in on this one skill, you can dramatically improve your playing. Dynamics are so important, and should be practiced just like any other technique.
There are not many guarantees in life, but I'm willing to make this guarantee. The day you don't write is a day you WILL NOT write a hit. There have been countless days when I didn't feel like writing. I had too much going on, I was distracted, worried about the kids, going through a divorce, not feeling well, you get the idea. On most days I did it anyway.
Revered roots music troubadour Seth Walker recently took up residency in New Orleans. Upon relocating to the Big Easy, the North Carolina-native completed his rounds of the Holy Trinity of southern U.S. music cities. His journey began in Austin where he fast became a staple of the Texas blues scene. He’d later shuffle off to Nashville where he’d absorb the cosmopolitan twang of its storytelling tradition.
Human Potential is the solo project of Andrew Becker; formerly the drummer for Dischord Records’ band, Medications and nefarious Brooklyn outfit, Screens. After his latter group unceremoniously imploded in the summer of 2011, Becker consulted a high end, spiritual assassin who foretold a life just above the poverty line if he attempted to transpose the Bee Gees’ “1st” into an aural nightscape of loss, regret and heartache. Needless to say, Becker was intrigued.
Christopher Denny is excited to announce that he has confirmed a summer tour with Strand Of Oaks, in addition to previously announced headlining dates. The lengthy North American tour kicks off on August 7 in Boston, and will hit major markets throughout the US and Canada, culminating in Philadelphia on September 19. This tour will support Denny's forthcoming sophomore album, If The Roses Don't Kill Us, out August 5, which was was produced by Grammy winner Dave Sanger (Asleep At The Wheel).
We’ve been sharing a few videos of the talented Dan Clews as he performs selections from Tourist In My Own Backyard, his wonderful new album. Now we are thrilled to offer the exclusive album stream for your listening pleasure!
The redesigned lineup of Yamaha L Series handcrafted acoustic guitars is now shipping. The L Series, a line of handcrafted acoustic guitars, features several new innovations. All new models now include solid Engelmann spruce tops that are treated with A.R.E. (Acoustic Resonance Enhancement), an original wood reforming technology developed by Yamaha.
Recording King is giving away ten all-solid 10 Series guitars in 10 minutes on June 10 in their massive “Perfect 10” sweepstakes! Players can enter and win one of four different body shapes, the Dreadnought (RD-10), 0 (RP-10), 000 (RO-10) or 12-fret 000 (ROS-10). Ten winners will be announced, one per minute, beginning at 10 a.m. PST on June 10, 2014. No purchase is required.
Takamine today announced the addition of four new models to its acclaimed G Series line of guitars: the GN10, GN10CE, GN20CE and GD20CE. Upholding the Takamine G Series tradition of offering high quality and exceptional value, the new G Series GN10 and GN10CE models feature Takamine’s exclusive NEX body style and are crafted with spruce tops and mahogany backs and sides.