In today’s episode, I go through a basic phrase I’m calling “4 Measure Mix Up.” I’ve constructed this pattern to make something simple seem a little more complex without it actually being too difficult. By giving the Em and Cmaj7 chords in the second measure one beat each, it throws off the balance a little, but makes for a cool deviation.
Here’s a treat! It’s The Dustbowl Revival’s video for their new single “Never Had To Go,” featuring the man himself, Dick Van Dyke and his wife Arlene dancing up a storm. The song is from their new album, With A Lampshade On, set to release on July 21 on Signature Sounds Recordings.
Today we’re happy to bring you the exclusive premiere of LA-based folk-punk troubadour Bryan McPherson’s “Days of Rage.” The song is partially inspired by his involvement in the Occupy Oakland protests of 2011. Melding Americana, folk, alternative, and punk into one incendiary, incisive sound, “Days of Rage” is a perfect example of McPherson’s songwriting style.
On the heels of releasing his new self-titled LP, Tony Lucca dropped by the Acoustic Nation studio to chat with editor Laura B. Whitmore. You may know him as a contestant on The Voice, but Lucca’s been honing his craft long before he appeared on the show. In fact, this is his eighth full-length album. Tony Lucca is his first self-titled release, and his first entirely self-produced effort.
Today we’re happy to share the premiere of an acoustic video from Ohio-based trio, Plaid Brixx. Hot off the release of their new EP, Chemistry, lead singer, Chris Duggan, took some time to lay down this raw, straight to the heart of it, acoustic video of their title track, “Chemistry.”
On Wednesday, August 20, you can attend a free, in-depth online clinic with Berklee Online course author and instructor Joe Musella. Joe's rock quartet performs internationally, and his recent collaborations include recording with members of Crosby, Stills & Nash. Attendees will learn about the guitar techniques employed by classic rock legends like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Jimmy Page.
State Champs have premiered a new song titled "Leave You In The Dark" from their upcoming EP The Acoustic Things. The release of the song celebrates the announcement of their co-headlining Pure Noise Records Tour. VIP tickets are also now on sale for the tour with general admission tickets to go on sale today.
The extraordinary LP has announced she will headline a series of West Coast dates in September, including a show at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles on September 26th. All tickets go on sale today. LP is a unique young artist whose effervescent performances are fueled by a rocking ukulele complemented by her complex, powerful voice.
Genre-shifting songwriter/guitarist Sean Sullivan recently dropped by our studio for an exclusive interview. He also performed two original songs and gave a lesson on rhythm jazz guitar playing, which we will be posting shortly. With a background that includes blues, jazz, folk, funk, reggae and more, Sullivan offers a unique sound inspired by his own distinctive melting pot of styles.
Recording King's USA Custom Shop produces exquisitely crafted collectors' banjos handmade in the USA. The Custom Shop combines all the essential elements of classic Pre-War style banjos into one-of-a-kind instruments. Recording King's custom production is led by Greg Rich, who built his reputation designing some of the world's most unique deco-style banjos from the late '80s through the early '90s.
Let's talk about shapes! Also, let's take a look at my tiny hands. If you watch this video, you'll see that my hands are small. Like, really small. Smaller than they should be for someone my height, and definitely smaller than those of the average guitarist. This is ok!
Introducing The Jason Spooner Band from the complete opposite end of our country. JSB hail from the picturesque coast of Maine – a perfect backdrop for a lifestyle that is pure, uncomplicated and honest, the perfect combo for an introspective singer-songwriter such as Jason Spooner. The newest album (their 4th!), Chemical, is set for release on September 16. Chemical’s first single, “Fireflies”, overflows with youthful memories and descriptive imagery that transports the listener to simpler and desirable times.
Singer songwriter Trevor Hall will be heading back on the road this fall on a North American headline tour beginning on September 10 at Slim’s in San Francisco, CA. The “Small is Beautiful” tour will include stops in Vancouver, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Boston and New York City. See the full list of dates below
Luke Winslow-King is releasing a new album Everlasting Arms on September 30 via Bloodshot Records. Winslow-King is a guitarist/singer/songwriter from New Orleans, LA by way of Cadillac, MI. Following his critically acclaimed Bloodshot Records debut The Coming Tide in 2013, LWK (for brevity’s sake) has been as hardworking a musician as they come.