Jerry Reed (1937–2008), known by many as Burt Reynolds’ truck-driving partner in crime in the 1977 film Smokey and the Bandit, was also a highly accomplished and influential guitar picker. Let’s look at some of the technical and stylistic elements that made Reed a great player.
If you're going to be in the Nashville area during the NAMM show, here's a treat for you. Not only are tickets to get into the show super cheap, you'll be able to not only browse some amazing gear and meet company representatives, you'll be able to listen to some fantastic music as well. On Saturday, July 11, from 10am to 4pm, the NAMM show is open to the public and we'll be hosting the Acoustic Nation stage front and center in the Music City Center lobby.
Acoustic guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel has just released a collaborative album with musicians Ian Date and Ian Cooper.Just Passing Through was released June 23, and features nine tracks of gypsy jazz, folk, and blues styles that highlight each player’s musicianship. Here’s a taste of the album in video form – an amazing clip of the group performing the standard “Honeysuckle Rose.”
We’ve said it once before—classical guitar isn’t limited to classical music. To back that up, we carefully curated a list of five videos featuring awesome rock song arrangements made especially classical guitar.
I’m listening to Eliot Bronson’s “Comin’ For Ya North Georgia Blues” late at night in my dimly lit living room. Perhaps not the best setting for this rollicking eye opener. Bronson knows how to deliver some fantastically fun music with solid arrangements and clever lyrics. But he can also produce that magic that pulls all of these elements into a brilliant barn burner of a track.
There have been a ton of articles and posts published lately about the dire straits of the music industry. And most of them have several good points. But is it all woefully bad? Should we just throw in the towel? If you think so, then just move along and let someone else read this article.
Trampled by Turtles’ has just shared a video from their NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert. Of the performance NPR Music’s Bob Boilen praises “What immediately attracted me to Trampled by Turtles when I first saw the band was its speed, but the Minnesotans are about more than just blistering bluegrass. They also write beautiful, heartfelt folk-pop songs.”
Due out on September 9, 2x4 is a collection of four lush and gorgeous songs featuring simple rhythms, finger snaps, and clear and ringing acoustic guitar instrumentation. But the star of the show is Crowder’s smoky tone and silky delivery.
Jamestown Revival are excited to announce the details of their upcoming North American tour this fall. The band are playing coast-to-coast in many major markets, including the Bowery Ballroom in New York City on November 10, the Double Door in Chicago on November 16, and the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on Nov 28.
Conor Oberst has unveiled the third video from his critically acclaimed new album Upside Down Mountain. We're excited to share “Common Knowledge," a companion piece to the album's first video, "Zigzagging Toward The Light."
Check out this live video of guitarist Erik Mongrain. His lap-tapping guitar wizardry is showcased here in a spectacular way. Mongrain was born in April 1980 in Montreal, Québec, Canada and began to teach himself how to play guitar from age 14.