Here young South Korean guitarist Sungha Jung digs into a fingerstyle rendition of Michael Jackson's “Billy Jean.” Jung started playing at age 9, and as you can see, he’s progressed to prodigy level. His YouTube covers collectively have hundreds of millions of views.
Another Friday, and another viral video is making the rounds in stringed-instrument land. This time, it's a fan-filmed clip of Taimane Gardner, a Hawaiian ukulele virtuoso, performing at the 2014 San Diego Ukulele Festival.
We're excited to share Shelly Waters' new video for “Drive,” the title track from her new release out now on Moonwatcher Music. Waters’ strong, deep Americana and Country sound and distinct voice are showcased here.
Is life really like a three minute pop song? Leann Womack has something to say about that, as well as social media. And in case you were afraid to ask what "Americana" music is, I asked Geoff Himes, music critique from The Washington Post, and boy does he know his stuff!
Here’s a lovely video from SHEL to help you get in the holiday mood. This Nashville via Fort Collins band of four sisters have created a stunning, homemade silhouette video of the classic holiday song "Sleigh Ride."
The March 31st deadline for health care enrollment is looming. Are you and your team set up? Perhaps the real question is whether or not you have taken all of the necessary steps. It’s actually quite surprising at how many people aren’t aware at the penalties that can be incurred for not having or supplying health insurance, and if you’re one of these people, it’s imperative that you talk to the right people to make sure that you don’t get fined.
Detroit-based pop-punk band Fireworks are the subject of photographer Ryan Russell's latest "Nervous Energies" video session. The song, "Run, Brother, Run," is taken from the band's newest album Oh, Common Life, which was released March 25th. Composed of vocalist David Mackinder, lead guitarist Brett Jones, guitarist Chris Mojan, bassist Kyle O'Neil and keyboardist Adam Mercer, Fireworks is a band filled with electric personalities and endless influences.
Charlie Daniels, best known for his No. 1 country hit "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," is set to release a new album, Off The Grid - Doin’ It Dylan, on April 1, 2014. The new album, a tribute to Bob Dylan, is another example of the seemingly endless reservoirs of musical creativity that the now 77-year-young Daniels draws upon.
With his beat up ‘80s model Alvarez, Monte Montgomery has the ability to wail on his acoustic like any of today’s best electric guitar shredders. Hailing from Austin, TX, Montgomery has earned his place as one of the city’s best guitarists, winning seven consecutive Austin Music Awards. And while Monte’s acoustic playing is surely impressive, this talent is matched with an innate ability for songwriting, which is showcased on his latest LP, Tethered.
I read an interview with the lead singer for a band that just had their first big hit single. The person doing the interview (out of ignorance) said, “What’s it like to be an overnight success?” The lead singer’s response was priceless. He said, “That was one hell of a night.”
In celebration of the release of their fifth studio record Let It Go, The Infamous Stringdusters will embark on a two-month album release tour. The band will also make their first appearance at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Let It Go will be released April 1 on the quintet's own High Country Recordings.
UK-based experimental pop band Fanfarlo will return to the US this week for a month-long tour in support of their new album Let’s Go Extinct. Recorded by the band and David Wrench in a tucked-away recording studio in North Wales, Let’s Go Extinct is, in many ways, the true successor to the band’s debut, Reservoir. Having cast off the colder, more synthetic feel of their second record, Rooms Filled With Light, Let’s Go Extinct is the sound of the band cutting loose from all expectation, and just letting whatever’s going to come, come.
Lou is the title of an upcoming Lou Reed tribute album from Grammy-nominated songwriter Joseph Arthur. The album was performed, recorded and produced by Arthur in his home studio, and will be released on May 13, 2014. "The last thing I would want to do is turn his life into an opportunity, but at the same time, what better way to honor the man and his music than to celebrate it and sing it and record it," Arthur comments in the liner notes of Lou.
Known for their over-the-top live shows, Semi Precious Weapons pulls influences from a broad musical landscape, fusing their punk edge with high-octane dance and arena-ready pop. And as graduates of Berklee College of Music, these guys can play too. SPW has risen to fame over the last couple years thanks partially to Lady Gaga, who took the band out on the year-and-a-half long Monster Ball tour.
If you love great songwriting and top-notch musicianship, you owe it to yourself to check out Charlie Worsham’s debut album, Rubberband. I was turned on to Worsham by hit songwriter, Marty Dodson, who co-wrote the songs “Could It Be” and “Trouble Is” on the album. Dodson, who writes with hundreds of other writers and performers, chose this album as his favorite release of 2013. Who am I to argue with that kind of cred?