If you are a country music fan, more specifically the greats such as George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith or Vince Gill, chances are one of your favorite songs was written, or co-written, by a man named Dean Dillon. Unless you're a serious music buff - this may be an unfamiliar name - until now.
I was driving down Broadway in Nashville when I saw 3 guys with drumsticks bashing out a beat while the 4th guy was stringing his electric guitar. Confused and curious, I pulled over and found the secret to touring for a struggling artist in 2014! Meet The Vonnugets from Detroit!
Recording is nearly complete for Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes. The project features Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons) and producer T Bone Burnett. These musicians have gathered in Capitol Studios together to create music for two-dozen recently discovered lyrics written by Bob Dylan in 1967 during the period that generated the recording of the legendary Basement Tapes.
Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison's latest release, Our Year, out May 27, 2014, draws comparisons to classic duos like Johnny ’n’ June and George ’n’ Tammy. They two fell in love while harmonizing together, though it took them until 2013 to release their first officially billed joint effort (not counting four children): Cheater’s Game. Cheater’s Game was well received and Willis and Robison felt the wind at their backs. They were eager to return to the studio.
For Keeps is the debut duo album by Red House artists Carrie Elkin and Danny Schmidt. Somewhere along the winding and tangled paths of their touring lives, the duo became entwined romantically and then artistically and began touring together in 2012. As new songs emerged during that period, it became apparent that certain of those songs belonged together, a sort of his and hers take on life and love.
There’s no better way to learn a song than straight from its source, so that’s why we’ve created Acoustic Nation’s Play It Now series! This time, we have former American Idol contestant James Durbin on deck to teach us his latest single, “Parachute.” Featured on his upcoming disc Celebrate, the record contains a sound that is far different from Durbin’s hard-rock roots.
Here’s a live acoustic video of Clapton’s classic “Change The World,” as he jams out with full band. Released in 1996, the song won Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year (for the songwriters), as well as Best Male Pop Vocal performance.
Sevendust has announced the second leg of their “An Evening With Sevendust” acoustic U.S. tour, which kicks off April 1. View a complete list of tour dates below. The band is hitting the road to promote their new acoustic album, Time Travelers and Bonfires, which will be released April 15 on 7Bros. Records, in conjunction with ADA Label Services. For Time Travelers and Bonfires, the Atlanta band--Lajon Witherspoon (vocals), Morgan Rose (drums/vocals), Clint Lowery (guitar/vocals), John Connolly (guitar/vocals) and Vince Hornsby (bass/vocals)—took suggestions from fans about which Sevendust classics they should re-record acoustically.
If you’re a fan of Hawthorne Heights, I’ll bet you’ll meander on over to check out frontman JT Woodruff’s latest solo release, Field Medicine. But if you’re not an HH fan, well that’s where the real fun begins. This collection of haunting, stark meanderings is so fabulously bleak and somewhat twisted, with touches of pure beauty.
Check out this new acoustic video from The Last Year. “Sugar” is a haunting little number that showcases some great songwriting. With a nice open arrangement of piano and acoustic guitar, complemented by Nikki Barr’s expressive vocal, the song soars in acoustic form.
Many of you have heard me tell that I have demoed over 6,000 songs and have around 80 cuts. That's not a great cut to demo ratio. I don't even want to know what percentage that would be.vBut, I have discovered that one of the keys to being successful is failing a lot while keeping your enthusiasm up.