Classic Albums is a DVD series telling the stories behind some of rock’s most historic records. Below, watch an excerpt from their feature on Black Sabbath’s Paranoid LP. As the second studio album from Sabbath, the album contains some of the band’s most beloved tracks, including “Iron Man,” “War Pigs,” and “Paranoid.”
Here’s a great quality clip of SRV performing “Pride and Joy” in January of 1990 during his MTV Unplugged taping. Vaughan uses a 12-string Guild, which gives the song a completely different vibe than the original, full band recording. “Pride and Joy” originally appeared on his 1983 Epic Records debut, Texas Flood.
Followers of Joe Bonamassa's Facebook page know the guitarist likes to shoot quick, spur-of-the-moment videos backstage at his shows. These videos usually show him playing rare, oddball or just plain insane stringed instruments. As evidenced below!
The guys (and girls?) at Candyrat Records have come up with another good one. Check out this new acoustic-guitar arrangement and performance of AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" by Italian guitarist Luca Stricagnoli.
We recently caught up with Atlanta singer-songwriter Eliot Bronson in Nashville, TN. Scheduled to perform later that evening at The Basement, Bronson had some time to spare and was gracious enough to venture into a park across the street from the venue for this special performance. Here, Bronson plays us “Just Came Back To Tell You I’m Leaving,” a fiery track from his recently unveiled self titled album.
Buskers. Street performers. Ever come across one that just blew your mind? We have. In fact, there seem to be loads of supremely talented folk all over the globe with a penchant for sitting on the street corner and playing to apathetic passerby’s.
Today we’re premiering “Don’t Let’s Go To The Dogs Tonight,” by Jessie Kilguss. This track from her upcoming album Desvastate Me is a sweet spoken reminiscence of a more simple childhood. Kilguss artfully pulls us into her wistful nostalgia with a bit of twang and a strummy, well arranged instrumental accompaniment.
Clay and I do a lot of mentoring sessions through Songtown.com. One of the big discoveries we have made in those sessions is that people have all kinds of different goals for their music. And we have discovered that almost every answer to every question people ask us depends on THEIR answer to the question, "What are you shooting for?"
Here’s a video that’s recently caused an uproar around the internet, especially among musicians. Watch as NYC musician Andrew Kalleen is arrested for busking in the NYC Subway. According to section 1050.6(c) of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s rules of conduct, “artistic performances, including the acceptance of donations” are permitted. Although the officer reads this section aloud, he informs Kalleen that he needs to leave “by force, or you’re gonna go out on your own.”
Acclaimed for her extraordinary lyricism, technique and versatility, multiple GRAMMY Award winner Sharon Isbin has been hailed as “the pre-eminent guitarist of our time.” Here we talk about her new documentary, upcoming projects and much more.
Mute is excited to announce the release of José González 's new record, Vestiges & Claws. The album, his first in seven years, is out on February 17 and was produced by González in his home as well as Svenska Grammofonstudion, both in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Ever have those go-to songs that perfectly echo your mood? That inspire? That console? So do the guys from Ultimate Painting. In fact, they masters at making mixes. And here, today, is their ultimate mix of mixes for your listening pleasure.
Stan M. Jay, owner of the Mandolin Brothers musical instrument store on Staten Island, died last week from Mantle cell lymphoma. He was 71. The shop, which has been a pilgrimage destination for recording stars, collectors and other connoisseurs of the guitar, mandolin, banjo and ukulele, has been in business for more than 40 years.