Happy birthday to us! That’s right, today we’re celebrating the one year anniversary of the launch of AcousticNation.com, Guitar World’s channel for the contemporary acoustic music world. And what better way to celebrate than to take a look back at some of my favorite highlights of that year.
If your day is missing some gorgeous guitar work, with lovely tone and virtuosic dexterity, you’ve come to the right place. Today we’re premiering “Stone Cross” by Julian Lage and Chris Edridge from their new album Avalon, release October 7.
Harp and metal? Why not? Especially when it’s performed by the Harp Twins, Camille and Kennerly Kitt. Here they tackle Iron Maiden’s “Fear of the Dark,” for a performance they have said was one of their most difficult.
One simple technique that is often used to spice up many chords – and in the process make a lot of garden-variety chord progressions sound more interesting – is the manner-on. To play a hammer-on, pick a string and then, while the note is still ringing, sound a higher note on that same string by firmly tapping, or “hammering,” it onto the fretboard with one of your fretting fingers without picking it again.
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Alright, you’re about to get schooled by Eric Johnson (again). While it’s typical to see Johnson deliver his signature smooth and soaring electric lead playing, here we see him with an acoustic in hand. And, no surprise, his delivery in “Tribute to Jerry Reed” is drool-worthy. Plus he’s got amazing hair!
Boston’s Will Dailey is thrilled to announce the release of National Throat, available today worldwide via WheelKick Records National Throat is a career defining release for Will Dailey. Inspired by a failing business relationship, wherein he felt like he was a” passenger on a sinking ship,” Dailey willingly walked away from the largest label in the world, took charge and involved his fans in a communal creative process through Pledge Music to make National Throat.
Noooo! It can't be! Summer is just about over. But here's something to help ease you into autumn. Here we present ten great live acoustic tours that will be sure to warm your musical heart as the leaves change color. Are you looking for a raucous good time, or a meaningful musical moment? There's something here for everyone, I assure you!
Shovels & Rope, the acclaimed award-winning husband and wife duo of Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent, release their new album, Swimmin' Time today. Currently on tour in support of this sophomore album, Shovels & Rope has rarely been off the road over the last two years plus.
New York City-based guitarist/songwriter Sean Sullivan has an extremely mixed background in music. His style blends folk, rock, Latin, blues and more to create a distinctive musical melting pot. But of all of Sullivan's influences, it’s jazz that runs the deepest. Here, he takes a second to explain the role of a guitar player in a jazz band.
Critically acclaimed trio The Stray Birds will embark on a fall US tour beginning September 18. The band will be touring in support of their second full-length album, Best Medicine, out October 21 on Yep Roc Records. The itinerary includes a stop in Nashville at the Americana Music Festival and Conference, in addition to appearances in Philadelphia, Duluth, Boston, New York City, and more. Full list of dates below.
We recently had acoustic guitarist Tommy Emmanuel drop by the Acoustic Nation studio. In addition to an exclusive interview and lesson, he also treated us to a personal performance of his track, “Hope Street.” Inspired by the unlikely combination of George Harrison and Keb’ Mo’, the tune implements Emmanuel’s trademark picking style along with some genius melodic work.