You've got the bug—you’ve decided to buy an acoustic guitar—and nothing will stop you, not even the haunted, hungry look in your children’s eyes. So you empty your bank account, raid your kids’ college fund and head down to a local house of ill repute: a music store. You’re gonna get that acoustic, practicality and your wife’s entreaties be damned.
Scott Stevens seems to have everything it takes to make a sizable splash in the wide world of music. Command of the stage, strong vocals, authoritative guitar playing and a drive to make it all happen. But as much as that is, is it enough?
From the depths of YouTube, here’s another Video Find for you! Today we have five fingerstyle acoustic guitarists delivering an impromptu cover of Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud.” The guitarists — Gareth Evans, Andrew Foy, Eddie van der Meer, Andre van Berlo and Peter Gergely — you may know from their many fingerstyle performance videos posted on YouTube.
I know what you’re thinking. You’ve heard this song a million times. But I can guarantee you’ve not heard this dark and intense version from French metal band, Klone. Easing in with guitar and horns, the song is slightly bent and a bit disturbing. This is not your mother’s “Summertime,” that’s for sure!
Those who were unable to score a golden ticket to Ryan Adams’ one-man two-night stand at Carnegie Hall will now be able to experience this legendary show. Every one of the 42 career-spanning (and a pair of previously unreleased) songs Adams played over the course of November 15 and 17, 2014 will be included on the upcoming release, Ryan Adams: Live at Carnegie Hall.
Alright folks, it's time to get into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit! We've dug up a killer live-in-studio acoustic performance from everyone’s favorite Celtic-punk band, Dropkick Murphys. Here they perform one of their fan-favorites, “I’m Shipping Up To Boston.” There's something about this fist-pumping tune that makes you want to raise your pint high in the air! Or it could be the accordion.
As some of you out there might know by now, we enjoy sharing YouTube videos of guitarists who claim to be the "world's fastest guitarist." Mind you, we don't have a hand in declaring anyone the fastest, or the slowest/kindest/worst dressed, etc. We just get a kick out of watching these guys play — and we hope you feel the same way.
Here’s a down and dirty blues by Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi performed live at the White House on two acoustic guitars. It’s the song “Rollin and Tumblin,” a blues tune first recorded by singer/guitarist Hambone Willie Newbern in 1929.
Here’s Kaki King teaching us how to play the fingering pattern from the song “Trying to Speak Parts 1 & 2.” It’s a cut from her brand new album The Neck is a Bridge to the Body, the soundtrack to her multimedia show by the same name. Somehow when the incomparable Kaki King shares the trick to this riff she makes it look easy. But then watch her crank it full speed and holy moly!
In keeping with the same “less is more” philosophy, today’s example is about creating a pattern that is powerful, yet simplistic. I’m playing simple straight eighth notes, and accenting beats 2 and 4. Even though this isn’t the most complex of ideas, I’m still able to create a pretty impactful idea.
Americana due The Grahams' new long-player, the explosive and aptly named Glory Bound, was helmed by Grammy-nominated producer Wes Sharon (John Fullbright, Parker Millsap) at his 115 Recording studio in Norman, Okla., and will be released on May 19, 2015 on 12 South Records via RED Music (through Sony Music).
Will Dailey has paid his dues in the musical trenches, honing his writing, instrumental and production chops to a fine, but just grungy enough, sheen. Last year he released his latest labor of love, the album National Throat to great critical and popular success. The collection of raw, heartfelt and just darn good songs is the crowning achievement to date of this hardworking artist. Here we talk to Dailey and share two of his songs.
I saw The Weepies play live a few years back at the Fillmore in San Francisco. I was immediately mesmerized by their intimate and incredibly musical interpretations of their well-written and heartfelt material. Here I check out their new release, SIRENS, due out April 28.