In today’s episode, I go through a basic phrase I’m calling “4 Measure Mix Up.” I’ve constructed this pattern to make something simple seem a little more complex without it actually being too difficult. By giving the Em and Cmaj7 chords in the second measure one beat each, it throws off the balance a little, but makes for a cool deviation.
Here’s a treat! It’s The Dustbowl Revival’s video for their new single “Never Had To Go,” featuring the man himself, Dick Van Dyke and his wife Arlene dancing up a storm. The song is from their new album, With A Lampshade On, set to release on July 21 on Signature Sounds Recordings.
Today we’re happy to bring you the exclusive premiere of LA-based folk-punk troubadour Bryan McPherson’s “Days of Rage.” The song is partially inspired by his involvement in the Occupy Oakland protests of 2011. Melding Americana, folk, alternative, and punk into one incendiary, incisive sound, “Days of Rage” is a perfect example of McPherson’s songwriting style.
On the heels of releasing his new self-titled LP, Tony Lucca dropped by the Acoustic Nation studio to chat with editor Laura B. Whitmore. You may know him as a contestant on The Voice, but Lucca’s been honing his craft long before he appeared on the show. In fact, this is his eighth full-length album. Tony Lucca is his first self-titled release, and his first entirely self-produced effort.
The Women’s International Music Network (WiMN) hosted the 2015 She Rocks ASCAP Expo Showcase at the Tinhorn Flats Salon and Grill during the ASCAP “I Create Music” Expo in Hollywood, Calif., and it was nothing short of awesome. Check out live videos of four amazing performers here!
Below, watch a performance of “Hurricane Heart,” the new single from Marc Broussard’s upcoming album A Life Worth Living. A Life Worth Living, Broussard’s sixth studio album will be released on July 29, but beginning today, fans can pre-order the album at iTunes and VanguardRecords.com. The album is Marc Broussard’s most personal release to date, celebrating what home means to him from his family, community and relationships.
Below, Paul Riario checks out the Cort MR600F dreadnaught cutaway acoustic guitar. The MR Series combines the advanced Fishman Presys EQ and Sonicore electronics with Cort’s tradition of quality craftsmanship. The instrument’s unique single cutaway body design gives the player full access to the higher frets, while the Fishman electronics only enhance the MR600F’s big, warm sound.
Yep Roc Records has announced the new album from psychedelic folk troubadour Robyn Hitchcock. The Man Upstairs will be available on August 26. The album sees Hitchcock uniting with legendary producer Joe Boyd (Nick Drake, Fairport Convention) for one of the most unique recordings of his already quite idiosyncratic career.
Baltimore, MD's Diamond Youth have released a digital-only acoustic EP titled UK OK via Bandcamp. The EP features three previously-released songs, reworked acoustic and one new acoustic track. UK OK will help raise money to cover costs for the band's upcoming UK tour with Citizen and Headroom.
Great Hudson River Revival (Clearwater Festival) on June 21 and 22 in beautiful Croton Point Park, Croton-On-Hudson, NY marks the first event since the passing of its founders, musician and activist Pete Seeger and his wife Toshi Seeger. Clearwater 2014 promises to be a special celebration of the Seeger’s and their legacy – hosting many Clearwater friends old and new, many of who will perform special musical tributes during the event.
On our recent trip to El Cajon, CA, we had the great opportunity to tour the Taylor Guitars factory and chat with co-founder Bob Taylor and master builder Andy Powers. Taylor HQ is an impressive facility, and a reflection of why Taylor is a leader and innovator in today’s acoustic guitar market. See for yourself in our exclusive photo tour here.
David Gray has announced a North American Summer Tour in conjunction with the release of his tenth studio album, Mutineers. The album releases out June 17. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 6 for the 23-city outing that kicks off in Boston, MA on August 1 at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion.
LP has announced that she will hit the road for a summer tour with Phillip Phillips and O.A.R. beginning June 12. The LA-based singer and songwriter is touring in support of her debut album, Forever For Now, to be released by Warner Bros. Records on June 3.
Americana icon Peter Rowan has had a storied career. Whether singing and playing guitar for Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys, opening for the Doors as part of Earth Opera (with David Grisman), having Sir George Martin produce his work while a member of Seatrain, or performing with Jerry Garcia in Old and in the Way, Rowan has been recording and entertaining for nearly 50 years — with no sign of stopping.