Jerry Reed (1937–2008), known by many as Burt Reynolds’ truck-driving partner in crime in the 1977 film Smokey and the Bandit, was also a highly accomplished and influential guitar picker. Let’s look at some of the technical and stylistic elements that made Reed a great player.
If you're going to be in the Nashville area during the NAMM show, here's a treat for you. Not only are tickets to get into the show super cheap, you'll be able to not only browse some amazing gear and meet company representatives, you'll be able to listen to some fantastic music as well. On Saturday, July 11, from 10am to 4pm, the NAMM show is open to the public and we'll be hosting the Acoustic Nation stage front and center in the Music City Center lobby.
Acoustic guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel has just released a collaborative album with musicians Ian Date and Ian Cooper.Just Passing Through was released June 23, and features nine tracks of gypsy jazz, folk, and blues styles that highlight each player’s musicianship. Here’s a taste of the album in video form – an amazing clip of the group performing the standard “Honeysuckle Rose.”
We’ve said it once before—classical guitar isn’t limited to classical music. To back that up, we carefully curated a list of five videos featuring awesome rock song arrangements made especially classical guitar.
The question, "Why do you play as a one man band?" gets asked to me a lot. The funny thing is, it was never a conscious choice to go this route. It was born out of necessity. I wanted to create something bigger than a singer songwriter project, something that was full of passion, something that would punch people in the chest with meaning, but also something I could take out to the dive bars in town and catch people's ear.
Joshua Scott Jones’ raw, honest and powerful solo debut album, The Healing, is available now. The album takes fans on a musical journey which exposes Jones' past, including the break-up of his former duo Steel Magnolia, as well as his personal struggle with addiction and recovery in rehab.
Norwegian solo performer Bernhoft has released his newest album, Islander. The 11-song LP was inspired by Swedish pop, the trailblazing soul of Stevie Wonder and Sly Stone, and the intricate folk-rock of Carole King.
Today we’re proud to give you the world premiere of Portland songwriter Adam Zwig’s new video, “Sunshine Waves.” The track will appear on his forthcoming EP, Stones, Bones, and Skin, which you can pick up August 18.
We've watched ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro deliver some amazing performances live in the Acoustic Nation studio. We've had a wonderful chat with him about his latest album, his gear, touring, recording and so much more. Now things get hands on. Here Shimabukuro sits down with Acoustic Nation editor Laura B. Whitmore and shares some ukulele basics that are sure to get you strumming.
To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Soundgarden’s rock masterpiece Superunknown, here’s frontman Chris Cornell and bassist Ben Shepherd performing one of the record’s standout tracks, “Fell on Black Days.”
It was a glorious day in Union Square Park on June 21. Just the right kind of weather for hundreds of guitarists to gather and jam for Mass Appeal: Guitars, an annual event that’s part of the Make Music Festival. This year, Acoustic Nation co-hosted the event with the New York City Guitar School and I have to say, it was truly epic.
Originally from Australia and now situated in Nashville, this man knows how to coax the most expressive melodies and counterpoints out of his guitar. And this show ranged from down and dirty blues to classic Americana.
Beginning July 4, the eighth season of Live from the Artists Den premieres nationwide on public television (check local listings) with a rousing performance from country superstar Tim McGraw at a Neoclassical former bank building in Houston, TX. The long-running concert series creatively connects fans with an eclectic roster of icons and emerging stars performing in unique and historic venues across the United States.