Here’s some quirky fun from New York’s Emilyn Brodsky. It’s “Scaffolding” from her new album Emilyn Brodsky Eats Her Feelings, which releases tomorrow, September 23, 2014. This rhythmic tune showcases her introspective lyrics and starkly croonalicious vocals.
In this week’s episode of Sunday Strum, I demonstrate an example using eighth note triplets. This is a basic way of practicing them, but if you are more comfortable with the rhythm, feel free to switch it up and apply triplets any way you like. The eighth note triplet rhythm translates to three eighth notes in the space of two eighth notes.
Here’s a great track and video from South Africa’s Jeremy Loops. It’s “Sinner” from his upcoming album Trading Change, due out January 1, 2015. It’s a sad song of loss with a hopeful ending (I won’t spoil it for you).
We’ve teamed up with Venice Beach, CA-based songwriter Joe Con to premiere his track “Said and Done.” Centered around Con’s laid-back, poetic croon, the track manages to seamlessly blend folk, pop and hip hop. While hooky and melodic, the track has a dreamy, lullaby-like quality that seeps in more with each listen. "This song was written in Burlington, Vermont the fall before I moved to LA,” says Con.
Check out this candid jam featuring Tommy Emmanuel and Igor Presnyakov performing “Hit the Road Jack.” The video was posted just a week ago on Presnyakov’s YouTube channel. Emmanuel and Presnyakov come from two separate schools stylistically, but it’s great fun to watch the pair trade licks back and forth. Presnyakov leans on the classical side of things, but his playing blends perfectly against Emmanuel’s picking chops.
Richie Sambora will perform today October 23rd to close out 24 Hours of Reality: The Cost of Carbon, a live-stream, multimedia event exploring how carbon pollution is costing individuals, communities and governments all over the world. Sambora, best known for his co-writes ("Living On A Prayer," "You Give Love A Bad Name," "Every Road Leads Home To You"), once again lends his vocals to fight a serious threat. Tune in to www.24hoursofreality.org at 2pm ET/11am PT to catch Richie’s live acoustic performance.
Dawes is excited to announce the release of their special, upcoming live album titled Dawes: Stripped Down at Grimey's. Being released as a limited edition 12" on orange vinyl for Record Store Day's Black Friday on November 29, Dawes: Stripped Down at Grimey's will feature six live audio tracks taken from the band's in-store performance at the legendary record store in Nashville, TN, on March 20, 2013.
My first date with a guitar was on my 11th birthday. I opened a beautiful, electric, brand you never heard of guitar. There was an instant attraction. I played until my fingers bled. Sometimes I would take my cheap little amp out on our front porch and blast the neighborhood with my “music. One day, I asked my mother to take me to a music store. That’s where I fell in love. I picked up an Ovation 12 string guitar and strummed it...
Neil Young will release Live At The Cellar Door, the latest in his Archives Performance Series, on December 10th on Reprise Records. The album collects recordings made during Young's intimate six-show solo stand at The Cellar Door in Washington D.C. between November 30th and December 2nd, 1970, a few months after Reprise released his classic third solo album After The Gold Rush in August.
We love Matt Nathanson’s latest offering Last of the Great Pretenders for a number of reasons. Solid songwriting, good lyrics, and of course, the many references to San Francisco. Acoustic Nation editor Laura B Whitmore had the opportunity to sit down with Nathanson and chat about how the record was made, as well as his influences, favorite gear, loves, hates and much more. Turns out, not only is Matt Nathanson a gifted songwriter, he’s also hilarious!
In this video, reviewer Justin Horenstein demos the Roland AC-40. This is a compact acoustic amp that’s super lightweight at less than 12 lbs. It has dual 6.5 inch speakers for stereo and a tilt stand to angle the amp upwards. The amp has two channels, each with their own independent EQ, reverb, and chorus controls. Channel 1 has a dedicated GUITAR input, and Channel 2 has a MIC/LINE input for another acoustic guitar or mic for vocals.
I recently stopped in at the Fillmore to check out the fabulous lads in Noah and The Whale. While I was drawn in by the charisma and talent of the entire band, it was violinist Tom Hobden that really caught my eye. Hobden often took the role as the lead player, playing memorable riffs with dramatic flare.
Delta Rae released the official music video for their single "If I Loved You" this week. The six-piece band teamed up with their friends, Oscar nominated production team Dirty Robber, to make the video, which sees Delta Rae's Liz Hopkins, who sings on "IILY," take center stage. Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac, their all-time favorite band, also played guitar on this re-recorded version, but is not in the video. Check it out!
The Folk Alliance is an international organization, founded in 1989 which exists to foster and promote traditional, contemporary, and multicultural folk music and dance and related performing arts. Now 3100 members strong, the Folk Alliance community has grown to include record companies, publishers, presenters, agents, managers, music support services, manufacturers and artists that work in the folk world.