Iron & Wine’s upcoming release, Archive Series Volume No. 1 opens with an eerie ambiance with the whispery, immediately grabbing “Slow Black River.” What follows is an anthology of thoughtful sketches, each a peek into the psyche of the talented Sam Beam, aka Iron & Wine.
Julian Lage is much more than just a jazz musician. While his musical foundation is rooted firmly in the world of bebop and swing, his playing encapsulates the full breadth of 20th-century American music. The ghosts of Eddie Lang, Skip James, Doc Watson and Elizabeth Cotton haunt his vintage Martin 000-18, with which he creates a sound that is distinctly modern yet deeply indebted to the American folk music tradition.
Clay and I continually running into people throughout SongTown territories that have "write-up-itis." We can spot the affliction immediately, because we have both battled this dreadful and potentially fatal disease in the past.
Bill Lloyd doesn't play music, he IS music. And good music at that! From founding The Long Players, the uber popular band in Nashville who play classic albums from beginning to end with famous guest singers to in Nashville to writing his own classic albums under his name and previously Foster & Lloyd (RCA). Bill understands songs inside and out both technically and emotionally.
Here’s a fun song from folk legend Tom Paxton. “The Battle of the Sexes” is from this artist’s Redemption Road album, out March 10. Chock full of clever lyrics and a rollicking fiddle-laden arrangement, “I’m A Sinner” celebrates with a tongue-in-cheek ride through historic male/female conflict. Fun, fun, fun!
Jamstar is a guitar-learning app for iOS, android and desktop computer. Those looking for an interactive approach to learning guitar should check it out. It mainly targets beginner and intermediate players, but does contain more advanced lessons as well.
Mike Dawes first came across our stream of consciousness when we find his amazing video of "The Impossible" on YouTube. The song, from his album What Just Happened?, showcases his innate melodic instinct and incredible guitar prowess. We caught up with Dawes when he was in sunny Cali to get the scoop on his amazing technique and more. Check it out!
With the release of his new, four-song EP, In The Inbetween, on February 25, singer/songwriter Seiichi Daimo invites us into an intimate world of off-kilter but compelling songs. The somewhat stark mix makes you sit up and pay attention, in a pleasant and satisfying way. The title track, “In The Inbetween,” kicks it off with a rollicking lilt and a singalong chorus. With a solid beat and some badass banjo, it’s my favorite of the bunch. The entire collection is well written and just different enough to get its grip on you and hold on tight.
Want to see some really sick guitar playing? So did I. That’s why I hauled it over to The Independent in San Francisco last night to see the killer performance of the John Butler Trio. With selections ranging from trippy reggae-tinged sing-alongs to lovely harmony-laden ballads and straight out rock tunes, the set was not only varied, it was enthralling.
Matt Pond PA is excited to announce the Emblems 10 Year Anniversary Tour, kicking off on May 1st at Grog Shop in Cleveland, OH. This special tour will commemorate the anniversary of one of the most regarded albums in Matt Pond PA's ever growing catalog, which earned critical praise and solidified him as an artist to watch.
People often ask me why I write songs. The quick easy answer is "Because I need to." Writing songs has been my way of processing life since I was 11 years old. I think men often have trouble talking about our feelings. We tend to keep them to ourselves a lot of the time.
Jekyll/Hyde is the debut EP by Your Friend, the moniker of Taryn Blake Miller. The six tracks that make up the EP were honed during a whirlwind few months that saw Miller graduate from playing house shows to bigger venues.
Above & Beyond, one of the UK's biggest dance acts, has gone unplugged with their wonderfully creative Above & Beyond Acoustic album. A somewhat unique entry in the world of acts going acoustic, this masterfully performed and recorded collection of the trio’s best-loved songs is really worth a listen. This collection is not something I’d necessarily classify as “dance music,” I’d just say it’s incredibly good music.