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.
Here in episode 10 of Sunday Strum, I introduce rhythmic displacement. Rhythmic displacement is taking a rhythm or pattern and starting it on a different part of the measure. In the example, I begin the original rhythm on beat 1. Then, by placing the first hit after the first 1/8 note (the AND of 1), I am able to create a completely different feel.
South African alt-rocker Jesse Clegg recently hit the US for a 32-date trek. We caught up with him in Berkeley, CA, where he treated us to exclusive performances of his tracks “Clarity” and “Today.” A star in his home country and one of S.A.’s elite rock musicians, the 25 year old is distinguished as one of few to achieve Platinum success there. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because Clegg is the son of iconic Afro-pop musician Johnny Clegg, whom he spent the first six years of his life on tour with.
Taylor Guitars master builder Andy Powers is not only a revolutionary guitar designer, but a skilled player as well. Below, he demonstrate the unique sounds and textures six new 800 Series models are capable of. According to Taylor, "While all share fundamental tonal qualities, each body style features unique design nuances that accentuate the guitar's sonic strengths."
Sony Music/Essential Records recording artists PawnShop kings have premiered their new video for “Fall Apart.” The video was filmed in Memphis, Dallas and Southern California during the brothers' trip across the country tracing their musical roots. "Fall Apart" is from their current PSk EP. Brothers Scott and Joel Owen, native Californians with deep family roots in the south, formed PawnShop kings after years of playing music together.
John Butler Trio returns stateside on June 5 to kick off its U.S. summer tour with a sold out show in Boulder, CO at the Fox Theater followed by its third appearance at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, CO on June 6. Long known for its dynamic live shows and brilliant musicianship, the John Butler Trio will also appear at summer festivals such as Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands and Wakarusa. Additional cities include New York’s Central Park Summerstage and Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA. A full list of tour dates follow below.
Most bands rarely make it to five years, let alone 25. Formed in 1989, reunited progressive bluegrass trio Nickel Creek are celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2014 with a new album and tour. And lucky for me, I got to witness one of the band’s comeback shows. Nickel Creek are a double threat in that they possess Grammy-level songwriting ability, and they deliver with unearthly, A-list studio player chops. This is a deadly combo.
Our Wild America has released it’s self-titled debut album, and we’re happy to offer a free download of album cut, “You Don’t Love Me (The Way I Love You).” Having developed into a popular attraction on the NYC club scene, it’s clear that Our Wild America’s musical preoccupation with songs that revolve around death, suicide, war, betrayal, and “other uplifting concerns” –– as the band’s singer-songwriter Alec Gross puts it –– has not proven to be an obstacle in finding an audience. Listen and download now!
What do you do when you're the co-founder of an iconic guitar brand but you have no successor? Check out this interview in celebration of Taylor's 40th anniversary as we talk about what Bob Taylor did in that exact situation!
Brooklyn based blues and roots man The Bones of J.R. Jones debut full length Dark was the Yearling is out today worldwide. The Bones of J.R. Jones is the early-twentieth-century bluesman persona of Brooklyn’s Jonathon Linaberry. Linaberry’s road into music started in the hardcore punk scene in upstate New York where he grew up. His musical landscape took a huge shift after being gifted a collection of records called "American Roots Music" by his father.
Jordan Lee's Mutual Benefit debuted a new video for "Let's Play / Statue of a Man" this morning. Directed by Stefan Grabrowski, the video was shot over the span of 6 months in and around Boston using mostly analog equipment and some experimental developing techniques. The resulting images have a frenetic, but also organic quality to them evoking the very personal and soul-searching nature of the song.