Most videos of Stevie Ray Vaughan show him performing on the electric guitar. There are fewer examples of him playing acoustic, and the video shown here is certainly among the earliest in existence. In it, Stevie is playing alone on a battered vintage Gibson acoustic guitar, giving the instrument a solid workout as he burns through an improvised 12-bar blues.
Recording King has introduced four new wood-body resonators perfect for traditional blues, bluegrass and roots players. The RR-51, 55, 61 and 65 deliver historic resonator tone and style with designs based on history's venerable resophonic instruments.
Warren Haynes—the eclectic electric-guitar ace behind Gov’t Mule and longtime Allman Brothers Band member and touring guitarist for the Dead—is no stranger to Guitar World readers. His virtuosic, polished blues-rock playing owes just as much to Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Johnny Winter (Haynes’ earliest influences) as it does their influences—the three Kings (B.B., Freddie and Albert) and Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters and Elmore James.
Using any combination of aftermarket undersaddle and soundhole pickups, or just onboard electronics, will play an important role in amplifying your acoustic guitar. But once your acoustic instrument is plugged into a PA or acoustic amplifier, what gets lost in translation are the overall low-end, upper-end harmonics and warmth from your acoustic.
The acoustic guitar amplifier is an unusual beast. The most ideal designs generally combine the powerful, clean performance of a professional sound system with the tone shaping capabilities, effects, and portability that guitarists demand.
Due out on September 9, 2x4 is a collection of four lush and gorgeous songs featuring simple rhythms, finger snaps, and clear and ringing acoustic guitar instrumentation. But the star of the show is Crowder’s smoky tone and silky delivery.
Jamestown Revival are excited to announce the details of their upcoming North American tour this fall. The band are playing coast-to-coast in many major markets, including the Bowery Ballroom in New York City on November 10, the Double Door in Chicago on November 16, and the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on Nov 28.
Conor Oberst has unveiled the third video from his critically acclaimed new album Upside Down Mountain. We're excited to share “Common Knowledge," a companion piece to the album's first video, "Zigzagging Toward The Light."
Check out this live video of guitarist Erik Mongrain. His lap-tapping guitar wizardry is showcased here in a spectacular way. Mongrain was born in April 1980 in Montreal, Québec, Canada and began to teach himself how to play guitar from age 14.
Today we are happy to share a little sway and swagger from Johnny Lewis with the exclusive premiere of the song “Little” from his upcoming self-titled, debut album releasing September 23. Steeped in Americana with a country backbone, this song takes an unexpected folky turn when the vocal enters. Its sing-songy vibe is a bit off-kilter, but not in a bad way.
The Trick Is To Breathe is first solo album by Sid Griffin (the Coal Porters, the Long Ryders) in a decade. Recorded in Nashville, Tenn. at the home studio of Thomm Lutz in February 2014 over four days, the album will be released in the U.S. on September 16, 2014 on Prima Records through Burnside Distribution.
Today we’re thrilled to share a live video from Cloud Cult featuring their song “Responsible.” The band is touring in support of their recently released acoustic album, Unplug on Earthology Records.This performance was filmed at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis, MN. “Responsible” originally appeared on the band’s Light Chaser album from 2010.
Today I’m excited to share the track “Don’t Hesitate,” the title track from Raul Midón’s new album, slated for release September 30. With fun and funky rhythmic elements and a kickin’ organ, the song delivers a message of unity. “When it comes to needing love we’re all the same.”