Josh Rouse’s The Embers Of Time comes out on April 7 on Yep Roc Records. But we’re delighted to share the entire album playlist with you now! The album opens with an upbeat, get-a-move-on tune, “Some Day’s I’m Golden All Night.” With it’s railroad train beat and strummy underpinnings, it sets the mood for a happily varied collection of wonderfully recorded and arranged songs.
Now THIS is a modern woman! Alex Kline's relaxed and affable manor gives no indication of the sheer force of hard work she's done and talent she embodies. Realizing there's more to a career in music than dreaming and scheming, Kline decided to become a one-stop shop for anyone in need of high quality playing, writing or production.
Get ready for some flying fingers! Here's Ben Woods playing his composition Tarantula on a 2014 Ethan Deutsch flamenco negra with pegs recorded for Guitar Salon International.. A lovely guitar and some mad virtuosic Flamenco-metal chops, what more could you ask for?
This video, presented by Guitar Salon International, boasts not only some beautiful classical guitar playing, it’s also a lesson on using partial barres in your left hand fingering technique. Here Scott Morris runs down some tips for strategic use of partial and full barring. Plus some barring technique tips that’ll tune up your barres.
We know you guys like hearing about new pieces of gear—including gear-related oddities that appear on Kickstarter from time to time. Ergo, we present the Hand Chord, a new product that's the subject of a new Kickstarter campaign.
Wisconsin's PHOX have released a new song titled “Slow Motion,” plus a slew of US headlining tour dates. “Slow Motion” will be featured on the band’s upcoming self-titled release, available June 24. The album was produced by Brian Joseph at Justin Vernon's (Bon Iver) April Base Studio in Wisconsin and mixed by Michael Brauer at Electric Lady in New York City.
Thurston Moore’s two most recent solo albums, Trees Outside the Academy and Demolished Thoughts were both entirely acoustic. Both records presented another side to Moore, a musician who may have surprised many with the more subtle side of his songwriting skills.
This five part series is dedicated to what happens beyond the first draft of your song. Sometimes, songs are born to you like the Goddess, Athena. They spring out of your noggin’ fully formed and perfect. Don’t you love songs like that? They’re gifts from whatever higher power or inner power you believe in. Accept them and be grateful.
Over the course of his career, Tom Freund has created a wide variety of albums. His first was a collaboration with Ben Harper and his last was a double disc live album. In between, he’s made full lengths, EPs, a children’s CD and a Christmas album — but he’s never made an album like 2 Moons. This self-produced disc, due out June 17 on Surf Road Records, finds the Los Angeles-based Freund in a contemplative yet confident mood, where swirls of nostalgia blend with sharp-eyed views of life today.
NEEDTOBREATHE is gearing up for the release of their new album Rivers In the Wasteland, out next Tuesday April 15th on Atlantic Records. In support, the band will bring their captivating live show to The Ellen DeGeneres Show on April 18th and will return to the Late Show with David Letterman on April 23rd to perform new single "The Heart."
Willie Watson's forthcoming debut album, Folk Singer Vol. 1, is available now for pre-order through iTunes, Amazon, and Willie's own website. The album will be released May 6 through Acony Records. Right now, you can listen to Willie's stirring live rendition of "Mexican Cowboy" on A Prairie Home Companion, where Garrison Keillor complimented him by saying, "You sing as if the microphone had never been invented."
Goo Goo Dolls are releasing a live EP - Warner Sound Sessions - available digitally today via Warner Bros Records. Recorded last April at East West Studios in Los Angeles, the EP features 4 tracks from the band's new album Magnetic, as well as the classic hit "Slide." The band has just kicked off a 3-week acoustic tour called The Otis Midnight Sessions.
Check out this beautifully shot clip of British fingerstyle guitarist Chris Woods performing his composition, “Edinburgh.” Woods utilizes some impressive percussion techniques, and the track isn’t lacking in the melody department either. It’s no surprise that Woods’ technique turns heads – to say “he wrote the book” on percussive style acoustic guitar wouldn’t be too far a stretch.
With the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death, we thought it only fitting to post a selection from Nirvana’s now-legendary MTV Unplugged concert. Below, watch the band’s acoustic take on Nevermind's, “Something in the Way.” The song was originally intended to be a full-band recording, but after initial attempts proved difficult, producer Butch Vig encouraged the band to take a different approach.