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.
Today we’re excited to premiere The Jason Spooner Band’s video for “Fireflies.” If you’re having a hard time letting go of summer, then this video’s for you. The “Fireflies” video is built on a creative idea that allowed fans to be included in the video-making process. Fans were encouraged to visit www.fireflies2014.com, download “Fireflies” for free, and upload a summery photo or video that would be considered for inclusion in the song’s official video.
Even if one were to limit himself to an examination of pop songwriting over the last 40 years, a true instructional “guide” would take up many volumes, as it would involve a serious study of musical theory. Our aim here is to prove a sampling of common chord progressions that you can use with your own songs, and to examine some of the things a guitarist can do to add a little zip to his or her songs.
Today we’re honored to premiere the song “She Makes It Easy Now” by Southern singer-songwriter Jesse Winchester. Recorded before he passed away on April 11, 2014, this song, and the album A Reasonable Amount of Trouble are slated for release September 10.
Brandi Carlile’s concerts are always intimate affairs – even when she’s headlining venues like the Beacon Theatre, Red Rocks Amphitheatre and the Chicago Theatre – but this fall she’s upping the intimacy quotient even further with the “Pin Drop Tour.” Carlile will be playing completely unplugged – no amps, no microphones – at small theatres that are uniquely suited to such performances. She will be joined onstage by The Twins (band mates/co-writers Tim and Phil Hanseroth) and cellist Josh Neumann.
We’re excited to present you with the premiere of the latest video from LA-based band The Gromble. Below, the band sets up in a tunnel to perform their single, “Don’t Stand a Chance.”Opening with a hooky acoustic guitar riff that’s equal parts Weezer and Real Estate, “Don’t Stand a Chance,” is irresistible from the start.
We recently had NYC musician Sean Sullivan stop by the Acoustic Nation studio for an exclusive interview and lesson. Sullivan also delivered two great performances of his songs “Ready” and “American Jones.” Almost completely different stylistically, the songs paint a good picture of Sullivan’s all-encompassing musicality.
Check out this clip of Tosin Abasi covering Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android” from 2010. In it, the Animals as Leaders guitarist swaps his 8-string electric for a classical guitar. Along with upright bassist Matthew Hemerlein, Abasi fingerpicks his way through a dreamy rendition of this OK Computer anthem.
Behind their sassy, wisecracking exterior, NYC’s Wise Girl hide a enchanting acoustic-y heart. And it’s this side of the coin that we see with their latest EP, Sing Me to Sleep. Consisting of a trio of smartly written songs with sad but hopeful lyrics and velvety vocals, Abby Weitz leads the band to delicately delightful places.
Today we’re proud to present the exclusive stream of The Dream of You and Me, the debut album from Denver’s Ark Life. In early 2013, These United States frontman Jessee Elliott was stopping over for a month in Denver on his way to a new life in New York. But as the members of Ark Life met and started playing music together, it became clear he’d have to stick around a little longer.
Singer Pieta Brown has confirmed a fall U.S. tour which promises to see her performing songs from her enthralling new album Paradise Outlaw (September 30, Red House Records). Along with the tour announcement, Brown has premiered a new video for her cover of Mark Knopfler's "Before Gas and TV.”