What?! It’s that time of year again? I don’t know about you but I’m always looking for new ideas for gifts. If you have a guitar loving friend you need to give a gift to, or if you’re looking for some ideas for your own wish list, check out our gift guide.
Here’s an intense acoustic version of The Relapse Symphony’s “Savage Eyes” from the band’s latest album Shadows, due out December 16. Driving guitars and growly vocals deliver the painful message. It really works in this stripped down and raw rendition.
Here’s a cool acoustic piece by Brian Gore called “Stone Haulers.” The song and performance are fabulously nuanced, just like a fine wine! In fact, it’s the final piece featured in the Wine Country Tales CD, DVD & Booklet blending guitar songs by Brian Gore and animated video stories by Bill Russell.
Here’s a cool and kinda gritty, sassy live acoustic version of the song “B-Side Track” from Patrick Sieben. It opens with some killer bluesy guitar that rolls into some pretty darn clever lyrics. And when he sings it, I believe it!
Here’s a darkly charming video premiere to get your day going. It’s UK songwriter Alex Highton’s “You Don’t Own This Life.” The video depicts a day off in the life of a regular Joe, but in this case our Joe happens to be the Grim Reaper. Whether he’s purchasing a new scythe, munching on fish and chips or practicing ping pong — the Reaper’s life doesn’t appear much different from our own.
Americana is alive and well in Boston, MA. Case in point, the unexpected pleasure of a live show from Mark Erelli at Cambridge’s Club Passim. On this pass, Erelli was performing songs written by New England legend Bill Morrissey. Erelli not only created a fitting tribute to this talent with his album Milltowns, he also made these gems his own.
Run by hit Nashville songwriters Clay Mills and Marty Dodson, SongTown.com provides webinars, classes, retreats, video tutorials, advice and more for aspiring and professional songwriters of all genres.
Nathanson has partnered with Starkey Hearing Foundation to raise awareness and funds for the hearing impaired. 100% of proceeds from a video of Nathanson and his experience with the Foundation are being donated to the Foundation by Matt and his label, Vanguard Records. The more the VEVO/YouTube link is posted and shared, the more funds they will receive.
Ok, so you may be asking yourself, “Why is a metal bass player being featured on Acoustic Nation?” Wait for it. By now we’re all convinced that Robert Trujillo is a monster bass player. The job of providing the low end in Metallica – a band known for their lineage of fantastic bassists – is no easy task. But Trujillo delivers. What you’ll discover today, however, is that Trujillo’s musicality stretches beyond the bass. That’s right, we’re talking classical guitar maestro over here.
Today we’re thrilled to bring you a preview of Ben Ottewell’s new album Rattlebag in its entirety. As a singer and lead guitarist in rock band Gomez, Ottewell is well known for his unmistakable voice and talent for blistering and inspired guitar solos. Rattlebag releases on October 27 on The End Records / ADA.
We recently caught up with Andy McKee during his tour stop in Nashville, TN. Mr. McKee was gracious enough to take us backstage at Nashville’s Belcourt Theatre for some one-on-one acoustic awesomeness. We’ve got two live videos to share, and first up is the title track from McKee’s Mythmaker EP, which he released earlier this year. “Mythmaker” is a brainy, incredibly melodic composition that McKee performs here with amazing fluidity. His tone is as magic as his touch on the instrument, and it’s always fun to see that baritone Greenfield guitar up close and in action.
Here’s a treat. It’s a hand-selected playlist from the band Greylag. Each song has a special meaning for them, and they wanted to share that with you! Greylag's self-titled debut album was released on October 14th on Dead Oceans.