Here’s some rare footage of two guitar legends at work. It’s Chet Atkins joined by Mark Knopfler in a 1987 performance. The duo plays the standard “I’ll See You in My Dreams” followed by a rendition of John Lennon’s “Imagine.” The former track appears on Atkin’s and Knopfler’s 1990 collaborative album, Neck and Neck.
Today we’re excited to share this captivatingly beautiful song from Louise Goffin’s sixth solo album, Songs From The Mine. With a lifetime spent soaking up the finest music of her generation (her parents are Carole King and Gerry Goffin), Goffin used the benefit of her heritage and experience to deliver a rich palette of beautifully written and performed songs.
Today we are stoked to share a new song from Walter Salas-Humara. It’s “Satellite,” a laid back, clap along track with a cool groove, that has us searching for communication from above! Salas-Humara, a visual artist and singer/songwriter, is co-founder of the seminal Americana band The Silos. He’ll release this third solo album (and first in 18 years), Curve and Shake, on August 12 via The Orchard.
The day is drawing near! Pickathon 2014, happening August 1 through August 3 on Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, OR (a mere 15 minute drive from downtown Portland), is under six weeks away, and we're excited to share the schedule with fans and soon-to-be fans alike.
We recently caught up with Chicago’s Moonrise Nation for an exclusive interview. Comprised of seventeen-year-old Arden Bee (vocals/piano), her older sister Eva (cello/bass), and Emma McCall (guitar/percussion), the trio blends keen musicianship and delicate harmonies into their own brand of folk-pop.
Nashville modern folk band NEULORE – led by the songwriting duo of Adam Agin and William T. Cook – continue their US tour through July and into August opening for Ingrid Michaelson. Earlier this year, the duo signed with Los Angeles indie Chop Shop Records (distributed by Island Records) and will release their full length debut Animal Evolve in the fall.
I’m very excited to share our Songwriter Sessions: Live submission winners! Each one of these performers will share their submitted song at an event taking place at the NAMM show in Nashville, TN on the Acoustic Nation Stage.
Los Angeles-based band Buddy is excited to announce the release of Last Call For The Quiet Life out August 19. Buddy is currently on tour supporting Ben Ottewell of Gomez. The tour will make stops in major markets such as Philadelphia, Boston, Washington DC, Atlanta and more. Check out the tour dates below.
Singer songwriter Trevor Hall surprised his fans with the sudden release of his new 12-track album Chapter of the Forest. The album, which debuted at #3 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart and #17 on the iTunes Overall Albums chart, is available today via iTunes and the Vanguard Records store.
A new cover of Iron Maiden's "The Trooper" is getting a lot of attention lately, and you can check it out below. The classic Maiden tune is given the hillbilly treatment by a Finnish band called Steve'n'Seagulls, complete with acoustic guitar, banjo and mandolin. What's even cooler is that these guys do an incredible job.
Composite Acoustics, Peavey’s line of premium carbon fiber acoustic guitars, recently partnered with members of the clean water organization Raincatchers to bring guitar instruction and enjoyment to the people of Haiti. While on a Raincatchers trip to Haiti to teach members of local communities how to collect rainwater and provide clean water on a daily basis, team member Chad Dohring learned just how much experiencing guitar meant to the townspeople when he brought out his acoustic guitar.
One of our Songtown citizens asked the question "How do you decide which artist to give your song to?" So, I thought I would answer that one to the best of my ability. Sadly, in my experience, it doesn't happen too often that multiple artists are fighting over the same song. I wish that happened more. But, most often, you have one artist wanting to cut your song.
At only 25 years of age, Melbourne's Ben Wright Smith has an impressive number of musical accomplishments under his belt. After a string of acoustic folk / rock releases which sparked the imagination of the international folk fraternity, Wright Smith found himself traveling the world and writing and performing everywhere from Melbourne to Los Angeles, Havana to Mumbai. In 2012 Wright Smith wound up in Nashville where he shared stages at the Americana Music Festival with an enviable list of musical compatriots that includes Kasey Chambers and Justin Townes Earle.