Drew Holcomb has had a busy year since the release of his latest album Medicine, but we were lucky enough catch up with the Nashville native between tour dates for this live session. Finding a shady spot under a tree to escape the simmering late June sun, here Holcomb performs one of the album's standout tracks, “Tightrope.” Recorded after a decade of touring with this band, The Neighbors, Holcomb calls Medicine “by far the best music we have ever made.”
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to make music with rare stringed instruments from around the world, you’re in for a treat. A new app coming from EarthMoments promises to dish out sound samples meticulously collected from an impressive variety of unique instruments that most of us will never lay a hand on.
Singing while playing guitar can be a daunting challenge for a beginner. A good sense of timing and rhythm and the ability to synthesize two different actions is necessary to pull it off. But like everything else you've learned to do on the guitar, it can be mastered.
OK — a bit of a diversion from our normal acoustic coverage — but we stumbled upon some seriously cool lesson videos with B.B. King that we had to share. It’s not often that a blues master like King sits down to discuss his technique and playing, so grab your guitar and pull up a chair!
When I first started to pursue a career in music, I set out on a path to try to become the best at everything. Then I realized that day that I needed to figure out what I was best at and to try to become one of THE best at THAT.
Comedian-actor Adam Sandler dropped by the Late Show with David Letterman to perform an acoustic tribute for the soon-to-be-retiring host. The tribute was equal parts hilarious and touching, as Sandler sang, “He’s leaving after thirty years/And you know he will be missed/If you like gap-tooth men in double-breasted suits/He’s number one on your top-ten list.”
Breedlove Guitars proudly announces the updated Crossover Series Mandolins, with playability designed specifically for guitarists looking to experience the sonic world of the mandolin. For 2015, Breedlove updates two new finishes to the lineup, violin stain gloss and natural gloss, while still delivering exceptional tone and playability at a very accessible price point.
Here's a relatively recent video by guitarist Fabio Lima. In the clip, which you can check out below, Lima creates a medley of Super Mario Bros. theme music as a unique fingerstyle/classical-guitar piece.
For the last decade, Brooklyn-based songwriter Jeremy Bass has been the Musical Director of The Secret City, the OBIE Award-winning performance gathering. Bass started with the group when its membership numbered in the single digits, and has seen The Secret City’s membership grow to the thousands during his tenure.
We recently spent some quality time with the super-talented Tony Lucca. Good music. Cool guy. Excellent tattoos. It was all good. Here Lucca shares his single “Delilah” acoustically live. Driving and soulful the song spills out in a supremely satisfying way in this stripped down version.
Woo hoo! If there's one thing I like it's a good solid song. And Greg Holden sure knows how to deliver those! I had the pleasure of chatting with Holden at the Acoustic Nation Studio about his new album Chase The Sun, his experience penning the massive hit "Home" for Phillip Phillips and a whole lot more.
It's telling that Tucson five piece Run Boy Run count Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, NPR's A Prairie Home Companion host Garrison Keillor, and The Lumineers producer Ryan Hadlock, among their growing legion of admirers.
Here we have the latest clever offering from YouTube sensation Rob Scallon, a banjo-riffic cover of Metallica’s “Battery.” It’s part of what Scallon is calling Maytallica, a month long celebration that we’re happy to endorse. Below, enjoy a country-fried version of this ‘Master of Puppets’ thrasher.