I’ve been a fan of Jonatha Brooke’s for quite some time. This singer songwriter seems to have a unique perspective and musical sensibility that I find so appealing. So when she announced she would be doing her one-woman show, “My Mother Has Four Noses,” at NYC’s Duke Theatre, I was stoked. Check out our on camera interview. And you’ve still got a few more days to catch “My Mother Has Four Noses” in NYC. Go here for tickets.
With no member older than 16 years old, the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys might be the world's youngest bluegrass virtuosos. Below, watch the Mizzone brothers – fiddle player Robbie, guitarist Tommy and banjo player Jonny – perform a blazing three song set during a TED Talk from February 2013. Sleepy Man Banjo Boys hail from Lebanon Township, New Jersey – a part of the country Tommy jokingly calls “the bluegrass capital of the world.”
We’ve all experienced it. Bad soundmen. You know, the guy who just doesn’t seem to know what he’s doing and can’t quite get that ringing frequency out of the FOH (Font of House) as you’re microphone checking one-two-one-two.
Here’s a treat! It’s a new track from Big Little Lions called, “The Way Home,” from their upcoming EP, Paper Cage, slated for release May 6. Chock full of twangy goodness, “The Way Home,” surprises with a driving, clap-along beat and some pretty sweet whistling. Big Lions’ Helen Austin and Paul Otten impress with some fabulous songwriting and perfect vocal harmonies. Not to mention extremely able fingerpicking!
The special banjo exhibit at the Museum of Making Musicp called: The Banjo: A New Day for An Old Instrument has some truly gorgeous instruments. From historic to brand new, the collections has a lovely variety of these desirable instruments.
Lee DeWyze premiered his new music video for the song “Fight” today. “Fight” is a heart-warming story that was conceived and directed by DeWyze. He explains, "When making this video, I wanted something people haven't seen before. I wanted it to be whimsical, heart-warming, funny, and visually exciting. The song in itself is an anthem for fighting for whatever it is you believe in, and a song everyone can relate to. I hope everyone gets lost in the music, the lyrics, and the magic of the video. Enjoy!!"
Today we're excited to present you the world premiere of moe.'s music video for "Blond Hair and Blue Eyes." The song is featured on the band's upcoming album No Guts, No Glory, available May 27, 2014 on Sugar Hill / Vanguard Records. For nearly 25 years, moe. has let their knack for dynamic, democratic improvisation influence nearly every facet of the band's existence.
Argentine songstress, Juana Molina has just announced a U.S. Tour. She will head out in April in support of her highly acclaimed album Wed 21, released last October via Crammed Discs. Molina’s live performances combine live loops, effects created on-the-fly and her deft acoustic guitar playing, creating a lush sounding as well as visually compelling experience.
If you’re a steel string acoustic player looking to crossover into the world of nylon string guitars, then the Cordoba 12 Natural is for you. The 12 Natural belongs to Cordoba’s Fusion series, a line of high quality crossover or hybrid style nylon string guitars that are designed to play and feel like steel string acoustics.
R.E.M. delivered two knockout performances on MTV's Grammy® and Emmy® award-winning "Unplugged" series, the first in 1991 and the other in 2001, giving them the unique distinction of being the only band to headline the series twice. Surprisingly, audio from both shows has never been available, making these some of the most demanded music in the R.E.M. vaults.
In this lesson brought to you by our friends at Alfred Music, you'll learn the main riff and rhythm guitar parts for the classic Grateful Dead song, "Friend of the Devil." Dig in and then at the end of the lesson, you can play along with a recording of the song.
Korg announces the Rimpitch, a new style of acoustic guitar tuner for players who want a tuner close by at all times, but in a more discrete format than a clip-on option. The Rimpitch is a unique tuner that attaches to the sound hole of an acoustic guitar. It provides an incredibly convenient viewing angle, since its tuning meter appears within the player’s natural line of sight when looking down at their guitar. Its compact size and slim profile in the sound hole offer a discrete tuning experience.