Here’s some quirky fun from New York’s Emilyn Brodsky. It’s “Scaffolding” from her new album Emilyn Brodsky Eats Her Feelings, which releases tomorrow, September 23, 2014. This rhythmic tune showcases her introspective lyrics and starkly croonalicious vocals.
In this week’s episode of Sunday Strum, I demonstrate an example using eighth note triplets. This is a basic way of practicing them, but if you are more comfortable with the rhythm, feel free to switch it up and apply triplets any way you like. The eighth note triplet rhythm translates to three eighth notes in the space of two eighth notes.
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.
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.”
We recently had acoustic guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel stop by the Acoustic Nation studio. Luckily for you, we didn’t let him leave without passing on some valuable picking tips! Emmanuel has an uncanny ability for thumb and fingerstyle picking, and it’s our guess that hanging around Chet Atkins certainly helped too.
Today we’re happy to share the premiere of an acoustic video from Ohio-based trio, Plaid Brixx. Hot off the release of their new EP, Chemistry, lead singer, Chris Duggan, took some time to lay down this raw, straight to the heart of it, acoustic video of their title track, “Chemistry.”
On Wednesday, August 20, you can attend a free, in-depth online clinic with Berklee Online course author and instructor Joe Musella. Joe's rock quartet performs internationally, and his recent collaborations include recording with members of Crosby, Stills & Nash. Attendees will learn about the guitar techniques employed by classic rock legends like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Jimmy Page.
State Champs have premiered a new song titled "Leave You In The Dark" from their upcoming EP The Acoustic Things. The release of the song celebrates the announcement of their co-headlining Pure Noise Records Tour. VIP tickets are also now on sale for the tour with general admission tickets to go on sale today.
The extraordinary LP has announced she will headline a series of West Coast dates in September, including a show at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles on September 26th. All tickets go on sale today. LP is a unique young artist whose effervescent performances are fueled by a rocking ukulele complemented by her complex, powerful voice.
Genre-shifting songwriter/guitarist Sean Sullivan recently dropped by our studio for an exclusive interview. He also performed two original songs and gave a lesson on rhythm jazz guitar playing, which we will be posting shortly. With a background that includes blues, jazz, folk, funk, reggae and more, Sullivan offers a unique sound inspired by his own distinctive melting pot of styles.