Following the release of his acclaimed new album Joy Of Nothing, Foy Vance's song "Closed Hand, Full Of Friends" now has a music video, directed by Gregg Houston of Babysweet Productions. The accompanying video was recently shot on the River Tay in Perthshire, accidentally causing a mystery case for the local Police that was picked up by BBC Scotland. View it here!
Back in the early '90s I was a HUGE Jellyfish fan, digging their only two albums, Spilt Milk and Bellybutton with a passion. So when the news that several unreleased songs recorded acoustically from radio appearances were finally going to see the light of day, I had to jump on it. Here's the scoop!
One of the most common cries for help I’ve received recently concerns the restringing of acoustic guitars. While this should be a straightforward job, it seems that your pesky bridge pins are causing trouble. I don’t want to start a fight here, but it’s probably your fault. If these little plastic, metal, bone or wood pins aren’t fitted correctly, they can shoot out of the bridge like a rocket when you tune the string.
Each guitar I own speaks to me in different ways. I owe part of my success as a writer to the instruments that led me down different roads. They truly did teach me how to sing a love song. They taught me how to laugh and how to cry. I know of no better friend to have on a cold and lonely night than a great guitar. Never underestimate the power of a great instrument to take you places you never would have gone on your own.
Acclaimed acoustic guitarist Andy McKee is kicking off a slate of US dates that will carry him into 2014. The master fingerstyle player plans a big return to the public eye with a worldwide tour and the release of his first new music since 2010’s acclaimed album Joyland. The tour begins November 6 in Annapolis, Maryland.
Nashville singer-songwriter Ben Rector has just released an acoustic rendition of his song "I Like You," from his newly released album The Walking In Between. The video was filmed by LR Baggs. Rector 's recently released independent album, The Walking In Between, made an impressive debut at #16 on the Billboard 200 album chart, #6 on Digital Albums chart, and #5 on the Independent Albums chart. Check out the video and see tour dates here.
As the band prepares to embark on its fall tour, The Lone Bellow will be working its new single-- the crowd pleaser, "Green Eyes and a Heart of Gold." The fan favorite off the band's self-titled debut is hitting radio airwaves now, and The Lone Bellow has launched an interactive Instagram campaign to coincide with the new single announcement. Fans that utilize the hashtag #Greeneyesandaheartofgold will have their Instagram images featured on The Lone Bellow website. Check out the new single here!
She recorded it in 2000, but Patty Griffin’s Silver Bell has just officially seen the light of day this week. Intended to be the follow-up to her hard-rocking 1998 sophomore release, Flaming Red, the album was not released by A&M Records, a victim of the label's turn-of-the-century ownership change, and until now, it has remained a missing piece from Griffin's acclaimed catalog. Newly mixed by legendary producer Glyn Johns, Silver Bell features 14 original songs, some which have been made hits by other artists in the interim. Here we sit down with Griffin to get the story behind the delay!
I was only a kid when Ani DiFranco first exploded onto the indie folk scene, but by the time I was in high school, she was as relevant and powerful as ever to me as a budding female guitarist and singer. Recently, when I heard that she would be touring through a nearby city, I jumped at the opportunity to see her live for the first time. Opening for her September 27th performance at Durham’s Carolina Theater was Pearl and the Beard, a three-piece indie folk band based out of Brooklyn.
Denver-based band The Lumineers announce the premiere of their new music video for their song "Submarines," the newest single from their GRAMMY-nominated Platinum-selling debut album. The "Submarines" video, directed by Nicholas Sutton Bell, is an animated affair that was inspired by the animation techniques of Bell's friend Neil Dvorak and the video game Limbo. "Submarines" is Nicholas Sutton Bell's Directorial debut though he has worked with The Lumineers for years - illustrating posters and helping design their tour and online merchandise. He is also a published children's book author and illustrator.