Acoustic Nation en The Dustbowl Revival Shares "Never Had To Go" Featuring Dick Van Dyke — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>Here’s a treat! It’s The Dustbowl Revival’s video for their new single “Never Had To Go,” featuring the man himself, Dick Van Dyke and his wife Arlene dancing up a storm.</p> <p>The song is from their new album, <em>With A Lampshade On</em>, set to release on July 21 on Signature Sounds Recordings.</p> <p>A downhome, handclapping good time, The Dustbowl Revival clearly shares their joy through their music. What a great band! Large and varied with spot-on musicianship, the band delivers this tongue-in-cheek charmer with enthusiasm.</p> <p>The Dustbowl Revival is a Venice, California-based collective that merges old school bluegrass, gospel, pre-war blues and the hot swing of New Orleans to form a spicy roots cocktail. </p> <p>Known for their roaring live sets, Dustbowl bravely brings together many styles of traditional American music. Some call it a string band-brass band mash up. Maybe it’s swing-grass or good old Americana, however you spin it, Dustbowl creates and curates infectious, joyous music - a youthful take on time-worn American traditions.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>After winning Americana song of the year from the Independent Music Awards (Tom Waits judging), getting tapped to play top festivals like High Sierra, Floydfest, AmericanaFest and The Hudson River Revival and opening for bands like Lake Street Dive, Rebirth Brass Band, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Trombone Shorty, the band has become a barnstorming touring machine. </p> <p>They will go international for the first time in 2015, joining The Winnipeg Folk Festival, Naked Song Fest (Netherlands) and Bergenfest (Norway) where they will team up with Tori Amos, First Aid Kit and Jackson Browne. </p> <p>Founder Z. Lupetin came west from Chicago in 2007 and placed a humble Craigslist ad to get the circus started. The group has grown steadily from a humble string band playing up and down the west coast, into a traveling mini orchestra featuring instrumentation that often includes fiddle, mandolin, trombone, clarinet, trumpet, ukulele, drums, bass, harmonica and plenty of washboard and kazoo for good luck. They have settled into an eight piece touring group - rattling ceilings and sometimes bringing their grinning sound into the street. </p> <p>They have recorded their first mostly LIVE album <em>With A Lampshade On</em> at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall and LA's famed Troubadour and will be releasing it in July through Signature Sounds Recordings.</p> <p>Preorder and find out more at: <a href=""></a></p> Acoustic Nation News The Dustbowl Revival Blogs Videos Fri, 22 May 2015 12:58:47 +0000 Acoustic Nation 24545 at Bryan McPherson’s “Days of Rage” — Exclusive Song Premiere <!--paging_filter--><p>Today we’re happy to bring you the exclusive premiere of LA-based folk-punk troubadour Bryan McPherson’s “Days of Rage.”</p> <p>The song is partially inspired by his involvement in the Occupy Oakland protests of 2011. </p> <p>Melding Americana, folk, alternative, and punk into one incendiary, incisive sound, “Days of Rage” is a perfect example of his songwriting style. </p> <p>With his driving acoustic guitar holding steady in the background, McPherson’s words almost spill out of his mouth as he sings about his view of the world — it’s at once captivating, thought-provoking and powerful. </p> <p>"This tune came from everything I was absorbing in pop culture: revolutionary figures, propaganda, fascism, conspiracies, government, dissent, socialism, anarchism, some of my memories from Oakland and San Francisco during Occupy, Highway 1, Skid Row and the San Fernando Valley,” McPherson shares.</p> <p>“I was influenced by the shopping mall and Cadillac SUV culture of where I was living at the time and the abstraction and contrast of who I am as an artist versus my environment.”</p> <p>Take a listen below. McPherson’s third album, <em>Wedgewood</em>, releases June 10, and you can view his tour dates below. </p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src=";auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true"></iframe></p> <p>Find out more at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p><strong>Bryan McPherson U.S. Tour</strong></p> <p>6/11 Portland, ME at Matthew’s Pub</p> <p>6/12 Boston, MA at The Midway Cafe</p> <p>6/13 New York, NY at The Map Room at Bowery Electric</p> <p>6/14 Asbury Park, NJ at Russo Music</p> <p>6/16 Philadelphia, PA at Kung Fu Necktie</p> <p>6/17 New Brunswick, NJ at The Court Tavern</p> <p>6/18 Trenton, NJ at Mill Hill Basement</p> <p>6/19 Syracuse, NY at Gorham Brothers Music</p> <p>6/20 Oswego, NY at The Barn</p> <p>6/24 Newport, KY at The Thompson House (Heaven Room)</p> <p>6/25 Indianapolis, IN at Sabbatical</p> <p>6/26 St. Ann, MO at The Waiting Room</p> <p>6/27 Chicago, IL at Reggies</p> <p>6/29 Laramie, WY at Gusty Gully</p> <p>6/30 Fort Collins, CO at The Forge Pub</p> <p>7/1 Salt Lake City, UT at The Garage</p> <p>7/2 Colfax, CA at The Colfax Theater</p> <p>7/3 Santa Cruz, CA at The Crepe Place</p> Acoustic Nation Blogs Thu, 21 May 2015 22:58:50 +0000 Acoustic Nation 24544 at Third Man Records to Release and Reissue Exclusive Leon Redbone Recordings <!--paging_filter--><p>Third Man Records is proud to announce the forthcoming releases of jazz and roots legend Leon Redbone's debut album <em>Out on the Track</em> and <em>Long Way From Home</em>, the never-before-released earliest known recordings of the mysterious performer. </p> <p>The news of the Third Man releases follows the recent announcement of Leon Redbone's retirement from both public appearances and recording.</p> <p><em>Out on the Track</em> – Leon Redbone's debut LP – was originally issued on Warner Brothers Records in 1975 and will be reissued exclusively on vinyl by Third Man Records. </p> <p><em>Long Way From Home</em> was recorded in 1972 by Dave Benders for WBFO Radio at the University of Buffalo and features some of the earliest known Leon Redbone recordings. </p> <p>The recording was never released commercially and will finally be available in CD, LP and digital formats for all to enjoy. Specific release dates for the two offerings are forthcoming, but in the meantime, peruse the track listings below.</p> <p>Watch an old clip of Redbone performing:<br /> <iframe width="620" height="465" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>About Leon Redbone:</p> <p>Redbone’s career has spanned over four decades and began with his earliest performances on the folk festival and club circuit. His numerous appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and Saturday Night Live and other outlets catalyzed his rise to international recognition. Over the ensuing years he has appeared throughout North America, Europe, Australia and Japan and released thirteen albums of his unique music, a panoply of early music styles that he delivered with his singular laconic idiosyncratic style.</p> <p>A true champion of early American ragtime, blues and jazz, Leon Redbone has spent a lifetime preserving that musical tradition while exposing successive generations to a rich musical heritage of which they might not otherwise have become aware.</p> <p><strong><em>Out on the Track</em> Tracklisting:</strong></p> <p>1. Sweet Mama Hurry Home or I'll Be Gone<br /> 2. Ain't Misbehavin'<br /> 3. My Walking Stick<br /> 4. Lazybones<br /> 5. Marie<br /> 6. Desert Blues (Big Chief Buffalo Nickel)<br /> 7. Lulu's Back in Town<br /> 8. Some of These Days<br /> 9. Big Time Woman<br /> 10. Haunted House<br /> 11. Polly Wolly Doodle</p> <p><strong><em>Long Way From Home</em> Tracklisting:</strong></p> <p>1. Looked Down the Road<br /> 2. Mother Queen of My Heart<br /> 3. T B Blues<br /> 4. Don't Let It Bother You<br /> 5. Marie<br /> 6. Me and the Devil<br /> 7. If I Had a Possession Over Judgement Day<br /> 8. Mississippi Blues<br /> 9. Kind Hearted Woman<br /> 10. Love Letters<br /> 11. Hurry Home<br /> 12. Jailhouse Blues<br /> 13. Walking Stick<br /> 14. Catman<br /> 15. Gamblin' Barroom Blues<br /> 16. My Good Gal's Gone<br /> 17. Yodelling Cowboy<br /> 18. Bootleg Rum Dum Blues</p> <p>Stay tuned to <a href=""></a> for updates.</p> Acoustic Nation Leon Redbone News Third Man Records Thu, 21 May 2015 18:27:56 +0000 Acoustic Nation 24543 at Watch The Tallest Man on Earth’s ‘Conan’ Appearance <!--paging_filter--><p>Sweden’s The Tallest Man On Earth has been on his first ever-full band tour for a week now in support of <em>Dark Bird Is Home</em>, released last week on Dead Oceans. </p> <p>Following a performance at Noncomm and a sold out show at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, The Tallest Man (aka Kristian Matsson) made his late night television debut last night on <em>Conan</em>. </p> <p>Watch the performance below to see what makes Matsson a favorite of so many, and catch he and his band live across the country throughout the spring and summer. </p> <p>All upcoming tour dates are below.</p> <p><iframe width="640" height="360" src=";eyJ0eXBlIjoicmVsYXRlZCIsImlkIjo4OTMwNX0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>The Tallest Man On Earth Tour Dates:</strong></p> <p>Thu. May 21 - Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater #<br /> Fri. May 22 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst #<br /> Tue. May 26 - Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre *<br /> Wed. May 27 - Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium *<br /> Thu. May 28 - Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel *<br /> Fri. May 29 - Durham, NC @ Durham Performing Arts Center *<br /> Sun. May 31 - Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre * – SOLD OUT<br /> Mon. June 1 - Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre * – SOLD OUT<br /> Tue. June 2 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg # -- SOLD OUT<br /> Wed. June 3 - New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre #<br /> Fri. June 19-Sun. June 21 - Hilvarenbeek, NL @ Best Kept Secret Festival<br /> Fri. June 19-Sun. June 21 - Scheessel, De @ Hurricane Festival<br /> Fri. June 19-Sun. June 21 - Munich, DE @ Southside Festival<br /> Tue. June 23 - London, UK @ Koko – SOLD OUT<br /> Wed. June 24 - Antwerp, BE @ Openlucht Theater<br /> Thu. June 25 - Paris, FR @ Divan Du Monde – SOLD OUT<br /> Sun. June 28 - Stockholm, SE @ Göta Lejon – SOLD OUT<br /> Mon. June 29 - Stockholm, SE @ Göta Lejon – SOLD OUT<br /> Tue. June 30 - Oslo, NO @ Rockefeller – SOLD OUT<br /> Thu. July 2 - Goteborg, SE @ Pustervik – SOLD OUT<br /> Sat. June 27–Sat. July 4 - Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival<br /> Fri. July 17-Sun. July19 - Louisville, KY @ Forecastle<br /> Fri. July 17 – Sat. July 18 - Eau Claire, WI @ Eaux Claires Festival<br /> Mon. July 20 – Detroit, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre<br /> Wed. July 22 – Buffalo, NY @ Asbury Hall @ Babeville #<br /> Fri. July 24 – Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival<br /> Sat. July 25 – Richmond, VA @ The National<br /> Sun. July 26 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Carnegie Music Hall<br /> Wed. July 29 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant<br /> Thu. July 30 – Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theater<br /> Fri. July 31 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Pabst Theater<br /> Fri. July 31 – Sun. Aug. 2 - Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza<br /> Fri. Aug. 21 – Sun. Aug. 23 – Portland, OR @ MusicfestNW<br /> Sat. Sep. 5 – Holland, MI @ Hope College – Knickerbocker Theatre<br /> Sat. Oct. 3 - Oslo, NO @ Opera House ^<br /> Sun. Oct. 4 - Göteborg, SE @ Konserthuset ^<br /> Mon. Oct. 5 - Stockholm, SE @ Cirkus ^<br /> Tue. Oct. 6 - Umea, SE @ Idun ^<br /> Thu. Oct. 8 - Linköping, SE @ Crusell ^<br /> Fri. Oct. 9 - Falun, SE @ Magasinet ^<br /> Sat. Oct. 10 - Arhus, DK @ Voxhall ^<br /> Mon. Oct. 12 - Cologne, DK @ E-Werk ^<br /> Tue. Oct 13 - Berlin, DE @ Huxley’s ^<br /> Wed. Oct. 14 - Vienna, AT @ Arena ^<br /> Thu. Oct. 15 - Milan, IT @ Alcatraz ^<br /> Fri. Oct. 16 - Zürich, CH @ Volkshaus ^<br /> Sat. Oct. 17 - Paris, FR @ La Cigal ^<br /> Mon. Oct. 19 - London, UK @ Roundhouse ^<br /> Tue. Oct. 20 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 ABC ^<br /> Wed. Oct. 21 – Dublin, IE @ Vicar Street ^<br /> Fri. Oct. 23 – Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall ^<br /> Sat. Oct. 24 – Bexhill, UK @ De La Warr ^<br /> Sun. Oct. 25 - Brussels, BE @ AB ^<br /> Tue. Oct. 27 - Copenhagen, DK @ Vega ^</p> <p>Find out more at <a href=""></a>.</p> Acoustic Nation News The Tallest Man On Earth Thu, 21 May 2015 18:04:38 +0000 Acoustic Nation 24542 at Tony Lucca Talks New Album and More in Exclusive Interview — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>On the heels of releasing his new self-titled LP, Tony Lucca dropped by the Acoustic Nation studio to chat with editor Laura B. Whitmore. </p> <p>You may know him as a contestant on <em>The Voice</em>, but Lucca’s been honing his craft long before he appeared on the show. In fact, this is his eighth full-length album. </p> <p><em>Tony Lucca</em> is his first self-titled release, and his first entirely self-produced effort. </p> <p>“We went in with the intention of making a record that was as live-sounding as possible,” Lucca shares. </p> <p>“I wanted to close my eyes and be able to visualize the players in the room or up on the stage, actually playing the songs together. One guitar over here, the other guy over there, bass, drums, some keys? I mean, that’s the rock-n-roll I fell in love with when I was a kid.” </p> <p>Lucca also performed a couple songs for us live in studio, and you can watch “Delilah” <a href="">right here</a>. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>For more on Tony Lucca, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> Acoustic Nation Tony Lucca Interviews Blogs Videos Thu, 21 May 2015 17:08:40 +0000 Acoustic Nation 24541 at The Ladies Rock at the 2015 She Rocks ASCAP Showcase <!--paging_filter--><p>The Women’s International Music Network (WiMN) hosted the 2015 She Rocks ASCAP Expo Showcase at the Tinhorn Flats Salon and Grill during the ASCAP “I Create Music” Expo in Hollywood, Calif., and it was nothing short of awesome. </p> <p>Female songwriters from all over the country joined in L.A. to perform at the showcase, which spotlights talented women in music. The venue was filled near capacity with songwriters, tastemakers, music industry executives, and lovers of all things music.</p> <p>Check out the evening’s four talented performers, complete with video! </p> <p><strong>Dia Frampton</strong></p> <p>The closing and much-anticipated act was Dia Frampton, whom you may remember from the first season of The Voice. With six number-one singles across Asia as a solo artist, Frampton has established herself as a prolific songwriter, collaborating with distinguished artists from around the world, including Lindsey Stirling, The Crystal Method, M83, and Singto Numchok. </p> <p>Currently, Frampton is working with her band ARCHIS, which pairs her with renowned film composer Joseph Trapanese, the musical mastermind behind Tron, Oblivion, and The Raid. In February, ARCHIS released a self-titled EP through Nettwerk Music Group. The band is now writing their debut album, to be released later this year. </p> <p>Here’s Frampton covering “Mary Jane’s Last Dance.”</p> <p>Find out more at <a href=""></a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Kate Diaz</strong></p> <p>The night kicked off with the sultry vocals of Boston-based songwriter Kate Diaz, who graced folks with her original track “Glare,” armed with a Godin A6 Ultra electro-acoustic guitar. She then displayed her skills on the keys on a Casio PX-350 and performed her original composition “Front Seat,” among a few other songs.</p> <p>Diaz has released four acoustic albums and three singles, including award-winning songs and songs for various causes. Over the past five years, she has booked her own gigs and performed more than 150 solo acoustic shows at Chicago venues and national festivals, notably at Lollapalooza, Milwaukee Summerfest, Midpoint Music Festival, Taste of Chicago, and National Mall Earth Day Festival. </p> <p>More at <a href=""></a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Elle Winston</strong></p> <p>The second act was the lovely Elle Winston, a talented singer-songwriter who spent most of her life growing up in the southwest sun of Phoenix, Ariz., before moving to Brooklyn. </p> <p>Her sound might best be described as a meeting of folk-legend James Taylor, the songstress Erykah Badu and the classical great Elly Ameling. Winston earned her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the Herberger College of Music at Arizona State University. She performed several original pieces, including “She.” Check it out here.</p> <p>More at <a href=""></a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Alyse Black</strong></p> <p>Up next was Alyse Black, hailing from Seattle, Wash. Black started out singing Billie Holiday tunes a cappella on the streets of Pike Place Market in Seattle. Since then, she’s performed on Seattle’s NPR station, recorded a commercial for Target, moved to Austin, won Billboard’s Annual Songwriting Contest, had several songs placed in movies and TV shows, and toured the country playing over 600 clubs, theaters, festivals, television shows and radio stations. </p> <p>She recently won The Recording Conservatory of Austin’s Top Singer-Songwriter Contest and ran a successful Kickstarter to fund her long-awaited next album. </p> <p>Black lit up the room with her powerful vocals through her tracks “Love Lives,” (which included a playful sing-along part), “Come To Me,” and many others. A true performer!</p> <p>Find out more at <a href=""></a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>The event wrapped up with cool giveaways from Casio, Taylor Guitars and 108 Rock Star Guitars. And if you couldn’t make it out, don’t fret. The WiMN will be hosting two more showcases in 2015, one in Nashville on July 9 during Summer NAMM, and another in Boston on Sept. 19 at the WGBH Food &amp; Wine festival. </p> <p>For more information, visit <a href=""></a></p> Acoustic Nation Alyse Black Dia Frampton Elle Winston Kate Diaz News Blogs Videos Thu, 21 May 2015 02:10:41 +0000 Acoustic Nation 24540 at Greg Holden Performs "Boys In The Street" — Exclusive Video <!--paging_filter--><p>Here’s one of my favorite and certainly the most powerful live video we’ve ever recorded in the Acoustic Nation studio.</p> <p>It’s Greg Holden along with Alex Foote performing the amazing song “Boys in the Street.”</p> <p>The song appears on Holden’s new album <em>Chase The Sun</em>.</p> <p>Incredibly touching and heartfelt, the song is a powerful testimony of the coming understanding of a father for his gay son. Add to that the fact that Holden isn’t gay and the result is stunning. Wow. </p> <p>Listen for yourself and see what I mean:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Originally hailing from the UK, Holden now resides in New York City. Perhaps best known for writing the massive hit “Home” — the debut single for American Idol winner Phillip Phillips that sold five million tracks in the U.S. and earned Holden an ASCAP Pop Award — Holden's "struggling artist to in the spotlight" story is something to cheer.</p> <p>Find out more at <a href=""></a></p> Acoustic Nation Greg Holden Blogs Videos Wed, 20 May 2015 02:07:19 +0000 Laura B. Whitmore 24525 at Jennifer Batten Explores Transcribe! — A Powerful Program to Learn New Material <!--paging_filter--><p>I have worked with a lot of musicians during my career and am always surprised when they turn up to a rehearsal and have not learned a tune correctly. </p> <p>Depending on your listening environment, your ears can easily play tricks on you. </p> <p>You can think you heard notes that are either not there, or are actually overtones, or even notes that are being played on a different instrument than yours that you believe are your own instrument. </p> <p>The discrepancies are especially apparent during rehearsal if two or more instruments are supposed to be playing the same single note line together. </p> <p>So it never ceases to amaze me how few musicians use or even know about the computer-only app called “Transcribe!” from <a href=""></a> (Mac/Windows/Linux). What it is first and foremost is a slow downer for audio AND video, but it does so much more. </p> <p>There are a lot of cheap slow downer apps for tablets and smart phones, but they don’t begin to touch the power of this program. </p> <p>When I have a new gig booked with 10 or 15 new songs to learn, I drag every song into Transcribe! and listen down at least a few times before I begin to figure it out with my guitar. Then, I will make section markers (S) which I can custom name “verse,” “chorus,” “solo,” for instance and maybe add measure markers (M) as well, for areas I need to slow down and work on. Then you can zip from marker to marker with shift + right or left bracket.</p> <p>Watch my quick start tutorial here:<br /> <iframe width="620" height="349" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>SPEED/PITCH:</strong> On the app’s main page you will find preset speed buttons as well as a speed slider and pitch change slider.</p> <p><strong>LOOPS:</strong> It’s easy to zoom in, (⌘ + →)(Apple’s command key would be ‘Control’ key for Windows) see the downbeats in the waveform and then click and drag to make a perfect loop. You can also store multiple loops for later recall with a simple shift + click in the “misc” window. (To zoom out ⌘+ ←)</p> <p><strong>KARAOKE:</strong> Having the ability to slow music down without changing the pitch can be a godsend, but there are a few other things that you can do to hear even more clearly. At the top of the main window there is a button called “FX” that will toggle in the detail window where you can for instance activate karaoke mode. What that does is remove the center of the stereo spectrum where the lead instrument or vocal is. That is especially useful for singers who can then experiment with the pitch slider to see what their most comfortable singing range is for a song. Karaoke mode is also great for any lead instrument to practice playing along with the track, or just a section of the track. You can toggle karaoke on/off as learning the tune progresses. You can also export your minus one track and send it to bandmates to work with.</p> <p><strong>EQ:</strong> You can click on EQ and for instance instantly remove the bass from the audio with the “bass remove” preset. Now, what you have left is the ability to hear only the drums and rhythm guitar and/or keyboards so you can hear chords more clearly. You can also alter individual frequencies to really zone in on what you want to hear.</p> <p>So I urge readers to get this app as you will find that it is one of the best virtual coaches available, and will help immensely with accuracy.</p> <p>By learning a half a dozen shortcuts it will help you to easily dominate this program in a hurry. Here are a couple more:<br /> To make a loop full screen = ⌘ + F<br /> To make the entire song fit in the screen equals ⌘ + G</p> <p><strong>TIPS:</strong><br /> When you are playing along with a track, make sure your guitar is a little less volume than the track you’re learning. That way you are not masking what is really there and will hear discrepancies to correct easier.</p> <p>Music is learned best when taken in small chunks, slowly. Your brain records everything (including repeated mistakes), so play slowly and perfectly, then speed up in small increments.</p> <p>You can also drag a video into Transcribe!, and, for instance, see where a players hands are on the neck, and slow down what their fingers are doing!</p> <p>I’ll be digging into this app plus multiple other subjects in 15-20 min chunks, during my summer USA tour called “Jennifer Batten’s Self-Empowerment for the Modern Musician Experience.” Find out more at <a href="></a></p> Acoustic Nation Jennifer Batten News Blogs Videos Blogs Tue, 19 May 2015 12:51:33 +0000 Jennifer Batten 24507 at ZZ Ward Announces New Single "LOVE 3X" — Listen Now! <!--paging_filter--><p>Three years after her critically-acclaimed debut, <em>Til The Casket Drops</em>, ZZ Ward is back and her hotly anticipated follow-up album, <em>This Means War</em>.</p> <p>The album is set for release on September 18. </p> <p>Every track on <em>This Means War</em> exudes ZZ’s swagger and confident stance as she lets loose her soulful voice over an energetic and more rhythmic core. </p> <p>The album, produced by GRAMMY Award-winner S1 (Kanye, Madonna, Eminem, Beyonce) and ZZ herself, <em>This Means War</em> is a sexy, girl power romp with a badass backbeat. Pre-order for the album is available today at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>Listen to the first single “LOVE 3X” below. Written by ZZ the song is a shiny but twisted, can’t-help-myself, love song with an infectious chorus and will be available today via all digital retailers.</p> <p><iframe width='640' height='360' src='' frameborder='0' allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>With countless sold-out shows and buzzworthy festival performances under her belt, ZZ returns to the road with the Love &amp; War Tour later this summer. This marks ZZ’s fourth headline trek across the U.S. which kicks off in Dallas on August 28 and continues through the fall. Initial dates are below, with support to be announced soon.</p> Acoustic Nation News ZZ Ward Tue, 19 May 2015 11:39:24 +0000 Acoustic Nation 24506 at Video Finds: Pete Townshend Performs “Won’t Get Fooled Again” Acoustic <!--paging_filter--><p>Check out this performance from The Who’s Pete Townshend delivering an emotional performance of the track “Won’t Get Fooled Again.”</p> <p>The song appears as the final number on the band's 1971 album <em>Who's Next</em>.</p> <p>While only reaching #15 on the US <em>Billboard</em> Hot 100, it has since become a classic rock mainstay. </p> <p>The recorded version contains swelling organs, Keith Moon’s spastic drumming, and of course Townshend’s ripping guitars, here he manages to strip these layers away to deliver an enthralling performance. </p> <p>Keep an eye out mid-way through for some pretty intense Townshend-esque strumming. </p> <p>Watch the performance below and enjoy!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="465" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Acoustic Nation Pete Townshend The Who Blogs Videos Tue, 19 May 2015 11:00:28 +0000 Acoustic Nation 21651 at Metallica’s James Hetfield and His Daughter Perform Adele’s "Crazy for You" — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>For the second year in a row, Metallica’s James Hetfield enjoyed a headlining slot at Acoustic-4-a-Cure, a pediatric cancer benefit concert. </p> <p>This year, Hetfield performed a tune with his oldest daughter, 16-year-old Cali.</p> <p>The duo performed a cover of Adele‘s “Crazy for You.” A surprising choice for the Metallica frontman? Perhaps. Either way, you can check out their performance in the video below. Remember, it's for a good cause!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/metallica">Metallica</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Acoustic Nation Adele James Hetfield Metallica News Videos Blogs Videos News Mon, 18 May 2015 14:43:50 +0000 Damian Fanelli 24494 at John McLaughlin Announces New Album 'Black Light' — Sneak Peek Video <!--paging_filter--><p>We’re excited to share this announcement about a new studio album from the irrepressible John McLaughlin with one especially important song, composed on acoustic guitar, in homage to a friend.</p> <p>The release is called <em>Black Light</em> and it’s due out in October 2015.</p> <p>In the video, McLaughlin shares an excerpt from the buoyant song, “El Hombre Que Sabía,” a heartfelt homage to his departed colleague, collaborator, and friend Paco De Lucia — with whom McLaughlin had intended to compose an album’s worth of new material just before De Lucia’s untimely passing.</p> <p>In this tune, McLaughlin brings forth from the instrument a depth of sadness and admiration beyond words.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>As a musician, composer, and bandleader, John McLaughlin’s vast contributions to contemporary improvisational music are only just beginning to be fully understood, appreciated, and absorbed by artists and enthusiasts alike. </p> <p>From Mahavishnu Orchestra, Shakti and his collaboration with Paco De Lucia, to his current band the 4th Dimension, McLaughlin’s music has extended across the boundaries dividing jazz, rock, and innumerable global traditions, encompassing a number of genres while emerging fully formed as his own, uniquely personal expressive medium. </p> <p>Now, McLaughlin is prepared to break through yet again, with what he feels is his most personal statement today: <em>Black Light</em>.</p> <p>Slated for worldwide release this fall, <em>Black Light</em> features the 4th Dimension – “my three favorite musicians,” in McLaughlin’s word – in full flight, with their empathy and precision honed on stage and in the studio. The 4th Dimension is composed of the remarkable multi-instrumentalist Gary Husband on keyboards and drums, Etienne Mbappe’s nimble, effervescent electric bass, and the powerhouse drumming of Ranjit Barot. </p> <p>Following the international release of <em>Black Light</em>, McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension will set out on a world tour, continuing to explore and elaborate upon the album’s genre-defying material.</p> <p>Find out more at <a href=""></a></p> Acoustic Nation John McLaughlin Paco de Lucia Blogs Videos Mon, 18 May 2015 12:17:44 +0000 Acoustic Nation 24492 at Runner of the Woods Announces Debut Album 'Thirsty Valley' out July 10, 2015 <!--paging_filter--><p>On July 10th, Nashville, Tennessee's Runner of the Woods will release their debut album <em>Thirsty Valley</em>. For front man Nick Beaudoing, its release means the light at the end of the tunnel.</p> <p>2014 was spent in the shadow of a serious family illness. Beaudoing's mother was in a coma in his hometown of Dallas, Texas, and her condition was dire enough to require him to leave his wife and child behind for weeks at a time. Between visits to Texas, he would return to Nashville and stay busy in the studio, where he occupied his mind with the writing and recording of Thirsty Valley.</p> <p>Due to his mother's illness, completing the album meant recording at night, after first working at his day job and then checking in with his family. This cycle was punctuated with periodic trips back to Dallas to care for his mother, whose condition only gradually began to improve. Just when it seemed that his schedule couldn’t get any more hectic, he received the welcome news that he and his wife would be expecting another baby.</p> <p>“The past year was trying, but in a few short months the difficulties gave way to good things: my mother made a near-full recovery. I had another son. And now I have a record with a new band that I’m really proud of. It turns out I was right to be hopeful.”</p> <p>The album was recorded at the Toy Box Studio in Nashville, TN and Russell Street Recording where he enlisted guitar slinger Josh Kaufman (Josh Ritter, Dawn Landes) to give the songs a spaced out, dreamy quality. He also recruited pedal steel guitarist Jonathan Gregg (the Doc Marshalls), whose ferocity on the instrument has become a key component Runner of the Woods’ sound.</p> <p>Beaudoing previously led NYC’s Cajun honky-tonkers the Doc Marshalls. Over the course of three releases, the band evolved from Bakersfield-style shuffles and Acadian barnburners to jagged, glimmering folk. Thirsty Valley actually began as the band’s fourth record. This new musical direction, combined with his relocation to Nashville a few years earlier, lead Beaudoing away from the Doc Marshalls and start Runner of the Woods.</p> <p>Runner of the Woods will support Thirsty Valley with spring and summer tours.</p> <p>US Tour Dates:</p> <p>July 10: Dallas, TX - The Double Wide<br /> July 11: Austin, TX - The White Horse<br /> July 12: Lafayette, LA - The Blue Moon<br /> July 15: Nashville, TN - The Basement<br /> July 16: Knoxville, TN - Barley's Taproom<br /> July 19: Arlington, VA - The Galaxy Hut<br /> July 21: Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool</p> <p>Find out more at <a href=""></a></p> Acoustic Nation News Fri, 15 May 2015 13:12:54 +0000 Acoustic Nation 24482 at B.B. King Discusses Scales and More — Video Lesson <!--paging_filter--><p>OK—this is 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. </p> <p>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!</p> <p>In this first clip, King discusses practicing scales, and the scales he uses for soloing. </p> <p>For more on the legendary B.B. King, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/bb-king">B.B. King</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Acoustic Nation B.B. King Lessons Blogs Fri, 15 May 2015 11:07:42 +0000 Acoustic Nation 24409 at SongTown: Finding My Place In The Music Business <!--paging_filter--><p>When I first started to pursue a career in music, I set out on a path to try to become the best at everything. </p> <p>I saw people making their own demos, so I went out and bought a ton of gear. </p> <p>I saw people coming up with really cool guitar licks, so I started working at that.</p> <p>Others were singing their own demos, so I tried to get better in the studio with my vocals. And the list went on and on.</p> <p>After 2 years of writing on my own and making NO money, I did manage to get a publishing deal. My publisher made it clear that I was getting the deal based on potential, NOT based on having even one song that was commercially viable. It was sort of like a girl asking you to the prom and saying "I had hoped to find someone else, but you are the last guy available". But I digress.</p> <p>Two years into the writing deal, I realized that my relentless quest to become the best at everything had failed. I was improving some in every area that I had been working on, but I was still not getting any activity with my songs. And, I was in extreme danger of losing my writing deal altogether.</p> <p>One day, in the midst of a lot of frustration and fear, it hit me. I was trying to become one of the best in the world at a whole long list of things that I was not even average at. If you put me in ANY group of songwriters in Nashville at that time, I would have been in the lower half in regard to my guitar playing, my vocals or my ability to make my own demos. </p> <p>In other words, I was wasting MOST of my time. 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. </p> <p>When I did an honest self-evaluation, I realized that I was already better than average at lyric writing and at coming up with interesting ideas. </p> <p>So, I began spending 90% of my time on those two things. I still dabbled in the other areas, but I spent the huge majority of my time coming up with idea and with learning to write better lyrics.</p> <p>Guess what happened? I found a niche. I began to develop a reputation for being really good in those two areas. The phone began to ring. Songs started to be put on hold. My writing improved dramatically. I purposely set out to find co-writers that were better guitar players, singers and studio people than I was. </p> <p>As a side benefit, I began to enjoy writing more than ever. I had found my place. I was doing what I was good at. And it was working.</p> <p>I encourage everyone to take an honest look in the mirror. What are you really good at? In what area of writing are you in the upper half already? Spend your time there. If you can hone ONE skill and become world class at that - you've got a shot!</p> <p>None of the writers I work with are world class in every area. They all have strengths and weaknesses. If you can identify yours and find people to help fill in where you are weak, you can find your place as well.</p> <p><em>Marty Dodson blogs daily on Facebook at <a href="">www.facebook/songtownusa</a> and on <a href=""></a>. You can check out his music at <a href=""></a>. Marty plays <a href="">Taylor Guitars</a> and <a href="">Batson Guitars</a></em>.</p> Acoustic Nation songwriting Blogs Fri, 15 May 2015 01:40:39 +0000 Marty Dodson 24480 at