Acoustic Nation en Platinum Rush Video Blog #14 — Maia Davies <!--paging_filter--><p>I interviewed Maia Davies of Ladies Of The Canyon, an all-female band that are no strangers to hard livin', long drives and a life in music. </p> <p>Maia and I bonded on lessons learned on the road to success and more importantly perhaps, happiness. </p> <p>One of the most appealing things to me is their genuine old-school musicality combined with their modern media savvy. </p> <p>Find out more about Maia and the rest of the and at <a href=""></a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em>Scot Sax knows his way around a solid pop song. The Philadelphia musician has been writing them for years, whether it was with his own bands Wanderlust and Feel, or as a purveyor of hits for singers like Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. It was Sax, in fact, who co-wrote the country duo’s Grammy-winning smash “Like We Never Loved At All.” His catchy “I Am the Summertime,” penned while with the band Bachelor Number One, was featured in the blockbuster “American Pie.” And he’s netted countless TV credits, with song placements in shows like “Ghost Whisperer,” “NCIS,” “CSI: NY” and “Keeping up with the Kardashians.” He toured as a guitarist with Sharon Little throughout North America supporting Robert Plant and Alison Krauss' Raising Sand. His filmmaking debut, the documentary "Platinum Rush," is currently being entered into film festivals worldwide and will premiere in 2015. Sax lives in Nashville with his family. </em></p> Acoustic Nation Blogs Mon, 02 Mar 2015 04:04:58 +0000 Scot Sax D’Angelico and Will Dailey Team up for an Acoustic Guitar and Music Giveaway <!--paging_filter--><p>This month we’re sharing something really fun.</p> <p>It’s a kickin’ contest that brings you both an instrument and some musical inspiration.</p> <p>We’re giving away this wonderful, brand new D’Angelico acoustic guitar, the Lexington SD300 in Cherry Sunburst. Plus some killer music by award-winning artist Will Dailey performed on a D’Angelico acoustic as well!!</p> <p><strong>About the D’Angelico Lexington SD300</strong></p> <p>In the early 1900s, the word ‘dreadnought’ referred to a massive battleship. Well, here’s D’Angelico’s interpretation! </p> <p>A booming non-cutaway dreadnought, the Lexington (SD-300) offers a powerful low-end so resonant that playing lush, full chords may very well become addictive.</p> <p>A solid Sitka spruce top meets a sapele back and sides to create the Lexington’s subtle elegance, complemented by a tortoise pickguard. The slim, mahogany neck makes for wonderful playability. Though capable of great projection, the Lexington’s high-end is uncompromised by its rich low-end, producing a consistently balanced sound and making it an excellent choice for a great variety of players. More at <a href="></a></p> <p>It’s valued at $899! <a href="">Enter now to win>></a></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/DAASD300CSB_2%20copy%2072%20horizontal.jpg" width="620" height="288" alt="DAASD300CSB_2 copy 72 horizontal.jpg" /></p> <p><strong>Bonus: Will Dailey’s <em>National Throat</em></strong></p> <p>And here to show you one of D’Angelico’s gorgeous new acoustics in action is Boston-based artist Will Dailey. Dailey’s latest release, <em>National Throat</em>, debuted in the top 20 in the Billboard Heatseekers chart, is winner of a Boston Music Award for Album of the Year and Dailey himself was awarded this year’s Artist of the Year.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/national%20throat.jpg" width="179" height="160" align="left" style="padding:10px 20px 10px 0;" alt="national throat.jpg" />In preparation for a special bonus release of a deluxe version of that excellent album, Dailey recorded several songs using a hot-off-the-presses D’Angelico acoustic.</p> <p>The Deluxe version due out March 24th will include all the songs from <em>National Throat</em> and 6 bonus tracks, “Stand Where I Can See You” (Live), “Why Do I” (Live), the full studio of “Sunken Ship,” a demo of “Higher Education,” “$300 Dollar Man,” (written in a reaction to being a part of Farm Aid), and a cover of Arcade Fire’s “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)."</p> <p>We’ll be giving away a few copies of <em>National Throat</em> on CD and Vinyl as well digital downloads of the Deluxe version in addition to this fabulous guitar! More at <a href=""></a></p> <p><a href="">Enter now!!</a></p> Acoustic Nation D'Angelico Guitars News Will Dailey Gear Blogs Contests Sun, 01 Mar 2015 03:31:13 +0000 Acoustic Nation Emilyn Brodsky Talks New Album and More – Interview <!--paging_filter--><p>Here AN editor Laura B. Whitmore sits down with New York City-based songwriter, Emilyn Brodsky. </p> <p>A ukulele player who writes “simple songs about complicated feelings,” Brodsky’s latest LP, <em>Emilyn Brodsky Eats Her Feelings</em>, is out now.</p> <p>Below she describes the meaning behind the album, its recording process, her experience of performing on HBO’s <em>Girls</em> and much more. </p> <p>Stay tuned for more from Brodsky, including performances live from our studio. In the mean time, visit <a href=""></a> for more. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Acoustic Nation Emilyn Brodsky Blogs Videos Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:00:53 +0000 Acoustic Nation Lily Maase Performs “Reduction Sketch” Live Acoustic – Video <!--paging_filter--><p>Lily Maase recently dropped by the Acoustic Nation studio to help us brush up on our <a href="">picking and strumming skills</a>. </p> <p>And of course, we couldn’t let the Brooklyn-based guitarist leave without performing a song of her own.</p> <p>Below, Maase plays us her original tune, “Reduction Sketch.”</p> <p>“It’s the first thing I wrote when I moved to New York almost a decade ago,” she shares. The track demonstrates traditional picking, hybrid picking, and classical/fingerstyle picking and is in four(!) different time signatures! </p> <p>For more on Lily Maase, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Acoustic Nation Lily Maase Blogs Videos Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:04:40 +0000 Acoustic Nation On An On Release New Song "Drifting" and Announce Album and Tour — Listen Now! <!--paging_filter--><p>This spring ON AN ON will embark upon tour dates with Big Data following multiple performances at SXSW. </p> <p>The Minneapolis trio have a big year ahead of them in 2015 as they prepare for the forthcoming release of their sophomore album later this summer. </p> <p>The follow up to their critically acclaimed debut <em>Give In</em>, the new album was recorded at the famous Sunset Sound in Los Angeles with legendary producer Joe Chiccarelli (Spoon, White Stripes, The Shins, My Morning Jacket). </p> <p>The first preview into ON AN ON's second coming is the hauntingly suspenseful "Drifting". Album release date and other details TBA in the coming months.</p> <p>Check it out this hauntingly beautiful song now:<br /> <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>"'Drifting' is inspired by falling asleep behind the wheel and trying to forget unforgettable things. We've never had a song that sounded this naked." - ON AN ON</p> <p>When ON AN ON went into the studio in 2012 to make their debut LP, <em>Give In</em>, it was only weeks after the creation of the band, and everything felt new and open. They didn't have any specific sonic goals. They only wanted to capture what it sounded like for ON AN ON to begin.</p> <p><em>Give In</em> was met with critical acclaim and a groundswell of enthusiasm from music fans who streamed the up and coming band's songs hundreds of thousands of times on SoundCloud and drove their singles to the top of the Hype Machine Popular chart. In short time this lead to tour and festival offers as well as other opportunities the band could only have dreamed of a few months prior.</p> <p>After a year and a half playing shows and festivals like Governors Ball, Bonnaroo and Iceland Airwaves across the US and Europe, the band returned to Minneapolis to begin writing their sophomore album. Being on the road provided ON AN ON with time to examine how they wanted to expand and grow sonically, resulting in more collaborative writing and experimental live tracking. It was this approach that they brought with them when entering the studio with Chiccarelli.</p> <p>ON AN ON is comprised by Nate Eiesland, Alissa Ricci, and Ryne Estwing. Further details on their new album including title and release date to be announced in the coming months.</p> <p>More at <a href=""> </a></p> <p>Upcoming Tour Dates:<br /> * = w/ Big Data</p> <p>MARCH<br /> 18 - SXSW - The Parish @ 3:35 PM (Stage Hop Party) -214 E. 6th St.<br /> 19 - SXSW - Palm Door @ 12:00 PM (UMG Experience) -401 Sabine St.<br /> 20 - SXSW - Clive Bar @ 5:00 PM (Culture Collide/Tilly's Party) -609 Davis St.<br /> 20 - SXSW - Blackheart @ 11:00 PM (Roll Call / Indie Shuffle Showcase) -86 Rainey St.<br /> 21 - SXSW - Whole Foods Roof Plaza @ 11:35 AM (Quantum Collective) -525 N. Lamar Blvd.<br /> 24 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom *<br /> 25 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair *<br /> 26 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts *<br /> 27 - Washington, DC - Black Cat *<br /> 30 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall *</p> <p>APRIL<br /> 01 - Milwaukee, WI - Fine Line Music Cafe *<br /> 02 - Detroit, MI - The Shelter *<br /> 03 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop *<br /> 04 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE *<br /> 06 - Rochester, NY - Main Street Armory *<br /> 07 - Buffalo, NY - Showplace Buffalo *<br /> 11 - Ames, IA - The Maintenance Shop </p> Acoustic Nation News Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:53:43 +0000 Acoustic Nation Trevor Hall To Release New EP 'Unpack Your Memories' on March 27 — Listen Now! <!--paging_filter--><p>Singer-songwriter Trevor Hall has announced the release of a new EP <em>Unpack Your Memories</em>, due out on Vanguard Records on March 27th. </p> <p>This five song collection includes some of Hall’s most personal tracks recorded solely by him, on his laptop. </p> <p>Hall talks about the history of these songs and why he chose to share them with the world at this time. “Unpack Your Memories is a collection of songs that have been in my “vault” for a long time now,” Hall says. </p> <p>“Some just didn’t make the other albums and some were just too intimate to share at the time. Now they are ready to breathe and be shared with others. The name of the album says everything … These are all songs that have become memories for me. I am reaching into my bag and unpacking them - unpacking their meaning, the memory of where I was when I wrote them, and the feelings that they brought me so many years ago. As the saying goes, ‘You never meet the same river twice.’ Every time I hear these songs, they teach me something new or offer me the gift of a new perspective. There are many other songs that are still in my vault, but I felt these were the most important to share at this time. The songs all came up together like the roots of a tree, and have taken form in the EP.”</p> <p>Check out the title track “Unpack Your Memories.” </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>The <em>Unpack Your Memories</em> EP is available for pre-order from the Vanguard Records store <a href=";pc=VZCD126">here.</a></p> <p>Following the release of <em>Unpack Your Memories</em>, Trevor will be back on the road in Australia for his Bluesfest debut and in the U.S. Performances include the Soulshine Festival, California Roots Festival, Wanderlust and more. See a full list of tour dates below. </p> <p>Additional information on purchasing tickets can be found <a href="">here.</a></p> <p>2015 Tour Dates</p> <p>APR 2 Melbourne, VIC, AUS SOULSHINE Fest -Festival Hall<br /> APR 5 Sydney, NSW, AUS SOULSHINE Fest - Enmore Theatre<br /> APR 6 Byron Bay, NSW, AUS Bluesfest<br /> APR 9 Maroochydore, QLD, AUS Sol Bar<br /> APR 10 Brisbane, QLD, AUS Tivoli (with Michael Franti)<br /> APR 11 Cairns, QLD, AUS Tivoli (with Michael Franti)<br /> APR 12 Cairns, QLD, AUS Tivoli (with Michael Franti)<br /> MAY 19 Humboldt, CA, USA Hum Brews<br /> MAY 20 Mill Valley, CA, USA Sweetwater<br /> MAY 22 Monterey, California, USA California Roots Fest<br /> MAY 23 Hermosa Beach, CA, USA Saint Rocke<br /> MAY 24 San Diego, CA, USA Belly Up<br /> JUN 16 Wilmington, DE, USA World Cafe Live Delaware<br /> JUN 17 Brooklyn, NY, USA Music Hall of Williamsburg<br /> JUN 18 Portland, ME, USA Port City Music Hall<br /> JUN 20 Stratton, VT, USA Wanderlust Festival<br /> JUN 21 Stratton VT, USA Wanderlust Festival (extra activities)<br /> JUN 26 Rothbury, MI, USA Electric Forest Festival<br /> JUN 27 Chicago, IL, USA Lincoln<br /> JUL 18 Lake Tahoe, CA, USA Wanderlust Festival<br /> JUL 19 Lake Tahoe, CA, USA Wanderlust Festival (extra activities)</p> Acoustic Nation News Trevor Hall Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:32:48 +0000 Acoustic Nation Lucette's Acoustic "Bobby Reid" — Exclusive Video Premiere <!--paging_filter--><p>Lucky us! Indie folk songstress Lucette has done the honor of recording a sweet acoustic version of her song “Bobby Reid” just for us.</p> <p>The song seems somehow familiar from the get go, an old-style lament sung with a sweet sadness.</p> <p>Soulful and rootsy, this song more than holds its own in this bare bones format.</p> <p>Lucette shares, "Here's a little video I made exclusively for Guitar World's Acoustic Nation, thanks GW! ‘Bobby Reid’ was the song that started it all for me. Until then, my songs were lacking the grit and substance that truly caught people's attention. The mystery behind the song embodies my essence as a writer, and I'm thankful for Dave Cobb because he brought that ability out of me."</p> <p>Check it out here:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Indie folk songstress Lucette will capture your heart with her gentle voice, both beautiful and haunting. </p> <p>Releasing her debut album, Black Is the Color, just over four months ago, the collection was produced and recorded by the acclaimed Dave Cobb (Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell) and has reached over one million total plays on Spotify. </p> <p>In March 2015, Lucette will make her South by Southwest debut in Austin, TX with an official showcase and multiple appearances lined up. The year will also see her continue to tour throughout the States and Canada.</p> <p>Lucette commented on 2014’s accomplishments and the new year by noting, “2014 has been a huge year for me; releasing my album, the ‘Bobby Reid’ video, and touring with some of my friends and favorite musicians. <em>Black Is the Color</em> was an exploration into my love of southern mountain music, music that I've always loved, and it has been such a cool experience to see people react to it. I'm already excited about what 2015 has to bring, including SXSW!”</p> <p>2014 saw Lucette taking to the road and touring more than ever before. After her first tour ever of the States with the iconic Joe Ely, she went on to play shows with Mason Jennings, Nikki Lane, David Ramirez and Jim Lauderdale. She ended the year as direct support on Sturgill Simpson’s nearly sold-out fall tour. </p> <p>It is obvious to all those who listen that Lucette is an old and heavily romantic soul. Full of emotion, her performances take audiences back to the days when artists such as Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, and Loretta Lynn dominated the airwaves. </p> <p>To purchase <em>Black Is the Color</em> on iTunes, here: <a href=""></a></p> <p>For more information, please visit: <a href=""></a></p> Acoustic Nation Blogs Videos Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:17:05 +0000 Acoustic Nation Darren Hanlon’s “When You Go” — Exclusive Video Premiere <!--paging_filter--><p>Here’s a bouncy, get-your-butt-outta-of-bed testimonial to the power of optimism.</p> <p>The song is from Aussie-based Darren Hanlon's upcoming release <em>Where Did You Come From?</em>, due out March 24 on Yep Roc Records.</p> <p>With a fun beat, subtle, driving music and some Aussie-tinged vocals, “When You Go” is a fun listen and a super cool video!</p> <p>Hanlon shares, “This song was born out of an instrumental jam during the Memphis recording sessions. It turned out to be the most succinct and resembling of a pop song and possibly the most direct link to my older albums. I fit the words to it later and tried to use the atmosphere as a motivation. It has a propulsion to it, almost like a march with those militaristic snare hits, so I pictured movement as compulsion. </p> <p>“A lot of the songs on this record are about travel and distance and energy but this time I wanted to evoke someone who stays still for whatever reason, but experiences all those things in their imagination. Or through someone else, a loved one, who’s always leaving.</p> <p>“When you’re struggling to write songs or stories or whatever it takes a lot of time spent alone, staring at the same crack in the wall. Often the process is not a go to whoa activity, like say building a fence is, and you have to wait it out for the good bits to drop from somewhere to fill in the blanks.</p> <p>“The original first line was, ‘A Christmas tree still lights the room in May,’ which I soon felt was a tad too extreme and devastating for some reason.”</p> <p>Check out "When You Go,” recorded at Electraphonic Studios, Memphis, TN</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>One battered, old guitar, one Amtrak pass, five recording studios, and 15 random musicians. The story of Australia-based singer-songwriter Darren Hanlon’s first studio album in five years, <em>Where Did You Come From?</em>, spans two continents and many miles traveled on his exploratory adventure of the American South.</p> <p>Set for a March 24, 2015 release on Yep Roc Records, <em>Where Did You Come From?</em> is now <a href="">available for pre-order</a> with an instant download of the first single, “When You Go.”</p> <p>Prior to his time in the American South, Hanlon spent a month in the Australian desert mining town of Broken Hill – famous as the filming location of Mad Max 2. Sowing the seeds of the new songs, he sent demos to U.S. studios he liked the sound of and in which he wanted to record.</p> <p>“For lack of any real purpose I went on an exploratory adventure of the American southern states and the whole thing grew up around me like rogue lantana,” says Hanlon. “I spent about 20 nights sleeping on different Amtrak trains with my jumper rolled up under my head for a pillow.”</p> <p>The album was recorded in one-off sessions in Memphis, Muscle Shoals, New Orleans, Clarksdale, and Nashville, where the first tracks were cut with Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes) at Bomb Shelter Studios. From meeting and working with a revolving cast of artists and musicians, the accidental nature of the recording process fed into the songwriting and shape of the album. “I got a real sense of a scene that was developing across many cities of the South, connected by friendships and a mutual appreciation of traditional roots music.”</p> <p>Some of the musicians who joined Hanlon in studio had played on hit songs he’s known since childhood. David Hood (Muscle Shoals Sound Studio) and Spooner Oldham (Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin) sat in on a song at the legendary Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, and Howard Grimes, the 72-year-old longtime drummer for Al Green, backed him on the Memphis session.</p> <p>“When I hopped off [the train] I walked around the cities and met buskers, tap-dancers, preachers, drunks and drug dealers, all of whom had something worth learning about,” Hanlon tells. “I started having compulsive notions that whoever I met should somehow contribute to the album. Like fate. One guy tried to break into a car I was sitting in and even he ended up playing bass on a song.”</p> <p>With four studio albums, a rarities album and an EP, Hanlon has built a loyal Australian fan base. Known for his engaging live performances, Hanlon has toured with Billy Bragg, Violent Femmes, The Magnetic Fields, David Dondero, and Jeffrey Lewis. Prior to becoming a solo artist in 1999, Hanlon was a member of the Simpletons, and played with The Lucksmiths, The Dearhunters, and Mick Thomas.</p> <p>Tour dates with Courtney Barnett:</p> <p>5/18/2015 Boston, MA Sinclair<br /> 5/19/2015 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom<br /> 5/20/2015 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom<br /> 5/21/2015 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom<br /> 5/30/2015 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy<br /> 5/31/2015 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy<br /> 6/2/2015 San Diego, CA Casbah<br /> 6/5/2015 Austin, TX Mohawk<br /> 6/6/2015 Dallas, TX Club Dada<br /> 6/7/2015 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jacks<br /> 6/9/2015 Atlanta, GA Vinyl<br /> 6/13/2015 Washington, DC 9:30 Club<br /> 6/15/2015 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer </p> <p>Find out more at <a href=""></a></p> Acoustic Nation Blogs Videos Wed, 25 Feb 2015 13:05:48 +0000 Acoustic Nation Pete RG’s “Still Here (Acoustic Version)” — Exclusive Video Premiere <!--paging_filter--><p>Here’s a sweet song with an arpeggiated finger-picked accompaniment. It’s “Still Here” from Pete RG. </p> <p>Full, resonant vocals delivery a dreamy landscape of straightforward heartfelt sentiment.</p> <p>The band version of the song originally appears on his new release, <em>Lightning Strikes</em>, which came out February 10.</p> <p>RG shares, “‘Still Here’ was written on acoustic guitar, as are most of my songs. I was messing around one evening while Brina [Kabler, multi-instrumentalist/co-producer] was cooking us dinner and stumbled across the chorus, lyrics and melody. Brina chimed in with her background vocal right away. We looked at each other and knew we had something special.</p> <p>"During that time, I was experimenting with alternate guitar tunings. I would grab the tuners and randomly tune a few strings up or down. I was looking to break comfortable writing habits. I did so while developing those first ideas for ‘Still Here’ and came across a tuning that allowed for the droning, finger picked part. The tuning is E-A-D#-F#-B-D#.</p> <p>"Brina and I originally intended for there to only be an acoustic version of the song. No band. But, as we were recording the acoustic guitars, we created a loop for me to play to. The loop inspired some additional guitar ideas, and with that, we were off and running with the band version.”</p> <p>Watch the video here:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>At the core of Pete RG’s rustic yet soulful sound is a voice that reflects on the passing of time. “The fleeting preciousness of it is always my biggest lyrical inspiration,” reveals the singer-songwriter. “We all seem to find a way to waste time away, and it really frustrates me.” It’s a revelation that’s present within each song off of Pete RG’s latest effort, <em>Lightning Strikes</em>, which released on February 10. </p> <p>Recorded and mixed primarily at RG’s personal studio in Santa Monica, CA, additional tracking and mixing was done by renowned engineer Brian Scheuble (U2, Elton John, Sheryl Crow).</p> <p>Helping further bring <em>Lightning Strikes</em> to life was multi-instrumentalist/co-producer Brina Kabler, who RG refers to as his, “musical Swiss Army Knife,” and a massive influence musically. </p> <p>Getting his start in music as the frontman of L.A. indie pop/Americana outfit Last December, RG wasted no time finding his own voice as a solo artist, with a debut full-length (2013’s <em>New Eyes</em>) and a slew of singles under his belt. However, Pete RG’s solo efforts have proven to be an even stronger collaborative effort, working closely with drummer Scotty Kormos and bassist Adam Kury along with Kabler. </p> <p>“I wanted <em>Last December</em> to capture all the feelings and subtleties that I felt when I played the songs by myself,” recalls RG. “Now, I want to reveal as little as possible about myself while working with a band. I want Scotty and Adam to run as far as they can and take me somewhere else. It’s a much more fun and rewarding process than the earlier days.”</p> <p>RG will be touring extensively in the U.S. in support of the EP with Kabler, Kury and Noah Lebenzon on lead guitar. While Kormos won’t be able to join RG on the road due to previous commitments, filling in will be Pearl Jam’s original drummer Dave Krusen.</p> <p>Dates for Pete RG’s upcoming tour here (more to be added):</p> <p>3/03 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar<br /> 3/04 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Mint<br /> 3/05 – San Francisco, CA @ 50 Mason Social House<br /> 3/07 – Portland, OR @ McMenamin’s White Eagle Saloon &amp; Hotel<br /> 3/08 – Ballard, WA @ Sunset Tavern<br /> 3/24 – Boston, MA @ The Midway Café<br /> 3/25 – New York, NY @ Pianos<br /> 3/26 – Philadelphia, PA @ North Star Bar<br /> 4/13 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry<br /> 4/14 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle<br /> 4/15 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Melody Inn<br /> 4/16 – Cleveland, OH @ Wilbert's </p> <p>Purchase Lightning Strikes here: <a href="<br /> "></a></p> <p>Find out more at <a href=""></a></p> Acoustic Nation News Blogs Videos Tue, 24 Feb 2015 12:44:19 +0000 Acoustic Nation 'Tomás Pagán Motta' Out March 3 On 8 Gang Switch — Listen Now! <!--paging_filter--><p>Tomás Pagán Motta is a DC-based songwriter rooted in the traditions of Americana and folk.</p> <p>Previously recording under The Petticoat Tearoom, Motta is stepping out from the pseudonym to release his self-titled debut. </p> <p>The resulting record highlights Motta's move to the foreground, placing his impassioned vocals and expressive lyrics at the center of each warm and orchestral arrangement. </p> <p><em>Tomás Pagán Motta</em> is out next week on 8 Gang Switch, and as of today, the album is available to stream in full as an exclusive premiere with <a href="">HypeMachine. </a></p> <p>Of the record, HypeMachine writes "Motta infuses rootsy Americana with the Carribbean folk of his childhood on this eponymous debut." </p> <p>Motta was born in Maryland of Caribbean heritage and was raised for some time in Puerto Rico. He started his exploration into music playing the trumpet, in an attempt to emulate Cuban multi-instrumentalist Arturo Sandoval. As a young adult, a thirst for expression began to overwhelm him. Motta spent many years as a journalist, but his most vital creative outlet remained songwriting. </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>He formed The Petticoat Tearoom in Baltimore and began showcasing his music, releasing two records under the moniker. After catching the attention of 8 Gang Switch, label home to the acclaimed fellow D.C.-based roots enthusiasts The Deadmen, Motta is now prepared to make a name for himself with his self-titled debut. </p> <p><em>Tomás Pagán Motta</em> is out March 3rd, 2015 via 8 Gang Switch. </p> <p>Upcoming Tour Dates:</p> <p>3/13/2015 - Washington, DC @ The Rock and Roll Hotel (w/ The Deadmen)<br /> 3/15/2015 - Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar Upstairs</p> <p>Find out more at <a href=""></a></p> Acoustic Nation News Mon, 23 Feb 2015 20:01:42 +0000 Acoustic Nation Dion’s 'Recorded Live At The Bitter End, August 1971' Coming April 7 On Omnivore Recordings <!--paging_filter--><p>Dion DiMucci helped define rock music, from his initial doo-wop hits with the Belmonts in the late 1950s, to solo work in the ’60s with smashes like “Runaround Sue,” “The Wanderer,” “Ruby Baby,” and the iconic “Abraham, Martin, and John” in 1968. </p> <p>Such is the reverence for this artist that the Beatles even featured his photo on the cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (he’s next to Tony Curtis, above John Lennon’s head).</p> <p>Omnivore Recordings will release <em>Recorded Live at the Bitter End, August 1971</em>, an unissued live performance recording, on April 7, 2015. </p> <p>Armed with only his pure voice and an acoustic guitar, Dion moves through his catalog flawlessly, making listeners feel like they were in the club that night. This is Dion at his best, at the beginning of his third decade as a star.</p> <p>In addition to the aforementioned hits, Dion presents his then-new material, such as the singles “Your Own Back Yard,” “Sunniland,” and “Sanctuary,” while classics like “Too Much Monkey Business,” a stunning version of the Beatles’ “Blackbird,” and Leonard Cohen’s “Sisters of Mercy,” plus Bob Dylan and Lightning Hopkins covers round out the set.</p> <p>Produced with conjunction with Dion himself, <em>Recorded Live at the Bitter End, August 1971</em> is an essential, and previously unheard release in the Dion canon. The package features rare photos and memorabilia, as well as quotes from an in-depth interview with the singer himself. </p> <p>View the trailer:<br /> <iframe width="620" height="349" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Music had changed since his first release in 1958, and this recording proves that Dion was not only an innovator, but also an artist who could transcend genres while still staying true to what made him a legend. You’ll hear Dion, a guitar, his voice and an intimate crowd.</p> <p>Dion, in an interview with album annotator Dean Rudland, said of the Village folk scene: “Hanging out in the Village, everyone seemed to be a singer-songwriter. I was having fun; it was helping to keep me young, keeping me very interested and engaged in music.”</p> <p>According to Rudland, “<em>Recorded Live at the Bitter End, August 1971</em> encapsulates Dion as a performer at this time. The music shows an artist who is aware of his own legacy and is intent on molding it into something new.”</p> <p>And as Lou Reed said while inducting him into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: “Who could be hipper than Dion?”</p> <p>Track Listing:<br /> 1. Mama, You’ve Been on My Mind 
<br /> 2. Brand New Morning

<br /> 3. Too Much Monkey Business

<br /> 4. Abraham, Martin and John
<br /> 5. One Too Many Mornings 
<br /> 6. Blackbird
<br /> 7. Sisters of Mercy
<br /> 8. Your Own Back Yard<br /> 9. You Better Watch Yourself (aka Driknin’ That Wine)
<br /> 10. Don’t Start Me Talking 
<br /> 11. Sunshine Lady 
<br /> 12. Sunniland
<br /> 13. Sanctuary
<br /> 14. Willigo
<br /> 15. The Wanderer
<br /> 16. Ruby Baby
<br /> 17. Harmony Sound</p> <p>Find out more at <a href=""></a></p> Acoustic Nation News Mon, 23 Feb 2015 14:00:33 +0000 Acoustic Nation 12 PR Tips for Musicians, Music Companies and Just About Everyone! <!--paging_filter--><p>Public Relations, better known as PR. That holy grail of message distribution.</p> <p>I once had someone tell me, “I don’t believe in PR.” My reply was, “What do you mean, like it’s the tooth fairy?”</p> <p>Well-done PR can get you massive amounts of interest, YouTube views, interviews, and so much more. Of course, all with the hope of your efforts leading to sales.</p> <p>Poorly done PR is just frustrating for everyone involved.</p> <p>As an editor I get loads of news releases and pitches every day in my inbox. Your goal should be to interest me, provide me with well-written information in a format that I can use with almost no editing, and all the assets I need to get your news out there quickly.</p> <p>If you’re a musician or fledgling publicist that wants to spread the word about your projects, here are some tips for making the most out of your efforts.</p> <p><strong>1. Make sure your news release is factual…and actually news</strong><br /> News releases are generally written in the third person, so avoid the use of “I” and “we.” They give a run down of the who, what, when, where, why, how and then elaborate in each paragraph, scrolling out a logical progression of facts. Typically editors don’t want to see words like “the best,” “amazing,” “fabulous,” and the like. Leave it to editors to aggrandize about you. You should be factual and fairly humble.</p> <p><strong>2. Keep it short</strong><br /> If you have so much to say that your release is longer than a page or a page and a half, you are probably going to confuse me. Edit, edit, edit. Make sure you are concise and to the point. Have someone else read your release to confirm that it is easy to understand.</p> <p><strong>3. Include a photo</strong><br /> I literally cannot publish a story without a photo. If you make me search for a photo online I might a) pick one that you’ve always hated or b) just give up and publish someone else’s news release. Include a low res (but not tiny) photo with your release and a link where I can download a larger version if I want. You can use Dropbox or Google drive for a photo link. You can include several photo options for download, too. DO NOT include a large photo in your email. My mailbox is always overflowing and this makes me a bit crazy.</p> <p><strong>4. Include a link</strong><br /> You would not believe how many people, even professional publicists, do not include a band or artist website link with the news release. Don’t make me go look for that! Similarly, if you want me to link to somewhere in particular, please include the actual URL in your news release. Do not put GO HERE and have those words be a hotlink. That means that I have to literally click on your link, grab the link and then code it on my site for you. It’s much easier if you just provide me with the link in the first place.</p> <p><strong>5. Include music</strong><br /> Look, we’re in the music industry. Sometimes I see something and it might be right, but I can’t know until I listen. Plus, it’s so much nicer to post news that’s not just a whole bunch of text. So if you have a video you like, or a Soundcloud link that I can include with the news, that is really great. If you just want me to hear it but not post, you can say so. Editors are used to getting audio and video links for their ears only. It also helps if you just say what kind of music you play somewhere toward the top of the release or in the subhead. </p> <p><strong>6. Please proof read — and don’t double space!</strong><br /> I’ve seen this happen. You make a mistake in a news release and suddenly that mistake is everywhere! Proof read your copy. Try all of your links. Don’t rely on editors to catch that stuff, although some do. Also, double spacing between sentences went out with the typewriter. When you double space between sentences I have to search and replace that for a single space every time. </p> <p><strong>7. Have a great subject and headline</strong><br /> The first few words of your subject are the only thing that I see in a preview. Make them count! If something is urgent, say so. If it’s news for today, say Today only! Make your subject concise and indicative of what’s inside. Be careful to not be sensationalist, as sometimes spam filters may filter you out if you are the BEST, MOST AMAZING or it’s the LAST CHANCE! Similarly, keep your headline concise and in Title Case, and your subhead can elaborate.</p> <p><strong>8. Build your lists</strong><br /> Ah, lists. The real gold here. Every time someone reports about your music or your product, you should be a) sharing it on your socials because every reporter wants as many views as possible of their material, b) keeping track of who posted your news so you can pitch them again in the future, and c) categorizing your data so that when you do reach out you are sending relevant information. I report on acoustic music. Not metal. Sorting through news release that are irrelevant to me is exhausting and gives me less time to find and post the news that matters.</p> <p><strong>9. Use a mailing service</strong><br /> There are loads of email services that you can use to send really great looking news releases. Companies like myemma, Mail Chimp, iContact and more let you keep track of your mailing lists for a reasonable cost. You can also see who opened your email, whether they clicked on any links, and more. These are great tools for distributing news. And BTW, do not send your news release in a JPEG or PDF format. Make sure it’s text that editors can easily copy and paste. Putting it right into the body of the email is just fine.</p> <p><strong>10. Target your pitch</strong><br /> And that leads to this. Research journalists that report on the kind of music or products that you produce. Individualize your pitch to their specific needs. Look, editors need content. But they need the right content. If you go to them with something that fits like a glove, it’s a no-brainer. There are several publicists who totally get what I do. I love them. They make my job a pleasure.</p> <p><strong>11. Follow up</strong><br /> I can’t tell you how many times someone has come to me and asked me to do something, I’ve said yes, and then I never hear from them again. You got me to say YES! You should be the most diligent person on the planet at following up. Also, FYI, editors are crazy busy. Sometimes silence does not mean no. If you really truly believe that what you are doing is a perfect fit, be persistent without being annoying. Find new ways to reach them. Even pick up the phone.</p> <p><strong>12. Build relationships</strong><br /> This is the real secret to excellent PR. Great publicists know editors personally. They know what they need. They hang out and have drinks. They invite editors to shows. They are easy and fun to work with. When you can build relationships like that with the media then everyone wins. Especially you! </p> <p><em>Laura B. Whitmore is the editor of and a singer/songwriter based in the Boston metro area. A veteran music industry marketer, she has spent over two decades doing marketing, PR and artist relations for several guitar-related brands including Marshall and VOX. Her company, Mad Sun Marketing, represents Peavey, Dean Markley, MusicFirst, SIR Entertainment Services, Guitar World and many more. Laura is the founder of the <a href="">Women's International Music Network at</a> and the producer of the <a href="">She Rocks Awards</a>. More at <a href=""></a></em></p> Acoustic Nation Blogs Blogs Mon, 23 Feb 2015 12:54:42 +0000 Laura B. Whitmore Johnny Winter Lesson: Slide Riffing in Open A Tuning <!--paging_filter--><p><em>From the Archive: This column was originally published in Issue 53 of </em>Guitar World Acoustic. <em>The audio examples in this lesson were performed by </em>Guitar World's<em> Jimmy Brown.</em></p> <p>I’d like to acquaint you with some great slide licks I like to play in open A tuning. </p> <p>These riffs and runs are super-versatile. You can use them to hop up your own blues pieces, employ them as solos in a classic blues song or even just entertain yourself with them on a back porch in the middle of a scorching heat wave. </p> <p>Before taking on the licks, let’s take the time to briefly discuss the proper slide-playing technique. The slide should sit with even pressure across the strings, parallel to and directly above the indicated frets. </p> <p>If you wear the slide on your pinky (like I do), lightly rest your index, middle and ring fingers across the strings behind the slide (toward the headstock). Muting the strings behind the slide with your fingers like this will help eliminate unwanted string noises and overtones.</p> <p>Now let's look at open A (low to high: E A E A C# E). In this tuning, the low E, high E and A strings remain at standard pitch, while the D, G and B strings are each raised one whole step, to E, A, and C#, respectively (<strong>FIGURE 1</strong>).</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/figure%201_0.jpg" width="222" height="194" align="left" style="padding:10px 20px 10px 0;" alt="figure 1_0.jpg" /><br /> <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>FIGURE 2</strong> shows the single notes that are most often used in open A tuning licks and solos played within the first five frets. These notes are all derived from the A minor pentatonic scale (A C D E G), and in this example the scale is spread across two octaves.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/figure%202.jpg" width="382" height="192" align="left" style="padding:10px 20px 10px 0;" alt="figure 2.jpg" /><br /> <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src=""></iframe></p> <p>You’ll notice some of the notes are indicated twice, on two adjacent strings. This is because they are commonly played in more than one position. Practice playing these notes, first without the slide, then with it, ascending and descending until you’ve memorize their locations on the fretboard.</p> <p>Now let’s play some licks using these notes in this position. <strong>FIGURES 3a-e</strong> illustrate a handful of open A slide licks that I use all the time; many of them are staples of the “country” blues style. </p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/figure%203a.jpg" width="620" height="184" align="left" style="padding:10px 20px 10px 0;" alt="figure 3a.jpg" /><br /> <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src=""></iframe></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/figure%203b.jpg" width="619" height="142" align="left" style="padding:10px 20px 10px 0;" alt="figure 3b.jpg" /><br /> <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src=""></iframe></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/figure%203c.jpg" width="620" height="147" align="left" style="padding:10px 20px 10px 0;" alt="figure 3c.jpg" /><br /> <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src=""></iframe></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/figure%203d.jpg" width="620" height="158" align="left" style="padding:10px 20px 10px 0;" alt="figure 3d.jpg" /><br /> <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src=""></iframe></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/figure%203e.jpg" width="619" height="176" align="left" style="padding:10px 20px 10px 0;" alt="figure 3e.jpg" /><br /> <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src=""></iframe></p> <p>You can hear me play licks along these lines on my recordings of songs like “Come On in My Kitchen” (<em>Best of Johnny Winter</em>), “Feel Like Going Home” (Muddy Waters: <em>Blues Sky</em>) and “Sittin’ in the Jailhouse” (<em>Johnny Winter: A Rock N’ Roll Collection</em>).</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="/johnny-winter">Johnny Winter</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Acoustic Nation Johnny Winter News Lessons Blogs News Lessons Sun, 22 Feb 2015 20:20:36 +0000 Johnny Winter Gear Review: GMF Ai1 Acoustic Pre-Amp/DI <!--paging_filter--><p>Sending your dry guitar signal to a sound man is a bit like that team-building exercise where a blindfolded individual is instructed to fall backwards into a group of people who might (or might not) catch him or her. </p> <p>GMF's Ai1 offers guitarists more control over their DI tone, with a preamp and headphone amp to boot. If GMF sounds like a new brand to you, the CEO also happens to be the founder of Ultrasound Amps.</p> <p>Let’s take a look at the controls: Treble, Bass, Level and Gain. Toggle switches include a Ground Lift, Phase In/Out and a Shape On/Off. Shape is a mid-scoop when engaged. The ins and outs are ¼-inch jacks, a balanced XLR out, ⅛-inch headphone jack and a pair of stereo RCA in/out. The Ai1 can be powered by 9-volt battery or a power supply.</p> <p>With the RCA ins and the ⅛-inch headphone jack, I was able to jam along with music on my phone. Measurements are roughly 4-by-4-by-2 inches, which fits comfortably into most gigbag or case pockets. </p> <p><strong>Let's go to the audio clips!</strong></p> <p>For all the clips below, I used a Taylor 314 I borrowed without asking. Thanks, Dad!</p> <p><strong>Clip 1</strong>: Is the Ai1 straight ahead with a little onboard EQ’ing.<br /> <strong>Clip 2</strong>: The same as Clip 2, but with the Shape function on.<br /> <strong>Clip 3</strong>: Some fingerpicking to show off the Ai1’s clarity without harshness.</p> <p><strong>Web:</strong> <a href=""></a><br /> <strong>MSRP:</strong> $199</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><em>You can't believe everything you read on the Internet, but Billy Voight is a gear reviewer, bassist and guitarist from Pennsylvania. He has Hartke bass amps and Walden acoustic guitars to thank for supplying some of the finest gear on his musical journey. Need Billy's help in creating noise for your next project? Drop him a line at</em></p> Acoustic Nation Billy Voight Billy's Breakdown Accessories Gear Blogs Blogs Gear Sun, 22 Feb 2015 17:50:57 +0000 Billy Voight Learn “Say Something” for Easy Acoustic Guitar — Lesson <!--paging_filter--><p>Today just might be a good day to learn a new easy acoustic guitar song!</p> <p>Here’s our first in a series of song tutorials from Ian of <a href=""></a></p> <p>This song is “Say Something,” is by A Great Big World. A poignant, lovely and easy tune.</p> <p>If you have trouble with chord changes, replace the D, Em and C chords with Dsus4, Em7 and Cadd9 respectively.</p> <p>Using these chords make chord changes much easier for beginners and in some cases even makes the song sound better than if you just used the normal chords.</p> <p>The original key of the song is D so capo the 7th fret and use the chords below if you want to play in the same key as the original song.</p> <p>Here are all the details!</p> <p>—————————————-<br /> CHORDS USED (4): G C D Em</p> <p>Easier Chord Options (4): G Cadd9 Dsus4 Em7</p> <p>Tutorial Song Key: G<br /> Original Song Key: D (Capo 7th fret)<br /> —————————————-<br /> STRUMMING PATTERN</p> <p>Down Strokes Only: (Recommended for beginners)</p> <p>down down down<br /> Up and Down Strokes:</p> <p>down (down up)(down up)</p> <p>Lesson:<br /> <iframe width="620" height="349" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Ian runs through the song:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>More at <a href=""></a></p> Acoustic Nation News Lessons Blogs Sat, 21 Feb 2015 18:15:50 +0000 Acoustic Nation