Blogs http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/3661/all en Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time Poll: "Patience" Vs. "Wild Horses" http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-barsoat-best-acoustic-rock-song-all-time-patience-vs-wild-horses <!--paging_filter--><p>There’s no doubt that acoustic songs have played a lead role in in rock and roll. </p> <p>And while we’ve talked about many of these songs and their origins, taught you how to play them and shared many a thought about ‘em, we think it’s time to get down to brass tacks.</p> <p>While it’s been ridiculously hard to whittle our list down, we now present you with what we think are some of the best acoustic rock songs of all time. </p> <p>Over the next several weeks we’ll be giving you a chance to vote for your favorites as we aim to name the Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time presented by <a href="http://www.tcelectronic.com/">TC Electronic</a>!</p> <p>So come back every day and vote. And check out today’s entries below.<br /> <br /><br /> <strong>"PATIENCE," GUNS N' ROSES<br /> <em>GN'R Lies</em> (1988)</strong> </p> <p>Although <em>GN'R Lies</em> features a number of acoustic tracks, including the country-ish, darkly comedic "Used to Love Her" ("but I had to kill her" ... ), it was the lovelorn "Patience," a glacial-paced ballad, that marked the most radical left turn for the normally hard-rocking group, and also gave them one of their biggest hits. </p> <p>The song was recorded in a single take, with guitarists Slash and Izzy Stradlin and bassist Duff McKagan all on acoustics. Axl Rose, for his part, contributes some fine whistling at the intro. </p> <p>The final two minutes stand as Gn'R's "Kumbaya" moment, with the whole band cooing the song's title in sweet harmony. Then everybody got in a fight, but that's another story. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ErvgV4P6Fzc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /> <strong>”WILD HORSES,” THE ROLLING STONES<br /> <em>Sticky Fingers</em> (1971)</strong></p> <p>Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, the two cite it as the feel of “being a million miles from where you want to be.”</p> <p>The track features a 12-string acoustic guitar played by Richards, as well as Mick Taylor on acoustic guitar. The country and folk-influenced track is a crowd favorite at The Rolling Stones live shows, although appearing on only 1 of their live albums. </p> <p>To this day, “Wild Horses” is widely-used in various films and T.V. shows, such as ‘Parks &amp; Recreation’ and will always be a Stones stable. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/QhwwCWkmYoc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>VOTE NOW: </p> <script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8" src="http://static.polldaddy.com/p/9033933.js"></script><p><noscript><a href="http://polldaddy.com/poll/9033933/">Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time: "Patience" Vs "Wild Horses"</a></noscript></p> <p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"> <a title="View The Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time on Scribd" href="https://www.scribd.com/doc/276426009/The-Best-Acoustic-Rock-Song-of-All-Time" style="text-decoration: underline;" >The Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="https://www.scribd.com/embeds/276426009/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_71945" width="100%" height="400" frameborder="0"></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="/guns-n039-roses">Guns N&#039; Roses</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-barsoat-best-acoustic-rock-song-all-time-patience-vs-wild-horses#comments Acoustic Nation Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time Guns N' Roses News Patience Poll Polls The Rolling Stones Wild Horses Blogs News Thu, 27 Aug 2015 09:40:51 +0000 Acoustic Nation 25327 at http://www.guitarworld.com Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time Poll: "Lola" Vs. "Jack & Diane" http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-barsoat-best-acoustic-rock-song-all-time-lola-vs-jack-diane <!--paging_filter--><p>There’s no doubt that acoustic songs have played a lead role in in rock and roll. </p> <p>And while we’ve talked about many of these songs and their origins, taught you how to play them and shared many a thought about ‘em, we think it’s time to get down to brass tacks.</p> <p>While it’s been ridiculously hard to whittle our list down, we now present you with what we think are some of the best acoustic rock songs of all time. </p> <p>Over the next several weeks we’ll be giving you a chance to vote for your favorites as we aim to name the Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time presented by <a href="http://www.tcelectronic.com/">TC Electronic</a>!</p> <p>So come back every day and vote. And check out today’s entries below.<br /> <br /><br /> <strong>”LOLA,” THE KINKS<br /> <em>Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One</em> (1970)</strong></p> <p>“Lola” is a classic hit by The Kinks, with a story revolving around meeting a beautiful cross dresser, who originally fooled the subject into believing that he was female. </p> <p>The song was ahead of its time in 1970, and many stations banned it from getting airplay in Australia because of “controversial subject matter.” Another key factor in the censorship of the song came from the BBC, who banned the track because of the product placement (they have a policy against any product placement in songs) of Coca Cola, forcing singer Ray Davies to change the lyrics to “cherry cola” in order to get radio play. </p> <p>The Kinks are widely recognized by this song (and their monster-hit, “You Really Got Me”), and play it to this day. “Lola"" is also well-loved by the band, because of the controversial subject matter and arrangement of the track. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/nVXmMMSo47s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /> <strong>”JACK &amp; DIANE,” JOHN MELLENCAMP<br /> <em>American Fool</em> (1982)</strong></p> <p>The hit song “Jack &amp; Diane” was released in 1982 and made waves. It spent 4 weeks at #1 on the Billboard charts, and is John Mellencamp’s most successful track. </p> <p>Mellencamp based the song on the film ‘Sweet Bird of Youth.’ With lyrics revolving around the tale of a young couple growing up, and taking in all of life’s experiences, it’s a tale of fleeting youth. </p> <p>In terms of recording, Mellencamp has said it was a rough one to get through: “When I play it on guitar by myself, it sounds great; but I could never get the band to play along with me. That’s why the arrangement’s so weird. Stopping and starting, it’s not very musical.” </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/h04CH9YZcpI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>VOTE NOW:</p> <script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8" src="http://static.polldaddy.com/p/9033922.js"></script><p><noscript><a href="http://polldaddy.com/poll/9033922/">Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time: "Lola" Vs "Jack &amp; Diane"</a></noscript></p> <p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"> <a title="View The Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time on Scribd" href="https://www.scribd.com/doc/276121062/The-Best-Acoustic-Rock-Song-of-All-Time" style="text-decoration: underline;" >The Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="https://www.scribd.com/embeds/276121062/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_33746" width="100%" height="400" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-barsoat-best-acoustic-rock-song-all-time-lola-vs-jack-diane#comments Acoustic Nation Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time Jack & Diane John Cougar Mellencamp Lola News Poll Polls The Kinks Blogs News Wed, 26 Aug 2015 09:33:34 +0000 Acoustic Nation 25326 at http://www.guitarworld.com Kyle Park Shares "What Goes Around Comes Around" — Exclusive Acoustic Video http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-kyle-park-shares-what-goes-around-comes-around-exclusive-acoustic-video/25349 <!--paging_filter--><p>Here’s a cool acoustic foray from Kyle Park for his song, “What Goes Around Comes Around.”</p> <p>I must say, this heartfelt rendition is pure magic. The tragic message sinks in with a quiet delivery. Sometimes all it takes is a baseball cap and an acoustic guitar to get the point across.</p> <p>It’s a masterful performance! Love!</p> <p>Park is set to release his fifth studio album, <em>The Blue Roof Sessions<em> on October 23 via Thirty Tigers. Drawing from a dynamic mix of styles and influences (George Strait, Chris LeDoux, Clint Black, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard), the invigorated Park has added a jolt of rock ‘n roll intensity to this LP. The result is a milestone in his catalog – guitar-heavy tracks with a tougher edge that display raw, heartfelt, mainstream country music. </em></em></p> <p>About the album, Park shares, "My newest studio album 'The Blue Roof Sessions' has more guitar than ever before. Crazy good licks, bluesy riff rock, twin harmonies, lots of fun melodies, and more. It may be in the country genre, but this album rocks."</p> <p>Kyle Park is set to release his fifth studio album, ‘The Blue Roof Sessions’ on October 23 via Thirty Tigers. Drawing from a dynamic mix of styles and influences (George Strait, Chris LeDoux, Clint Black, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard), the invigorated Park has added a jolt of rock ‘n roll intensity to this LP. The result is a milestone in his catalog – guitar-heavy tracks with a tougher edge that display raw, heartfelt, mainstream country music.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/wcA-klNOWZg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em>The Blue Roof Sessions</em> was self-produced and features twelve blistery, country rock songs about love, life and all things in between. For this aptly titled album, Park decided to take an organic approach and opted to not record the basic tracks in a traditional studio. Instead, Park and his studio band hunkered down in a (blue-roofed) house along the shores of Lake Travis (outside of Austin, TX). “Recording in the house, the idea was to go for an open feeling, something really big, with the drums very prevalent in the mix,” he explains. “It wasn’t about making a rockin’ album as much as making an album where the music comes first.”</p> <p>Find out more at <a href="http://www.kylepark.com">http://www.kylepark.com</a></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-kyle-park-shares-what-goes-around-comes-around-exclusive-acoustic-video/25349#comments Acoustic Nation Blogs Videos Wed, 26 Aug 2015 01:42:42 +0000 Laura B. Whitmore 25349 at http://www.guitarworld.com Langhorne Slim Talks 'The Spirit Moves' — Exclusive Interview http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-langhorne-slim-exclusive-interview/25347 <!--paging_filter--><p>If you’re in the mood for some straight up, good-to-the-bone music, look no further than the newest release from Langhorne Slim and The Law, <em>The Spirit Moves.</em>. </p> <p>The raw and warm energy here that’s delivered in a varied mix from sweet to downright raucous is just what the doctor ordered. Catchy, toe-tapping vintage-tinged rock that skillfully lives alongside gorgeous acoustic confessions.</p> <p>Now living in Nashville, Langhorne Slim and The Law, skillfully cut to the bone. The new album is a stunning portrait of Langhorne Slim’s introspective embrace of change and self. </p> <p><em>The Spirit Moves<em> was recorded in Nashville as well, with Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Hurray for the Riff Raff) at his Bomb Shelter studio. Kenny Siegal joined Langhorne Slim as co-producer. While this album is likely his most introspective album to date, it is also filled with the danceable catchy melodies that have drawn fans to his music.</em></em></p> <p>Here we talk to Langhorne Slim about the album and more!</p> <p><em><strong>You moved to Nashville a couple of years ago. Has living there influenced your style and the writing for this album? </strong></em></p> <p>Yes and no. I don’t know how the places that I live influence my music, and I’ve been traveling since I was 18. And I’m more influenced by what’s going on internally, which with me is usually all I really need. Nashville for me…I feel more at home here than other places I’ve lived. And I think for me that it’s a combination of this amazing town and the energy here and where I’m at in my life. And that plays into my artistic output. It’s provided me a place to feel a warmth and a new sort of strength that I’ve been able to step into. I feel love here, and that’s what a fellow needs sometimes!</p> <p><em><strong>Did anything surprise you in the creation of this album? Something you didn’t expect. </strong></em></p> <p>I don’t know. It’s the first record that I’ve ever recorded completely sober. So for me it was a matter of figuring out how that was going to be in the studio and how I was going to writing without any other sorts of aids or tools. So I don’t know if you’d call it surprised, but I was intrigued and terrified to see if I could prove to myself what I was all about just being me. I’m proud of the result. It was a huge step for me. I feel this went the best that it’s ever gone in my creative and spiritual life.</p> <p>"Airplane"<br /> <embed src="http://www.cbsnews.com/common/video/cbsnews_video.swf" scale="noscale" salign="lt" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" background="#000000" width="620" height="387" allowFullScreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" FlashVars="pType=embed&amp;si=254&amp;pid=uCZvnaDnzfkV&amp;uuid=19c7af55-598f-4323-9c77-a90db760f65a&amp;url=http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/saturday-sessions-langhorne-slim-the-law-performs-airplane/" /><br /> <div class='cbs-resources'><span class='cbs-more'>View More: </span><a href='http://www.cbsnews.com/music/' class='cbs-link'>Music News</a><span class='cbs-pipe'>|</span><a href='http://www.cbsnews.com/cbs-this-morning-saturday/' class='cbs-link'>Saturday News</a><span class='cbs-pipe'>|</span><a href='http://www.cbsnews.com/us/' class='cbs-link'>U.S. News</a><span class='cbs-pipe'>|</span><a href='http://www.cbsnews.com/live/' class='cbs-link'>Live News</a><span class='cbs-pipe'>|</span><a href='http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/' class='cbs-link'>More News Videos</a></div> <style type='text/css'>.cbs-link {color:#4B5054;text-decoration:none; font: normal 12px Arial;}.cbs-link:hover {color:#A7COFF;text-decoration:none; font: normal 12px Arial;}.cbs-pipe {color:#303435;padding: 0 2px;}.cbs-resources {height:24px; background-color:#000; padding: 0 0 0 8px; width: 612px;}.cbs-more {font: normal 12px Arial; color: #4B5054; padding-right:2px;}</style><p> <em><strong>Did the members of The Law contribute how the songs were arranged and recorded? </strong></em></p> <p>Yes, always. They are masterful, soulful guys. I write most all of the material, and on this record my dear friend Ken Siegel helped me put together more than half of the songs. I would fly out to New York, and go to Catskill to where he lives and we’d put the tunes together and get weird out there. We recorded demos in his studio, Old Soul Studios and then send them to the band. And then I and the band would get together sort of retreat style, since none of us live in the same city, and build up the tunes. The songs wouldn’t be what they are without the input of those boys.</p> <p><em><strong>Let’s talk about your gear. What’s your go-to guitar? </strong></em></p> <p>A lot of the guitars on the album are not my guitars. A lot of them are owned by Andrija, who owns the Bomb Shelter Studio in Nashville. He provided lots of different guitars, which were great to achieve different sounds. The guitars I have are all Martins. I have a D-28, a D-35 and a little parlor. </p> <p><em><strong>Do you ever use alternate tunings? </strong></em></p> <p>Sometimes I use Nashville tuning, but that’s it. I sometimes use open tunings, but not for this album.</p> <p>"Strangers"<br /> <embed src="http://www.cbsnews.com/common/video/cbsnews_video.swf" scale="noscale" salign="lt" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" background="#000000" width="620" height="387" allowFullScreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" FlashVars="pType=embed&amp;si=254&amp;pid=RLfyealmHX9V&amp;uuid=23f6a220-bcca-4fac-8ddb-1d8a6007457e&amp;url=http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/saturday-sessions-langhorne-slim-the-law-performs-strangers/" /><br /> <div class='cbs-resources'><span class='cbs-more'>View More: </span><a href='http://www.cbsnews.com/music/' class='cbs-link'>Music News</a><span class='cbs-pipe'>|</span><a href='http://www.cbsnews.com/cbs-this-morning-saturday/' class='cbs-link'>Saturday News</a><span class='cbs-pipe'>|</span><a href='http://www.cbsnews.com/us/' class='cbs-link'>U.S. News</a><span class='cbs-pipe'>|</span><a href='http://www.cbsnews.com/live/' class='cbs-link'>Live News</a><span class='cbs-pipe'>|</span><a href='http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/' class='cbs-link'>More News Videos</a></div> <style type='text/css'>.cbs-link {color:#4B5054;text-decoration:none; font: normal 12px Arial;}.cbs-link:hover {color:#A7COFF;text-decoration:none; font: normal 12px Arial;}.cbs-pipe {color:#303435;padding: 0 2px;}.cbs-resources {height:24px; background-color:#000; padding: 0 0 0 8px; width: 612px;}.cbs-more {font: normal 12px Arial; color: #4B5054; padding-right:2px;}</style><p> <em><strong>I understand that you use Kyser capos. </strong></em></p> <p>For what I do, that capo is perfect. For my band, we’re a live rock ‘n’ roll band. Kyser capos are the easiest that I’ve found to do what I need to do. I’ve been a fan of those capos since I started playing. I don’t even know how many years! They get the job done.</p> <p><em><strong>What’s next for you and the band? </strong></em></p> <p>We just came of a leg of the tour, but we’ll be heading out again in a couple of weeks. We played on Conan and a CBS TV appearance. And we’ll pick back up and get back at it.</p> <p><em><strong>Is there a song or two from the album that you particularly enjoy playing live? </strong></em></p> <p>Well, there’s more than a song or two, because it’s a brand new album! “Airplane” is a particular favorite. And live I really like to play “Spirit Moves.” The record's new and it’s fresh and it all feels pretty darn good.</p> <p>See tour dates and more at <a href="http://www.langhorneslim.com">http://www.langhorneslim.com</a></p> </embed></p></embed></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-langhorne-slim-exclusive-interview/25347#comments Acoustic Nation Interviews Blogs Tue, 25 Aug 2015 18:35:37 +0000 Laura B. Whitmore 25347 at http://www.guitarworld.com Never Shout Never and Gretsch Team Up for Guitar Giveaway http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-never-shout-never-and-gretsch-team-guitar-giveaway/25153 <!--paging_filter--><p>Here’s a treat! Never Shout Never has partnered with Gretsch to bring you this fabulous acoustic guitar signed by the band’s founder, Christofer Drew.</p> <p>And you can enter to win it right here!</p> <p>Celebrating the release of the band’s new album <em>Black Cat</em> on August 7 from Warner Records, Never Shout Never will be touring and playing all over the western U.S. the first week of August. Check out their schedule at <a href="http://nevershoutnever.com">nevershoutnever.com</a></p> <p>At the ripe age of 24, Christofer Drew and Never Shout Never are on the cusp of releasing their seventh full-length album and a pair of EP’s. A songwriter to be reckoned with since he was 16, Drew’s trajectory as a lyricist and tunesmith only rises, evolving steadily with each new release, as does his empire of fans. Tackling heavy subjects like truth, love, loss, and acceptance, he has developed a genuine talent for exploring the human condition from a place of positivity. And with the 10 crack cuts collected here on Black Cat, it’s not a stretch to label Drew a master of his craft, despite the fact that he still can’t legally rent a car.</p> <p>Take a listen here:<br /> <iframe width="620" height="349" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/l9ew4wSG7cU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>The guitar they’re sharing with one lucky fan is a Gretsch G9500 Jim Dandy Flat Top. Faithful to the Gretsch "Rex" parlor guitars of the 1930s, '40s and '50s, the G9500 Jim Dandy Flat Top parlor-style model embodies everything that was great about everyone's first guitar. Everything and then some, that is, because the G9500 is crafted with select guitar woods and is fully lined and braced for warm and pleasing tone, with a 24" scale for endless hours of playing comfort.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/IMG_4289%202.jpg" width="620" height="413" alt="IMG_4289 2.jpg" /></p> <p>More at <a href="http://nevershoutnever.com">nevershoutnever.com</a></p> <div id="wufoo-p13thg430mohq10"> Fill out my <a href="https://nbmedia.wufoo.com/forms/p13thg430mohq10">online form</a>. </div> <script type="text/javascript">var p13thg430mohq10;(function(d, t) { var s = d.createElement(t), options = { 'userName':'nbmedia', 'formHash':'p13thg430mohq10', 'autoResize':true, 'height':'1067', 'async':true, 'host':'wufoo.com', 'header':'show', 'ssl':true}; s.src = ('https:' == d.location.protocol ? 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"Wish You Were Here" http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-barsoat-best-acoustic-rock-song-all-time-every-rose-has-its-thorn-vs-wish-you-were-here <!--paging_filter--><p>There’s no doubt that acoustic songs have played a lead role in in rock and roll. </p> <p>And while we’ve talked about many of these songs and their origins, taught you how to play them and shared many a thought about ‘em, we think it’s time to get down to brass tacks.</p> <p>While it’s been ridiculously hard to whittle our list down, we now present you with what we think are some of the best acoustic rock songs of all time. </p> <p>Over the next several weeks we’ll be giving you a chance to vote for your favorites as we aim to name the Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time presented by <a href="http://www.tcelectronic.com/">TC Electronic</a>!</p> <p>So come back every day and vote. And check out today’s entries below.<br /> <br /><br /> <strong>"EVERY ROSE HAS ITS THORN," POISON<br /> <em>Open Up and Say ...Ahh!</em> (1988)</strong> </p> <p>When you think of Eighties power ballads, one song stands head, hair and shoulders above the rest: "Every Rose Has Its Thorn."</p> <p>Penned by singer Bret Michaels after he discovered that his stripper girlfriend had been cheating on him, the 1988 smash hit proved that glam-metal dudes have feelings, too. </p> <p>While the recorded version features a typically histrionic electric guitar solo from Poison's C.C. DeVille, Michaels' lyrical directness, solid song construction and strong acoustic playing rule the day. </p> <p>Michaels has said that "People related to the song because I related to the song," and indeed, "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," which hit Number 1 in 1988, has since become a defining tune of the era. As for that stripper girlfriend, she's now a hedge fund investor.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/gYeZJ9_Hmwg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /> <strong>”WISH YOU WERE HERE,” PINK FLOYD<br /> <em>Wish You Were Here</em> (1975)</strong></p> <p>The gorgeous title track off of Pink Floyd’s ‘Wish You Were Here’ hails as the band's best-known song, and the guitar line serves as one of the most recognizable in rock history. </p> <p>Written by Roger Waters and David Gilmour about feelings of alienation, it also refers to former Pink Floyd member Syd Barrett and his downward journey. </p> <p>The acoustic feel is supported by a 12-string guitar, which was recorded to sound as if it’s playing through an old AM radio at the beginning of the track, giving the song a strong sentimental feel that goes hand-in-hand with the lyrics of mourning. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/DPL_SV3n7IU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>VOTE NOW:</p> <script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8" src="http://static.polldaddy.com/p/9033911.js"></script><p><noscript><a href="http://polldaddy.com/poll/9033911/">Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time: "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" Vs "Wish You Were Here"</a></noscript></p> <p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"> <a title="View The Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time on Scribd" href="https://www.scribd.com/doc/275969296/The-Best-Acoustic-Rock-Song-of-All-Time" style="text-decoration: underline;" >The Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="https://www.scribd.com/embeds/275969296/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_69691" width="100%" height="400" frameborder="0"></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="/pink-floyd">Pink Floyd</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/poison">Poison</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-barsoat-best-acoustic-rock-song-all-time-every-rose-has-its-thorn-vs-wish-you-were-here#comments Acoustic Nation Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time Every Rose Has Its Thorn News Pink Floyd Poison Poll Polls Wish You Were Here Blogs News Tue, 25 Aug 2015 12:22:35 +0000 Acoustic Nation 25325 at http://www.guitarworld.com Tommy Emmanuel Does Double Duty on "Hellos and Goodbyes" — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-video-tommy-emmanuel-does-double-duty-hellos-and-goodbyes <!--paging_filter--><p>Are you seeing double? So am I!</p> <p>It's Tommy Emmanuel and ... Tommy Emmanuel in a duet with himself!</p> <p>If you think this might be gimmicky, think again. Emmanuel knows how to deliver an beautifully executed acoustic performance, and this one has double the goodness.</p> <p>The song, "Hellos and Goodbyes," was written for the album, <em>The Journey</em>, which went double platinum in Australia and won the Aria award for Best Adult Contemporary Album of the Year in 1994.</p> <p>According to Emmanuel, the title came to him in a dream. The next day, one of his friends called to say his father had died. His sister was in the same hospital and gave birth the same day. "Hellos and Goodbyes" indeed.</p> <p>Throughout his career, Emmanuel has played with many notable artists including Chet Atkins, Eric Clapton, George Martin and John Denver. He picked up the guitar at age 4 and as you can tell, he hasn't put it down since.</p> <p>He's touring now and will be back in the U.S. this summer. Find out where at <a href="http://www.tommyemmanuel.com">tommyemmanuel.com</a>. </p> <p>Watch "Hellos and Goodbyes" here:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/uh6wntiOXM4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-video-tommy-emmanuel-does-double-duty-hellos-and-goodbyes#comments acoustic guitar Acoustic Nation Tommy Emmanuel Videos Blogs Videos News Tue, 25 Aug 2015 01:50:15 +0000 Laura B. Whitmore 20682 at http://www.guitarworld.com The Command Sisters' "Earthquake" — Exclusive Acoustic Video http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-command-sisters-earthquake-exclusive-acoustic-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Here’s a real treat from the amazingly talented Command Sisters.</p> <p>Charlotte and Sarah crossed my path a couple of years ago after they won a contest with the John Lennon Songwriting folks. </p> <p>Hailing from Canada, this pair of teenage performers have an innate gift and a kind demeanor that make for a refreshing combination of blow me away talent in a nice girl package. What’s not to like?</p> <p>Today we’re sharing an exclusive video performance of their new song “Earthquake,” which they penned for an EDM act, Disco Fries, which is hitting the charts now!</p> <p>As you’ll see, this song more than holds up in this acoustic form. As a matter of fact, it gave me chills in the studio!</p> <p>Check it out here:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/mUyGKqdkhOA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>In 2014 Charlotte and Sarah were winners of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and asked to perform at NAMM in Los Angeles and at the She Rocks Awards (honouring women in music such as Sheila E and Janie Hendrix). </p> <p>They were also seen at the Sundance Film Fest 2014 and featured in Guitar World's/Acoustic Nation's facebook and website. They were honoured to be chosen to perform for Jowi Taylor's 6String Nation. Summer festivals included Boots &amp; Hearts, Cavendish and Blueberry, and performed at the Shanghai International Arts Festival in October.</p> <p>With chops and confidence that belie their years, the Command Sisters are ones to watch. Keep up with them at <a href="http://www.thecommandsisters.com/">www.thecommandsisters.com</a></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-command-sisters-earthquake-exclusive-acoustic-video#comments Acoustic Nation The Command Sisters Blogs Videos Mon, 24 Aug 2015 14:29:57 +0000 Laura B. Whitmore 23784 at http://www.guitarworld.com Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time Poll: "She Talks to Angels" Vs. "Stairway to Heaven" http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-barsoat-best-acoustic-rock-song-all-time-she-talks-to-angels-vs-stairway-to-heaven <!--paging_filter--><p>There’s no doubt that acoustic songs have played a lead role in in rock and roll. </p> <p>And while we’ve talked about many of these songs and their origins, taught you how to play them and shared many a thought about ‘em, we think it’s time to get down to brass tacks.</p> <p>While it’s been ridiculously hard to whittle our list down, we now present you with what we think are some of the best acoustic rock songs of all time. </p> <p>Over the next several weeks we’ll be giving you a chance to vote for your favorites as we aim to name the Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time presented by <a href="http://www.tcelectronic.com/">TC Electronic</a>!</p> <p>So come back every day and vote. And check out today’s entries below.<br /> <br /><br /> <strong>"SHE TALKS TO ANGELS," THE BLACK CROWES<br /> <em>Shake Your Money Maker</em> (1990)</strong> </p> <p>"Jealous Again," "Twice as Hard" and "Hard to Handle" put Atlanta's Black Crowes on the map as a raucous, genuine-article blues-rock ensemble.</p> <p>But it was this soulful acoustic-driven number about the ravages of heroin addiction that put the band over the top-and gave it a Number One song. </p> <p>For the recording, guitarist Rich Robinson (who wrote the music to the song when he was just 15) played a Martin D-28 in open D tuning. Although he capoed the 2nd fret, effectively giving him an open E tuning, there's a certain feel and texture to his sound that fits the wrenching nature of the track. Add in brother Chris Robinson's soulful, yearning vocal, and you have something truly heavenly. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="465" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/1a76FeV2-Dw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /> <strong>"STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN," LED ZEPPELIN<br /> <em>Led Zeppelin IV</em> (1971)</strong> </p> <p><em>Led Zeppelin III</em> was largely an unplugged affair, but "Stairway to Heaven," from the band's follow-up, wins the prize for acoustic guitar excellence. </p> <p>Jimmy Page's delicately fingerpicked arpeggios made the song Zeppelin's-and rock's-definitive acoustic moment. </p> <p>Over the years, "Stairway to Heaven" has dominated countless "greatest rock song ever" lists, thanks to its spellbinding mix of lyrical mysticism, compositional and production genius and instrumental virtuosity. </p> <p>But its most celebrated moment remains Page's unaccompanied intro: whether heard on a radio or played by some pimply kid in a guitar store, all it takes is those first few acoustic guitar notes and you can instantly name that tune.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/BcL---4xQYA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>VOTE NOW:</p> <script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8" src="http://static.polldaddy.com/p/9033895.js"></script><p><noscript><a href="http://polldaddy.com/poll/9033895/">Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time: "She Talks to Angels" Vs "Stairway to Heaven"</a></noscript></p> <p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-<p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"> <a title="View The Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time on Scribd" href="https://www.scribd.com/doc/275591992/The-Best-Acoustic-Rock-Song-of-All-Time" style="text-decoration: underline;" >The Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="https://www.scribd.com/embeds/275591992/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_72956" width="100%" height="400" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-barsoat-best-acoustic-rock-song-all-time-she-talks-to-angels-vs-stairway-to-heaven#comments Acoustic Nation Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time Led Zeppelin News Poll Polls She Talks to Angels Stairway to Heaven The Black Crowes Blogs News Mon, 24 Aug 2015 11:18:49 +0000 Acoustic Nation 25324 at http://www.guitarworld.com Eight Amazing Female Acoustic Guitar Players http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-eight-amazing-female-acoustic-players <!--paging_filter--><p>As a simple strummer myself, I can fully appreciate the time these ladies have put into mastering their instrument. But it’s their passion that really shines through. I’ve met or seen most of these amazing players perform live, and let me just say, WOWZA! </p> <p>With a pile of accolades amongst them, each of these players has excelled as a musician in her own way with ability that is undisputed. </p> <p>Check out the variety and skill of these special players. From bluegrass to acoustic metal, there's a little bit of something for everyone. And if you want to turn me on to more fabulous female performers, give me a shout in the comments below.<br /> <br /><br /> <strong><a href="http://www.kakiking.com">Kaki King</a></strong></p> <p>I know what you’re thinking. Duh, right? Well yeah, no list of great acoustic players, male or female, would be complete without the dazzling Ms. King. Aside from the masterful tapping and finger gymnastics, she’s just so darn musical. Mesmerizing puts it mildly.</p> <p>“Cargo Cult”<br /> <iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/CTR9eveCx4g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong><a href="http://www.rodgab.com">Gabriela Quintero</a></strong></p> <p>It’s one thing to play amazing flamenco guitar, it’s another to take that technique and apply it to acoustic versions of metal classics. Hailing from Mexico, Gabriela along with bandmate Rodrigo Sanchez form the acclaimed duo Rodrigo y Gabriela. Their unique energy and style leave you panting. So incredible to watch, she makes you want to practice…or give up!</p> <p>Rodrigo Y Gabriella cover of Metallica's "Orion":</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/L0CsLefLisE?list=PL4LJtxkl3cmm6WjnaEI-ZBdXoo7HikeqJ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong><a href="http://murielanderson.com">Muriel Anderson</a></strong></p> <p>One of the world’s foremost fingerstyle guitarists and harp-guitarists, Muriel Anderson is the first woman to have won the National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship. She has recorded over a dozen CD’s and performs in the US, Europe and the Far East. Muriel is host of the renowned Muriel Anderson’s ALL STAR GUITAR NIGHT and founder of the MUSIC FOR LIFE ALLIANCE charity. Her facility across the genres of folk, classical, jazz, bluegrass and international music is revered by guitarists worldwide. </p> <p>Bluegrass Medley<br /> <iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/GNjAhEz0DGM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong><a href="http://www.heart-music.com">Nancy Wilson</a></strong></p> <p>Arguably the most visible of all of our lady acousticians (is that a word?), Nancy Wilson of Heart not only plays like a mofo, she is a fabulous writer too. Who do you think came up with that introduction to “Crazy on You” after all? Still going strong, she and sister Ann deservedly were inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame this year. Thank you Nancy for blazing a path that still burns strong!</p> <p>“Crazy on You”<br /> <iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Ohb8RMPbJDA?list=UUT3N5xWuiqsUOXfY5F0P45w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong><a href="http://www.roryblock.com">Rory Block</a></strong></p> <p>I feel like I’ve been seeing Rory Block’s name a lot lately and all I can say is YAY! A bluesmaster, Block studied directly with blues giants like Reverend Gary Davis, Son House, Skip James, Mississippi John Hurt. She’s made it her life’s work to pay homage to blues legends with tributes to several of these influences and more in her recorded discography. A talented singer as well, Block is one of the unsung blues gems who deserves more recognition, so check her out!</p> <p>“Crossroads Blues”<br /> <iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/TqTUoV67M60" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong><a href="http://www.vickigenfan.com">Vicki Genfan </a></strong></p> <p>Another blow your mind amazing acoustic performer, Genfan won <em>Guitar Player Magazine’s </em>guitar superstar contest a few years back and was the only woman in the finals. Drawing from folk, jazz, pop, soul and world music, Vicki displays a mastery of the acoustic guitar that borders on pure alchemy.</p> <p>"Atomic Reshuffle"<br /> <iframe width="620" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/clR9PInwDb4?list=PL4122318649D06FE2" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong><a href="http://www.janetrobin.com/">Janet Robin</a></strong></p> <p>I just saw Janet Robin play live and holy moly! This woman can rip it up! Robin studied with Randy Rhoads back in the day and has toured with Lindsay Buckingham. Robin has toured, recorded, or written songs with Meredith Brooks, Monty Montgomery, Michelle Shocked, Maia Sharp, Marcy Levy (co-writer with Eric Clapton on “Lay Down Sally”), Ann and Nancy Wilson (Heart) and Anne McCue. She incorporates a vast number of techniques and cultures into her playing style, and is just a born performer. If you have a chance to see her live, don’t hesitate!</p> <p>"CHR #137"<br /> <iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/BBbBis1unl8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong><a href="http://www.sharonisbin.com">Sharon Isbin </a></strong></p> <p>A classical player with incredible feel and passion, Sharon Isbin is a multiple Grammy award winner. She’s performed all over the world, and her most recent album includes special guests Steve Vai, Nancy Wilson, Stanley Jordan and more. She’s also the founder of the guitar department of the Julliard School. Isbin's catalog of more than 25 recordings ranges from Baroque, Spanish/Latin and 20th century to crossover and jazz-fusion.</p> <p>‪Sharon Isbin Performs "Asturias" by Isaac Albeniz‬</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/wtQNRnRVR6M?list=PLA12C251DC50FA921" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em>Laura B. Whitmore is the editor of Guitar World's Acoustic Nation. A singer/songwriter based in the San Francisco bay area, she's also a veteran music industry marketer, and 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 Dean Markley, Peavey Electronics, SIR Entertainment Services, Music First, Guitar World and many more. Laura is the founder of the <a href="http://www.thewimn.com/">Women's International Music Network at thewimn.com</a>, producer of the <a href="http://www.thewimn.com/events/she-rocks-awards/">She Rocks Awards</a> and the <a href="http://www.thewimn.com/events/womens-music-summit/">Women's Music Summit</a> and co-hosts regular songwriter nights for the West Coast Songwriters Association. More at <a href="http://www.mad-sun.com/">mad-sun.com.</a></em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-eight-amazing-female-acoustic-players#comments Acoustic Nation News Blogs Videos Mon, 24 Aug 2015 06:44:49 +0000 Laura B. Whitmore 20028 at http://www.guitarworld.com Tips for Memorizing Songs http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-tips-memorizing-songs <!--paging_filter--><p>As musicians, we all have to memorize music, lyrics, chords, dynamics and more. That alone can be daunting and definitely requires some effort. It’s easier to memorize a song you really like or perhaps one you’ve written yourself. </p> <p>I find the best way to start memorizing a song you didn’t write is to listen to it as much as possible. Put it on your portable player and listen actively and passively.</p> <p>Find the chord charts and lyrics and decide on the best key for your singing purposes. Double check the chords against the song. Practice the song over and over again. I like using YouTube and also looping programs to work on especially hard sections.</p> <p>I have a hard time remembering lyrics, so I need to write them down and speak them out loud as a monologue. Instead of being a rhythmic memorization I am now learning a story. It makes it easier for me if I get lost during a practice or performance. I’ll remember the story more than random rhymes. That is if the song is well written.</p> <p>I also break down verse and chorus by chords. I’ll write out just the simple chord progressions by section and play them over and over again. I also try to find if there are easier ways to play the chords. Look for common fingering between the chords. Perhaps use bar chords instead of open chords for a section.</p> <p>Once I have the story and the chords I just repeat, repeat, repeat. And last but not least, practice the last parts first. People tend to forget the second half of songs, so start with the last verses first.</p> <p>In desperate situations I cut a piece of paper with my cheats and tape it to the top of my guitar, and then I find I never actually need to look. The process of writing it down actually reinforces the memorization.</p> <p><em>Dorit is a rock singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and Middle Eastern dancer. She has performed internationally on concert stages, TV, film and theater and has inspired many students to find to their own expression through music and dance. Dorit’s goal is to produce her album and complete an acoustic guitar she hand built as a teenager at the Bronx High School of Science. Her influences include Led Zeppelin, Middle Eastern music, Latin music and old-school hip-hop—anything with great rhythm. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/DoritMusic"> Find out more about Dorit here&gt;&gt;</a> </em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-tips-memorizing-songs#comments Acoustic Nation News singer songwriter songwriting Blogs Sun, 23 Aug 2015 22:17:30 +0000 Dorit 19954 at http://www.guitarworld.com Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time Poll: "Hotel California" Vs. "Roundabout" http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-barsoat-best-acoustic-rock-song-all-time-poll-hotel-california-vs-roundabout <!--paging_filter--><p>There’s no doubt that acoustic songs have played a lead role in in rock and roll. </p> <p>And while we’ve talked about many of these songs and their origins, taught you how to play them and shared many a thought about ‘em, we think it’s time to get down to brass tacks.</p> <p>While it’s been ridiculously hard to whittle our list down, we now present you with what we think are some of the best acoustic rock songs of all time. </p> <p>Over the next several weeks we’ll be giving you a chance to vote for your favorites as we aim to name the Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time presented by <a href="http://www.tcelectronic.com/">TC Electronic</a>!</p> <p>So come back every day and vote. And check out today’s entries below.<br /> <br /><br /> <strong>”HOTEL CALIFORNIA,” EAGLES<br /> <em>Hotel California</em> (1976)</strong></p> <p>The title track from ‘Hotel California’ is described by the band members as their take on the “high life in Lost Angeles.” </p> <p>“Hotel California” was certified Gold three months after its release by the Recording Industry of America, which represents one million copies shipped. The song is one of the most well-known rock anthems, withstanding the test of time and continuing to do well in the digital age.</p> <p>The tale of innocence lost and wisdom through experience are points that hit home with listeners, as well as the consistent strumming of acoustic guitar in the background, and a mixture of funk and Spanish influence intermingled in “Hotel California.” </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="465" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Yyy4yaVwsv0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /> <strong>"ROUNDABOUT," YES<br /> <em>Fragile</em> (1971)</strong> </p> <p>Pick up a Martin 00-8 acoustic, pluck octave harmonics at the 12th fret (essentially comprising an Em chord) and voila!-you'll have a whole room of guitar dudes sitting up and taking notice. </p> <p>And with good reason-this simple move is Steve Howe's signature opening line to "Roundabout," Yes' breakthrough 1971 hit. </p> <p>Make it past Howe's harmonic-heavy unaccompanied intro, and you just might have a chance at mastering this intricate prog-rock masterpiece, in which acoustics and electrics, played in classical, jazzy and rocking splendor, weave in, out and "roundabout." As for the lyrics, this is prog-you're on your own there. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/qjvGzxnUDuM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>VOTE NOW: </p> <script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8" src="http://static.polldaddy.com/p/9033884.js"></script><p><noscript><a href="http://polldaddy.com/poll/9033884/">Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time: "Hotel California" Vs "Roundabout"</a></noscript></p> <p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"> <a title="View The Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time on Scribd" href="https://www.scribd.com/doc/275591992/The-Best-Acoustic-Rock-Song-of-All-Time" style="text-decoration: underline;" >The Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="https://www.scribd.com/embeds/275591992/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_72956" width="100%" height="400" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-barsoat-best-acoustic-rock-song-all-time-poll-hotel-california-vs-roundabout#comments Acoustic Nation Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time Hotel California News Poll Polls Roundabout The Eagles Yes Blogs News Sun, 23 Aug 2015 21:10:56 +0000 Acoustic Nation 25323 at http://www.guitarworld.com Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time Poll: "Angie" Vs. "Crazy on You" http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-barsoat-best-acoustic-rock-song-all-time-angie-vs-crazy-on-you <!--paging_filter--><p>There’s no doubt that acoustic songs have played a lead role in in rock and roll. </p> <p>And while we’ve talked about many of these songs and their origins, taught you how to play them and shared many a thought about ‘em, we think it’s time to get down to brass tacks.</p> <p>While it’s been ridiculously hard to whittle our list down, we now present you with what we think are some of the best acoustic rock songs of all time. </p> <p>Over the next several weeks we’ll be giving you a chance to vote for your favorites as we aim to name the Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time presented by <a href="http://www.tcelectronic.com/">TC Electronic</a>!</p> <p>So come back every day and vote. And check out today’s entries below.<br /> <br /><br /> <strong>"ANGIE," ROLLING STONES<br /> <em>Goats Head Soup</em> (1973)</strong></p> <p>Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and released in the summer of 1973, “Angie" soared to the top of the <em>Billboard</em> charts. </p> <p>The acoustic ballad pays ode to the end of a romance, with many having speculated the subject of the song is actress Angie Dickinson. Richards wrote in his autobiography that Angie is actually a pseudonym for heroin, with the hit song being about his attempt to quit using the hard drug while he was detoxing overseas.</p> <p>Whatever the subject of the song may truly be, “Angie” was a hit song for the Stones and has been a regular on their concert sets since the release. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/oN_YKJBMagQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /> <strong>”CRAZY ON YOU," HEART<br /> <em>Dreamboat Annie</em> (1976)</strong></p> <p>Beginning with an impressive acoustic guitar intro by Nancy Wilson followed by words of lust and the desire sang by Ann Wilson, Heart debuted strong with their first American single. </p> <p>Off of 'Dreamboat Annie,' released in 1976, the song was played heavily on the airwaves and received attention because of a rarity at the time—the guitar player was female. </p> <p>Nancy Wilson remarked that the quick acoustic rhythm intro was inspired by “Question” by the Moody Blues. The lyrics were written about the stress that social unrest and the Vietnam War had caused in the U.S. in the early Seventies, and the want to forget about it all in the heat of the moment. Although only peaking at Number 35 on the <em>Billboard</em> Hot 100, “Crazy on You” still remains a Heart classic. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/OZuW6BH_Vak" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>VOTE NOW:</p> <script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8" src="http://static.polldaddy.com/p/9009621.js"></script><p><noscript><a href="http://polldaddy.com/poll/9009621/">Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time: "Angie" Vs "Crazy on You"</a></noscript></p> <p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"> <a title="View The Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time on Scribd" href="https://www.scribd.com/doc/275591992/The-Best-Acoustic-Rock-Song-of-All-Time" style="text-decoration: underline;" >The Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="https://www.scribd.com/embeds/275591992/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_72956" width="100%" height="400" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-barsoat-best-acoustic-rock-song-all-time-angie-vs-crazy-on-you#comments Acoustic Nation Angie Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time Crazy on You Heart News Poll Polls Rolling Stones Blogs News Sat, 22 Aug 2015 08:25:53 +0000 Acoustic Nation 25180 at http://www.guitarworld.com Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time Poll: "Fade to Black" Vs. "Give a Little Bit" http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-barsoat-best-acoustic-rock-song-all-time-fade-to-black-vs-give-a-little-bit <!--paging_filter--><p>There’s no doubt that acoustic songs have played a lead role in in rock and roll. </p> <p>And while we’ve talked about many of these songs and their origins, taught you how to play them and shared many a thought about ‘em, we think it’s time to get down to brass tacks.</p> <p>While it’s been ridiculously hard to whittle our list down, we now present you with what we think are some of the best acoustic rock songs of all time. </p> <p>Over the next several weeks we’ll be giving you a chance to vote for your favorites as we aim to name the Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time presented by <a href="http://www.tcelectronic.com/">TC Electronic</a>!</p> <p>So come back every day and vote. And check out today’s entries below.<br /> <br /><br /> <strong>"FADE TO BLACK," METALLICA<br /> <em>Ride the Lightning</em> (1984)</strong></p> <p>Recorded way back in the early days of thrash, "Fade to Black" is rightly acknowledged as the genre's first "power ballad."</p> <p>A seven-minute rumination on despair and suicide, the song is built around singer and guitarist James Hetfield's mournful, arpeggiated acoustic picking, over which Kirk Hammett adds some beautiful and soaring electric leads. </p> <p>Of course, this being Metallica, things remain sweet and mellow for only so long. Midway through, the song builds in intensity, shifting rhythms and adding plenty of heavily distorted six-strings, culminating in an extended and explosive Hammett solo. </p> <p>While hardcore metalheads at the time accused Metallica of selling out by recording a ballad, "Fade to Black" remains one of the group's most well-known and beloved songs, and it is a concert staple to this day. Besides, as Hetfield has said, "Limiting yourself to please your audience is bullshit."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/WEQnzs8wl6E" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /> <strong>”GIVE A LITTLE BIT,” SUPERTRAMP<br /> <em>Even in the Quietest Moments</em> (1977)</strong></p> <p>"Give a Little Bit" was released as a single in 1977 and became an international hit for the band, peaking at number 15 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart.</p> <p>Its writing credits are given to Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson. The song is characterized by the ringing tones of 12-string acoustic guitars, which is joined by a Hohner Clavinet through a Leslie speaker in the bridge of the song.</p> <p>Drummer Bob Siebenberg recounted that "Roger had been working at Malibu for quite a while on this tune. I'd hear the song in hotel rooms and places like that. He had the song on a little tape when I first joined the band, so I was quite familiar with the tune. We tried out various drum things and it seemed right to ride it along on the snare drum... giving it something almost like a train beat. So it's all on the snare and bass drum, with no tom-tom fills or anything."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/YzktQty-sbU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>VOTE NOW:</p> <script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8" src="http://static.polldaddy.com/p/9009619.js"></script><p><noscript><a href="http://polldaddy.com/poll/9009619/">Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time: "Fade to Black" Vs "Give a Little Bit"</a></noscript></p> <p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"> <a title="View The Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time on Scribd" href="https://www.scribd.com/doc/274457423/The-Best-Acoustic-Rock-Song-of-All-Time" style="text-decoration: underline;" >The Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="https://www.scribd.com/embeds/274457423/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_42576" width="100%" height="400" frameborder="0"></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> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-barsoat-best-acoustic-rock-song-all-time-fade-to-black-vs-give-a-little-bit#comments Acoustic Nation Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time Fade to Black Give a Little Bit Metallica News Poll Polls Supertramp Blogs News Fri, 21 Aug 2015 08:20:56 +0000 Acoustic Nation 25179 at http://www.guitarworld.com Lynyrd Skynyrd's Gary Rossington Shares the Story Behind "Free Bird" http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-lynyrd-skynyrds-gary-rossington-shares-story-behind-free-bird <!--paging_filter--><p><strong>Gary Rossington<br /> (Lynyrd Skynyrd)</strong><br /> “Free Bird”<br /> <em>Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd (1973)</em></p> <p>“Ronnie [Van Zant, Skynyrd vocalist] didn’t like it in the beginning. He complained that the opening chord progression was too complicated, and he could find a melody for it. Every once in a while we’d bring it up again, and he’d just tell us to forget about it. </p> <p>"Then one day we were at rehearsal and Allen [Collins, guitarist] started playing the chord progression, and Ronnie said, ‘That’s pretty.’ And he wrote the lyrics in three or four minutes — the whole damn thing! </p> <p>"We started playing ‘Free Bird’ in clubs, an initially it was just a slow ballad. </p> <p>"Then Ronnie said, ‘Why don’t you do something at the end of that so that I can take a break for a few minutes.’ So I came up with the ending chord progression and Allen played over them, then I soloed and then he soloed … It all evolved out of a single jam we had one night.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="400" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/np0solnL1XY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em>From the GW archive: This story originally appeared in the February/March 2005 issue of </em>Guitar World Acoustic.</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="/lynyrd-skynyrd">Lynyrd Skynyrd</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-lynyrd-skynyrds-gary-rossington-shares-story-behind-free-bird#comments acoustic guitar Acoustic Nation Gary Rossington Lynyrd Skynyrd News Blogs Fri, 21 Aug 2015 06:49:41 +0000 Acoustic Nation 19776 at http://www.guitarworld.com