John Butler Trio en Top 20 Acoustic Videos of 2014 <!--paging_filter--><p>We’ve created our own, premiered some great ones, and searched out some really fabulous video finds.</p> <p>Now we've looked back through 2014 to find our favorite videos from this year.</p> <p>Check 'em out!</p> <p><strong>John Butler Performs "How You Sleep At Night" Live</strong></p> <p>Here's a video filmed live in the Acoustic Nation studio.</p> <p>It features John Butler performing "How You Sleep At Night," from his album <em>Flesh &amp; Blood.</em> </p> <p>Before he started he told us this was the first time he'd played this song solo live on acoustic. I'd say this performance was not too shabby!!</p> <p>The John Butler Trio's <em>Flesh &amp; Blood</em> released February 4, 2014, on Vanguard Records.</p> <p>Butler is one of the most successful musicians Australia has produced, with three albums reaching number one on the Australian charts. Butler was born in the United States and moved to Australia at an early age. He began playing the guitar at the age of sixteen. In 2002 Butler, along with several partners, formed their own record label. He is also an avid skateboarder and the co-founder of a grant program that seeks to improve artistic diversity in Australia where he resides with his wife and children.</p> <p>Check out "How You Sleep At Night."<br /> <iframe width="620" height="349" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>And check out our other video exclusives:</p> <p><a href="">John Butler Performs "Spring To Come" live.</a></p> <p><a href="">Butler teaches us how to play "Spring To Come" In this exclusive video lesson.</a></p> <p><a href="">My in depth on camera interview with John Butler live in the Acoustic Nation studio.</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong>15-Year-Old Guitarist Sarah Command Performs Andy McKee and Joe Satriani</strong></p> <p>We recently came across the talented Command Sisters, and these young ladies kind of blew my mind. </p> <p>Yes, they sing in lovely harmonies. Yes, they are talented songwriters and performers. But what really caught our eye were the undeniable guitar chops of young Sarah Command. This 15-year-old takes on original music and tackles pieces by masters like Andy McKee and Joe Satriani.</p> <p>This is, in no way, meant to diminish the contribution of her sister, 18-year-old Charlotte Command, lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist. Together they are captivating; so much so that they recently won a competition sponsored by the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. </p> <p>Defined as “country with soul” and “edgy/indie country-pop,” they hail from Edmonton in Alberta, Canada. The Command Sisters have already caught the attention of the Nashville scene, earning them a publishing and production deal with renowned producer/songwriter David Mallory. They have won numerous accolades and have performed on stages large and small throughout North America. </p> <p>Here's Sarah Command playing "Drifting" by Andy McKee:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Here she performs Joe Satriani's "Midnight":</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>And here she is with Charlotte jamming on an original tune called "Runway":</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Find out more at <a href=""></a></p> <hr /> <p><strong>The Black Crowes' Rich Robinson Plays Two New Solo Songs</strong></p> <p>While Rich Robinson might be known primarily for his work with The Black Crowes, his solo work is gaining much attention these days — and for good reason.</p> <p>With two solo records under his belt already, his release <em>The Ceaseless Sight</em> represents the full maturation of Robinson as a songwriter, a vocalist, and a solo artist. </p> <p>The album was released June 3 via The End Records. </p> <p>“I've always approached writing songs for an album as part of a larger work,” says Robinson. “This album as a whole is one piece and how it fits into my whole body of work is the other. My new record follows the path of my musical journey I've been on for 25 years.” </p> <p>He continues, “I feel a strong connection to where I've been musically, but more importantly where I'm going."</p> <p>Below, watch Robinson perform two cuts from <em>The Ceaseless Sight</em> live from the Acoustic Nation studio. Enjoy!</p> <p><strong>"One Road Hill"</strong><br /> <iframe width="620" height="349" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>"In Comes The Night"</strong><br /> <iframe width="620" height="349" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Keep up with Rich Robinson at <a href=""></a>.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>Semi Precious Weapons Acoustic "Aviation High" </strong></p> <p>Known for their over-the-top live shows, Semi Precious Weapons pulls influences from a broad musical landscape, fusing their punk edge with high-octane dance and arena-ready pop. </p> <p>And as graduates of Berklee College of Music, these guys can play, too. </p> <p>SPW has risen to fame over the last couple years thanks partially to Lady Gaga, who took the band out on the year-and-a-half long <em>Monster Ball</em> tour.</p> <p>Recently relocating from NYC to Los Angeles, the band teamed up with renowned producer Tricky Stewart, known for his work with Beyonce, Rihanna and Frank Ocean. SPW worked with Stewart writing and recording for much of 2012 and 2013, before putting the finishing touches on their third full length, <em>Aviation</em>. </p> <p>“Working with our dream producer Tricky Stewart gave us the inspiration to use textures from all the different kinds of music we love, not just straight up rock and roll, which was really freeing,” says frontman Justin Tranter. “It made it so we didn't have rules while writing, it was just about what felt right.”</p> <p>An evolution of sound, <em>Aviation</em> blends the band’s dance punk and future rock approach with Stewart’s powerful pop and urban influenced production. SPW recently debuted their first single from the record, “Aviation High,” which has been climbing charts since. </p> <p>Below, the band treats us to an exclusive acoustic backstage performance of the song live in San Francisco, where Tranter is joined by guitarist Stevy Pyne and bassist Cole Whittle (on a Casio SK-1). </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>For more from Semi Precious Weapons, check out <a href=""></a>. </p> <hr /> <strong>Tommy Emmanuel Does Double Duty on "Hellos and Goodbyes"</strong> <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>Keep up with Tommy at <a href=""></a>. </p> <p>Watch "Hellos and Goodbyes" here:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>GoPro Footage of Mike Dawes Performing "The Impossible" </strong></p> <p>We've had a bit of fun with incredible guitarist Mike Dawes in 2014. </p> <p>If you haven't had a chance to check out our exclusive interview or, my favorite, Dawes' one-handed harmonics lesson, please do!</p> <p>We couldn't resist mounting a GoPro camera on the headstock of Dawes' guitar as he played his original composition, "The Impossible."</p> <p>We're sharing two versions here, one with a split screen so you can see him straight on and from the neck down, so to speak. This angle gives us an interesting view of his left-hand fingering and right-hand pyrotechnics.</p> <p>Check 'em both out! Find out more about Dawes at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>Here's the split-screen video with traditional camera on the right and a GoPro mounted to the headstock on the left:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Here's a version with just the GoPro footage. I think this is freaky enough that I want to see it on the full screen!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Iron Horse Perform Bluegrass Version of Metallica's "Enter Sandman"</strong></p> <p>Below, check out a video of an Alabama bluegrass band named Iron Horse covering Metallica's "Enter Sandman."</p> <p>The track is from the band's latest album, <em>Fade to Bluegrass: The Bluegrass Tribute to Metallica</em>, which was released in mid-October 2013 by CMH Records.</p> <p>Here's some info from the press material:</p> <p>"Metallica’s thundering drums, heart-pounding guitars and anguished vocals tell the story of people lost in the hustle of modern society. Bluegrass music sings the tale of people stuck between heaven and hell, the farm and the city and love and hate. </p> <p>"In many ways, Metallica and bluegrass are brothers, one raised in the urban jungle and the other in the country. So what happens when these two estranged siblings get together? Here's the answer. Banjo and mandolin replace electric guitars, and high lonesome harmonies soar in place of growling vocals to create a surprising and moving tribute."</p> <p>What's truly satisfying is that this is a convincing bluegrass performance with some fine playing by everyone in the band (Note: The guitar solo starts at 1:50) and powerful vocals. These guys are the real deal, and this is not some slapped-together "cute" tribute album. </p> <p>For more about the album, visit <a href=";id=543"></a>. For more about Iron Horse, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> <p><strong><em>Fade to Bluegrass: The Bluegrass Tribute to Metallica</em> Track Listing:</strong></p> <p>01. Unforgiven<br /> 02. Nothing Else Matters<br /> 03. Enter Sandman<br /> 04. Hero Of The Day<br /> 05. Fade To Black<br /> 06. One<br /> 07. Ride The Lightning<br /> 08. Wherever I May Roam<br /> 09. Fuel<br /> 10. The Four Horsemen</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Luna Li Performs Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan on the Gayageum, a Traditional Korean Instrument</strong></p> <p>Check out these videos of a young woman — Luna Lee — performing iconic tracks by Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan on the gayageum, a traditional Korean zither-like instrument. </p> <p>The gayageum has 12 strings, although some variants have been made with 21 strings. It is probably the best-known traditional Korean musical instrument. (<a href="">Thank you, Wikipedia!</a>).</p> <p>First, she tackles Vaughan's "Scuttle Buttin'," followed by Hendrix's "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)." Chances are Luna's a Vaughan fan, since both of these songs appear on his 1984 album, <em>Couldn't Stand the Weather.</em></p> <p>For more gayageum videos by Luna, <a href="">head here.</a> She also covers Hendrix's "Bold As Love" and a few tracks by acoustic guru Tommy Emmanuel.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Guitar Republic, “Funky Sexy Republic”</strong></p> <p>Here’s a kick ass performance by the acoustic guitar masters of Guitar Republic, “Funky Sexy Republic.”</p> <p>I can’t stop watching!</p> <p>Employing every technique you can think of—tapping, plucking, bowing, strumming, and more — this trio of Sergio Altamura, Stefano Barone and Pino Forastiere give it their all!</p> <p>Hailing from Italy, this trio continues to lend their unique talents to guitar exploration together and individually.</p> <p>Find out more at <a href=""></a></p> <p>Prepare for some awesomeness here:<br /> <iframe width="620" height="349" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Kelly Zullo, "When We Get There"</strong></p> <p>Check out this sick acoustic guitar assault by Kelly Zullo.</p> <p>It’s the song “When We Get There” from the upcoming January 2015 release.</p> <p>Here Zullo uses some speedy finger work and hard hitting right hand technique while she sings at the same time. It’s kinda like tapping you head and rubbing your belly on fast forward.</p> <p>But she makes it look easy.</p> <p>Zullo shares these thoughts about the song, “Its perspective is based on how we are always striving to either get to our goals, heaven, hell (?) or someplace that will be the reward for our work and development. Essentially, however, we may get there and actually be ‘nowhere.’ Or greater yet, find that this is ‘there.’ It’s meant to convey our yearning for something more solid and stable, over a speedy and complex guitar riff, which is normally the pace of our lives. The verse is a blues meets bluegrass riff and the chorus is a percussive arpeggio of the chords.”</p> <p>Check it out here:<br /> <iframe width="620" height="349" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Recorded at Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza &amp; Live Music in Columbus, OH on August 26, 2014, Kelly Zullo &amp; The Phunkgrass’ live and honest CD features real time musicianship and crowd rapport. The high energy acoustic guitar stylings of Zullo, violin of Kristen Peters and upright bass contributions of Daniel DeSantis make up the trio formed in Columbus, OH. </p> <p>Their energetic performance fuses a fast acoustic funk approach to guitar with the purity of what is traditionally a bluegrass accompaniment. The award winning song “Firecracker” is performed with Columbus mega-guitarist Jim Volk.</p> <p>Find out more at <a href=""></a></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Jinx, “Alive”</strong></p> <p>Here's a surprise in the best possible way!</p> <p>Jinx's new single "Alive" expertly combines hip-hop, pop, and acoustic guitar for this ebulliently triumphant song. Clappin', slappin', rappin' and acoustic guitar. And some excellently positive lyrics. I simply love everything about it.</p> <p>You'll need to wait a few seconds for the awesomeness to kick in. But don't give up!</p> <p>This video for the song was directed by Jon Jon Augustavo, who directed Macklemore's "Thrift Shop," "Can't Hold Us," and "Same Love" music videos. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>For updates, please visit: <a href=""></a></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Eliot Bronson, “Just Came Back To Tell You I’m Leaving”</strong></p> <p>We caught up with singer-songwriter Eliot Bronson in Nashville, TN. </p> <p>Scheduled to perform later that evening at The Basement, Bronson was gracious enough to give us this special performance in a park across the street from the venue. </p> <p>Here, the Atlanta, GA-based artist plays us “Just Came Back To Tell You I’m Leaving,” a fiery track from his recently unveiled self titled album. </p> <p>Produced by Dave Cobb (Sturgill Simpson, Rival Sons, Jason Isbell, Nikki Lane), <em>Eliot Bronson</em> is a vibey, ten-song collection with an uncluttered production aesthetic that highlights Bronson’s songwriting and his achingly beautiful vocals.</p> <p>Check out “Just Came Back To Tell You I’m Leaving” below and stay tuned for one more live video. </p> <p>Bronson has a busy tour schedule this fall, and you can view dates and more at <a href=""></a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Metallica Bassist Robert Trujillo's Classical Guitar Chops</strong></p> <p>OK, so you might be asking yourself, “Why is a metal bass player being featured on Acoustic Nation?” Wait for it. </p> <p>By now we’re all convinced Robert Trujillo is a monster bassist. The job of providing the low end in Metallica — a band known for their lineage of fantastic bass players — is no easy task. But Trujillo delivers. </p> <p>What you’ll discover today, however, is that Trujillo’s musicality stretches beyond the bass. That’s right, we’re talking classical guitar maestro over here. </p> <p>Below, check out Trujillo’s natural flamenco-style playing; it seems guitarist James Hetfield is pretty surprised as well. This footage is included in Metallica’s <em>Making Magnetic</em> DVD. </p> <p>Trujillo, along with Hetfield and guitarist Kirk Hammett (who, as Hetfield jokingly jabs “is in jeopardy of losing his job”), proceed to work on a song spawned from Trujillo's riffing.</p> <p>A lover of flamenco guitar, Trujillo has been seen on stage jamming with classical guitar virtuosos Rodrigo y Gabriela. Perhaps another video for another time. </p> <p>Enjoy!</p> <p>See what Metallica is up to at <a href=""></a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Fatai's Acoustic Cover of "Chandelier"</strong></p> <p>Here is a lovely acoustic version of the pop song “Chandelier,” originally performed by Sia. </p> <p>This sumptuous version by Fatai gives new meaning to the song, infusing it with heartfelt longing supported by some sweet fingerstyle guitar.</p> <p>Fatai Veamatahau is from Melbourne, Australia and was a semi-finalist of "The Voice Australia 2012."</p> <p>This very talented musician is now signed to Universal Music Australia - Mercury Records.</p> <p>Fatai began singing professionally with her family from the age of seven. In 2009, she began a solo career, singing to audiences at various festivals and community events</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Find out more at <a href=“”></a></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Rodrigo y Gabriela, "The Soundmaker"</strong></p> <p>Hopefully by now you’ve watched our exclusive interview with acoustic guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela. </p> <p>In the 3-part series, <em>Guitar World</em>’s Jimmy Brown chats with Rod y Gab about songwriting, gear, and their latest release, <em>9 Dead Alive</em>. </p> <p><a href="">Watch the interview here.</a></p> <p>Perhaps their most explosive and thrilling release to date, the record captures Rodrigo y Gabriela bursting with melodic and rhythmic invention.</p> <p>Opening track “The Soundmaker” is evidence of this raw energy. </p> <p>Below, be treated to an exclusive performance of the song, right from our studio!</p> <p>Check out <em>9 Dead Alive</em> tour dates and much more at <a href=""></a>. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Trevor Hall “Wish Man”</strong></p> <p>Singer songwriter Trevor Hall surprised his fans with the sudden release of his 12-track album <em>Chapter of the Forest</em> on June 17. </p> <p>And now the wonderfully good surprises continue!</p> <p>This one is a live acoustic video filmed at DeathStar Studios in Los Angeles. In it, Hall shares the story behind the song and then performs a live solo acoustic version.</p> <p>This soul searching song easily showcases Hall’s talent as a songwriter. But what I truly love is that this performance is somewhat Springsteen-like in its urgency and heartfelt intensity.</p> <p>Hall shares, “"Wish Man" is about being in the here and now. It's about recognizing the hidden angels of the earth and seeing the Divine in all people.”</p> <p>View it here:<br /> <iframe width="620" height="349" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Stevie Ray Vaughan “Lost Acoustic Blues”</strong></p> <p>If you want to see or hear Stevie Ray Vaughan playing acoustic guitar, you have limited options. </p> <p>There's his 1990 <em>MTV Unplugged</em> appearance, his posthumously released recording of "Life by the Drop," "Oreo Cookie Blues" (a 1985 Lonnie Mack recording) — and, well, maybe a few other dribs and draps here and there.</p> <p>Which is why this recently posted clip of Vaughan — you never see his face in the video, but come on — playing 12-bar blues in E (of course, it's really in Eb) on a six-string acoustic guitar is pretty special. The clip is titled "Lost Acoustic Blues."</p> <p>According to the info posted along with the video, the source is a 1987 French radio and TV interview. The clip was posted to YouTube in May 2013. Sorry we didn't notice it till now!</p> <p>And speaking of "Oreo Cookie Blues," check out a live clip of Vaughan and Mack performing the slow-blues piece in the mid-Eighties (bottom video). You can find the original studio recording of the tune on Mack's <em>Strike Like Lightning</em> album. For more about Vaughan's many guest appearances, check out <a href="">The Top Five Studio Guest Appearances by Stevie Ray Vaughan</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>LP, “Night Like This” Backstage Video</strong></p> <p>We had the privilege of hanging with the supremely talented LP backstage at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco.</p> <p>And of course, we jumped at the chance to catch a live performance of her new, fabulous song, “Night Like This."</p> <p>From her new album <em>Forever For Now,</em> this song exemplifies the core of LP’s creative genius – equally superb as a solo ukulele performance or with full production.</p> <p>Check out our exclusive video here. And tomorrow, we’ll be posting a video that shows YOU how to play this song!!<br /> <iframe width="620" height="349" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Find out more at <a href=""></a></p> <hr /> <strong>Taylor Guitars' Andy Powers Performs "Light of Day" on Six New 800 Series Guitars</strong> <p>Taylor Guitars master builder Andy Powers is not only a revolutionary guitar designer, but a skilled player as well. </p> <p>Below, he demonstrates the unique sounds and textures of six new 800 Series models. </p> <p>While all 800 Series models share fundamental tonal qualities, according to Taylor, "each body style features unique design nuances that accentuate the guitar's sonic strengths."</p> <p>The video below is an ideal way to hear these nuances. While the 818e's Grand Orchestra shape offers a big, full sound for open chords, a model like the 812ce 12-Fret possesses a slightly darker, punchier quality that's well-suited for melodic work. </p> <p>Watch below as Powers demonstrates these models, as well as the 814ce, 816ce, 812ce and 810e. </p> <p>If you're looking to get your hands on one of Taylor's new 800 Series guitars, this video is a great place to start!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Find out more about the new 800 Series at <a href=""></a></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Jake Shimabukuro “Ukulele 5-0” and “Dragon” </strong></p> <p>You might think that ukulele is just a simple instrument perfect for strumming little ditties. I did.</p> <p>But Jake Shimabukuro proved me wrong!</p> <p>Perhaps best known for his renditions of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” on ukulele, Shimabukuro can be described as no less than a master musician.</p> <p>Recently he released a concert DVD, <em>Grand Ukulele: Live in Boulder,</em> that showcases his live performance prowess.</p> <p>Recorded live at the Boulder Theater in Colorado, the DVD features material from Jake's 2012 album <em>Grand Ukulele,</em> which garnered praise for its “intricate originals and shrewdly arranged pop covers” (<em>NY Times</em>). I agree. After checking it out myself, I found it pretty fabulous.</p> <p>We were lucky enough to spend some time with Jake recently in the Acoustic Nation studio, where we talked, he played and we even jammed for a minute or two!</p> <p>Here, let Shimbukuro blow your mind with these incredible in studio live performances:</p> <p>Here he plays his original, “Ukulele 5-0”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Check out his song “Dragon.” Here he uses some effects pedals and a looper. Incredible!<br /> <iframe width="620" height="349" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Shimabukuro is currently touring widely. Check out his tour schedule and more at <a href=""></a></p> Acoustic Nation Command Sisters Eliot Bronson Fatai Guitar Republic Iron Horse Jake Shimabukuro Jinx John Butler Trio Kellly Zullo LP Luna Li Metallica Mike Dawes Rich Robinson Robert Trujillo Rodrigo y Gabriela semi precious weapons Stevie Ray Vaughan Taylor Guitars The Black Crowes Trevor Hall Blogs Videos Mon, 22 Dec 2014 02:20:01 +0000 Acoustic Nation Acoustic Nation's Ten Top Releases of 2014 <!--paging_filter--><p>What do you like? Something rockin’? Sweet or introspective? Masterful or mournful?</p> <p>Whatever your preference, 2014 delivered.</p> <p>We’ve listened to a huge amount of music throughout the year, and picking favorites is hard.</p> <p>But we owe it to you to steer you toward some that stuck with us.</p> <p>Wanna hear some good stuff…read, and listen, on!</p> <p><strong>John Butler Trio - <em>Flesh and Blood</em></strong></p> <p>I’m not gonna lie. I am strongly biased when it comes to John Butler. His 2014 release <em>Flesh and Blood</em> maybe just be the perfect album.</p> <p>Masterfully written, and even more amazingly performed, <em>Flesh and Blood</em> showcases the unlimited potential of this fun-loving guitarist, singer and songwriter. </p> <p><em>Flesh &amp; Blood</em> is the John Butler Trio's sixth studio album, and you should listen. Really.</p> <p>I had the pleasure of interviewing Butler and of seeing him play live. Not only did he and the trio blow me away, they were just so incredibly in the moment, and willing to stick their necks out to go in new directions. </p> <p>More at <a href=""></a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Beck - <em>Morning Phase</em></strong></p> <p>12 years ago Beck released his breakup opus with <em>Sea Change</em>. </p> <p>A set of heartrending songs written after ending a relationship up with his longtime girlfriend, the album is viewed as a classic in the Beck repertoire, and I wouldn’t be the first to call it the breakup album of the 00’s. </p> <p>This year, Beck gave us <em>Morning Phase</em>, the 2014 companion piece to <em>Sea Change</em>. Like its predecessor, <em>Morning Phase</em> hits hard emotionally, mixing dusty acoustic guitars with moody orchestral arrangements (contributed by Beck’s father, David Campbell). </p> <p>Having a bad day? It’s the perfect record to soak in at full volume while sinking into your couch. 12 albums in, and Beck’s output is as creative and honest as ever. </p> <p>More at <a href=""></a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>The Belle Brigade - <em>Just Because</em></strong></p> <p>I was first introduced to The Belle Brigade through the track “Losers,” which if you haven’t heard, is a true anthem among anthems. </p> <p>A Simon &amp; Garfunkel-tinged folk/pop release, the band’s self-titled album was great, but their 2014 offering <em>Just Because</em> shows the breadth of this brother/sister duo’s ability to pen great pop songs and present them in sonically fascinating ways. </p> <p>A standout on <em>Just Because</em> is “Likely To Use Something,” a track that <em>should</em> be raking in the licensing dough for this band (I can imagine hearing it on pretty much any TV drama or movie these days). </p> <p>Simply put, <em>Just Because</em> is the sound of a band with intention. Every detail—from a chord change, to a distorted bass line, to a random percussion sound—is placed with the utmost thought and care. </p> <p>More at <a href=""></a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Richard Thompson - <em>Acoustic Classics</em></strong></p> <p>Richard Thompson’s studio-recorded <em>Acoustic Classics</em> offers a wholesome compilation of newly recorded songs, which were carefully selected from Thompson’s 40-year repertoire to reflect the intimate nature of his live shows.</p> <p>The album features 14 tracks (all but one written by Thompson), with lilting guitar,<br /> a soothing sense of nostalgia, and songwriting that tugs at the heartstrings – all in true Thompson fashion.</p> <p><em>Acoustic Classics</em> is laden with gems, but tracks that stand out include “When the Spell Is Broken,” “Beeswing,” and “I Want to See The Bright Lights Tonight.” Plus, how cool is that album cover?</p> <p>More at <a href=""></a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Rodrigo y Gabriela - <em>9 Dead Alive</em></strong></p> <p>Rodrigo y Gabriela’s <em>9 Dead Alive</em> is a well-thought-out masterpiece with nine tracks that each pay homage to a figure in history who has died, but whose legacy lives on in the 21st century (hence the name <em>9 Dead Alive</em>). </p> <p>That concept alone is fantastic, and when you listen to the music it only gets better. </p> <p>Packed with a punch, the album celebrates the lives of people like Spanish guitarist Antonio de Torres Jurado with track “The Soundmaker;” Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky with “The Russian Messenger;” and even animals and nature with “Torito.” </p> <p>This album is the perfect convergence of history and music, and certainly deserves a spot in your playlist – especially if you like rock-focused nylon string guitar.</p> <p>More at <a href=""></a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Ed Sheeran - <em>X</em></strong></p> <p>Armed with tender vocals and his trusty Martin Guitar, British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran offers nothing but raw talent in his second studio album <em>X</em> (read as multiply).</p> <p>Throughout the 12 tracks, Sheeran takes listeners through a wide range of styles including heartfelt ballads like “Photograph” and “One;” groovy hip-hop in “Sing” and “The Man;” and straight-out pop in “I’m a Mess” and “Tenerife Sea.” </p> <p>It’s truly like a box of chocolates because each song brings a pleasant an unexpected surprise and shift in styles.</p> <p>In <em>X</em>, not only does Sheeran display extreme dexterity on the guitar, but also a refreshing talent as a singer-songwriter - which goes to show he’s extraordinarily versatile and a veritable bad-ass worthy of all the recognition he can get.</p> <p>More at <a href=""></a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>LP - <em>Forever For Now</em></strong></p> <p>Okay, so <em>Forever For Now</em> is not technically fully acoustic but since LP’s main instrument is ukulele, I say it counts.</p> <p>The petite LP is so full of talent and power, so smartly artistic, that you can’t help but be inspired.</p> <p>Her melodic direction is unique. And truthfully her monster range makes it hard to sing along, but so what! Plus, she throws in a tuneful whistle riff throughout. What can this woman not do?!</p> <p>Favorite cuts include “Night Like This,” “Into The Wild,” and the grand “Tokyo Sunrise.”</p> <p>Can’t wait to see where this artist goes next…</p> <p>More at <a href=""></a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Alex Skolnick - <em>Planetary Coalition</em></strong></p> <p>You might have heard of Skolnick from his escapades with the metal band Testament and later with his jazz trio.</p> <p>Now Skolnick has gone in a new and exciting direction with his acoustic-focused project, Planetary Coalition. The collective’s first release, simply named <em>Planetary Coalition</em>, includes an impressive array of 27 musicians from around the world.</p> <p>Multi-cultural and incredibly musical, Skolnick has somehow brought together a variety of musical influences, interesting instrumentation and intricate rhythms for a wholly enjoyable experience.</p> <p>If you have a chance to see the Coalition live, grab it!</p> <p>More at <a href=""></a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>David Gray - <em>Mutineers</em></strong></p> <p>Somehow David Gray’s <em>Mutineers</em> made it into the iTunes library on my iPhone. When I plug into my car charger, his “As The Crow Flies” kicks off due to its alphabetical advantage. Masterfully written, this album is packed chock-full of original ideas interpreted in memorable ways.</p> <p>Gray seems to be comfortable reinventing himself and <em>Mutineers</em> is a worthy fruit of his disruptive methods. Smart and singable, what more could you want?</p> <p>From the ebullient single “Back in the World Again,” to the esoteric and gritty “Gulls” and far beyond, this well-rounded album is a worthy listen.</p> <p>More at <a href=""></a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Better Than Ezra - <em>All Together Now</em></strong></p> <p>The single, “Crazy Lucky” off of Better Than Ezra’s release <em>All Together Now</em> was one of my favorite songs of the year and maybe of all time! Intelligently written, catchy as hell, and expertly executed. </p> <p><em>All Together Now</em> is the band’s eighth studio album that was produced by Grammy nominated mixer/producer Tony Hoffer (Fitz and the Tantrums, M83, Beck, Silversun Pickups). </p> <p>Themed around chance, the album spins out from the serendipity-marveling “Crazy Lucky” into reflective, if relatable, fare such as the vibratory, folk-inflected “Insane,” the falsetto-kissed “One Heart Beating,” and the more sprawling “The Great Unknown.”</p> <p>This video was constructed from fan submissions relating to their craziest and luckiest moments. Super cool all around.</p> <p>More at <a href=""></a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Acoustic Nation Alex Skolnick Beck David Gray Ed Sheeran Flesh & Blood John Butler Trio LP Richard Thompson Rodrigo y Gabriela The Belle Brigade Blogs Videos Tue, 16 Dec 2014 03:43:30 +0000 Laura B. Whitmore, Tom Gilbert, Pauline France Video Lesson: Play It Now! John Butler Teaches Us to Play “Spring To Come” <!--paging_filter--><p>I had the privilege of sitting down with John Butler recently as he went through the fingering and technique for his new song “Spring to Come” off the upcoming album <em>Flesh and Blood.</em></p> <p>John’s guitar is in an unusual tuning: C-G-D-G-B-D. This enables some interesting fingerpicking, and easily changing the bass from G to C changes the chordal coloring completely.</p> <p>The fingerpicking pattern John utilizes incorporates a “double thumbing” technique, with the thumb playing the lower G and D tuned strings and the second and third finger covering the rest. Here’s the pattern. </p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/fingerings.png" width="300" height="221" alt="fingerings.png" /></p> <p>John uses a double stop scale pattern up the neck for much of the song. He goes quite deliberately through the fingerings in the video, so watch it through. And here are the positions up the neck.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/spring%20to%20come%20shapes.jpg" width="723" height="194" alt="spring to come shapes.jpg" /></p> <p>Check out the instructional video here.<br /> <iframe width="620" height="349" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>And when you’re ready, play along with John as he performs “Spring To Come” live in the Acoustic Nation studio:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Find out what's next for John Butler at <a href=""></a></p> Acoustic Nation John Butler Trio Lesson Lessons Blogs Videos Mon, 15 Dec 2014 08:02:10 +0000 Laura B. Whitmore John Butler Trio's Ghoulish Video for "Only One" <!--paging_filter--><p>The John Butler Trio returns to begin the third leg of its 2014 U.S. tour. </p> <p>The 18-city tour will include stops in Austin, New Orleans, Nashville and Baltimore among others. </p> <p>The November 14th performance at the Tabernacle in Atlanta will be live streamed on Yahoo Live as part of its “Live Nation Presents” series.</p> <p>The John Butler Trio continues to support the critically acclaimed <em>Flesh &amp; Blood</em>, its first studio album in four years, released February 4, 2014. </p> <p>Throughout the past few months, the band has displayed its brilliant musicianship with incredible shows at Red Rocks Amphitheater (sold out), New York’s Central Park Summerstage, Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA, Boston, Philadelphia (to name a few) and capacity crowds at this year’s Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Outside Lands Festival and Wakarusa.</p> <p>Later this month, The John Butler Trio will premiere the video for the song “Spring To Come.” Further details TBA. In the meantime, check out the ghoulish video for the first single “Only One” – perfect for Halloween!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>John Butler Trio U.S. Fall Tour<br /> 2014-10-30 Houston, TX – House of Blues<br /> 2014-10-31 Austin, TX – Stubbs Waller Creek Amphitheatre<br /> 2014-11-01 Dallas, TX – Chive Fest<br /> 2014-11-02 New Orleans, LA – Voodoo Music + Arts Experience<br /> 2014-11-04 Mobile, AL – Saenger Theatre<br /> 2014-11-06 Orlando, FL – Plaza LIVE<br /> 2014-11-07 Charleston, SC – Charleston Music Hall<br /> 2014-11-08 Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater<br /> 2014-11-09 Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel<br /> 2014-11-10 Birmingham, AL - Iron City<br /> 2014-11-13 Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium<br /> 2014-11-14 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle<br /> 2014-11-15 Raleigh, NC – The Ritz<br /> 2014-11-16 Richmond, VA – The National<br /> 2014-11-18 Baltimore, MD – Ram’s Head Live<br /> 2014-11-20 Port Chester, NY – The Capitol Theatre<br /> 2014-11-21 Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom<br /> 2014-11-22 Northampton, MA – Calvin Theatre</p> <p>More at <a href=""></a></p> Acoustic Nation John Butler Trio News Blogs Videos Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:14:21 +0000 Acoustic Nation John Butler Trio Kicks Off US Summer Tour <!--paging_filter--><p>John Butler Trio returns stateside on June 5 to kick off its U.S. summer tour with a sold out show in Boulder, CO at the Fox Theater followed by its third appearance at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, CO on June 6.</p> <p>Long known for its dynamic live shows and brilliant musicianship, the John Butler Trio will also appear at summer festivals such as Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands and Wakarusa. </p> <p>Additional cities include New York’s Central Park Summerstage and Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA. A full list of tour dates follow below.</p> <p>The John Butler Trio has had a demanding few months since the release of its new album <em>Flesh &amp; Blood</em> which began with an initial sold out North American tour, performances on <em>Conan</em>, WXPN/NPR’s World Café, Guitar Center Sessions and sold out shows in its native Australia, UK and Europe with more European dates coming up. </p> <p>Watch Butler perform “Spring To Come,” live from the Acoustic Nation studios below:<br /> <iframe width="620" height="349" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>John Butler Trio Summer Tour</strong><br /> 2014-06-05 Boulder, CO – Fox Theater<br /> 2014-06-06 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheater<br /> 2014-06-07 Kansas City, MO – Crossroads<br /> 2014-06-08 Ozark, AR – Wakarusa<br /> 2014-06-11 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant<br /> 2014-06-12 Indianapolis, IN – Old National Centre<br /> 2014-06-13 Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall<br /> 2014-06-14 Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Music &amp; Arts Festival<br /> 2014-06-15 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore<br /> 2014-06-17 New York, NY – Central Park Summerstage w/ Allen Stone<br /> 2014-06-18 Vienna, VA – Wolf Trap w/ Allen Stone<br /> 2014-06-20 Philadelphia, PA – River Stage w/ Allen Stone<br /> 2014-06-21 Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion w/ Allen Stone<br /> 2014-06-27 Ericeira, Portugal – Sumol Summer Festival<br /> 2014-06-29 Brussels, Belgium – Couleur Café<br /> 2014-06-30 Utrecht, Netherlands – TrivoliVredenberg Ronda<br /> 2014-07-01 Luxembourg City, Luxembourg – den Atelier<br /> 2014-07-02 Nancy, France – L'Autre Canal<br /> 2014-07-04 Cluses, France – Musiques en Stocks<br /> 2014-07-05 Arras, France – Arras Mainsquare Festival<br /> 2014-07-06 Herouville St. Clair, France – Chateau de Beauregard<br /> 2014-07-09 Paris, France – Le Bataclan<br /> 2014-07-10 Paris, France – L’Olympia<br /> 2014-07-11 Albi, France – Pause Guitare<br /> 2014-07-12 Barcelona, Spain – Cruilla Festival<br /> 2014-07-13 Tours, France – Terres Du Son<br /> 2014-07-15 Sesto San Giovanni Mi, Italy – Sesto San Giovanni<br /> 2014-07-17 Merano, Italy – Giardini Trautsmandorff<br /> 2014-07-18 Bern, Switzerland – Gurtenfestival<br /> 2014-07-19 Wiesen, Austria – Nova Jazz and Blues Nights Festival<br /> 2014-07-20 Ostrava, Czech Republic – Colours of Ostrava Festival<br /> 2014-07-25 Yuzawa, Japan – Fuji Rock Festival<br /> 2014-08-01 Grand Rapids, MI – Frederik Meijer Gardens<br /> 2014-08-02 Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza<br /> 2014-08-03 Des Moines, IA – Simon Estes Riverfront Amphitheater<br /> 2014-08-06 Salt Lake City, UT – Red Butte Garden<br /> 2014-08-07 Eagle, ID – Eagle Park Pavilion<br /> 2014-08-08 Bend, OR – The Courtyard Athletic Club of Bend<br /> 2014-08-09 San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands Festival</p> <p>Keep up with the John Butler Trio at <a href=“”></a>.</p> Acoustic Nation John Butler Trio News Thu, 22 May 2014 04:20:42 +0000 Acoustic Nation John Butler Trio Perform "Livin' in the City" at Guitar Center Hollywood — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>Today, presents the exclusive premiere of a new video by the John Butler Trio. </p> <p>In the clip, which was filmed in the vintage room at Guitar Center Hollywood, the trio perform "Livin' in the City."</p> <p>The song is part of a trio of songs performed as part of a recent <em>Guitar Center with Nic Harcourt</em> podcast. </p> <p>They also discussed stories about song writing, life and what the future has in store for them. The full interview portion of the audio podcast is <a href="">available here.</a></p> <p>John Butler Trio's new album, <em>Flesh &amp; Blood</em>, is available now at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Acoustic Nation Guitar Center John Butler Trio News Videos Videos News Tue, 06 May 2014 12:44:12 +0000 Damian Fanelli Show Review: John Butler Trio at The Independent <!--paging_filter--><p>Want to see some really sick guitar playing? </p> <p>So did I. That’s why I hauled it over to The Independent in San Francisco last night to see the killer performance of the John Butler Trio.</p> <p>With selections ranging from trippy reggae-tinged sing-alongs to lovely harmony-laden ballads and straight out rock tunes, the set was not only varied, it was enthralling.</p> <p>The trio as a whole were incredibly tight, with Byron Luiters on bass and new drummer Grant Gerathy joining the fold. </p> <p>Butler not only showed his varied guitar talents, he created a masterful tone palette utilizing a variety of pedals, a Marshall half-stack, and more with his instruments, which included 6-string and 12-string acoustics, banjo, resonator guitar and a couple of electrics. I’m talking some truly innovative and inventive stuff that was going on here!</p> <p>Top selections for the night included “Only One” from his latest album, <em>Flesh and Blood</em>. Other cuts from the album that satisfied were “Spring to Come,” “How You Sleep at Night” and a rousing closer of “Living in the City.” “Devil Woman” was just plain frolicking fun.</p> <p>But it was his live solo performance of “Ocean” that pretty much blew everyone’s mind ten times over. The virtuosic guitar technique coupled with the waves of intensity pulled back into soul-satisfying resolution were truly moving and jaw-dropping. Holy moly.</p> <p>Here’s the studio version, but I am telling you, nothing can compare to this live!<br /> <iframe width="620" height="349" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>The sold out crowd was a mass of bouncing, swaying bodies and each one of them loved every minute. Oh, and kudos to the sound man. The mix was perfection.</p> <p>If you haven’t checked out the latest from John Butler, I strongly recommend you do. This is truly one of the best shows I have seen in the past 12 months and, just wow. </p> <p>There are more dates on the tour. Run!!<br /> Tour dates here: <a href=""></a></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="">Women's International Music Network at</a>, producer of the <a href="">She Rocks Awards</a> and the <a href="">Women's Music Summit</a> and co-hosts regular songwriter nights for the West Coast Songwriters Association. More at <a href=""></a></em></p> Acoustic Nation John Butler Trio News Blogs Fri, 21 Feb 2014 17:28:39 +0000 Laura B. Whitmore Exclusive Interview: John Butler Talks New Album, Gear, Songwriting and More. <!--paging_filter--><p>The John Butler Trio's <em>Flesh and Blood</em> will be out February 4, 2014, but we couldn't wait to talk about the making of this collection of wonderfully written and masterfully performed songs. The album, his first release on Vanguard Records, is a fitting progression to add to his body of work. </p> <p>Butler, one of the most successful musicians Australia has produced, with three albums reaching number one on the Australian charts. Butler was born in the United States and moved to Australia at an early age. He began playing the guitar at the age of sixteen. In 2002 Butler, along with several partners, formed their own record label. He is also an avid skateboarder and the co-founder of a grant program that seeks to improve artistic diversity in Australia where he resides with his wife and children.</p> <p>Butler took a few minutes to sit down with us in the Acoustic Nation studio. We laughed, we played, we talked about new music and songwriting and a whole lot more.</p> <p>Check out our exclusive interviews and then listen to our exclusive <a href="">live in studio performance of the song "Spring to Come."</a></p> <p>We talk about the new album, <em>Flesh and Blood</em>.<br /> <iframe width="620" height="349" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Here we discuss songwriting. One of my favorite topics!<br /> <iframe width="620" height="349" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>A wee bit of gear speak:<br /> <iframe width="620" height="349" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>And finally, some tour talk.<br /> <iframe width="620" height="349" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Find out more about what's next for the John Butler Trio at <a href=""></a></p> Acoustic Nation John Butler Trio News Interviews Blogs Videos Thu, 09 Jan 2014 07:19:20 +0000 Laura B. Whitmore Video Exclusive: John Butler Performs "Spring to Come" Live <!--paging_filter--><p>Touted as the most successful independent artist in Australia, John Butler is poised to release his latest work, <em>Flesh and Blood</em> on February 3, 2014. Butler's previous work, <em>April Uprising</em> yielded a US #1 single with "Better Than." Now with <em>Flesh and Blood</em> The John Butler Trio has evolved with even more fabulous writing and virtuosic performance.</p> <p>We had the pleasure of having John Butler join us in the Acoustic Nation studio for a chat, performance and more. We'll be sharing it all with you over the next couple of weeks. And to kick it all off, here's an exclusive preview performance of "Spring to Come" from the John Butler Trio's upcoming <em>Flesh and Blood.</em></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>More from the John Butler Trio at <a href=""></a></p> acoustic guitar Acoustic Nation John Butler Trio News Blogs Videos Mon, 06 Jan 2014 06:57:42 +0000 Acoustic Nation John Butler Trio to Release 'Flesh & Blood' on Vanguard Records <!--paging_filter--><p>The multi-platinum Australian powerhouse JOHN BUTLER TRIO will be releasing <em>FLESH &amp; BLOOD</em>, their first studio album in four years, on February 4, 2014, marking the band’s debut on Vanguard Records.</p> <p><em>FLESH &amp; BLOOD</em> is JOHN BUTLER TRIO’S sixth studio album and the long-awaited follow up to the band’s internationally acclaimed 2010 release <em>APRIL UPRISING</em>¸ which debuted at #36 on the Billboard Top 200, marking their first entry onto the U.S. Charts, and yielded a #1 single in Australia with “One-Way Road.” The album also debuted at #1 on the Australian ARIA chart (their third consecutive #1 Album). </p> <p>Recorded at The Compound, Butler’s studio in Fremantle (Australia), <em>FLESH &amp; BLOOD</em> took a mere 20 days to record and though beautifully structured in sonic terms there is a rawness and honesty to the album that reflects the brevity of its laying down. "There's something really exciting about that moment when you're writing a song and it's flowing and you stand back and look at it and hear it and feel like it explains things that you've been trying to explain all your life, or it expresses something that feels universal," Butler says. The first single "Only One" presents a fresh take on JBT’s signature sound with cascading acoustic riffs, sun kissed steel drums and an inspirational melody that flows over the driving rhythms.</p> <p>Check out the official lyric video of “Only One” here:<br /> <iframe width="620" height="349" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>The crisp and beautifully spare production of <em>FLESH &amp; BLOOD</em> accentuates the sense of limitless space: the drums (courtesy of the aptly named Nicky Bomba) kick with dub explosions, while the bass (‘Lord’ Byron Luiters) goes on inspired transient walkabouts. Butler’s voice, free of the ‘anger’ that has dogged him for so long, now soars with both melancholy and purity.</p> <p>Of the approach, Butler says “We wanted the grooves to get deeper and thicker and as a songwriter I wanted the songs to be a lot more guttural and fleshier. I wanted to smell it and feel it a bit more. And my voice to be more convincing."</p> <p>In February, the band will embark on an initial North American tour visiting some of their favorite rooms beginning with an underplay on February 3rd in New York City (Bowery Ballroom) through February 24 in San Diego, CA. (Tour dates listed below). The tour will introduce new band member, Grant Gerathy, who has taken over the role as the new JBT drummer replacing Nicky Bomba who has left the group to front his own Melbourne Ska Orchestra.</p> <p>February 2014 Tour Dates:</p> <p>2/3 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom<br /> 2/4 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg<br /> 2/6 Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall<br /> 2/7 Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre<br /> 2/8 Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre<br /> 2/9 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue<br /> 2/12 Missoula, MT - Wilma Theatre<br /> 2/14 Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre<br /> 2/15 Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom<br /> 2/16 Vancouver, BC- Commodore Ballroom<br /> 2/18 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom<br /> 2/20 San Francisco, CA - TBD<br /> 2/21 Los Angeles, CA - Fonda Theatre<br /> 2/23 San Diego, CA - House of Blues</p> <p>Find out more at <a href=""></a></p> Acoustic Nation John Butler Trio News Vanguard Records Mon, 18 Nov 2013 17:12:22 +0000 Acoustic Nation