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Acoustic Metal: Listen to Ewan Dobson’s “Condemnation”

There is no double kick or even distortion, but this is still about as metal as it gets. With his new single “Condemnation,” could guitarist Ewan Dobson be helping to usher in a new genre of acoustic metal? Recorded in complete isolation in the backwoods of Canada just after completing his tour of Europe, CandyRat Records artist Ewan Dobson’s upcoming album Acoustic Metal II features multi-tracked acoustic guitar played with a flat-pick.

Show Review: Nickel Creek at the Fox Theater, Oakland

Most bands rarely make it to five years, let alone 25. Formed in 1989, reunited progressive bluegrass trio Nickel Creek are celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2014 with a new album and tour. And lucky for me, I got to witness one of the band’s comeback shows. Nickel Creek are a double threat in that they possess Grammy-level songwriting ability, and they deliver with unearthly, A-list studio player chops. This is a deadly combo.

Interview: A.J. Croce Talks New Album, 'Twelve Tales'

For his eighth studio album Twelve Tales, A.J. Croce (son of legendary songwriter Jim Croce) took on a recording approach that was ambitious, if not downright challenging. Recorded with a multitude of legendary producers across a variety of American cities, the songs represent a patchwork of styles and influences, making Twelve Tails a sharply written and effortlessly performed blend of Americana and folk rock.

Interview: Riley Etheridge Jr. Talks About, ‘The Straight and Narrow Way’

With his new record, The Straight and Narrow Way, NYC-native Riley Etheridge Jr. is proclaiming a new sound. Here we have a chat with Etheridge in our interview. Check it out, and enjoy an exclusive stream of album-standout “The Maze,” featuring Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek.

Show Review: LP at the Great American Music Hall, San Francisco

Singer-songwriter LP is certainly no stranger to live performance. Her only release, 2012’s live EP titled Live and EastWest Studios, is proof of that. But what I discovered a few nights ago at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall, is that to really “get” LP is to see her show

Interview: Rod Melancon On His Upcoming Release, ‘Parish Lines’

A Los Angeles resident with Southern Louisiana roots, Rod Melancon has a pure and honest songwriting style that reflects an admiration for greats like Cash and Springsteen, with the classic swagger of Elvis. For his upcoming full length Parish Lines, Melancon teamed with Dwight Yoakam guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Brian Whelan to create a collection of Americana-rooted rock ‘n’ roll.

Interview: Andy McKee Discusses New EP 'Mythmaker' and More

I can remember the first time I heard Andy McKee’s music. I was in college, and walked into a friend’s room to find him and a bunch of kids (all guitar players) huddled around a computer. “Check this out,” one of them said. There on the screen was this guy with an acoustic guitar, slapping and tapping the side of it like it was a drum, while simultaneously playing this amazing melody. We all looked at the computer, eyes fixated. This was our introduction to Andy McKee, and the tune was “Drifting.”

Video Exclusive: Andy McKee Performs "The Reason" Live

Last week we had the pleasure of showing up early to Andy McKee’s sold-out show at Yoshi’s in San Francisco for a little one-on-one with the man himself. In anticipation of his upcoming EP, Mythmaker, which releases January 28th, McKee performs an original tune called “The Reason,” which also happens to be the first video captured of him playing this song. The track has everything you’d expect from an epic Andy McKee composition: keen melody, effortless dynamics and gorgeous tone.

Favorites of 2013: Photo Ops' ‘How To Say Goodbye’

“It’s hard to recover from a bad year,” sings Terry Price in the opening track of my favorite release of 2013, Photo Ops’How To Say Goodbye. “Friends that were with us are no longer near / But hey, I’m glad to be alive.” As Price’s first release under the alias of Photo Ops, the shimmering guitar pop found within How To Say Goodbye is a deeply personal ode to death, loss, growing up and moving on.

Found Sound: Interview with Jazz Guitarist Jimmy Grant

Oakland, CA-based jazz guitarist Jimmy Grant (who I happened to meet on a plane coming back from the NAMM Show) used quite a different process for his latest release, 5 in 5; write a song a day for five days. Record on the sixth day. Release it on the seventh.