In the video below, Taiwanese musician Shara Lin plays the piano, violin and guzheng at the same time. Actually, she sort of takes turns with each instrument, although there are a few seconds where she's doubling on piano and guzheng.
Recently we met with songwriter Ryan Culwell at his friend’s graphic design studio in the wooded hills of White’s Creek, TN, just north of Nashville. While only a few minutes north of downtown, White’s Creek feels worlds apart from the tourist-filled honky tonks of Nashville’s lower Broadway. It turned out to be the perfect setting to hear the Texas-born, Nashville-based songwriter.
I interviewed Maia Davies of Ladies Of The Canyon, an all- female band that are no strangers to hard livin', long drives and a life in music. Maia and I bonded on lessons learned on the road to success and more importantly perhaps, happiness.
Here AN editor Laura B. Whitmore sits down with New York City-based songwriter, Emilyn Brodsky. A ukulele player who writes “simple songs about complicated feelings,” Brodsky’s latest LP, Emilyn Brodsky Eats Her Feelings, is out now. Below she describes the meaning behind the album, its recording process, her experience of performing on HBO’s Girls and much more.
Lily Maase recently dropped by the Acoustic Nation studio to help us brush up on our picking and strumming skills. And of course, we couldn’t let the Brooklyn-based guitarist leave without performing a song of her own. Below, Maase plays us her original tune, “Reduction Sketch.”
Lucky us! Indie folk songstress Lucette has done the honor of recording a sweet acoustic version of her song “Bobby Reid” just for us. The song seems somehow familiar from the get go, an old-style lament sung with a sweet sadness.
Here’s a bouncy, get-your-butt-outta-of-bed testimonial to the power of optimism. The song is from Aussie-based Darren Hanlon's upcoming release Where Did You Come From?, due out March 24 on Yep Roc Records. With a fun beat, subtle, driving music and some Aussie-tinged vocals, “When You Go” is a fun listen and a super cool video!
Here’s a sweet song with an arpeggiated finger-picked accompaniment. It’s “Still Here” from Pete RG. Full, resonant vocals delivery a dreamy landscape of straightforward heartfelt sentiment. The band version of the song originally appears on his new release, Lightning Strikes, which came out February 10.
Public Relations, better known as PR. That holy grail of message distribution. Well-done PR can get you massive amounts of interest, YouTube views, interviews, and so much more. Of course, all with the hope of your efforts leading to sales. If you’re a musician or fledgling publicist that wants to spread the word about your projects, here are some tips for making the most out of your efforts.
In this article I’d like to acquaint you with some great slide licks I like to play in open A tuning. These riffs and runs are super versatile – you can use them to hop up your own blues pieces, employ them as solos in a classic blues song or even just entertain yourself with them on a back porch in the middle of a scorching heat wave.