Classic Albums is a DVD series telling the stories behind some of rock’s most historic records. Below, watch an excerpt from their feature on Black Sabbath’s Paranoid LP. As the second studio album from Sabbath, the album contains some of the band’s most beloved tracks, including “Iron Man,” “War Pigs,” and “Paranoid.”
Here’s a great quality clip of SRV performing “Pride and Joy” in January of 1990 during his MTV Unplugged taping. Vaughan uses a 12-string Guild, which gives the song a completely different vibe than the original, full band recording. “Pride and Joy” originally appeared on his 1983 Epic Records debut, Texas Flood.
Followers of Joe Bonamassa's Facebook page know the guitarist likes to shoot quick, spur-of-the-moment videos backstage at his shows. These videos usually show him playing rare, oddball or just plain insane stringed instruments. As evidenced below!
C.F. Martin & Co. and multi-platinum singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran are teaming up for the second time to create another Signature Artist Edition guitar from the Martin Custom Shop, the Ed Sheeran X Signature Edition.
Remember when "Your mother wears army boots" used to be an insult? Not any more! Now Jimmy Vivino and many more musicians and celebrities are putting on a pair of combat boots in support of active duty military.
Every once in a while you see a group of musicians that somehow just gets it. Sure they’re tight. They’re in tune. They’re excellent musicians. What I’m talking about here is the special sauce. That something extra that you just can’t put your finger on. And that’s what made the Command Sisters show at the Bowery Electric so killer.
Acoustic guitarist Alan Gogoll appeared on our radar last year with an innovative way to incorporate harmonics. Now the Australia-native is back with another video, displaying more of his original “bell harmonics” technique.
Pieta Brown has released a new video for "Flowers of Love" from her recent Red House release, Paradise Outlaw. The track was recorded at Justin Vernon's April Base studio and features Vernon on backing vocals. The video is by artist Mei-Ling Shaw Williams. Pieta will be touring through 2015, including US and Australian dates with Iris Dement (scroll down for tour details).
Here’s a rockin’ tune from City Lights from their upcoming Acoustic Ep 2, due out February 17, 2015 on InVogue Records. Here the pop-punk band takes a selection of tunes and delivers acoustic versions of their faves.
In this week’s example, I demonstrate a pattern aimed at creating space. Sometimes less is more, and by creating a gap between chord changes, a more dramatic effect can be achieved. Feel free to experiment with this simple idea to really change up what may otherwise be too straight ahead.
Alternative pop band Never Shout Never, aka Christofer Drew and his fellow band mates, have announced the release of a new album titled RECYCLED YOUTH (VOLUME ONE) on March 3rd. The album is a re-imagining of 9 previously released songs but recorded with entirely new styles and instrumentation to make them unique once again.
With her graceful grasp of melody and poetic yet piercing lyricism, Corpus Christi, Texas-bred and L.A.-based multi-instrumentalist Julie Mintz creates Gothic Americana—a country-infused take on folk that’s both sweetly ethereal and steeped in moody melancholy—on her debut EP, The Thin Veil, to be released May 5, 2015.