OK — a bit of a diversion from our normal acoustic coverage — but we stumbled upon some seriously cool lesson videos with B.B. King that we had to share. It’s not often that a blues master like King sits down to discuss his technique and playing, so grab your guitar and pull up a chair!
Here’s a cool acoustic foray from Kyle Park for his song, “What Goes Around Comes Around.” 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.
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, The Spirit Moves.. 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.
Event to honor, bring together Grammy Award-nominee Mindi Abair; two-time Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum artist Colbie Caillat, platinum-selling rock icons The Bangles, Capitol Studios Vice President Paula Salvatore, Zildjian CEO Craigie Zildjian, and many more female music industry leaders during evening celebrating women in music
Here’s a rare clip of two denim-clad musical legends performing together with acoustic guitars. It’s George Harrison and Bob Dylan rehearsing “If Not For You” before The Concert for Bangladesh in 1971. “If Not For You” was originally penned by Bob Dylan and appears on his 1970 album, New Morning. Soon after George Harrison released a version of the song on his post-Beatles masterwork, All Things Must Pass.
Today we're excited to premiere a Dylan-tinged tale by Ryan Culwell called “Never Gonna Cry.” On March 3rd, Culwell will release a new album called Flatlands on Lightning Rod Records (Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires, Billy Joe Shaver, Joe Pug). And here’s a little taste for what’s to come.
The full-chord strum is only one way to skin the rhythm cat. A subtler but no less effective approach is playing broken chords, which involves successively picking the individual notes of a chord in a following pattern. An arpeggiated, or “broken,” chord simultaneously outlines the harmony, meter and rhythm.
Recording King's Dirty 30's Harmonella guitars are a throwback to the dry, throaty sounding department-store instruments that have become favorites of blues players and songwriters everywhere. The Harmonella single 0 and 000 are the first of the Dirty 30's Series with tailpieces.
Today we’re thrilled to present you with the premiere of Ethan Jano’s “Wildfire.” The rollicking track is off Jano’s forthcoming debut album, I'll Be Fine, out February 10. Jano’s raw vocals and steady acoustic playing drive throughout the song like a freight train. It’s the sort of classic storytelling that brings to mind greats like Johnny Cash. “It’s probably the oldest song on the record,” says Jano. “I was writing a lot at the time but I don't think the songs then really shaped up to be anything, except ‘Wildfire.’”
Ryley Walker is excited to announce his new album, Primrose Green, out March 31 on Dead Oceans. The title sounds pastoral and quaint, but the titular green has dark hallucinogenic qualities, as does much of the LP. Hear the title track now!