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!
Today we’re happy to give you an exclusive song premiere from Bay Area folk band, Great Spirit. “Pretend With Me” contains all the ingredients for folk-rock greatness with an old-timey appeal. The band calls their sound “Cosmic Mountain Folk Grass,” and after a listen to this track you can hear why. Banjos, acoustic guitars and light percussion swirl beneath lyrics that touch on what guitarist/vocalist Tom Conneely describes as “leaving what you have always known and moving on toward the unknown.”
In the video below, Mark Knopfler shares some insight into his flatpicking and fingerstyle techniques. Knopfler takes the time to go through his motions step by step and make suggestions for players who might want to follow in his footsteps (or finger-plucks?).
Here's a fabulous song and live video from singer/songwriter Jenna Paone. It's the title track from her new album Hammers & Strings. Hailing from Boston, Paone has pulled through with some very strong songwriting on this release, as well as stellar vocal and piano chops.
Here's a surprise in the best possible way! 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.
Is that Blackmore's Night? Well, no. It's actually a Belarusian band called Stary Olsa performing a live medieval folk-style cover of Metallica's "One." Check out the video below and tell us what you think in the comments or on Facebook!
Here we have two musical titans teaming up for a moving rendition of a Pink Floyd standard. It’s Roger Waters with Eric Clapton performing Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here.” The clip was originally broadcasted during an NBC fundraising program to benefit those effected by the December 26, 2004 tsunami that struck the Indian Ocean region.
On Saturday, January 10, an extraordinary collection of music stars will come together for Washington, DC's concert event of the year, THE LIFE & SONGS OF EMMYLOU HARRIS: AN ALL- STAR CONCERT CELEBRATION to honor one of the most influential musicians of our time.
Martin Guitar is proud to add singer/songwriter Thomas Rhett to the Martin Ambassador family! The Martin Ambassador program honors musicians for their understanding and appreciation of Martin’s history and craftsmanship.