At this time of year, it’s not uncommon to see music journalists go through the time-honored ritual of compiling “best of the year” lists. I’m a big fan of that most years, but I’m more excited about a couple of records that are due to drop in early 2009: Justin Townes Earle’s Midnight at the Movies
and Neko Case’s Middle Cyclone
. Both showed up in my mailbox during the holiday season, and so they’ve provided the soundtrack to sessions of present-wrapping and long drives to visit… Continue
Added by Managing Editor Mark Smith on December 31, 2008 at 4:22pm —
It's about time !!!! I've been waiting for a video like this for years, and now my hero recorded one: I just got it from Stefan Grossman's Guitarvideos and it's really beautiful, watching the video I discovered many tricks and I have material to study for the next months. He's really a great great blues player and entertainer, very nice man and stunning musician.
I sent him congratulation by e-mail and ... he answered me !!!
Added by andrea on December 31, 2008 at 4:26am —
I hope the holidays are treating everyone well! I'm enjoying a lot of time with family and friends, and squeezing in as much playing as I can. A good way to end the year…
The February 2009 issue of Acoustic Guitar
shipped to subscribers last week, so many of you will be seeing Jack Johnson in your mailbox soon (OK, not him, but his image on the cover). Acoustic Guitar
contributor Drew Pearce talked with Johnson at the Outside Lands festival last August before Johnson… Continue
Added by Dan Gabel, Editor & Group Publisher on December 26, 2008 at 5:00pm —
Renagade Music Ltd.
Richard W. Ransom Jr.
The ii-V-I turnaround or progression is a dominant cadence. This cadential chord progression is used in a wide variety of music genes, most common in
The chords in succession whose roots descend in 5th from the supertonic to the dominant and finally to the tonic. This serves two primary functions, which are more often then not intertwined: 1st to temporarily imply… Continue
Added by Richard Ransom on December 22, 2008 at 12:23pm —
MUSICIANS BIBLE :
Frank Wood,one of the hardest working promoter in Brooklyn, has repeatedly posted this bulletin for me. If you think he doesn't know what he's talking about... then you don't know what you're talking about!
Please Use This Info,Take To Heart.To Be A Working Musician This Is The Best Advice You Could Ever Get.(Old Hippie Rick).
To Print This : Would Do You Find :Post It At Your Band Practice Place!!!!
1. - If you're band is… Continue
Added by Richard Ransom on December 22, 2008 at 12:07pm —
Davy Graham died a while back, I just found out. Rest in peace.
Check out this way-before-its time video of Cry Me A River
I, like many of us, fell in love with guitar in no small measure because of his "Anji."
Added by Stevie Coyle on December 22, 2008 at 11:41am —
Well, looks like we made it to the end of the year almost...
wow. What a year.
Marley's Ghost's celebrated our 22nd year making a recording with legend Cowboy Jack Clement at Cowboy Arms Hotel and Recording Spa in the Hillsboro area of Nashville. We are mixing in March for an April release and I like the record - so far anyway(!).
There was a lot of travel this year and next year is shaping up to be more of the same.
If you see me out there, don't be afraid to walk right up… Continue
Added by Mike Phelan on December 19, 2008 at 12:02pm —
On my song, "Sunday Afternoon", I desired to break out of simple verse-chorus structure, yet I still retain symetry. I wanted to create a mood such as I have on a nice, sunny, Sunday Afternoon, after lunch and church. I sit and doze, with day dreams. The song, hopefully, reflects that. Do you think it is ok for a song to 'meander'? If not, why? If so, what examples can you think of that do this sort of meandering?
Added by Tomas David Hood on December 19, 2008 at 11:40am —
Zavaleta's MP3 gallery has clips of guitars dating from 1761 to the present that we have had a chance to record.
Added by Zavaletas on December 18, 2008 at 11:01pm —
I just learned that award-winning film maker Roger Sherman
is working on a feature-length documentary on French-Algerian fingerstyle guitarist Pierre Bensusan
. There is a lengthy trailer
on Pierre’s website, which includes some great playing footage, interview segments, and Pierre hanging out… Continue
Added by Teja Gerken, Senior Editor on December 11, 2008 at 10:14am —
The 51st Grammy Awards nominations
were announced yesterday for recordings released between October 1, 2007 and September 30, 2008. Highlights? Five nominations for Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’s Rising Sand
, including Album of the Year, Record of the Year (for “Please Read the Letter”), and Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album. Krauss and Plant share nominations in the latter category with Joan Baez, Ry… Continue
Added by Dan Gabel, Editor & Group Publisher on December 4, 2008 at 10:11am —
There’s something a little disturbing about Dylan fanatics, and by fanatics
I mean lonely men who listen to
Blonde on Blonde six times a day and obsessively collect bootlegs from the Neverending Tour
. Okay, so I’m sure Clinton Heylin, author of Bob Dylan: Behind the Shades
and Bob Dylan: The Recording Sessions
, is not at all lonely. But his obsession cannot be doubted, for his latest opus about the Cryptic Bard from Hibbing is a two-volume affair that dissects… Continue
Added by Managing Editor Mark Smith on December 1, 2008 at 5:30pm —
I'm interested in connecting with anyone out there who loves the music of Mississippi John Hurt. I have recorded two CDs of John Hurt songs which are on CD Baby, and I have spent a lot of time in Carroll County, MS and Avalon, where Daddy John lived most of his life. I've been teaching John Hurt's guitar style - exactly as he played it - for several years and have had good success with video lessons. I do not write tablature, but rather I focus on teaching the system of playing… Continue
Added by Jim Ohlschmidt on December 1, 2008 at 8:06am —