John Mayer Trio Perform on Late Night with Seth Meyers

John Mayer

A reunited John Mayer Trio enjoyed their first TV performance in nearly five years with an appearance this week on the new Late Night with Seth Meyers.

Mayer, bassist Pino Palladino and drummer Steve Jordan were joined by Chick Corea, Manolo Badrena and Wallace Roney for a jazzy cover of JJ Cale’s “After Midnight.”

Mayer, who recently returned to Twitter after quitting the social media platform in September 2010, sent out this tweet:

“Watched it back and I have to say: cool on the part of @latenightseth to feature 4:30 of a song from the ’70s played mostly instrumental.”

The trio is also working on a new album.

Watch the performance clip below, featuring Mayer on the new Guild American M-75 Patriarch Aristocrat.

Band of Horses Appear on Ellen

Band of Horses on The Ellen Show

While in the middle of an acoustic tour in support of live album Acoustic at the Ryman, Band of Horses also made time for an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show where they performed a stripped down version of one of their most popular songs, “No One’s Gonna Love You.”

The performance features guitarist Tyler Ramsey on his Guild Orpheum acoustic guitar.

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Sean Watkins Performs a New Track in the Guild Lounge

In addition to his work with bands like Nickel Creek, Fiction Family and the Americana super group WPA, Sean Watkins is also an accomplished solo artist.

Planning on releasing fourth solo album All I Do is Lie at some point this year, it was a real treat when Watkins stopped by the Guild Lounge to play its opening track “Since the Day That I was Born.”

In addition, he treated us to a solo version of the track “Wave as We Run,” which he originally wrote for a movie that unfortunately was never used.

Watch both performances after the jump and visit Watkins’ official website for more information.  Continue reading

Andertons Music Demos the Starfire IV and X-175 Manhattan

Andertons Music recently had an opportunity to demo two Guild guitars from the Newark St. Collection – the Starfire IV and X-175 Manhattan, and both instruments received high marks.

“The Guild Starfire IV is a familiar design with a quirky character all of its own,” noted the reputed dealer.  ”The jagged scratchplate, ‘Harp’ tailpiece and distinctive ‘anti-hum’ pickups all add up to a classy vintage looking guitar that work hard and sounds fantastic! With a full bright tone you’d expect from a semi hollow the Starfire IV is a guitar we’re happy to welcome back to production!”

Andertons called the X-175 Manhattan “breathtaking,” with special scrutiny going to some of the guitar’s vintage accoutrements.

“Vintage features like tall frets, harp tailpiece and wooden bridge are all present and correct and you can’t help but feel the history of the guitar when you play it, so bold and authoritative is the tone,” they wrote.

Enjoy both demos below.

Bonnie Raitt Celebrates Leno’s Last Week on Tonight Show

The venerable Bonnie Raitt was recently on hand to celebrate Jay Leno’s final week as host of The Tonight Show, performing a beautiful version of the song “You.”

Raitt has a new double-disc package available that is called Now & Then, which consists of her latest album Slipstream and an additional career-spanning 16-song compilation.

Watch Raitt in action on Leno after the jump and visit her official website for more information.  Continue reading

David Nail Readies New Album

David Nail I'm A Fire

Country artist David Nail will release new album I’m A Fire on March 4.

The 11-track effort is a follow-up to his critically-acclaimed 2011 album, The Sound of a Million Dreams, which featured no. 1 hit “Let It Rain.”

Fans have already gotten a taste of what’s in store with I’m A Fire lead single “Whatever She’s Got,” which was written about his wife Catherine.

“There’s so many moments on this record that make me think about the last four years that I’ve been married, and ‘I’m A Fire’ just sums it all up,” he explains. “[I'm a Fire] says, ‘I’ve walked through flames, come out on the other end, and the foremost reason is because of you.’”
The album also includes a collaboration with Little Big Town on “When They’re Gone (Lyle County),” and a duet with Lee Ann Womack on his own version of Glen Campbell‘s “Galveston.”

Watch the album teaser for I’m A Fire below, and pre-order here.

Sting Joins Matthew Koma for Live Performance

During a set at the Cherrytree House Live show at Magicopolis in Santa Monica, Calif., late last year, Matthew Koma welcomed a surprise special guest on stage.

Sting walked out as Koma began playing an acoustic version of Zedd’s “Clarity,” which Koma co-wrote.  The former Police frontman, who also performed during the event, noted that he “loved this song” so he had to sing it.

After the duet, Koma told the excited crowd, “I told you I did magic!”

Watch the performance below  and visit Koma’s official website for more information.

Watch Dan Croll Perform Two Live Tracks At: Guitar Center

British singer/songwriter Dan Croll and his band recently stopped by Guitar Center in Hollywood to talk to host Nic Harcourt on his At: Guitar Center podcast.

The 23 year old’s full-length debut album is set to be released in March 2014, but Croll offered a taste of the material with an intimate performance of the songs “In/Out” and “Home.”  The tracks really showcase Croll’s layered, diverse sound, with hints of Paul Simon and James Taylor shining through.

And for both offerings during the session in Guitar Center, don’t miss bassist John Stark rocking a vintage Guild bass.

Check out Croll in action below and visit his official website for more information.