Watch David Nail Perform on Letterman

Earlier this month, Grammy-winning country artist David Nail appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman to celebrate the March 4 release of his new album I’m a Fire. 

With his Antique Sunburst Guild D-55 in hand, Nail performed the country-pop lead single “Whatever She’s Got.” The tune has become a staple on country radio, reaching No.1 on Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart in February.

Beck Performs ‘Waking Light’ on Fallon

Justin Meldal-Johnsen

Bassist Justin Meldal-Johnsen

Beck’s latest album Morning Phase is a collection of mellow gems that recall his 2002 record Sea Change, with simple melodies and soul-soothing vocals.

The Los Angeles-based troubadour performed a couple of his new standout tracks last night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

On both “Say Goodbye” and “Waking Light,”  bassist Justin Meldal-Johnsen  can be seen rocking his vintage Guild Starfire bass.

Watch Beck’s “Waking Light” after the jump.

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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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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.

Premier Guitar Spotlights Vintage M-75 Aristocrat

Guild M-75

Premier Guitar spotlighted the 1958 Guild M-75 Aristocrat in its December’s Vintage Vault feature.

The article traces the origins of this vintage guitar, which was reissued by Guild in 2013 in an Antique Burst finish.

As PG notes, the 1954 Guild catalog described the M-75 as follows: “The use of an exclusively developed lighter semi-solid body construction gives the Guild Aristocrat a magnificence of tone never before achieved in a guitar this size.”

PG goes on to detail the specific features of the 1958 model, and shares the current value for the vintage guitar.

Read the article here.

In related news, Guild has recently released a special run of the M-75 Aristocrat in Cherry Sunburst.