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

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.

Preview New Tracks From Upcoming Amoral Album

Finnish metallers Amoral have a new album called Fallen Leaves & Dead Sparrows ready for Feb. 14 release, but fans of the band were able to preview the acoustic-driven track “If Not Here, When?” late last year.

Now, Amoral has another fresh track at the ready, with the hard-hitting “No Familiar Faces” coming out earlier this month.

Stream “No Familiar Faces” after the jump and visit Amoral’s official Facebook page to pre-order the album. Continue reading

Damian Howard Performs New Track in the Guild Lounge

During a recent stop by the Guild Lounge, Australian singer/songwriter Damian Howard performed a new song that he had just finished, a heartfelt gem titled “Once in a While.”

In addition, Howard pulled out the title track to his beautiful 2010 album Out of My Hands, which is another great example of his skilled storytelling.

Watch both performances below and visit Howard’s official website for more information.

 

Doyle Dykes Performs Christmas Concert in Knebworth

Doyle Dykes was recently the featured performer at St. Martin’s Church in Knebworth, England.

Dykes, who has a Christmas album of his own, performed several holiday standards, including a jaunty version of the song “Greensleeves.”

For those that weren’t able to make the show, video of the performance can be seen below.  Enjoy the clip and visit Dykes’ official website for more information.

Fran Healy of Travis Featured on Ernie Ball’s Set Me Up

While in Los Angeles recently, Scottish rock band Travis stopped by the Ernie Ball showroom to appear on their web series Set Me Up.

The show features artists and their instruments, and frontman Fran Healy took some time to tell a few stories and offer a few tips on how to play the song “Reminder,” which comes off Travis’ latest album Where You Stand.

Check out the clip below and visit Travis’ official website for more information.

Brian Wright Performs ‘Red Rooster Social Club’ in the Guild Lounge

When Nashville-based troubadour Brian Wright stopped by the Guild Lounge, he recalled a childhood memory with one of his trademark heartfelt songs “Red Rooster Social Club.”

The track comes off his 2013 album Rattle Their Chains, and you can watch it below.  Visit Wright’s official website for more information.