Marc Ford Releases Holy Ghost

Marc Ford

Former Black Crowes rock guitarist Marc Ford is showcasing his versatility with his new album Holy Ghost.

Holy Ghost marks his fifth solo effort, and its 12 tracks feature a liberal use of pedal steel, Fender Rhodes, mellotron and banjo, resulting in a very fine Americana album.

Ford is currently touring in support of Holy Ghost, along with his new Guild acoustic.  Tour dates are available here.

Hailey Steele and Annie Clements Perform in the Guild Lounge

Nashville-based singer/songwriter Hailey Steele has appeared on The Voice and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, but we were lucky enough to get some time with her in the Guild Lounge.

While there, Steele teamed up with bassist Annie Clements (Sugarland, Amos Lee) to play a few songs on her upcoming solo album. Clements’ dad Cranston Clements, a well-known guitarist in New Orleans, also pitches in one song.

Watch Steele and Clements perform “Lazy River,” Somebody Else” and “How Much Can One Take” in the clips below.

Midlake Goes Acoustic for KDHX Session

Midlake’s 2013 album Antiphon was a challenge to make.

The Texas-based low-fi band lost its lead singer in 2012, and they had to ditch two years of work and start over with guitarist Eric Pulido on vocals. What came out of that was a gem of ethereal rockers that can easily lull the listener into a trance.

Late last year, Midlake got the chance to stop by the St. Louis studios of KDHX to play a few of their new tracks.  Watch acoustic performances of “Antiphon” and “It’s Going Down” after the jump and listen to their full set here. Continue reading

Hot Chelle Rae Perform ‘Don’t Say Goodnight’ on Arsenio

Hot Chelle Rae has a new album called Recklessly coming out later this year, but the band recently gave fans a taste of the new material with a performance of “Don’t Say Goodnight” on Arsenio.

The Nashville group’s appearance was actually the first time they’ve played the track on live television.

Watch Hot Chelle Rae in action below.

Neal Casal Performs Two Tracks in the Guild Lounge

Neal Casal has worked with Ryan Adams and the Cardinals and the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, but he also boasts a prolific solo career, having released his first solo album in 1995.

When Casal recently stopped in the Guild Lounge with artist Lauren Barth, he touched on two different periods of his solo catalog, performing the tracks “Need Shelter” from 2011′s Sweeten the Distance and “Too Much to Ask” from 2001′s Anytime Tomorrow.

Watch Casal and Barth below and visit his official website for more information.

Watch Paolo Nutini’s ‘Iron Sky’ at Abbey Road

Paolo NutiniScottish singer/songwriter Paolo Nutini has kept out of the spotlight for the past few years, but with the new album Caustic Love slated to come out April 14, he is returning to the music industry with a soulful bang.

Nutini recently turned in an amazing performance at London’s Abbey Road Studios, offering up a heart wrenching version of the track “Iron Sky” with a spot-on backing band and an Instagram-worthy filter.

The song highlights Nutini’s powerful vocals, as well as a snippet from Charlie Chaplin’s noteworthy speech from 1940 film The Great Dictator, in which the comedian states, “Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men, machine men, with machine minds and machine hearts. You are not machines. You are not cattle. You are men.”

Count Grammy-winning pop songstress Adele as one artist who was impressed.

“F**k!!! This is one of the best things I’ve ever seen in my life hands down,” she tweeted.

You can watch Nutini perform “Iron Sky” in the clip below.

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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Scars on 45 Offer Live Debut of ‘Crazy for You’ on Big Morning Buzz

Scars on 45 Big Morning BuzzScars on 45 have their sophomore full-length album at the ready— with a PledgeMusic campaign in action to mix and master the record—and the band recently performed one of those new songs on VH1′s Big Morning Buzz.

In the clip after the jump, the English indie rockers play “Crazy for You,” which features dual vocals from members Danny Bemrose and Aimee Driver.

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