Sharon Van Etten Plays New Single in a London Church

With a new album called Are We There coming out in the United States on May 27, Sharon Van Etten offered a stripped-down sneak peek at the song “Every Time the Sun Comes Up” for NME.

Van Etten teamed with Heather Woods Broderick at the Emmanuel Church in Islington, London, for the performance.  Watch the heart-wrenching clip below.

We Are Scientists Perform New Tracks in the Guild Lounge

We Are Scientists GuildWhen New York-based indie rockers We Are Scientists were recently overseas, they stopped by the Guild Artist Showroom in London to perform a few tracks off fifth studio album TV en Français.

One of those new songs, “Make It Easy,” is a slow burner with a sunny melody when plugged in, but the group puts a great twist on it with this acoustic version.  In addition, the guys pulled out the bass-heavy “Dumb Luck.”

Enjoy the performances below and visit We Are Scientists’ official website for a list of upcoming tour dates.

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.

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.

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

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.

 

Guild Conversation: Q&A with Megadeth’s Chris Broderick

Megadeth’s Chris Broderick is known as one of the top shredders in the business, but he is also an avid lover of acoustic and classical guitar.

Broderick boasts a degree in classical guitar music performance from the University of Denver and the Lamont School of Music, and he even spent many years offering lessons to aspiring guitarists.

GuildGuitars.com had an opportunity to catch up with Broderick during a break in Megadeth’s lengthy touring schedule to discuss his connection to classical guitar.

GuildGuitars.com: You started on an electric guitar, correct?

Broderick: My very first guitar was an electric. But within probably three months of playing, I started getting into acoustic and classical guitar.

GuildGuitars.com: How did that happen?

Broderick: I think it was a mixture of influences — from hearing players like [Andres] Segovia and F.A Romero at a young age, to Paco de Lucia and other really great classical guitarists. Al Di Meola, stuff like that.

GuildGuitars.com: How does one at age 11 get access to classical guitarists?

Broderick: That was through my parents, especially through my mother. She wasn’t an active musician or anything like that, but she did play the piano every once in a while. So, just through my parents. Continue reading

The Whigs Perform Acoustic Version of ‘Couple of Kids’

When Georgia-based rockers the Whigs stopped into the Guild Lounge, they picked up a few acoustic guitars and played a great version of “Couple of Kids” from their 2012 album Enjoy the Company.

Check out the performance below and visit the Whigs’ official website for more information.