March 28, 2013 Have you ever heard a catchy jingle or song used for a commercial and wondered, "who does that song?" I do that all the time, especially if there is a great acoustic guitar featured. And so it was that I went out to find who plays and sings on the current Sprint commercial, you know the one with the phone streaming the little girl aging from infant to 12 years old. Well, that song is done by British singer/songwriter Alexi Murdoch from his 2006 debut album Time Without Consequence, and the song is titled All My Days. Alexi's baritone voice and rootsy guitar picking has made his songs popular on other commercials as well as a host of TV shows like Grey's Anatomy, Scrubs and Ugly Betty to name a few.
Here is Alexi Murdoch performing All My Days live.
February 27, 2013 David Wilcox has been around for a long time and even though he hasn't had a major chart hit he is well know among guitarist as a gifted player who like to play in odd altered tunings.
David is a great songwriter also and some of my favorites are Last Chance Waltz, Eye of the Hurricane, Leave It Like It Is and Rusty Old American Dream. One song which resonates with me personally is Show The Way. After losing my son Aaron in 2005 there was one song that played repeatedly on my car stereo, Jackson Browne's Too Many Angels. I was saddened, hurt, pissed and didn't particularly want to hear any feel good songs and Too Many Angels became my soundtrack for depression. After about 3 months I somehow came across David's song Show The Way and it quickly replaced Too Many Angels and became my new soundtrack for my recovery.
You say you see no hope, you say you see no reason
We should dream that the world would ever change
You're saying love is foolish to believe
'Cause there'll always be some crazy with an Army or a knife
To wake you from your day dream, put the fear back in your life
Look, if someone wrote a play just to glorify
What's stronger than hate, would they not arrange the stage
To look as if the hero came too late, he's almost in defeat
It's looking like the Evil side will win, so on the Edge
Of every seat, from the moment that the whole thing begins
Love that mixed the mortar
And it's love who stacked these stones
And it's love who made the stage here
Although it looks like we're alone
In this scene set in shadows
Like the night is here to stay
There is evil cast around us
But it's love that wrote this play...
For in this darkness love can show the way
So now the stage is set. You feel your own heart beating
In your chest. This life's not over yet.
So we get up on our feet and do our best. We play against the Fear.
We play against the reasons not to try
We're playing for the tears burning in the happy angel's eyes
It's a beautiful song with the guitar tuned C-G-C-G-C-E. So simple yet complex to get all the nuances that David does so well. David remains one of my favorite singer-songwriters/guitarists and I remain thankful for his music and this song to this day.
February 25, 2013 We could certainly use more of this type of glasnost. I've seen Igor Presnyakov's videos posted on YouTube, as a matter of fact they are all over the place. But I've never given him a serious listen, until now. Igor Presnyakov was born in Moscow but currently resides in the Netherlands. He has become a hit on YouTube with over 170 million views and regardless of your taste in music Igor has got a video for you.
I've always been a fan of rock and pop music, done acoustically of course, and Igor takes on Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, you name it. His percussive tapping enhances the song without becoming overbearing and, I love his choice of guitar voicing.
A man of many hats, as you will discover if you watch a few of his videos, it seems there isn't anyone Igor won't tackle and do them justice. Enjoy Igor Presnyakov doing Hotel California playing the guitar above and below his capo.
February 21, 2013 It's a snow day so I'll feature one of my favorite "snow" songs written by Hoyt Axton, Snow Blind Friend. The white stuff he's talking about here is not the type that falls from the sky though... it's the kind that blows up your nose. Unfortunately I can't find a video of Hoyt performing this song but I'm going to include a YouTube music clip version because his version is so damn good. I'll also let John Kay & Steppenwolf do their version since they had the hit back in 1970.
February 20, 2013 One of my favorite finger style guitarists is Al Petteway who along with his wife Amy White play great Americana music. Al borrows from everybody when it comes to writing or arranging songs and he's unapologetic about it. Yet he comes up with some of the tastiest licks around.
Al Petteway & Amy White with friend Adam Gardino
I first heard Al on a Cheryl Wheeler cd and went looking on the album credits for who the second guitarist was. I've been hooked on his music ever since.
Besides session work and writing film and TV scores, Al has a job as guitarist for Dream Guitars where he test drives beautiful custom and vintage instruments and often records with them so the inquiring customer can hear how the guitar sounds when played by a pro.