Acoustic Sessions (Shinedown EP)

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Acoustic Sessions
(Acoustic Sessions) - EP.jpg
EP by Shinedown
Released January 28, 2014 (2014-01-28); March 18, 2014 (2014-03-18)
Length Part 1: 25:18
Part 2: 17:51
Label Atlantic
Shinedown chronology
Acoustic Sessions

Acoustic Sessions is a duo of EPs by Brent Smith and Zach Myers of American hard rock band Shinedown, released on iTunes on January 28 and March 18, 2014. Videos of the recording sessions, directed by Darren Doane, were released on YouTube in the weeks prior to each album's release.


Frontman Brent Smith and guitarist Zach Myers asked fans to request songs on their Facebook page to be narrowed down to their top ten cover choices. Smith said of the album, "This is for the fans. They picked the songs and we recorded them. It’s as simple as that. And I must say that our audience has great taste."[1]

The ten songs voted highest by the fans were planned to be released over ten days,[2] along with YouTube videos of the recordings, directed by Darren Doane.[3] However, some of the artists being covered (Adele, Phil Collins, Pearl Jam, and Bon Jovi) did not sign off in time for the video release.[4] The extended play was reduced to six songs. The following recording videos were released on YouTube between January 22 and January 28:[5]

Smith insisted on eventually releasing all of the videos on YouTube, saying, "It's not about money for us. We didn't write these songs. We did this for the audience and for the fans, and we know it's something they're gonna dig."[4] Despite the fact that the band did not intend to sell the songs,[6] the album (Acoustic Sessions) - EP was released for sale on iTunes under the name "Smith & Myers" on January 28, 2014.[1]

The following videos were released on YouTube in March 2014:[7]

On March 18th, 2014, (Acoustic Sessions, Pt. 2) - EP was released on iTunes with the previously omitted tracks.[8]

Track listing[edit]

Acoustic Sessions EP
No.TitleOriginal ArtistLength
1."London Calling"The Clash2:49
2."(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay"Otis Redding3:24
3."Nothing Else Matters"Metallica4:56
4."She Talks to Angels"Black Crowes5:04
5."Blue on Black"Kenny Wayne Shepard5:44
6."Runaway Train"Soul Asylum3:25
Total length:25:22
Acoustic Sessions, Pt. 2 EP
No.TitleOriginal ArtistLength
1."Someone Like You"Adele4:56
2."Wanted Dead or Alive"Bon Jovi3:30
3."Black"Pearl Jam4:34
4."In the Air Tonight"Phil Collins4:51
Total length:17:51