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Monthly Archives: November 2010

Brad Davis to Lead Guitar Workshop


The Grammy award-winning Brad Davis will lead a FREE guitar workshop this Thursday (Dec. 2) at the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville.

The evening kicks off at 6 p.m. with a screening (also free) presented by the Smithsonian Channel of Electrified: The Guitar Revolution. The film traces the evolution of the electric guitar through vintage footage, interviews with rock historians and rousing live performances.

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Fall Out Boy Frontman Debuts New Solo Tune


Fall Out Boy frontman and Gretsch signature artist Patrick Stump has finally debuted his first solo song, “Spotlight.” In fact, he’s unveiled two versions of the new track.

“I recorded two separate versions of ‘Spotlight’ and after months I still can’t decide which one should go on the record,” Stump wrote. “If you’ve got a minute, please take a listen and let me know which one you prefer.”

Watch the two videos below and click here to cast your vote. And to get a free download of each one, visit and like Stump’s facebook page to unlock the songs.

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Dandy Warhols Guitarist Falls for His Gretsch White Falcon


Dandy Warhols guitarist Pete Holmström released his debut solo album, Pete International Airport, in September 2010. Holmström got the name for his project back in 1997 when the Dandy Warhols were in the studio recording their second studio album.

“I had strung a bunch of pedals together and was just making a bunch of noise in the studio,” recalls Holmström. “Our producer/engineer Tony Lash recorded it and when I came back to the control room later on there was a stereo track on the mixing board labeled Pete International Airport. We built a song around the sounds he had recorded for the album, and then I just always knew that was going to be the name of my solo project whenever it happened.”

The 12-track album features friends from the Brian Jonestown Massacre, the Warlocks, Highway, The Upsidedown, M. Ward’s band and Australia’s Even. Check it out here.

Holmström has also been busy the last several months l touring with the Dandy Warhols in support of their summer release of The Capitol Years 1995-2007. The compilation album includes new tune “This is the Tide.” Watch the video below and check out Holmström’s Gretsch White Falcon, which he tells us his is favorite guitar at the moment.

“I got it about a year ago and it just plays really, really well,” he says. “The Bigsby on it – it’s unlike a Bigsby on any of my other guitars. I guess it’s because the spring is super sensitive or something so it’s really easy to do subtle things on it, as well as wrench on it.”

Holmström says he purchased the guitar to replace a ‘63 Gretsch Country Gentleman that he’s carried on the road for many years.

“I didn’t want to keep hauling the Gent around the world so I really got the Falcon as something to take on the road that I didn’t care about as much, but I’ve kind of fallen for it.”

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Watch Rancid Perform Tenderloin


Rancid guitarist and vocalist Tim Armstrong shows off his Gretsch signature model in this recently posted living room performance of “Tenderloin.” The song originally appeared on 1994′s Let’s Go.

Watch it below and make sure to enter our Gretsch giveaway to win your own G5191BK Tim Armstrong Electromatic Hollowbody, autographed by Tim himself.

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Joe Robinson Escaping the Expected on Houdini Tour


Australia’s Got Talent and World Championships of Performing Arts winner Joe Robinson is the middle of his Houdini Tour, which kicked off in the U.K. on Nov. 3.

Recently voted “Best New Talent” by Guitar Player magazine readers, the 19-year-old Australian native moved to Nashville, where he’s been working on a new project expected out in 2011. In the meantime, he’s expanding on his reputation as a guitar prodigy by adding vocals and a backing band to his current tour, which will also take him back home to Australia for a run of dates.

“Almost all of the touring I’ve done over the last 2 years has been as an instrumental soloist, so this time around, I wanted to give people a completely different show,” says Robinson. “Houdini was a crazy escape artist, and in a way I wanted to escape any preconceived ideas people might have about a Joe Robinson show. I have Bernard Harris playing bass, and Marcus Hill playing drums, and I’m so excited about bringing these guys with me. This is going to be a fun, fun show.”

Robinson’s 2009 release, Time Jumpin’ and 2007’s Birdseed are available on iTunes here.

Get more info on Robinson and tour dates here.

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