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Jeff Bridges Performs Private Concert at the Troubadour

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Photo by Frank Micelotta

Actor Jeff Bridges premiered songs from his forthcoming eponymous album during an hour-plus set at the Troubadour in West Hollywood last night. Eleven-song album Jeff Bridges will be released Aug. 16.

Famed music producer Quincy Jones welcomed Bridges to the stage, noting that he chose a song written by the actor, “Lost in Place,” for the soundtrack of 1969 film John and Mary.

“I gave Jeff his first shot; I saw it coming,” said Jones, who referred to music as Bridges’ true calling.

Producer, musician and songwriter T-Bone Burnett was there to cheer on his good friend and musical collaborator. He and Bridges worked together on Crazy Heart, the 2009 film that earned Bridges a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of washed-up country star Otis “Bad” Blake. Burnett and singer Ryan Bingham also won an Oscar for the film’s theme song, “The Weary Kind.”

Bridges, backed by his four-piece band the Abiders, played “The Weary Kind” Tuesday night, along with “What a Little Bit of Love Can Do,” which serves double duty on the Crazy Heart soundtrack and as the opener for Bridges’ new album. The actor switched between acoustic and electric guitar, using the same G6122 1959 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman with BAD on the neck strap that he used in the film.

Bridges wrote or co-wrote four of the album’s 11 songs. Other contributing songwriters include Burnett, John Goodwin, Greg Brown, Robert “Bo” Ramsey and the late Stephen Bruton. Guest vocalists on Jeff Bridges include Bingham, Rosanne Cash, Sam Phillips and Benji Hughes.

Celebrities in the audience at the private concert included Jackson Browne, Olivia Wilde, Ryan Reynolds, and Bridges’ elder brother, Beau, who owned the first guitar Jeff ever played during childhood. A touching moment in the set came when Bridges dedicated a cover of Bob Dylan’s “The Man in Me” to his wife of 34 years, Susan.

Fred Gretsch greets Jeff Bridges during a meet & greet prior to the concert. Gretsch joined Blue Note and high-end speaker company Bowers & Wilkins as the evening’s sponsors.

Fred Gretsch with T-Bone Burnett.

T-Bone Burnett and Quincy Jones.



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Stream New Songs from Drake Bell

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A Reminder, the new EP by actor and musician Drake Bell, will be released for digital download on June 28.

On the cover of the EP and in the video (watch it below) for Beatle-esque single “Terrific,” Bell slings a Gretsch Black Penguin with assurance. The four-song EP also consists of  ”Big Shot,” “Speak My Mind” and “You’re Not Thinking.”

Bell will tour extensively worldwide in support of the release throughout the summer and fall, with tour dates in the United States, Latin America and Europe.

A Reminder is Bell’s second EP, after 2007’s Nashville Sessions. First album Telegraph (2005) and debut major-label release It’s Only Time (2006) were huge successes, especially in Latin America, where the latter and its hit single, “I Know,” both topped the Mexican pop charts. He toured with Ally & AJ and Corbin Bleu during those years, regularly playing 3,000‐seat venues.

Bell became virtually a household name in the mid-2000s as the star of Nickelodeon series Drake & Josh. He has amassed an impressive list of film and television acting credits from about age 10 onward, including Jerry Maguire; The Jack Bull; High Fidelity; Yours, Mine and Ours; Superhero Movie; College; Home Improvement; Seinfeld; The Drew Carey Show; The Amanda Show and many others. In summer 2011, he’s seen in A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner! A live-action television film based on Nickelodeon animated series The Fairly OddParents. Bell has won 10 U.S. and International Nickelodeon and Teen Choice Awards.

Gretsch is delighted to exclusively stream A Reminder tracks “Terrific” and “You’re Not Thinking.” Check them out below:

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Watch Stephen Colbert with the Black Belles

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Check out this video of Stephen Colbert performing “Charlene II (I’m Over You)” with the Black Belles during the Colbert Report. The indie rock band from Nashville later performed the song without Colbert’s help, although the comedian noted that it was “a song I made famous.”

The single can be purchased on thirdmanrecords.com, where you can also find the Colbert Report episodes from the special music week featuring interviews with Jack White.

And now, just the Black Belles version …

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The Boxer Rebellion Perform for Gretsch

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U.K.-based indie rockers the Boxer Rebellion give an acoustic performance for Gretsch guitars of “Step Out of the Car,” the lead single off new album, The Cold Still. Enjoy …

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Gretsch Day Big Hit at Street Sounds

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Street Sounds in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, N.Y. was the premier destination for Gretsch aficionados on Saturday, June 18.

The largest authorized Gretsch dealer in the U.S. hosted its third Gretsch Day, where guests participated in guitar giveaways, raffles and presentations given by Fred Gretsch, the great-grandson of the company’s founder, and Gretsch product specialist Joe Carducci.

The music shop turned into a festive, Gretsch fanatic haven with the presence of Gretsch artist Paul Pigat, who gave an electrifying performance with his rockabilly sounds, and Gretsch poster girl Kim Falcon, who dazzled guests by taking photographs and signing posters.

One of the main highlights of the event was the Gretsch tribute to George Harrison exhibit, which featured a G6128T-GH George Harrison Custom Shop Tribute Duo Jet™ Guitar and exclusive memorabilia.

After the event, Fred Gretsch gave a walking tour of the original Gretsch factories in Williamsburg, located only 4 miles away from Street Sounds.

For pictures and more information on Gretsch Day, visit Street Sounds’ Facebook page here or the Gretsch forum here.

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