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Monthly Archives: July 2011

Eilen Jewell’s Queen Of The Minor Key Album Debuts on Billboard Folk Chart


Americana singer-songwriter Eilen Jewell secured the number 14 spot on the Billboard Folk chart with new album Queen Of The Minor Key. The record dropped June 28 via Signature Sounds record label and has received shining reviews ever since.

The Boston-based artist’s sound is a rich infusion of roots rock, R&B, Americana and folk, and is reminiscent of legendary vocalists Billie Holiday and Bessie Smith.

Lend your eyes to the video below of Jewell’s live performance of new song “Bang Bang Bang,” and watch how guitarist Jerry Miller delivers a nice rockabilly tone with his Gretsch 6121 Roundup.

For a copy of Queen Of The Minor Key, visit Eilen Jewell’s website here.

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Bono Invites Fan Onstage, Gives Him Gretsch Irish Falcon


By Pauline France

A completely unexpected act of kindness occurred when Bono invited a fan onstage during U2′s concert at the Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville on July 2.

Adam Bevell, a 32-year-old blind guitarist from Arizona, sat in the front row of the concert holding up a sign that read “Blind Guitar Player, Bring Me Up!” Before he knew it, he was holding Bono’s Gretsch Irish Falcon and accompanying the band’s frontman to “All I Want Is You” before a crowd of 50,000 fans.

At the end of the heartfelt performance, Bono gifted Bevell with his Gretsch guitar.

Watch the video below…

To see U2′s tour dates, visit the band’s website here.

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Dear and Departed’s Dan Smith Drops by Gretsch Showroom


The Dear and Departed frontman and LA Ink tattoo artist Dan Smith dropped by the Gretsch Artist Showroom in California today. Peep the photos from his visit below.

*Photos by Michael Schulz.

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Soundgarden Tour Again After 14-Year Hiatus


By Pauline France

Soundgarden received a heartfelt welcome from concertgoers as it launched its first tour in 14 years at the Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto on July 2.

The band’s 14-year tour break wasn’t evident in their performance – they sounded as good as ever. If anything, they came back supercharged, treating fans to their greatest hits like “Black Rain,” “Rusty Cage” and “Black Hole Sun.”

Watch a fan’s live video from Soundgarden’s opening tour show below, and if the video doesn’t play for you, try clicking here.

Soundgarden still has several shows left, so check out tour dates below:

July 8 – Prudential Center – Newark, NJ
July 9 – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater – Wantagh, NY
July 10 – Comcast Center – Boston, MA
July 12 – Patriot Center – Fairfax, VA
July 13 – Festival Pier – Philadelphia, PA
July 14 – Borgata Event Center – Atlantic City, NJ
July 16 – UIC Pavilion – Chicago, IL
July 18 – Red Rocks Amphitheater – Denver, CO
July 20 – Harveys Outdoor Arena At Lake Tahoe – Stateline, NV
July 21 – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium – San Francisco, CA
July 22 – The Forum – Inglewood, CA
July 23 – The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel – Las Vegas, NV
July 23 – Hard Rock Las Vegas Summer Stage – Las Vegas, NV
July 27 – Saddledome – Calgary
July 29 – Rogers Arena – Vancouver
July 30 – The Gorge – George, WA
October 28 – Voodoo Music Experience – New Orleans, LA

For more details, visit Soundgarden’s website here.

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Luke Doucet & The White Falcon Launch Canadian Summer Tour


Solo artist, producer and Sarah McLachlan guitarist Luke Doucet and his band, The White Falcon, are touring all across Canada this summer.

Doucet has been taking the Canadian music scene by storm since an early age, having released four albums of his own and guested on albums with McLachlan, Delerium, Chantal Kreviazuk and many others.

The Toronto native can play anything from rock to blues to country, and has toured all over North America and Europe with a wide array of bands including James Blunt, Blue Rodeo, Oh Susanna and Melissa McClelland.

Watch below as Doucet performs “Blood’s Too Rich,” a track that has earned him much deserved recognition.

To view Luke Doucet and The White Falcon’s summer tour dates, visit their website here.

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