Posted: November 30, 2011
Acclaimed guitarist, songwriter and music producer Dave Stewart has a stunning guitar collection, and you can see it in the November edition of Vintage Guitar magazine.
Inside the issue, Stewart talks in-depth about a guitar that tugged him right at the heartstrings, a Gretsch Rancher that once belonged to a Texan cowboy called Red River Dave.
“It was one of those things… I said to the owner, ‘I want to look at that one,’” Stewart told Vintage Guitar. “And then he had to step over 10 guitars, then climb a ladder on the wall to get to it!”
Stewart added that the Gretsch Rancher (pictured above) was the inspiration behind his new solo album, The Blackbird Diaries.
But the Gretsch Rancher isn’t the only Gretsch that inspires him. Stewart told Vintage Guitar that he’s faithful to his Tennessean, and especially his Country Gent.
To read the full article, get your copy of Vintage Guitar at www.vintageguitar.com.
Visit Dave Stewart’s website here.
Posted: November 28, 2011
Norwegian pop-rocker Sondre Lerche has been touring pretty hard this year after releasing an eponymous sixth album back in June, traveling across the United States and Europe (including a few stops in his home country).
But, Lerche took the time to stop by the “Late Show with David Letterman” last Tuesday night, where he played the second single off Sondre Lerche, “Private Caller.”
At the end of the performance, Lerche’s song gets an ovation, while Letterman himself makes a point to compliment him on his blue Gretsch guitar.
Check it out below:
Posted: November 22, 2011
Legendary guitarist Paul Yandell, known for his longtime rhythm role alongside Chet Atkins, passed away Monday morning in Hendersonville, Tenn., following a lengthy battle with cancer.
Yandell was Atkins’ right-hand man for over 25 years, but he has also played on records from Dolly Parton, George Straight, Perry Como, Steve Wariner, Mary Chapin Carpenter and the Everly Brothers.
The Kentucky native moved to Nashville in 1955 and began recording as a professional with the Louvin Brothers.
Following a stint in the Army, Yandell recorded primarily with Kitty Wells and Johnnie Wright, spent a year with George Hamilton IV, and then began an incredible run with Atkins in 1975 that lasted until Atkins’ death in 2001.
“Nobody was closer to [Atkins] than Paul,” Atkins’ daughter, Merle Atkins Russell, told The Tennessean. ”He was literally a lifelong friend, his right-hand man and a very dear friend off the stage.”
Yandell recorded five solo albums and most recently appeared on Wariner’s latest record, Guitar Laboratory, which was released earlier this year.
After Atkins’ death, Yandell became the prime source of information on Atkins’ techniques and equipment, even working with Gretsch to create guitars with Atkins’ favorite specs.
In the video below, Yandell and Wariner perform for the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society in 2010:
Yandell’s official website will post details about the arrangements when they are available.
Posted: November 21, 2011
Guitarist Patrick Matera soulfully strummed a Gretsch White Falcon during Katy Perry’s performance of “The One That Got Away” at Sunday night’s American Music Awards, continuing a bid for Billboard Hot 100 history.
After Perry’s performance (viewed below), she was surprised by supermodel Heidi Klum and given a special achievement award for being the first female pop star with five No. 1 singles to come off one album.
Michael Jackson is the only other artist to accomplish such a feat, having notched five leaders with Bad in 1987-88.
“The One That Got Away” is the sixth single off Perry’s Teenage Dream, following “California Gurls,” “Firework,” the title track, “E.T.” and “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.).”
Here are the rest of the 2011 American Music Awards winners:
Favorite Country Female Artist – Taylor Swift
Favorite Country Band - Lady Antebellum
Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist – Adele
Favorite Pop/Rock Album – Adele, “21″
Favorite Pop/Rock Band – Maroon 5
Favorite Latin Artist – Jennifer Lopez
Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Artist – Nicki Minaj
Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Album – Nicki Minaj, “Pink Friday”
Favorite R&B Female Artist – Beyonce
2011 American Music Awards: Artists of the Year
Artist of the Year – Taylor Swift
Sprint New Artist of the Year – Hot Chelle Rae
Posted: November 17, 2011
With his debut solo album Soul Punk burning up the airwaves, Patrick Stump played the single “The City” on Tuesday’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”
Clad in a bright cobalt-blue suit and clutching one of his Gretsch Stump-O-Matic guitars, Stump burned through the track with sweeping vocals and an infectious chorus.
Here’s a look at Stump’s funk-laden performance:
Soul Punk is available everywhere now. Click here to download via iTunes.
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