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Watch Tim Armstrong with Jimmy Cliff at Coachella

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Gretsch signature artist Tim Armstrong will join Jimmy Cliff this afternoon again at Coachella in Indio, Calif. Check out this clip from last weekend’s Coachella festival of set closer “One More.”

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Chet Atkins Exhibit Extended At Country Music Hall Of Fame

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The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s special exhibition Chet Atkins: Certified Guitar Player, which was originally scheduled to close on June 11, has been extended through July 15.

The exhibit is being held over in part to accommodate members of the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society, who will visit Nashville in July.

The extension also allows the museum to present additional public programs exploring the Hall of Fame member’s robust career and lasting influence.   Among the upcoming programming highlights are an April 28 interview with music executive Jerry Bradley, and a May 5 concert saluting Jerry Reed.

Bradley will sit down with museum Senior Historian John Rumble for an interview at 1:30 p.m. in the museum’s Ford Theater. Bradley, son of Country Music Hall of Fame member Owen Bradley, learned record engineering and production from his father before working at RCA Records with Chet Atkins. First Atkins’ assistant then his successor, Bradley headed RCA Nashville from 1973–82. He signed Alabama and Ronnie Milsap, among others, and contributed greatly to the creation of country music’s “Outlaw”movement. Bradley will discuss his career and the influence Atkins had on it.

On May 5, Guitar Man: A Tribute to Jerry Reed, a concert celebrating the music of Chet Atkins’ friend and collaborator, will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the museum’s Ford Theater. Reed was known for his innovative fingerstyle guitar playing; his catalog of boisterous country hits including “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot” and “She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)”; and his good-humored film roles (Smokey and the Bandit).

Atkins helped shepherd Reed’s career at RCA, recorded dozens of his musical compositions and gave him the coveted honorary designation certified guitar player (c.g.p.).  Thom Bresh, Craig Dobbins, John Knowles c.g.p., Brent Mason, Richard Smith, Mark Thornton, Darrell Toney and Sean Weaver, backed by a house band of Steve Bryant, Ric McClure and Matt Raum, will perform their favorite Reed tunes.

Both programs, offered as part of the special exhibition Chet Atkins: Certified Guitar Player, made possible through the generous support of the Gretsch Company with additional support provided by Great American Country Television Network, are included with museum admission and free to museum members.

The Ford Theater offers limited seating. Museum ticket or membership does not guarantee entry to museum programs. Both programs will also be streamed live here.

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Band of Skulls Rock Coachella’s Main Stage

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For such a fledgling group, Band of Skulls had a posh spot Sunday afternoon at Coachella.

The British trio played the Main Stage at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, Calif., and the audience couldn’t have been more receptive to their hard rocking sound.

With their sophomore full-length album, Sweet Sour, out this year, Band of Skulls has already found willing followers of such cuts as “The Devil Takes Care of His Own,” “Bruises” and its title track.

But a solid measure of their U.S. fanbase came during their finale, “Death By Diamonds and Pearls.”  The epic song had the sun-heated crowd pumping their fists in agreement to Matt Hayward’s pounding drums and Russell Marsden’s guitar wizardry.

View pictures of Marsden in action below:

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Florence And The Machine Helps Close Out Coachella

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Grammy Award-winners Florence and the Machine and her stellar band took the Outside Stage at Coachella around 9:45 Sunday night, with a massive crowd ready to sing along with Florence Welch’s soaring vocals.

Or at least attempt to match her words.

Wearing a dark blue leotard and a cape to match, Welch was a vision.  Descending from behind a screen, Welch launched into “Only If For a Night” from her latest release, Ceremonials.

Welch then gracefully wailed her way through several songs from Ceremonials, with “What the Water Gave Me,” “Shake It Off” and their incredible closer “No Light, No Light” taking center stage.

View pictures of Welch and guitarist Robert Ackroyd from Sunday’s performance below:

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Jimmy Cliff Shines at Coachella

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Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jimmy Cliff refused to lose any of his spunk despite ominous clouds and winds that had the stage lights swirling so furiously that the crew took a few minutes to huddle up and discuss the situation.

After a slight delay, the reggae legend launched his set with an energetic “You Can Get What You Want,” quickly moving the crowd up front from concerned to carefree as they tried to dance along and match his split kicks.

Cliff then slowed it down with the gospel-minded “Many Rivers To Cross,” a somber tune that matched the bleak day at Coachella, before picking it up with a cover of Rancid’s punk ska track “Ruby Soho,” which appears on Cliff’s 2011 EP, Sacred Fire.

Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong, who produced the EP, was part of Cliff’s backing band.  Looking dapper in his black suit, white shirt, black tie and fedora, Armstrong rocked his Gretsch signature model.

Cliff pulled out two statement songs with “Save Our Planet” and “Vietnam” before rolling right into a fan favorite with a cover of Johnny Nash’s “I Can See Clearly Now.” Although the dark clouds never abated, Cliff undeniably added a dose of brightness to Friday’s bill.

The 64-year-old closed out his set with his classic cut “The Harder They Come” and “One More,” leaving fans to chant the chorus long after he’d left the stage.

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