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Watch Willy Mason Perform Two Tracks Off Carry On


New York-born, Massachusetts-bred singer/songwriter Willy Mason has a busy summer planned, as he will be joining Mumford and Sons on their Gentlemen of the Road festival tour.

Mason came into 2013 on a roll, too, with the December 2012 release of his third album Carry On.

Mason recently stopped by the Gretsch Showroom in London to perform a few songs from that record, and his distinctive voice lends itself well to accompaniment from his Gretsch Electromatic guitar.

Watch Mason perform ”Into Tomorrow” and “I Got Gold” in the videos below and visit his official website for more information.

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Risa Binder Featured on CBS This Morning: Saturday


Singer/songwriter Risa Binder was featured on CBS This Morning: Saturday to perform a few songs off her critically-acclaimed debut album Paper Heart, which was recorded in Nashville.

Binder, who was recently nominated for a 2013 Daytime Emmy Award for Best Original Song for a Drama Series with her co-writing credit for “Just Like That” on General Hospital, pulled out the hopeful tune “Nashville” for her CBS appearance.

Check out her performance here and don’t miss the accompanying resonator from the Gretsch Roots Collection.

For more information, visit Binder’s official website.

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New CD from Skinny Jim & The Number 9 Blacktops


Skinny Jim

Earlier this year, Skinny Jim & the Number 9 Blacktops released their latest effort, Cool on My Right.  Supersuckers frontman Eddie Spaghetti produced the album, which was recorded at Proletarian Studios in Indianapolis over an eight-day period.

“I wanted the album to have a raunchy rock feel,” said Skinny Jim frontman Jim Rotramel. “I wrote songs about monster trucks, strip clubs and the state of Kentucky. I also wanted rougher guitar tones than most of my older stuff. The album is definitely more rock ‘n’ roll than any of our previous material.”

In sticking with tradition, the album is named after one of the song’s lyrics. “Cool on my Right” is referenced in the album’s track, “Frankfort Avenue.”

“It’s about Sean Hopkins from the band Dallas Alice,” said Rotramel. “Sean has ‘Cool  Hand’ tattooed on his knuckles, and the song’s lyrics go ‘Driving straight on through the night, hand on my left, cool on my right.’”

Rotramel revealed that most of the songs came together over those eight, surprisingly stress-free days at the Ken Avery-owned studio.

“Whoever wasn’t tracking at the time was upstairs writing, grilling out, or just hanging out on the couch,” said Rotramel. “The recording process is never really smooth but this one went pretty quick, with not too many stressful moments. I’m horrible about not finishing any songs before I go into the studio. Some songs we didn’t even know, and I think I only had one or two solos written when I went in. I left a lot of the songs open, in hopes that Eddie would help with what direction he thought they should go. He nailed it 110 percent!”

Spaghetti also sang backup vocals on a few of the tracks, which can be previewed or ordered on iTunes.

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