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New Album on the Horizon for Sinead O’Connor

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I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss

Outspoken Irish singer Sinéad O’Connor will release her tenth studio album I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss on Aug. 12 via Nettwerk Records.

Featuring 12 new tracks, the album is already earning quite a bit of buzz thanks to the  cover art, which features a glamorous O’Connor wearing a short, blunt black wig and embracing a Gretsch G5265 Jet Baritone axe.

“I was aware if I were to produce a couple of photo wherein I had hair, everybody would run them and would have to mention the album title,” she explained in a recent interview with Yahoo. “They weren’t done originally for the album cover. They were supposed to be fun publicity shots that would get some publicity and someone would mention the name of the record, and it f–king worked.”

It’s a bit of a surprising move, since O’Connor shaved her head early in her career after pressure from her record label to look and dress a certain way.

“I’ve never said that women shouldn’t dress like women; what I’ve said is that you don’t have to be naked on a wrecking ball and licking a sledge hammer,” she explained to Yahoo. “You can be very, very sexy without actually taking any of your clothes off or twerking. That’s what I’m interested in showing and when you look at the shot, that’s what you see. There’s nothing in those photographs but a little leg showing, but here you have a hot women, which isn’t actually me — it is me, but I don’t really look like that. I’m not going to go around trying to look like that.”

The album’s first single “Take Me To Church” can be sampled below.

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Cassadee Pope Performs for Fox & Friends

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The Voice season three winner Cassadee Pope took time out of her summer tour with Tim McGraw to perform “I Wish I Could Break Your Heart” for “Fox & Friends” summer concert series.

In the clip below, Pope is accompanied by guitarist Jim McGorman, who is rocking his new Gretsch Center-Block Double Cut White Falcon.

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Gretsch Featured on Orange is the New Black

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Orange is the New Black

Side Boob band features Gretsch-wielding axeman Tom Beaujour

Orange is the new black is kind of what Gretsch has been saying for many years now. So it seems only fitting for a Gretsch guitar to appear on popular Netflix television series Orange is the New Black.

In the second season’s fifth episode, corrections officer Sam Healy (played by Michael Harney) walks into a bar and is surprised to see assistant to the warden Joe Caputo (played by actor Nick Sandow) playing bass with his rock band Side Boob.

Side Boob makes a return appearance in episode six when Caputo invites another correctional officer to come check out the group.

Although a fictional outfit, Side Boob does feature a few real life musicians in Nada Surf drummer Ira Elliott, Tim Foljahn (Cat Power, Thurston Moore Band) and Tom Beaujour, whose songwriting team (Adopted Highways) co-wrote and recorded the songs that appear on the series. It’s Beaujour who is seen rocking his Gretsch axe.

Click here to watch the series.

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Ted Sablay on his Gretsch Guitars

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The Killers touring guitarist Ted Sablay sat down with Gretsch to discuss how he got into playing guitar and what led him to Gretsch.

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Watch Rokia Traoré Perform Three Songs on KEXP

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Malian musician Rokia Traoré has gained international acclaim with her latest album Beautiful Africa, a collection of rock-infused tracks that recall the type of music that first inspired her.

And during a trip through North America, Traoré stopped into Seattle’s KEXP studios to play a few new songs, including “Sarama,” which is a praise song to Malian women partly sung in English, and “Kèlè Mandi.”

Watch the entire performance after the jump and visit her official website for more information. (more…)

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