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See Biffy Clyro’s New Video for ‘Howl’

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Scottish rock trio Biffy Clyro’s latest effort Ellipsis shot straight to No. 1 on the UK chart, and now the band is targeting its U.S. audience with the first music video from the new album to be released stateside.

Directed by Marc Klasfeld (the same man responsible for some of the famous Red Hot Chili Peppers, Slipknot and Foo Fighters videos), the short film for “Howl” is a light-hearted homage to The Shining and David Lynch that starts out with Biffy Clyro entering a bar. Events soon take a seemingly lysergic, twisted trip in which the band is surrounded by a cast of unusual characters: creepy twin sisters, burlesque dancers, a sinister, eye-patched barman and a particularly Twin Peaks-esque band. All three band members feature in bizarre reinventions.

We are particularly biased towards the shots of the tuxedo-clad band onstage with singer/guitarist Simon Neil strumming his Gretsch G6120T Players Edition Nashville. :)

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Zella Day Hypnotizes Phoenix Crowd

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Arizona native Zella Day returned to her roots at the Marquee Theater in Phoenix Wednesday night, enchanting her audience with an eclectic and hypnotizing performance.

The indie pop songstress emerged onstage, channeling her inner gypsy soul in a black lace jumpsuit and jacquard wrap that was an instant reminder of a young Stevie Nicks— one of Day’s proclaimed idols. Flashing the audience a shy smile, she jumped into “Sweet Ophelia” from her breakout album Kicker, swaying to the dreamy melody and waving her hands to the lullaby of her haunting vocals.

The opening track was merely a warm up for Day, who became progressively more animated and energized with each song. She picked things up on “She Ain’t No Holy Roller,” leaving her post at the mic to dance around the stage with a tambourine. She was into full theatrical swing on “The Outlaw Josey Wales,” making use of the entire stage and reaching towards the audience to encourage a sing along.

Day came back down for song “High,” grabbing a gorgeous White Falcon which showcased her multi-talented musical abilities. The captivated crowd was well under her spell for the remainder of the performance, which included songs “1965,” “Ace of Hearts,” ”Hypnotic” and a new unreleased track “Man On the Moon.” Her set also included a flawless cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Rhiannon,” nearly transforming her into idol Nicks.

Day continued to wrap the audience around her finger by dancing wildly between choruses, flirtatiously serenading guitarist Christopher Oppold and throwing herself to the ground with the mic cord strung around her neck. For a moment, Oppold stole the show himself by strumming the strings of his Country Gent with his teeth.

The show came to a dramatic close with the audience chanting along to hit “East of Eden,” followed by Day’s latest single “Mustang Kids.” It was the perfect ending to encompass the style of Day, with lyrics that capture the free-spirited nature of her songwriting.

Mustang kids are out
Rolling over hills and the roundabouts
Black tar, tambourine
Playing for the girls in the back seats

The mustang kids are out
Rolling over hills and the roundabouts
White line, motorcade
Sweeter than your baby face

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See Local Natives Perform on ‘Conan’

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President Barack Obama wasn’t the only one on television last night trying to appeal to a greater sense of hope and humanity.  Los Angeles indie rockers Local Natives were the musical guests Wednesday night on Conan, where they performed “Fountain of Youth,” a yearning and carefree track off upcoming album Sunlit Youth.

“Early on while we were working on the record, this song became something of a rallying cry for us, a call to keep us accountable to following our true inspirations and desires,” said the band on their Facebook page. In a time of cynicism dressed as realism, when it feels like the world might be falling apart around us, I believe there is reason to be hopeful, optimistic, and idealistic. Socially, politically, and personally we’ve felt many defeats, but have come back to the realization that this is our world to make. Consider the many victories, small and large that have been going on around us these last couple of years. There’s a lot left to do, but we should feel hopeful that we are the ones who can do it, and we can do whatever we want.”

The words “Make America afraid again” were scrawled across Taylor Rice’s guitar during the late-night performance, which according to a press release, were in criticism of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Guitarist Ryan Hahn also looks like he added something by his Bigsby and doodled on the pickguard of his Gretsch Electromatic, but we can’t make it out!? (Any guesses out there?)

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Stellar Performances During Chet Atkins Appreciation Society

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Gretsch was once again a proud sponsor of the annual Chet Atkins Appreciation Society Convention, held in mid-July in Nashville, Tenn. Together with Lane Music, Gretsch offered an assortment of Chet Atkins “signature” guitars on display as well as other popular models for attendees to check-out.

Since 1985, the CAAS convention is known for its sheer number of talented finger-style guitarists in attendance that gather to celebrate the late, great, Chester Burton Atkins. CAAS members from all over the world bring their guitars to trade licks or break into impromptu jams in the hotel lobby and  hallways. Each day is packed with workshops taught by the world’s greatest finger-style players, concerts, and vendors where fans can sample or buy products such as guitars, rare record albums, thumb-picks, and finger-style instructional materials and videos.

Several stellars performances were captured on video at the Gretsch exhibit of some of the attendees, and we’ll be rolling those out across our Gretsch Facebook page over the next few weeks!

Here’s the first few …

Joe Hudson & Paul Moseley Live at 2016 Chet Atkins Appreciatio…

Watch Joe Hudson and Paul Moseley perform "Mystery Train" at the #Gretsch Exhibit at the 2016 Chet Atkins Appreciation Society Convention!

Posted by Gretsch Guitars on Monday, July 25, 2016

Chet Atkins Appreciation Society: "Red Wing"

Watch Guy Van Duser, Sasho Zver, Greg Huckleberry and Pat Corn tip their hats to Chet Atkins with "Red Wing" from the Gretsch Exhibit at the 2016 Chet Atkins Appreciation Society (CAAS) Convention in Nashville!

Posted by Gretsch Guitars on Thursday, July 21, 2016

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Watch ‘The Gretsch Sound: A Guitar Pull with Emmanuel, Pennington, Robinson and Striking Matches’

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The Country Music Hall of Fame booked a special music celebration event to send off the American Sound and Beauty: Guitars from the Bachman-Gretsch Collection. And for those who couldn’t attend in person, you are in luck as “The Gretsch Sound: A Guitar Pull with Emmanuel, Pennington, Robinson and Striking Matches” was streamed online, and is archived below.

Through this casual musical performance, these masterful players discussed the unique features of Gretsch design and demonstrated their individual musical styles with their own instruments.

Tommy Emmanuel is regarded as one of the world’s leading fingerstyle guitarists, and is a two-time Grammy nominee, and one of only five guitarists named Certified Guitar Player (CGP) by Chet Atkins.

Emmanuel had the distinctive honor of using the world renowned early Chet Atkins Gretsch 6120 prototype guitar, aka “Dark Eyes” guitar, for both the CMHOF performance and a previous July 12 show at the Grand Ole Opry, marking the first time in 55 years that the special instrument had been played in public for an audience.

The 1956 Gretsch Sealed Top 6120 prototype was built specifically for Chet Atkins and was dubbed “Black Gold” in a 2013 Guitar Aficionado magazine feature article, and has been hailed by Guitar Player magazine as one of “Two of The Most Important Electric Guitars Of All Time.”

Kentucky native Eddie Pennington, a perpetuator of the “Muhlenberg Sound” of Merle Travis, is a recipient of the NEA National Heritage Fellowship and a member of the National Thumb Pickers Hall of Fame. Virtuoso guitarist and singer-songwriter Joe Robinson is an Australian Guitar Magazine award winner and a winner of Australia’s Got Talent. Striking Matches, the songwriting, guitar-wielding, alternative-country duo of Justin Davis and Sarah Zimmerman, has been featured on the ABC series Nashville, and their debut album, Nothing but the Silence, was produced by T Bone Burnett.

Fast forward to about the 10-minute mark for the start of the action!

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