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Butch Walker Rocks His Gretsch

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Earlier this year, Butch Walker dropped by the Guitar Center Hollywood Vintage Room and played this intimate version of “Closest Thing To You I’m Gonna Find.”

The compelling clip begins with Walker first sharing the story behind the song. Watch and enjoy below …

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Watch Brian Setzer Explain Features of the Gretsch G6136SLBP Black Phoenix

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In this video clip, the legendary Brian Setzer discusses “the Big Kahuna,” aka the Gretsch G613SLBP Brian Setzer Black Phoenix.

Watch as he walks through some of its key features, and then rocks out with this axe.

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Peghead Nation Demos the Camp Uke

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The Gretsch Roots Collection continues to reap positive press with the latest coming in the way of a review for the Gretsch G9101 Camp Uke by Peghead Nation.

“The Camp Uke is incredibly lightweight, and with its small size, you could indeed stuff it into a typical daypack,” notes reviewer Teja Gerken. “The instrument is set up to play with great ease, and a balanced tone offers lovely soprano ukulele sounds on every part of the fingerboard.”

Click here to watch a video that gives a complete rundown of its specs, along with a short playing demo by instructor Adrianne Serna.

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Watch The Tallest Man on Earth Perform on Conan

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Swedish act The Tallest Man on Earth visited Conan last night for a terrific performance “Sagres” off recently released album Dark Bird is Home.

Earlier in the episode, O’Brien actually encouraged viewers to switch the channel to watch David Letterman’s final show.

“I haven’t done that in all my years on the air, but tonight, this is a worthwhile thing to do,” said O’Brien. “It’s 11:35. Record us, but switch to Dave!”

So for those who followed his instructions and missed the Kristian Matsson-led band, check it out below to see O’Brien also give some props to Matsson’s 12-string Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentlemen.

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Simple Minds Celebrate Breakfast Club Anthem at Billboard Music Awards

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The Billboard Music Awards celebrated the 30th anniversary of cult film Breakfast Club during Sunday night’s ceremony in Las Vegas, bringing Simple Minds onstage to perform the movie’s theme song, “Don’t You (Forget About Me.)”

And who better to introduce the unforgettable anthem than Brat Pack actress and Breakfast Club cast member Molly Ringwald?

Watch a short clip of performance below, which inspired several audience members to stick out their arm and hold a fist high in the air just as Judd Nelson did at the end of the movie.

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