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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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Stevie Young Talks About Playing Rhythm Guitar in AC/DC

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In a new video posted on the official AC/DC YouTube channel, guitarist Stevie Young talks about his playing style, how he constantly works at his craft, his tendency to destroy guitar guitar picks and what’s it like to try to fill the shoes of his uncle, Malcom Young.

“I’m not trying to imitate or copy him, but trying to keep the spirit of what he did in the band,” explained Stevie.

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Tom Petersson on the Eternal Search for Perfect Tone and His New Gretsch Signature Models

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Photo by Lou Brutus.

Cheap Trick has built a tremendous legacy over the last 40 years, constantly releasing new albums and certainly never slowing their torrid touring schedule.  With whacky guitars, memorable power ballads, mega rock hits and boundless energy, they’ve built a steadfast and devoted following.

And while Cheap Trick’s pioneering bassist Tom Petersson is no stranger to being recognized or asked for an autograph, the recognition and level of stardom that came with the band’s recent induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has been a bit surprising.

“I’ve got people who are walking their dogs and go by and say, ‘Hey congratulations.’ I have no idea who they are, and they are going to the park and recognize me now,” said Petersson. “So it really means a lot to other people, and I think it’s nice for us because it validated for our fans who really were always like, ‘We’ve got to get you in there!’ They were writing letters and doing all this stuff. That really made us feel good, ya know?”

While beyond grateful for and humbled by the recognition, the chance to reflect on the ride might be the most meaningful part of the experience for Petersson.

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Experience the Fred and Joe Show

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Many of Gretsch fans may have seen the Fred and Joe Show before at their local Gretsch dealer, but the masses can now enjoy thanks to an archived stream by the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tenn.

During Summer NAMM and in support of the museum’s Bachman-Gretsch exhibit, Gretsch Company President Fred Gretsch and Gretsch Guitars Product Marketing Specialist Joe Carducci hosted a multimedia presentation tracing the history of our innovative guitar company.

Watch the gig below …

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