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Kacey Musgraves Brings the Party to Colbert

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Country star Kacey Musgraves and her band brought the party last Friday night to the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Decked in formal wear, the Grammy-winning singer and her bandmates performed “Late to the Party.

Check out the clip below, featuring lovely harmonies, lush string arrangements, glitter, balloons and some vintage Gretsch Country Gentleman action.

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Get a Sneak Peek at the New Bachman-Gretsch Collection

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Opening Jan. 15 at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Bachman-Gretsch Collection of vintage Gretsch guitars will provide a visually stunning window into the evolution of the instrument, from the early 1930s to the early 1980s.

This new exhibit marks the largest showing of stringed instruments ever mounted by the museum. Comprised of 75 guitars, it also marks the most comprehensive look at the Bachman-Gretsch Collection ever made available to the public.

The collection was amassed by Canadian guitarist and songwriter Randy Bachman, a key member of rock bands the Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive. Bachman acquired more than 300 historic and rare Gretsch guitars in the 1970s and 1980s, which was purchased in 2008 by the Gretsch Foundation, the charitable arm of the Gretsch Family.

Gretsch’s Senior Vice President of Marketing Jeff Cary, who recently previewed the exhibit, sat down with Country Music Hall of Fame Curatorial Director Mick Buck to share his thoughts on the collection.

Watch the clip below to hear from Cary, and get a look at some of the stunning guitars on display.   Also, be sure to click here to find out how YOU COULD WIN A TRIP TO NASHVILLE TO VIEW THE COLLECTION!

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Watch Israel Nash’s ‘LA Lately’ Video

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This one escaped us, but now that it has crossed our radar, we had to share Israel Nash’s beautifully shot, captivating video for “LA Lately.”

Nash, a singer-songwriter originally from Missouri and currently based out of the Austin, Texas area, picked up steam with third album Rain Plains, which became a favorite on NPR and stations such as KEXP and KUTX.

His highly anticipated follow-up, Silver Seasons, dropped in October of last year. Although it was recorded at his studio on his 15-acre Texas ranch, the track “LA Lately” and its official music video were inspired by the City of Angels.

“‘LA Lately’ is a song that was written on the road while we were leaving LA after our show,” Nash told relix.com. “There is something magical about that city and the song is all about our experience. From getting there, to being there, and -as we do- moving along and leaving. When it was time to shoot a music video, it really seamed like the only place to be. The video is unabashedly a journey through the layers of Los Angeles. I also learned that you should take any chance you get to hang out in a backyard in Laurel Canyon. So make a friend or two down there while you’re at it.”

Watch the clip below featuring Nash on his Gretsch Rancher with Bigsby.

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Guitar World Awards White Falcon with Platinum Award

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In its January 2016 issue, Guitar World magazine bestowed its Platinum Award to the Gretsch G6136t-LTV White Falcon.

Reviewer Chris Gill offered up a short write-up of the Falcon’s history, noting that it was originally designed to appease jazz players and promoted as the “Cadillac of guitars.”  But despite constructing the Falcon to that audience, instead, the instrument soon became associated with rock and roll thanks to the likes of Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Billy Duffy and James Hetfield.

“I even fondly remember seeing Malcolm Young grappling with a huge White Falcon during a late-Seventies AC/DC concert,” noted Gill.

“Today Gretsch offers a dozen Falcon models, including versions with black or green finishes,” he continued. “Each is cool in its own way, but my personal favorite is the new G6136T-LTV White Falcon. Based upon the late ’50s version, the G6136T-LTV includes a few modern updates that make it possibly the best White Falcon ever.”

Gill goes on to explain those features, including the Adjusto-Matic bridge that is pinned into place and a pair of TV Jones TV Classic humbucking pickups, which are based on the highly desirable PAF Filter’Tron pickups of the late ’50s.

Gill’s “Bottom Line”?

“With its just-right balance of classic aesthetics and modern upgrades, the Gretsch G6136T-LTV is by far the best White Falcon model that the company currently offers, particularly for rock-minded players.”

Read the full review here, and also check out a video demo below by Paul Riaro.

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Music Radar Catches Up With Vintage Trouble’s Nalle Colt

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Music Radar recently caught up with Vintage Trouble’s Nalle Colt to discuss his new custom-built Gretsch guitar and “high-voltage tone.”

High-voltage tone is a must for the the trio these days as they spent the last few months opening for AC/DC across Europe and North America, where they played in front of tens of thousands of fans.

And according to his interview with MR, Colt couldn’t be more stoked with the way his unique Gretsch has performed on tour.

“Right after I talked to you [in 2013] and we got off the Who tour, I went back to the States and Gretsch approached me about making a guitar and, to be honest with you, I was a little like, ‘Well, I don’t know, I’ve always been a Gibson Les Paul guy,’” he told MR. “But they sat me down with Steve Stern at the Gretsch Custom Shop in California, and I explained what I wanted and I’m really proud of it. It came out incredible.

“We made a guitar based on a ’54 Gretsch Duo Jet, and it’s kind of a hybrid of a Les Paul and a Gretsch. It’s actually my main guitar on this tour … and I also used it pretty much for 99 percent of every song that you hear on the new album. It’s holding up really well. It’s a super-tough guitar to play live and I love it. It’s got everything I wanted, from growl to an old Chuck Berry-style kind of hollow body vibe.”

Read the full article here!

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