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Posted: January 17, 2014
Picking their way across their home country of Australia and all over North America, Julian Abrahams (vocals/guitar), Nick Keeling (vocals/banjo), Josh Bridges (vocals/bass) and Paddy Montgomery (vocals/mandolin) have earned respect from critics and fans alike with their self-titled 2010 debut and 2013’s Power Lines.
During a recent run through the United States, GretschGuitars.com caught up with the four guys to ask about their early concert experiences and what a band should do for food when they tour Australia. In addition, they played two songs for us, showcasing their fierce take on bluegrass.
GretschGuitars.com: What was the first concert you ever saw live?
Julian: The first international band I ever saw live was the Presidents of the United States of America. That was rocking. It was at the Royal Theatre of Canberra. I was like 12, crowd-surfed my ass off. It was pretty cool.
Nick: I think one of the first concerts I saw was Alanis Morissette in Austin. But more importantly, another concert I saw early on was Smashing Pumpkins – a band I knew nothing about. It was an excuse to meet up with this girl. So I didn’t know what was going on. I was just thinking about how loud it was. But the girl and I went on a stroll around the botanical gardens at night and spent some time there. (laughs) I came home and told my mom how great the show was. I got the shirt and everything.
Josh: The first concert I was caught by surprise was at this theater in Melbourne, and Ry Cooder was playing there. I only knew of one of his songs, and my friend had talked about him all the time. I was working at the bar at the venue, and got off my shift. Normally when you finish early, you just want to go home. You don’t want to see the act that night, but I decided to listen to one song. Oh man, after one song, it became two, and eventually I could absolutely not leave.
Paddy: When I was really young, my dad took me to see Bush. Right when Sixteen Stone was released. But the first proper show I went to as a teenager was my favorite Australian band Powderfinger. That was in Adelaide, and it was awesome.
Julian: That’s one of the biggest Australian rock bands in the last 10-15 years.
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Posted: January 15, 2014
The legendary Cheap Trick’s recent feature performance on Guitar Center Sessions is set to air on Jan. 17 at 9 p.m. ET (10 p.m. PT) on DIRECTV’s Audience Network.
But, fans can get a sneak peek of the episode with a clip of the band playing “Surrender.” Make sure to note Tom Petersson’s incredible 12-string Gretsch White Falcon bass as the band turns in an energetic version of their classic hit.
Posted: January 14, 2014
Beginning at 9 p.m., fans will have the opportunity to win exclusive Rev prizes, including autographed copies of the CD, and a Gretsch guitar.
In addition, Danielle Colby from the popular television show American Pickers will host the proceedings.
For more information, visit Reverend Horton Heat’s official website.
Posted: January 13, 2014
Chicago Music Exchange recently brought in Chris Cannella from Gretsch headquarters to demo a G5620T-CB Electromatic Center-Block Single Cutaway w/Bigsby in Georgia Green.
Cannella uses both clean and dirty channels on the amp to showcase everything the guitar can do.
Watch the demo below.
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Posted: December 31, 2013
When Seattle-based artist King Dude recently stopped by the Gretsch Artist Showroom, he put a solo spin on two of his haunting tracks.
The multi-faceted artist’s dark-themed folk is highlighted in these performances of “Watching Over You” and “Lord I’m Coming Home.”
Watch King Dude in action below and visit his official Facebook page for more information.