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Ken Yokoyama Debuts New Video for ‘I Won’t Turn Off My Radio’

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Ken YokoyamaJapanese punk icon Ken Yokoyama recently dropped a video for the track “I Won’t Turn Off My Radio” a rocking song with his trademark high-speed guitars and shout-along choruses.

In the clip, Yokoyama shines in the spotlight while wielding a beautiful Gretsch White Falcon.

Watch the video below and click here for more information on Yokoyama.

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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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Cassadee Pope Shines at Country Summer

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The Country Summer festival in Santa Rosa, Calif., got off to a big-time start on Saturday with Cassadee Pope’s high-voltage set.

The Season 3 winner of NBC’s The Voice has been taking the country world by storm with a platinum debut record and a billing at the 2015 edition of Stagecoach, and she continued that momentum at the Sonoma Country Fairgrounds.

From the start of her 1:30 p.m. slot, Pope had the enthusiastic audience at rapt attention, both with her unbelievable singing ability and her stage presence.

Diving into smash solo album Frame by Frame, Pope opened with “I Wish I Could Break Your Heart” and “Champagne,” which had Pope strutting up and down the catwalk that reached out into the crowd as she showcased her incredible range.

She also added a little bit of a snarl on the track “Proved You Wrong,” which she originally wrote when she was fronting her Florida pop-punk band Hey Monday several years ago. The track sounds like a breakup lament, with heavy relationship imagery, but it is actually about the obstacles she’s faced in the music industry.

Pope also featured “This Car,” “Easier to Lie” and “Everybody Sings” from Frame by Frame, which was produced by Dann Huff, another musician who made the jump from rock to country, having worked with artists ranging from Megadeth to Faith Hill.

In addition, she pulled out two bonus tracks that appeared on Frame by Frame’s deluxe edition – the chunky riff-driven “Cinematic” and “Edge of a Thunderstorm.”

To pay homage to a few classic rockers, the West Palm Beach, Fla., native turned in a killer cover of the Eagles’ “Hotel California” and a joyous version of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ “I Won’t Back Down.”

As uptempo as Pope’s catolog is, she also shined in a poignant moment during the song “11,” which she explained was the most personal she’s ever written. Dealing with her parents’ divorce at the age of 11, one could tell that Pope gets emotional every time she sings it.

At several points during her performance, Pope was generous with those who sat up front and held up things in the hopes of getting an autograph. She also was successful in getting people to stand and dance along to her pop- and rock- influenced country tunes.

But Pope’s voice was a real stunner, showing range and passion no matter the pace of the songs.

Judging by the enthusiasm of the crowd, the country world is welcoming Pope with open arms.

Guitarist Jim McGorman on his Gretsch White Falcon alongside Cassadee Pope.

Jim McGorman on his Gretsch White Falcon.

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Gary Allan Pulls Out Classics, New Single at Country Summer

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With a new single out called “Hangover Tonight” burning up the airwaves, it was exciting to see Gary Allan take the main stage at the Country Summer music festival in Santa Rosa, Calif., on Friday evening.

And while he did play that new Motown-influenced gem, Allan also delivered a slew of hits, entrancing a fiery crowd that stood singing along every word before him.

Backed by an ace band that included Ryan Warner and stalwart sidemen Jaime Hanna, who was conspicuously wearing his trademark kilt, Allan’s “It Ain’t the Whiskey” and “It Would Be You,” which is the title track off his hit 1998 album, continued the dive into his back catalog.

Donning a Gretsch Falcon from the Custom Shop, Allan also pulled out “Right Where I Need to Be” from the 1999 offering, Smoke Rings in the Dark.

And while all the classics caused a frenzy in the capacity crowd, “Hangover Tonight” also was a highlight, as Allan’s unmistakable voice paired well with the funky jam.

“Hell with being sober, I want to hang over tonight,” Allan sang, causing many watching to swoon.

For a guy who has a ton of chart-busting hits already under his belt, it’s exciting to wonder what Allan next has in store for his fans.

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