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Watch the Far West Jam in the Van

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The Far West Jam in the Van

Los Angeles-based alt-country band the Far West recently met up with the people behind Jam in the Van in Torrance, Calif., and performed a quick set inside the vehicle’s intimate confines.

The quintet managed to get their guitars, a drum kit and keyboard inside the van to record a few tracks off 2014′s Any Day Now.

The gritty, twangy “Hudson Valley,” “The Bright Side” and “On the Road” offer a good example of the Far West’s Americana sound, with hints of Waylon Jennings and Wilco threaded throughout.

Watch all three clips below.

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Brian Setzer Discusses his Relationship with Gretsch

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In the video clip below, rockabilly hero and Gretsch guitar icon Brian Setzer describes his love affair with the legendary brand, and how Gretsch just had the sound he was looking for.

“It was just that sound in between a Gibson and a Fender,” said Setzer. “The Gretsch was kind of right in the middle there. It had the twang and it could growl.”

View the all-new Gretsch Brian Setzer signature models here.

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Fall Out Boy Covers Mark Ronson’s ‘Uptown Funk’

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Fall Out Boy Mark Ronson

With a new album called American Beauty/American Psycho coming out this week, Fall Out Boy have been rocking the promotional cycle.

Last week, that tour ran through the BBC Radio 1 studios, where the band talked with host Fearne Cotton and performed a few songs.

One of those tracks was quite a surprise, as Fall Out Boy tackled “Uptown Funk,” the hit single from Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars.

Watch below as Fall Out Boy brings out their inner Stevie Wonder for “Uptown Funk.”

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Lera Lynn Performs on Letterman

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Lera Lynn

Nashville-based Americana singer-songwriter Lera Lynn appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman earlier this week, performing “Out to Sea.” The tune is the opening track to Lynn’s album, The Avenues, which dropped in September 2014.

Although frequently categorized as Americana, folk, or country, Lynn headed into Joshua Grange’s studio in Los Angeles to record an album without genre limitations.

“I just want to stop thinking about music as a marketing campaign,” she said.  “Ray Charles went from jazz to R&B to country. Paul McCartney will do a ballad next to ‘Helter Skelter’ and not think twice. The most successful and lasting artists let inspiration steer them, not genre or marketing pitch. I’m just doing what moves me as it comes.”

Watch Lynn and her talented band, including Grange on pedal steel and guitarist Ben Lewis, in the Letterman clip below.

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Bono Fears He Might Not Play Guitar Again

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Bono opened up about his Central Park bike crash in November 2014 in an A to Z post on New Year’s Day on U2′s website.

“On the day of my 50th birthday I received an injury because I was over indulging in exercise boxing and cycling, which was itself an overcompensation for overindulging on alcohol coming up to the big birthday,” he wrote. “I promised myself I would be more mindful of my limits, but just four years on, it happened again – a massive injury I can’t blame on anyone but myself, mainly because I blanked out on impact and have no memory of how I ended up in New York Presbyterian with my humerus bone sticking through my leather jacket. Very punk rock as injuries go.”

The 54-year old singer underwent multiple surgeries, the first of which lasted five hours.

“The elbow was washed out and debrided, a nerve trapped in the break was moved and the bone was repaired with three metal plates and 18 screws,” said orthopedic trauma surgeon Dean Lorich. And while the doctor anticipated a full recovery, Bono is not so sure.

Under I for Irish Pride, he writes, “Recovery has been more difficult than I thought … As I write this, it is not clear that I will ever play guitar again. The band have reminded me that neither they nor Western civilization are depending on this.

“I personally would very much miss fingering the frets of my green Irish falcon or my (RED) Gretsch. Just for the pleasure, aside from writing tunes. But then does the Edge, or Jimmy Page, or any guitarist you know have a titanium elbow, as I do now? I’m all elbows, I am.”

This was certainly sad news to read, and we wish Bono the best. We also encourage any U2 fans to read the full A to Z post as it touches on his family, bandmates, religion, iTunes, Jimmy Fallon and more.

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