Posted: February 17, 2015
British rock duo Royal Blood got reduced to a one-man show during a recent appearance on Australia’s Triple J radio, as singer Mike Kerr performed an acoustic session for the first time.
Wielding a Gretsch G5031FT Rancher Dreadnought, Kerr offered stripped-down renditions of “Better Strangers” and a cover of Cold War Kids hit “Hang Me Out to Dry.”
And for those wondering where drummer Ben Thatcher was hiding out, he was in the studio, as well.
“There are other things going on in the Royal Blood camp,” Thatcher joked. “I’ve got to do all the admin while all this is going on. I’m just emailing Mike the lyrics to the songs.”
Posted: February 11, 2015
Dublin-based band Kodaline’s sophomore album, Coming Up for Air, dropped
today in the U.K.., with a release in the U.S. planned for March 24.
But for those in the States looking to preview a new Kodaline
track, take note of the alternative rockers video for the single
The song begins with frontman Steve Garrigan singing over an understated
piano before the rest of the band kicks in for the soaring chorus.
Watch the clip for “Honest” below and don’t miss Mark Prendergast’s Gretsch G6139CB Falcon Center-Block Single Cutaway guitar. And to sample a few more tunes, check out this Spotify playlist.
Posted: February 9, 2015
Irish artist Hozier performed his breakout hit “Take Me to Church” at last night’s Grammy Awards, dazzling the Staples Center audience with his glittery Gretsch G5265 Jet Baritone guitar.
Hozier had another ace up his sleeve with the amazing Annie Lennox joining him for a magical cover of “I Put a Spell On You.”
Watch the performance below.
Posted: February 9, 2015
AC/DC were without founding rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young due to health issues, but his nephew Stevie Young paid homage to his uncle by playing a replica of Malcom’s favorite Gretsch guitar. Chris Slade also took over drum duties in place of original drummer Phil Rudd, marking the first time Slade has played with the band since 1994.
The performance moved the Staples Center crowd to its feet, and you can watch it below.
Posted: February 6, 2015
While in Los Angeles for the upcoming Grammy Awards Show, Kentucky rock band Cage the Elephant stopped by the set of Conan to play the track “Cigarette Daydreams.”
The single comes off latest album Melophobia, which received a Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Album.
To round out the song’s dreamy sound, bassist Daniel Tichenor pulled out his brand-new Gretsch White Falcon bass during the appearance, and you can watch it below.
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