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Posted: June 3, 2016
Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has scheduled several exciting Gretsch events June to coincide with the Summer NAMM Show, including sessions hosted by Cheap Trick’s Tom Petersson, singer-songwriter Lindsay Ell, musician and author Andy Babiuk and Gretsch’s very own Joe Carducci and Fred Gretsch.
These events also help support the Bachman-Gretsch exhibit, which runs through July 17.
Check out a rundown of events below:
Monday, June 20 – Sunday, June 26
10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Creative Zone—Embellished Instruments: Gretsch Style
Gretsch guitars have unique shapes, designs, and sounds. Young designers will learn about guitar design by looking at guitars in the new exhibit American Sound and Beauty: Guitars from the Bachman-Gretsch Collection. They will apply what they learned to make personalized guitar designs using the Gretsch instruments as inspiration. All ages. Taylor Swift Education Center. Presented in support of the exhibit American Sound and Beauty: Guitars from the Bachman-Gretsch Collection. Included with museum admission. Free to museum members. Children and up to two accompanying adults may attend the program and tour the museum at a discounted rate.
Thursday, June 23 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Gretsch Bass Demonstration: Tom Petersson
Tom Petersson is a professional singer, songwriter, and bass player who has spent most of his life playing rock music. For over 35 years, Petersson has played bass for the recently inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Cheap Trick, and he has written a few of their biggest hits, including “Can’t Stop Falling into Love.” An avid guitar collector, Petersson will highlight some of his favorite guitars including the 12-string Gretsch White Falcon bass he helped design. Presented in support of the exhibition American Sound and Beauty: Guitars from the Bachman-Gretsch Collection, this bass demonstration will be streamed live at countrymusichalloffame.org/streaming. Included with museum admission. Free to museum members.
Friday, June 24 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
The Gretsch Fred and Joe Show: The Story of the Gretsch Guitar
Fred Gretsch, President of the Gretsch Company, and Joe Carducci, Gretsch Guitars Product Marketing Specialist, host this multimedia presentation tracing the history of the innovative guitar maker. The company was founded in 1883 when Gretsch started making musical instruments in Brooklyn. In 1985, Fred Gretsch, great-grandson of the founder, bought back the family business from the Baldwin Piano Company, relaunching the brand and ushering in an era of high quality and unique design. This program will discuss the musicians who’ve woven the Gretsch sound into the fabric of modern pop culture by playing the guitars on classic hits, and it will look closely at the instruments on display in American Sound and Beauty: Guitars from the Bachman-Gretsch Collection. Joe Hudson, 2015 “Thumbpicker of the Year” co-winner, will perform. The event will be streamed live at countrymusichalloffame.org/streaming. Included with museum admission. Free to museum members. Limited seating. Program pass required.
Saturday, June 25 11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Songwriter Session: Lindsay Ell
Lindsay Ell began playing guitar and writing songs as a child, in Calgary. At age 13, she was discovered by Randy Bachman, who pushed her to learn new guitar styles as well as co-wrote and produced her first record. Ell moved to Nashville in 2013 and signed with Stoney Creek Records. She wrote her singles “By the Way” and “Trippin’ on Us,” as well as several songs with Bobby Bones and the Raging Idiots, including “We Can’t Stand Each Other” (featuring Carrie Underwood) and “Netflix Love Song.” Presented in support of the exhibition American Sound and Beauty: Guitars from the Bachman-Gretsch Collection, this session will be streamed live at countrymusichalloffame.org/streaming. Included with museum admission. Free to museum members. Limited seating. Program pass required.
Saturday, June 25 1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Beatles Gear: The Gretsch Invasion with Andy Babiuk
When the Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, George Harrison played a Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman model, Aspiring guitarists across the United States immediately clamored to get one, sparking a boom in production for the guitar maker. In Beatles Gear: All the Fab Four’s Instruments from Stage to Studio, Andy Babiuk explores the story of the legendary band, as told through the equipment they used. This program will focus on the Beatles’ fondness for Gretsch instruments and the subsequent impact their embrace had on the company. Babiuk is a musician, writer, producer, founding member of the Chesterfield Kings, and owner of a boutique music shop. He is a staff consultant to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and consultant to major auction houses in London and New York. Presented in support of the exhibition American Sound and Beauty: Guitars from the Bachman-Gretsch Collection, this session will be streamed live at countrymusichalloffame.org/streaming. Included with museum admission. Free to museum members. Limited seating. Program pass required.
Posted: May 24, 2016
The Bachman-Gretsch Collection exhibit is going strong at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame, featuring 75 rare and historic Gretsch guitars.
The instruments are among more than 300 Gretsch guitars purchased by Canadian guitarist and songwriter Randy Bachman, a key member of the Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive. His collection was purchased in 2008 by the Gretsch Foundation, the charitable arm of the Gretsch Family.
In this clip below, musician, artist, and guitar expert Andy Babiuk and CMHOF museum curator Mick Buck discuss the history between Gretsch and the legendary Chet Atkins, while taking a look at some of the guitars in the exhibit inspired by Atkins.
Enjoy below, and find out more details about the exhibit here!
Posted: March 22, 2016
The venue provided an indoor and outdoor stage of non-stop music from noon until six to keep concert goers energized with plenty of options to suit all tastes.
Festivities kicked off into high gear on the outdoor stage on Thursday with White Reaper, a garage punk band from Louisville, Ky. Their set was followed up by another punk act, Plague Vendor, who gripped their audience with a very theatrical performance from singer Brandon Blaine. The punk momentum continued with Mean Jeans followed by Radioactivity, who both offered up a lighter pop-punk, Ramones-like vibe. Pop band Turnover and rock band Citizen, who share the same label, brought an interesting twist before handing it over to hardcore act Power Trip, who ended the day with an explosive show that engaged a riotous audience in moshing and crowd surfing.
Meanwhile, the indoor stage showcased an eclectic set of musicians that ranged from pop to folk to country to well, hard to classify. Kansas-based pop band Your Friend began the event, playing tracks from debut album Domino followed by Julia Jacklin, a folk rock newcomer from Australia, who was joined by a three-piece ensemble. After Jacklin, came Canadian country singer Danial Romano, who has been challenging genre boundaries lately. As the day progressed, the bands became more varied and included, Little Scream, Ezra Furman, PWR BTTM, Spookyland, and finally, Sorority Noise.
Friday’s party started off strong with two groups from Israel, Vaadat Charigim and Ninet Tayeb. We couldn’t help but notice Tayeb’s very talented and spirited guitarist, who stole the show with his excellent skills on a bright orange Gretsch Chet Atkins model. Other notable performances include feminist punk quartet Tacocat, Pennsylvania duo Slingshot Dakota, American rock band Pinegrove, and singer/songwriters Margaret Glaspy and Kevin Morby.
Already getting buzz, Seattle’s Car Seat Headrest gained even more traction with eight concerts during the SXSW festival. They began their sixth performance by opening Saturday’s party, and we were happy to loan lead singer Will Toledo a Gretsch G65439 Pro Silver Jet we had onsite. The excellent set included songs, “Ending of Dramamine,” “Vincent,” “Drunk Drivers,” “Unforgiving Girl”and “Stop Smoking.”
Inside acts included Lucy Dacus, Girls Names, Guerilla Toss, Big Thief, Gwenno, Japanese Breakfast, Margo Price, and Mothers. Price, a country artist from Nashville signed to Jack White’s Third Man Records label drew a heck of a crowd, including comedian Bill Murray who came to the venue just to check out her set.
During the event, Gretsch set up a special selection of guitars in the artist tent. It was the perfect retreat for the talent to sit back, relax, plug-in, and talk tech. Not only did we host the Brooklyn Vegan lineup, but we were also treated to surprise pop-ins from many artists including The Big Pink, Everything, Everything and Bob Moses.
Canadian country artist Corb Lund also dropped in with his Gretsch Setzer Hot Rod, which he’s made some interesting mods to. We’ll bring you that interview in the coming weeks.
Gretsch was honored to participate in a monumental affair with Brooklyn Vegan to support live music. Be on the lookout for the lucky grand prize winner of the Gretsch Streamliner guitar we offered up to those who RSVP’d to the Brooklyn Vegan parties.
Posted: January 24, 2016
Below is a quick video of our 2016 Gretsch NAMM Booth in Anaheim, Calif. We hope you enjoy this glimpse at some of our new and amazing instruments!
Posted: January 13, 2016
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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