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Andertons Music Tours Gretsch Showcase at NAMM

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During the 2014 NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif., earlier this year, Andertons Music stopped by the Gretsch Showcase to check out some of the new products.

Not only did they run through the offerings from the Gretsch’s Roots Collection, but they also checked out an Electromatic Pro Jet with Bigsby in a stunning Silver Sparkle finish.

Watch both clips below.

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Glimpse the Gretsch Booth at the 2014 NAMM Show

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Tom Petersson

Cheap Trick's Tom Petersson hanging in the Gretsch Booth at NAMM.

Not to boast too much, but we think Gretsch guitars are pretty darn gorgeous. See some of the latest beauties in this quick video tour of the Gretsch Booth at the 2014 NAMM Show. Also, check out our photo gallery on Facebook featuring more Gretsch guitars and a few of our Gretsch artists.

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Chicago Music Exchange Holding Reverend Horton Heat Album Release Party

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On Sunday, Jan. 19, Chicago Music Exchange will host an album release party for Reverend Horton Heat’s upcoming effort, the hotly-anticipated Rev.

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.

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2013: A Year of Celebrations for Gretsch’s 130th Anniversary

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Courtesy of Gretsch.com

2013 marked Gretsch’s 130th Anniversary – a milestone that has been celebrated with a wide variety of activities and events throughout the year. Below is a look at some of the celebrations that have made this anniversary so spectacular!

Announcing The Celebration
To ignite the celebration, Fred Gretsch sent out a message to the music world, inviting everyone to join the entire Gretsch family in celebrating their 130th year in the business.

“When my great-grandfather, Friedrich Gretsch, opened his instrument-making shop in Brooklyn, N.Y., back in 1883, he couldn’t know that he was establishing a musical dynasty that has continued over four generations,” said Fred Gretsch.

In January at the 2013 NAMM show in Anaheim, Calif., the Gretsch Custom Shop launched the beautiful G6118T 130th Anniversary model guitar. It turned out to be a gorgeous instrument, with a high-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish in Metallic Gold on the top and Black on the back and sides. The guitar also boasted multiple silver-sparkle bindings.

The anniversary guitars were made even more special by the addition of a badge that boldly announced the company’s 130th year as a manufacturer.

“It’s a striking design and I’m proud to see it on our instruments,” Gretsch said at the time.

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Lisa Marie Presley Brings Both Storm and Grace to Americana Music Festival

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Lisa Marie Presley

Lisa Marie Presley might be a diminutive figure, but she sure knows how to work a stage.

During her performance Friday night at 3rd and Lindsley as a part of Nashville’s Americana Music Festival, Presley didn’t need bombastic theatrics. Her sultry presence and mesmerizing voice demand attention, which she received from the passionate audience filling the intimate space.

Walking out amid heavy distortion from guitarist and musical director Michael Lockwood, Presley donned tight black leather pants and a dark fitted double-breasted jacket.  Immediately, her unmistakable voice curled out on to the crowd like wisps of smoke as she launched into “So Long” from her 2012 album Storm and Grace.

Noting how honored she was to appear at the Americana Festival, Presley then drew cheers with her latest single “Over Me,” a rambling dose of parlor piano and Lockwood’s twangy accents from a striking Gretsch Red Penguin.

Presley slowed down the proceedings by pulling out “Weary,” another Storm and Grace number that had several fans clutching their chests and swaying back and forth.

The singer/songwriter threw a curveball by changing the single “Idiot” off the 2005 album Now What into a swampy, growling takedown of a previous relationship.   Sitting on a stool next to a resonator-toting Lockwood, Presley noted that it was probably the meanest song she’s ever written, and she is probably right.

“You’re an idiot, and I hate your guts,” was one of the nicer lines, let’s just say.  Members of the audience could clearly relate because it earned big applause.

As the evening wound down, Presley kicked up the energy with “Un-Break,” turning to unleash a tribal beat on a pair of glittering drums while Lockwood tore at his custom-painted Chet Atkins guitar. “That was pure silliness,” Presley laughed when the percussive thump came to a stop.

“Sticks and Stones” was Presley’s finale, and she began it in style with an a capella intro before the band joined in.

With Presley again slamming the drums and Luis Maldonado’s bass reaching new fuzzy heights, the 45-minute show was a perfect storm – gentle at times, but always darkly looming before surging over the crowd.

Michael Lockwood

Lisa Marie Presley Band

Michael Lockwood

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