Posted: August 9, 2012
Watch below as the Walkmen perform “Heaven” at Lollapalooza this past Sunday.
Posted: June 23, 2012
Gretsch guitars and Cream City Music are excited to announce the Gretsch Day Event, taking place on June 30, 2012, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Cream City Music store on 12505 West Bluemound Road in Brookfield, Wisc.
The event, which is free of cost and open to the public, will feature continuous musical performances by Bluegrass guitar pickers Nik & Sam, fingerstyle guitarist Bobby Gibson, and acoustic guitar sensation Jake Allen. Guests making very special appearances include Fred Gretsch, the fourth-
generation owner of the iconic Gretsch Guitar Company, and Gretsch Guitars Product Specialist, Joe Carducci, who will be presenting their annual Fred & Joe Show.
In addition, guitar artist Sarah Gallenberger will unveil her newest masterpiece painted on a Gretsch G6120 guitar. This one-of-a-kind Gretsch will be up for grabs in an online auction benefitting the Milwaukee-based charity Guitars for Vets.
Special offers on Gretsch products and guitars will be available to attendees throughout the day, along with a special Gretsch gift bag for the first 20 guests through the door.
For more information, call Cream City Music or visit their official website.
Posted: May 25, 2012
The free event will feature continuous musical performances by pop-rock quartet Fountains of Wayne, Nik & Sam, Paul Pigat and Cousin Harley, The Octanes, and Foxy Studs. Guests making very special appearances include Fred Gretsch, the fourth-generation owner of the iconic Gretsch Guitar Company, Gretsch Guitars Product Specialist, Joe Carducci, OK Go frontman Damian Kulash, and more.
In addition, guests will enjoy a hands-on guitar clinic with Gretsch Guitars Custom Shop Master Builder, Stephen Stern, and the opportunity to meet and greet Gretsch Girl Kim Falcon, who will be signing her new posters.
For more information, visit Street Sounds’ official website.
Posted: April 20, 2012
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s special exhibition Chet Atkins: Certified Guitar Player, which was originally scheduled to close on June 11, has been extended through July 15.
The exhibit is being held over in part to accommodate members of the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society, who will visit Nashville in July.
The extension also allows the museum to present additional public programs exploring the Hall of Fame member’s robust career and lasting influence. Among the upcoming programming highlights are an April 28 interview with music executive Jerry Bradley, and a May 5 concert saluting Jerry Reed.
Bradley will sit down with museum Senior Historian John Rumble for an interview at 1:30 p.m. in the museum’s Ford Theater. Bradley, son of Country Music Hall of Fame member Owen Bradley, learned record engineering and production from his father before working at RCA Records with Chet Atkins. First Atkins’ assistant then his successor, Bradley headed RCA Nashville from 1973–82. He signed Alabama and Ronnie Milsap, among others, and contributed greatly to the creation of country music’s “Outlaw”movement. Bradley will discuss his career and the influence Atkins had on it.
On May 5, Guitar Man: A Tribute to Jerry Reed, a concert celebrating the music of Chet Atkins’ friend and collaborator, will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the museum’s Ford Theater. Reed was known for his innovative fingerstyle guitar playing; his catalog of boisterous country hits including “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot” and “She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)”; and his good-humored film roles (Smokey and the Bandit).
Atkins helped shepherd Reed’s career at RCA, recorded dozens of his musical compositions and gave him the coveted honorary designation certified guitar player (c.g.p.). Thom Bresh, Craig Dobbins, John Knowles c.g.p., Brent Mason, Richard Smith, Mark Thornton, Darrell Toney and Sean Weaver, backed by a house band of Steve Bryant, Ric McClure and Matt Raum, will perform their favorite Reed tunes.
Both programs, offered as part of the special exhibition Chet Atkins: Certified Guitar Player, made possible through the generous support of the Gretsch Company with additional support provided by Great American Country Television Network, are included with museum admission and free to museum members.
The Ford Theater offers limited seating. Museum ticket or membership does not guarantee entry to museum programs. Both programs will also be streamed live here.
Posted: March 27, 2012
California indie rockers The Drowning Men played a number of shows at this year’s South by Southwest music festival, and the guys recently sent a few photos of their performance at the FILTER Magazine Culture Collide showcase to the Gretsch Post.
Check out frontman Nato Bardeen on stage at Austin’s Bar 96 with his Gretsch Electromatic in the shots below:
For more information, check out The Drowning Men’s official website.
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