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.
Posted: March 20, 2012
Los Angeles-based soul-punk-rock band Papa was already three shows into a five-show run at the South by Southwest music festival, but that didn’t stop the Darren Weiss- and Danny Presant-helmed group from putting on an electric show at Cheer Up Charlie’s on Friday night.
Drawing upon their 2011 EP A Good Woman Is Hard To Find and other tunes that should make it on a planned 2012 full-length, Papa had a dusty SXSW crowd dancing with their infectious grooves.
Highlights included Weiss’ growling vocals coming to the fore front on “Collector,” which held the audience’s rapt attention as the crew attempted to find another kick pedal when Weiss’ went missing.
Once he got the issue fixed, Weiss told the crowd, “When this shit kicks in, oh my God it’s gonna be good.”
As his cymbals crashed in a snarling crescendo, Weiss came through on that promise.
Papa closed with “Ain’t It So” and “I Am the Lion King,” a catchy number that even includes a break for Weiss to get out in the crowd for an impromptu handstand.
Weiss apologized in advance to the crowd if his voice faltered. As previously noted, it was the fourth performance for the band on Friday, with one more to go.
But no worries. Papa seemed fresh as ever despite their heavy work load.
For more information and a list of tour dates, visit Papa’s official Facebook page.
Posted: March 17, 2012
Gretsch Guitars caught up with Cult guitarist Billy Duffy down in Austin for the 2012 SXSW music fest. Check it out …
Posted: March 16, 2012
Opening with “Sweet Sour,” the title track off their well-received 2012 release, guitarist Russell Marsden and bassist Emma Richardson snarled through the song with crunchy riffs that had the audience’s collective heads nodding.
With drummer Matt Hayward destroying his kit as the clouds broke and the sun shone down on the ivy-lined Cedar Street courtyard, Band of Skulls launched into what Marsden called “the loudest and fastest song we have” with “You’re Not Pretty But You’ve Got It Going On.”
Band of Skulls also ran through “I Know What I Am” and a guitar-pounding version of “Light Of The Morning” off their debut album, Baby Darling Doll Face Honey, with Marsden pulling out a gold Gretsch Anniversary and a White Falcon.
They also played new single “The Devil Takes Care Of His Own.”
For more information and to find a list of tour dates, visit Band of Skulls’ official Facebook page.
And check out footage of “I Know Who I Am” in the video below:
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