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See Ellie Goulding Perform at the Live Lounge


English songstress Ellie Goulding has been making the rounds to promote upcoming Nov. album Delirium, which included a recent stop by BBC Radio 1′s Live Lounge.

Goulding performed new track “On My Mind” as well as an incredible cover of  Jack Garratt’s Weathered,” which you can watch below.  Be sure to check out guitarist Chris Ketley starting out the track on his Gretsch Center-Block Falcon.

And to hear Goulding’s new music, check out this BBC Radio 2 playlist.

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Watch a Demo of the Limited Edition Gretsch G6129T Duo Jet in Red Sparkle


Brian from Chicago Music Exchange recently filmed a great demo video featuring the Limited Edition Gretsch G6129 Duo Jet in Red Sparkle.

“This is just gorgeous, big (sparkle flake), looks like a drum wrap,” he said. “I can’t say enough about how great this guitar looks in person. Very cool.”

After running through all of its specs and calling it a “joy to play,” he provides a quick demo of the guitar’s tonal qualities. Check it out below.

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Watch Hozier Perform Latest Single on ‘Fallon’


Taking a break from his current U.S. tour, Irish singer-songwriter Hozier appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon this week to perform new single “Jackie and Wilson.”

Check out the clip below and cheers to raising children “on rhythm and blues.”

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Brian Setzer to Release New Christmas Album


Brian Setzer. Photo by Russ Harrington

On Oct. 16, Gretsch signature artists Brian Setzer and the Brian Setzer Orchestra will release Rockin’ Rudolph, their first studio Christmas album in 10 years.

The 18-piece band will support the album with a major concert run—the “12th Annual Christmas Rocks! Tour”—  delivering the rocking and colorful holiday extravaganza they are known for.

Additionally, fans will have the opportunity to purchase a limited edition, numbered deluxe package of the album via

“It’s been about 10 years since I made a Christmas record,” said Setzer. “It [Christmas music] just seems to get more popular every year. They’re classic songs and you wonder after a couple records how many of them are left. Once you dig in you find, wow! I’ve haven’t done ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,’ you know. I’ve never done ‘Here Comes Santa Claus!’ Ones that everyone knows and are still out there. These songs are great songs. It doesn’t matter if they’re holiday songs or when they were written, they’re just great songs.

“So the trick is to make them sound hip. Some of them are eternally hip, you know, so you don’t have to do too much.”

Produced by Peter Collins (Rush, Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper, etc.) and recorded in both Nashville and Hollywood, the 12-track effort includes highlights such as “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “Yabba-Dabba Yuletide,” and “Rockabilly Rudolph,” among other notable Christmas classic tunes with Setzer’s trademark guitar work and vocal stylings paired with the Brian Setzer Orchestra’s rockin’ big-band horn arrangements.

Watch a short sizzle video for Rockin’ Rudolph below and visit for additional album details.

The Brian Setzer Orchestra Rockin' Rudolph from Surfdog Records on Vimeo.

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Watch George Ezra Perform ‘Blame It on Me’ on Late Night


George EzraBritish singer/songwriter George Ezra recently appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers to perform the hit single “Blame It on Me.”

Donning a Gretsch G6119-1962HT Chet Atkins Tennessee Rose, Ezra sang the song with power, showcasing a distinctive soulful voice that belies his 22 years of age.

“Blame It on Me,” which drew a huge ovation from the crowd, comes off 2014 debut album Wanted on Voyage.

Watch Ezra in action below and click here for his upcoming tour dates.

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