Posted: November 3, 2014
The tunes of the day were taken from Timber Timbre’s album Hot Dreams, which highlights their cinematic sound.
Watch the band perform “The New Tomorrow” below and click here for the full set.
Posted: October 24, 2014
Grammy Award-winning musician Brian Setzer donated his signature orange Gretsch guitar to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History during a ceremony on Oct. 17.
The replica guitar is evocative of Setzer’s original 1959 Gretsch 6120 “Stray Cat” guitar, for which he raided his Monopoly game for two dice, drilled holes in them and attached them to take the place of the missing tone knobs. To help resemble a 1950s-era “hot rod,” Setzer added three decals that, in the replica, were duplicated by Gretsch.
The Gretsch signature artist is known for continually taking chances with innovative and daring musical styles, while single-handedly resurrecting two forgotten genres of music, first with 1980s rockabilly band the Stray Cats and then again in the late 1990s with his 18-piece “Rockin’ Big Band,” The Brian Setzer Orchestra. Setzer also appeared on the big screen in the 1987 Ritchie Valens biographical film La Bamba, portraying rockabilly pioneer Eddie Cochran.
“Brian Setzer is a prolific and distinctive contributor to American music,” said John Edward Hasse, the museum’s curator of American music. “Proof of his legacy exists not only in the longevity of his career and in his lengthy discography, but also in his ability to cross musical boundaries.”
In 1982, Setzer released “Rock This Town,” his first single with the Stray Cats and a track on which he played a 1959 Gretsch 6120 model guitar. As the guitar aged, it began to fall apart. Gretsch Custom Shop Master Builder Stephen Stern replicated every detail of the original guitar, and when he presented it to Setzer, the rockabilly star found it to be virtually indistinguishable from his original. It is the 2006 replica that is now in the museum’s collection.
“What an honor it is to be in the Smithsonian just for playing the music that I love,” said Setzer. “Maybe in a hundred years people will look at my guitar and be inspired to play it and enjoy it the way I do.”
Setzer’s guitar joins a large and diverse collection of musical instruments at the museum that includes Joh
Posted: October 16, 2014
Paul Riario of Guitar World recently got his hands on a Gretsch G6128T-1962 Duo Jet and gave it a very positive review.
“This is just a gorgeous and elegant guitar,” he noted.
Riario went through all of the features of the classic solid-body guitar, and also played it to showcase the tone.
“With just a couple of tweaks, this guitar plays incredibly and has a focused sound. Definitely check it out,” Riario concluded.
Check out the full demo below.
Posted: October 13, 2014
During this year’s ACL Fest in Austin, UK psych quartet Temples also participated in KUTX Live event at the Four Seasons Hotel.
Watch the band perform “Sun Structures” below.
Posted: October 6, 2014
San Francisco-based rock band Train offered a different take of Bulletproof Picasso lead single “Angel in Blue Jeans” when they performed on the Honda Stage, a new platform created to discover and share music.
Watch the stripped-down version in the clip below.
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