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Andy Babiuk Dishes on Gretsch and Chet Atkins

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The Bachman-Gretsch Collection exhibit is going strong at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame, featuring 75 rare and historic Gretsch guitars.

The instruments are among more than 300 Gretsch guitars purchased by Canadian guitarist and songwriter Randy Bachman, a key member of the Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive.  His collection was purchased in 2008 by the Gretsch Foundation, the charitable arm of the Gretsch Family.

In this clip below, musician, artist, and guitar expert Andy Babiuk and CMHOF museum curator Mick Buck discuss the history between Gretsch and the legendary Chet Atkins, while taking a look at some of the guitars in the exhibit inspired by Atkins.

Enjoy below, and find out more details about the exhibit here!

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Live From Plum Creek Studios Trailer

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Relix.com and Jambands.com recently debuted the new trailer from Israel Nash’s “Live From Plum Creek Studios.”

The footage was captured during Austin’s annual SXSW festival when Nash opened the doors to his new studio outside of Austin for a free recording session featuring the likes of T. Hardy Morris, Delta Spirit’s Matt Vasquez, Midlake’s Eric Pulido, Bee Caves, the Wild Reeds and Kirby Brown.

Each artist, including Nash, gave an intimate live performance for a small number of special guests, friends and family.

“As many people know, I’m all about writing, recording, living, and talking about the Hill Country and my tiny town, Dripping Springs, TX,” wrote Nash in his invite. “It’s just a purely magical place for me to really be myself as an artist and person. I also believe that those things that bless us should be shared. So we are literally swinging the front gate open and inviting people to come out to my new studio, Plum Creek Sound to hear some amazing bands, take in some incredible hill country views, and just get away from the hustle of SXSW. And hopefully, that peace I get from being out here can be bestowed on others. It’s just the beginning for the studio and in the future, we will host a series of events like these focused on the land, the vibes, and the music. It’s all so special to me. It’s about giving back to those people and those places that have given to you. It’s about people coming together and making this life work out. And it’s about smoking a j and drinking a beer in the middle of the country. Incredible things happen that way.”

The incredible things that happened at the event were fortunately captured on camera, and will be shared on Reliv over the coming weeks as part of a unique video series.

Watch the trailer for the series below.

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Joe Walsh Shares Spiritual Documentary, Sings “Amazing Grace”

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Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh is working on a very special side-project—a three-part documentary titled West of the West: Tales From California’s Channel Islands.

The documentary is about the ancient history of Channel Islands, its native inhabitants and the measures that are being taken to preserve the land. The chain of eight islands off Southern California’s coast is very near and dear to Walsh, who considers them a place of sanctuary.

Rolling Stone shared a clip from West of the West, which captures Walsh in a very spiritual moment singing “Amazing Grace” in a quaint church on the islands.

“It’s an honor and a privilege that this came into my life,” Walsh says in the clip. “It’s part of my awareness that is extremely grounding. So spiritually, it’s a driving force. I come here a lot in my head in times of mental turmoil; I just come here and everything is OK.”

The three part mini-series aired on KCET in Southern California last night. The documentary will also be available in other locations around the U.S. this fall, and it will be shared throughout schools in California.

View the clip of West of the West here.

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The Shelters Make a Smashing Debut in “Rebel Heart” Video

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Los Angeles-based rock band the Shelters seem posed to make a mark on the music scene.

Sebastian Harris, Josh Jove, Jacob Pillot, and Chase Simpson formed the band in 2014 and lucked out when Tom Petty caught one of their performances. So impressed by the group, Petty invited the band to record in his home studio, featured Jove and Simpson on the Heartbreakers’ Hypnotic Eye and even co-produced their upcoming full-length, self-titled album (due out June 10.)

Lead single “Rebel Heart” is a foot-tapping, guitar-driven tune and is a perfect introduction to this up-and-coming band, and its new music video — directed by Stash Silonski and Petty’s daughter Adria Petty—portrays the band with all of its swagger in a live environment.

“In the video for ‘Rebel Heart,’ we wanted to highlight the rock and roll energy we feed off of in our live show,” said Jove. “With the lights, the heat, the girls and the beat, we hope the video offers a surreal glimpse into that world.”

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Tiger Army Debuts New Single “I Am the Moth”

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Nick 13 and psychobilly punk rockers Tiger Army are pushing genre boundaries with their new album V •••–, drawing from a range of influences that include Buddy Holly, the Ramones and a little bit of everything in between. Their first single “I Am the Moth” captures the many sounds the band has experimented with and sets the tone for what fans can expect on the new effort.

It’s easy to hear the trio’s retro rock inspirations from the first few chords. The main guitar riff is reminiscent of a Western movie, while the dramatic chorus features a theremin that cuts through the song like a haunting ‘60s horror flick. Nick 13’s breathy voice adds the modern touch to update the classic sounding single.

Nick 13 recently told Consequence of Sound that the song represents his “lifelong love of the night, the idea that perhaps some of us are predisposed to this biologically.” He added, “It also has to do with co-option of imagery and attitudes by people who claim to represent a lifestyle that they don’t live.”

V •••– will be available for download on May 20.

Preview the track below:

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