Posted: April 8, 2015
UK psychedelic rock act Temples enjoyed a tour of Asia in February, and thanks to Hostess Club Weekender, you can enjoy watching some live footage from their stop in Tokyo.
In this 10 minute live clip of “Mesmerise,” singer James Bagshaw can be seen jamming on his Gretsch G6136TLDS White Falcon and a G6122-1962 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman.
Posted: April 6, 2015
Alternative country and indie rock recently came together when Houndmouth stopped by The Late Show with David Letterman, as the New Albany, Ind., quartet put on a raucous performance of new single “Sedona.”
The track, which comes off latest album Kintsugi, starts out with a little twang from frontman Matt Myers and his Gretsch White Falcon, but soon the entire group comes together with crashing cymbals and soaring four-part harmonies.
Watch Houndmouth’s late-night appearance in the clip below and click here for a list of the band’s upcoming tour dates.
Posted: April 2, 2015
Japanese singer/songwriter Ken Yokoyama has been carrying the banner of punk-rock music in his home nation for a long time – first as guitarist for the massive pop-punk outfit Hi-Standard and later as a solo artist.
Recently, Yokoyama met with Jeff Cary and Joe Carducci from Gretsch, as well as Fred Gretsch himself to talk about some of the new Gretsch models that he’s been interested in.
Stay tuned for some more exciting news from Yokoyama and Gretsch – rumor has it that a signature guitar could be in the works – but in the meantime, check out some photos of the punk icon during his visit below.
For more information on Yokoyama, click here.
Posted: March 30, 2015
In the April 2015 issue, Premier Guitar put a spotlight on a 1962 Gretsch 6196 as part of its Vintage Vault series.
The instrument, on display at Dave’s Guitar Shop in La Cross, Wisc., has features often associated with Gretsch guitars from 1962, including a “cushioned for comfort” back pad that hid a hole designed to provide easy access to the interior wiring, a built-in string mute, and a standby switch. Additionally, the guitar includes gold Filter’Tron humbuckers, Space Control bridge, and ebony fretboard with Neo-Classic inlays (standard since 1958). Instead of the stock “G” tailpiece, this vintage guitar is equipped with a non-original Bigsby vibrato.
Posted: March 24, 2015
And it impressed host David Letterman and bandleader Paul Shaffer so much that the Airborne Toxic Event might have to prepare for some extra travel mates on their tour bus.
“Paul and I will be touring with the band for no justifiable reason,” Letterman quipped once the closing notes faded out. “For no money, just because that’s what we want to do.”
Watch the live performance of “Wrong” in the clip below.
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