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Chicago Music Exchange Demos the G6112TCB-JR Center-Block

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Chicago Music Exchange recently put a Gretsch G6112TCB-JR Center-Block through the paces.

The two-tone Jaguar Tan and Copper Metallic beauty elicits great tone as the reviewer performs the Kinks’ “Set Me Free” and Nico’s “These Days.”

Watch the full demo below.

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Lera Lynn Performs on Letterman

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Nashville-based Americana singer-songwriter Lera Lynn appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman earlier this week, performing “Out to Sea.” The tune is the opening track to Lynn’s album, The Avenues, which dropped in September 2014.

Although frequently categorized as Americana, folk, or country, Lynn headed into Joshua Grange’s studio in Los Angeles to record an album without genre limitations.

“I just want to stop thinking about music as a marketing campaign,” she said.  “Ray Charles went from jazz to R&B to country. Paul McCartney will do a ballad next to ‘Helter Skelter’ and not think twice. The most successful and lasting artists let inspiration steer them, not genre or marketing pitch. I’m just doing what moves me as it comes.”

Watch Lynn and her talented band, including Grange on pedal steel and guitarist Ben Lewis, in the Letterman clip below.

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Bono Fears He Might Not Play Guitar Again

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Bono opened up about his Central Park bike crash in November 2014 in an A to Z post on New Year’s Day on U2′s website.

“On the day of my 50th birthday I received an injury because I was over indulging in exercise boxing and cycling, which was itself an overcompensation for overindulging on alcohol coming up to the big birthday,” he wrote. “I promised myself I would be more mindful of my limits, but just four years on, it happened again – a massive injury I can’t blame on anyone but myself, mainly because I blanked out on impact and have no memory of how I ended up in New York Presbyterian with my humerus bone sticking through my leather jacket. Very punk rock as injuries go.”

The 54-year old singer underwent multiple surgeries, the first of which lasted five hours.

“The elbow was washed out and debrided, a nerve trapped in the break was moved and the bone was repaired with three metal plates and 18 screws,” said orthopedic trauma surgeon Dean Lorich. And while the doctor anticipated a full recovery, Bono is not so sure.

Under I for Irish Pride, he writes, “Recovery has been more difficult than I thought … As I write this, it is not clear that I will ever play guitar again. The band have reminded me that neither they nor Western civilization are depending on this.

“I personally would very much miss fingering the frets of my green Irish falcon or my (RED) Gretsch. Just for the pleasure, aside from writing tunes. But then does the Edge, or Jimmy Page, or any guitarist you know have a titanium elbow, as I do now? I’m all elbows, I am.”

This was certainly sad news to read, and we wish Bono the best. We also encourage any U2 fans to read the full A to Z post as it touches on his family, bandmates, religion, iTunes, Jimmy Fallon and more.

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Watch Interpol Perform ‘My Desire’ on Conan

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Interpol recently stopped by the set of Conan to perform the track “My Desire,” which comes off 2014′s El Pintor.

With a dimly lit set, the Paul Banks-led outfit offered a dark and passionate version of the song, much to the delight of host Conan O’Brien.

Watch Interpol in action below.

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Gretsch & Bono Partner on New Signature Guitar

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NEW (GRETSCH)RED RAISES MONEY TO FIGHT AIDS(RED)

Gretsch and Bono have joined forces once again for a new signature guitar model, the (GRETSCH)RED. Bearing the special (RED) logo adorned on the pickguard and truss rod cover, every guitar sold will raise money for the Global Fund to AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

The double-cutaway (GRETSCH)RED G5623 Electromatic® Center-Block Bono “Signature” Model puts Bono’s personalized stamp on Gretsch’s new thinline spruce center-block design, which delivers “high gain-friendly” tone and greater control over the kind of feedback players want.

Other premium features include a bound arched maple top with bound sound holes, maple sides and arched back (also bound), maple neck, 22-fret bound rosewood fingerboard with Neo-Classic™ “thumbnail” inlays, dual “Black Top” Filter’Tron™ pickups with three-position toggle switching, and master volume and tone controls, anchored Adjusto-Matic™ bridge with “G”-cutout tailpiece, Grover® deluxe tuners, chrome hardware and deluxe case.

“The (GRETSCH)RED guitar is a guitarist’s dream,” said Bono, co-founder of (RED). “And the reality is that every time someone buys one, it’s raising money to fight AIDS. That money can buy life-saving medicine for pregnant mothers living with HIV, and prevent their babies being born with the virus. They’re the same pills that will help deliver an AIDS Free Generation.”

Since it was founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver in 2006, (RED) has generated more than $275 million for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, to support HIV/AIDS grants in Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zambia. Global Fund grants that (RED) supports have impacted more than 55 million people with prevention, treatment, counseling, HIV testing and care services.

Five percent of the wholesale price from each guitar sold will go to the Global Fund.  For more information on (RED), go to www.red.org.

And for more product details, head here.

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