Posted: March 16, 2015
The clip features fans from all around the world who came to the Dragonfly Club in Los Angeles to watch the rock juggernauts perform. The historic taping was filmed by longtime AC/DC collaborator David Mallet, and you can watch it below.
Posted: March 15, 2015
Innovative exhibit teaches young visitors how to record and write songs, be a performer and more; class and group tours encouraged
Youngsters can record a song, mix a band, learn how hits are written and hear working musicians, band managers and other industry professionals talk about their jobs at the Dinah and Fred Gretsch Family Gallery at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
Located within the Taylor Swift Educational Center — which includes a replica of Swift’s tour bus – the Gallery provides a close-up, top-to-bottom look at the process of creating music that’s geared to youthful learners, using artifacts from the Museum’s collection and such learning tools as a giant guitar, touchscreens and a do-it-yourself studio were young visitors can record and mix tracks.
Student and youth groups interested in visiting the Dinah and Fred Gretsch Family Gallery and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum can call 800-852-6437 for information and group reservations.
The gallery was created through a generous donation by Gretsch Company president Fred Gretsch and his wife Dinah, who is the historic guitar-and-drum builder’s executive vice president and chief financial officer, through the Gretsch Foundation, which funds a plurality of concerts and music education initiatives.
“The museum needed a new and exciting interactive gallery that connects visitors with the creative process – from recording to packaging music,” says the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s vice president of museum services Carolyn Tate. “The Dinah and Fred Gretsch Gallery is that space, bringing to life the Gretsch’s long-time commitment to music education for the benefit of our over 900,000 annual visitors.”
The seed for the gallery was planted when the Gretsch family became involved in the curation of the Museum’s “Chet Atkins: Certified Guitar Player” exhibit in 2011. But its conception and construction required two years and input from many sources, including educational experts. It was determined that interactive experiences, contemporary stories and the ability to make things should be at the core of the gallery, which also covers multiple genres.
“An effort was also made to illustrate that there are many ways to be creative within music, beyond being an artist,” says Tate.
The Gretsch Family Gallery’s activities and exhibits — which include historic instruments — are tied together by nine stations with touchscreens where students can learn about songwriting, music business jobs, awards, design, costumes, recording, cross-genre collaborations and more. At one station, working professionals from all aspects of the music business explain their jobs via video presentations. Completing each station’s activities earns a badge. After collecting all nine badges visitors are “Certified Country.”
Posted: March 9, 2015
Rock and roll took center stage at the 35th annual BRIT Awards, as Royal Blood was named the top British Group.
What’s more, the duo received the award from none other than Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page.
“This is a huge surprise for us,” said singer/bassist Mike Kerr. “It’s probably more of a surprise for everyone here, as you may not even know who we are.”
Royal Blood stood tall among a stacked list of nominees that included Alt-J, Coldplay, One Direction and Clean Bandit.
As if the crowd needed proof of Royal Blood’s ability to rock, the band also took the stage to perform a particularly brutal version of the single “Figure It Out,” which comes off their 2014 self-titled debut.
Watch Royal Blood’s musical appearance, featuring Mike Kerr on his Gretsch G2220 Junior Jet Bass II, and acceptance speech below.
Posted: March 2, 2015
Greg Koch of Wildwood Guitars recently sat down with Gretsch’s Joe Carducci to discuss the new G6120SH Brian Setzer Hot Rod guitars.
The newly unveiled signature models are stripped down and built to Setzer’s exacting specs, with signature TV Jones pickups, 9.5″ fingerboard radius and a striking two-tone flame maple body, amongst many other features.
Throughout the video, Carducci tells the story about how these guitars came to be, while Koch takes the time to demonstrate their excellent tone.
Learn more in the clip below.
Posted: February 28, 2015
The Decemberists recently stopped into the Santa Monica, Calif., studios of KCRW to perform a few of their new songs off What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World.
You can listen to the entire set here, but video has also surfaced of the Colin Meloy-led band playing the album’s top single, “Make You Better.”
Watch that clip below.
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