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Music Radar Catches Up With Vintage Trouble’s Nalle Colt

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Music Radar recently caught up with Vintage Trouble’s Nalle Colt to discuss his new custom-built Gretsch guitar and “high-voltage tone.”

High-voltage tone is a must for the the trio these days as they spent the last few months opening for AC/DC across Europe and North America, where they played in front of tens of thousands of fans.

And according to his interview with MR, Colt couldn’t be more stoked with the way his unique Gretsch has performed on tour.

“Right after I talked to you [in 2013] and we got off the Who tour, I went back to the States and Gretsch approached me about making a guitar and, to be honest with you, I was a little like, ‘Well, I don’t know, I’ve always been a Gibson Les Paul guy,’” he told MR. “But they sat me down with Steve Stern at the Gretsch Custom Shop in California, and I explained what I wanted and I’m really proud of it. It came out incredible.

“We made a guitar based on a ’54 Gretsch Duo Jet, and it’s kind of a hybrid of a Les Paul and a Gretsch. It’s actually my main guitar on this tour … and I also used it pretty much for 99 percent of every song that you hear on the new album. It’s holding up really well. It’s a super-tough guitar to play live and I love it. It’s got everything I wanted, from growl to an old Chuck Berry-style kind of hollow body vibe.”

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What Inspired the Lone Bellow’s Brian Elmquist to Play Guitar?

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Brooklyn-based indie folk rock trio the Lone Bellow started off 2015 with the release of sophomore album Then Came the Morning.

Having written more than 40 songs while out on the road touring, the band teamed with the National guitarist Aaron Dessner on the recording effort, spending two weeks at Dreamland in upstate New York, a nineteenth-century church that had been converted into a homey studio. There, the singers found the space to inspire the emotional gravity necessary for the material and the acoustics they were looking for.

“These are true stories,” says guitarist Brian Elmquist. “These aren’t things we made up. We tried to write some songs that had nothing to do with our personal stories, but we just didn’t respond to them. But we’re best buds, so we know each others’ personal stuff and trust each other to figure out what needs to be said and how to say it.”

For instance, Elmquist wrote “Call to War” about his own struggles during his twenties, but gave the song to Kanene Pipkin to sing on the album.

“The content is painful and brutal, but the imagery, the vocals, they build something delicate and ethereal,” she said. “That kind of contrast illuminates the true beauty and power of a song.”

When Gretsch caught up with Elmquist, however, we enjoyed hearing about a happier memory from his youth.

“So for Christmas my dad wanted to get me a guitar because I had been talking about it and I had picked up other people’s guitars,” recalled Elmquist. “He told me he would buy me a guitar for Christmas but I was like, ‘No I want a Nintendo,’ or some games or some clothes or shoes or something stupid. Right after that,  I knew there was a guitar upstairs in the attic so I went up in the attic and got him to help me restring.

“But the reason I wanted to (play) was I watched Slash play the lead in ‘November Rain’ and that was the first thing I sat in front of and learned how to play every note. I couldn’t play it for real until I was in my 20s, but him standing on that piano at the end of ‘November Rain’ is just … and like when the train is coming by. Who wouldn’t want to play music?”

Elmquist also explains what turned him on to Gretsch guitars, and reveals that “Heaven Don’t Call Me Home” was a tribute to the rockabilly style of Brian Setzer.

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We See Ya Deacon … And Your Gretsch

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ABC hit-show Nashville’s winter finale offered a few moments fans have been waiting for, including a marriage proposal by Deacon Claybourne.

The episode also featured a tender performance between Claybourne and his niece Scarlett O’Connor that we couldn’t help but notice thanks to Claybourne’s  Gretsch G6117T-HT Anniversary in Sunburst.

Watch a clip of the performance below.

Let the music of #Nashville ease your soul.

Posted by Nashville on Saturday, December 12, 2015

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AC/DC Announce 2016 U.S. Tour

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Following a massive 2015 that saw them kicking off the 57th annual Grammy Awards with an incendiary performance, headlining at Coachella and touring across Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand, rock giants AC/DC will spend more time closer to home in 2016.

The band announced a 20-city U.S. tour that kicks off on Feb. 2 in Tacoma, Wash., and culminates with what’s sure to be an epic stop at New York’s Madison Square Garden on April 4.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, Dec. 18. Visit ACDC.com for more info.

We certainly look forward to seeing Stevie Young rock this Gretsch!

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Hozier Performs at the BBC Music Awards, Wins Song of the Year

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Hozier capped off an impressive 2015 with yet another accolade, taking home Song of the Year for soulful ballad “Take Me to Church” at the BBC Music Awards held earlier this week.

As the only category voted on by the public, it’s considered a highly coveted honor and the Irish singer/songwriter bested stiff competition such as Ed Sheeran, the Weekend and Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars to take home the trophy.

“I genuinely was not expecting that, especially looking at the other nominations,” said a gracious and humble Hozier during his acceptance speech. “There’s absolute juggernauts there, just absolute amazing songs. To be among them is an honor, and to win is a shock.”

Accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra, Hozier also took the stage during the show with his Gretsch Jet Baritone to perform the award-winning song.

Hozier continues his world tour through March 2016, and  you can check out his tour dates here.

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