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Top 5 Gretsch Road Trip Songs

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Hopefully you have at least one road trip planned for the summer. And whether you’re driving in a Toyota Prius or a ’64 Chevy Impala, a solid soundtrack is a must.  It’s an important list, one that requires the requisite consideration to match the tempo of the ride and the terrain of the pavement.

We take our road trip playlists seriously.  After all, conversation with your fellow riders can only last so long.

So as a public service, we’ve pinpointed five road trip songs that will get your list started on the right foot, errr… wheel.

“Drive My Car” – The Beatles

Coming off the British version of1965’s Rubber Soul, the story goes that “Drive My Car” grew from the Beatles’ first recording session that extended past midnight, as Paul McCartney and George Harrison put together the basic rhythm.

“Drive My Car” features a thumping bottom end that is great for rolling down the windows and revving the engine, with an R&B feel that calls to mind the bass-heavy tracks that came out of Memphis’s Stax Records.

“Beep, Beep! Beep, Beep! Yeah!” indeed.



“Rebel Rouser” – Duane Eddy

The king of twang could have several entries on our playlist, with his signature guitar sound shining so bright on every track he released.  But Eddy’s “Rebel Rouser” has a rambling groove that is well-suited to flat country roads.  The instrumental hit is accentuated with bleats from a saxophone as it winds down, adding a car chase feel to the tune.

But don’t accelerate too fast.  It’s best to just take in the scenery when Eddy is doing his thing.

Highway to Hell – AC/DC

Written by brothers Angus and Malcolm Young and the late Bon Scott, “Highway to Hell” is a paean to the rigors of touring and life on the road with “no stop signs/speed limit.”

The riff is instantly recognizable and makes you want to put the pedal to the metal, as it sears through the brain and has the ability to instantly conjure an adrenaline rush.  Now, this fact might also make the song a dangerous one to drive with, but sometimes you need to drive fast and take chances.

Just watch out for the speed traps.

“Tush” – ZZ Top

Whether you’re going to Dallas, Texas, or Hollywood, “Tush” fits the bill.  The opening riff immediately commands the listener to pull on their sunglasses and secure their cowboy hat.  The original recording was found on Fandango and was ZZ Top’s first Top 20 single, with good reason.

Billy Gibbons takes two turns with searing slide guitar solos, and Dusty Hill’s strong bassline rumbles just as much as the engine.  The Texas trio’s hit is definitely at home when traversing the Lone Star State, but there is certainly room for a lot of “Tush” on the Sunset Strip.

“Long May You Run” – Neil Young

“Long May You Run” is an homage to Young’s beloved first car, a hearse that was known as “Mort.”  Seriously.

But this hearse has a lot of historical significance.  It was the vehicle that carted Young and his original band around Canada.  It broke down in the early 1960s in Blind River, Ont., but that spawned Mort’s successor, another hearse named “Mort Two” which ended up carrying him from Toronto to Los Angeles.  There, Young met Stephen Stills and eventually formed Buffalo Springfield.

So long may you run, Mort, in that scrapyard in the sky.  We’ll appreciate the song you inspired with our wheels firmly on the pavement.

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AC/DC Debuts New Video for ‘Rock the Blues Away’

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AC/DCAC/DC recently dropped an electric new music video for the track “Rock the Blues Away,” which comes off their 16th studio album, Rock or Bust.

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.

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AC/DC Open the Grammy Awards

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AC/DC opened the 57th Annual Grammy Awards show with a blistering two-song set that included latest hit “Rock or Bust” and throwback classic “Highway to Hell.”

AC/DC were without founding rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young due to health issues, but his nephew Stevie Young paid homage to his uncle by playing a replica of Malcom’s favorite Gretsch guitar.  Chris Slade also took over drum duties in place of original drummer Phil Rudd, marking the first time Slade has played with the band since 1994.

The performance moved the Staples Center crowd to its feet, and you can watch it below.

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Billy Duffy Discusses Career and Gear with Sweetwater Sound

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The Cult’s Billy Duffy recently sat down with Mitch Gallagher of Sweetwater Sound to discuss his storied career and his signature Gretsch White Falcon.

Duffy noted that he was first turned on to the White Falcon via Neil Young, while Brian Setzer’s work in the Stray Cats similarly piqued his interest in Gretsch guitars.

“I’ve always been fascinated with Gretsches as guitars,” Duffy said. “Visually, I always thought it was some mythical beast.”

And once he purchased his original Gretsch, he found that it more than delivered from a performance perspective.

“I was searching for a sound, and people have said to me, ‘Why a Gretsch, and not a Les Paul?’” he explained. “I said, ‘Well, if you think of a Gretsch as an SUV, you wouldn’t drive it down a race track. And you wouldn’t drive a sports car off-road. They do different things.’

“And the other final thing was that I could only afford one guitar, and that was the one. It just became synonymous with the band.”

Watch the entire interview below.

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Hear AC/DC’s New ‘Rock or Bust’

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Classic rock giants AC/DC have released an official audio stream of “Rock or Bust,” the title track to their upcoming Dec. 2 album.

Coming in at just over three minutes, the anthemic tune features a stuttering rhythm guitar throughout and a bluesy solo by Angus Young at the midway point.

While the album does not feature Malcolm Young, who retired from the band due to dementia, its 11 songs credit both brothers. The songs were reportedly largely built by Angus from guitar hooks he and Malcolm accumulated while writing previous AC/DC records.

Young’s nephew, Stevie Young, played rhythm guitar in Malcolm’s stead on Rock or Bust. He will also be filling in for the elder Young on the group’s upcoming world tour in 2015.

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