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Gretsch Guitars Catches up with Billy Duffy at SXSW

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Gretsch Guitars caught up with Cult guitarist Billy Duffy down in Austin for the 2012 SXSW music fest. Check it out …

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Billy Duffy Hints At Signature Model

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Billy Duffy from iconic British rocker band The Cult recently sat down for an extensive interview with MusicRadar to talk about his band’s upcoming album – Choice of Weapon – his relationship with singer Ian Astbury and, of course, his love of the Gretsch White Falcon.

But Duffy also caused a stir when he hinted that he and Gretsch are developing a signature model of his favorite guitar.

“You know, I’m not a hoarder of guitars. I’ve got a few Gretsches, and they’re all good, working guitars,” Duffy said.  ”I don’t use them all the time, but I use them when I can. It’s a pretty big thing, you know, the Gretsch – it’s heavy.

“And we’re working on a signature model, too, so that’ll be something nice to look forward to.”

Duffy admitted that he had eyed Gretsch products for a long time, and once he had the capital to purchase one, there was no questioning what direction he was going.

“The Gretsch thing was just a search for a different sound, something unique. And what brought it into focus was when I went to see Bow Wow Wow. I kind of knew those guys a little bit, but seeing Matthew Ashman with that Gretsch… I was transfixed. I said, ‘If I get any money, I’m buying a Gretsch.’

“Soon after, I got in the band Theatre Of Hate, and ironically, the singer played a Gretsch. He had an odd-green model, with the pickup by the neck – it was great.

“He asked me one day what kind of guitar I was going to play, and I said, ‘Well, I’ve got a job now, don’t I? I’m buying a Gretsch!’  Took all my money and got the double cutaway.”

Read the full interview with Duffy here.

The Cult is performing at the SXSW Music Festival on March 17, and Choice of Weapon is due out May 22.  For a download of lead single “Lucifer,” check out the band’s official website.

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The Cult Confirm 2012 Debut At SXSW

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With a new album - Choice of Weapon - due out May 22, The Cult will make its 2012 concert debut at the South By Southwest Music Festival next month, headlining Austin’s Auditorium Shores Stage on Saturday, March 17.

The appearance will be free and open to the public, and it starts at 8 p.m.

“SXSW is thrilled that The Cult is returning to play our biggest stage at Auditorium Shores,” Festival Producer Darin Klein said in a statement. “We’re excited to hear their new tunes and their classic hits. The show is free and open to the public, so everyone in Austin should get fired up for a great night of music.”

Choice is The Cult’s first new studio album in five years.  Written by founding members Ian Astbury (vocals) and Billy Duffy (guitar), the effort has been said to reveal the band in its rawest state.

“What we do with The Cult is try and let the songs become who they are. It’s like school children, you try and give them good guidance, but they’re going to end up doing what they want to do. In the end, you have to just relinquish power,” Duffy told Noisecreep.  ”You want to capture a feel and document the era when you wrote them. You don’t want to overdo it, or you end up with something like ‘Chinese Democracy.’ You know what I mean?”

Future tour dates will be announced on The Cult’s official website, but for now, fans can download the new track “Lucifer” here.

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The Cult Set Album Release Date

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Having wrapped up recording their first studio album in five years, British rockers The Cult have set a date for Choice of Weapon‘s release.

May 22 is when the 10-track set drops, via Cooking Vinyl.

The band describes the effort as its rawest and most visceral, encapsulating cinematic visions and themes of love, revolt, and redemption.”

Fans can get an early taste of the album by logging onto the The Cult’s official website, where it is offering a download of the new song “Lucifer.”

The album was written by Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy, recorded in New York City, Los Angeles, the California high desert, and the band’s Witch Mountain studio between July and December 2011. The new release features founding members Astbury on vocals and Duffy on guitars, with drummer John Tempesta and bassist Chris Wyse.

“What we do with The Cult is try and let the songs become who they are. It’s like school children, you try and give them good guidance, but they’re going to end up doing what they want to do. In the end, you have to just relinquish power. You want to capture a feel and document the era when you wrote them. You don’t want to overdo it, or you end up with something like ‘Chinese Democracy.’ You know what I mean?” Duffy said in an interview with Noisecreep.

At this point, The Cult has one show scheduled with Guns N’ Roses on June 29 in Austria. The Cult is working on film and graphic elements to accompany the album’s release, and plans are being confirmed for the band’s 2012 World Tour.

Meanwhile, The Cult’s smash-hit ”She Sells Sanctuary” and Sunshine State rapper Flo Rida’s Top 10 track ”Good Feelin” will be featured this Sunday as a mashup in one of Budweiser’s Super Bowl commercials.

Stay tuned!

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2012 Gretsch Showcase at NAMM: Recap

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The 2012 Gretsch Showcase at NAMM was star-studded, both with the musicians that stopped by the booth at the Anaheim Convention Center and the instruments that were on display.

The first thing that stood out was artist Sarah Gallenberger’s amazing one-of-a-kind “Platinum Galaxy” guitar, which featured her intricate artistry.

But there was much more to delve into, which many artists did.

Here are some highlights of the Gretsch Showcase:

- Good Charlotte’s Benji Madden – an avid Power Jet player – stopped by the booth with his brother and bandmate Joel.  Benji wanted to convince Joel to play Gretsch when he judges The Voice this season in Australia.  Benji was even overheard talking about his Gretsch products, saying “I love it.  I’ve never been happier.”

- Benji also brought up Everclear frontman Art Alexakis to meet with artist relations representatives.  When he was in the Gretsch booth, Alexakis took some time checking out Tim Armstrong’s signature model.  The trio took a photo with Rancid bassist Matt Freeman, as well.

- Legendary finger-style guitarist Doyle Dykes brought a Gretsch guitar out on stage during one of his several performances.

- Brandon Campbell of Neon Trees took out his beloved Gretsch White Falcon bass for some up-close-and-personal pictures amid the bustle.

- Cousin Harley’s Paul Pigat played a rousing 15-minute set that had the near-capacity crowd boogieing along with the rockabilly tunes.

- Nik and Sam, an all-female duo, turned in two performances at the stage of the Gretsch Showcase, bringing their brand of country-rock to the masses.

Check out Nik playing a new Gretsch Rancher below:

- Ed Roland of Collective Soul and the Sweet Tea Project also offered two live sets from the Gretsch Showcase, where he also strummed a red Rancher.

- Australia’s Joe Robinson smoked through a few songs off his latest album, Let Me Introduce You.  The young guitarist then passed out copies of the CD and signed autographs after all three of his shows.

- The Cult’s Billy Duffy, another White Falcon player, was spotted around the booth.

- Grammy-winning guitarist Duane Eddy was a stalwart, taking countless pictures with fans all weekend and participating in two autograph signings.

- Tiger Army leadman Nick 13 recently released a solo Americana album, and he packed the showcase to the brim with a Saturday night performance.  Below is a video of Nick 13 playing one of his new songs:

For more photos, visit Gretsch’s official Flikr account.

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