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Watch ‘The Gretsch Sound: A Guitar Pull with Emmanuel, Pennington, Robinson and Striking Matches’

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The Country Music Hall of Fame booked a special music celebration event to send off the American Sound and Beauty: Guitars from the Bachman-Gretsch Collection. And for those who couldn’t attend in person, you are in luck as “The Gretsch Sound: A Guitar Pull with Emmanuel, Pennington, Robinson and Striking Matches” was streamed online, and is archived below.

Through this casual musical performance, these masterful players discussed the unique features of Gretsch design and demonstrated their individual musical styles with their own instruments.

Tommy Emmanuel is regarded as one of the world’s leading fingerstyle guitarists, and is a two-time Grammy nominee, and one of only five guitarists named Certified Guitar Player (CGP) by Chet Atkins.

Emmanuel had the distinctive honor of using the world renowned early Chet Atkins Gretsch 6120 prototype guitar, aka “Dark Eyes” guitar, for both the CMHOF performance and a previous July 12 show at the Grand Ole Opry, marking the first time in 55 years that the special instrument had been played in public for an audience.

The 1956 Gretsch Sealed Top 6120 prototype was built specifically for Chet Atkins and was dubbed “Black Gold” in a 2013 Guitar Aficionado magazine feature article, and has been hailed by Guitar Player magazine as one of “Two of The Most Important Electric Guitars Of All Time.”

Kentucky native Eddie Pennington, a perpetuator of the “Muhlenberg Sound” of Merle Travis, is a recipient of the NEA National Heritage Fellowship and a member of the National Thumb Pickers Hall of Fame. Virtuoso guitarist and singer-songwriter Joe Robinson is an Australian Guitar Magazine award winner and a winner of Australia’s Got Talent. Striking Matches, the songwriting, guitar-wielding, alternative-country duo of Justin Davis and Sarah Zimmerman, has been featured on the ABC series Nashville, and their debut album, Nothing but the Silence, was produced by T Bone Burnett.

Fast forward to about the 10-minute mark for the start of the action!

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Experience the Fred and Joe Show

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Many of Gretsch fans may have seen the Fred and Joe Show before at their local Gretsch dealer, but the masses can now enjoy thanks to an archived stream by the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tenn.

During Summer NAMM and in support of the museum’s Bachman-Gretsch exhibit, Gretsch Company President Fred Gretsch and Gretsch Guitars Product Marketing Specialist Joe Carducci hosted a multimedia presentation tracing the history of our innovative guitar company.

Watch the gig below …

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See Tom Petersson Demo His New Signature Bass Models

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Cheap Trick bassist Tom Peterrson was a featured guest at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame during the Summer NAMM show, and for fans who couldn’t make it, an archived stream of the event is available below.

With 75 rare Gretsch guitars currently on display at the museum as part of the Bachman-Gretsch exhibit, Petersson introduced the audience to two very new, and equally unique Gretsch instruments — his 12-string signature White Falcon Bass and a 4-string signature White Falcon Bass.

Watch the stream below to find out how both signature instruments came into being, and to hear the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer demo each bass. He even invited an audience member to come up and try out the 12-string! How cool is that?

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Watch Lindsay Ell’s Songwriting Session at Country Music Hall of Fame

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In support of the Bachman-Gretsch exhibit at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame, the very talented songwriter, guitarist and singer Lindsay Ell was invited to host a  Songwriting Session.

Ell actually has a personal connection to Randy Bachman, who she met at age 13. The Guess Who and Bachman Turner Overdrive took Ell under his wing, and she considers him to be like a second dad.

“I got to see his Gretsch collection, which  was actually in a guitar house on his property,” said Ell. “He had a studio, the house he lives, and a guitar house, just for guitars. How cool is that?”

In addition to taking questions from the crowd, Ell also performed a few songs, making sure to introduce the crowd to her Gretsch “Red Betty” Center Block Junior with Bigsby.

Watch the archived stream below to see Ell showcase her versatility, switching from electric guitar to acoustic and over to the grand piano.

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Exciting Gretsch Events Scheduled at Country Music Hall of Fame

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Photo by Jeff Daley.

Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has scheduled several exciting Gretsch events June to coincide with the Summer NAMM Show, including sessions hosted by Cheap Trick’s Tom Petersson, singer-songwriter Lindsay Ell, musician and author Andy Babiuk and Gretsch’s very own Joe Carducci and Fred Gretsch.

These events also help support the Bachman-Gretsch exhibit, which runs through July 17.

Check out a rundown of events below:

Monday, June 20  – Sunday, June 26
10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Creative Zone—Embellished Instruments: Gretsch Style

Gretsch guitars have unique shapes, designs, and sounds. Young designers will learn about guitar design by looking at guitars in the new exhibit American Sound and Beauty: Guitars from the Bachman-Gretsch Collection. They will apply what they learned to make personalized guitar designs using the Gretsch instruments as inspiration. All ages. Taylor Swift Education Center. Presented in support of the exhibit American Sound and Beauty: Guitars from the Bachman-Gretsch Collection. Included with museum admission. Free to museum members. Children and up to two accompanying adults may attend the program and tour the museum at a discounted rate.

Thursday, June 23                    2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Gretsch Bass Demonstration: Tom Petersson

Tom Petersson is a professional singer, songwriter, and bass player who has spent most of his life playing rock music. For over 35 years, Petersson has played bass for the recently inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Cheap Trick, and he has written a few of their biggest hits, including “Can’t Stop Falling into Love.” An avid guitar collector, Petersson will highlight some of his favorite guitars including the 12-string Gretsch White Falcon bass he helped design. Presented in support of the exhibition American Sound and Beauty: Guitars from the Bachman-Gretsch Collection, this bass demonstration will be streamed live at countrymusichalloffame.org/streaming. Included with museum admission. Free to museum members.

Friday, June 24                         2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

The Gretsch Fred and Joe Show: The Story of the Gretsch Guitar

Fred Gretsch, President of the Gretsch Company, and Joe Carducci, Gretsch Guitars Product Marketing Specialist, host this multimedia presentation tracing the history of the innovative guitar maker. The company was founded in 1883 when Gretsch started making musical instruments in Brooklyn. In 1985, Fred Gretsch, great-grandson of the founder, bought back the family business from the Baldwin Piano Company, relaunching the brand and ushering in an era of high quality and unique design. This program will discuss the musicians who’ve woven the Gretsch sound into the fabric of modern pop culture by playing the guitars on classic hits, and it will look closely at the instruments on display in American Sound and Beauty: Guitars from the Bachman-Gretsch Collection. Joe Hudson, 2015 “Thumbpicker of the Year” co-winner, will perform. The event will be streamed live at countrymusichalloffame.org/streaming. Included with museum admission. Free to museum members. Limited seating. Program pass required.

Saturday, June 25                     11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Songwriter Session: Lindsay Ell

Lindsay Ell began playing guitar and writing songs as a child, in Calgary. At age 13, she was discovered by Randy Bachman, who pushed her to learn new guitar styles as well as co-wrote and produced her first record. Ell moved to Nashville in 2013 and signed with Stoney Creek Records. She wrote her singles “By the Way” and “Trippin’ on Us,” as well as several songs with Bobby Bones and the Raging Idiots, including “We Can’t Stand Each Other” (featuring Carrie Underwood) and “Netflix Love Song.” Presented in support of the exhibition American Sound and Beauty: Guitars from the Bachman-Gretsch Collection, this session will be streamed live at countrymusichalloffame.org/streaming. Included with museum admission. Free to museum members. Limited seating. Program pass required.

Saturday, June 25                     1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

Beatles Gear: The Gretsch Invasion with Andy Babiuk

When the Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, George Harrison played a Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman model, Aspiring guitarists across the United States immediately clamored to get one, sparking a boom in production for the guitar maker. In Beatles Gear: All the Fab Four’s Instruments from Stage to Studio, Andy Babiuk explores the story of the legendary band, as told through the equipment they used. This program will focus on the Beatles’ fondness for Gretsch instruments and the subsequent impact their embrace had on the company. Babiuk is a musician, writer, producer, founding member of the Chesterfield Kings, and owner of a boutique music shop. He is a staff consultant to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and consultant to major auction houses in London and New York. Presented in support of the exhibition American Sound and Beauty: Guitars from the Bachman-Gretsch Collection, this session will be streamed live at countrymusichalloffame.org/streaming. Included with museum admission. Free to museum members. Limited seating. Program pass required.

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