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Eight Great Gretsch Album Covers

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Gretsch guitars are fabulous-looking instruments. Always have been. So it’s no surprise that they often made their way onto the album covers of those who played them and put them to such great use. Here then, in no particular chronological order, are eight fine album covers notable for being graced with great Gretsch guitars:

1. A Session With Chet Atkins (Chet Atkins, 1961)

There are only about a bazillion Chet Atkins albums that feature a Gretsch guitar on the cover, usually in the hands of the master himself, and all of them look fabulous. So this one is kind of a tough call.

After much consideration, we’re going with the 1961 re-issue of 1954’s A Session With Chet Atkins because it must be the Gretsch-iest original-era album cover ever. The 1954 original cover somewhat somberly pictured Atkins himself, and while the ’61 re-issue cover doesn’t, what it does picture is three—count ’em, three—Gretsch guitars: a Tennessean, a Duo Jet and a 6120; the latter locked in the joyous embrace of a sultry brunette. Come to think of it, 1955’s Chet Atkins in Three Dimensions also has three Gretsch guitars on the cover, but since none of them are locked in the joyous embrace of a sultry brunette, A Session With Chet Atkins gets the nod here.

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A Conversation With Duane Eddy

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At the 2012 Gretsch Showcase at NAMM, guitar legend Duane Eddy was a hit, whether it was his two packed autograph signings, the countless pictures he took with fans, or his chance meeting with metal god Alice Cooper.

Through the insanity of NAMM, GretschGuitars.com got a chance to chat with Eddy about seeing Cooper and his 2011 album, Road Trip, which featured contributions by Pulp’s Richard Hawley.

GretschGuitars.com: How do you know Alice Cooper?

Eddy: “Believe it or not, that was the first time I met him.  I knew of him for many, many years.  He’s also from Phoenix, where I started my recording career.”

What did you guys talk about?

“He said he records in Nashville, and he said, ‘I’d love to have you on my alum.’  I said I’d be honored.  How ‘bout that?   Two Arizona boys.”

Road Trip was your first album in a long time! How did you meet up with Richard Hawley?

“I got connected with Richard through his manager.  [The manager] talked about managing me, and I said, ‘What can you do?  I’m old and done.’  He said, ‘I don’t think you are.  I’d like to put some dates together.’  I told him to take his best shot.  Next thing you know, he was calling me over to promote the dates.”

What was the recording process like?

“When I was over there doing the dates, Graham [Betts, manager] lamented the fact that we had no budget and no songs, so we decided to do an album.   We went out to the studio in Sheffield with the rest of the group, and the rest is history.   We all just started coming up with ideas and wrote what we liked.

“I couldn’t believe the final product.  It really sounded good.  I went back in 2011, and it was amazing how the fans took to it.”

Did this record light the fire to record again?

“It was really fun, because it was like going back to the old days in Phoenix where I started.  It was like recording live in the studio.

“Who knows?  It’s critically acclaimed, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we can do another one.  But I’d like to.  They kind of surprised me before, and I didn’t have any time to think about it.  Now, I’d like another go.”

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Duane Eddy Discusses New Album

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Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Duane Eddy is one of the few guitarists who can claim to have invented a new sound and style.

When he came on the scene in 1958, Eddy developed a technique using a low-note guitar riff that has launched several hits, such as Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run,” the Beatles’ “Day Tripper” and the Rolling Stones’ “Satisfaction.”

Eddy eventually became the most successful instrumentalist in rock history, charting 15 top 40 singles from 1958 through 1963 and selling more than 100 million records worldwide.

In an exclusive interview with The Guitar Show with Andy Ellis, Eddy talked about his latest album, Road Trip.  Released in June of 2011, Road Trip was recorded in Sheffield, England and produced by former Pulp guitarist Richard Hawley.

No doubt, the 11 tracks feature the classic twang Eddy made famous 50 years ago.

Listen to the interview with the Gretsch signature artist here.

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Watch Duane Eddy Perform Live in London

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Gretsch signature artists and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Duane Eddy recently rocked the EMI offices in London with his signature G6120 DE guitar. Enjoy the set below.

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Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum Hosts Reception for New Chet Atkins Exhibit

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Photos by Donn Jones Photography

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum celebrated the grand opening of the Chet Atkins: Certified Guitar Player exhibit on Wednesday night with a private reception. Approximately 200 guests, including Fred Gretsch, Atkins’ daughter Merle Russell, Duane Eddy and James Burton, were warmly greeted by museum director Kyle Young.

“Chet was always a supportive friend of this institution,” he said. “He was also one of country music’s ultimate renaissance men, one of the greatest instrumentalists in American music history, and a true musical savant. We are truly honored to tell his story, one we know will resonate with country fans old and new.”

The evening included memorable musical performances by award-winning thumbpicker Ben Hall and world-class guitar-slinger Steve Wariner, who received official “C.G.P.” status even from Atkins in 1997.

Gretsch Company president Fred Gretsch also addressed the crowd, sharing details of Atkins’ history with their guitar company. Gretsch also brought onstage Atkins’ teary-eyed friend, Paul Yandell.

At the conclusion of the program, guests were invited to take an exclusive advance tour of the Chet Atkins: Certified Guitar Player exhibition which officially opens to the public on Friday, August 12.

The Gretsch Company joins the Great American Country Television Network as proud supporters of the new exhibit, which is scheduled to run through June 11, 2012. The exhibition will be accompanied by an ongoing series of programs throughout its duration.

For details on this grand opening weekend events, click here.

Australian guitar legend, Troy Cassar-Daley enjoys the exhibit. Photos/Donn Jones Photography

Fred Gretsch and Kyle Young. Photos/Donn Jones Photography

Steve Wariner, Earl Klugh, Reggie Young, Duane Eddy, James Burton, Scotty Moore, Paul Yandell, Ben Hall and Mark Pritcher. Photos/Donn Jones Photography

Paul Yandell and Duane Eddy. Photos/Donn Jones Photography

Steve Wariner. Photos/Donn Jones Photography

Ben Hall performs. Photos/Donn Jones Photography

Fred & Dinah Gretsch. Photos/Donn Jones Photography

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