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Mustered Courage Offer Advice and Shredding Bluegrass

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After forming in 2010, Mustered Courage has quickly provided a fresh breath of air into the bluegrass scene.

Picking their way across their home country of Australia and all over North America, Julian Abrahams (vocals/guitar), Nick Keeling (vocals/banjo), Josh Bridges (vocals/bass) and Paddy Montgomery (vocals/mandolin) have earned respect from critics and fans alike with their self-titled 2010 debut and 2013’s Power Lines.

During a recent run through the United States, GretschGuitars.com caught up with the four guys to ask about their early concert experiences and what a band should do for food when they tour Australia. In addition, they played two songs for us, showcasing their fierce take on bluegrass.

GretschGuitars.com:  What was the first concert you ever saw live?

Julian: The first international band I ever saw live was the Presidents of the United States of America.  That was rocking.  It was at the Royal Theatre of Canberra.  I was like 12, crowd-surfed my ass off.  It was pretty cool.

Nick:  I think one of the first concerts I saw was Alanis Morissette in Austin.  But more importantly, another concert I saw early on was Smashing Pumpkins – a band I knew nothing about. It was an excuse to meet up with this girl.  So I didn’t know what was going on.  I was just thinking about how loud it was.  But the girl and I went on a stroll around the botanical gardens at night and spent some time there. (laughs)  I came home and told my mom how great the show was.  I got the shirt and everything.

Josh: The first concert I was caught by surprise was at this theater in Melbourne, and Ry Cooder was playing there.  I only knew of one of his songs, and my friend had talked about him all the time.  I was working at the bar at the venue, and got off my shift.  Normally when you finish early, you just want to go home.  You don’t want to see the act that night, but I decided to listen to one song.  Oh man, after one song, it became two, and eventually I could absolutely not leave.

Paddy: When I was really young, my dad took me to see Bush.  Right when Sixteen Stone was released.  But the first proper show I went to as a teenager was my favorite Australian band Powderfinger.  That was in Adelaide, and it was awesome.

Julian: That’s one of the biggest Australian rock bands in the last 10-15 years.

Mustered Courage performs “Behind the Bullet.”

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Gretsch Q&A in Premier Guitar

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In its October issue, Premier Guitar features a great article on Gretsch guitars. Both Fred Gretsch and Joe Carducci (Gretsch Product Specialist) take turns answering questions from Premier Guitar readers, such as this question from Joel Trumbach.

“My fantasy guitar would be a Chet Atkins Country Gentleman, but I am a little perplexed with the tone-switching feature. Can you briefly explain that?” asks Trumbach.

“The mysterious tone switch, often referred to as the ‘mud switch,’ was Chet Atkins’ idea,” answers Carducci. “He wanted to be able to quickly change the tone of the guitar on the fly. It’s indeed a hip idea when used in that context. When holding the Country Gentleman in the playing position and looking down on the two switches on the upper bout, the tone switch is on the right (the pickup selector is on the left). In the center position, the tone switch is completely out of the circuit and the overall amplified sound will be as bright as possible in all pickup combinations. In the down position, the sound is like setting a rotary tone control on about is similar to setting a rotary tone control on about ’5,’ creating a warm, bass-y tone ideal for your favorite jazz licks, fingerstyle pickin’, or rhythm comping.”

Read the article in its entirety here.

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