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Butch Walker Rocks His Gretsch

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Earlier this year, Butch Walker dropped by the Guitar Center Hollywood Vintage Room and played this intimate version of “Closest Thing To You I’m Gonna Find.”

The compelling clip begins with Walker first sharing the story behind the song. Watch and enjoy below …

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Gary Allan Pulls Out Classics, New Single at Country Summer

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With a new single out called “Hangover Tonight” burning up the airwaves, it was exciting to see Gary Allan take the main stage at the Country Summer music festival in Santa Rosa, Calif., on Friday evening.

And while he did play that new Motown-influenced gem, Allan also delivered a slew of hits, entrancing a fiery crowd that stood singing along every word before him.

Backed by an ace band that included Ryan Warner and stalwart sidemen Jaime Hanna, who was conspicuously wearing his trademark kilt, Allan’s “It Ain’t the Whiskey” and “It Would Be You,” which is the title track off his hit 1998 album, continued the dive into his back catalog.

Donning a Gretsch Falcon from the Custom Shop, Allan also pulled out “Right Where I Need to Be” from the 1999 offering, Smoke Rings in the Dark.

And while all the classics caused a frenzy in the capacity crowd, “Hangover Tonight” also was a highlight, as Allan’s unmistakable voice paired well with the funky jam.

“Hell with being sober, I want to hang over tonight,” Allan sang, causing many watching to swoon.

For a guy who has a ton of chart-busting hits already under his belt, it’s exciting to wonder what Allan next has in store for his fans.

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Jake Owen Charms at Country Summer

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Even though thousands of people descended on the Sonoma County Fairgrounds Friday night to see headliner Jake Owen at the Country Summer festival, the country superstar still managed to pull off a show that felt intimate and personal.

Donning a short-sleeved t-shirt amid the increasingly chilly weather in Santa Rosa, Calif., a barefoot Owens bounced up and down the ramp that jutted out into the crowd throughout the evening, taking time to connect with as many fans as he could.

Like the headphones-wearing baby whose hand he shook when her enthusiastic parent held her up during the early song “!972.” Or the person holding up a sign farther back that Owen pointed out during “Alone With You.” Or mugging for the phone at the end of a long selfie-stick.

And those were hardly the only memories Owen created for the audience, as he seemed to build and build off the energy projected up at him.

“Y’all are getting wild as hell, aren’t ya?” he joked before picking up a Gretsch for “Alone With You,” which comes off his smash 2011 album, Barefoot Blue Jean Night.

Owen worked some new music, as well, most notably in the single “Real Life” and the never-before-played “LAX” – which could be interpreted as “LA-Ex,” as he sang about a love lost when she moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.

“Dead 70-degrees and sunny, please hold on to my California honey,” he sang during the sweet solo acoustic number, drawing both appreciative sighs and knowing chuckles from the NorCal crowd.

Owen also shows his versatility by covering snippets of classic party songs. During his own “Pass the Beer,” he teased Sublime’s “All I Got,” a band he has cited as an influence on his upcoming album, and Shaggy’s “Angel,” not to mention a check of Snoop Dogg’s “Gin and Juice.”

“Seems like y’all know a lot of music, from country to Snoop!” he exclaimed.

Later, he strode out wearing an acoustic guitar and talked about his love of country stalwarts like Gary Allan, who rocked the Country Summer main stage before Owen, Alan Jackson and Brooks and Dunn.

As he professed his love for those legendary artists, Owen then played a verse or two of Jackson’s “Chattahoochee” and Brooks and Dunn’s “Boot Scootin’ Boogie,” much to the delight of his thousands of newfound karaoke partners.

By the end of the show, Owen came out for a raucous encore of “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” and as he called for “lighters in the dark in the middle of a rock show,” everyone seemed to oblige, whether by phone light or flame.

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Watch The Tallest Man on Earth Perform on Conan

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Swedish act The Tallest Man on Earth visited Conan last night for a terrific performance “Sagres” off recently released album Dark Bird is Home.

Earlier in the episode, O’Brien actually encouraged viewers to switch the channel to watch David Letterman’s final show.

“I haven’t done that in all my years on the air, but tonight, this is a worthwhile thing to do,” said O’Brien. “It’s 11:35. Record us, but switch to Dave!”

So for those who followed his instructions and missed the Kristian Matsson-led band, check it out below to see O’Brien also give some props to Matsson’s 12-string Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentlemen.

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Ken Yokoyama Visits Gretsch Reps in Japan

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Japanese singer/songwriter Ken Yokoyama has been carrying the banner of punk-rock music in his home nation for a long time – first as guitarist for the massive pop-punk outfit Hi-Standard and later as a solo artist.

Recently, Yokoyama met with Jeff Cary and Joe Carducci from Gretsch, as well as Fred Gretsch himself to talk about some of the new Gretsch models that he’s been interested in.

Stay tuned for some more exciting news from Yokoyama and Gretsch – rumor has it that a signature guitar could be in the works – but in the meantime, check out some photos of the punk icon during his visit below.

For more information on Yokoyama, click here.

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Ken Yokoyama (L) and Fred Gretsch

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Ken Yokoyama and Joe Carducci going over a Custom Shop Duo Jet.

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Ken Yokoyama and members of the Gretsch team.

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