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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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Watch Jeff Bridges’ AOL Music Session

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Actor and musician Jeff Bridges recently performed for AOL Music Sessions in support of his newly released eponymous solo album. Enjoy a few clips below … (and don’t forget to enter our contest for a chance to win the Gretsch guitar you see Bridges playing)

“What a Little Bit of Love Can Do”

“Maybe I Missed the Point”

Behind-the-Scenes

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Bridges Performs on The Colbert Report

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Watch Oscar-winning actor Jeff Bridges perform “Maybe I Missed the Point” on The Colbert Report. The track is featured on his newly released album, Jeff Bridges.

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Jeff Bridges Releases Solo Album

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Actor Jeff Bridges today releases his new solo eponymous album. The 11-song country effort was produced by T-Bone Burnett.

To celebrate the release, Bridges and his band appeared on the Today show to discuss the album and perform its track “What a Little Bit of Love Can Do.”

Gretsch has teamed up with Bridges for a giveaway that features an autographed replica of the G6122-1959 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman guitar the actor is seen playing in the clip below. Enter the contest here.

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Jeff Bridges Performs Private Concert at the Troubadour

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Actor Jeff Bridges premiered songs from his forthcoming eponymous album during an hour-plus set at the Troubadour in West Hollywood last night. Eleven-song album Jeff Bridges will be released Aug. 16.

Famed music producer Quincy Jones welcomed Bridges to the stage, noting that he chose a song written by the actor, “Lost in Place,” for the soundtrack of 1969 film John and Mary.

“I gave Jeff his first shot; I saw it coming,” said Jones, who referred to music as Bridges’ true calling.

Producer, musician and songwriter T-Bone Burnett was there to cheer on his good friend and musical collaborator. He and Bridges worked together on Crazy Heart, the 2009 film that earned Bridges a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of washed-up country star Otis “Bad” Blake. Burnett and singer Ryan Bingham also won an Oscar for the film’s theme song, “The Weary Kind.”

Bridges, backed by his four-piece band the Abiders, played “The Weary Kind” Tuesday night, along with “What a Little Bit of Love Can Do,” which serves double duty on the Crazy Heart soundtrack and as the opener for Bridges’ new album. The actor switched between acoustic and electric guitar, using the same G6122 1959 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman with BAD on the neck strap that he used in the film.

Bridges wrote or co-wrote four of the album’s 11 songs. Other contributing songwriters include Burnett, John Goodwin, Greg Brown, Robert “Bo” Ramsey and the late Stephen Bruton. Guest vocalists on Jeff Bridges include Bingham, Rosanne Cash, Sam Phillips and Benji Hughes.

Celebrities in the audience at the private concert included Jackson Browne, Olivia Wilde, Ryan Reynolds, and Bridges’ elder brother, Beau, who owned the first guitar Jeff ever played during childhood. A touching moment in the set came when Bridges dedicated a cover of Bob Dylan’s “The Man in Me” to his wife of 34 years, Susan.

Fred Gretsch greets Jeff Bridges during a meet & greet prior to the concert. Gretsch joined Blue Note and high-end speaker company Bowers & Wilkins as the evening’s sponsors.

Fred Gretsch with T-Bone Burnett.

T-Bone Burnett and Quincy Jones.



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