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Grammys Bring Out Another Blockbuster Show

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The 55th annual Grammy Awards show honored several breakout acts this year, drawing from an eclectic group of artists.

The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach actually led the night with four trophies, sweeping the rock categories (song, album and performance) while also nabbing a Grammy for producer of the year.

British folk band Mumford & Sons won Album of the Year for Babel, indie-pop act Fun. won Song of the Year for “We Are Young,” Halestorm was honored with the Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance for “Love Bites (So Do I)” and Australian singer Gotye won Record of the Year for “Somebody That I Used to Know.”

Gretsch signature artist Tim Armstrong might not have won an award with his punk outfit Rancid, but the singer-songwriter did take home some hardware for his collaboration with reggae icon Jimmy Cliff. (more…)

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Watch Tim Armstrong with Jimmy Cliff at Coachella

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Gretsch signature artist Tim Armstrong will join Jimmy Cliff this afternoon again at Coachella in Indio, Calif. Check out this clip from last weekend’s Coachella festival of set closer “One More.”

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Jimmy Cliff Shines at Coachella

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Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jimmy Cliff refused to lose any of his spunk despite ominous clouds and winds that had the stage lights swirling so furiously that the crew took a few minutes to huddle up and discuss the situation.

After a slight delay, the reggae legend launched his set with an energetic “You Can Get What You Want,” quickly moving the crowd up front from concerned to carefree as they tried to dance along and match his split kicks.

Cliff then slowed it down with the gospel-minded “Many Rivers To Cross,” a somber tune that matched the bleak day at Coachella, before picking it up with a cover of Rancid’s punk ska track “Ruby Soho,” which appears on Cliff’s 2011 EP, Sacred Fire.

Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong, who produced the EP, was part of Cliff’s backing band.  Looking dapper in his black suit, white shirt, black tie and fedora, Armstrong rocked his Gretsch signature model.

Cliff pulled out two statement songs with “Save Our Planet” and “Vietnam” before rolling right into a fan favorite with a cover of Johnny Nash’s “I Can See Clearly Now.” Although the dark clouds never abated, Cliff undeniably added a dose of brightness to Friday’s bill.

The 64-year-old closed out his set with his classic cut “The Harder They Come” and “One More,” leaving fans to chant the chorus long after he’d left the stage.

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