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Watch ‘The Gretsch Sound: A Guitar Pull with Emmanuel, Pennington, Robinson and Striking Matches’


The Country Music Hall of Fame booked a special music celebration event to send off the American Sound and Beauty: Guitars from the Bachman-Gretsch Collection. And for those who couldn’t attend in person, you are in luck as “The Gretsch Sound: A Guitar Pull with Emmanuel, Pennington, Robinson and Striking Matches” was streamed online, and is archived below.

Through this casual musical performance, these masterful players discussed the unique features of Gretsch design and demonstrated their individual musical styles with their own instruments.

Tommy Emmanuel is regarded as one of the world’s leading fingerstyle guitarists, and is a two-time Grammy nominee, and one of only five guitarists named Certified Guitar Player (CGP) by Chet Atkins.

Emmanuel had the distinctive honor of using the world renowned early Chet Atkins Gretsch 6120 prototype guitar, aka “Dark Eyes” guitar, for both the CMHOF performance and a previous July 12 show at the Grand Ole Opry, marking the first time in 55 years that the special instrument had been played in public for an audience.

The 1956 Gretsch Sealed Top 6120 prototype was built specifically for Chet Atkins and was dubbed “Black Gold” in a 2013 Guitar Aficionado magazine feature article, and has been hailed by Guitar Player magazine as one of “Two of The Most Important Electric Guitars Of All Time.”

Kentucky native Eddie Pennington, a perpetuator of the “Muhlenberg Sound” of Merle Travis, is a recipient of the NEA National Heritage Fellowship and a member of the National Thumb Pickers Hall of Fame. Virtuoso guitarist and singer-songwriter Joe Robinson is an Australian Guitar Magazine award winner and a winner of Australia’s Got Talent. Striking Matches, the songwriting, guitar-wielding, alternative-country duo of Justin Davis and Sarah Zimmerman, has been featured on the ABC series Nashville, and their debut album, Nothing but the Silence, was produced by T Bone Burnett.

Fast forward to about the 10-minute mark for the start of the action!

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Joe Robinson Demos Two New Electromatic Center-Block Guitars


Joe Robinson, the 2008 winner of Australia’s Got Talent, recently tested out a few new Gretsch Electromatic Center-Block guitars.

In the clips below, watch Robinson demo the G5655T-CB Electromatic Center-Block guitar and the G5620T-CB Electromatic Center-Block guitar.

Visit Robinson’s official website for a list of tour dates.

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Fred & Dinah Gretsch Celebrate Wedding Anniversary and 130th Gretsch Anniversary


Several Gretsch fans, friends, family members and business associates converged on Randy Wood’s Pickin’ Parlor in Bloomingdale, Ga., earlier this month to celebrate the company’s 130th anniversary.

But the March 4 party was also celebrating the wedding anniversary of Fred and Dinah Gretsch, marking a truly joyous event.

A few artists were on hand, as well.

The husband-and-wife team of Richard Smith and Julie Adams got the musical festivities started, with Smith showing off his fingerpicking prowess as Adams accompanied him on the cello.

Joe Robinson was up next, and his set with bassist Marcelo Bakos and drummer Tito Pascoali offered a diverse offering of original music highlighting the Australian-born phenom’s guitar heroics.

After a brief break Robinson and Smith teamed up for an impromptu jam session, as the musicians took turns taking the lead on their Gretsch guitars.  A finale of the Chet Atkins instrumental was certainly a crowd favorite.

To view a photo album of the event, click here, and watch Fred Gretsch address the audience in the videos below, in addition to performance footage of Robinson and Smith.


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Gretsch Exclusive: Joe Robinson Interview And Performance


Joe Robinson recently sat down with Gretsch for an exclusive interview and performance off his latest album, Let Me Introduce You.

Robinson’s impressive guitar work showed itself at a very young age, as he won Australia’s Got Talent at the age of 16 in 2008.

Since then, he’s released three critically-acclaimed albums and is winning fans with his versatile style.

Watch Robinson talk about his career and relationship with Gretsch, and then play “The Gremlin” with bassist Snoopy Clark in the videos below:

Robinson is currently in the midst of a worldwide tour that comes back to the U.S. July 7 in Biloxi, Miss.

For more information, visit Robinson’s official website.

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Joe Robinson Not Just A Guitarist Anymore


Australian guitar stud Joe Robinson certainly has the chops to make a name for himself on his axe accomplishments.

That was mainly the way he won the 2008 season of Australia’s Got Talent.

But now, Robinson is ready to branch out, having just released his third album – and first with vocals and a full band – last week.

Entitled Let Me Introduce You, the album features 13 songs that Robinson painstakingly put together for more than just him and instrument.

Even though he had just flown in from his native country hours before, Robinson sat down with GretschGuitars.com for an exclusive interview over the weekend.

Here’s what he had to say:

Q: Now that the album is out, is there a sense of relief?

A: I’ve spent the last year almost writing and recording, so it’s a really good feeling to be done with it and to share it with people.

Q: Was there a certain kind of style or genre you were going for with this album?

A: The idea behind this album was to try as many things that I could and see what fit. I had really distinct ideas as far as having my signature guitar stuff, but there was a vocal too. Even though it was vocal-based, the guitar had to play an important role. Every track, stylistically we went in as many directions as we could.  There are jazz-fusion elements, blues-rock elements, pop.  There’s a lot of elements to it, but that’s just part of the fun.

Q: You’ve mainly been a guitarist in the past.  In what ways did you have to adjust your songwriting process for Let Me Introduce You?

A: I felt like this album was quite ambitious for me, because I’d never sung before or written for a band. I’ve played in a lot of bands, but this album was a different kind of animal.  It was a blast, and I felt like I learned so much from it.

Q: You moved to Nashville a few years back. How did that scene inspire you?

A: When I was writing the album, I wrote with a lot of Nashville songwriters, co-wrote with a lot of people.  Some of these people have written big hits and write a song every day.  To see how that works was a great thing to be exposed to.  Having said that, I tried to avoid falling into the Nashville machine, where some albums have that formula and come out sounding like a “Nashville” CD.

But I feel like if you have a vision and and idea, Nashville’s a great place to make that come to life because it’s such a music city.

Q: What were your first impressions of the “Music City”?

A: I come from a small town, so growing up, I was just craving musical stimulation.  Just craving to see someone playing, and when I came to Nashville for the first time, it was like sensory overload.  It was so great.

Q: Did you ever just walk into a club or bar with your guitar and jam?

A: I did that so many times. Whenever I walked down Broadway past the honkey-tonks, some people would say, “Hey, there’s that kid that used to sit in!” I’d take my guitar and ask if I could come up and jam.  People eventually got to know me and eventually I met so many people just from doing that.

When I first got to Nashville, I was 15 and I made all my inroads by door-knocking.  I literally walked around Nashville with a guitar on my back during the summer and was banging on doors, like, “Hey man, can I play for you?  I’m from Australia.”  Most people would be like, “No, go away.” But sometimes, I’d find someone that would let me play, and they’d say, “Meet this person, meet this person.” I got introduced to half of Nashville through those connections.  It was a fun was to get to know people.

For more information about Joe Robinson, visit his official website.

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