Hailing from San Diego, California, Bryan Kelly is the pile-driving frontman singer/guitarist for punkabilly outfit, Hard Fall Hearts. With authority and conviction, Kelly’s majestic guitar tones and unique, all-his-own vocal style have won the trio legions of fans across the US and Europe. Joined by Eli Rinek (drums/vocals), and Andrew Verdugo (upright bass) HFH’s sound is both dark and distinct yet reverent to the roots of rock-n-roll. It's been said that “Once you see him perform live, Bryan Kelly is one of those guitarists you want to see again and again because of his honest, no-holds-barred delivery”.
Be sure to check out Hard Fall Hearts' albums: Last 24 Hours, To All Believers, and their most recent release, Die Before We Die. They will be headed out on a European tour this fall so make sure to stay tuned to their website, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter for the latest news and updates.
Photo credit: Tim Hunter.
Bart Robley is a true renaissance man...touring drummer, session drummer, teacher, author, and columnist. A Colorado native, Robley moved to Southern California in the '80s and quickly established himself as a professional in several projects before forming metal band War Crime with ex-Maltese guitarist Steven Cenker. The band was most popular in Europe, but garnered much interest locally, and their playing caught the attention of country/southern rock mainstay Sam Morrison.
Morrison was looking to re-vamp the southern rock sound, and Robley was the cornerstone of that new sound. Robley's style is uniquely heavy but versatile and speaks deeply of his influences, which range from John Bonham to Tommy Aldridge, Greg Bissonette, and Carmine Appice. The Sam Morrison Band continues to please longtime southern rock fans at concerts throughout the States while also taking southern rock to a new young audience.
Make sure to check out his website for upcoming tour dates, like him on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter for all the latest news.
Gretsch Highlights from 2014 NAMM Show
Gretsch drums and guitars figured prominently among the must-see items for those in attendance at this year's NAMM Show in Anaheim and there were plenty of new and exciting introductions from both lines for all to check out.
The Gretsch Duo Jet: Still Rockin' at 60
In January 1951, Gretsch let the music world know it was a serious contender in the quickly evolving electric guitar business when it introduced the Electromatic and Electro II models at a three-day promotional show at New York’s Park Sheraton Hotel.
MORE NEWS & EVENTS:
MUSIKMESSE FRANKFURT MARCH 12 TO 15
Musikmesse in Frankfurt takes place March 12 to 15.
GERMAN GUITAR HEROES:
Read Fred Gretsch's examination of an important part of history not properly being represented.
More Gretsch events HERE.
RECAP OF RECENT EVENTS:
Gretsch had a great time celebrating 130 years of That Great Gretsch Sound in 2013. Check out our retrospective story covering all the terrific events that took place.
Visit our RECAP page for details of other Gretsch events from 2014, 2013, and earlier.
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