Born and bred in Bristol UK, Ruzz is a powerful, soul-injected, Blues/R&B/Rock 'n' Roll Gretsch-wielding guitarist. While taking audiences by storm with his band Ruzz Guitar's Blues Revue, Ruzz credits inspiration from guitar greats Wilko Johnson, Brian Setzer, Jim Heath, and Jimmie Vaughan.
Only 6 months after picking up his first guitar, Ruzz was already making a name for himself while performing with local bands and jamming around his home town. Recognized by his peers, it didn't take long for Ruzz to assemble his own band to showcase his guitar prowess and songwriting talents. Joining forces with drummer Zachary Evans and upright bassist Joe Allen, they come together to create their celebrated sound that is Ruzz Guitar's Blues Revue.
Since the band's inception, they've headlined plus shared the stage with numerous A-list touring acts while traveling through the UK and Europe. 2015 saw the release of their first self-titled album which quickly found its way to radio airwaves around the globe. Their second studio CD release BURN OUT features special guest Pete Gage (Dr. Feelgood/Pete Gage Band). This year has gotten off to a great start with tour dates in the UK and Europe, as well as dates for their first-ever shows in the USA.
Make sure to follow Ruzz Guitar's Blues Revue on Facebook and Twitter as well as check out their sound on SoundCloud and YouTube. Photo byJerry Tremaine.
Ash Soan has been working professionally as a drummer for over 20 years. His live experience includes tours and performances with many artists including performing at Woodstock 94; supporting The Rolling Stones, REM, Bon Jovi, Van Hallen, Oasis, and Bryan Adams at Wembley with his first band Del Amitri from 1994 to 1997; and touring and playing with Marianne Faithfull, Sinead O'Connor, Sheryl Crow, Robbie Williams, James Morrison, Will Young, Squeeze, Lewis Taylor, Hamish Stuart, The Waterboys, Jeff Lorber, Trevor Horn and Seal, Rumer, Terry Reid, Ronnie Wood, Dionne Warwick and many more.
Ash has also played at the 2012 Olympic games opening ceremony with Mike Oldfield, been the house drummer on the BBC TV show The Voice, and played on the soundtrack for the 2015 Terminator movie for composer Lorne Balfe.
The main part of Ash's career has been involved with the recording industry and over the past 20 years or so he's recorded 51 top 20 albums for artists including: Cher, Seal, Robbie Williams, Billy Idol, Adele, Enrique Iglesias, Dionne Warwick and Rumer, James Morrison, Cee Lo, Celine Dion, and Ronan Keating. Forty-five of the albums reached the top 10. His discography also includes 21 top 10 singles and to date, he's recorded 18 number one albums and 11 number one singles which have been featured on various pop and rock charts around the world.
Most recently, Ash won Top Studio Drummer in the 2017 Modern Drummer Readers' Poll. Congratulations from Gretsch!!
EVENTS & MORE:
GSU Scholarship Banquet
On March 3, 2017, Dinah and Fred Gretsch attended the annual scholarship banquet at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia. There they personally presented the Ernie Gadzos Percussion Music Scholarship to GSU percussion major Eric Kollars. Recipients of the scholarship must maintain a 3.0 or better grade point average, and must also demonstrate a singular dedication to the art of percussion performance.
Gretsch established the scholarship in 2006 to memorialize the life and legacy of drumming legend Ernie Gadzos. After starting to play drums at the age of eighteen, Ernie traveled for thirty years with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the Vaughn Monroe Orchestra, and other big bands. Later he worked for several drum shops in the Chicago area. Finally, in 1986, Ernie and his wife moved to Savannah, Georgia where Ernie joined the Gretsch Company. From that point until his passing in 2005 he helped drummers and dealers from around the world find the right performance and recording drums for their specific needs.
Dinah & Fred Gretsch with Eric Kollars
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NAMM Show Inspiration on Display at Gretsch in Pooler
Dinah and Fred Gretsch brought back a few mementos from Anaheim, CA: inspirational NAMM Show promotional signs that are now displayed in the front windows of the Pooler office. “These signs just speak to us...One reads, ‘Where words fail, music speaks’, and another reads, ‘Music is for every single person that walks the planet.’ Those messages really sum up the special connecting power of music. Whether you live in the state of Georgia, or the country of Georgia over in Eurasia, music is the universal language that connects everyone.”
The Women of Gretsch. Generation 2: Charlotte
Charlotte Sommer was born on December 16, 1880 in New York City to American-born parents who owned a successful grocery store in Manhattan. She was the sixth of eight children and grew up in a house with five brothers. In 1904 she married Fred Gretsch Sr. and helped him to build the Gretsch Company into the nation’s largest musical instrument manufacturer in 1920.
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LAB Camp Drums with Keith Carlock and Stanton Moore
Gretsch drummers Keith Carlock and Stanton Moore will participate in LAB Camp Drums from June 8 through June 13 at The Ranch, Sofikón, Greece. Make plans to attend!
German Guitar Heroes
Read Fred Gretsch's examination of an important part of history not properly being represented.
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