Australian born indie-pop songstress Beth Brown has been captivating international audiences with her earthy and infectiously joyful tunes, trailblazing pathways to the United States. Here in the US Brown has joined a list of critically-acclaimed Australian artists including Missy Higgins and Butterfly Boucher. Leading with the single “Easy” to be released November 24, 2016, her debut EP “Dream Coat” is launching in the US in early 2017.
Brown relocated to Nashville in 2015 and has shared that Nashville has been the experience of a lifetime for her. According to Brown, she's never felt as challenged and alive and Nashville has lived up to its reputation as "Music City".
Brown made her debut US appearance at Americana Fest in 2015, playing Nashville's prestigious Blue Bird Café, and becoming the first female Australian artist to be endorsed by the Gretsch Company, welcomed personally by company president Fred Gretsch.
Co-writing with greats such as John Hadley, Shannon Sanders, and Jerry Sally has launched Brown into the creative circles that have penned for mega-recording artists John Legend, Chris Stapleton, Patti Griffin, and Emmylou Harris. Her sound creates a lush musical landscape; part psychedelic roadmap into a world that instills a sense of calm and wonder. Brown cites her influences as Robert Cray, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bonnie Raitt, and Jeff Buckley.
Most recently, Brown has performed at Americana Fest 2016 at the Sounds Australia Showcase event in Nashville.
Archibald Ligonnière was born on September 19, 1992. By the summer of 1993, his passion for drumming had already been revealed. During his youth, Ligonnière inherited his family’s drum set and while standing up, yet barely reaching the hi-hat, he started to sing and play drums at the same time. This went on until 1997 when he started playing with his father who played keyboards. In 2004 at the age of 12, Ligonnière went to the famous Parisian jazz club Le Baiser Salé for the first time. There he met Eric Serra (GoldenEye, The Big Blue). These days Ligonnière is one of the regular members of that club.
In September 2006 Archibald moved to Paris. There he met and played with such notable musicians as Hadrien Féraud (John McLaughlin, Chick Corea), Damien Schmitt (Alain Caron), Eric Serra, Gildas Boclé (Gary Burton, Michael Brecker), Nelson Veras, Jim Grandcamp, Stefan Filey, and Michael League (Snarky Puppy).
In 2010 Ligonnière incorporated the band of Gildas & Jean-Baptiste Boclé--Keltic Tales--and with this band recorded at One Shot Not, a TV show introduced by Manu Katché on Arte. In 2011 he incorporated a blues band called Big Dez and has been playing with them in many clubs and festivals in France, Spain, and Holland.
In 2014 during trips in L.A., Ligonnière met and played with great musicians including Scott Kinsey, Dave Siegel, and Gary Novak.
Ligonnière is currently touring Asia and Europe with Scott Henderson and Romain Labaye.
EVENTS & MORE:
Gretsch Twang-O-Rama at Cream City Music!
Mark your calendars! A Gretsch Twang-O-Rama event is coming up Saturday, October 29 at Cream City Music in Brookfield, WI, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
* Fred Gretsch – President, The Gretsch Company
* Joe Robinson – Australian Prodigy Guitarist
* Todd Taylor & Mike Moody – Taylor is the current Guinness World Record Fastest Banjo Player
* Kirby Easler – Performing Member of the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society
* Joe Carducci – Gretsch Product Marketing Specialist
· Free of Charge – All Ages
· Free Gretsch Swag & Prizes
· Free Drawing for a chance to WIN a Gretsch G2420T Streamliner Electric Guitar
Be there or be square!
Paul Yandell, Second to the Best: A Sideman's Chronicle - OUT NOW!
From Schiffer Publishing: Unassuming late guitarist Paul Yandell described his career not as one of celebrity but as sideman, the musician that audiences hear while they’re focused on the star. From his humble beginnings as a poor Kentucky farm boy learning to play to taking the stage at the Grand Ole Opry, he ultimately gained the trust and confidence of two of America’s finest musicians, Jerry Reed and the incomparable Chet Atkins...Get your copy now.
Todd Taylor's Gospel Banjo - OUT NOW!
Todd Taylor's new book Gospel Banjo features 10 classic gospel songs arranged by Todd along with bios, history, and pictures. Foreward by Fred Gretsch. Todd "Banjoman" Taylor is a Guinness Record holder for "World's Fastest Banjo Player". Learn more about Todd on his website and order a copy of his book at GretschGear.com. Todd also recently released a new CD Lucky 13. Get your copy today!
Gretsches Receive RESPECT Award From the Otis Redding Foundation
Dinah and Fred Gretsch were presented the RESPECT Award from the Otis Redding Foundation in recognition of their long history of leadership in music education and outreach programs. The prestigious award was presented onstage to Dinah and Fred Gretsch by Karla Redding-Andrews, Otis Redding’s daughter and Foundation Director, at the September 11 Otis Redding “Evening of Respect” Tribute Concert at Macon’s historic City Auditorium.
Great Gretsch Educator: Matty Amendola
Matty Amendola is one of the newest and youngest members on the roster of Gretsch drum artists. But though he’s only in his mid-20s, he comes to that roster as a veteran who’s been playing behind a kit almost since before he could walk. And this multi-threat artist is taking a modern approach.
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