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 the Studio drummer category in the 2017 Modern Drummer Readers Poll. Congratulations from Gretsch!!
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Bigsby at #DIGF2017!
The 40th annual Dallas International Guitar Festival happens May 5, 6 & 7 at the Dallas Market Hall. Bigsby will be there along will pals TV Jones, Inc. Make sure to stop by for a visit and snap & share photos using #Bigsby.
Gretsch Day at StreetSounds NYC!!
Mark your calendars!! #GretschDay 2017, a.k.a., Gretsch Twang-O-Rama, happens at StreetSounds in Brooklyn, NY on Saturday, June 3. Live and in person: Paul Pigat & Cousin Harley, Todd Taylor & Mike Moody, Extinguish, and Mercury Radio Theater! In addition, meet the one-and-only Joe Carducci and Custom Shop Master Builder Stephen Stern. Free Gretsch swag and prizes and it's all topped off with a chance to win a Gretsch G2420T Streamliner Electric Guitar!!
The fun runs from 12:30 to 5:00 p.m. All ages welcome! Don't miss out!
Visit the Gretsch Guitars Facebook page for all the details.
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Elmhurst College Jazz Festival's 50th Anniversary
Any time that Elmhurst College holds its nationally-recognized Jazz Festival, it’s a major event on the musical scene. But the 2017 Festival—held this past February 23 through 26—was especially noteworthy (pun entirely intended). It was the Festival’s 50th anniversary, marking a half-century of presenting stellar jazz artists appearing in combination with the finest high school and college bands from across the country.
Dinah Gretsch Named to Newly-Formed WiMN Advisory Board
The Women’s International Music Network (the WiMN) recently announced the members of its newly-formed Advisory Board. Comprised of a dynamic group of leaders, its members represent a broad range of roles in the music industry. The group will serve to advise and guide the WiMN, contributing time, ideas, and resources to aid its growth and outreach.
IN OTHER GRETSCH NEWS!
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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