His latest CD may be called Just a Kid but Isaac Cole's resume says otherwise. Cole is a 14-year-old Inspirational Country Music singer/songwriter. In addition to being a fine guitar picker and vocalist, he’s also a proficient banjo, mandolin, and fiddle player. Cole has been performing at churches, festivals, fairs, benefits, and rodeos since the age of four.
Cole was born and raised in Northwestern Pennsylvania, and enjoys everything about country living. It was through his country living that he gained an appreciation for the classic Country sound that he incorporates into his own music.
Cole became a Nashville recording artist at the age of eleven with his debut CD Country Boy. His second CD, Just A Kid, was released in February 2014. His numerous awards include the 2012 ICM “Youth in Music”, AMG “New Artist of the Year”, and the Agapefest “Rising Star”. He’s currently nominated in the top ten for the ICM “New Artist of the Year” and “Youth in Music” award. Other 2014 nominations include the ICGMA “Male Horizon Artist” award as well as “Song of the Year”. AMG nominations include “Song of the Year“ as well as "Instrumentalist”, “Male Vocalist”, and “Youth of the Year”.
Learn more about Cole on his website, "like" him on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter. Photo: Adrain David Payne,
Mark Guiliana is an acclaimed drummer, composer, educator, producer and founder of the independent record label, Beat Music Productions. His forward-thinking, conceptual approach to the instrument is also featured in Mehliana, the electric duo featuring Brad Mehldau on keyboards and synthesizers. The group´s highly anticipated debut album, Taming the Dragon (Nonesuch), was released earlier this year.
Over the past decade, Guiliana´s extensive touring has taken him across six continents with artists including Meshell Ndegeocello, Gretchen Parlato, Avishai Cohen, Matisyahu, Lionel Loueke, Now vs. Now, Dhafer Youssef, and his own groups, Beat Music and Heernt. He has also appeared on over 30 recordings to date. Guiliana has been recognized by the New York Times as "a drummer around whom a cult of admiration has formed," has earned international acclaim for his innovative and creative style.
He is currently featured on the cover of Modern Drummer Magazine (November 2014). About Guiliana, they say "... he's the guy to watch if you want to know where the great art of drumming is right now—and where it could be headed."
Dinah and Fred Gretsch Receive Georgia Governor’s Award
On October 7 Dinah and Fred Gretsch were honored as recipients of the third annual Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities. Presented by the Office of The Governor in partnership with the Georgia Council for the Arts and the Georgia Humanities Council, the award recognized the Gretsches for their significant contributions to Georgia’s civic and cultural vitality through service to the humanities or excellence in the arts.
A Tribute to Chet Atkins
Nashville musician Steve Wariner plays host in this tribute video to the legendary Chet Atkins--a celebration of the 60th anniversary of the relationship between Atkins and Gretsch--from the historic RCA Victor Studio. Click "Read More" to watch the video. Also see "Celebrating 60 Years" by Fred Gretsch below under "More News & Events".
MORE NEWS & EVENTS:
GRETSCH REINTRODUCES BROADKASTER
Gretsch Broadkaster, one of the most iconic drum sets ever made, is once again available. An integral component in the development of “That Great Gretsch Sound" originally produced in Brooklyn, NY, Broadkaster drums continue to be USA made, now built exclusively in Gretsch's Ridgeland, SC factory.
LENNON'S GRETSCH 6120 TO HIT AUCTION BLOCK
CELEBRATING 60 YEARS OF ATKINS & GRETSCH
Read Fred Gretsch's account of "how the right people and the right company came together at the right time to create a legendary line of electric guitars."
GRETSCH FAMILY GALLERY AT THE CMHF
During your next visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum in Nashville, explore the Dinah and Fred Gretsch Family Gallery filled with touch screens, interactive displays, and some of the museum's most up-to-date artifacts.
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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