Brian Setzer is an iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and 3-time Grammy-award-winner. A "Musician's Musician" he's credited with continually taking chances with innovative and daring musical styles, while single-handedly resurrecting two forgotten genres of music (rockabilly in the ‘80's and swing in the '90's). Along the way, he has scored chart-topping hits, sold 13 million records and received the Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award throughout his decorated career as founder/leader of the Stray Cats, his 18-piece Brian Setzer Orchestra, and as a solo artist.
He is consistently cited as one of the world’s greatest living guitarists, and has a best-selling, extensive line of elite Gretsch signature model guitars bearing his name. Brian appeared in the 1987 film, La Bamba, portraying rockabilly pioneer Eddie Cochran. In 2002, Brian earned the privilege of being one of the few musicians to be animated in an episode of “The Simpsons,” alongside Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Tom Petty. That same year, Setzer was personally requested to induct Chet Atkins into the 17th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In 2014, Setzer received the distinct honor of being asked by the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. to donate a replica of his original 1959 Gretsch 6120 “Stray Cat” guitar, joining an elite collection of musical instruments at the museum including Dizzy Gillespie’s trumpet and John Coltrane’s saxophone.
Setzer and his orchestra are currently on their 12th annual Christmas tour featuring music from Rockin' Rudolph, Setzer's first new studio Christmas album in 10 years, along with music from his three best-selling holiday albums and original material as well.
Find upcoming tour dates (click "read more" below), follow him on Twitter, like him on Facebook, check out some great photos on Instagram, and watch his videos on YouTube. Photo by Russ Harington.
Nir Z began playing professionally at the age of 16 and has since become one of the world's most in-demand drummers. Famous not only for his incredible studio chops and dynamic live presence, but also for the amazing energy he can bring to any musical situation. Having spent 17 years as a staple on the exciting New York music scene, Nir has been in great demand as a studio and touring drummer since arriving there from Israel in 1993.
Nir now lives in Nashville, TN and is busy with his own personal recording studio using his vast experience and talent to product tracks and play drums and percussion for musicians from all over the world. He, himself, has recorded with many musical great such as Genesis, Chris Cornell, John Mayer, Alana Davis, Joss Stone, Jason Mraz, John Cruz, Wynonna Judd, Sara Evans, Flaw, Lola Ray, East Village Opera Company, Ray Wison and many others.
Nir states he's been influenced by every record he's ever listened to as well as a great list of drummers including Gene Krupa, Joe Morello, Tony Williams, Steve Gadd, Bonzo, and Bozio. During all the years he lived in New York City, he found the streets, the train, the food, and the drummers there including Roberto Rodrigez, Alex Alexander, Van Romaine, Steve Wolf and many others, all influenced him.
Nir's advice to drummers: work hard and listen to others, be influenced by others but follow your heart, develop your own sound and style, and say NO to drugs!
Follow Nir on Twitter, check him out on Facebook, and make sure to watch his PASIC 2015 drumset clinic by clicking "read more" below.
MORE NEWS & EVENTS:
2015: FRED GRETSCH CELEBRATED 50 YEARS IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS!
Back in 1964, Fred Gretsch experienced his own "revolution" while sitting in front of his family’s black-and-white television. He watched the Beatles’ first live performance in the US and witnessed George Harrison playing a guitar with HIS family’s name on it! In 2015, Fred celebrated his 50th year in the music business.
In honor of this momentous occasion, Gretsch Guitars gave away a one-of-a-kind guitar. Stay tuned to find out who the lucky winner is!!
Thanks to all the great Gretsch fans who joined the celebrations and helped make them all special!
For details on the various Fred Gretsch 50th Anniversary events that took place in 2015, visit our special 50th anniversary events page.
An Award-Winning Tribute To Chet Atkins
In 2014 we celebrated the 60th anniversary of the relationship between Chet Atkins and the Gretsch Company. Watch "A Tribute to Chet Atkins" a top winner in the 36th Annual Telly Awards and read "Celebrating 60 Years" by Fred Gretsch.
German Guitar Heroes
Read Fred Gretsch's examination of an important part of history not properly being represented.
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Recap of Recent Events
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Gretsch Greatest Hits . . . and Hitters: Mark Guiliana
Mark Guiliana combines a genuine respect and reverence for the artistry of historic icons like Tony Williams, Elvin Jones, and Max Roach with a totally fresh and contemporary approach all his own. Blending impressive technical skills on acoustic drums with electronic sounds and processing, Mark can—and does—cover all musical contingencies.
Seventy-five Vintage Guitars from Bachman-Gretsch Collection at Nashville Museum Exhibit
A historical collection of vintage, rare, and one-of-a-kind Gretsch guitars is now on display at The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee. The new exhibit, American Sound and Beauty: Guitars from the Bachman-Gretsch Collection, is the largest collection of guitars ever displayed at the Museum.
American Sound and Beauty: Guitars from the Bachman-Gretsch Collection - NOW OPEN THROUGH JULY 10!
From January 15, 2016 through July 10, 2016, The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum in Nashville, TN is exploring the history of the guitar with an exciting exhibition of "...the largest collection of stringed instruments ever displayed by the museum" which "marks the first time this collection has been made available to the public." Learn more and get a special sneak peek of the exhibit.
Enter for a chance to win a trip to Nashville to view the exhibit!! Check out the official rules and make to sure to enter before February 23, 2016. Prizes include airfare, hotel stay, special VIP tours, and a Gretsch guitar!!
Some exciting and fun programs will happen throughout the exhibit. Make plans to attend! Below are programs scheduled in January.
*February 13 - Embellished Instruments: Gretsch Style - 1:00 p.m. Family program.
*February 13 - Nashville Cats: A Salute to Guitarist Duane Eddy - 2:00 p.m. TO BE LIVED STREAMED!
BEATLES GEAR ULTIMATE EDITION
Andy Babuik's critically-acclaimed book is now expanded with over 650 new and previously unpublished photos as well as plenty of new and never-before-told stories. This book is the first to tell the full story of how the Beatles made their music. It details exactly which guitars, drums, amplifiers and keyboards the Beatles used at the key points of their relatively brief but entirely revolutionary career…
Get your copy of a special limited edition with Gretsch cover at GretschGear.com.