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."
Great Gretsch Educators: Stanton Moore
Stanton Moore is just one of our Great Gretsch drummers willing to share his unique talents with other drummers around the world. Learn more about Stanton and stay tuned here as we highlight other incredible drummers/educators in the future.
A Tribute to Chet Atkins
In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the relationship between Chet Atkins and the Gretsch Company, Nashville musician Steve Wariner hosted a very special tribute video from the historic RCA Victor Studio. Watch the video and also see "Celebrating 60 Years" by Fred Gretsch by clicking below.
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GRETSCH FAMILY GALLERY
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:
Check out our retrospective story covering all the 130th anniversary events that took place last year.
Visit our RECAP page for details of other Gretsch events from 2014, 2013, and earlier.
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