Elliot Easton Visits Gretsch Factory Hilton Head Concert With CCR
Gretsch Gretsch artist, Elliot Easton, recently made a stop at the Gretsch guitar factory while on tour with Creedence Clearwater Revisited. The band was scheduled to perform at the beautiful Harbour Town Resort on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Before the show, Elliot took time to visit the Ridgeland S.C. Plant to check out the recent developments from Gretsch guitars. Elliot was stunned when he saw the over whelming display of sweet looking lefties! Accompanied by President, Fred Gretsch, Elliot sampled a few choice axes fresh from the factory floor, including a few of his namesake, Signature Model Jets as well as an incredible Smoke Green Anniversary, a Synchromatic Historic, a “Get Square” Bo Diddley and a beautiful ’59 Re-Issue White Falcon.
After a few hours at the factory, it was off to the show for a summer concert under the stars. The band hit the stage just at dusk and proceeded to tear into an inspired set. Classic Creedence songs accented with Easton’s sweet tone had the crowd singing and dancing in no time. With his signature Jet in tow, Elliot pulled off a smokin’ guitar solo during, “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” which was one of the nights highlights.
Mid-way through the set, the clouds opened up for a bit of a rain storm. The band quickly segued into “Who’ll Stop The Rain” just as the storm intensified . The outdoor stage area, originally a Clay-Tennis Court, became a thick and gooey mud-bowl reminiscent of Woodstock ’69. Most of the women arrived well dressed in high-heel shoes, un-prepared for the dire flood consequences. No matter, 5 minutes later the shoes were shed and bare-foot chooglin’ was the evening’s attire! The night ended with a back stage visit with the band and friends joined by Fred and Dinah Gretsch.
As you can see, we’ve managed to capture a few of the ladies wallowing in the mud, southern style, for a little CCR hoe-down.