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Great Gretsch Roundup In Nashville

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Any time you get a bunch of Gretsch fans together, it’s going to be a rockin’ event.  But get them together for a whole weekend, playing in a 100-year-old tobacco barn on the outskirts of Music City USA, and you have the ingredients for a genuinely historic occasion.

Such was the case this past October 16-18, when Gretsch players from across the country gathered at Hachland Hills Vineyard in Joelton, Tennessee (just outside of Nashville) for the second annual Gretsch Nashville Roundup.  The event was a live-in weekend of jammin’, jawin’, and jivein’ in a camp-like setting.  And, of course, the musical focus was on the great sound of Gretsch instruments.

Gretsch drummer Jason Woodring with Steve Harms on Bass and Dylan Taylor on guitar

Gretsch drummer Jason Woodring with Steve Harms on bass and Dylan Taylor on guitar

As is always the case in any band setting, drummers at the Roundup were outnumbered by guitarists and bassists.  But what they lacked in number they made up for in talent and enthusiasm, providing great rhythmic support for the music that echoed throughout the surrounding woods.

Gretsch drummer John DeVaul of Knoxville provided the kit for the Roundup

Gretsch drummer John DeVaul of Knoxville provided the kit for the Roundup

The drumming trio at the Nashville Roundup consisted of Jon DeVaul (who provided his own beautiful Gretsch kit for use at the event), Dylan Taylor, and Jason Woodring.  And the attraction of the drumset was so strong that it prompted bassist Steve Harms to put down his axe and pick up some sticks for a few tunes.

A special treat for the participants was the presence of Fred Gretsch himself, representing the fourth generation of the Gretsch family.  Fred shared historic anecdotes and stories about the family, the company, and the many great artists who helped to create the Gretsch legacy—all to the delight of the Gretsch enthusiasts in attendance.

Fred Gretsch (left) with Gretsch Guitars master builder Stephen Stern

Fred Gretsch (left) with Gretsch Guitars master builder Stephen Stern

Additional coverage of the event can be seen on the Gretsch Pages discussion forum at http://gretschpages.com/forum/gretsch-events/moments-memories-magic-nashville-roundup-09/25481/page1/.

All photos by Tim Harman.

“Fred & Joe Show” Summer Tour Recap

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Redbone Guitar Boutique - Gretsch Day 043It’s not at all unusual to see Gretsch guitars being played by major artists on summer tours at venues across the country. But it is a little unusual when the man whose name is on those guitars is also on tour. But that’s exactly what Fred W. Gretsch has been doing this past summer.

In the company of Gretsch guitar marketing manager Joe Carducci, Fred has been visiting Gretsch guitar retailers from coast to coast.  Dubbed “The Fred & Joe Show,” the tour has provided Gretsch enthusiasts with a chance to get to know Fred Gretsch — up close and personal — in a casual open forum.  The tour has also been celebrating the music that the Gretsch family has been a part of since their guitar production began in the 1930s.  At each stop, Fred has shared behind-the-scenes stories, as well as recalling great musical performances that helped catapult the iconic family business to prominence.

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Gretsch Family Supports Arts Camp for Kids

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Gretsch Institute Summer Camp 2009Today’s economic climate has resulted in a dramatic decrease in funding for early education. Programs across the country have been slashed, particularly in the area of arts education. Yet exposure to the arts has been proven to be a critical element in the intellectual and emotional development of young children.

Recognizing this fact, Fred and Dinah Gretsch recently took extraordinary steps to ensure that the children of Savannah, Ga. are given an opportunity to experience and participate in the creative arts.

With the help of generous support from The Gretsch Company, the 2009 Gretsch Institute Music, Art & Dance Camp was held on the campus of the Savannah Country Day School from June 8 through July 3. This unique camp offered rising 2nd through 8th graders an opportunity to expand their creativity and their artistic skills through an inspiring multi-dimensional arts curriculum. Small-group settings paired students with talented artists, musicians, and instructors during four one-week sessions of full or half-day camp.

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Gretsch Takes Part In CoverBand 2010 Contest
Get The Great Sound Of Gretsch Drums . . . And A Trip To California!

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Attention Gretsch drummers (and those who’d like to be): I want to let you know about a great new online contest that Gretsch is proud to be a part of.

It’s called CoverBand 2010, and it offers you the opportunity to have your performance viewed by thousands of music fans around the world. Those fans, in turn, will cast their votes, and the top five vote-getters will become the contest finalists. A panel of celebrity judges will select the winners in seven performance spots. Besides naming the best drummer, the judges will also select the best bassist, vocalist, two guitarists, and two percussionists. These winners will become the members of CoverBand 2010. (more…)

Gretsch Roadshow visits Street Sounds in Brooklyn New York!

Saturday, June 13th, 2009
Fred Gretsch, Rocky Schiano & Joe Carducci

Fred Gretsch, Rocky Schiano & Joe Carducci

We are live from Street Sounds, located in the heart of historic Brooklyn – just a “stones throw” from the Gretsch Company’s original home. upon our arrival we’re immediately greeted at the door with a friendly welcome and VIP pass from store owner, Rocky Schiano. Today the Gretsch Roadshow visits Street Sounds!

Gretsch Guitar fanatics of all ages pack the well-stocked store in anticipation as current Gretsch Guitar Marketing manager, Joe Carducci and Gretsch Company President, Fred W. Gretsch discuss the vast history of “That Great Gretsch Sound.” All in attendance were treated to a visual presentation that acknowledged the many fine Gretsch employees and artists, both past and present. Highlights included Mr. Gretsch’s personal reflections on some of his memorable family experiences with both. The presentation also included inspirational video clips of historic Gretsch Artist moments with special commentary by both Fred and Joe.

Later, Fred treated all to the infamous “Two Dollar Bill” trivia contest; a company tradition started by his uncle, Fred Gretsch Junior. Here the audience got a chance to try their luck answering the many music industry trivia questions as special prizes were awarded. This was followed by a toast to Brooklyn; an homage to the great boro and birth place of Gretsch. The event ended with an impromptu autograph session where Fred personally met everyone in attendance.

All in all, it was a very special day! Thanks to the Gretsch Company for arranging the event and proprietor Rocky Schiano for hosting the event.

Check the schedule for a Gretsch Road Show event near you. Next time you’re in Brooklyn, stop into “Street Sounds” and say “Hello” to Rocky — you’ll get that big New York smile!!

GRETSCH GUITARS SUMMER ROADSHOW 2009
DATE LOCATION
June 13, 2009
Time: 1:00 PM
Street Sounds
9206 3rd Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11209
718-314-8647
www.streetsoundsnyc.com
June 26, 2009
Time: TBD
Sweetwater Sound
5501 US Highway 30 W
Ft. Wayne, IN 46818
206-432-8176
www.sweetwater.com
June 27, 2009
Time: TBD
Sweetwater Sound
5501 US Highway 30 W
Ft. Wayne, IN 46818
206-432-8176
www.sweetwater.com
July 18, 2009
Time: 10:00 AM
Redbone Guitars
4343 McCullough
San Antonio, TX 78212
210-822-4111
www.redboneguitar.com
August 1, 2009
Time: 2:00 PM
House of Guitars
645 Titus Ave
Rochester, NY 14617
585-544-3500
www.houseofguitars.com
August 8, 2009
Time: 12:00 PM
Cream City
12505 W. Bluemound Rd
Brookfield, WI 53005
262-860-1800
www.creamcitymusic.com
August 15, 2009
Time: 2:00 PM
Dave’s Guitar
1227 3rd St South
LaCrosse, WI 54601
608-785-7704
www.creamcitymusic.com
August 22, 2009
Time: 5:00 PM
Rainbow Guitar
2550 N. Campbell Ave
Tucson, AZ 85719
520-325-3376
www.rainbowguitars.com
August 29, 2009
Time: 2:00 PM
West LA Music
3501 W. Cahuenga Blvd.
Los Angela, CA 90068
323-845-1145
www.westlamusic.com

Sixth Generation Gretsch Family Member, Calvin “Rane” Gretsch to visit Gretsch Japan Dealer

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

Sixth generation Gretsch family member, Calvin “Rane” Gretsch, will be traveling to Japan this month to meet and greet customers during a visit to Gretsch Guitar and Drum dealers.

Rane will be accompanied by well known guitar & pickup manufacturer, TV Jones as they tour throughout Japan. Some of the younger musicians may find it very interesting to meet a member of their generation within a company that has been in business for over 125 years. (more…)

Gretsch Institute MUSIC, ART & DANCE CAMP 2009 Provides Children an Opportunity to Explore the Arts Like Never Before

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Gretsch-Institute-Flyer-2009-cover
Today’s economic climate has resulted in a dramatic decrease in educational funding in general, and arts funding in particular. Yet exposure to the arts has been proven to be a critical element in the intellectual and emotional development of young children. Accordingly, Fred and Dinah Gretsch are taking steps to ensure that the children of Savannah have an unprecedented opportunity to experience and participate in the creative arts.

Thanks to generous support from the Gretsch Music Company, the 2009 Gretsch Institute Music, Art & Dance Camp will be held on the campus of the Savannah Country Day School from June 8 through July 3. Launched in the summer of 2008, this unique camp offers rising 2nd through 8th graders an opportunity to expand their creativity and their artistic skills through an inspiring multi-dimensional arts curriculum. Small-group settings pair students with talented artists, musicians, and instructors during four one-week sessions of full or half-day camp. (more…)

Gretsch Guitars Present The “Fred & Joe Show” At Gretsch Dealers Throughout The United States

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Gretsch enthusiasts will have the chance to celebrate the music Gretsch has been a part of since their guitar production began in the 1930s. What better way to pay tribute than to have, in-person-the man himself, Fred Gretsch III, and Gretsch marketing honcho, Joe Carducci-sharing the behind-the-scenes stories and musical performances that helped catapult the iconic family business to prominence.

Patrons will be transported through time with a multi-media presentation of sights and sounds including rare Gretsch family archive photos and mind blowing guitar footage from past and future legends. Also featured will be Fred’s famous “$2 Quiz” where Gretsch trivia questions are posed and the person with the correct answer wins a crisp $2 bill. This is the chance to get to know Fred Gretsch up-close-and-personal in a casual open forum at a local Gretsch dealer. (more…)