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Phil Grant: A Great Gretsch Ambassador

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

Phil Grant: Gretsch’s Greatest Percussion Innovator, Drum Salesman, and Ambassador.

Phil Grant was the “complete package” during his 26-year career with Gretsch that spanned from 1946 to 1972. A superb percussionist, Phil is considered by many as the Gretsch Company’s finest drum salesman, inventor, innovator, drum ambassador, and company friend to countless musicians. Grant literally redefined the Artist Relations role within the music industry and led Gretsch drums through a “Golden Era” in the late 1940’s through the 1960’s.

Master Percussionist and Brilliant Drummer Born Philip Osborne Grant in 1914 to naturally gifted musical parents, Phil attended Penn State and graduated in 1935 with a degree in music education. Upon hearing him play, the Juilliard Conservatory offered Phil a postgraduate scholarship to study the timpani. Grant was a master percussionist and could play any part on any percussion instrument (including the mechanical wind machine he played during performances of “The Flying Dutchman Overture.”) Phil played for the Pittsburgh Symphony during the winter season and for the Goldman Band in New York during the summer. He was such an accomplished musician that he made it a personal policy to never audition for a job. (more…)

Gretsch Guitars – The Artful Icon

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006

By Billy Murphy – From Vintage Guitar Magazine

Gretsch But isn’t this the very art and status of Gretsch; giving so many artists a voice? Not simply a twangy voice, or a sustaining voice or a diving Bigsby “is it out of tune or is it in tune ?” voice, but a voice for their words, tones, emotions, passion and image. Even God loves a Strat, but could Eddie Cochran have been the Eddie Cochran without a 6120? If there ever was an illustration to the adage, “The whole equals more than the sum of its parts,” it ’s a Gretsch guitar. With every blistering Setzer run, you not only hear Brian ’s talent, discipline and love, you also feel his guitar -its history and its journey; its womanly curves that Setzer none-too-coincidently hugs as his own.

But how did Gretsch get where it is on this evolutionary six-string food chain? In those beginning days, there were no marketing plans.There was no focus group research. Yet for some reason the Gretsch guitar,in its form and design, has become an icon. Who do we thank? Who do we even congratulate? Was it even a conscious result of the guitar – maker? Gretsch guitars reached their prominence in a time when the cart came before the horse, when guitars were made for the average man to play his average tune. Not like to- day, when guitars seem designed and built for that imaginary star who might someday be playing it. (more…)

Charles Kramer was instrumental to guitarists
Known as ‘Mr. Guitar Man’

Friday, August 5th, 2005

By Jennifer Koehler

Charles “Duke” Kramer, also known as “Mr. Guitar Man,” was pivotal in making Gretsch electric guitars what they are today – for guitar aficionados, they are synonymous with quality workmanship and a unique acoustic, breathy sound. Artists such as Chet Atkins and Brian Setzer have made the guitars famous.

Even though he couldn’t play a lick, “The Silver Duke” Gretsch guitar was named after him. Need a Gretsch guitar? No problem. An out-of-commission silver or gold knob? No problem. Mr. Kramer was the man who knew anything and everything about Gretsch guitars. (more…)

Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young Tour With Gretsch Guitars

Wednesday, August 7th, 2002

Legendary rockers, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young recently finished a successful Spring Tour of the US. With a few stops in Canada, the tour rolled through over 40(no pun intended) venues in a little over 2 months. The nearly 4 hour performances were true “concert events” capturing the bands’ greatest and latest tunes. Those in attendance were treated with acoustic and electric sets, and as always, powerful harmonies.

Both Stephen Stills and Neil Young were seen playing their Gretsch Guitars: New White Falcons , a classic Nashville, and even an old Stereo Falcon. Young was also working the Bigsby during classic jams like “Southern Man” and “Cinnamon Girl”; in full Rock mode. “He was wailin’ on the guitar during the entire electric set…the band was really tight, and the vocals were dead on” said Joe Savage, a dedicated CSNY fan who attended the first Philly Show. (more…)

John Entwistle, Gone But Not Forgotten
Bassist for the rock band The Who

Thursday, June 27th, 2002

By KEN RITTER, Associated Press Writer

John Entwistle LAS VEGAS (AP) – John Entwistle, the bassist for the rock band The Who, was found dead Thursday in his hotel room of an apparent heart attack. He was 57.

Entwistle, a founding member of the band, stood out because he played without emotion, a stark contrast to the antics of lead guitarist Pete Townshend and lead singer Roger Daltrey. (more…)

Elliot Easton Exclusive Interview
Picking Up The Guitar At Age 3!

Wednesday, April 24th, 2002

As lead guitarist for 18 years with The Cars. Elliot has sold over 30 million records worldwide. Well respected in the guitar community, Elliot’s reputation is that of a tasteful musician with a knack for coming up with memorable solos, great tones and an uncanny ear for creating “hooks” on pop records.

He is also an enthusiastic fan of the guitar itself, and for many years has been a presence in vintage guitar circles, Texas vintage shows, NAMM etc.

In recent years Elliot has recorded and performed with many respected artists and is currently working with Stu Cook and Doug Clifford of Creedence Clearwater Revisted.

Gretsch Headline News caught up with Elliot on his recent CCR tour for this exclusive interview. (more…)

Drummer Gregg Stocki to Tour with
Billy Bob Thornton Band

Saturday, March 2nd, 2002

Story by UEC

Gretsch Drum great Gregg Stocki is hitting the road with the Billy Bob Thornton Band in support of the recent release “Private Radio”. The tour starts in Dublin and goes to London, Liverpool, Hamburg, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Brussels, Milan and Athens. The first week will be rehearsals in London, week 2 is promotional appearances for radio and T.V. and then the shows kick off around April 1st ending in Athens on April 17th. Then on May 16th, the band will appear on the Tonight Show, followed by concerts in Los Angeles on the 18th, San Francisco the 19th, Austin the 22nd, New Orleans ??? In June BBT will tour with Elvis Costello for shows in Denver the 11th, Detroit, Minneapolis, Chicago, Cleveland, and Columbus. Check local venues for final dates and times.

Gregg has been a Gretsch artist for many years and also plays as one of the Rock & Roll Cowboys with the Marty Stuart Band. (more…)

U2 Wins 4 GRAMMY Awards!
Bono and his Gretsch “Irish Falcon”

Tuesday, February 26th, 2002

Story by UEC

Bono Bono, with his Gretsch “Irish Falcon” in hand, hit the stage with U2 for an exciting night at the 44th Annual GRAMMY Awards! U2 picked up Record of the Year for “Walk On”, Best Rock Album for “All That You Can’t Leave Behind”, Best Song by a Pop Duo or Group for “Stuck in a Moment That You Can’t Get Out Of” and Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for “Elevation”.

Alicia Keys pipped U2 for total number of awards taking five including Best Song for “Fallin”, as well as Best New Artist and three R&B awards. One of the biggest surprises of the night was the Best Album award going to the film soundtrack for O Brother Where Art Thou ? (more…)