Over the past two decades Keb’ Mo’ has cultivated a reputation as a modern master of American roots music through the understated excellence of his live and studio performances. His songs have been recorded by B.B. King, Buddy Guy, the Dixie Chicks, Joe Cocker and Robert Palmer. He’s collaborated with a host of other artists including Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Brown, jazz diva Cassandra Wilson, Buddy Guy, Amy Grant, Solomon Burke and Little Milton. Keb also performs the theme song for the smash sit-com Mike & Molly and was music director for TV’s Memphis Beat.
He’s no stranger to the stage and screen himself. Keb’s acting career began with an early ’90s Los Angeles production of Leslie Lee’s The Rabbit Foot. He portrayed Robert Johnson in the 1998 documentary Can’t You Hear the Wind Howl and appeared three times on the TV series Touched By An Angel. He also played the ghostly bluesman Possum in John Sayles’ 2007 movie Honeydripper.
But Keb stresses that his focus will always be on making music and being a communicator, a songwriter. As a three-time Grammy winner and visionary roots-music storyteller, Keb’ Mo’ embarked on a new chapter in his career with the April 2015 release of BLUESAmericana on Kind of Blue Music. His twelfth full-length album marks the 20th anniversary of his debut Keb’ Mo’, but, more important, the disc is a signpost of artistic and personal growth.
Matty has been playing drums professionally since the age of 13, has recorded on a countless number of albums, released two of his own and has quickly become a recognized producer and songwriter. In 2008, he started music incubator, 825 Records, Inc., delivering material from a wide-ranging roster of artists (Katie Lee, Fleet Walker, The Lovegoods, Jay Shepard). He has landed world-wide broadcast licensing placements, developed dozens of independent artists from the ground-up and recorded and shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the industry including Adam Levine and Ty Taylor of Vintage Trouble.
A Brooklyn native, Matty has been making big moves and is being recognized for his work in the New York City and national music scenes. Don’t let his young looks fool you – this experienced musician started on drums at age five, and within a few short years he was sneaking into bars and clubs to sit in with as many musicians as possible. As a teenager, Matty started working as a musician for hire, making his mark performing on major television shows, national tours, and studio work with some legendary heavy hitters.
In early 2008, Matty chose to stop touring and focus on producing in order to create marketable music for young artists. "I quickly went from red carpets to dingy studio carpets in recording studios," says Matty. And so, the music incubator 825 Records was born. Matty works closely with every artist on the 825 roster, using his songwriting and producing expertise to craft raw materials info polished, finished musical gems. He built a small team to drive the marketing and publicity campaigns of each artist and gained wide regard in the industry as a label that stays true to its independent roots. Matty has had the pleasure to produce, record, perform, and/or teach clinics with industry legends such as: Adam Levine, Justin Guarini, Jody Porter, Elliot Easton, Mark Hudson, Hugh McCracken, Steve Lukather, Nuttin’ But Stringz, Tom Scott, Vince Neil, Ty Taylor, Leslie West, among many others.
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American Sound and Beauty: Guitars from the Bachman-Gretsch Collection
Opening January 15, 2016 and running through July 2016, The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum in Nashville, TN will explore the history of the guitar with this 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.
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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Gretsch Greatest Hits . . . and Hitters: Stefanie Eulinberg
Stefanie Eulinberg is a contradiction in terms. On the one hand, she’s petite (just five feet tall), bubbly, smart, outspoken, funny, and sassy. On the other hand, she’s the hard-hitting drummer for Twisted Brown Trucker—the band behind the ultra-macho superstar known as Kid Rock.
Chet and Paul: Playing Side-By-Side for 25 Years
Forty years ago, three of the finest fingerpickers -- Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed, and Paul Yandell -- participated in a friendly band member swap. Yandell, a guitar virtuoso and the consummate sideman, had been in Jerry Reed’s band for nearly five years. By 1975, Jerry no longer needed a band. Paul then paid a visit to his friend and mentor, Chet Atkins.
2015: FRED GRETSCH CELEBRATES 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! Now in 2015, Fred is celebrating his 50th year in the music business. Stay tuned for news and reports from various celebratory events beginning with a "Brooklyn Bash" that took place at StreetsSounds NYC on May 30.
Gretsch Guitars is also giving away a one-of-a-kind guitar in honor of this momentous occasion. Learn more and enter!
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Saturday, December 12!
Where: Ken Stanton Music
119 Cobb Pkwy N, Marietta, GA 30062
When: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
-Free and open to the Public
-Meet & Greet FRED GRETSCH
-Gretsch guitar & drum giveaway!
*Todd "Banjoman" Taylor(Guinness World Record holder for “the world’s fastest banjo player”) with the talents of Mike Moody.
* Self-taught guitar virtuoso from Down Under Joe Robinson!
* The always-entertaining & hard-rockin' Hot Rod Walt and the Psycho-Devilles.
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Past events were held at:
Street Sounds NYC, Brooklyn - May 30, 2015
Fuller's Guitars, Houston - September 19, 2015
Chicago Music Exchange - October 1, 2015
Cream City Music - October 24, 2015
For all the details on the various Fred Gretsch 50th Anniversary events, visit our special 50th anniversary events page.