The Empty Hearts
The Empty Hearts are four guys with impressive musical résumés who’ve joined together to play music they love—simple, straightforward, but soulful rock & roll informed by ’60s garage rock and British Invasion sounds. The Empty Hearts feature Andy Babiuk of the Chesterfield Kings on bass and vocals; Elliot Easton of the Cars on lead guitar and vocals; Wally Palmar of The Romantics on lead vocals, rhythm guitar, and harmonica; and Clem Burke of Blondie on drums and vocals.
Even though The Empty Hearts band features members of Blondie, The Cars, Chesterfield Kings, and The Romantics—as well as being christened by Little Steven Van Zandt from his super-secret list of unused band names—this is no cynically-constructed super group.
Two-time Grammy nominee and MTV Video of the Year Award winning guitarist Elliot Easton, bassist Andy Babiuk, lead singer/rhythm guitarist Wally Palmar, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drummer Clem Burke have parlayed a combined lifetime of rock ‘n’ roll into their self-titled 429 Records debut, a sterling collection of influences that include ‘50s American roots rock ‘n’ roll, ‘60s British Invasion and ‘70s garage-punk that is anything but retro, rather a refreshing return to core musical values.
Ferit Odman is an on-demand and busy jazz drummer based in Istanbul, Turkey. He started his music studies in Sweden as an AFS exchange student, got a full scholarship to get his B.A. in Music at the Istanbul Bilgi University, attended the School For Improvisation workshops in New York City, and has been granted a Fulbright Scholarship to further build on his studies at William Paterson University of New Jersey.
He spent/played for two years in NYC and holds a M.M. (Master of Music) degree in Jazz Performance. He became heavily entrenched in the Turkish jazz scene at a young age and has recently performed/recorded with many jazz musicians while leading his own quintet and touring throughout Europe.
For a review appearing in a 2012 issue of Downbeat Magazine, Ken Micallef said that Ferit ". . . possesses a pure, sparse, sweet drumming style that is subtle in intent and thoroughly musical."
Gretsch Greatest Hits . . . and Hitters: Phil Collins
Considering the enormity of Phil Collins’ success as a solo artist, it might surprise some people to learn that he first came to musical prominence as the drummer in a band almost a decade earlier. Throughout most of his career Phil performed his dynamic drumming on a Gretsch drumkit that was, to put it mildly, different from the kits of his contemporaries (and remains so to this day).
Oh What A Night...With Doyle Dykes
Saturday night, August 1, was a musically magical night when Randy Wood’s Pickin’ Parlor in Bloomingdale, GA hosted a special evening featuring Doyle Dykes, “one of the finest fingerpicking guitarists around” as described by the late Chet Atkins.
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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!
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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RECAP OF RECENT EVENTS:
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