Australian born indie-pop songstress Beth Brown has been captivating international audiences with her earthy and infectiously joyful tunes, trailblazing pathways to the United States. Here in the US Brown has joined a list of critically-acclaimed Australian artists including Missy Higgins and Butterfly Boucher. Leading with the single “Easy” to be released November 24, 2016, her debut EP “Dream Coat” is launching in the US in early 2017.
Brown relocated to Nashville in 2015 and has shared that Nashville has been the experience of a lifetime for her. According to Brown, she's never felt as challenged and alive and Nashville has lived up to its reputation as "Music City".
Brown made her debut US appearance at Americana Fest in 2015, playing Nashville's prestigious Blue Bird Café, and becoming the first female Australian artist to be endorsed by the Gretsch Company, welcomed personally by company president Fred Gretsch.
Co-writing with greats such as John Hadley, Shannon Sanders, and Jerry Sally has launched Brown into the creative circles that have penned for mega-recording artists John Legend, Chris Stapleton, Patti Griffin, and Emmylou Harris. Her sound creates a lush musical landscape; part psychedelic roadmap into a world that instills a sense of calm and wonder. Brown cites her influences as Robert Cray, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bonnie Raitt, and Jeff Buckley.
Most recently, Brown has performed at Americana Fest 2016 at the Sounds Australia Showcase event in Nashville.
Archibald Ligonnière was born on September 19, 1992. By the summer of 1993, his passion for drumming had already been revealed. During his youth, Ligonnière inherited his family’s drum set and while standing up, yet barely reaching the hi-hat, he started to sing and play drums at the same time. This went on until 1997 when he started playing with his father who played keyboards. In 2004 at the age of 12, Ligonnière went to the famous Parisian jazz club Le Baiser Salé for the first time. There he met Eric Serra (GoldenEye, The Big Blue). These days Ligonnière is one of the regular members of that club.
In September 2006 Archibald moved to Paris. There he met and played with such notable musicians as Hadrien Féraud (John McLaughlin, Chick Corea), Damien Schmitt (Alain Caron), Eric Serra, Gildas Boclé (Gary Burton, Michael Brecker), Nelson Veras, Jim Grandcamp, Stefan Filey, and Michael League (Snarky Puppy).
In 2010 Ligonnière incorporated the band of Gildas & Jean-Baptiste Boclé--Keltic Tales--and with this band recorded at One Shot Not, a TV show introduced by Manu Katché on Arte. In 2011 he incorporated a blues band called Big Dez and has been playing with them in many clubs and festivals in France, Spain, and Holland.
In 2014 during trips in L.A., Ligonnière met and played with great musicians including Scott Kinsey, Dave Siegel, and Gary Novak.
Ligonnière is currently touring Asia and Europe with Scott Henderson and Romain Labaye.
EVENTS & MORE:
Winter NAMM Show - January 19-22, 2017
You'll find Gretsch Guitars, Gretsch Drums, and Bigsby at The NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA this coming January. According to NAMM, last year a record 101,726 attendees explored products from more than 1,700 exhibitors showcasing over 6,000 brands. We're looking forward to a great show with some exciting new products being unveiled. For those who can't attend, make sure to stay tuned to our social media channels for news and photos from the show!
Paul Yandell, Second to the Best: A Sideman's Chronicle
From Schiffer Publishing: Unassuming late guitarist Paul Yandell described his career not as one of celebrity but as sideman, the musician that audiences hear while they’re focused on the star. From his humble beginnings as a poor Kentucky farm boy learning to play to taking the stage at the Grand Ole Opry, he ultimately gained the trust and confidence of two of America’s finest musicians, Jerry Reed and the incomparable Chet Atkins...Get your copy now.
Todd Taylor's Gospel Banjo
Todd Taylor's new book Gospel Banjo features 10 classic gospel songs arranged by Todd along with bios, history, and pictures. Foreward by Fred Gretsch. Todd "Banjoman" Taylor is a Guinness Record holder for "World's Fastest Banjo Player". Learn more about Todd on his website and order a copy of his book at GretschGear.com. Todd also recently released a new CD Lucky 13. Get your copy today!
Celebrating Paul Bigsby's Birthday
December 12, 2016 marks the 117th birthday of Paul Adelbert Bigsby. When it comes to guitar history, names like Leo Fender, Adolph Rickenbacker, and Les Paul may be more widely known. But their work would not have been possible without the man who designed and built the first solidbody electric guitar.
The Gretsch Building Turns 100
The Birthplace of Silver Jets, White Falcons, Round Badges, and “That Great Gretsch Sound” Turns 100 in 2016. Learn how in 1916 my grandfather, Fred Gretsch, Sr., took his bold vision of growing Gretsch into the largest music manufacturing company in America and constructed a large 10-story factory that, at the time, was the biggest building in Williamsburg, New York.
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