Known as Tony Slash by his closest friends, this Native American artist hails from Los Angeles and spent his first 5 years as a musician playing the upright bass. Tony is the vocalist/guitarist for the Los Angeles-based power trio The Rocketz--a band heavily influenced by Rockabilly music and a blend of early 80s hardcore punk rock. Tony also plays upright bass for various local rockabilly artists when not playing with The Rocketz. He instructs bass and he likes taking young, up-and-coming artists under his wing.
Tony played his first Gretsch when he purchased a 1997 G6120 from a friend in 2004. He’s played one ever since. His current Gretsch is a G6120W with P-90s in both neck and bridge! Tony’s love for single coil pickups mixed with tube tone has helped to define his own Great Gretsch Sound! Tony migrates more towards a songwriter than just a guitarist, but enjoys the company and leans on some very close fellow Gretsch artists for tips and tricks. He also likes to trade ideas on tone and pedal geeking on the latest delay, tremolo, and over-drive pedals! It’s a never-ending search and he loves being a tone junkie!
The Rocketz formed in 2004 and played several hundred shows their first three years. It was a play "anywhere, anytime" mentality that helped hone their skills. The Rocketz started touring the US full time in 2009 and have played Japan and Europe as well as some very prestigious events such as Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend, Ink-N-Iron Music Festival, Hootenanny, Musink, and The Sunset Music Festival.
From the pure, innate musical talent and solid performance experience of touring and recording with world-renowned artists, comes a prized drummer in today's music industry--Jack Gavin.
Beginning in 1985 until 1999, Jack was best known for his high-energy performances as the drummer for the legendary Charlie Daniels Band. He became the band leader and drummer for Tracy Lawrence in 1999 and in 2003 Jack began a ten-year career as tour manager, production manager, musical director, and drummer for Tanya Tucker. Over the years, Jack has also performed with Mel McDaniel, Willie Nelson, Ted Nugent, Travis Tritt, John Kay of Steppenwolf, Collin Raye, and Jamie O’Neal.
Jack's training in classical and jazz music during his early years provides him with great versatility and excellence when it comes to musical discipline and range of performance and genre. Included in that range is his experience performing as a percussionist not only for various philharmonic orchestras, symphonies, and ensembles, but also for modern day rock and country artists.
Currently, Jack is working with a new up-and-coming country artist Erica Nicole out of Nashville, TN. In addition to playing drums, he has taken his experience and expertise and expanded into band management for new artists and paired with his knowledge and understanding of the industry.
Jack is more than just a drummer. Whether playing the groove in a live show or wearing the business cap in artist management, Jack Gavin defines the meaning of a well rounded individual in the music industry.
Learn About Making Music Hands-On at the Gretsch Family Gallery
An innovative exhibit--the Dinah & Fred Gretsch Family Gallery in Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum--teaches young visitors how to record and write songs, be a performer, and more. The Gallery provides a close-up, top-to-bottom look at the process of creating music that’s geared to youthful learners, using artifacts from the Museum’s collection and such learning tools as a giant guitar, touchscreens, and a do-it-yourself studio.
Great Gretsch Educator: Mark Johnston
Many Gretsch drum artists are also excellent teachers. But Mike Johnston puts things the other way around. While a fine performer in his own right, Mike is currently focusing on his career as an educator. And he’s primarily doing it the way you might expect in this digital age: online, via his educational website.
MORE NEWS & EVENTS:
A TRIBUTE TO CHET ATKINS
In 2014 we celebrated of the 60th anniversary of the relationship between Chet Atkins and the Gretsch Company. Watch a special video 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.
More Gretsch events HERE.
RECAP OF RECENT EVENTS:
Visit our RECAP page for details of other Gretsch events from 2015, 2014, and earlier.
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