Stephan Brodbeck first picked up a guitar at the age of 12 at, of all places, a Boy Scout camp. He has seldom been seen without a guitar ever since. Born in Stuttgart in the late 1960s, Brodbeck was raised on his dad’s country music records throughout the 1970s. At age 12, his family moved several miles west to the small town of Calw, Germany and Brodbeck stumbled onto his greatest formative influence—the Rolling Stones.
Brodbeck eagerly soaked up the great guitar work and songwriting chops of ’60s-era Stones records, which in turn led him to a deep appreciation of the ’50s-era guitarists who first influenced Richards and Jones. This also helped spark Brodbeck’s well-known affinity for vintage and vintage-style gear. Immersed in early rock and roll and rockabilly, Brodbeck honed his dexterous guitar skills in a Stones cover band throughout the early and mid 1990s before co-founding Devil and Sons in 1998. A full-on rock ‘n’ roll/rockabilly/country outfit blasting classic covers and Brodbeck’s well-crafted original songs.
Concurrent with his work in Devils and Sons, Brodbeck formed quartet the Booze Bombs in 2004 as a more stripped-down rockabilly act with a more raw sound. The Booze Bombs have also earned great regional success and acclaim having traveled extensively throughout Europe, the U.S., Canada, and Australia.
Brodbeck also co-founded Black Shack recordings in 2010, a vintage-gear recording studio in Calw that specializes in producing rockabilly and country music by artists all over Europe.
Learn more about The Booze Bombs on their ReverbNation page. Photo credit: John Alschuler.
Raised in a family of musicians and trained in a variety of musical styles, Jaydon Bean brings versatility, finesse, and charisma to any stage or studio. Bean picked up the drums at age 9, and quickly developed a passion and talent that would earn him numerous top awards and achievements.
After college, Bean moved to Los Angeles where he quickly became a top "go-to" touring and session drummer. Since being in L.A., he has performed with such esteemed artists as Ellis Hall, David Archuleta, Karmina, David Osmond, Emily Osment, Mindi Abair, Eddie Daniels, Street Beat, among others, and he has toured all over the United States and Europe.
Bean’s most recent projects include joining Redlight King–a popular rock band known for their top singles "Old Man" (featuring the Neil Young classic), "Bullet In My Hand," and "Comeback," which was featured on The Avengers soundtrack. Their debut album Something For The Pain was released in June 2011 and featured three Top 20 singles on Billboard’s Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks and Alternative Songs Charts.
Redlight King's 2013 album Irons in the Fire featuring "Times Are Hard" and "Born To Rise" has been earning rave (and rockin') reviews.
Gretsch Walking Tour of Brooklyn
A Gretsch Walking Tour of Brooklyn took place on July 30 in New York City! Tour participants took a walk through time in American music history with tour guide Fred Gretsch and learned how the Gretsch music instrument brand is woven into fabric of American history. Read the after-event press release now! Click READ MORE for the link.
Chet Atkins Appreciation Society Convention & 60th Anniversary Recognition
The 30th annual Chet Atkins Appreciation Society (CAAS) took place in Nashville from July 9 through 12. This year also marked the 60th anniversary of Chet Atkins and Gretsch endorsement agreement.
MORE NEWS & EVENTS:
NASHVILLE DRUM SHOW
The biggest drum show in the South, the Nashville Drum Show, takes place September 20 & 21 at the Nashville Expo Center located on the Tennessee State Fairgrounds. Definitely a don't-miss event for Gretsch drum enthusiasts this fall.
GRETSCH FAMILY GALLERY AT THE CMHF
During your next visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum in Nashville, enjoy exploring the Dinah and Fred Gretsch Family Gallery filled with touch screens, interactive displays, and some of the museum's most up-to-date artifacts.
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:
Gretsch had a great time celebrating 130 years of That Great Gretsch Sound in 2013. Check out our retrospective story covering all the terrific events that took place.
Visit our RECAP page for details of other Gretsch events from 2014, 2013, and earlier.
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