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."
A Brooklyn Bash!
In celebration of Fred Gretsch's fifty years in the music business, a very special event was held at Street Sounds in Brooklyn, New York. Fred’s career began on March 2, 1965 and on May 30, 2015 Gretsch fans, artists, and music-industry colleagues from across the country came to Brooklyn to help Fred and his family celebrate this auspicious occasion.
Gretsch Greatest Hits . . . and Hitters: The Double Bass
Double-bass drumkits are pretty common these days, but that wasn’t always the case. In fact, the introduction of the double-bass kit was a pretty revolutionary step in the history of drumming. Ah, but who was the drummer who took that step? And what drum company created that kit for him? Your answers to those questions probably depend on how old you are and how much you’ve studied the history of drumming.
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BAY AREA GUITAR SHOW
Up next for Bigsby Vibratos is the Bay Area Guitar Show at the Marin Civic Center in San Rafael, CA August 15 and 16. Make plans to attend! If you missed Bigsby at the Summer NAMM Show, check out their show report and photos.
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" selected as one of the top winners in the 36th Annual Telly Awards and also 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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